City Council

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Members

Structure

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Bristol. The Council consists of 5 members, 3 of whom are elected from 3 council districts by the eligible voters of the city at large and 2 of whom are elected to at-large seats by the eligible voters of the city at large. Council members are elected on a non-partisan basis for a staggered 4 year term of office.

Meetings

  • 7:00 p.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise advertised
  • Slater Community Center
    325 McDowell Street
    Bristol, TN 37620
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Work Session Meetings

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of every month, unless otherwise advertised
  • Ewell L. Easley Municipal Annex
    104 8th St
    Bristol, TN 37620

Opportunities for Public Comment During City Council Meetings

There are several opportunities for public comment during City Council’s Meetings. 


During the Appearance of Citizens portion of the Agenda, the public may address City Council on any matter that is not on the agenda for formal consideration, or is on the Consent Agenda.  A sign-up sheet is provided at the entrance to the Slater Center Auditorium, and those wishing to speak during the Appearance of Citizens are asked to sign up.

 

City Council holds Public Hearings on certain Agenda Items.  Any member of the public may address Council during a Public Hearing on the Agenda item to which the Public Hearing pertains.  Anyone wishing to address City Council during a Public Hearing should approach the lectern when the public hearing is opened by the Mayor, or indicate their desire to speak by raising their hand or responding affirmatively.  

 

During City Council’s consideration of individual ordinances and resolutions that do not have a public hearing associated with them, the Mayor will ask the audience if any member wishes to address City Council on that item.  Those wishing to speak should approach the lectern at that time, or indicate their desire to speak by raising their hand or responding affirmatively.


Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are provided prior to the meeting, while minutes are available following approval.

For detailed City Council agendas, including supporting documentation related to specific agenda items, please visit BoardDocs.

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Mayor

Annually in July, the City Council selects 1 of its members to serve as mayor for a 1 year period and 1 of its members to serve for a 1 year period as Vice-Mayor. The Mayor presides at all meetings of City Council and is the ceremonial head of the city, but has no other executive or administrative powers or duties. The Vice-Mayor serves in the absence or disability of the Mayor. As the legislative body of the city, the council is responsible for approving the appropriation of money and the collection of taxes; the approval of bonds and notes; and the enactment of laws (ordinances).