Ballot Box Agreement Approved with County, Feral Cat Ordinance Enacted
The Bristol Borough Council on Monday night approved a lease and license agreement with county for voters to drop off completed mail in ballots at the municipal building for the November municipal elections and approved a new feeding feral cats measure.
The mail-in ballot dropboxes will be located on the first floor of the municipal building, and will have camera on it at all times with a county security employee to watch over officials said,
Commissioner Harvie contacted the borough about placing the drop boxes in borough hall, said DiGuiseppe. .
The box locks when the appointed security officer leaves, its pretty safe and secure, said Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe.
“We tried to spread around the dropboxes and Bristol seemed a logical location, especially because the original plan was to have them in libraries and the Grundy library was so perfect in terms of location and accessibility. We will likely have the box there in 2022, when they are done with their renovations. The County appreciates the Borough’s willingness to work with us on using the Borough Hall for November,” said Harvie who also Chairs the County Election Board.
According to county data, more than 54,000 voters requested mail in ballot for the municipal primary in May.
Council approved the lease agreement unanimously.
In other related council news, council approved its newly restructured do not feed feral cats ordinance, in a 6-0 vote.
The new code, calls for penalties to owners who unlawfully allow cats to run at large in the borough, and, “it shall be unlawful for anyone to feed unmanaged or unkempt colonies of cats” within the boundaries of the municipality.
Council members thanked north ward resident Melissa Redmond for helping with the newly approved ordinance. Redmond, at last month’s meeting, pitched council on a “more proactive approach” on the language of the code change, which included the “unamanaged/unkept” sections of the measure.