Bristol, Pleasant Prairie reach agreement on annexation referendum

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Bristol and Pleasant Prairie have reached a tentative agreement that could allow Bristol to move ahead with a mass annexation referendum.

William White, Bristol’s attorney, said Monday night that Bristol has agreed to give 35 acres to Pleasant Prairie for annexation. The land would allow a building on the Uline development to be within a single municipal jurisdiction.

In exchange, Pleasant Prairie will drop its opposition to the Circuit Court setting a date for a referendum in which residents of the town of Bristol can vote on joining the village of Bristol en masse, White said.

The agreement still needs formal approval by the Pleasant Prairie Village Board, the Bristol Town Board and the Bristol Village Board, White said. However he expected Pleasant Prairie to withdraw its opposition to the referendum at a hearing tomorrow morning in Kenosha.

“We all feel pretty good,” White said, “but it does have to be approved.”

A date for the vote would come 40 to 75 days from the hearing, if no other obstacles arise.

The referendum would ask town of Bristol residents if they would like to be annexed into the village of Bristol. 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.

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


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