Greetings: Attached and below please find the Review of actions taken by the Court of Common Council at their meeting of January 8, 2018. Please note that the public hearing next week will be held on Tuesday, January 16, due to Monday being Martin Luther King holiday.  If you have any questions, please let me know. Linda

Council Review
Hartford City Council Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018
 
Prepared by Hartford 2000
 
There were 16 items on the original agenda. Five additional items were added to the agenda during the meeting.  The City’s official listing of actions taken on all items on this agenda can be found online at http://www.hartford.gov/townclerk/council-minutes .  The next Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7 PM.  The next regular public hearing will be Tuesday, January 16, at 7 PM (change of day due to Monday holiday).  All meetings are held in the Council Chambers.
 
ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
 
Library Department – The Council received 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.  No action will be taken by Council until after the public hearing. (Items 5 & 6)
 
Council Officers – The Council elected its leadership for a 2-year term as follows.  (Items 11, 13, 14, and 15)
 
    Council President: Glendowlyn Thames
    Majority Leader: Julio Concepcion
    Minority Leader: Wildaliz Bermudez
    Assistant Majority Leader: John Gale
 
LIST OF ALL AGENDA ITEMS
 
Item #
 
1.     Executive Session. Council entered 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) Referred to the Legislative Affairs Committee
 
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) Referred to the Planning, Economic Development & Housing Committee
 
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) Referred to the Legislative Affairs Committee
 
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) Received
 
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) Received
 
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) Passed
 
8.     Climate Action Plan. Endorsement of the City’s Climate Action Plan and approval for the City to participate in Sustainable CT. (Bronin) Passed
 
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) Postponed
 
10.  Defined Contribution Plan. Ordinance establishing a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. (Bronin) Postponed
 
11.  Council Officers #1. Resolution appointing Glendowlyn Thames as Council President, Julio Concepcion as Majority Leader, and Wildaliz Bermudez as Minority Leader. (Clarke, Concepcion, Gale, Sanchez, Thames, Winch) Passed
 
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) Referred to Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee
 
13.  Council Officers #2. Resolution appointing rJo Winch as Council President and Wildaliz Bermudez as Minority Leader. (Deutsch) Withdrawn
 
14.  Council Officer #3. Resolution appointing John Gale as Assistant Majority Leader. (Gale) Passed
 
15.  Council Officer #4. Resolution appointing rJo Winch as Assistant Majority Leader. (Winch) Withdrawn
 
16.  Funds. Allocation of $500 for refreshments to be served at an event on February 2nd honoring local African Americans/Blacks. (Winch, Clarke, Gale, Concepcion, Sanchez) Passed
 
17.  DECD Grant. Approval to accept a grant of $1.9 million from the CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development for remediation of environmental contamination on City-owned properties at 367, 393, and 424 Homestead Avenue. (Bronin) Passed
 
18.  Finance Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Leigh Ann Ralls as the City’s Finance Director submitted 11.13.17. (Bronin) Withdrawn in favor of resolution in #19 which would allow additional time for Council to interview the candidate.
 
19.  Finance Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Leigh Ann Ralls as the City’s Finance Director submitted 1.8.18. (Bronin) Referred to the Committee of the Whole
 
20.  Council Committees. Appointment of Councilman T.J. Clarke as Co-Chair of the Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee and as a member of the Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee. (Clarke, Thames, Concepcion, Sanchez, Gale, Winch) Passed
 
21.  Solid Waste Task Force. Resolution requesting the Mayor to appoint Councilmembers and others to the Solid Waste Task Force who will participate in all meetings concerning the Hartford Trash to Energy Plant. (Sanchez) Passed
 
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