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Below and attached please find the Preview of the agenda for the City Council meeting to be held this Monday, August 14, at 7 PM. Should you have any questions, please let me know. Linda
 
 

Council Preview

Hartford City Council Meeting

Monday, August 14, 2017

 

Prepared by Hartford 2000

 

The Council meeting will be held on Monday, August at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by a public comment period.  The next regular Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, at 7 PM.  The next regular public hearing will take place on Monday, August 21, at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall.

 

There are 41 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 .

 

ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

 

Previously Submitted Items:  The following item was previously on the Council Agenda and was referred to public hearing or committee or postponed or tabled.  It is now on the agenda again for action.

 

Flood Control Improvements –The Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the City to accept $5.0 million in State Bond Funds to be used for repairs and improvements to Hartford’s Connecticut River flood control system.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently rated the flood control system as “unacceptable” due to the risk of it failing.  The grant will be used to improve the following components of the system: South Meadows Dike toe drain and toe ditch, South Meadows Levee impervious blanket, Folly Brook and Park River Conduits, Amtrak rail line closure, Bulkeley Bridge under-seepage controls, and utility penetrations through the levee and flood walls. (Bronin) Item #22

 

Insurance on Rental Property – The Council will consider a resolution requiring that owners of rental property maintain a minimum level of property and casualty insurance on their buildings. The resolution further requires that such owners ensure that all tenants secure renters insurance that would cover the occupants, their property, and their displacement expenses resulting from unintended catastrophes. Landlords may purchase insurance for the renter as part of the lease or renters may purchase the insurance themselves. (Clarke, Sanchez)  Item #27

 

Non-Union Leave Policies – The Council will again consider an ordinance proposing changes to vacation, sick, family, and medical leave policies for non-union employees.  Changes include elimination of one week of vacation for employees with more than 15 years employment, reductions in the amount of vacation and sick leave that may be carried over from one year to the next and elimination of sick leave payments at death or retirement for employees hired after July 1, 2017.  The Council passed and then reconsidered the ordinance for the purpose of making an amendment that certain policies apply to those with 5 or more years of service, instead of 10 years of service.  The amended ordinance was referred to the Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee and Public Hearing on July 17.  (Bronin) Item #35

 

 

 

New Agenda Items:  The following items appear for the first time on the Council’s Agenda.

 

Community Gardens – The Council will consider two resolutions concerning community gardens. The first will accept a grant of $16,016 from the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for the installation of an irrigation system in the Enfield Street Community Garden located in the Northeast neighborhood. The second resolution approves a contract with KNOX, Inc. to create a community garden in Ramon Quiros Park in the South Downtown neighborhood and to install a community garden at Hartford Public High School in partnership with the Academy of Science & Green Technology. (Bronin) (Items #3 and #5)

 

Traffic Signals – The Council will consider two resolutions to accept grants that will be used to improve the traffic signal system in Hartford. A grant of $2.5 million will improve the intersections of Sigourney Street and Asylum Avenue and West Street and Jennings Road by installing new traffic signals that can respond to changing traffic levels, creation of turn and bike lanes, and resurfacing the pavement. A grant of $4.5 million will replace the 30 year-old traffic system control system, currently located at 525 Main Street, with a system that can respond to changing traffic levels and will incorporate the blue light system.  In addition, this grant will be used to replaced outdated traffic signals at 15 intersections throughout the city, add accessible pedestrian signals and new accessibility ramps. (Bronin) Items #11 and #12

 

Public Meeting Postings – The Council will consider a resolution accepting the gift from MeetingInfo.org of subscription fees and training for use of a publication platform that gathers, organizes and distributes public meeting information on its website.  The public can access this site any time at no cost.  MeetingInfo.org is a Hartford-based technology company. (Concepcion) Item #40

 

 

LIST OF ALL AGENDA ITEMS

 

Item #

 

1.       Main Albany Intersection. Approval to accept a grant of $3.7 million from the CT Dept. of Transportation for improvements to the intersection of Albany Avenue and Main, Ely, and High Streets. (Bronin)

 

2.       911 Funding. Authorization to accept $712,561 from the CT Dept. of Emergency Services & Public Protection for operation of the 911 dispatch center and $12,461 for dispatcher training. (Bronin)

 

3.       Enfield Street Garden. Acceptance of a grant of $16,016 from CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection for installation of an irrigation system at the Enfield Street Community Garden. (Bronin)

 

4.       Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Authorization to execute 19 contracts totaling $444,590 with providers of services to prevent teen pregnancy. (Bronin)

 

5.       Two Community Gardens. Authorization to enter into a contract with KNOX, Inc. to create community gardens at Hartford Public High School and in Ramon Quiros Park. (Bronin)

 

6.       Brini Settlement. Approval of a settlement of an injury lawsuit for $425,000. (Bronin)

 

7.       Nieves-Rojas/Berrios Settlement. Approval of a settlement of an injury lawsuit for $500,000. (Bronin)

 

8.       HHA Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Michael Abreu as a Commissioner of the Hartford Housing Authority. (Bronin)

 

9.       Bushnell Park Lighting. Acceptance of a gift of lighting improvements in Bushnell Park valued at $100,000 from the Bushnell Park Foundation. (Bronin)

 

10.   Keep Kids Cool. Approval of a $75,000 contract with KNOX, Inc. to plant 125 shade trees at five Hartford schools. (Bronin)

 

11.   LRAR Grant. Authorization to accept a grant of $2.5 million from CT Dept. of Transportation through its Local Road Accident Reduction program to improve the Sigourney/Asylum and Weston/Jennings intersections. (Bronin)

 

12.   Traffic Signalization. Approval to accept a grant of $4.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration for replacement of the City’s traffic signal control system and to replace traffic signals at 15 key intersections. (Bronin)

 

13.   Federal Lands Access Grant. Authorization to accept a grant of $135,000 from the Federal Highway Administration for installation of wayfinding signs within the Coltsville National Historical Park. (Bronin)

 

14.   Fracking Report. Report by the Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee on discussions held with Food & Water Watch on the prohibition of fracking waste within the city.

 

15.   Right of Way. Authorization for the City to abandon a 145 foot right of way at the southern end of Midland Street and sell it to the adjacent property owner for $1.00. (Bronin)

 

16.   Land Bank. Resolution of support for establishment of a Land Bank Program in Hartford as a tool for eliminating blight in the city. (Thames)

 

17.   Greenberg Traurig Contract. Request that terms of the contract with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig be modified to achieve structural balance and sustainability. (Deutsch)

 

18.   Non-Union Leave Policies. Report from the Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee on an ordinance changing policies that govern sick, medical, family, and vacation leave for non-union employees. (Bronin) (Reconsidered and amended by Council)

 

19.   Colt License Agreement. Approval of amendments to an existing agreement with Colt Gateway for use of the City-owned lot at 260 Huyshope Avenue for parking. Agreement will be extended to 2047 and improvements to the lot will be required. (Bronin)

 

20.   T-Mobile Lease. Authorization to contract with T-Mobile for installation and maintenance of telecommunication equipment at 272 Garden Street. (Bronin)

 

21.   Defined Contribution Plan. Report by the Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee on proposed plan design for a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. Employees would contribute at least 3% of their salary and the City would match those contributions to a maximum of 7%. (Bronin) (also see #29)

 

22.   Flood Control Improvements. Approval to accept $5.0 million in State funds for repairs and improvements to Hartford’s Connecticut River flood control system. (Bronin)

 

23.   Defibrillator. Acceptance of the donation of a defibrillator by CIGNA Insurance Company. (Bronin)

 

24.   Task Force. Establishment of a task force to address animal control policies and procedures. (Sanchez)

 

25.   Crossing Guards. Transfer of school crossing guards from the Police Department to the Hartford Public Schools. (Winch)

 

26.   Alarms. Report by the Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee on an ordinance for replacement of Section 25-14 of the Municipal Code governing installation, maintenance, and use of alarm systems that require dispatching of police or fire personnel. (Clarke) (also see #34)

 

27.   Insurance on Rental Property – Resolution requiring that owners of rental property to maintain a minimum level of property and casualty insurance on their buildings and assure that all tenants secure renters insurance. (Clarke, Sanchez)

 

28.   Police Hiring. Resolution proposing that a mentoring program be established to prepare Hartford residents to pass the tests necessary to begin training to become a Hartford Police Officer. (Clarke, Sanchez)

 

29.   Defined Contribution Plan. Approval of the plan design for a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. Employees would contribute at least 3% of their salary and the City would match those contributions to a maximum of 7%. (Bronin) (also see #21)

 

30.   Pope Park. Request that the Administration find funds to renovate the baseball field and the Arroyo Community Center in Pope Park. (Winch)

 

31.   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)

 

32.   Council Staff. Ordinance causing Council as a whole to appoint necessary staff, rather than each Council member appointing an assistant. (Gale)

 

33.   ID Scanners. Ordinance requiring bars to use electronic scanners on identification cards, after 6 PM, to detect false IDs. (Clarke)

 

34.   Alarms. Replacement of Section 25-14 of the Municipal Code governing installation, maintenance, and use of alarm systems that require dispatching of police or fire personnel. (Clarke) (also see #26)

 

35.   Non-Union Leave Policies. Ordinance changing policies that govern sick, medical, family, and vacation leave for non-union employees. (Bronin) Reconsidered from June 12 and amended

 

36.   Off-Road Vehicles. Ordinance governing the use of dirt bikes. ATVs, snow mobiles and other off-road vehicles on city streets. (Clarke)

 

37.   Fracking. Ordinance prohibiting the presence of fracking waste in the city. (Jennings)

 

38.   Human Services. Resolution calling for a public hearing on how U.S. military funds might be redirected to human services and for the Council to call for reductions in military spending and redirection of funds to human services. (Bermudez, Deutsch)

 

39.   Naming. Proposed naming of Softball Field #8 in Colt Park for Luis “Drak” Colon. (Concepcion, Sanchez, Bermudez)

 

40.   Public Meeting Postings. Approval to accept a gift of subscription fees and training support for the City to utilize a publication platform called MeetingInfo.org for posting of public meetings. (Concepcion)

 

41.   Libraries. Resolution to halt closings/service reductions at all Hartford Public Library facilities. (Deutsch, Jennings, Bermudez)

 

 

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