Conveniently located between Milwaukee and Chicago, Bristol is a great place to call home! With excellent schools, plenty of activities for people of all ages, and local events that are unmatched, Bristol is a beautiful place to live. Formerly known as the Town of Bristol, the Village of Bristol incorporated in 2010 with a population of 5003. The Village of Bristol is a Tree City USA and a Silver Star Water Award winner.
GREAT GRADE SCHOOL
Highly ranked Bristol Grade School provides an exceptional setting for your children to learn. Featuring a perfect balance of challenging academics, respectful students, and an engaging learning environment, Bristol Grade School is a fiscally responsible school with a history of employing exceptional leaders. Bristol Grade School also has a wonderful relationship with the Village of Bristol by sharing tools and services that save both taxing bodies money.
The School Board and Administrator were also able to expand the school without raising taxes while maintaining a high-quality education and standard for excellence. Bristol School is ranked one of the top schools in reading and math for 8th graders in Wisconsin by the independent, non-profit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance in the publication “School Facts.”
ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
The Village of Bristol has a Parks and a Recreation Plan that encompasses the future connections of residential areas, parks, and employment areas with multi-use trails. Also, the Parks and Recreation Plan includes the development of many parks that will be a blend of natural areas and active play areas.
Westosha Senior Center is located in Bristol on Hwy C just east of Hwy 45. They provide a variety of activities for seniors from Bristol and surrounding communities.
The Village of Bristol has some of the best horse facilities in all of Wisconsin. There are both private and public facilities for any equestrian needs.
George Lake and Lake Shangri-La are located in Bristol and offer a wide variety of water related activities. Bristol Bay Park features a small lake that the Village of Bristol will soon develop into passive activities in the future.
THE FAMOUS BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIRE
The Bristol Renaissance Faire is the #1 Renaissance Faire in the US for five years in a row!
Starting in early July, visitors from all over the region take a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England, complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and one-of-a-kind encounters with a spectacular cast of characters.
The Faire boasts a beautiful 30-acre site with outdoor stages featuring Swordfighters, Minstrels, and Jesters. Nearly
200 artisans display their wares in the Bristol Faire Marketplace. Potters, glass blowers, jewelers, and forgers busily go about their work, as shoppers discover rare finds around every corner. Offerings range from sterling silver jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, and fine crafted leather works to hickory walking sticks, rich tapestries to hammered pewter.
VILLAGE GOVERNMENT & SERVICES
The Village is governed by village President and four Trustees that are elected to 2-year terms. There is also a Planning Commission that consists of a Chairperson and six commission members and deals with all zoning and land use changes along with new development. The Zoning Board of Appeals has a President and four board members that deal with variances and appeals.
Bristol Fire and Rescue is provided with a mixture of Paid-on-Call, Paid-on-Premise and contracted services with Metro for Paramedic level services. All Public Works employees are cross-trained to help out with Fire and Rescue services. Previously, as the Town of Bristol, the Village received a national award through the Ford Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government for the Public Works/Fire Rescue program.
Garbage and Recycling collection is provided by John's Disposal and allows for a large curbside pickup once per month. This extensive collection helps keep our community clean and tidy.
The Village Board is always looking for volunteers for any of the above boards and commissions. In addition to government positions, the Fire Department is always looking for community members who want to volunteer. Please call or stop by the Village Hall if you are interested in giving back to the community.
Quick Facts (According to the Taxpayer’s Alliance)
• The 2nd lowest Mil rate for a Village of its size in the state of Wisconsin.
• The lowest shared revenue per capita for a Village of its size in the State of Wisconsin.
• The 2nd lowest general obligation debt for a Village of its size in the State of Wisconsin.
• The lowest general obligation debt as a percentage for Village in Southeast Wisconsin.
• The second highest Wisconsin adjusted gross income for a Village in Southeast Wisconsin.
• The lowest operating spending per capita in for a Village in Southeast Wisconsin.
• The lowest property tax levy per capita for a Village in Southeast Wisconsin.
• The lowest property tax rate for Villages/Cities in Southeast Wisconsin.
Bristol Municipal Building
19801 83rd St, Bristol, WI 53104
262-857-2368 / 262-857-2369
Burn Permit Inquiry Phone Number
Village Hall photo courtesy of James Durkin
A big thank you to Daisy Troop 9417 for the lovely gardening they did at the Village Hall!
Photo Courtesy of WestoftheI.com
Bristol celebrated Arbor Day 2016 on April 29th by planting a flowering pear tree outside the entrance of the fire department. The tree is the beginning of a project funded by the Bristol Volunteer Firemen’s Association titled “Bristol Fire Department: Our Past, Present and Future.” The project will consist of a brick walkway built around the tree that will commemorate department members past and present. The area will also display Bristol Fire Department’s bell from 1899. For more information please call Chief John Niederer at 262-857-2711.
This is the fourth year the village has been designated a Tree City USA.
Bristol received its official Tree City USA flag and plaque at the Village Board meeting on April 22, 2013. The ceremony was conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Kim Sebastian of the DNR said Bristol will be one of about 180 communities in Wisconsin to earn the designation this year. That is the second highest number of Tree Cities in the country, trailing only California.
Bristol had to meet four requirements to earn the designation:
- Establish a tree department to look over village trees.
- Pass a tree ordinance.
- Host an Arbor Day ceremony and pass an Arbor Day proclamation.
- Establish a tree budget.
Earning this status may help the Village get grants for tree-related projects in the future.
Thank you for B - Budget constraint. We appreciate the scrutiny you give to each expense to hold the line on our village tax.
Thank you for R - Resisting exponential growth. By doing so we are able to maintain the rural character of our community.
Thank you for I - Incorporating the entire town into a village. We did not wish to be divided and you found a way to keep us together.
Thank you for S - Seeking sensible alternative solutions, often less costly, to projects and problems as they arise.
Thank you for T - Time and talents you give to our community with each issue that you analyze, each vote you cast.
Thank you for O - Opportunity for Bristol to be known as the green and natural corner of Kenosha County with a genuine respect for the land.
Thank you for L - listening sincerely to citizens' thoughts, ideas and suggestions. By doing so you keep Bristol’s government a government of the people, by the people and for the people. So now let’s celebrate being the new village people.
Written by Kay Sharp
The Village of Bristol was honored to be presented a certificate of recognition as a Wisconsin Bronze Water Star Community on September 17, 2010.