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Dear Friends, Below and attached please find the Review of actions taken by the City Council at their May 8 meeting. Please note that the meeting was recessed until Wednesday, May 17 at noon, when the Council will begin adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.
 

Council Review

Hartford City Council Meeting

Monday, May 8, 2017

 

Prepared by Hartford 2000

 

There were 18 items on the original agenda. Six 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 Council recessed the May 8th meeting to Wednesday, May 17 at noon in order to begin deliberation on the Fiscal Year 18 budget.  The next regular public hearing will be Monday, May 15, at 7 PM.  All meetings are held in the Council Chambers.

 

ITEMS OF SPECIAL INTEREST

 

Union Contract – The Council postponed action on a resolution to approve a six year contract (from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2021) with Local 1716, Council 4, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.  A tentative agreement was signed by the negotiating parties on April 14 and provided to the Council on April 28.  A vote by the union membership is scheduled for May 18.  The Council must vote on the contract by May 28.  The agreement provides for four years of wage freezes and two years of modest wage increases as well as implementation of a high-deductible health plan and increased employee costs for dental coverage.  Long-term structural changes to employee benefits, such as retiree health insurance and sick leave accruals are also included. (Bronin) Item #2

 

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 #8

 

Non-Union Leave Policies – The Council referred to its Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee and to Public Hearing on May 15, an ordinance that makes 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. (Bronin) Item #16

 

LIST OF ALL AGENDA ITEMS

 

Item #

 

  1. Auditor. Approval to enter an agreement with RSM for the City’s annual independent audit of its finances for the fiscal year 2016-17. (Bronin) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee

 

  1. Union Contract. Approval of a six-year contract with Local 1716 AFSCME, AFL-CIO. (Bronin) Postponed

 

  1. Keney Golf Course. Approval to accept the donation of $13,000 worth of small improvements to Keney Golf Course, including signage, yardage markers, and benches, from the Friends of Keney Golf Course. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. Settlement. Authorization to settle a lawsuit by Daniel Nolan for annual payments of $14,100 per year for 30 years or until his death. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. Defibrillator. Acceptance of the donation of a defibrillator by CIGNA Insurance Company. (Bronin) Referred to Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee

 

  1. Ash Trees. Report from the Public Works, Parks, Recreation & Environment Committee recommending appropriation of $200,000 from the Parks Trust Fund to address Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Received

 

  1. Golf Commission Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointments of Jackson Gemmell and Michele Parrotta to the Golf Course Oversight Commission. (Bronin) Passed

 

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

 

  1. Barbershops and Hair & Nail Salons. Ordinance establishing requirements and procedures for maintaining healthy barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons. (Deutsch) Postponed

 

  1. Firefighter Exam Process. Ordinance deleting the requirement that Fire Cadets must pass the Oral Examination portion of the Firefighter Civil Service Examination Process in order to be eligible to be a Firefighter and requiring that they successfully complete an interview with the Fire Chief. (Clarke) Passed

 

  1. Committee of Inquiry. Establishment of a Committee of Inquiry to investigate Centerplan’s failure to meet its obligations with regard to construction of the baseball stadium. (Jennings, Winch) (submitted June 13, 2016) Withdrawn

 

  1. MDC Appointment. Appointment of Avery Buell to the Metropolitan District Commission board, replacing Hector Rivera. (Gale) Passed

 

  1. MDC. Appointment of David Ionno to the Metropolitan District Commission replacing Kennard Ray. (Deutsch) Passed

 

  1. Financial Sustainability. Resolution supporting State Legislation (SB464) which is intended to assist the City in balancing its budget. (Concepcion, Thames) (submitted March 28, 2016) Withdrawn

 

  1. Non-Union Leave Policies. Ordinance changing policies that govern sick, medical, family, and vacation leave for non-union employees. (Bronin) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee and Public Hearing on May 15

 

  1. Fee Waiver. Resolution approving a waiver of fees for the use of the City Hall Atrium by Hartford Unite1 Heart 1 Mind We Are Hartford on May 27. (Sanchez) Withdrawn

 

  1. Task Force. Establishment of a task force to address animal control policies and procedures. (Sanchez) Referred to Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee

 

  1. Brownfield Grant. Authorization to accept a $605,000 grant from the CT Department of Economic & Community Development to remove underground oil tanks and contaminated soil from City-owned property at 175 Mather Street. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. P&Z Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Kevin Henry as an alternate member of the Planning & Zoning Commission. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. ZBA Appointment. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Rosendo Garza, Jr. as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. (Bronin) Withdrawn

 

  1. HRA Appointments. Confirmation of the Mayor’s appointment of Philip Rigueur and Meghan Freed as members of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. Intersection. Approval of improvements to be made to the intersection of Albany Avenue, and Main, High, and Ely Streets including lane realignment, shorter crosswalks, bike lanes, new signal equipment, sidewalk replacement, and street repaving. (Bronin) Passed

 

  1. Hiring Freeze. Resolution requesting the Mayor to institute an employee hiring freeze on all departments except for Police and Fire. (Clarke) Referred to Operations, Management, Budget & Government Accountability Committee

 

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Hartford 2000, Inc.
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Hartford, CT 06106
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