BRISTOL - The Bristol City Council recognized the efforts of local non-profit Brianâ€™s Angels at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
Pat Stebbins, president of the homeless outreach organization which combats the difficulties of homelessness, addressed the council during the â€śnon-profit spotlightâ€ť portion of the meeting.
â€śOne day, about three years ago, when I was out walking my dogs I noticed how many homeless there are in Bristol,â€ť Stebbins said.
â€śWe began by passing out ice waters and then we started giving out loving bags containing soaps, oral hygiene and feminine supplies and deodorant. Two years ago we started our cooling and warming center run by an all volunteer group. Bristol has been pretty amazing.â€ť
The Brianâ€™s Angels shelter is located at 19 Jacobs Street and is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week.
â€śLast year we officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a Board of Directors,â€ť said Stebbins. â€śNow we are looking to expand to a new building. We are filling a void, getting critical supplies and saving lives.â€ť
When Councilor Greg Hahn asked what Brianâ€™s Angels needed for support, Stebbins said that meat and cheese are in short supply and that they also need shorts and summer clothes.
Other meeting notes
Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu later reported that Memorial Boulevard has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Boulevard had previously been included in the state registry.
She also reported that the Mayorâ€™s Opioid Task Force would be creating brochures for first responders to give out after responding to an overdose.
They will contain information about treatment and support services.
Council member David Preleski noted that the fire department had received a federal grant that allows them to provide free smoke alarms with ten-year lithium batteries for residents.
Residents can call the department at 860-584-7964, Ext. 4 to arrange alarm installation.
The council also approved a $36,655 grant from Firehouse Subs to the local fire department to purchase extrication equipment such as a spreader, cutter and ram.
Council member Dave Mills praised Firehouse Subs for their generosity.
â€śWhen they came to Bristol this is something they proposed to do,â€ť he said. â€śAwarding a grant like this is something pretty special for a business to do for us.â€ť
When Mills asked what the council could do to thank them, Zoppo-Sassu said that local firefighters recently visited Firehouse Subs to give thanks. A plaque is also â€śin the works.â€ť
Additionally, the council approved a $2,867,411 state grant to support the local school readiness program.
David Preleski was also named the â€śacting mayorâ€ť for when Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is unavailable. He is succeeding Dave Mills in this role, which he will have for four months.
Public hearing set
Finally, a public hearing has been set for July 19 at 7 p.m. for an ordinance revision that would bring water pollution control under the management of the water department.
This revision was discussed during a June 5 Ordinance Commission Meeting which the mayor attended.
She said that consolidation could mean long-term savings for the city.
â€śIf we can weave these departments together - and they are more similar than separate- we could find efficiencies,â€ť Zoppo-Sassu said.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.