BRISTOL - The newly elected City Council met for its first meeting Tuesday night and appointed a new corporation counsel and assigned councilors to committees, boards and liaison positions.
The City Council unanimously appointed Dale Clift to serve as the city’s corporation counsel and Jeffrey Steeg to serve as the city’s assistant corporation counsel. Both were administered their oaths during the council meeting and will be serving two-year terms.
“We do have two attorneys that serve full-time as staff to the City of Bristol, but we have a Corporation counsel and an assistant corporation counsel who serve terms concurrent with that of the mayor,” Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said.
The City Council also unanimously voted to assign the newly elected officials to committees, boards and liaison positions for the next two years.
However, Zoppo-Sassu said that “due to the minority representation” of Republicans on the council and state law, Councilor Dave Mills will be serving on all of the council committees “in order for us to comply with those laws.” Though, she explained that he will not be assigned to any liaison positions in order to balance the workload between councilors.
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Councilors were appointed to the following committees
Salary Committee: Chair, Mary Fortier
Members, Dave Preleski, Dave Mills
Real Estate Committee: Chair, Dave Preleski
Members, Dave Mills and Greg Hahn
Ordinance Committee: Chair, Dave Preleski
Members, Dave Mills and Josh Medeiros
Building Committee: Chair, Dave Mills
Members, Mary Fortier and Dave Preleski
10 year Capital Improvement Committee: Members, Mary Fortier, Peter Kelley and Dave Preleski
School Readiness: Member, Peter Kelley
Public Hearing and Assessment Committee: Members, Dave Mills, Greg Hahn and Peter Kelley
Pending: Marketing and Economic Development Committees
Councilors were appointed to the following boards
Bristol Development Authority, David Mills
Bristol Board of Fire Commissioners, David Preleski
Board of Police Commissioners, Josh Medeiros
Board of Public Works, Dave Mills, Greg Hahn and Peter Kelley
Retirement Board, Preleski
Transportation Committee, Mary Fortier
Youth Commission, Josh Medeiros
Councilors and the mayor were appointed liaisons to the following commissions
Ellen Zoppo-Sassu: Cemetery Commission, Bristol-Burlington Health District, Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS
Greg Hahn: Housing Authority of Bristol, Commission on Aging
Josh Medeiros: Board of Park Commissioners
Peter Kelley: Board of Library Directors, Board of Education
Mary Fortier: Board of Water Commissioners, Commission on Disabilities, Human Resources Agency