Happy New Year to you all!  Attached and below please find the Preview of the agenda for the next meeting of the Court of Common Council on Monday, January 8. Just a reminder that you can watch the Council meeting on Hartford Public Access TV on channel 96. If you have any questions, please let me know. Linda

Council Preview

Hartford City Council Meeting

Monday, January 8, 2018
Prepared by Hartford 2000
The Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 8 at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by a public comment period.  The next regular Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 22, at 7 PM. The next regular public hearing will take place on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall. 
There are 16 items on the agenda.  Below is detailed information about items of special interest to neighborhoods.  Following those details is a listing of all agenda items, in layperson’s language.  The official agenda for the Council meeting is available online by clicking on the meeting date at the following web site: http://www.hartford.gov/townclerk/council-agenda .
Previously Submitted Items:  The following item was previously on the Council Agenda and was referred to public hearing and committees.  Committee reports are included on the agenda. No action will be taken on the ordinance until after its public hearing on January 16.
Library Department – The Council will receive reports from its Health & Human Services and Labor, Education, Workforce & Youth Development Committees recommending passage of an ordinance which proposes that the Hartford Public Library, a nonprofit, be replaced by a City department called the Department of City Libraries.  The department would have a Director and four divisions – Branches, Programming, Hartford History Center, and Maintenance, Grounds, Buildings, & Vehicles. There shall be a Board of Trustees and a Community Advisory Committee. (Deutsch)  Note: The ordinance was scheduled for a public hearing on December 18, but the public hearing was cancelled. Comments on this item will be heard at the public hearing to be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 PM. (Items 5 & 6)
New Agenda Item:  The following items appear for the first time on the Council’s Agenda.
Council Officers – The Council will elect its leadership for a 2-year term. On the agenda are three resolutions “nominating” the following individuals for the offices listed below.  (Items 11, 13, 14, and 15)
     For Council President: Glendowlyn Thames and rJo Winch
     For Majority Leader: Julio Concepcion
     For Minority Leader: Wildaliz Bermudez
     For Assistant Majority Leader: John Gale and rJo Winch
Item #
1.     Executive Session. Request for Council to enter into Executive Session to discuss a proposed tax litigation settlement on office buildings at 20 Church Street and 100 Pearl Street. (Bronin)
2.     LGBTQ+ Commission Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s reappointment of Sean Bradbury and appointment of Curtis Porter III to the LGBTQ+ Commission. (Bronin)
3.     GHTD Board Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s reappointments of Jennifer Cassidy and Frank Lord to the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Transit District. (Bronin)
4.     Women’s Commission Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointments of Annette Medero and Mary-Jane Foster as members of the Commission on the Status of Hartford Women. (Bronin)
5.     Library. Report from the Health & Human Services Committee supporting an ordinance creating a Department of Public Libraries within City government which would replace the nonprofit Hartford Public Library. (Deutsch)
6.     Library. Report from the Labor, Education, Workforce & Youth Development Committee supporting an ordinance creating a Department of Public Libraries within City government which would replace the nonprofit Hartford Public Library. (Deutsch)
7.     Shared Solar Legislation. Resolution calling on the State Legislature to pass legislation that will allow Hartford residents living in multi-unit buildings to access solar energy from arrays distant from their homes. (Sanchez)
8.     Climate Action Plan. Endorsement of the City’s Climate Action Plan and approval for the City to participate in Sustainable CT. (Bronin)
9.   Owners Registry. Ordinance requiring owners of residential rental property of 3 units or more to register with the Division of Licenses & Inspections each year. (Clarke)
10.  Defined Contribution Plan. Ordinance establishing a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. (Bronin)
11.  Council Officers #1. Resolution appointing Glendowlyn Thames as Council President and Julio Concepcion as Majority Leader. (Clarke, Concepcion, Gale, Sanchez, Thames, Winch)
12.  Bushnell Park Playground. Resolution supporting the construction of a playground in Bushnell Park as proposed and funded by the Bushnell Park Foundation. (Concepcion, Gale)
13.  Council Officers #2. Resolution appointing rJo Winch as Council President and Wildaliz Bermudez as Minority Leader. (Deutsch)
14.  Council Officer #3. Resolution appointing John Gale as Assistant Majority Leader. (Gale)
15.  Council Officer #4. Resolution appointing rJo Winch as Assistant Majority Leader. (Winch)
16.  Funds. Allocation of $500 for refreshments to be served at an event on February 2nd honoring local African Americans/Blacks. (Winch)
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