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Below and attached please find the Review of actions taken by the Court of Common Council at their meeting of October 23. Should you have any questions, please let me know. Linda


Council Review
Hartford City Council Meeting
Monday, October 23, 2017
 
Prepared by Hartford 2000
 
There were 22 items on the original agenda. No 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 regular Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7 PM preceded at 6 PM by a public comment period. The next regular public hearing will be Monday, November 20, at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in the Council Chambers.
 
ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
 
Riverwalk Grant – The Council passed a resolution accepting a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 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 FHWA 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. The Council’s Planning, Economic Development & Housing Committee recommended approval. (Bronin) (Item #7)
 
Waste Management – The Council adopted 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. The Council’s Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee recommended approval.  (Bronin) (Item #12 and 18)
 
Off Road Vehicles – The Council adopted an ordinance to strengthen the City’s laws governing dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, snow mobiles and other motorized recreational vehicles.  The changes more clearly define the vehicles covered and not covered by the law, removes restrictions on the amount of jail time the Community Court may impose as a penalty, allows vehicles in violation of the law to be seized by the Police, and prescribes the circumstances under which the owner may recover the vehicle. (Clarke) (Item #17)
 
Commission Renaming – The Council referred, to its Legislative Affairs Committee and to Public Hearing, an ordinance renaming the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues to the Hartford LGBTQ+ Commission. The change is recommended by the current members of the Commission in order to assure that the name is inclusive and reflects the terms used in the community.  (Bronin) (Item #20)
 
Snow & Ice Removal – The Council referred, to its Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee and to Public Hearing, an ordinance changing requirements for removal of snow and ice by property owners. Currently, the Municipal Code requires that snow be removed from sidewalks and ice-covered sidewalks be cleared or sanded within 6 hours of snow falling or ice forming or within three hours after sunrise if covering occurred during the night. The new ordinance proposes that snow be removed and ice-covered sidewalks made safe “within 6 hours of conclusion of the storm”.  (Concepcion) (Item #21)
 
 
LIST OF ALL AGENDA ITEMS
 
Item #
 
  1. LGBTQ+ Commission Appointees. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Bulaong Ramiz, Curtis Porter, and Erica Richmond and reappointment of Sean Bradbury to the LGBTQ+ Commission. (Bronin) Referred to Legislative Affairs Committee
 
  1. HHA Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Laura Settlemyer to the Hartford Housing Authority Board of Directors. (Bronin) Referred to Planning, Economic Development & Housing Committee
 
  1. WIC Grant. Approval to accept a 5-year grant of $6.6 million from the CT Dept. of Public Health for operation of the Women, Infants & Children program. (Bronin) Referred to Health & Human Services Committee
 
  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) Passed
 
  1. HHA Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Michael Abreu as a Commissioner of the Hartford Housing Authority. (Bronin) Passed
 
  1. Housing Strategy. Development of a comprehensive housing strategy by December 31, 2017. (Thames) Passed
 
  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) Passed
 
  1. Election Expenses. Approval to transfer $101,162 from the Sundry Account to the Registrars of Voters Office to be used for expenses associated with the Board of Education election on November 7. (Bronin) Passed
 
  1. Title VI Plan. Approval of the City’s Nondiscrimination Plan required by the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Bronin) Passed
 
  1. PRAC Report. Annual report of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission for Fiscal Year 2016-17. (Bronin) Received
 
11.  MIRA Agreement. Resolution opposing agreement with the Materials Innovation & Recycling Authority (MIRA) for Hartford’s waste disposal and establishment of a task force to develop other options. (Sanchez) Passed
 
12.  Waste Management. Report by the Public Works, Parks & Environment Committee recommending passage of an ordinance making changes to the City’s solid waste management system, including elimination of weekly pick-up of bulky waste and establishment of an appointment-based system which will include two free pick-ups per year. (Bronin) Received
 
13.  ID Scanners. Ordinance requiring bars to use electronic scanners on identification cards, after 6 PM, to detect false IDs. (Clarke) Postponed
 
14.  Council Staff. Ordinance causing the Council as a whole to appoint necessary staff, rather than each Council member appointing an assistant. (Gale) Tabled
 
15.  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
 
16.  Defined Contribution Plan. Ordinance establishing a defined contribution retirement plan for non-union employees hired on or after July 1, 2017. (Bronin) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee
 
17.  Off-Road Vehicles. Ordinance governing the use of dirt bikes, ATVs, snow mobiles and other off-road vehicles on city streets. (Clarke) Passed
 
18.  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 new appointment based system which will include two free pick-ups per year. (Bronin) Passed
 
19.  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) Passed
 
20.  Name Change. Ordinance changing the name of the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues to the Hartford LGBTQ+ Commission. (Bronin) Referred to Legislative Affairs Committee and Public Hearing
 
21.  Snow & Ice Removal. Ordinance changing the times within which snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks to 6 hours after conclusion of a storm. (Concepcion) Referred to Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee and Public Hearing
 
22.  Action on Council Resolutions. Resolution citing the Administration’s failure to respond to Council’s resolutions requesting quarterly reports of financial projections and recommendations and budgetary and policy issues for each department and a resolution requesting research on the efficacy of hiring a lawyer to collect on tax liens. Request for the information before the November 13 Council meeting. (Clarke) Passed
 
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