Bristol Municipal Building
19801 83rd St., Bristol, WI 53104
Village Hall photo courtesy of James Durkin
Bristol's Arbor Day Celebration was held on May 9th concurrently with the Grand Opening of the new dog park. Both events were held at the southwest corner of 81st Street and 195th Avenue. At the Arbor Day Celebration wood chips were put around a few of the trees that were planted, and there were 50 Black Cherry seedlings for volunteers to take home or to plant at the dog park. This was the 4th annual Arbor Day / Tree City celebration. The rules for the new dog park were also be posted that day. The dog park is free of charge for Bristol residents and will be on the honor system. Thanks to all who participated in the events. Here is a link to the Arbor Day Foundation about choosing the correct tree for your needs. http://www.arborday.org/trees/tips/index.cfm
Bristol received its official Tree City USA flag and plaque at the Village Board meeting on April 22, 2013. The ceremony was conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Kim Sebastian of the DNR said Bristol will be one of about 180 communities in Wisconsin to earn the designation this year. That is the second highest number of Tree Cities in the country, trailing only California.
Bristol had to meet four requirements to earn the designation:
- Establish a tree department to look over village trees.
- Pass a tree ordinance.
- Host an Arbor Day ceremony and pass an Arbor Day proclamation.
- Establish a tree budget.
Earning this status may help the Village get grants for tree-related projects in the future.
Thank you for B - Budget constraint. We appreciate the scrutiny you give to each expense to hold the line on our village tax.
Thank you for R - Resisting exponential growth. By doing so we are able to maintain the rural character of our community.
Thank you for I - Incorporating the entire town into a village. We did not wish to be divided and you found a way to keep us together.
Thank you for S - Seeking sensible alternative solutions, often less costly, to projects and problems as they arise.
Thank you for T - Time and talents you give to our community with each issue that you analyze, each vote you cast.
Thank you for O - Opportunity for Bristol to be known as the green and natural corner of Kenosha County with a genuine respect for the land.
Thank you for L - listening sincerely to citizens' thoughts, ideas and suggestions. By doing so you keep Bristol’s government a government of the people, by the people and for the people. So now let’s celebrate being the new village people.
Written by Kay Sharp
The Village of Bristol was honored to be presented a certificate of recognition as a Wisconsin Bronze Water Star Community on September 17, 2010.