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The City of Bristol is again seeking community feedback as it continues the listening post meetings, Bristol Exchange. The series of five meetings will begin in the City’s various neighborhood schools during the month of May. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM at each location where light refreshments will be provided.
“We encourage residents of the city to come out and join us as we travel through city neighborhoods. The topic of discussion each evening will be the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18. A copy of the proposed budget is now available on the city website. We would like for our neighbors to share their thoughts on the proposed budget or any subject that may be important to them,” said City Manager Bill Sorah. “Many department representatives who have daily interaction with the community will be present to answer questions, share information on current projects, or listen to suggestions.”
The budget may be accessed by going to the website at www.bristoltn.org. Click on the Proposed Budget tab to the left of the main page or a hard copy will be made available by stopping by the City Manager’s office located in room 201 of City Hall at 801 Anderson Street.
The first meeting will be hosted in the Haynesfield Elementary School cafeteria located at Bluff City Highway on Tuesday, May 10 beginning at 6:00 PM. City officials ask that participants please follow the signage located on school grounds to the exact location/entrance to the meeting. Other Bristol Exchange meetings will be hosted in the following schools/neighborhoods and begin at 6:00 PM: Fairmount Elementary School Thursday, May 12; Holston View Tuesday, May 17; Anderson Elementary Tuesday, May 24; Avoca Elementary Thursday, May 26.For a complete list of meeting locations, addresses, etc., please check the City’s website at www.bristoltn.org and click the Bristol Exchange box to the left of the main page.
Terrie Talbert, Director of Communications for the City stated, “If you are unable to attend the meeting scheduled for your neighborhood, please feel free to join another meeting being hosted at other sites. Should you have special needs that we may accommodate please contact us at 423-989-5500 Ext. 2055.”
Bristol Exchange is a continuing series of community meetings where topics of interest will be presented to neighborhoods for their input in an interactive and positive way. The series began in 2015. Community voices are a vital role in the decision making process.