Hartford Public Library, and Hartford 2000
The Council meeting will begin at 7 PM at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers. The meeting will be preceded, at 6:30 PM, by an open agenda public hearing. The next public hearing will be Monday, August 20, 2007 at 7 PM.
There are 54 items on the agenda. The complete agenda for the Council meeting is available online at http://www.hartford.gov/government/Town&CityClerk/Minutes/council_meeting_minutes.htm.
Previously Submitted Items: The following items were previously on the Council Agenda and were included in the Council Preview/Review. They were referred to committees and/or public hearing or action was postponed by the Council. They are now on the agenda again for action.
Public Safety Complex: Land Acquisition – The Council will vote on two resolutions authorizing the Mayor to execute an option to purchase the property at 26-32 Atlantic Street for the sum of $580,000 and to gain access to the property for pre-development testing and inspection. The property is intended to be used for the construction of the City’s new Public Safety Complex. A public hearing on this matter was held on July 16, 2007 and the Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee recommends approval. (Items #16 and 17)
Public Safety Complex: Funding – The Council will consider an ordinance appropriating an additional $37,000,000 to the already appropriated $40,000,000 for the proposed Public Safety Complex and authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds to meet this appropriation. A public hearing on this matter was held on July 16, 2007 and the Council’s Finance and Revenue Committee recommends adoption. (Item #21 and 32)
Lewis Fox School – The Council will consider a proposed ordinance appropriating $84,000,000 for the demolition of the existing middle school and construction of a new campus facility for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 which will utilize the Independent Day School model. The ordinance also authorizes the issuance of $21,000,000 in bonds to meet the City’s share of the project costs. The State of Connecticut will reimburse the City of Hartford for 80% of the construction costs. A public hearing on the ordinance was held on July 16, 2007. The Council’s Finance and Revenue Committee recommends approval. The Education Committee also discussed the project, but, due to the lack of a quorum, did not take a vote on the item. (Item #23, 27, and 34)
Public Health Bio-Terrorism Grant – The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the acceptance of $200,000 in grants from the State of Connecticut and other agencies to implement the Public Health Bio-Terrorism Plan, which is in place to ensure a coordinated response to health and medical consequences of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction event. The Council’s Health and Human Services Committee recommends approval. (Item #24)
RAMBUH Family Center – The Council will consider a resolution authorizing the City to enter into a five year renewable lease with the Village for Families and Children, Inc., for the period July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2012, for an annual payment of $2,000, for the operation of the RAMBUH Family Center at 2 Holcomb Street. The Center provides high quality school readiness and family support and education services for families with children ages birth to eight living in the Upper Albany and Blue Hills areas of Hartford. Approximately 221 Hartford residents were served by the Center from 2005 to 2006. A public hearing on this item was held on July 16, 2007 and the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee recommends approval. (Item #25)
New Agenda Items
Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance Grant – The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the Mayor to accept a $10,000 grant from the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA). This grant will allow the Police Department to supplement its annual budget in order to promote its Neighborhood Policing plan and to further community relations, addressing quality of life issues in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. (Item #3)
Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance Grant – The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the Mayor to accept a $2,000 grant from the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (NINA). This grant will allow the Police Department to supplement its annual budget in order to promote its Neighborhood Policing plan and to further community relations, addressing quality of life issues in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. (Item #8)
Contract Compliance – The Council’s Labor and Workforce Development Committee has submitted a report of progress in drafting a “Hartford Contract Compliance Ordinance”. The ordinance would assist in increasing opportunities for minority construction contractors and for Hartford residents to be trained for and obtain jobs in construction. City staff and Council members have been assisted in this effort by the City of New Haven. The Committee will meet with City staff monthly during the development of the ordinance, which will then be forwarded to the full Council with the Committee’s recommendations. (Item #14)
Convenience Stores – The Council will consider an ordinance amending the recently adopted ordinance regulating extended hours convenience stores. The proposed ordinance would exempt from the ordinance “a business that is open until, but not later than, 11:30 PM for the purpose of Connecticut Lottery terminal sales”. A public hearing on this amendment will be held on Monday August 20, 2007 at 7 PM in the Council Chambers. (Item #37)
Hartford Botanical Garden – The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the Mayor to allocate $24,350 to the Hartford Botanical Garden to continue work to develop, plant, and manage a botanical garden and conservatory on 18 acres in Colt Park. The funds will be used to complete the initial phase of the development of the project and assist in preparation of a capital campaign. (Item #41)
If you have any questions about the agenda, please call Richard Frieder at the Hartford Public Library, 695-6365, or Linda Bayer at Hartford 2000, 509-3710. The Council Preview/Review is a joint project of the Hartford 2000, and the Hartford Public Library.