Bristol has hearing date for annexation vote

Bristol officials and their lawyers will be back in court May 11 to seek a court-set date for a referendum on annexing the remaining town into the village.

Town/village administrator Randy Kerkman announced the date to media Tuesday.

The court hearing is a state-required step for such an annexation. A previous effort to get the referendum as part of the April 6 election failed when the court rejected Bristol’s petition due problems in the legal description.

If successful this time, the vote would  come within 40 to 75 days from the hearing.

The referendum would ask town residents if they would like to be annexed into the village. A simple majority of votes cast that day would decide the issue.

If the referendum passes, the village would then pass an ordinance completing the annexation. After that action, the village and town would again be one municipality.

Pleasant Prairie, the town’s neighbor to the east, has challenged the annexation plan, saying it violates an agreement between the municipalities regarding annexations in the  eastern portion of the town.

Bristol officials and legal counsel say the new municipality will still be bound by the provisions of the agreement.

The village of Bristol, consisting of the northwest portion of the town, incorporated Dec. 1, 2009.


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