BRISTOL – Many topics were addressed at the Bristol Town Council Meeting on Thursday, March 15, including some necessary traffic changes.
In preparation for the upcoming road projects, a recent traffic study on Maple Street showed that an average of 735 trucks weekly and 38,220 trucks yearly passing through. According to the council, the state requires truck traffic to be prohibited from the road from SR 120 to Earthway Products, as the alternate truck route and railroad crossing on the east end of town is being created. The rule does not apply to trucks which are travelling to locations on Maple Street, only to through traffic. They will also be working toward improvements at the intersection of Maple Street and SR 120.
Other items addressed at the council meeting included:
• It was announced at the council meeting that the Bristol Marshal's Posse is being disbanded. Beginning in 1965, it was the oldest running posse in the state of Indiana, providing necessary assistance and equine traffic control to the Bristol Police Department on a voluntary basis for events such as the Bristol Homecoming Festival, Town Fall Party and even the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Due to lack of interest and participation in the posse, the cost of maintaining the group was deemed unreasonable.
• Bristol Fire Department is also struggling to find volunteers. As such, they’ll begin a campaign in search of volunteer firefighters and EMTs.
Bristol Fire Department has also been in contact with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding the March 9 garbage truck explosion at Bristol Elementary School. Bristol Police and Fire conducted an investigation and found no signs of criminal evidence, but stuck around to assist the school in their day-to-day activities for the rest of the day.
• In reference to a recent consideration to move a drinking fountain located at Memorial Park in order to place a holiday ornamental tree in its place, the Bristol Parks Department attended the council meeting to request that the fountain not be moved. They told the council that removing the fountain would damage the decorative sidewalk. Instead, they suggested placing the tree elsewhere within the park, of which the council was agreeable.
• Bristol on the River is in search of more participants. The committee was assembled a year ago to seek out accreditation with the Indiana Main Street Program, which provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities. It will also give Bristol a chance to receive federal funding for Main Street redevelopment programs, up to 80 percent, Council President Ron Norman said.
• A few years ago, Bristol appropriated funds to pay to pave a new portion of road in the city-owned Oak Ridge Cemetery, however, Niblock Excavating, the company who’d been asked to do the work, never received a contract. Norman will be getting new quotes from Niblock and two other companies in order to make a determination and get the project going.
• Indiana Department of Transportation will post No Overnight Parking signs along Vistula Street/SR 120 in Bristol from Apollo Street to SR 15.
The next meeting of the Bristol Town Council will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 There will be another public meeting on the new municipal complex building at 7 p.m. March 22.