For information regarding the Safer at Home Health Order, including questions about which types of businesses are considered essential under the order, please contact the Sullivan County Regional Health Department at 423-279-2777 and select option 1, or visit their website.
City Council meeting to be conducted electronically
City Council will convene via teleconference for their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 PM. It will also be broadcast live on the City’s YouTube channel and on BTN-TV (BTES channel 16, Charter channel 192).
For more information on Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order permitting government bodies to conduct electronic meetings as a measure to protect the safety and welfare of Tennesseans while ensuring that government business remains open and accessible to the public, please click here.
Instructions for public comment
Members of the public wishing to comment during either the scheduled Public Hearings or Appearance of Citizens portions of the agenda may call 423-217-1510 beginning 15 minutes prior to the meeting. Calls will continue to be accepted for each agenda item until that item is heard by City Council. No additional callers will be accepted for an item once it has been heard by Council and they have moved on to the next item.
When dialing in, callers will be asked by an attendant which agenda item they plan to address. They will then be placed into a holding queue. When Council arrives at the appropriate point in the agenda, callers will be connected to the meeting audio one at a time to provide their comment. At the conclusion of each caller’s comment, they will then be disconnected from the meeting audio and the next caller will be brought in. Callers will be asked to state their name and address for the record prior to speaking, and all other rules for comments that normally apply for in-person meetings will remain in effect for this teleconference.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019,” abbreviated COVID-19.
Please visit the pages below for additional information about COVID-19 from the CDC.
Please visit the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information about the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Also, please watch the videos below featuring information about COVID-19 from Dr. Stephen May, Medical Director of the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, as well as some tips from the CDC to stop the spread of germs.
All City offices, including those in City Hall and the Municipal Annex, are closed to the public until further notice. Please call (423) 989-5500 with any questions.
In accordance with an order issued on Wednesday, March 25 by the Tennessee Supreme Court, all in-person judicial proceedings for Bristol, Tennessee’s Municipal Court and Juvenile Court have been suspended through Thursday, April 30. For more information, click here.
Juvenile Court - Standing order regarding parenting/visitation scheduling during the COVID-19 school closures.
- A number of applications and forms used by the City’s Planning, Zoning, Codes Enforcement, and other divisions may be found online at www.bristoltn.org/development.
- Fees associated with any of these applications may be mailed to 104 8th St, Bristol, TN 37620.
- Payments for utility bills, citations, and property taxes may be made in several ways:
- In the drive-thru drop box on 8th Street. Checks, cashier’s checks, cash, and money orders will be accepted here.
- By mail to PO Box 1348, Bristol, TN 37621-1348. Please do not place cash in the mail.
- By phone using a debit or credit card. Please have your account number ready when calling. A non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all phone payments.
- Utility bills: (877) 768-5046
- Property taxes: (877) 768-5048
- Online payment options may be found at www.bristoltn.org/paynow. Please note that a non-refundable convenience fee will apply to online payments.
- Customers wishing to set up an automatic bank draft for monthly utility bills may complete the form at www.bristoltn.org/paynow.
- Payments using credit or debit card may be made by phone for utility bills at (877) 768-5046. Property taxes can be paid by phone at (877) 768-5048. Please have your account number ready when calling.
- Online payment options for utility bills, citations, and property taxes may be found at www.bristoltn.org/paynow.
- Please note that a non-refundable convenience fee will apply to all phone and online payments.
Meetings and Presentations
- The following meetings and presentations have been canceled:
- Planning Commission - originally scheduled Mon, March 16 at 6:00p
- Library Board - originally scheduled Thu, March 19 at 4:00p
- Industrial Development Board - originally scheduled Mon, March 23 at 12:00p
- City Council Work Session - originally scheduled Tue, March 24 at 11:00a
- Bristol Housing Board - originally scheduled Wed, March 25 at 3:30p
- Comprehensive Plan presentation to City Council - originally scheduled Thu, March 26 at 8:00a
- Better Property Board - originally scheduled Thu, March 26 at 5:00p
- Historic District Draft Guidelines presentations - originally scheduled Tue, March 31 at 2:00p & 6:00p
- Additional updates regarding changes to the April meeting schedule, including instructions for offering public comment during business meetings of City Council and Planning Commission, will be posted here soon.
Parks and Recreation
- The Slater Community Center is closed to the public until further notice. All classes, senior adult trips, and other activities have been canceled. Efforts will be made to reschedule programming at a later date if possible, and participant fees will be refunded.
- All city parks remain open during regular hours, however all shelter and field rentals have been canceled. Refunds will be issued for any canceled rentals.
- All playgrounds, baseball/softball fields, and basketball courts are closed in order to encourage proper social distancing among park patrons.
- The golf course at Steele Creek Park remains open, however cart rentals are suspended, and no more than one guest at a time is permitted inside the pro shop.
- The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park will be closed to the public until further notice.
- The gate entry fee to Steele Creek Park has been temporarily waived.
- Access to the 24-hour Police Department lobby will be available for residents to request an officer’s assistance.
- The Citizens Police Academy, originally scheduled to begin on April 6, has been cancelled.
- Driving school classes conducted by the Police Department have been canceled until further notice.
- City fixed route buses, paratransit, and job access services are currently running on regular schedule and all fees have been waived. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, no more than 10 riders will be permitted on any transit vehicle at one time. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures are being employed to keep vehicles as safe as possible.
Vehicle Registration Renewals
- The Bristol office for the Sullivan County Clerk is currently closed. Through Executive Order 15, Governor Bill Lee extended the deadline for obtaining registration renewals that expire in March or April. The new deadline for obtaining these renewals is June 15, 2020.
If you are concerned that you may be ill with COVID-19, please call Ballad Health’s Nurse Connect at (833) 822-5523 to be screened. This line is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Bristol’s Promise continues to compile a broad list of resources and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information on feeding programs, resources for individuals and businesses, as well as information related to health and self care.
BTCS is providing continuous updates regarding school closures, feeding programs, and at-home learning resources.
The United Way of Bristol TN/VA has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Information is available regarding donating to the fund. Once grants have been awarded, information about agencies receiving funding will be posted on the website. Individuals requiring immediate assistance are encouraged to call 211.
The economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak are undeniably vast and could potentially last for some time to come. This impact has been particularly felt by small businesses. A number of resources at various levels have been made available.
This site was created to give small businesses and the community a place to connect and learn how we can support one another during this time of uncertainty.
Believe in Bristol is maintaining an updated list of the modified services such as curbside, to-go, delivery, gift card, and online shopping options being offered by Downtown Bristol merchants. Additional updates regarding downtown arts and entertainment activities are also included.
The Bristol Chamber of Commerce has developed the #BristolStands2gether COVID-19 resource hub that features a substantial listing of resources for businesses and individuals.
FoundersForge, a local entrepreneur-driven organization, released this newsletter detailing a number of business relief programs for freelancers, small businesses, and startups. Programs discussed include the Paycheck Protection Program, Refundable Employee Retention Credit, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.
Governor Lee is holding daily press conferences at 3:00p CDT regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tennessee Chamber is committed to helping businesses create a positive work climate. As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world and the United States, it is imperative that Tennessee employers are prepared to handle this pandemic. They are sending out a ’Daily Dashboard’ e-mail with business updates on COVID-19 that can be signed up for on their site.
TNECD continues to work without disruption, and their team is committed to assisting their stakeholders and partners during this uncertain time. Important developments will be shared on TNECD.com and TNECD’s social media channels. They have assembled a comprehensive list of resources to assist Tennessee employers and employees that will be updated regularly.
UT CIS has developed a Coronavirus Resource Dashboard in order to help organizations navigate through this emergency. A number of industry-specific resources have been compiled.
The US Chamber of Commerce has issued this cheat sheet to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The US Small Business Administration provides detailed information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and other SBA loan and debt relief options provided for in the CARES Act.