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The Council meeting will begin at 7 P.M. at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers. The meeting will begin with a hearing on four sales of City-owned property (191-193 Sigourney, 1143 Main, 602 Garden, and 91-93 Atwood Streets), lease of property at 500H and 553 Capitol Avenue, and the proposed newsrack ordinance (see below). The next Council meeting will be Monday, November 13, 2006 at 7 P.M. The next public hearing will be Monday, November 20, 2006.
There are 31 items on the agenda. The complete agenda for the Council meeting is available online at http://www.hartford.gov/government/Town&CityClerk/Agendas/archive.htm
Previously Submitted Items: The following items have previously appeared on the Council Agenda. They were referred to committees and/or public hearing. They are now on the agenda again for action.
Regulation of Newsracks – At the hearing portion of its meeting, the Council will hear comment on an ordinance for the regulation of installation, operation, and maintenance of newsracks within the public right-of-way. The objective is to assure that newsracks do not unduly obstruct sidewalks, create traffic congestion, damage municipal property, or endanger the safety and welfare of individuals. The ordinance requires permits, regulates the location of newsracks, and provides standards for maintenance and installation. The Council referred the item to the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee. (Item #5)
Sale of City-Owned Land – The Council will consider a resolution authorizing the sale, at no cost, of the rear parcel of 1450 Main Street to the SOC Group for the construction of 57 units of affordable rental housing. The resolution also authorizes the City to grant, to SOC, a one-year option to purchase the front parcel of 1450 Main Street for $150,000. SOC Group was selected as the developer through a Request for Proposals. A public hearing on the matter was held on Monday, October 16, 2006. The Council’s Planning and Development Committee recommends approval. (Item #13)
Capital College Preparatory Inter-District Magnet School – The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the Mayor to extend the lease between the City and Capital Community College for space on the 3rd and 6th floors of 950 Main Street for the operation of Capital College Preparatory Interdistrict Magnet School through June 30, 2008. The rent is $1.00 per year. A permanent site for the Magnet School is being sought but has not yet been secured. A hearing on the matter was held on October 16, 2006 and the Education Committee recommends approval. (Item #15)
Hartford Residency Survey – The Council will vote on a resolution stating that a working committee of Council members and City Department representatives be convened to develop an implementation plan for recommendations that have been made to increase the number of Hartford residents employed in public service jobs for the City of Hartford, Hartford Public Schools, and in the non-profit sector. The City has set a voluntary goal of 50% of all such public service jobs being committed to Hartford residents. The recommendations were made as a result of Hartford Residency surveys conducted over the past two years. The resolution also states that a 3rd Annual Hartford Residency Survey should be conducted. The Council’s Labor and Workforce Development Committee discussed the proposed resolution at its October 11 meeting, prepared a substitute resolution, and recommends it for approval. (Item #18)
New Agenda Items
Outdoor Signage - The Council will consider an ordinance to allow outdoor advertising signs in the B-1 and B-2 zoning districts. Such signs are already permitted in zones I-1, I-2, C-1, and B-3. Amendment of this ordinance also reduces the amount of distance between such signs from 1000 to 500 feet on limited access highways and to 300 feet on non-limited access highways. (Item #23)
Guidelines for Renovations and Additions to Historic Buildings – The Mayor submitted to Council a “place holder” resolution on this matter. It is expected that the Guidelines will be available at the Council meeting.
Property Tax Assessment Reform and Relief Package - The Mayor submitted to Council a “place holder” resolution on this matter. It is expected that the Package will be available at the Council meeting.
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.