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Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) is a department of the city with independent authority to act pursuant to TCA 7-52-101 et seq. a 5 member board appointed by City Council for 4 year terms oversees its management and operation. One member must be either a City Council Member or the City Manager.
All members are required to be city residents at time of appointment and maintain city residency during the entire term of office.
Oversees administration of Bristol Tennessee electric system and broadband services. This board operates under state statute and has fiscal authority to act within the statutes without City Council approval. They also hire employees and set salary/benefit levels.
City Council Authority
The authority that City Council has over this board is:
The appointment of board members
The approval of all contracts for the purchase of power