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Tapply Thompson Community Center enters a new era

December 07, 2011
BRISTOL—There will be a little something extra to celebrate when Santa comes to his Village at the Tapply Thompson Community Center this upcoming weekend.

Representatives from the Tapply Thompson Community Center appeared before the Select Board at the board's regular meeting last Thursday evening to update members on some positive developments at the TTCC, and to request continuing non-profit tax exempt status for the property as the building changes ownership in the weeks ahead.

The board voted unanimously to keep the property in tax-exempt status, according to the appropriate RSA 72:23 section 6, as the building transitions from church affiliation to non-profit ownership.

Chairman of the TTCC Advisory Council, Doug Williams, told select board members that the current owner, New England Conference of Methodist Churches, has agreed to turn over its interest in the facility to the Bristol Recreation Commission, operating as the Tapply Thompson Community Center, a charitable organization.

The new arrangement may make the TTCC eligible for new grant funding opportunities for future building and program needs that are not available to church affiliated institutions or organizations. The Commission has invested a lot of money from volunteer contributions for the repair, renovation and upkeep of the busy Community Center building in the past, recently repairing the steeple, replacing windows and making other improvements.

"It will be in or best interest if we own the building," said Williams.

Williams also reported that thanks to the generosity of several local benefactors and an extremely successful fundraising campaign, the Council is now within easy striking distance of its goal of raising the funds needed to replace the aging and deteriorating TTCC roof that has been desperately in need of repair for some time.

"There are some really exciting things happening in the Town of Bristol," said Williams. "We have had a very interesting year and one-half conducting a fundraising campaign for a new roof. We received a 'challenge' grant from an individual promising to donate $25,000 to the project if we can raise the rest of the necessary funds by the end of the year. We have had great help from Bill Plant at Waste Management, who has agreed to help take care of (shingle disposal) for a reasonable fee, saving us up to $7,000. We were able to get a really good price on shingles. It is because of the support of the communities we serve that we have been able to make it happen."

Williams reported that the Committee had raised more than $64,000 towards the $90,000 cost of the project, which, combined with the $25,000 challenge, puts the TTCC within $10,000 of its goal.

In other business Thursday evening, the Town was congratulated and presented with the Prime Award from its Risk Manager from the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex) for efforts by Kelly LaCasse and Town Administrator Mike Capone, as well as others on the Joint Loss Management Committee, to improve workplace safety policies and procedures in Bristol. Representatives from Primex said the award was a reflection of a "core culture" in Bristol that values safety programs and practices that will result in fewer incidents and less severe claims and help to keep the workplace safe.

In another welcome development, Fire Chief Steve Yannuzzi also reported that Bristol this week was notified that it has been awarded a FEMA grant to purchase a portable diesel powered generator for use at the Fire Department, and as part of Emergency Operations. This equipment will greatly improve the department's ability to operate efficiently in the event of power outage during flooding or other emergency operations and could be moved to other locations in town such as the Elementary or High School as needed.

Chief Yannuzzi also requested and received authorization to write a formal letter of request to receive a donation of a 2002 Ford Expedition from the Concord Fire Department. If successful, the donated vehicle could be equipped to serve to in the place of a regularly scheduled replacement currently included in the Capital Improvement Plan, saving the Town some funds.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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