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Bristol Clerk's office closed due to air quality concern

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The Town Clerk's office in Bristol will be closed until Monday due to an air quality concern, according to the city.

Mayor Ken Cockayne said the ducts in City Hall and the Bristol Police Station were cleaned two weeks ago and as part of the process, air tests were done. One came up clear, but another was inconsistent.

Cockayne said as a precaution, the city closed the office.

"As a result of the cleaning, it put out some dust and that dust concentrated in the city clerk's office," Cockayne said. 

Signs were taped on the doors of Bristol City Hall saying closed until Friday. However, Eyewitness News has learned that date has now been extended and the office will open again on Monday.  

"I walked in and they were standing outside their office and said due to poor air quality, they will be closed," said Bristol resident Emelia Schuler, who visiting town hall on Wednesday.  

Staff has been made available by telephone during regular business hours to provide information and limited assistance until the office reopens. They're working out of the library.

The staff can be reached at (860) 584-7787 extension 2030. They can also be reached by email at

"We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your patience and cooperation while we work to bring Town Clerk staff back to City Hall," the city said in a news release.

Cockayne said the office was immediately shut down after air quality tests came back.  

"Some dust samples from floors came out a little dirty, so we are taking every precaution and having city clerk re-cleaned," Cockayne said. "We're also testing the whole building." 

They're still waiting on those results. Cockayne said he doesn't know when the last time the air ducts were cleaned, but he wants to make sure it's safe for workers and residents to visit. 

"We are trying to nip this in the bud and make sure there is no emergency," Cockayne said. "We are airing on the side of safety. " 

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