-By Bristol Bugle News correspondent Jim Nickel
There will be major changes to the spring town clean-up, according to Bristol Town Manager Bill Wuthrich, in a report to the Bristol Town Council (BTC) at its April 16 meeting. First of all, the event is scheduled a little later than usual, on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.
Secondly, the clean-up will be moved from Hermance Park to the town’s maintenance building at 820 Bloomingdale Drive, the fourth property on the left after turning east off State Road 15 South. Some residents had complained about muddy conditions at the park, but now they will drive and walk on asphalt the whole time.
Wuthrich says residents will be instructed to enter the west gate, drive around to the back of the building, then exit the property by the east gate. Town workers will be on hand from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days with a Bobcat and tractor to help unload furniture, appliances, and other heavy objects.
Three dumpsters will be on hand, one of which will be designated for “e-trash,” for those wanting to discard computers and other electronic items. Air conditioners and other appliances will also be accepted, but not oil, paint, or tires.
Members of the town council approved a declaratory resolution to grant a three-year tax abatement to Monogram Frozen Foods, which plans to invest $3.65 million in property improvements and $8.3 million in new equipment at its Bristol plant. In adding a new line to produce mini corn dogs, the company plans to add 75 jobs by the end of 2016. Following a public hearing, a confirmatory resolution will be adopted at the May 21 meeting of the BTC.
The council also adopted an agreement with Wagner Land Development regarding reimbursement of up to $405,075 spent in the construction of water and sewer lines on Commerce Drive in the Bristol Park for Industry. The 15-year agreement commits the town to giving the developer 60% of the revenues from the newly-created Bristol East TIF district.
Town council members were reminded of the special meeting to be held on April 30 to approve the annexation of 43 acres north of the Indiana Toll Road. (Note: On April 20 the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of this land from agricultural to manufacturing. This clears the way for Universal Trailers to build a new plant on the corner of CR 4 and CR 29 after the annexation is completed.)
The next regular monthly meeting of the Bristol Town Council will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the town hall.