Bristol seeking June 24 for annexation referendum

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Bristol sought a June 24 date in Circuit Court today for its annexation referendum.

But the finalization of that date will have to wait until the town of Bristol, the village of Bristol and Pleasant Prairie all approve an agreement worked out earlier this week regarding future annexations.

All those entities are expected to approve the agreement at special meetings Thursday. The judge is then expected to issue an order for the referendum Friday.

However, another hearing might be needed if one of the government entities did not approve the agreement, said William White, Bristol’s attorney.

“We didn’t cross that bridge though,'” White said about today’s hearing.

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 has agreed to drop its opposition to the Circuit Court setting a date for a referendum.  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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