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Merger of town & village by annexation

Type of Jurisdictions Involved



Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Town of Bristol;
  • Village of Bristol








Type of Agreement

Annexation Ordinance Effectively Merged Town With Village


Implementation and Incubation

  • On November 3, 2009, the voters approved the incorporation of a portion of the Town of Bristol into a Village.  Wisconsin’s Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette officially issued the  Certificate of Incorporation for the Village of Bristol on December 1, 2009
  • The election for the first Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Bristol was held on January 19, 2010.  The new Village Board was sworn in by Kenosha County Circuit Court Clerk Rebecca Matoska-Mentink on January 25, 2010
  • On that same night, Town of Bristol Supervisors John McCabe and Colleen Fisch along with Clerk Amy Klemko appointed Alex Destefano, Noel Elfering and Joan Peterson to fill the vacancies on the Town Board which were created by the incorporation of the Village of Bristol  
  • Colleen Fisch was appointed Town Chairman by Supervisor John McCabe and Clerk Amy Klemko. The new Town Board members will fill out the remainder of the terms of the former supervisors
  • Many voters in the Town have asked why they could not vote on the Village incorporation.  Under the state statutes for incorporation, the remaining Town residents are not allowed to vote, only those in the proposed incorporation area can vote.  The Village Board decided to allow Town residents to vote on an annexation referendum to determine whether the Town should become part of the Village.  On February 18, 2010, the Kenosha County Circuit Court denied the annexation referendum for the residents of the Town of Bristol because of a technicality in the legal description.  The court stated that corrections could be made and the Village could then reapply for the referendum.  
  • On February 22, 2010, the Village Board of Trustees took action to allow the Town residents’ voices to be heard by approving the re-submittal of a Petition to Annex the remainder of the Town of Bristol into the Village of Bristol.  The referendum was held on June 29, 2010 and on July 4, 2010 after a week or so between vote of public and Town approval the Village approved an ordinance annexing the remaining Town of Bristol.


Factors Involved

  • After formation of Village of Bristol on December 1, 2009 there were separate budgets, Board Meetings, ordinances, etc. where there used to be only one with the Town of Bristol 
  • Public works and fire department employees did the same work for the Town of Bristol and the Village of Bristol Admin staff did same services for Village and Town related to Board meetings, Planning Commission meetings, accounts receiveable, and accounts payable, budgets, ordinances, and permitting



  • Eliminate doubling of service delivery between Town of Bristol and Village of Bristol, and for the 'general good of taxpayers'
  • Reduced costs
  • Greater efficiency
  • Benefits for taxpayers (reduced taxes)
  • Improved service delivery



  • Reduced costs
  • Greater efficiency
  • Benefits for taxpayers (reduced taxes)
  • Taxpayers see positive work of officials working to 'streamline' government processes
  • Improved service delivery


Project Contact

Village Administrator Randy Berkman
Village President
Richard Gossling






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