Hi All, Below and attached is the Council Preview for tonight’s meeting (Sept. 11). If you have any questions, let me know. Linda

Council Preview

Hartford City Council Meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017


Prepared by Hartford 2000


The Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM, preceded at 6 PM by a public comment period.  The next regular Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 25, at 7 PM.  The next regular public hearing will take place on Monday, September 18 at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall. 


There are 27 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 .




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


Riverwalk Grant – The Council will consider a resolution accepting a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) in the amount of $2,529,494 to be used to extend Hartford’s walkway along the Connecticut River from the Boathouse in Riverside Park northward to the outflow of Meadow Brook into the River.  The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) oversaw a competitive process for FHA funds and the City had applied for $1.2 million for this project. However, the approved grant was for more than twice the amount requested. The City, through its Departments of Development Services and Public Works, will work with Riverfront Recapture, Inc. to complete the project. Design work will begin this year and construction will start in 2019. (Bronin) (Item #5)


Waste Management – The Council will receive an ordinance revamping the City’s solid waste management system. Among the proposed changes are a new way of collecting bulky waste, such as furniture, tree limbs, tires, and appliances. Currently, bulky waste may be placed on the curb on regular trash days. Under the proposed system, residents and business owners must make an appointment for pick-up of bulky waste. The first two pick-ups in a calendar year will be free. Any further pick-ups will be subject to a fee.  A fee schedule will be recommended by the Dept. of Public Works and approved by Council.  Further changes to the City’s solid waste management system include increased enforcement of regulations governing presentation of garbage and recycling. (Bronin) (Item #17)





Item #


  1. Freshpoint Agreement. Approval to enter into an agreement with Freshpoint, a fresh produce distributor, for use of 1.3 acres of City-owned land at 80 Reserve Road for truck parking. (Bronin)


  1. DUI Enforcement Grant. Authorization to accept a grant of $259,000 for enforcement of impaired driving laws. (Bronin)


  1. CRIA Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Maryam Bitar, Cheryl Zeiner, Mubera Becirovic, and Artan Martinaj to the Commission on Refugee & Immigrant Affairs. (Bronin)


  1. Ethics Commission. Annual report of activities carried out by the Ethics Commission during Fiscal Year 2016-17. (Bronin)


  1. Riverwalk Grant. Approval to accept a $2.5 million grant for design and construction of an extension of the walkway along the Connecticut River from the Boathouse north to the outflow of Meadow Brook. (Bronin)


  1. “Bluelight Parking”. Authorization to lease property from the State of Connecticut for use of land to the north side of the Sisson Avenue off-ramp from I-84 for off-street parking for Hartford residents during winter snow storms. (Bronin)


  1. Charter Oak Landing Access. Approval for the City to accept an easement across land owned by the Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority for the Riverfront Access Road which runs from Reserve Road to Charter Oak Landing. (Bronin)


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


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


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


  1. 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)


  1. Defined Contribution Plan. Ordinance establishing a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. (Bronin)


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


  1. 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)


  1. Brini Settlement. Approval of a settlement of an injury lawsuit for $390,000. (Bronin)


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


  1. Waste Management. Ordinance making changes to the City’s solid waste management system, including elimination of weekly pick-up of bulky waste and establishment of a twice-per year appointment-based system. (Bronin)


  1. New Commission. Proposal to establish the Hartford Film, Video, Digital, Media and Social Media Commission for the purpose of supporting a strong industry in Hartford. (Sanchez)


  1. Immigration Issues. Resolution in opposition to such actions as the withholding of federal funds from cities who do not enforce federal immigration laws and anti-immigrant bills such as Texas SB4, and support for continuation of the DACA program and protection of Hartford’s immigrant community. (Clarke, Concepcion, Winch, Thames, Bermudez)


  1. Designation. Resolution designating the week of September 24 – 30, 2017 as African American Heritage Week in the city of Hartford. (Clarke)


  1. Carrying Guns. Resolution opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would allow individuals from states which allow concealed guns to be carried to do so in violation of Connecticut law. (Clarke, Concepcion, Gale)


  1. Bankruptcy Forums. Proposal for Council to hold a series of public forums on the consequences of a declaration of bankruptcy by the City. (Bermudez, Clarke)


  1. ATV Task Force. Acceptance of the recommendations made by the ATV Task Force as a means of eliminating illegal use of all-terrain and off-road motorbikes. (Concepcion, Gale, Sanchez, Thames)


  1. Mass Incarceration. Resolution in support of the release of all prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes and expunging the records of all individuals ever incarcerated for a non-violent crime in Connecticut. (Jennings, Clarke, Bermudez, Deutsch, Sanchez)


  1. Outsourcing. Resolution requesting quarterly reports from the Administration of all City contracts with outside firms in amounts of $25,000 or more in a quarter and $50,000 or more in a six-month period. (Deutsch)


  1. Rental Housing. Proposal to create a city-wide strategy to combat substandard rental housing and to preserve and increase the city’s affordable and market rate rental housing stock. (Thames, Clarke, Bermudez, Winch)


  1. Contract Compliance. Proposal for implementation of recommendations made by the Contract Compliance Taskforce concerning resident hiring and contracting with minority- and women-owned businesses. (Winch)


If you have any questions about the agenda or wish to be removed from the Council Preview/Review list, please email Linda Bayer at Htfd2000@aol.com .  The Council Preview/Review is a service of Hartford 2000, Inc.

Linda A. Bayer, Civic Engagement Consultant
Hartford 2000, Inc.
111 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106