Council discusses budget, charter

By TAYLOR HARTZ

STAFF WRITER

During a Joint Board meeting of the Bristol City Council and the Board of Finance on June 14, city officials were still unsure how Bristol would be affected by cuts in the state budget.

Mayor Ken Cockayne said he has spoken with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman’s office and was told that state officials did not yet know which municipalities would see cuts in state funding.

“Every community will be hit, but they’re still not sure where the hits are coming from or where they’re going,” said Cockayne, “It’s scary.”

City Comptroller Glenn Klocko confirmed that $20 million in municipal funding would be cut across the state, and that cities and towns in Fairfield county usually “get hit harder” than those Hartford county.

During the regular City Council meeting, the council voted to acknowledge receipt of the draft report from the Charter Revision Commission. Councilor Mary Fortier (D), requested that the item be voted on separately from the rest of the consent calendar.

Fortier said she wanted to provide the opportunity for the public “to understand that we are not accepting the draft report today.”

“I want folks who are interested in the charter issues to know that there will be a public hearing,” said Fortier.

The public hearing will be held at 5p.m. on June 30 at the City Council Chambers.

The notice for the public hearing released by the city said public comment will be welcome on three revisions proposed in the draft report.

The hearing will allow discussion of a revision (Section 12) that requires City Councilors to remain residents and electors of their district during their term on the council. Changes to promotion procedures (Section 46A) for the Bristol Police Department and procedures for recruiting and examining the Chief of Police (46B) will also be discussed.

After the hearing, the council will vote on whether to put the proposed revisions to referendum this November.bristol city seal