AGENDA

                                                 MEETING OF THE COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

                                                                       MAY 24, 2010

 

 

 

MONDAY EVENING, MAY 24, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order by His Honor Council President Pedro E. Segarra, at 7:08 pm.

 

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

 

Also present: Corporation Counsel

 

The meeting was opened with a Prayer by reverend Peter Isaac of Weslyan Church.

 

Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Items considered on the Consent Calendar: See Paragraphs*

 

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

MAYOR PEREZ de Adoption of the 2010-2011 amended budget, with accompanying resolutions and ordinances.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Perez, with accompanying resolutions, as follows:

 

l-1 Resolution adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011, as amended,

 

1-2 Resolution adopting the Appropriation Ordinance in accordance with the amended General Fund Budget.

 

1-3 Adoption of Ordinance concerning appropriation in the in the Capital improvement Fund.

 

1-4 Resolution adopting the Tax Levy Ordinance. In accordance with amended Budget.

 

RESOLUTION 1-1

 

Budget Adoption FY 2010-11

 

Resolved, That the Budget for 2010-2011 commencing July 1, 2010, as submitted by the Mayor to the City Clerk on April 19, 2010, after Council's deliberations. A replacement will be submitted according to Council's rules.

 

RESOLUTION 1-2

 

Appropriation Ordinance Adoption FY 2010-11

 

Resolved, That the Appropriation Ordinance for 2010-2011 Aggregating funds for equipment, vehicles and technology as submitted by the Mayor to the City Clerk on April 19, 2010, after Council's deliberations. A replacement will be submitted according to Council's rules.

 

RESOLUTION 1-3

 

CIP Budget Adoption FY 2010-11

 

Resolved, That the Capital Improvement Fund Budget for 2010-2011 commencing July 1, 2010, as submitted by the Mayor to the City Clerk on April 19, 2010 after Council's deliberations. A replacement will be submitted according to Council's rules.

 

RESOLUTION 1-4

 

Tax Levy Ordinance Adoption FY 2010-11

 

Resolved, That the Tax Levy Ordinance for the year 2010-2011 commencing July 1, 2010 (from the Grand List of October 1, 2009), as submitted by the Mayor to the City Clerk on April 19, 2010, after Council's deliberations. A replacement will be submitted according to Council's rules.

 

The resolutions were passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Airey-Wilson, Boucher, Kennedy, Ritter, Segarra, Torres and Winch. 7

 

Nays: Councilpersons, Cotto and Deutsch. 2

 

*MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Donation of two small offices at the

Metzner Center to the Honorary Consul of Italy.

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

Enclosed, for your review and action, is a resolution authorizing the Mayor and the Court of Common Council, to authorize the usage of two small offices to the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy, Dr. Ambra Fantino at the Metzner Center.

 

The use of these two offices would further strengthen the collaborative ties between our Sister City of Italy and Hartford.

 

I urge favorable action on the resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford has a long-standing Sister City relationship with the City of Florida, Italy; and

 

Whereas, Dr. Ambra Fantino, the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy, has requested that use of two small offices in the City of Hartford; and

 

Whereas, The use of these two office will further strengthen the collaborative ties between Hartford and Italy; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Mayor and the Court of Common Council authorize the use of two small offices at the Metzner Center for the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy, Dr. Ambra Fantino.

 

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

 

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

 

MAYOR PEREZ de Request to enter into Executive Session to discuss the resolution of Teodosia Navarro ADMX of the Estate of Luis Diaz v. City of Hartford, et al.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Perez, as follows:

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

I would like to request that the Council enter into Executive Session during the Council meeting on Monday, May 24, 2010. A brief session is necessary to discuss the resolution of Teodosia Navarro , Admx of the Estate of Luis Diaz v. City of Hartford, et al.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Received

 

MAYOR PEREZ de Request to enter into Executive Session to discuss the resolution of Ella Cancel v. City of Hartford, et al.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Perez, as follows:

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

I would like to request that the Council enter into Executive Session during the Council meeting on Monday, May 24, 2010. A brief session is necessary t discuss the resolution of Elia Cancel et al v. City of Hartford, et al.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Received

 

*MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to accept the donation of a specialized Stump jumper Police bicycle from Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA).

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

Enclosed, for your review and action, is a resolution authorizing the Mayor and the Court of Common Council to accept the donation of a Specialized Stump jumper police bicycle from Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, SINA.

 

The Hartford Police Department and SINA have worked collectively over the years to make south end neighborhoods safer. SINA in art effort to assist the police department wishes to donate a new 2010 Specialized Stump jumper police bicycle to the City of Hartford.

 

The bike is built for dual-purpose use, street and off-road, and will be used by members of the Hartford Police Department's Barry Square neighborhood. It will enable officers the ability to traverse terrain not normally accessible by the traditional police foot patrols, increase areas of patrol and decrease response times. This will be a valuable crime fighting tool for the Hartford Police Department.

 

I urge favorable action on the resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance wishes to donate a 2010 Specialized Stump jumper police bicycle to the Southeast District of the Hartford Police Department; and

 

Whereas, The Police Chief has affirmed that this donation is both appropriate and appreciated to supplement the current bicycles used by police officers in carrying out then official duties; and

 

Whereas, There is no cost to the City of Hartford to take possession of this bicycle; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Mayor along with the Court of Common Council hereby grant approval for the City of Hartford to accept this donation; and be it further

 

Resolved, The City of Hartford extends its thanks and gratitude to Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) for their generosity.

 

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

 

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

 

MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Authorization for submission of list and program proposals eligible under the 2010 Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS).

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

Enclosed, for your consideration, are a list of community programs eligible for the 2010 Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program and a resolution authorizing submission of said list and program proposals to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS).

 

The Connecticut NAA is a DRS program overseen by municipalities on a yearly basis. The Grants Management Division of the Department of Development Services has been the City's assigned liaison for the program since 1995.

 

The NAA tax credit program is designated to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt community organizations programs by providing a tax credit to businesses that make cash contributions to said programs. Businesses can receive a tax credit of 100% of their approved contribution to energy conservation programs or 60% for all other programs approved by DRS.

 

The community programs must be approved by both the municipality in which the programs are conducted and by the DRS. The types of community programs that qualify for the NAA include, but are not limited to, energy conservation, employment, training, childcare, crime prevention, construction/rehabilitation of dwelling units for low/moderate-income families, etc. A comprehensive synopsis of the NAA program is available on the DRS website: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1447&q=266058.

 

On March 10, 2010, the Grants Management Division mailed a 20i0 NAA information package to more than two hundred (200) community organizations in Hartford that included a response date of April 30, 2010. Fifty-four (54) proposals were received, all of which meet the basic criteria of the NAA program and are being recommended for approval by Council.

 

In 2009, Hartford community based programs received a total of $1,096,654 in support from area businesses through the NAA resulting in a total of $680,592 in tax credits.

 

The DRS requires that the governing body of each municipality vote to approve the proposed list of NAA eligible community programs. The deadline for submission of the City's approved NAA programs to the State DRS is July 1, 2010. A separate transmittal request for Council Agenda will be submitted in time for its May 24, 2010 meeting.

 

Your support of this resolution is requested.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) is a tax credit program of the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) overseen by municipalities on a yearly basis and the Grants Management Division of the Department of Development Services has been the assigned municipal liaison for this program since 1995; and

 

Whereas, Chapter 228a of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S., 12-631 - 12-638) provides a tax credit for businesses which sponsor approved community programs such as energy conservation, employment, training, childcare, crime prevention, construction/rehabilitation of dwelling units for low/moderate-income families; and

 

Whereas, On March 10, 2010, the Grants Management Division mailed a 2010 NAA information package to more than two hundred (200) community organizations in Hartford that included a response date of April 30, 2010. Fifty-four (54) proposals were received, all of which meet the basic criteria of the NAA program and are being recommended for approval by Council; and

 

Whereas, In 2009, Hartford community based programs received a total of $1,096,654 in support from area businesses through the NAA resulting in a total of $680,592 in tax credits; and

 

Whereas, The DRS requires that the governing body of each municipality vote to approve the proposed list of NAA eligible community programs; and

 

Whereas, The City must submit to the DRS its list of eligible programs and proposals by July 1, 2010; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to prepare a list of programs eligible under the 2010 Neighborhood Assistance Act to be submitted with the program proposals to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services by July 1, 2010; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the list submitted to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services shall include all eligible programs named in the attached table and shall be in the format prescribed by Public Act 89-328; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council designates the Mayor as the City's authorized representative and further authorizes him to take all steps necessary to implement the NAA program; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby 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 effectuate the above transaction; 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 agreements or other documents, or to take any of the other 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 Mayor executing such agreements and documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel.

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget committee

 

MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to sell City-owned property located at 559-561 Garden Street to Hartford Habitat for Humanity. HEARING - JUNE 21, 2010.

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

Enclosed, is a resolution requesting authorization to sell the properly located at 559-561 Garden Street (the” Property”) to Habitat for Humanity.

 

The Property consists of a vacant lot located in a medium density residential zone. The property is among the properties that the City had recommended to Council be sold at public auction.

 

Habitat for Humanity expressed an interest in obtaining the Property to the Northeast NRZ. The Northeast NRZ communicated their support for Habitat for Humanity as the potential developer of the Property to the Council's Operations and Management & Budget ("OMB") sub-committee in a memo to the OMB committee members dated April 15, 2010.

 

At a special meeting of the OMB sub-committee, the Council members requested that City staff enter into discussions with Habitat for Humanity regarding its proposal to purchase the Property.


            Habitat for Humanity has offered to purchase the Property from the City for $7,500 in order to build a single family home.

 

Habitat for Humanity is also in the process of acquiring two privately owned vacant lots which abut the Property in order to build two new single-family homes. The acquisition of this Property would create the opportunity for a development project consisting of three single-family homes.

 

Your support for this resolution is respectfully requested.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford is the owner of a certain vacant property located at 559-551 Garden Street (the "Property"); and

 

Whereas, Said Property was among the properties that the City recommended to Council be sold at public auction; and

 

Whereas, Habitat for Humanity expressed an interest in obtaining the Property to the Northeast NRZ and the Northeast NRZ communicated their support for Habitat for Humanity as the potential developer of the Property to the Council's Operations and Management & Budget ("OMB') sub­committee by way of a memo to the OMB committee members dated April 15, 2010; and

 

Whereas, At a meeting of the OMB sub-committee held on April 15, 2010, and at a special meeting held on April 21, 2010, Council members requested that the City enter into negotiations with Habitat for Humanity regarding their interest in purchasing the Property prior to offering it at public auction; and

 

Whereas, Habitat for Humanity proposes to build a new single family home on the vacant Property and is in the process of acquiring two privately owned vacant lots which abut the Property, in order to build two new single-family homes; and

 

Whereas, The acquisition of the Property by Habitat for Humanity would create the opportunity for a three single-family home development project; and

 

Whereas, Habitat for Humanity has offered to purchase the Property from the City for $7,500; and

 

Whereas, Habitat for Humanity is not tax delinquent; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby authorized to sell said Property to Habitat for Humanity for $7,500.00 and subject to such terms and conditions that the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel shall deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute any and all manner of documents and to take such other action as he and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City in order to effectuate the above transaction; 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 documents, or to take any of the other aforesaid actions.

 

Hearing date June 21, 2010

 

Referred to the Housing Committee and to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to sell City-owned properties located at 427-435 Albany Avenue, 439-443 Albany Avenue and 55-57 Brook Street to Community Health Services. HEARING - JUNE 21, 2010.

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

Enclosed, is a resolution requesting authorization to sell the properties located at 427-435 Albany Avenue, 439-443 Albany Avenue and 55-57 Brook Street (collectively referred to herein as the "Property") to Community Health Services ("CHS"). The Property consists of three adjoining vacant lots which are among the properties that the City had recommended to Council be sold at public auction.

 

CHS expressed to the City Council's Operations and Management & Budget ("OMB") sub-committee their interest in obtaining the Property at a special meeting, held on April 21, 2010, to review the properties recommended for auction. CHS is a non-profit corporation that operates a community health center which provides primary medical care consisting of dental, mental health, pediatrics, adolescent and women's health services to the Greater North Hartford Community. CHS provides medical services to their patients regardless of their ability to pay. It services over 18,000 clients and manages approximately 75,000 patient visits per year.

 

At the special meeting, Council members requested that City staff enter into negotiations with CHS regarding its proposal to purchase the Property. CHS proposes to build an employee parking lot on the Property consisting of approximately 32 parking spaces. By shifting some employee parking to the Property, CHS would be able to offer additional patient parking with safe and convenient access to the CHS facility at 500 Albany Avenue. Based on an appraisal of the Property and subsequent negotiations with City staff, CHS has offered to pay the City $28,000 for the Property.

 

Your support for this resolution is respectfully requested.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford is the owner of certain vacant properties located at 427-435 Albany Avenue, 439-443 Albany Avenue and 55-57 Brook Street (collectively referred to herein as the "Property"); and

 

Whereas, Said Property is among those that the City recommended to the Court of Council be sold at public auction; and

 

Whereas, Community Health Services ("CHS") expressed to the Council's Operations and Management & Budget ("OMB") sub-committee their interest in obtaining tile Property at a special meeting held on April 21) 2010, and at said meeting Council members requested that the City enter into negotiations with CHS regarding their proposal to purchase the Property prior to offering it at public auction; and

 

Whereas, CHS is a non-profit corporation that operates a community health center which provides primary medical care consisting of dental, mental health, pediatrics, adolescent and women's health services to the Greater North Hartford Community regardless of the patient's ability to pay; and

 

Whereas, CHS provides these services to over 18,000 clients and manages approximately 75,000 patient visits pet' year; and

 

Whereas, CHS has offered to purchase the Property from the City in order to construct an employee parking lot; and

 

Whereas, By shifting some employee parking to the Property, CHS would be able to offer additional patient parking with safe and convenient access to the CHS facility located at 500 Albany Avenue; and

 

Whereas, Based on an appraisal of the Property and subsequent negotiations with City staff, CHS has offered to pay the City $28,000 for the Property; and CHS is not tax delinquent; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby authorized to sell said Property to CHS for $28,000.00 and subject to such terms and conditions that the Mayor and the Corporation Counsel shall deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby authorized to execute any and all manner of documents and to take such other action as he and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City in order to effectuate the above transaction, 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 documents, or to take any of the other aforesaid actions.

 

Hearing date June 21, 2010

 

Referred to the Housing Committee and to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

FOR ACTION

 

*Resolution de Partial waiver of lien interest for Ms. Annie B. W. Longstreet for property located at 59 Branford Street.

 

Resolution by Mayor Perez concerning partial waiver of lien interest for Ms. Annie B. W. Longstreet for property located at 59 Branford Street, introduced March 22, 2010, was again considered.

 

Majority Leader Winch made a motion to discharge the Housing Committee from reporting.

 

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

 

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

 

Ordinance amending Code by adding Chapter 37 de Graffiti.

 

Proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code by adding Chapter 37 concerning Graffiti, introduced March 8, 2010, on which a hearing was held March 15, 2010, action postponed on April 12, 2010, until April 26, 2010, action postponed on that date until May 10, 2010, and action postponed on that date until May 24, 2010, was again considered.

 

Action postponed until June 14, 2010.

 

*Resolution de Appointment of members to Internal Audit Commission.

           

Resolution by Council President Segarra concerning appointment of members to Internal Audit Commission, introduced May 10, 2010, and action postponed on that date until May 24, 2010, was again considered.

 

The resolution introduced May 10, 2010, was passed on the following roll-call vote:

 

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

 

*Ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article V, Division 4, Sections 2-177 through 2- 179 of Code de Commission on Cultural Affairs.

 

Proposed ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article V, Division 4, Sections 2-177 through 2-179 of the Municipal Code concerning Commission on Cultural Affairs, introduced April 26, 2010, and on which a hearing was held May 17, 2010, was again considered.

 

The ordinance introduced April 26, 2010, was adopted on the following roll-call vote:

 

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

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

(MAYOR PEREZ) Katie E. Hanley de Appointment to the Commission on Disability Issues.

 

Resolution – Mayor Perez:

 

Resolved, That the following individual is hereby appointed to the Commission on Disability Issues beginning on May 24, 2010 and ending on March 1, 2013:

 

•Katie E. Hanley (U) of 36 Whitney Street, Hartford, CT 06105 vacancy (Person active in
the Community)

 

Action postponed until June 14, 2010.

 

(MAYOR PEREZ) Christopher T. Bowen de Appointment to the Greater Hartford Transit District.

 

Resolution – Mayor Perez:

 

Resolved, That the following individual is hereby appointed to the Greater Hartford Transit District beginning on May 24, 2010 and ending on July 6, 2014.

 

•Christopher T. Bowen (D) of 37A Willard Street, Hartford, CT 06105, replacing Jason W. Barone-Cichocki (D) of 17 Montrose Street, Hartford, CT 06105

 

Action postponed until June 14, 2010.

 

(MAYOR PEREZ) Mary M. Martinez de Appointment to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women.

 

Resolution – Mayor Perez:

 

Resolved, That the following the individual is hereby appointed to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women beginning on May 24, 2010 and ending on September 1, 2012:

 

•Mary M. Martinez (D) of 7 Mary Shepard Place, Apt. 710, Hartford, CT 06120 (vacancy)

 

Action postponed until June 14, 2010.

 

*(COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEGARRA) Budget Fiscal Analysis Task Force de Reduction of funds from the Civic and Cultural Affairs Account to.

 

Resolution – Council President Segarra:

 

Whereas, The Court of Common Council approved the allocation of $7,500 from the City's Civic & Cultural Account to the Budget Fiscal Analysis Task Force; and,

 

Whereas, The recipient of the aforementioned allocation has used only $4,140 of the requested funds; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, The Court of Common Council hereby reduces by $3,360 the allocation to the Budget Fiscal Analysis Task Force from $7,500 to $ 4,140.

 

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

 

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

 

*(COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEGARRA) (MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Preservation of Historic Documents de Authorization to apply for grant and enter into controls with State for funds for.

 

Resolution – Council President Segarra and Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, On July 1, 2000, Public Act 00-146, An Act Concerning Real Estate Filings and the Preservation of Public Documents, went into effect; mid

 

Whereas, PA 00-146, Section l(d) creations an additional fee of three dollars ($3.00) for each document recorded in the land records of the municipality and makes the Town Clerk responsible for collecting the fee and further provides that the Town Clerk shall remit two dollars ($2.00) of each fee to the State Library and retain one dollar ($1.00) and use it for the preservation and management of historic documents; and

 

Whereas, The provisions of PA 00-146, Section 4(c) provide for seventy percent (70%) of the money forwarded to the State shall be placed in the Historic Documents Preservation Account for a grant program administered by the Public Records Administrator to help municipalities to enhance or improve the preservation and management of historic documents; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford has applied for a nine thousand dollar ($9,000.00) grant from the State fund for the preservation of historic documents in the Town Clerk's Office; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to apply for, accept and enter into contracts with the State of Connecticut for funds in the amount of nine thousand dollars ($9,000.00) from the Public Records Administrator for the preservation of historic documents in the Town Clerk's Office; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council does hereby adopt and support the non-discrimination agreements and warranties required under Connecticut General Statues Section 4a-60(a)l and applicable amendments in Public Acts 07-245 and 07-142.

 

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

 

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

 

(COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEGARRA) Charter requirements de Taking immediate actions to draft ordinances to address.

 

Resolution – Council President Segarra:

 

Whereas, The citizens of Hartford approved a revision to the City Charter; and,

 

Whereas, Several of the Charter changes required Council to draft ordinances to compliment and clarify City Charter provisions; and

 

Whereas, Council has not adopted all ordinance setting the procedure for implementing Chapter V Section 4 of the City Charter; and

 

Whereas, Council failed to adopt an ordinance specifying the procedure for determining absence or disability of the Mayor; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the OMB and Legislative Committees immediately begin to draft ordinances for submission to the Court of Common Council to address this Charter requirement.

 

Referred to the Legislative Affairs Committee and Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

*(MAJORITY LEADER WINCH) Park Place Health Center de Calling upon Spectrum Healthcare, Inc. to negotiate with employees at.

 

Resolution – Majority Leader Winch:

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford is proud of its long and distinguished tradition of supporting vital health and human services jobs within our community, including the jobs of the employees of the Park Place Health Center skilled nursing facility; and

 

Whereas, The contributions of the caregivers employed at the Park Place Health Center to the Hartford community are vital to the city's health and welfare, economy, culture and civic character; and

 

Whereas, The majority of the workers employed by Spectrum at the Park Place Health Center represented by the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, reside within the City of Hartford; and

 

Whereas, District 1199 has settled thirty-three (33) contracts with other Connecticut nursing homes on the same general pattern over the last year without strikes of other labor disruptions, including two other nursing homes within the City of Hartford; and

 

Whereas, Spectrum Healthcare, the operator of the Park Place Health Center, has refused to agree to the same general terms and conditions as these other nursing homes; and

 

Whereas, The National Labor Relations Board is investigating charges of Unfair Labor Practices committed by Spectrum Healthcare against its employees at Park Place, including charges of illegal terminations and suspensions without recourse to arbitration; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford is incurring unanticipated and ongoing expense for police overtime to ensure public safety at the picket line outside Park Place; and

 

Whereas, Spectrum Healthcare has declared that it has hired permanent replacements for Park Place workers who are exercising their legal right to strike; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council calls upon Spectrum Healthcare, Inc., to:

 

1. Return to the bargaining table with the Negotiating Committee for the Park Place Health Center immediately.

 

2. Bargain in good faith with the members of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199 at Park Place for terms and conditions of a new contract.

 

3. Negotiate in good faith an equitable means of resolution of the terminations and suspensions of Park Place employees since the expiration of the most recent contract that are the subject of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

 

4. Reimburse the City of Hartford for any and all police overtime and other expenses incurred by the City to protect public safety during the length of the job action at Park Place.

 

5. Cease and desist from hiring permanent replacements mid incorporate into any new contract an agreement that all workers who exercised their legal fight to strike will return to their former positions at the Park Place Health Center.

 

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

 

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

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Barbour Street de Waiver of half the fees and street closure for Love Wins in Hartford sponsored by the Wintonbury Church at.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, The Wintonbury Church is sponsoring "Love Wins in Hartford" on Barbour Street between Judson and Westland Streets on June 29, 2010 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm; and

 

Whereas, The sponsor of these events is requesting 50% fee waiver for city costs associated with this event and a street closure on Barbour Street; 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, That 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 grants a fee waiver to the event sponsor consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Colt Park de Waiver of half the fees for City Day sponsored by the U.S. Army at.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, The US Army is sponsoring City Day at Colt Park on June 12, 2010 from 11:00am to 7:00pm; and

 

Whereas, The sponsor of these events is requesting 50% fee waiver for city costs associated with this event; 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, That 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 grants a fee waiver to the event sponsor consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) King's Chapel Church de Waiver of half the fees for King's Chapel Day sponsored by.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, King's Chapel Church of God is sponsoring "King's Chapel Day" in the vicinity of 400 Woodland Street on June 19, 2010 from 9:00am to 6:00pm; and

 

Whereas, The sponsor of these events is requesting 50% fee waiver for city costs associated with this event; 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, That 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 grants a fee waiver to the event sponsor consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Allyn Street and Union Place de Granting permission to serve food and alcohol, and erect a stage and tents for block party series hosted by Up or on the Rocks and Black Bear Saloon at.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, The Up or On the Rocks and Black Bear Saloon are hosting its block party series on Allyn Street and Union Place on May 21, 2010; June 18, 2010; August 20, 2010 and September 17, 2010 from 5:00pm to l: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 farther

 

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

 

Resolved, That the sponsors will shut down as per the following schedule:

 

 

 

and, be it further

 

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

 

Resolved, That the sponsor will notify surrounding businesses and residents of block parties; this may include, but is not limited to distributing flyers and posting signs ill 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 the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Riverfront Plaza de Waiver of half the fees for the Latino Kings and Queens of Comedy sponsored by Luna Productions at.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, Luna Productions is sponsoring the "Latino Kings and Queens of Comedy" at

Riverfront Plaza on June 18, 2010 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; and

 

Whereas, This is a free event; and

 

Whereas, The sponsor of this event is requesting 50% fee waiver for city costs associated with this event; 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 grants a fee waiver to the event sponsor consistent with the recommendation of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee.

 

Referred to the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) New Ross, County Wexford Park de Acceptance of Urban Arts Wall by Mr. Jose Camacho and the Hartford Skateboarding Task Force for placement in.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, Mr. Jose Camacho of Hartford, Connecticut and the Hartford Skateboarding Task Force would like to donate an "Urban Arts Wall" to the City of Hartford to be erected in New Ross, County Wexford Park; and

 

Whereas, This Wall will give an opportunity for budding and accomplished artists to display their work publically in a sanctioned environment and will serve as a draw to the Park and the north side of the Downtown District; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the City of Hartford accepts the "Urban Arts Wall" being donated by Mr. Jose Camacho and the Hartford Skateboarding Task Force for placement in New Ross, County Wexford Park; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That Mr. Camacho, the Recreation Division, the Office of Cultural Affairs and any other interested parties will work together to create a scheduling procedure for use of the Wall.

 

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

 

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

 

(MINORITY LEADER COTTO) Percent for the Arts de Request to indentify three (3)

projects for Fiscal Years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 for.

 

Resolution - Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, On April 27, 2009, the Court of Common Council passed Ordinance No. 16-09, the "Percent for the Arts" ordinance, which mandates that one percent (1%) of the budget for up to three (3) Capital Improvement Projects over one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per fiscal year is set aside for public art associated with said projects; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council requests that the Chief Operating Officer identifies three (3) "Percent for the Arts" applicable projects for Fiscal Year 2009-2010 and three (3) "Percent for the Arts" applicable projects for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 for consideration by the cultural affairs standing committee on public art pursuant to the appropriate sections of Chapter 36 of the Municipal Code.

 

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

 

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

 

(COUNCILMAN DEUTSCH) Budget de Amendment of listed designations in the.

 

Resolution – Councilman Deutsch:

 

Resolved, That the Budgets, as proposed by the Mayor and the Court of Common Council, are amended with the listed designations.

 

No action taken

 

(COUNCILMAN RITTER) SEIU 1199 de Standing in solidarity with the workers of.

 

Resolution – Councilman Ritter:

 

Whereas, On Thursday, April 15, 2010 workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) began striking at four nursing homes in the state, including the Park Place Health Center in Hartford; and

 

Whereas, The 387 SEIU workers have been without a contract since March 2009; and

 

Whereas, The Local SEIU, 1199, has been able to reach agreements with 32 other nursing homes in the last year; and

 

Whereas, During these difficult financial times workers are losing their pay while attempting to preserve just wages and benefits; and

 

Whereas, Many of the SEIU workers are Hartford residents who are being severely impacted by these stalled negotiations; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby stands in solidarity with the workers of SEIU 1199; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council urges the administration of Spectrum Healthcare to resume settlement talks expeditiously.

 

Withdrawn

 

*(COUNCILMAN RITTER) Knox Parks Foundation de Allocation of funds from the Civic and Cultural Affairs Account to.

 

Resolution – Councilman Ritter:

 

Whereas, The Knox Parks Foundation was established through a trust fund from Betty Knox in 1966 to help improve the city; and

 

Whereas, The Knox Parks Foundation has helped enhance, preserve and restore green space in the City of Hartford for more than 40 years; and

 

Whereas, The Knox Parks Foundation has strengthened neighborhoods by providing youth with horticultural job skills and establishing community gardens; and

 

Whereas, The Knox parks Foundation needs support to continue its quality community development programs; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby allocates $3,000 to the Knox Parks Foundation from its Civic and Cultural Account.

 

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

 

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

MAYOR PEREZ, with accompanying resolution de Approval of the construction project for the Latino Studies Academy at Brims Elementary School.

 

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

 

Honorable Pedro E. Segarra, Council President, and Member of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                         May 24, 2010

 

Dear Council President Segarra:

 

On May t9, 2009, the City Council appropriated $700,000 for the construction project of the Latino Studies Academy at Bums Elementary School (Language Arts Lab). The enclosed resolution will authorize the Mayor and the Court of Common Council to assign the project retroactive to the May 17, 2010 Hartford School Building Committee that was established by Special Act 01-7 to oversee the project work until completion. The Hartford School Building Committee plan was approved and will authorize the preparation of plans and specifications and authorizes the Hartford Public Schools to file a school construction grant application (FORM ED-049) with the State Department of Education, Bureau of School Facilities for the Latino Studies Academy at Bums Elementary School (Language Arts Lab).

 

With a newly renovated area withln4he existing physical plant, the goal will be to make sure that students feel they are in a learning environment that is conducive to accomplishing the goal of the innovative program and provide the necessary facilities to contain them in.

 

The authorization of this resolution is required to complete the State of Connecticut school construction grant application that will reimburse the City of Hartford 80% of the eligible costs associated with the partial renovation of a certain area within the facility that will house the school program.

 

Your support of this resolution is requested.

 

Respectfully submitted, Eddie A. Perez, Mayor

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford and the Hartford Public Schools intend to alter the existing facility in order to provide a Language Arts Lab, located within the main building - Latino Studies Academy at Burns Elementary School located at 195 Putnam Street, Hartford, CT for an innovative Choice program that will provide a Latino Studies theme-program where students in grades Pre-K through 8th can learn in a facility; and

 

Whereas, Will a newly renovated area within the existing physical plant, the goal will be to make sure that students feel they are in a learning environment that is conducive to accomplishing the goal of the innovative program and provide the necessary facilities to contain them in; and

 

Whereas, The Connecticut State Department of Education has established a school construction grant program that will reimburse the City of Hartford 80% of the eligible costs associated with the partial renovation of a certain area within the facility that will house tire school program; and

 

Whereas, The Hartford Board of Education intends to review and approve the Educational Specifications for the Latino Studies Academy at Bums Elementary School (Language Arts Lab) on May 2010; now, therefore, be it

 

Whereas, That the Court of Common Council approves the construction project for the Latino Studies Academy at Burns Elementary School (Language Arts Lab) at art estimated cost of $700,000; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council assigns the project retroactive to May 17, 2010 Hartford School Building Committee that approved the plan and was established by Special Act 01-7 to oversee the project work until completion, authorizes the preparation of plans and specifications and authorizes the Hartford Public Schools to file a school construction grant application (FORM ED-049) with the State Department of Education, Bureau of School Facilities for the Latino Studies Academy at Bums Elementary School (Language Arts Lab).

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee and Education Committee

 

**(COUNCILMAN KENNEDY) Hartford Soccer League de Allocation of funds from the Civic and Cultural Affairs Account to.

 

Resolution - Kennedy

 

Whereas, On July 13, 2009, the Court of Common Council voted to make allocations to certain organizations and initiatives that provide services to Hartford residents, business and institutions; and

 

Whereas, That the Court of Common Council grants six thousand, dollars ($6,000) to the Hartford Soccer League; and be, it further

 

Resolved, That as with the other agencies allocated funding via the resolution adopted at the July 13, 2009 meeting. The Hartford Soccer League Soccer League shall follow the procedures to be determined by the Operations, Management and Budget Committee for applying for said grant.

 

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

 

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

 

The following council members requested their names to be added to the resolution

 

Airey-Wilson, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Ritter, Segarra, Torres and Winch

 

**(COUNCILMAN KENNEDY) Martin Luther King Soccer League de Allocation of funds from the Civic and Cultural Affairs Account to.

 

Resolution - Kennedy

 

Whereas, On July 13, 2009, the Court of Common Council voted to make allocations to certain organizations and initiatives that provide services to Hartford residents, business and institutions; and

 

Whereas, That the Court of Common Council grants three thousand, dollars ($3,000) to the Martin Luther King Soccer League; and be, it further

 

Resolved, That as with the other agencies allocated funding via the resolution adopted at the July 13, 2009 meeting. The Martin Luther King Soccer League shall follow the procedures to be determined by the Operations, Management and Budget Committee for applying for said grant.

 

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

 

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

 

The following council members requested their names to be added to the resolution

 

Airey-Wilson, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Ritter, Segarra, Torres and Winch

 

**(COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEGARRA), (ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER BOUCHER) CIP projects schedule for implementation de request that the administration provides a 2010-2011 Capital Improvement Plan of all.

 

Whereas, Notwithstanding the Court of Common Council's approval of the 2010-2011 Capital Improvement Fund Budget, there remains an outstanding concern of limiting this year's budget debt-occurrence (as noted through previous Council of the Whole budget sessions and the work of the Budget Fiscal Task Force); and

 

Whereas, This concern extends to a clearer understanding of this year's Capital Improvement Program's (CIP) implementation plan, including the schedule and sequencing of projects; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council requests the Mayor and City Administration provide a 2010-2011 Capital Implementation Plan within the next 90 days, that includes a sequencing plan of all CIP projects scheduled for implementation.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Attest:

John V. Bazzano

Town and City Clerk