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 Below and attached is the Review of Council actions taken at their meeting of July 10. Should you have any questions, please let me know. Linda

 

Council Review

Hartford City Council Meeting

Monday, July 10, 2017

 

Prepared by Hartford 2000

 

There were 9 items on the original agenda.  Four 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 Monday, August 14 at 7 PM preceded at 6 PM by a public comment period.  The next regular public hearing will be Monday, July 17, at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in the Council Chambers.

 

Note: There is only one Council meeting in July and one in August, on the 2nd Mondays of the month.

 

ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

 

Owners Registry – The Council postponed action on an ordinance that establishes a registry of owners of residential rental property of 3 units or more.  The purpose of the registry is to provide the City with owner contact information.  The City will use the registration in the enforcement of housing, building, and fire safety codes and in securing or demolishing buildings or relocating people in the interests of public safety.  Registration is required each year.  Fees for first-time registration are $50 plus $20 for each unit above 5. Fees in subsequent years are $20 plus $20 for each unit above 5.  Required information includes owner’s name and contact information, contact information for a Connecticut representative (if owner is not in Connecticut), and contact information for the mortgage-holder and insurer of the property. Exceptions to the registration requirement are the Hartford Housing Authority, owners of 1 or 2 unit buildings, and owners of rooming houses, hotels, motels, condominiums, elderly housing, and student dormitories. Action on this item has been postponed at numerous Council meetings. (Clarke) Item #7

 

Colt Gateway Contract – The Council referred, to its Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee, a resolution amending an existing agreement with Colt Gateway for use of City-owned property at 260 Huyshope Avenue as parking for 500 cars. The current contract expires in 2027 and the amendment would extend the term through 2047.  Colt Gateway pays $6,000 per year to use the property, a fee which was due to increase to $12,000 in 2017. The amendment retains the annual fee of $6,000 until 2022 when it will increase to $12,000, and provides for a $6,000 increase every 5 years after that.  Colt Gateway has exclusive use of 300 of the parking spaces from 7 AM to 7 PM, but the amendment allows the City to request an earlier departure time when there are events at Dillon Stadium or Colt Park.  Under the amendment, by November of 2021, Colt Gateway will improve the lot to conform to current zoning regulation for parking lots. (Bronin)

 

LIST OF ALL AGENDA ITEMS

 

Item #

 

  1. STD/TB Grant. Approval to accept a $1.3 million 5-year grant from the CT Dept. of Public Health to continue prevention and treatment programs to address sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. Summer Meals. Authorization to accept a grant of $69,360 from the CT Dept. of Education to provide free breakfasts and lunches to children under 18 during the summer. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. 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) Postponed

 

  1. Appropriation Ordinance. Approval to issue Tax Anticipation Notes and to appropriate the funding to eliminate a deficit of $9.5 million in the 2017 Fiscal Year. (Bronin) Passed

 

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

 

  1. Summer Council Meetings. Resolution requiring that the Council meet twice in July and August instead of the usual summer schedule of one meeting in each month. (Deutsch) Withdrawn

 

  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) Postponed

 

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

 

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

 

  1. 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) (Deutsch) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee

 

  1. Outdoor Sound #1. Approval for the West Indian Social Club to utilize an outdoor sound system on August 8 from 9 PM to midnight and on August 11 and 12 from 9 PM to 1 AM during West Indian Celebration Week. (Clarke) Passed

 

  1. Outdoor Sound #2. Approval for the West Indian Social Club, Sportsman’s Athletic Club, and New England District Grand Lodge #1 to utilize outdoor sound systems on August 8, 11, and 12 from 8 PM to 1 AM during West Indian Celebration Week. (Winch, Clarke) Passed

 

  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) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee

 

 

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