AGENDA

                                                 MEETING OF THE COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

                                                                       OCTOBER 12, 2010

 

 

 

MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 12, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order by Her Honor Council President rJo Winch, at 7:05 pm

 

Present: Councilpersons, Veronica Airey-Wilson, Alexander Aponte, James M. Boucher, Luis E. Cotto, Larry Deutsch, Kenneth H. Kennedy, Jr., Matthew D. Ritter, Calixto Torres and rJo Winch.

 

Also Present: Corporation Counsel Saundra Kee Borges.

 

The meeting was opened with a minute of silence

 

Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Items considered on the Consent Calendar: See Paragraphs*

 

Items consider under suspension of Rule XIV were approved by roll-call vote 9 to 0. See Paragraphs **

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

*MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to accept grant funds from the State of Connecticut for environmental assessment, abatement, remediation and monitoring of former Swift Factory located at 10 Love Lane from Brownfield Pilot Grant Program.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Attached for your consideration is a resolution authorizing the City to accept $600,000 in grant funds from the State of Connecticut’s Brownfield Pilot Grant Program for the environmental assessment, abatement, remediation, and monitoring of the former Swift Factory site, a 2.6 acre parcel of land located at 10 Love Lane.  This grant program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.  The grant application was jointly submitted to the State by the City of Hartford and Common Ground, Incorporated, the project developer.

 

The Swift Factory Brownfield Municipal Pilot Project consists of the redevelopment of this former industrial site into a green jobs business center, urban agriculture center, and affordable housing.  Common Ground, a twenty year old not-for-profit developer of mixed-use properties that stabilize communities, expand housing, and implement employment opportunities, purchased the Swift site on September 27, 2010.  Common Ground recently completed its first Hartford project with the redevelopment of 410 Asylum Street into 70 residential units and ground floor commercial space.

 

The Swift Factory was a valuable asset to the city of Hartford, creating hundreds of jobs over an extended period of time. The re-use and redevelopment of this site by Common Ground will bring new vitality to the Northeast Neighborhood and to the city as a whole. The environmental clean-up of the site is a crucial first step in the redevelopment process.

 

In order that the project can move ahead expeditiously, I respectfully request that the Council act on the attached resolution at its meeting of October 12, 2010 without referral to Committee.  I recommend your approval of the attached resolution

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The Swift Factory Brownfield Municipal Pilot Project is a 2.6 acre former industrial site that is being redeveloped into a green jobs business center, urban agriculture center and affordable housing by Common Ground, Inc., and

 

Whereas, The site of the project, the former Swift Factory complex located at 10 Love Lane, was purchased by Common Ground on September 27, 2010 and requires environmental assessment, abatement, remediation and monitoring, and

 

Whereas, Common Ground’s efforts with regard to the redevelopment of the Swift Factory site is of vital importance to the Northeast Neighborhood and the city of Hartford, and

 

Whereas, The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded a Brownfield Pilot Grant to the City of Hartford in the amount of $600,000.00 to assist with the assessment, abatement, remediation and monitoring of the former Swift Factory site, now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to accept the $600,000.00 Brownfield Pilot Grant funds from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to be used for the redevelopment of the Swift Factory Brownfield Municipal Pilot Project, and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor, through the Grants Management Division of the Department of Development Services, to enter into a contract with the Department of Economic & Community Development and Common Ground for the disbursement of said DECD funds, and be it further,

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as he and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City in order to receive, contract and expend the above referenced grant funds, and be it further

 

Resolved, That no person or entity shall be entitled to rely on, or otherwise claim any benefit by reason of this resolution should the Mayor fail to execute the aforementioned agreement or other documents, or to take any of the aforesaid actions, and be it further

 

Resolved, That all approvals and authorizations provided hereby are contingent upon, and only shall be effective on and by means of, the parties executing such documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel.

 

The resolution was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch. 9

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to sign a license agreement between Paganelli Construction Corporation and the City of Hartford for the use of properties located at 272 Garden Street and Parcel B at Bedford Street Extension.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

            Attached for your consideration is a resolution approving a six-month license agreement with Paganelli Construction Corporation for the use of the properties located at 272 Garden Street (Parcel ID# 221-270-055) and Parcel B, also known as the Bedford Street Extension (no parcel ID#) (collectively known as the “Property”).

 

            The City and the Licensee previously entered into a five (5) month license agreement commencing June 1, 2010 for the use of the Property as a construction staging area in support of the Garden Street Relief Sewer Project being undertaken by Paganelli Construction for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). The Property is being used to store construction equipment and materials that will be in use throughout the life of the Project.

 

             The existing License Agreement is due to expire and, in anticipation of its expiration, the Licensee has requested the continued use of the Property for construction staging in support of the Project.  The City is therefore seeking to enter into a six (6) month license agreement with the Licensee for the use of the Property at Four Hundred and Thirty-Eight and 00/100 Dollars ($438.00) per month.

 

              Based on the foregoing information, I recommend and support your approval of the attached resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford (the “City”) is the owner of certain properties known as 272 Garden Street (Parcel ID# 221-270-055) and Parcel B, which is known as the Bedford Street Extension (no parcel ID# assigned), collectively known as the “Property”; and

 

Whereas, Paganelli Construction Corporation (“Licensee”) and the City previously entered into a five (5) month license agreement commencing June 1, 2010 (“License Agreement”), for the use of the Property as a construction staging area in support of the Garden Street Relief Sewer Project being undertaken by Paganelli under contract to the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC); and

 

Whereas, The term of the License Agreement is due to expire and, in anticipation of its expiration, the Licensee has requested the continued use of the Property for construction staging; and

 

Whereas, The City is willing to enter into a six (6) month license agreement with the Licensee for the use of the Property at a rental payment of Four Hundred and Thirty Eight and 00/100 Dollars ($438.00) per month, now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into and execute a license agreement with the Licensee for the purposes set forth above, upon and subject to the above terms and conditions that the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as he and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City in order to receive, contract and expend the above referenced grant funds, and be it further

 

Resolved, That no person or entity shall be entitled to rely on, or otherwise claim any benefit by reason of this resolution should the Mayor fail to execute the aforementioned agreement or other documents, or to take any of the aforesaid actions, and be it further

 

Resolved, That all approvals and authorizations provided hereby are contingent upon, and only shall be effective on and by means of, the parties executing such documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel.

 

Referred to Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to sign an extension of a license agreement between Coastline Construction Corporation and the City of Hartford for the use of properties located at 111 Homestead Avenue.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Attached for your consideration is a resolution authorizing the extension of a License Agreement with Coastline Construction Corporation (CCC) for 111 Homestead Avenue.

 

The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) awarded Coastline Construction Corporation (CCC) a contract for sewer separation on Edgewood Street. CCC approached the Hartford Redevelopment Agency (Agency) and inquired as to the availability of a vacant parcel in the general project area for temporary storage of material and equipment for approximately twenty-four (24) months.

 

On April 1, 2009, the Agency executed a one-year license agreement with Coastline Construction Corporation for equipment and storage for at 111 Homestead Avenue, with an expiration date of March 31, 2010.  An extension through August 31, 2010 was subsequently administratively approved.

 

The Agency has received another request from Coastline for a six month extension, due to changes in the contract by MDC and the City of Hartford.  However, given the magnitude of the sewer separation project, the Agency anticipates that additional extension requests will be forthcoming.  Therefore, the Agency has recommended that the License Agreement with Coastline Construction for 111 Homestead Avenue be extended for a term of (12) twelve months with two six-month extensions at the option of both parties, at the current rent of $450 per month.

 

I concur with the recommendation of the Agency and support your passage of the attached resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, On April 1, 2009, a one-year license agreement was executed with Coastline Construction Corporation (Licensee) for use of 111 Homestead Avenue (Premises) for temporary equipment and material storage related to the sewer separation on Edgewood Street; and

 

Whereas, On April 1, 2010 an extension was administratively approved to August 31, 2010 due to changes in the contract by MDC and the City of Hartford and;

 

Whereas, The Licensee has requested an additional extension to the license agreement and the Hartford Redevelopment Agency (Agency) desires to provide the Licensee continued access to and use of the Premises for the above mentioned purpose, now, therefore; be it

 

Resolved, The Court of Common Council hereby approves said license agreement for access to and use of the Premises on the following terms:  (1) said license agreement shall provide for a rent of $450.00 per month for storage and (2) the term of the license agreement shall be for (12) twelve months with two six-month extensions at both parties’ option; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman of the Agency are hereby authorized to execute said license agreement with the Licensee for the Premises.

 

Referred to Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to sign an extension of a license agreement between Baltazar Construction Inc. and the City of Hartford for the use of properties located at 140-146 Homestead Avenue.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Attached for your consideration is a resolution authorizing the extension of a License Agreement with Baltazar Construction, Inc. for 140-146 Homestead Avenue.

The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) awarded Baltazar Contractors, Inc. (BCI) a contract for sewer separation on Burton Street in the Upper Albany Neighborhood. BCI approached the Hartford Redevelopment Agency (Agency) regarding the need to identify a site for temporary storage of material and equipment for a period of approximately fourteen (14) months. A five-month temporary license agreement for the use of 140-146 Homestead Avenue was granted at the March 11, 2010 Agency meeting, with the goal of moving BCI to 111 Homestead Avenue (a much larger site), once it became available, for an additional nine (9) months. The Agency also authorized the license for future use of 111 Homestead Avenue at the May 24, 2010 Agency meeting.

 

A Court of Common Council resolution was passed on June 28, 2010 approving the license agreement for a period of nine months.  A change in circumstances has caused the Agency to recommend an extension of the license agreement.  Currently, the Agency has a license agreement with Coastline Construction, another MDC contractor, at 111 Homestead Avenue, which was scheduled to expire on August 31, 2010. Coastline’s contract with the MDC has been extended until April 30, 2011. Therefore, the Agency has elected to keep Baltazar at the current location (140-146 Homestead Avenue) and extend the term of the license agreement to the full (14) fourteen-month term ending May 30, 2011. The license fee for this parcel shall continue to be $250.00 per month.

 

Since this agreement exceeds one-hundred eighty (180) days and now covers a parcel different from the one originally contemplated, the Court of Common Council approval is required. I recommend passage of the attached resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, Baltazar Contractors, Incorporated (Licensee) desires access to 140-146 Homestead Avenue (Premises) for temporary equipment and material storage related to the company’s contract with the Metropolitan District Commission for sewer separation on Burton Street, and

 

Whereas, On March 11, 2010, The Hartford Redevelopment Agency (Agency) approved a (5) five-month license agreement with the Licensee at the above referenced premises with the intention of moving the licensee to a larger site located at 111 Homestead Avenue that is currently being used by another contractor (Coastline Construction Corporation) for access to and use of the Premises for the above mentioned purpose with a license agreement beginning on September 1, 2010 and ending May 30, 2011, and

 

Whereas, The Agency also authorized the license for future use of 111 Homestead at their May 24, 2010 Agency meeting, and

 

Whereas, The Court of Common Council authorized the nine month license agreement on June 28, 2010, and

 

Whereas, The Agency has received communication from Coastline Construction Corporation requesting an extension of the License Agreement to April 30, 2011 at their current location  of 111 Homestead Avenue, and

 

Whereas, On September 16, 2010 the Agency approved the extension of the License Agreement with Baltazar Contractors Incorporated at the current location (140-146 Homestead Avenue) for the remaining (9) nine months of the contract, now, therefore be it

           

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby approves the extension of said license agreement for 140-146 Homestead Avenue with Baltazar Construction Company for access to and use of the Premises on the following terms: (1) said license agreement shall continue to provide for a rent of $250.00 per month for storage and (2) the term of the license agreement will be for (9) nine months ending May, and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency is hereby authorized to execute said extension with the Licensee for the Premises.

 

Referred to Planning and Economic Development Committee

 

*MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to accept funds from the U.S. Department of Justice and Justice Programs for the STARR Initiative.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Attached for your consideration is a resolution authorizing the City of Hartford to accept grant funds from the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Justice Programs in the amount of $569,715 for the STARR (Striving to Attain Recidivism Reduction) Initiative.

 

The City of Hartford will lead the STARR Initiative partnered with Community Partners in Action (CPA) which will be contracted to be the lead agency.  CPA has a long successful history of working with the reentry population. The goal of the STARR Initiative is to aid individuals leaving the criminal justice system providing them with the necessary support to successfully transition back in to the community. The STARR Initiative is modeled after CPA’s most successful best practice model called the PREP (Hartford Prisoner Reentry Program) Collaborative.

 

In order to meet the U.S. Department of Justice deadline of October 22, 2010 for accepting the grant, I respectfully request action by the Court of Common Council at your next meeting of October 12, 2010.  If you or other council members have any questions please feel free to contact Glendowlyn L. Hall of my staff at (860) 757-9523.

 

Your support of this resolution is requested.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford’s Mayor’s Office has been granted funds from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $569,715 for the operation of the STARR (Striving to Attain Recidivism Reduction) Initiative; and

 

Whereas, The STARR Initiative will address re-entry obstacles of Hartford residents through the provision of comprehensive services, including long term pre- and post-release case management services which aid individuals’ successful adjustment back into the community; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford has designated Community Partners in Action (CPA) to operate the STARR Initiative in the city, given their success in managing PREP, the Hartford Prisoner Reentry Program collaborative; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to accept $569,715 in FY 10 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative, a program of the U.S. Department of Justice, for the grant term beginning October 1, 2010 and ending September 30, 2011; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as he and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City in order to receive, contract and expend the above referenced grant funds, and be it further

 

Resolved, That no person or entity shall be entitled to rely on, or otherwise claim any benefit by reason of this resolution should the Mayor fail to execute the aforementioned agreement or other documents, or to take any of the aforesaid actions, and be it further

 

Resolved, That all approvals and authorizations provided hereby are contingent upon, and only shall be effective on and by means of, the parties executing such documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel.

 

The resolution was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch. 9

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Adding Farmington Bank to the City of Hartford's list of Qualified Public Depositories.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Attached for your consideration is a resolution adding Farmington Bank to the City of Hartford’s list of Qualified Public Depositories (QPDs).  City Treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine has recommended this action and I concur with her recommendation.

 

It is the City’s policy to make investments of temporarily idle City funds with banks that pay the City the best possible rates of interest and that qualify as public depositories under stringent guidelines as set forth by State Statute.  The Treasurer has determined that it is in the best interest of the City to expand the universe of depositories that may be considered for short-term investments.

 

In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 36-382, Section 36-386, and Section 7-402, the Treasurer’s Office conducted a due diligence review of Farmington Bank’s financial statements, annual reports, capitalization ratios and CRA compliance documents and met with the bank’s senior management team.  The City Treasurer has determined that Farmington Bank meets the high standards set by the City for QPDs and has demonstrated the willingness and capability to add value to the City’s investment policy initiatives.  It is also to be noted that Farmington Bank has successfully managed a $25 million portfolio of cash for the Municipal Employees’ Retirement Fund for the past 18 months with excellent rates and services.  Details of the due diligence review will be made available at your request.

 

Based upon the information noted above, I urge your approval of this resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City Treasurer has recommended to the Mayor that Farmington Bank, One Farm Glen Boulevard, Farmington, CT 06032, be accepted as a Qualified Public Depository (QPD) for the City of Hartford; and

 

Whereas, Farmington Bank complies with the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 36-382, 36-386 and Section 7-402 regarding Qualified Public Depositories; and

 

Whereas, Farmington Bank has effectively demonstrated good corporate citizenship through Community Reinvestment Act compliance; and

 

Whereas, The City Treasurer has conducted a due diligence review of Farmington Bank and has determined that the Bank meets the City’s standards; and

 

Whereas, The designation of Farmington Bank as a QPD will benefit the City of Hartford by providing increased competition for the City’s investment funds; and

 

Whereas, The Mayor concurs with the City Treasurer’s recommendation that Farmington Bank be designated a QPD, now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby appoints Farmington Bank as a Qualified Public Depository effective upon passage of this resolution.

 

Referred to Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE de Report on Adult Literacy Campaign.

 

Communication was received from the Education Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Your Education Committee met on Wednesday, September 28, 2010 to consider the following item:

 

ADULT LITERACY CAMPAIGN

 

Present were Chairperson James Boucher and Committee Member Rjo Winch.  Also present were residents, stakeholders, and literacy providers.

 

There was universal agreement from the committee members and the adult education network (including the Board of Education, Hartford Public Library, Achieve Hartford, Literacy Volunteers, CREC, etc.) that a public awareness campaign was needed to highlight adult literacy challenges in the City of Harford.  The campaign will be lead by the adult education network.  The network will look to the Mayor to provide leadership.  Chairman Boucher will look into financial support from City Council to support the public awareness campaign (posters, t-shirts, etc.).  A strategic plan update will be presented at the October 27th Education Committee Meeting. 

 

No action was needed on this item.

 

Respectfully submitted, James M. Boucher, Chairperson

 

 

Received

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE de Report on upcoming Legislative strategies for school funding.

 

Communication was received from the Education Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Your Education Committee met on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 to consider the following item:

 

Upcoming legislative Strategies for SCHOOL FUNDING

 

Present were Chairperson James Boucher and Committee Members Rjo Winch and Luis Cotto.  Also present were Mayor Segarra, residents, and stakeholders.

 

Mayor Segarra reported that education is his number one priority and that we need to move quickly to develop a legislative strategy for school funding.  It is important to coordinate all stakeholders, including the unions and establish a unified voice.  

 

Mayor Segarra will be meeting with various groups to do this and wants a very inclusive process. He also indicated that we need to demonstrate to the state that Hartford is fiscally responsible. We need to show that we have a plan, will use dollars carefully, and that there is a financial need for additional funding.  

 

He also indicated that his next campaign scheduled for the end of October will be centered on youth. The Education Committee will continue to work with the Mayor on this effort.

 

No action was needed on this item.

 

Respectfully submitted, James M. Boucher, Chairperson

 

Received

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE de Review of Report of the 2010 Results of Student Achievement.

 

Communication was received from the Education Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Your Education Committee met on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 to consider the following item:

 

REVIEW THE 2010 RESULTS OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT – DR. CHRISTINA KISHIMOTO & Dr. JAMES THOMPSON

 

Present were Chairperson James Boucher and Committee Members Rjo Winch and Luis Cotto.  Also present were residents and stakeholders.

 

Dr. Kishimoto and Dr. Thompson presented the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test 2010 Preliminary Results for the Hartford Public Schools as per the attached report.  The Committee acknowledged the great job that has been done in a short period of time.

 

The Board staff agreed to provide responses to the following questions:

 

 

The responses to these questions will be shared with City Council.

 

No action was needed on this item.

 

Respectfully submitted, James M. Boucher, Chairperson

 

Received

 

REPORTS

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Approval for the establishment of a Loyalty Program for parking patrons by the Hartford Parking Authority.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the Hartford Parking Authority to establish a Loyalty program for parking patrons.

 

HPA Executive Director Mark McGovern provided a handout of the proposed incentive program. The program is based on research done in 2009, and a subsequently developed marketing plan. The program is designed to increase parking usage and awareness, and would offer free parking after three paid parking visits. He added that the program increases the likelihood that patrons would become monthly parkers, and that restaurants would provide the loyalty cards in billfolds.

 

Councilman Aponte asked how they decided on the three parking visit incentive. McGovern responded that given the incentive is being implemented after the start of the fiscal year, the HPA did not want to apply a number that would be difficult to accomplish.

 

Finally, James Lewis, President of Business for Downtown Hartford, submitted a letter supporting the parking program.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to send the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Approval of establishment by the Hartford Parking Authority, of a Refer a Friend  Program during the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the Hartford Parking Authority to establish a Refer a Friend Program during the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year.

 

HPA Executive Director Mark McGovern provided a handout of the proposed incentive program. The program is based on research done in 2009, and a subsequently developed marketing plan. The programs designed to increase parking usage and awareness, and would offer a month’s free parking to patrons who refer someone who enrolls as a monthly parker for three months.

 

Council President Winch asked who would be responsible for printing the cards for the parking programs, and McGovern responded that a vendor had not been selected. Winch asked that consideration be given to Hartford businesses, to which McGovern responded that would be the traditional practice. He added that prospective developers would see the marketing program as a plus.

 

Finally, James Lewis, President of Business for Downtown Hartford, submitted a letter supporting the parking program.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to refer the item to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Request for an update on present marketing plans for Hartford and grant seeking strategies from the staff of Development Services.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Councilmen Boucher and Ritter requesting an update on present marketing plans for Hartford and grant-seeking strategies from the staff of Development Services.

 

 

Since Councilman Boucher, who had requested the update, was not present, the committee voted unanimously to postpone the item.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on June 28, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization for the Hartford Parking Authority to offer five free parking days through the Special/Holiday Parking Days Program.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the Hartford Parking Authority to offer five free parking days through the Special/Holiday Parking Days Program.

 

HPA Executive Director Mark McGovern provided a handout of the proposed incentive program. The program is based on research done in 2009, and a subsequently developed marketing plan. The programs designed to increase parking usage and awareness, and would offer five free parking days, to be established by the HPA. McGovern indicated that the first proposed holiday is the day after Thanksgiving, and that the program would be implemented in partnership with the downtown community. McGovern said that the HPA met with restaurateurs, which would provide a percentage off dinner bills with parking voucher, providing a value add for patrons.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any thought had been given to providing this incentive for street parking. McGovern indicated that at present the program would only be offered for garage parking, as it is a pilot program.  Ritter added that some concerns had been raised with regard to the increased traffic the program could create. McGovern responded that in all likelihood the incentive would be offered only on a weekend or holiday weekday. Finally, Ritter indicated that as a revenue issue, constituents were wondering if this was cost-effective; however he indicated that he responded that similar to parades, with an initiative like this, the lost revenue is more than made up. Patti Sullivan, who had assisted with public relations in the HPA initiative, indicated that since June when the Council approved new incentive rates at Morgan Street that went into effect August 1, 2010, the garage has enrolled more than 60 new parkers.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to send the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Finally, James Lewis, President of Business for Downtown Hartford, submitted a letter supporting the parking program.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to enter into and execute a license agreement for twelve parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to the United States Marshalls/Court Security Officers.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the City to enter into and execute a lease agreement for twelve parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to the United States Marshals/Court Security Officers.

 

Ben Bare of Corporation Counsel presented that this resolution reflected the renewal of a contract that was already in place with the U.S. Marshals.  The original contract ended on Sept. 1, and there was never a problem with payment. He indicated that the contract would have the same terms.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any consideration had been given to increasing fees; Bare indicated that the appraisal valued the spaces at $50-60, but that the department had decided on $40 as a show of harmony with the federal court. The contract would run for two years, with another two years optional.

 

Councilman Ritter also asked who had the option of renewal, to which Bare responded that either party could opt to renew or not.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to move the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to enter into and execute a license agreement for ten parking  spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to the United States District Court.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the City to enter into and execute a lease agreement for ten parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to the United States District Court.

 

Ben Bare of Corporation Counsel presented that this resolution reflected the renewal of a contract that was already in place with the U.S. District Court.  The original contract ended on Sept. 1, and there was never a problem with payment. He indicated that the contract would have the same terms.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any consideration had been given to increasing fees; Bare indicated that the appraisal valued the spaces at $50-60, but that the department had decided on $40 as a show of harmony with the federal court. The contract would run for two years, with another two years optional.

 

Councilman Ritter also asked who had the option of renewal, to which Bare responded that either party could opt not to renew.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to move the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to enter into and execute a license agreement for eighteen parking spaces at the 141 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to eighteen individual employees of the Department of Justice.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present; Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition the following people were present: Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the City to enter into and execute a lease agreement for eighteen parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to individual employees of the Department of Justice.

 

Ben Bare of Corporation Counsel presented that this resolution reflected the renewal of a contract that was already in place with the U.S. Department of Justice.  The original contract ended on Sept. 1, 2010 and there was never a problem with payment. He indicated that the contract would have the same terms.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any consideration had been given to increasing fees; Bare indicated that the appraisal valued the spaces at $50-60, but that the City had decided on $40 as a show of harmony with the Federal court. The contract would run for two years, with another two years optional.

 

Councilman Ritter also asked who had the option of renewal, to which Bare responded that either party could opt to renew or not.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to move the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

*PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to enter into and execute a license agreement regarding twenty-two parking spaces at the 141 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to the U.S. District Court.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present: Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition, the following people were present; Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the City to enter into and execute a lease agreement for twenty-two parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to U.S. District Court.

 

Ben Bare of Corporation Counsel presented that this resolution reflected the renewal of a contract that was already in place with the U.S. District Court.  The original contract ended on Sept. 1, and there was never a problem with payment. He indicated that the contract would have the same terms.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any consideration had been given to increasing fees; Bare indicated that the appraisal valued the spaces at $50-60, but that the department had decided on $40 as a show of harmony with the federal court. The contract would run for two years, with another two years optional.

 

Councilman Ritter also asked who had the option of renewal, to which Bare responded that either party could opt to renew or not.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to move the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to enter into and execute a license agreement for eighteen parking spaces at the 141 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to eighteen individual employees of the Department of Justice.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Planning & Economic Development Committee held a joint meeting with the Housing Committee at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present; Councilman and PEDC Chair Matthew Ritter, Councilman Jim Boucher, Councilman Alex Aponte, Councilwoman rJo Winch, In addition the following people were present: Terry Leonowicz, Hartford Parking Authority, Vanessa Williams, Development Services, Mark McGovern, Executive Director, HPA, Paddi LeShane, Sullivan & Leshane, Wayne Benjamin, Acting Director, Development Services, Albert Ferranti, Business Owner, Julianne Lugo, Development Services, Ben Bare, Corporation Counsel and other community members

 

The following item was discussed:

 

Resolution from Mayor Segarra authorizing the City to enter into and execute a lease agreement for eighteen parking spaces at the 166 Sheldon Street Parking Lot to individual employees of the Department of Justice.

 

Ben Bare of Corporation Counsel presented that this resolution reflected the renewal of a contract that was already in place with the U.S. Department of Justice.  The original contract ended on Sept. 1, 2010 and there was never a problem with payment. He indicated that the contract would have the same terms.

 

Councilman Ritter asked if any consideration had been given to increasing fees; Bare indicated that the appraisal valued the spaces at $50-60, but that the City had decided on $40 as a show of harmony with the Federal court. The contract would run for two years, with another two years optional.

 

Councilman Ritter also asked who had the option of renewal, to which Bare responded that either party could opt to renew or not.

 

Hearing no further discussion, the committee voted unanimously to move the resolution back to the full Council for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Matthew D. Ritter, Chairperson

 

The communication was received and the resolution introduced on September 13, 2010 was withdrawn on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch. 9

 

FOR ACTION

 

Report, with accompanying resolution de Violations Report of any State authorized entities which are willfully or unintentionally violate or facilitate the violation of the Living Wage.

 

Communication was received from the Chairperson of the Labor & Workforce Development Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Labor and Workforce Development Committee Meeting held its regular scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present at the meeting: Council President – Chair, rJo Winch, Minority Leader, Luis E. Cotto

 

Also present were:  Ivan Ramos, Corporation Counsel, CSEA – Alicia Colt, Rose Matthew, Maggie Russell, Dale Timmons, Sonia Viera, Hartford Democratic Town Committee – Victor Luna, Hartford Guides, Austin Jordan, Office of Human Relations – Eloy Toppin, Registrar of Voters – Urania Petit, Working Families – Jon Green

 

Item for discussion:

 

Living wage violations de report of any State authorized entities which are willfully or unintentionally violate or facilitate the violation.   

 

On August 21, 2006 the City of Hartford and Logisticare entered into a contract for the transportation of special education students within Hartford.  On July 9, 2007, the parties entered into an addendum to that contract to provide for transportation services for out-of-district students attending Hartford host magnet schools.

 

On December 14, 2009, CREC and Logisticare entered into a letter of agreement whereby CREC agreed to take over the portion of the contract between Logisticare and the City of Hartford for transportation of out-of-district magnet students until such time as a new contract was negotiated between CREC and Logisticare.  Effective December 23, 2009, the City of Hartford and Logisticare entered into an amendment to its existing contract whereby Addendum No. 1 to the contract (which addressed the transportation of out-of-district magnet students) was cancelled.  Effective January 4, 2010, CREC and Logisticare entered into a separate contract for transportation of the out-of-district students to Hartford host magnet schools.

 

The City of Hartford continues to have a contract with Logisticare for the transportation of special education students.  It no longer has a contract with Logisticare for the transportation of out-of-district magnet school students to Hartford host magnet schools. 

 

The committee voted 2 to 0 in favor of postponing action until Mr. Ramos and Mr. Eloy Toppin report back to committee chair with clarification of information requested, 0 opposed, 0 abstains, 1 absent from voting. 

 

Respectfully submitted, rJo Winch, Chairperson

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Report de Ordinance amending Chapter 13, Article III, of Code de Novelty Lighters

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

Your Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee held its regular schedule meeting on September 21, 2010, in the Council Chambers to discuss the following referred item:

 

(COUNCILMAN TORRES)  Ordinance amending Chapter 13, Article III, of Code de Novelty Lighters. HEARING DATE - Monday, September 20, 2010

 

Present at the meeting Chairman Calixto Torres, committee members James M. Boucher & Matthew D. Ritter.  Fire Chief Edward Casares & Lt. Gregory Sargis of HFD, David Panagore Chief Operating Officer and Nathalie Feola-Guerrieri Assistant Corporation Counsel and City Staff.

 

The Quality of Life & Public Safety committee was called at 5:30pm by the Chairman after a lengthy discussion motion was made to by committee member Ritter and seconded by committee member Boucher to postpone action on this item so that Corporation Counsel can further review and make changes.  This item will come back to the Quality of Life & Public Safety Committee after review from Corporation Counsel.

 

Respectfully submitted, Calixto Torres, Chairperson

 

Received

 

Ordinance amending Chapter 13, Article III, of Code de Novelty Lighters.

 

Proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code concerning Chapter 13, Article III, of Code de Novelty Lighters, introduced September 13, 2010, and on which a hearing was held September 20, 2010, and action postponed on that date until September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Ordinance amending Code de Adding new section concerning prohibiting political contributions from City contractors to candidates for Municipal office in the City of Hartford.

 

Proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code concerning adding new section concerning prohibiting political contributions from City contractors to candidates for Municipal office in the City of Hartford, introduced June 28, 2010, and on which a hearing was held July 19, 2010, and action postponed on August 9, 2010, action postponed on that date until August 23, 2010, action postponed on that date until September 13, 2010, action postponed on that date until September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Report, with accompanying resolution de Request for information for review and approval of the recommended budget of the Board of Education.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Education Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Health and Human Services Committee held a Special meeting Thursday September 9, 2010 @ 5p.m. in the Council Chambers.

 

The following committee members were present at the meeting: Health and Human Services committee Chair, Councilman Larry Deutsch, committee member, Councilman Jim Boucher. Also present were, Director of Health and Human Services Carlos Rivera, Corporation Counsel Lori Mizerak, and Hartford BID Michael Zalesky

 

Referred item: Health and Human Services Food Service Late Fee Amnesty

 

This item was originally submitted April 26, 2010 by former Mayor Eddie Perez regarding certain food servicers and restaurants requesting a 50% amnesty on their late fees. Councilman Deutsch inquired about possibly reducing the forgiveness amount but it is set by ordinance and would have to be changed by council.

 

The Health and Human Services committee is discharging this item for consideration by the Council.

 

Respectfully submitted, Larry Deutsch, Chairperson

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Ordinance amending Chapter 26, Article I, Section 26-1 of Code de Composition of department; duties.

 

Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 26, Article I, Section 26-1 of the Municipal Code concerning Composition of department; duties, introduced June 14, 2010, on which a hearing was held June 21, 2010, and action postponed on July 12, on that date action postponed until August 23, action postponed on that date until September 13, action postponed on that date until September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered

.

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article IV, Sections 2-87, and Section 2-92 of Code de Department of Public Works-Organization and Department of Human Services-Organization.

 

Proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code concerning Chapter 2, Article IV, Sections 2-87, and Section 2-92 of Code de Department of Public Works-Organization and Department of Human Services-Organization, introduced June 14, 2010, and on which a hearing was held June 21, 2010, and action postponed on July 12, 2010 until August 9, action postponed on that date until August 23, action postponed on that date until September 13, action postponed on that date until September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Ordinance amending Chapter 29 of the Hartford Municipal Code, de Creating a new article with the purpose of maintaining the focus of the Hartford Police Department to their core public safety mission by limiting their domestic surveillance and immigration enforcement activities.

 

Proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code concerning Chapter 29, introduced August 9, and on which a hearing was held September 20, 2010 action postponed on that date until August 23, action postponed on that date until September 13, action postponed on that date until September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered

 

         Withdrawn

 

Resolution de Appointment of Council member to the Internal Audit Commission.

 

            Resolution – Councilman Kennedy

        

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council appoint its member to the Internal Audit Commission.

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

Ordinance Amending Chapter 2, Article V, Sections 2-279 and 2-282 of the Hartford Municipal Code Concerning the Commission on Disability Issues.

 

Proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article V, Division 9, Sections 2-279, and Section 2-282 of Code de Commission on Disability Issues, introduced August 23, 2010, and on which a hearing was held September 20, 2010, and action postponed on September 27, 2010, action postponed on that date until October 12, 2010, was again considered.

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Northeast Revitalization Neighborhood Zone de Agreement to set up meeting to discuss the priorities of.

 

Resolution – Council President Winch

 

Whereas, Community Leaders from the Northeast Neighborhood Zone (NRZ) meet once a month to discuss priorities for the North End Community; and

 

Whereas, The Northeast NRZ members are asking to meet with members of the Court of Common Council to come up with a timeline and a strategy for these priorities; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council agree to meet to support and find ways to support these priorities.

 

Withdrawn

 

Neighborhood Development Plan Coordinator for the Webster Street Area Neighborhood Development Plan de Authorization of $30,000 from Neighborhood Development Fund, or other unused development funds for.

 

Resolution – Councilmen Boucher, Cotto & Ritter

 

Whereas, Leaders from the MARGE Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ), South Green NRZ, South Hartford NRZ and merchant associations have been jointly meeting for the past few years to enhance community development; and

 

Whereas, These leaders have worked with the Mayor of Hartford, Development Services and Court of Common Council representation, and have targeted a neighborhood development area of 10 to 14 properties at the Webster Street and Maple Avenue intersection; and

 

Whereas, The Maple/Webster Revitalization Project Phase I Action Plan calls upon the revitalization of this area including housing rehabilitation, demolition, porch repairs and updates, fencing and parking improvements; and

 

Whereas, This neighborhood plan requires ‘neighborhood coordination and planning,’ to target various city funds including the City’s Neighborhood Development Fund; and therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council request that the Mayor of Hartford authorize $30,000 from the Neighborhood Development Fund, or other unused development funds (i.e.: CDBG carry-over funds; eligible HUD funds) for a ‘Neighborhood Development Coordinator’ that will work with the three NRZ’s and merchant associations on the Webster Street Area Neighborhood Development Plan; and be it further

 

Resolved, That said funds be directed through City Development Services to a neighborhood Community Development Corporation (CDC) through an RFP or RFQ process, with the selection made by an agreed upon committee from the three NRZ’s and the City Development Services offices.

 

Referred to Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

Maria de las Naciones Procession de Requesting use of the right lanes of traffic on Bond and Barker Streets and Franklin and Campfield Avenues and waiver of half the fees for.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, The Oficina de Evangelización para los Hispanos is sponsoring the “Maria de las Naciones Procession” on October 2, 2010 from 11:00am to 2:00pm; and

 

Whereas, The procession will utilize Bond and Barker Streets and Franklin and Campfield Avenues; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting use of the right lanes of traffic and a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in part that special event fee waivers, if granted, shall not exceed an amount equal to one-half of the city’s costs and fees associated with an event; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council’s waiver, if any, of fees shall be consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

Channel 3 Kids Camp de Waiver of half the fees for Holiday Light Fantasia sponsored by Channel 3 Kids Camp at.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, The Channel 3 Kids Camp is sponsoring the “Holiday Light Fantasia”  in Goodwin Park from November 23, 2010 to January 6, 2011; and

 

Whereas, The event will run from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday through Thursday, 4:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Sunday; during these times, park access will be restricted to vehicle who have paid admission; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in part that special event fee waivers, if granted, shall not exceed an amount equal to one-half of the city’s costs and fees associated with an event; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council’s waiver, if any, of fees shall be consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

The SS. Cyril and Methodist Church de Waiver of half the            fees for a sidewalk procession and usage of sidewalk on Popieluszko Court, Charter Oak Avenue, Main Street sponsored by.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, The SS. Cyril and Methodius Church is sponsoring a sidewalk procession on Sunday October 10, 2009 from 11:15am to noon; and

 

Whereas, The procession will begin at the SS. Cyril and Methodius on Popieluszko Court, walk to Charter Oak Avenue, turn left, walk to Main Street, turn right, and terminate at the General Casmir Pulaski statue; a wreath will be placed upon the statue; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting use of the sidewalk and a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in part that special event fee waivers, if granted, shall not exceed an amount equal to one-half of the city’s costs and fees associated with an event; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council’s waiver, if any, of fees shall be consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

The Hooker Day Parade de Requesting closure of all lanes of traffic on Allyn, Church, Ann, Main, Trumbull, Pearl, Asylum and Ford Streets and waiver of half the fees for.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, The Hooker Day Parade had reputation as a lively, fun, and irreverent parade. Residents and visitors to the City of Hartford alike enjoyed it immensely from 1991 to 2000; and

 

Whereas, In 2008, The Hartford Business Improvement District revived the parade; and

 

Whereas, This year’s parade will take place on October 23, 2010 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm under the sponsorship of the Hartford Business Improvement District; and

 

Whereas, The parade route will begin on High Street between Allyn and Church streets, proceed south and turn left on Allyn Street, travel east on Allyn, turn left on Ann Street, turn right on Church Street, turn right on Main Street, turn right on Trumbull Street, turn right on Pearl Street, turn right on Ann Street, turn left on Asylum, and terminate at middle of the block between Ann and Ford Street; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting closure of all lanes of traffic on the aforementioned streets and a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in part that special event fee waivers, if granted, shall not exceed an amount equal to one-half of the city’s costs and fees associated with an event; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council’s waiver, if any, of fees shall be consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

The Lord of Miracles Procession de Requesting closure of right lane of traffic on New Park Avenue and Grace, Greenwood and Park Streets and waiver of half the fees for.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, The Brotherhood of Miracles of Peru HESMiPERU is sponsoring the “Lord of Miracles Procession” on October 17, 2010 from 1:30pm to 7:30pm; and

 

Whereas, The procession route will begin at 79 New Park Avenue, turn left on Grace Street, turn right on Greenwood Street, turn right on Park Street, turn right on New Park Avenue, and end upon returning to the church; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting closure of the right lanes of traffic on the aforementioned streets and a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in part that special event fee waivers, if granted, shall not exceed an amount equal to one-half of the city’s costs and fees associated with an event; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council’s waiver, if any, of fees shall be consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks, and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

Up or On the Rocks and Black Bear Saloon de Waiver of half the fees, permission to serve food and alcohol, and erect stage and tents for Block Party sponsored by.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, Up or On the Rocks and Black Bear Saloon are hosting a Block Party on October 29, 2010 from 5:00pm to 1:30am; and

 

Whereas, The sponsor of the event will be serving food and alcohol and erecting a stage and tents; and

 

Whereas, Prior to the event the Sponsor is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the event.  This certificate must be reviewed and approved by the Risk Manager of the Finance Department; and

 

Whereas, The permittee is also required where applicable to apply and receive a liquor permit form the Connecticut Liquor Control Commission.  A copy of this approved liquor permit must be presented to the Health and Human Services Department prior to the event; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the applicant shall be responsible for removal of litter, debris and other materials from the street or portion thereof used for the party which is attributable to or caused by the party and, if not removed by the applicant, may be removed by the City and the cost thereof charged to the applicant; and, be it further

           

Resolved, That the sponsors shall work with the police and abide by their decision for establishing reasonable noise levels, bass tones; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the sponsors shall shut down per the following schedule:

 

·        Live music will end no later than one hour and thirty minutes (1 ½ hours) prior to legal closure time of 1:00 am Sunday – Thursday and 2:00 am Friday and Saturday.

·        Serving time will end one hour (1 hour) prior to legal closure time of 1:00 am Sunday – Thursday and 2:00 am Friday and Saturday.

·        Softer, recorded music will end no later than thirty minutes (30 minutes) prior to legal closure time of 1:00 am Sunday – Thursday and 2:00 am Friday and Saturday; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the street shall be open by closure time; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the sponsor shall notify surrounding businesses and residents of block parties; this may include, but is not limited to distributing flyers and posting signs in parking lots; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council grants permission to the Pour House to hold their events and permission to serve alcohol during the event.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

Joseph J. Bellizzi Middle School de Authorization to rename the gymnasium Juan M. Castillo Gymnasium at. Public Hearing Date: October 18, 2010

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto

 

Whereas, Juan M. Castillo passed away November 28, 2009 at the age of 78; and

 

Whereas, Born in Añasco, Puerto Rico, Mr. Castillo was one of the first Puerto Ricans to move to Hartford, first working for Heublein and later working for the City of Hartford’s Department of Parks and Recreation, where he dedicated 27 years of service; and

 

Whereas, Mr. Castillo was an avid sports fan and is perhaps best known for the eponymous “Juan Castillo Latin American Basketball League”, founded in 1984 and going strong after 26 years; and

 

Whereas, The “Juan Castillo Latin American Basketball League” began in what used to be South Catholic High School and continues to play in the same building at the Dr. Joseph J. Bellizzi Middle School; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That Court of Common Council hereby renames the gymnasium at the Dr. Joseph J. Bellizzi Middle School the “Juan M. Castillo Gymnasium.”

 

Referred to Public Building Dedication Committee

 

Raising of Retirement Age de Request for assistance from the Mayor's Office for proposing and amending ordinances for.

 

            Resolution – Councilman Ritter, Councilman Kennedy, Council President Winch.

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford is facing a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011-2012; and

 

Whereas, The City’s projected pension contribution for 2011-2012 is $30 million; and

 

Whereas, The City recently empanelled a Fiscal Analysis Task Force, which made a series of recommendations on structural changes the City could make to help offset projected budget deficits in the future; and

 

Whereas, One of these recommendations was the raising of the retirement age for purposes of employees collecting pensions so that the City offers packages comparable to those offered to employees of the State of Connecticut and surrounding municipalities; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council respectfully requests assistance from the Mayor’s Office for proposing and amending ordinances to raise the age for which newly hired non-unionized employees can collect pensions; and be it further

 

Resolved, That such proposed and amended ordinances would take effect no later than July 1, 2011.

 

Referred to Operations, Management and Budget Committee and Labor and Workforce Development Committee

 

**MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Appointment of Marilyn Rossetti and Angel Arce to the Hartford Housing Authority.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

I am pleased to submit, for your consideration, a resolution to confirm my appointment of two individuals as Commissioners of the Hartford Housing Authority: Marilyn Rossetti and Angel Arce.

 

The vision of the Hartford Housing Authority is to be a “catalyst for change in the successful creation of strong communities and families”. To make this vision a reality, the Authority focuses on providing safe, decent and affordable high quality housing and homeownership choices to families and individuals and serving as a catalyst for the creation of economic opportunities and independence in Hartford’s diverse communities.  Commissioners must be committed to both the vision and the goals and must have the skills and experience to work closely with and complement the work of the HHA Executive Director and staff.

 

The two individuals whom I have appointed as Commissioners are well-informed about the housing issues facing the city and share my commitment and that of the Hartford Housing Authority to the vision and goals described above.  Marilyn E. Rossetti is currently the Executive Director of HART, is a former Councilwoman, and serves on the boards of a variety of local organizations.  She is knowledgeable and experienced in the issues that face lower income people, including housing and employment.  Angel Arce is an active member of the Hartford community and is a former Commissioner of the Hartford Housing Authority.  His five years’ experience as HHA’s Assistant Director of Youth Services and Coordinator of the Stowe Village Weed and Seed program also enhance his ability to be an effective Commissioner.

 

Resumes for both Angel Arce and Marilyn Rossetti are attached to this letter for your review.  I ask for your favorable action on this resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The Connecticut State Statutes provide that the Hartford Housing Authority (HHA) shall be governed by five Commissioners who serve five-year staggered terms, and

 

Whereas, There are currently two Commissioner vacancies on the Hartford Housing Authority, and

 

Whereas, The Hartford City Charter provides that the Mayor appoint and the Council confirm individuals to fill such vacancies, and

 

Whereas, The Mayor has appointed Marilyn Rossetti and Angel Arce as commissioners of the Hartford Housing Authority, both of whom are experienced and knowledgeable on issues that face HHA and its tenants and homeowners, now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby confirms Angel Arce (D), 51 Pulaski Drive, Hartford, as a Commissioner of the Hartford Housing Authority for the remainder of a four year term which expires on May 31, 2014, and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby confirms the appointment of Marilyn Rossetti (D), 253 Freeman Street, Hartford, as a Commissioner of the Hartford Housing Authority for a five-year term to expire on May 31, 2015.

 

Action postponed until October 25, 2010

 

**MAYOR SEGARRA de Request to enter into Executive Session to discuss the resolution of Richard L Moffitt & Assoc., P.C. v. City of Hartford.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, with accompanying resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President Winch:

 

I respectfully request that the Court of Common Council enter into Executive Session during the Council meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  A brief session is necessary in order to discuss the potential resolution of Richard L. Moffitt & Assoc., P.C. v. City of Hartford action.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

Received

 

**HartBeat Ensemble de Allocations of funds from the Fiscal Year 2010-11 from the Civic & Cultural Account to

 

Resolution – Councilmen; Ritter, Cotto, Boucher

 

Whereas, HartBeat Ensemble was established to create original, professional theater about issues that are relevant to the people of Greater Hartford and beyond; and

 

Whereas, Through main stage plays, street performances and education programs, HartBeat Ensemble brings audiences together beyond the barriers of gender, class and race; and

 

Whereas, HartBeat Ensemble programs such as the Youth Play Institute, Open Air performances, Plays in Parks and partnerships with public schools and community-based organizations have inspired individuals and communities toward meaningful social change; and

 

Whereas, Programs such as HartBeat Ensemble need local support to sustain its programs; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby allocates up to $3,500 from the 2010-2011 Cultural and Civic Account to HartBeat Ensemble for the provision of its programs.

 

The resolution was referred to Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

**Cultural Dance Troupe of West Indies Program de Allocation of funds for FY 10-11 from the City Contribution towards Public Programs to

 

Resolution – Councilwoman Winch

 

Whereas, The mission of the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies is to maintain a professional dance and theatre company in Hartford that will perpetuate and foster the continuing development of a wide repertoire of Caribbean, Caribbean/American dance forms, both traditional and modern; and

 

            Whereas, The Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies has developed into a professional dance theatre company from its humble beginnings in 1982; and

 

Whereas, The Cultural Dance Troupe has contributed to Hartford’s expanding and culturally diverse arts scene; and

 

Whereas, The Cultural Dance Troupe’s creative activities impact the community at cultural arts events and help in the revitalization of the region while providing stimulating activities for low-income City children; and

 

Whereas, The Cultural Dance Troupe has experienced a shortfall recently and is seeking funding to help pay for expenses; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council does hereby designate up to $??? from Fiscal Year 2010 from the City contributions toward public programs to the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies; and be it further  

 

Resolved, That the Cultural Dance Troupe of West Indies will report the outcomes of these funds to the Office of Youth Services at the end of the 2010 school year and the Cultural Dance Troupe must make a more aggressive effort to fundraise for next year so that there will not be a reoccurrence of this shortfall for summer 2011.

 

The resolution was referred to Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

**PUBLIC BUILDING DEDICATION COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution  de request to superimpose the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street as George and Patricia Ritter Corner

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Building Dedication Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Public Building Dedication Committee met on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 9 AM in the Council Conference Room.  Present were Committee Chairman Mayor Pedro Segarra and the following committee members: Council President rJo Winch, PEDC Chair Matt Ritter, and Chief Operating Officer David Panagore.

 

The committee considered the following item referred to it by the Court of Common Council at their meeting of August 9, 2010:

 

RESOLUTION BY MAJORITY LEADER WINCH, ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER BOUCHER DE REQUEST TO SUPERIMPOSE THE CORNER OF ALBANY AVENUE AND MAIN STREET AS GEORGE AND PATRICIA RITTER CORNER.

 

Prior to any discussion, Councilman Matt Ritter recused himself and left the room.  A motion was made and seconded and the Committee voted 3-0 to refer the resolution to Council with a recommendation for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, After many years of serving the Hartford Community, George J. Ritter passed away on July 18, 2010, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter was appointed Corporation Counsel in 1956, and served on the Hartford City Council from 1959 to 1968, including one term as Deputy Mayor, and was a Representative on the General Assembly from 1968 to 1980, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter is remembered as a community legend whose advocacy and commitment profoundly impacted the Hartford community, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter was the first man appointed to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter introduced the ordinances creating the Commission on Aging and Human Relations Board, which provided training and jobs to Hartford residents, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter helped spur the establishment of the Community Renewal Team, an anti-poverty agency, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter recruited and managed the campaigns of John C. Clark and Maria C. Sanchez – the first minority candidates to run for the Hartford City Council and Board of Education, and

 

Whereas, Mr. Ritter was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, who was also committed to civil rights and equal opportunities, and

 

Whereas, In 1936, when Ms. Ritter was a 16-year old college freshman, she organized one of the nation’s first anti-discrimination sit-ins at a restaurant in Iowa, and

 

Whereas, Ms. Ritter’s first civil rights project in Connecticut was a New England Director of the Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons, which helped many people who had fled Europe after World War II to resettle in the United States, and

 

Whereas, In 1950, Ms. Ritter was appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights by Gov. Chester Bowles, and was the first woman to be named to that commission, and

 

Whereas, In 1979, President Jimmy Carter selected Ms. Ritter to be Director of the National Housing Partnership, and

 

Whereas, Mr. and Mrs. Ritter founded the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (CHIF), a thriving national model for minority home-ownership and integrated housing, and currently a national model for affordable housing, now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the corner of Main Street and Albany Avenue be superimposed with the name George and Patricia Ritter Corner.

 

The substitute resolution was referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

**PUBLIC BUILDING DEDICATION COMMITTEE with accompanying resolution de Request to Superimpose Isabel Mendes Blake Corner at Irving Street and Albany Avenue

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Building Dedication Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Public Building Dedication Committee met on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 9 AM in the Council Conference Room.  Present were Committee Chairman Mayor Pedro Segarra and the following committee members: Council President rJo Winch, PEDC Chair Matt Ritter, and Chief Operating Officer David Panagore.

 

The committee discussed the following item referred to it by the Court of Common Council at their meeting of August 9, 2010:

 

RESOLUTION BY MAJORITY LEADER WINCH DE REQUEST TO SUPERIMPOSE THE CORNER OF ALBANY AVENUE AND MAIN STREET AS ISABEL MENDES BLAKE CORNER.

 

Council President Winch indicated that a request had been made to change the location from Albany and Main to the corner of Irving Street and Albany Avenue.  A motion was made and seconded and the Committee voted 4-0 to refer the resolution, as amended, to the full Council with a recommendation for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, On December 3rd 1928, Isabel Mendes Blake was born in the City of Hartford, attending Hartford Schools and graduated from Weaver High School; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake’s interest in the community manifested itself in the form of her community activism, which spanned over 30 years; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake was a welfare rights advocate, she and a few others marched the streets of the City of Hartford to the Capitol steps until Former Governor Ella Grasso came out personally to speak with them; and

 

Whereas, By fighting for welfare rights for many years landed her a position with Welfare Outreach and eventually becoming Director of the Community Information and Referral Center; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake was also an influential component of the City’s educational system; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake was a member of the SADC/Title I Chapter I (National Coalition) Parents, the Black Peoples Union of the University of Hartford, and Vista Volunteers (Washington Office), Coalition of Black Democrats; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake was a Campaign Organizer for former Senator Frank Barrows, Former Mayor Thirman L. Milner, Former Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry, and many other local and state politicians; and

 

Whereas, Isabel Mendes Blake has been honored with numerous awards for her dedication services to education and community on both local and state levels, she received the City of Hartford Community Service Award, lifetime membership in Title I Chapter I Parents, recognition Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, along with many other tokens of appreciation; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions to our city that the corner of Irving Street and Albany Avenue remind us of her kindness and dedication to the residents of Hartford, and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the corner of Irving Street and Albany Avenue be superimposed with the name Isabel Mendes Blake.

 

The substitute resolution was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Torres and Winch. 8

Abstained: Ritter. 1

 

**PUBLIC BUILDING DEDICATION COMMITTEE, with accompanying resolution de Request to Superimpose George Cruz Corner on Pleasant Street

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Building Dedication Committee, as follows:

 

Honorable Council President rJo Winch and Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                     October 12, 2010

 

Dear Council President and Council Members:

 

The Public Building Dedication Committee met on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 9 AM in the Council Conference Room.  Present were Committee Chairman Mayor Pedro Segarra and the following committee members: Council President rJo Winch, PEDC Chair Matt Ritter, and Chief Operating Officer David Panagore.

 

The committee discussed the following item referred to it by the Court of Common Council at their meeting of June 14, 2010:

 

RESOLUTION BY COUNCILMAN RITTER DE REQUEST TO SUPERIMPOSE PLEASANT STREET WITH GEORGE CRUZ STREET.

 

Councilman Ritter explained that citizens had submitted a petition to request that this action be taken.  A motion was made and seconded and the Committee voted 4-0 to refer the resolution, amended to read “George Cruz Corner”, to Council with a recommendation for approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

The resolution was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

**Department of Public Works de Request to conduct an internal study of parks needs

 

Resolution – Kennedy

 

Whereas, Colt Park, Keney Park, Goodwin Park and Cronin Field are in need of repair; and

 

Whereas, There has been a renewed focus on the up keep of City Parks; now, therefore, be it 

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council request the Mayor to direct the Department of Public Works conducts an internal study of the parks named above and to make recommendation regarding repair and if needed new facilities. Said study is to be submitted no later to Council by November 30, 2010.

 

The resolution was passed as amended on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

**Blue Hills Civic Association de Allocation of funds from the City Contribution towards Public Programs to

 

Resolution – Kennedy

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council allocate City Contributions toward Public Programs as follows:

 

                        Blue Hills Civic Association - $

 

The resolution was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Aponte, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch.9

 

 

 

 

Attest:

John V. Bazzano

Town and City Clerk