Highlights from Bristol Council

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Bristol Council held their 2018 budget meeting December 19. The mill rate was lowered to .64 from .66 where it had been for the last 3 years. Total revenue for the year will be $2,536,960, up by almost $300,000, with the largest increase coming from the Gas Tax transfer.

Bristol Council held their 2018 budget meeting December 19. The mill rate was lowered to .64 from .66 where it had been for the last 3 years. Total revenue for the year will be $2,536,960, up by almost $300,000, with the largest increase coming from the Gas Tax transfer. Expenses are broken down into General Administration ($619,802), Public Security ($283,948), Transportation ($1,231,878), Environmental Health ($184,669), Urban Planning and Development ($38,153) and Recreational and Cultural ($178,510).
The first regular council meeting for 2018 was held January 2. The first motion concerned the sale of immoveables for unpaid taxes. Any properties with an excess of $600 in taxes owing will be put up for sale May 10 unless taxes are paid at the municipal office by February 16.
An application for a minor variance was refused as the applicant had not first applied for a building permit. Council agreed to begin the tender process for the paving of the rest of Aylmer Road (1.8 km.). Draft by-law # 310, which details all information relating to taxes, was passed.
Councillor Drummond accepted to represent Bristol as a non-farmer on the
MRC Pontiac’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Council discussed the usefulness of hiring a summer student through the government grant program with a decision made to apply. A newsletter was received from the Friends of Chats Falls indicating a speaking event to be held January 21 at the Bert Kennedy Centre in Quyon. Also under upcoming events, the Bristol Community Association will be holding a Trivia Night on January 27. Councillor Holmes indicated that he would meet with library staff to show them the plans for reorganization to take place later this year.
Council agreed to pay the bills for December amounting to $47,537.04.             (DP)