COVID-19 Updates

For information about changes to City services, schedules, and facilities, click on the City Service Updates tab below.

City of Bristol, TN emergency declaration terminated

Executive Order 20-06, signed by Mayor Margaret Feierabend and City Manager Bill Sorah, officially terminates the declaration of a local and civil emergency that was originally signed into effect March 30.

This order refers to current and future guidance from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, specifically the Tennessee Pledge and Public Health Order Number 3. Please review these documents for additional information regarding the responsible reopening of businesses along with recommended steps that employers, employees, and the general public should take to ensure our continued health and safety.

For additional information regarding the Public Health Order, please contact the Sullivan County Regional Health Department at 423-279-2777 or visit their website

City meetings to be conducted electronically

Meeting of the Bristol, Tennessee City Council and some boards and commission may be conducted electronically to mitigate the ongoing public health threat posed by COVID-19. Information for how to view these meetings will be posted on the City Service Updates tab below.

Agendas for all upcoming City Council meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance and may be found here.

For more information on Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order permitting government bodies to conduct electronic meetings as a measure to protect the safety and welfare of Tennesseans while ensuring that government business remains open and accessible to the public, please click here.

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Burn Permits

City burn permits are being issued by the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department. Please contact Assistant Chief David McGlamery at 423-989-5704.

City Offices

Effective Tuesday, May 26, all City offices, including those in City Hall and the Municipal Annex, will reopen to the public. 

All visitors to city buildings will be subject to a health screening, which includes a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms. This mirrors the same screening process that all city employees have completed daily since facilities first closed in late March. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when entering city buildings, and they will be available for individuals who do not have their own. Members of the public are encouraged to continue utilizing electronic or other alternate methods of conducting business with the city whenever possible.

Courts

In accordance with an order issued April 24 by the Tennessee Supreme Court, in-person judicial proceedings continue to be suspended through May 31. For more information, click here.

Juvenile Court - Standing order regarding parenting/visitation scheduling during the COVID-19 school closures. 

Development Services

  • A number of applications and forms used by the City’s Planning, Zoning, Codes Enforcement, and other divisions may be found online at www.bristoltn.org/development.
  • Fees associated with any of these applications may be mailed to 104 8th St, Bristol, TN 37620.

Finance

  • Payments for utility bills, citations, and property taxes may be made in several ways:
    •  In the drive-thru drop box on 8th Street. Checks, cashier’s checks, cash, and money orders will be accepted here.
    • By mail to PO Box 1348, Bristol, TN 37621-1348. Please do not place cash in the mail.
    • By phone using a debit or credit card. Please have your account number ready when calling. A non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all phone payments.
      • Utility bills: (877) 768-5046
      • Property taxes: (877) 768-5048
    • Online payment options may be found at www.bristoltn.org/paynow. Please note that a non-refundable convenience fee will apply to online payments.
    • Customers wishing to set up an automatic bank draft for monthly utility bills may complete the form at www.bristoltn.org/paynow.
  • Payments using credit or debit card may be made by phone for utility bills at (877) 768-5046. Property taxes can be paid by phone at (877) 768-5048. Please have your account number ready when calling.
  • Online payment options for utility bills, citations, and property taxes may be found at www.bristoltn.org/paynow.
    • Please note that a non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all phone and online payments.

Meetings and Presentations

  • The following meetings will be conducted either electronically or telephonically in accordance with Executive Order 34 issued by Governor Bill Lee.
    • May 5 - City Council
      • Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Agenda
      • Members of the public wishing to comment during the Appearance of Citizens portion of the agenda may call 423-217-1510 beginning 15 minutes prior to the meeting. This section provides an opportunity for citizens to address City Council on any items not on the agenda for formal consideration. Comments should be limited to city business only.

        Calls will continue to be accepted until the conclusion of the Appearance of Citizens portion of the agenda. When dialing in, callers will be placed into a holding queue. When Council arrives at the appropriate point in the agenda, callers will be connected to the meeting audio one at a time to provide their comment. At the conclusion of each caller’s comment, they will then be disconnected from the meeting audio and the next caller will be brought in. Callers will be asked to state their name and address for the record prior to speaking, and all other rules for comments that normally apply for in-person meetings will remain in effect for this teleconference.
    • May 12 - City Council Special Called Work Session
      • Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 AM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Agenda
    • May 18 - Planning Commission
      • Monday, May 18 at 6:00 PM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Individuals wishing to provide public comment should appear at the Ewell L. Easley Municipal Annex, 104 8th St. The meeting will be viewable in the main conference room, and individuals wishing to address the Planning Commission will be able to do so via teleconference.
        • To ensure the health and safety of all those in attendance, members of the public are respectfully asked to wear a face covering (one will be provided for those who do not have their own) and will be subject to a health screening including a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
      • For additional information, please contact the Department of Development Services at 423-989-5518 or email cyoung@bristoltn.org.
      • Agenda
    • May 19 - City Council Special Called Work Session
      • Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00 AM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Agenda
    • May 28 - Better Property Board
      • Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 PM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Individuals wishing to provide public comment should appear at the Ewell L. Easley Municipal Annex, 104 8th St. The meeting will be viewable in the main conference room, and individuals wishing to address the Better Property Board will be able to do so via teleconference.
        • To ensure the health and safety of all those in attendance, members of the public are respectfully asked to wear a face covering (one will be provided for those who do not have their own) and will be subject to a health screening including a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
      • For additional information, please contact the Codes Enforcement Division at 423-989-5711 or email cpowers@bristoltn.org.
      • Agenda
    • June 1 - City Council Budget Work Session
      • Monday, June 1 at 1:00 PM
      • Members of the public wishing to view the work session may do so from the auditorium at the Slater Center at 325 McDowell Street.
        • All visitors will be subject to a health screening, which includes a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
      • Agenda
      • The proposed FY 2021 budget may be viewed here.
    • June 2 - City Council Meeting
      • Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 PM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Agenda
      • Members of the public wishing to comment during the Appearance of Citizens portion of the agenda may call 423-217-1510 beginning 15 minutes prior to the meeting. This section provides an opportunity for citizens to address City Council on any items not on the agenda for formal consideration. Comments should be limited to city business only.

        Calls will continue to be accepted until the conclusion of the Appearance of Citizens portion of the agenda. When dialing in, callers will be placed into a holding queue. When Council arrives at the appropriate point in the agenda, callers will be connected to the meeting audio one at a time to provide their comment. At the conclusion of each caller’s comment, they will then be disconnected from the meeting audio and the next caller will be brought in. Callers will be asked to state their name and address for the record prior to speaking, and all other rules for comments that normally apply for in-person meetings will remain in effect for this teleconference.
    • June 4 - Bristol Metropolitan Planning Organization
      • Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 AM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Individuals wishing to provide public comment should appear at the Ewell L. Easley Municipal Annex, 104 8th St. The meeting will be viewable in the main conference room, and individuals wishing to address the MPO will be able to do so via teleconference.
        • To ensure the health and safety of all those in attendance, members of the public are respectfully asked to wear a face covering (one will be provided for those who do not have their own) and will be subject to a health screening including a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
      • For additional information, please contact the MPO at 423-989-5519 or email rmontgomery@bristoltn.org.
      • Agenda
    • June 9 - Community Development Advisory Committee Called Meeting
      • Tuesday, June 9 at 5:30 PM
      • Electronic - Live broadcast on BTN-TV and YouTube
      • Agenda
      • Individuals wishing to provide public comment should appear at the Ewell L. Easley Municipal Annex, 104 8th St. The meeting will be viewable in the main conference room, and individuals wishing to address the CDAC will be able to do so via teleconference.
        • To ensure the health and safety of all those in attendance, members of the public are respectfully asked to wear a face covering (one will be provided for those who do not have their own) and will be subject to a health screening including a temperature scan and questions related to potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
      • For additional information, please contact Christina Blevins at 423-612-4029 or email cblevins@bristoltn.org.
      • Community Development Citizen Participation Plan (COVID-19 update)
  • Additional updates regarding meeting schedules will be posted here as they become available.

Parks and Recreation

  • City parks remain open during regular hours. Please continue to enjoy them while practicing appropriate social distancing.
    • The gate entry fee to Steele Creek Park has been temporarily waived.
    • All baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and basketball courts remain closed pending further guidance from Governor Bill Lee and public health officials.
    • Picnic shelter rentals will resume again on July 1.
  • The golf course at Steele Creek Park remains open, however cart rentals are suspended, and no more than one guest at a time is permitted inside the pro shop.
  • The paddle boats and Steele Creek Express train will not be available to the public for the summer of 2020.
  • Administrative office at the Slater Community Center are open to the public, however all classes and other activities remain suspended pending further guidance from Governor Bill Lee and public health officials.
    • Visit the City’s YouTube channel for workout and yoga videos you can follow along with at home.
  • Haynesfield Aquatic Center will remain closed for the 2020 season.

Police Department

  • Access to the 24-hour Police Department lobby will be available for residents to request an officer’s assistance.
  • Driving school classes conducted by the Police Department have been canceled until further notice.
  • Camp Challenge will be canceled for the summer of 2020.

State Street Farmer’s Market

  • The State Street Farmer’s Market will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 6 from 8:00 AM until noon.
  • The market will be temporarily relocated from the Downtown Center to the Municipal Parking Lot off of Shelby Street to allow for additional spacing between vendors.

Transit

  • City fixed route buses, paratransit, and job access services are currently running on regular schedule and all fees have been waived. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, no more than 10 riders will be permitted on any transit vehicle at one time. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures are being employed to keep vehicles as safe as possible.

Vehicle Registration Renewals

  • Through Executive Order 15, Governor Bill Lee extended the deadline for obtaining registration renewals that expire between March 12, 2020 and May 18, 2020. The new deadline for obtaining these renewals is June 15, 2020.