AGENDA

                                                 MEETING OF THE COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

                                                                       JULY 12, 2010 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY EVENING, JULY 12, 2010

 

The meeting was called to order by Her Honor Presiding Officer Pro-Tem rJo Winch, at 7:08 pm

 

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

 

Also Present: Corporation Counsel

 

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Bishop M.A. Jones Sr. of United Pentecostal Church of the Redeemer.

 

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 7 to 0. See Paragraphs **

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization for condemnation of 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street.

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Enclosed is a proposed resolution for consideration by the Council at its meeting of July 12, 2010, regarding the condemnation of 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties") by the Hartford Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"). As you are aware, on January 26, 2009, the Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled "Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"). The Properties are subject to the Plan. The HRA desires to acquire these Properties and to accomplish, as part of the redevelopment thereof, the long-standing objective of demolishing the building situated on the 1161 Main Street property (the "Building"). Notwithstanding extensive negotiations between the owners of these Properties and HRA, the parties have been unable to reach agreement on a purchase price for the Properties. Based upon the foregoing and in order to proceed as expeditiously as practicable with the demolition of the Building, I recommend the attached resolution for your consideration and approval.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, On January 26, 2009, the City of Hartford's Court of Common Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled "Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"); and

 

Whereas, Two (2) certain parcels of real property and improvements thereon known as 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties"), and owned by Edwards Development LLC and Chapel Equities LLC respectively (collectively, the "Seller"), are subject to the Plan; and

 

Whereas, Pursuant to the Plan, the City of Hartford ("City"), acting by and through the Hartford Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"), desires to acquire the Properties from Seller; and

 

Whereas, Notwithstanding extensive negotiations between the parties over the past several months, Seller and HRA have been unable to reach agreement on a purchase price for the Properties; and

 

Whereas, On July 8, 2010, HRA: (i) approved the taking of the Properties from Seller through eminent domain, subject to Council approval, and (ii) determined that it has sufficient funds to maintain the Properties in advance of their redevelopment; and

 

Whereas, In order to proceed with the condemnation of the Properties and the demolition of the building located on 1161 Main Street, the HRA has requested Council's approval of such condemnation.

 

Resolved, That, the HRA is hereby authorized to take the Properties through the exercise of its eminent domain powers, upon and subject to the above terms and conditions and such other terms and conditions that the HRA and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the HRA is hereby further authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as HRA and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA in order to effect the above condemnation; 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 HRA fail to take the Properties by eminent domain, execute such 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 HRA taking such Properties by eminent domain, executing such other documents, and taking such other actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the HRA and the Corporation Counsel.

 

Withdrawn

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to redesignate unexpected bond proceeds from completed projects with encumbered expenditures

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

As part of our on-going efforts to improve the operation of the Capital Improvement Program, enclosed, for your review and action, is a resolution redesignating unexpended bond proceeds from completed projects to completed projects with encumbered expenditures.

 

There are twenty-one projects and purposes on the attached resolution, determined to be complete, with certain unexpended bond proceeds, amounting to a total of $328,359.24. In Addition, there are three encumbered projects and purposes with authorized and unissued bond amounts remaining, in the total amount of $328,359.24. It is recommended that unexpended amounts be transferred to the Encumbered Projects.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The projects and purposes described below (the "Projects") are hereby determined to be complete and there are remaining certain unexpended bond proceeds for the Projects as follows:

 

 

 

Projects

Amount Unexpended

 

 

Q6412 - 875 Asylum Avenue
Leasehold Improvements

$72,605.92

Q9420 - Replacement Roofs

27,777.55

W6565 - Rising Star Block, Pride
Block, Infrastructure

6,654.56

W7396 - Pope Park - Phase II

192.44

W8564 - City-wide Sidewalk
Replacements

52,264.81

W8263 - City Buildings
Environmental Compliance

14.28

W8109 - Rehabilitation of 11 Fire
Stations and Buy Trucks

3,351.49

W6265 - Roof Replacement at
Various City Buildings

42,394.88

W6122 - Jennings Road Police
Headquarters

28,165.58

W1384 - Renovations &
Construction Certain Pools

20,664.35

W8264 - City Buildings Energy

4,012.74

W1340 - Metzner Recreation
Center

7,709.50

W8351 - Park Monuments Pond
House

8,796.43

W6262 - City Buildings ADA
Modifications

9,286.34

W7562 –Matching Funds for
State and Federal

12,619.61

W8357 - Forster Heights Park

5,392.84

W7398 - City-wide Playground
Enhancements

65.00

W1556-Road
Rep Nr/Reconstruction

21,184.55

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

*MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to accept the Operation Safe Streets 2010 Grant from the State for the Operation Safe for the Operation Safe Streets 2010 Traffic  safety Enforcement Program.

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Enclosed, for your review and action, is a resolution authorizing the Mayor to accept the Operation Safe Streets 2010 Grant in the amount of $13,800 from the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation.

 

The intent of this grant is to reduce and/or eliminate hazardous operation of motor vehicles as well as the hazardous conditions caused by the "cruising" activity. The Hartford Police Department will use these funds to identify specific times and policing specific areas of the City affected by the "cruising" activity, employing relentless enforcement utilizing lawful, proven and effective police tactics and successfully targeting identified offenses and arresting offenders.

 

I urge action on the resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

 

Whereas, The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation awards grants to municipalities to enhance law enforcement operations; and

 

Whereas, The Hartford Police Department has been awarded a grant to provide increased traffic enforcement; and

 

Whereas, The intent of this grant is to reduce and/or eliminate hazardous operation of motor vehicles as well as the hazardous conditions caused by the "cruising" activity.; and

 

Whereas, The police department will use these funds to identify specific times and policing specific areas of the City affected by the "cruising" activity, employing relentless enforcement utilizing lawful, proven and effective police tactics and successfully targeting identified offenses and arresting offenders.; and

 

Whereas, These activities typically require overtime as the police department is below ideal staffing levels; and

 

Whereas, To reduce the impact on the general fund budget the grant funds received will be used to offset and supplement the allocation of overtime for the police department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to accept grant funding in the amount of $13,800 from the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation for the Operation Safe Streets 2010 Traffic Safety Enforcement Program.

 

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

 

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

 

*MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to apply for and accept Fiscal Year 2010 Justice to help prevent or reduce crime and violence.

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Enclosed, for your review and action, is a resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for and accept the FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) in the amount of $284,617 from the United States Department of Justice.

 

The intent of this grant is to assist the efforts of law enforcement agencies to prevent or reduce crime and violence. The Hartford Police Department will use these funds to provide a greater police presence, cover staff vacancies, conduct criminal investigations and respond to hotspots of criminal activity. Unfortunately, these activities typically require overtime, as the police department is below ideal staffing levels. To reduce the impact on the general fund budget the grant funds received will be used to offset and supplement the allocation of overtime for the police department. There is no local match required for this grant.

 

I urge favorable action on the resolution.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance awards grants to municipalities to enhance law enforcement operations; and

 

Whereas, The Hartford Police Department qualifies for a formula allocation grant from the FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program; and

 

Whereas, The intent of this grant is to assist the efforts of law enforcement agencies to prevent or reduce crime and violence; and

 

Whereas, The police department will use these funds to provide a greater police presence, cover staff vacancies, conduct criminal investigations and respond to hotspots of criminal activity; and

 

Whereas, These activities typically require overtime as the police department is below ideal staffing levels; and

 

Whereas, To reduce the impact on the general fund budget the grant funds received will be used to offset and supplement the allocation of overtime for the police department; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved,  That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to apply for and accept grant funding in the amount of $284,617 from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for the FY 2010 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

 

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

 

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

 

*MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to apply for and receive funds from the Connecticut Department of Education Enhancement Grant for Youth Services for operation of the Youth Service Bureau programs

                       

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

The Office for Youth Services serves as the City's Youth Services Bureau. The State Legislature determines the services to be provided that include general youth development services, new and expanded programming, community involvement, advocacy, and the coordination of services for youth at risk such as juvenile justice programs, crisis intervention, child welfare, and mental health supports, positive youth development and recreation/cultural programs.

 

The CT Department of Education has provided funds for operation of the Youth Service Bureau Programs. For FY2010/11, these funds are proposed to be $160,722. A cash match of $100,000 is required which is in the adopted FY10-11 budget for the Office of Youth Services. The Youth Services Bureau funds support two full time positions at the Office for Youth Services and a variety of youth development programs.

 

Enclosed please find a resolution requesting approval to apply for and receive CT Department of Education funding and to distribute these funds through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

 

I recommend its passage.

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, The Office of Youth Services serves as the City's Youth Service Bureau; and

 

Whereas, As the Youth Service Bureau, the Office for Youth Services is legislatively responsible the for coordination of programs in areas of juvenile justice, crisis intervention, child welfare; mental health; positive youth development; recreational/cultural programs and research on youth issues; development & resources for new and expanded programs; community involvement; and advocacy on behalf of youth and their families; and

 

Whereas, The CT Department of Education has notified the City that funds are available for Hartford's Youth Service Bureau activities in the amount of $160,722 for fiscal year 2010-11; and

 

Whereas, The City must provide cash match of $100,000, which has been budgeted in the current FY 10-11 Mayor's adopted budget; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Mayor to apply for and receive the funds to leverage the funding priorities of the Office and its Youth Services; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council authorizes the Office for Youth Services to release these funds through a competitive city wide Request for Proposals of qualified youth services providers, contingent upon the state funding allocation being made and to enter into contract with the selected agencies; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Mayor is hereby further 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 and expend the above referenced grant; 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 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 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, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch. 8

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization to execute Purchase and Sale Agreement for 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street.

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Enclosed are proposed resolutions for consideration by the Council at its meeting of July 12, 2010, regarding the acquisition of 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties") by the Hartford Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"). As you are aware, on January 26, 2009, the Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled "Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"). The Properties are subject to the Plan. The HRA desires to acquire these Properties and to accomplish, as part of the redevelopment thereof, the long-standing objective of demolishing the building situated on the 1161 Main property (the "Building"). After extensive negotiations between the owners of these Properties and HRA, such owners are willing to sell the Properties to HRA for a purchase price of $625,000.00, which HRA's appraiser has deemed a fair price for the Properties.

 

The enclosed resolution authorizing the HRA to enter into the purchase and sale agreement for the Properties permits HRA to perform all the obligations thereunder, including accessing the Properties in order to develop demolition and abatement specifications, but excluding the authorization to acquire the Properties, so that when the other enclosed resolution regarding acquisition of the Properties comes before the Council for action the HRA will be in a position to quickly close on the Properties and proceed with the demolition of the Building. Based upon the foregoing, I recommend the attached resolutions for your consideration and approval, and that the resolution regarding the authority to execute the purchase and sale agreement be placed on the consent calendar for action at the July 12th meeting.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, On January 26, 2009, the City of Hartford's Court of Common Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled "Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"); and

 

Whereas, Two (2) certain parcels of real property and improvements thereon known as 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties"), and owned by Edwards Development LLC and Chapel Equities LLC respectively (collectively, the "Seller"), are subject to the Plan; and

 

Whereas, Pursuant to the Plan, the City of Hartford ("City"), acting by and through the Hartford

Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"), desires to acquire the Properties from Seller; and

 

Whereas, As a result of extensive negotiations between the patties over the past several months, Seller is willing to sell the Properties to HRA for a purchase price of $625,000.00; and

 

Whereas, On July 8, 2010, HRA: (i) approved the acquisition of the Properties from Seller for the above-referenced purchase price, subject to Council approval, and (ii) determined that it has sufficient funds to maintain the Properties in advance of their redevelopment; and

 

Whereas, In order to proceed with the acquisition of the Properties and the demolition of the building located on 1161 Main Street, the HRA has requested Council's approval of such acquisition; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved,  That, the HRA is hereby authorized to enter into and execute a purchase and sale agreement with Seller or its successors or assigns for the purposes set forth above, and to perform all obligations thereunder, except such authorization does not include the authority to acquire the Properties, upon and subject to the above terms and conditions and such other terms and conditions that the HRA and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA; and be it further

 

Resolved,  That the HRA is hereby further authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as HRA and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA in order to effect the above transactions; 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 HRA fail to execute the aforementioned purchase and sale agreement 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 HRA executing such purchase and sale agreement and documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the HRA and the Corporation Counsel.

 

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

 

Yeas: Councilpersons, Boucher, Cotto, Deutsch, Kennedy, Ritter, Torres and Winch. 6

Abstain: Airey-Wilson.1

Recuse: Ritter.1

 

MAYOR SEGARRA, with accompanying resolution de Authorization for acquisition of 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street.

 

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

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

            Enclosed are proposed resolutions for consideration by the Council at its meeting of July 12, 2010, regarding the acquisition of 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties") by the Hartford Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"). As you are aware, on January 26, 2009, the Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled -Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"). The Properties are subject to the Plan. The HRA desires to acquire these Properties and to accomplish, as part of the redevelopment thereof, the long-standing objective of demolishing the building situated on the 1161 Main property (the "Building"). After extensive negotiations between the owners of these Properties and HRA, such owners are willing to sell the Properties to HRA for a purchase price of $625,000.00, which HRA's appraiser has deemed a fair price for the Properties.

 

The enclosed resolution authorizing the HRA to enter into the purchase and sale agreement for the Properties permits HRA to perform all the obligations thereunder, including accessing the Properties in order to develop demolition and abatement specifications, but excluding the authorization to acquire the Properties, so that when the other enclosed resolution regarding acquisition of the Properties comes before the Council for action the HRA will be in a position to quickly close on the Properties and proceed with the demolition of the Building. Based upon the foregoing, I recommend the attached resolutions for your consideration and approval, and that the resolution regarding the authority to execute the purchase and sale agreement be placed on the consent calendar for action at the July 12th meeting.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Whereas, On January 26, 2009, the City of Hartford's Court of Common Council approved a certain redevelopment plan entitled "Redevelopment Plan For The Downtown North Project" (the "Plan"); and

 

Whereas, Two (2) certain parcels of real property and improvements thereon known as 1161 Main Street and 40 Chapel Street (collectively, the "Properties"), and owned by Edwards Development LLC and Chapel Equities LLC, respectively (collectively, the "Seller") are subject to the Plan; and

 

Whereas, Pursuant to the Plan, the City of Hartford ("City"), acting by and through the Hartford Redevelopment Agency ("HRA"), desires to acquire the Properties from Seller; and

 

Whereas, As a result of extensive negotiations between the parties over the past several months, Seller is willing to sell the Properties to HRA for a purchase price of $625,000.00; and

 

Whereas, On July 8, 2010, HRA: (i) approved the acquisition of the Properties from Seller for the above-referenced purchase price, subject to Council approval, and (ii) determined that it has sufficient funds to maintain the Properties in advance of their redevelopment; and

 

Whereas, In order to proceed with the acquisition of the Properties and the demolition of the building located on 1161 Main Street, the HRA has requested Council's approval of such acquisition; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That, the HRA is hereby authorized to enter into and execute a purchase and sale agreement with Seller or its successors or assigns for the purposes set forth above, and to acquire the Properties, upon and subject to the above terms and conditions and such other terms and conditions that the HRA and the Corporation Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the HRA is hereby further authorized to execute any and all manner of other documents and to take such other actions as HRA and the Coll0oration Counsel may deem appropriate and in the best interests of the City and HRA in order to effect the above transactions; 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 HRA fail to execute the aforementioned purchase and sale agreement 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 HRA executing such purchase and sale agreement and documents, and taking such actions, all of which shall be, in form and substance, acceptable to the HRA and the Corporation Counsel.

 

Hearing date – July 19, 2010

 

Referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Planning and Economic Development Committee.

 

Councilman Ritter recused himself from voting on this item

 

REPORTS

 

*PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying substitute resolution de Waiver of half the fees for a fashion show sponsored by Elacia Hall, Mon-Cherie Webb and Brittnee Countryman to benefit Hope for Autism.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee, with accompanying substitute resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Your Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee held a special meeting on July 1, 2010 to discuss the following item:

 

Resolution by Councilwoman Airey-Wilson de waiver of half the fees for a fashion show sponsored by Elacia Hall, Mou-Cherle Webb and Brittnee Countryman to benefit Hope for Autism.

 

Present at the meeting was Chairperson Luis Cotto, Council staff Brendan Mahoney, Kejuan Dillard of the Mayor's Office, Megan Clerkin of the American Cancer Society, Charles Christie of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Brittnee Countrymen of the Hope for Autism event, Tomas Nenortas of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, John Bysiewicz representing the Special Olympics, Jon Ney of the Friends of Goodwin Park, Melvin Jones of the Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Due to lack of quorum, this item is returned to the Council with no recommendation. However, please find a substitute resolution attached that clarifies ambiguity in the original resolutions resolved clauses.

 

Respectfully submitted, Luis E. Cotto, Chairman

 

Whereas, Elacia Hall, Mon-Cherie Webb and Brittnee Countryman are sponsoring a Fashion Show to benefit Hope for Autism for the purpose of raising awareness of autism. The event will take place on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:00pm; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsors are requesting a 50% fee waiver; and

 

Whereas, On January 28, 2002, the Court of Common Council passed a resolution that provides in 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 grant the sponsors of Hope for Autism a forty-two percent (42%) fee waiver.

 

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

 

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

 

*PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying substitute resolution de Waiver of half the fees, closure of street, and permission to serve food and beverages for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer sponsored by the American Cancer Society in Bushnell Park.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee, with accompanying substitute resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Yore' Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee held a special meeting on July l, 2010 to discuss the following item:

 

Bushnell Park de Waiver of half the fees, closure of street, and permission to serve food and beverages for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer sponsored by the American Cancer Society at.

 

Present at tire meeting was Chairperson Luis Cotto, Council staff Brendan Mahoney, Kejuan Dillard of the Mayor's Office, Megan Clerkin of the American Cancer Society, Charles Christie of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Brittnee Countrymen of the Hope for Autism event, Tomas Nenortas of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, John Bysiewicz representing the Special Olympics, Jon Ney of the Friends of Goodwin Park, Melvin Jones of the Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Due to lack of quorum, this item is returned to the Council with no recommendation. However, please find a substitute resolution attached that clarifies ambiguity in the original resolutions resolved clause.

 

Respectfully submitted, Luis E. Cotto, Chairman

 

Whereas, The American Cancer Society is the sponsoring the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event at Bushnell Park on October 17, 2010 from 9:00am to 1:30pm; and

 

Whereas, The event sponsor is requesting a 50% fee waiver, a closure of Trinity Street where it passes through the park, and permission to serve food and beverages; 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 tile 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 waives forty-two percent (42%) of applicable City fees associated with the event.

 

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

 

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

 

*PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying substitute resolution de Waiver of half the fees for Corporation 5K fundraiser sponsored by the Special Olympics at Bushnell Park.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee, with accompanying substitute resolution, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Your Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee held a special meeting on July l, 2010 to discuss the following item:

 

Resolution by Minority Leader de waiver of half tire fees for Corporation 5K fundraiser sponsored by the Special Olympics at Bushnell Park.

 

Present at the meeting was Chairperson Luis Cotto, Council staff Brendan Mahoney, Kejuan Dillard of the Mayor's Office, Megan Clerkin of the American Cancer Society, Charles Christie of the Gloater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Britinee Countrymen of the Hope for Autism event, Tomas Nenortas of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, John Bysiewicz representing the Special Olympics, Jolt Ney of the Friends of Goodwin Park, Melvin Jones of the Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Due to lack of quorum, this item is returned to the Council with no recommendation. However, please find a substitute resolution attached that clarifies ambiguity in the original resolutions resolved clause.

 

Respectfully submitted, Luis E. Cotto, Chairman

 

Whereas, The Special Olympics is sponsoring the "Corporate 5K" fundraiser in Bushnell Park on August 12, 2010 from 6:20pm to 8:30pm; 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 waives forty-two percent (42%) of applicable City fees associated with the event; and, be it further.

 

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

 

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

 

*PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying substitute resolution de Waiver of half the fees for Community Day at Foster Heights sponsored by the Friends and Families of Foster Heights Park.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee, with accompanying resolution substitute, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Your Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee held a special meeting on July I, 2010 to discuss the following item:

 

Resolution by Minority Leader de waiver of half the fees for Community Day at Forster Heights sponsored by The Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Present at the meeting was Chairperson Luis Cotto, Council staff Brendan Mahoney, Kejuan Dillard of the Mayor's Office, Megan Clerkin of the American Cancer Society, Charles Christie of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Brittnee Countrymen of the Hope for Autism event, Tomas Nenortas of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, John Byslewicz representing the Special Olympics, Jon Ney of the Friends of Goodwin Park, Melvin Jones of the Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Due to lack of quorum, this item is returned to the Council with no recommendation. However, please find a substitute resolution attached that clarifies ambiguity in the original resolutions resolved clause.

 

Respectfully submitted, Luis E. Cotto, Chairman

 

Whereas, The Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park are sponsoring the "Community Day at Forster Heights" on July 10, 2010 from noon to 5:00pm; 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 waives forty-two percent (42%) of applicable City fees associated with the event.

 

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

 

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

 

*PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, with accompanying substitute resolution de Waiver of half the fees, permission to sell various items, hang banners and display signage for the 19th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Inc. at Bushnell Park.

 

Report was received from the Chairperson of the Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee, with accompanying resolution substitute, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Your Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee held a special meeting on July I, 2010 to discuss the following item:

 

Bushnell Park de Waiver of half the fees, permission to sell various items, hang banners and display signage for the 19th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Inc. at.

 

Present at the meeting was Chairperson Luis Cotto, Council staff Brendan Mahoney, Kejuan Dillard of the Mayor's Office, Megan Clerkln of the American Cancer Society, Charles Christie of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Brittnee Countrymen of the Hope for Autism event, Tomas Nenortas of the Hartford Preservation Alliance, John Bysiewicz representing the Special Olympics, Jon Ney of the Friends of Goodwin Park, Melvin Jones of the Friends and Families of Forster Heights Park.

 

Due to lack of quorum, this item is returned to the Council with no recommendation. However, please find a substitute resolution attached that clarifies ambiguity in the original resolution resolved clause.

 

Respectfully submitted, Luis E. Cotto, Chairman

 

Whereas, The 19th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Inc. will be held in Bushnell Park in afternoon and evenings of July 16, 17 and 18, 2010; and

 

Whereas, The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz has been a successful event for the last eighteen years, attracting thousands of people from around the City and region; and

 

Whereas, The Festival has attracted numerous luminaries of this uniquely American art form, including Arturo Sandoval, Dave Brubeck, John Scofield, and Joey DeFrancesco; and

 

Whereas, The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival Committee is requesting permission to sell food, wine, beer, crafts and souvenirs and also to hang banners and display signage during the event and a 50% fee waiver for all city costs associated with the 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, The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival Committee is required to obtain the proper insurance certificate prier to the event, which holds the city harmless for any claims arising out of the consumption of alcohol or beer at the event. This insurance 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 from the Connecticut Liquor Control Commission. A copy of this approved liquor permit must be presented to the Human Services Department prior to the event; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council waives fifty percent (50%) of applicable City fees associated with the event; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council grants permission for the sponsor to sell alcohol.

 

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

 

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

 

FOR ACTION

 

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 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, was again considered.

 

Reading waived.

 

Action postponed until August 9, 2010

 

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

 

Proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 26, Article I, Section 26-1 of Code de Composition of departments: duties, introduced June 14, 2010, and on which a hearing was held June 21, 2010, was again considered.

 

Reading waived.

 

Action postponed until August 9, 2010

 

Report, with accompanying resolution de Forgiveness of all debt associated with special event fees for various City events.

 

Report from the Operations, Management and Budget Committee concerning forgiveness of all debt associated with special event fees for various City events, introduced June 14, 2010, action postponed on that date until June 28, 2010, and action postponed on that date until July 12, 2010, was again considered.

 

Report was received and resolution withdrawn

 

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

 

Report from the Education Committee concerning request for information for review and approval of the recommended budget of the Board of Education, introduced June 14, 2010, action postponed on that date until June 28, 2010, and action postponed on that date until July 12, 2010, was again considered.

 

Action postponed until August 9, 2010

 

Resolution de Request to reallocate funds from the Office of Youth Services to Health and Human Services Department.

 

Resolution by Majority Leader Winch, Councilmen Ritter and Kennedy concerning request to reallocate funds from the Office of Youth Services to Health and Human Services Department, introduced June 14, 2010, action postponed on that date until June 28, 2010, and action postponed on that date until July 12, 2010, was again considered.

 

Resolution withdrawn

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

*Kenneth H. Kennedy, Jr. de Appointment as Chairperson of the Operations, Management and Budget Committee of.

 

Resolution – Assistant Majority Leader Boucher, Councilman Ritter, Councilman Kennedy, Councilwoman Airey-Wilson, and Councilman Deutsch.

 

Resolved, That Kenneth H. Kennedy, Jr., is appointed Chair of the Operation Management and Budget Committee.

 

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

 

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

 

Council President de Selection of council member for position of.

 

Resolution – Councilman Deutsch

 

Resolved, That one Council member be selected at this meeting for position of

Council President.

 

Action postponed until August 9, 2010

 

Council meeting de Change of date for August.

 

Resolution – Majority Leader Winch and Assistant Majority Leader Boucher:

 

Resolved, That pursuant to Chapter IV, Section 5 (a) of the City Charter the Council shall have regular meetings at a time and place determined by resolution, except that the Council shall have at least one (1) regular meeting a month; and

 

Resolved, That the Council meeting scheduled for August 9, 2010 according to Council Rule I will be changed to August 23, 2010.

 

Resolution withdrawn

 

Budget workforce full-time employees de Request to make available information regarding.

 

Resolution – Majority Leader Winch:

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford as a municipal government has the responsibility to service the residents of the City of Hartford; and

 

Whereas, The Court of Common Council passed a no mil increase FY 2010 - 2011 Budget; and

 

Whereas, Staying with appropriated budget is paramount, the Labor and Workforce Development Committee for the City of Hartford request that each department through the Office of the Mayor submit their budgeted workforce full-time employees information to include, total number of full-time employees, dates of hired for new employees, and any promotions for existing employees awarded for FY 2008 - 2009 and FY 2009 - 2010; and

 

Whereas, This employee information is critical to the adopted budget and employee relationships are important to the morale of the workforce in these fiscally challenging times, as such the Labor and Workforce Development Committee also request that kinships wherever known also be disclosed; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council request that the Mayor make this employee information available to the Council no later than August 30, 2010.

 

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

 

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

 

Poet Laureate de Allocation of funds to and establishment of.

 

Resolution – Minority Leader Cotto:

 

Whereas, A Poet Laureate makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of a city; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford has been a home to supremely talented writers such as Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Wallace Stevens; and

 

Whereas, The literary arts enrich the lives all of all who experience them and can deftly reveal the panoply emotions of the human condition; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That there is hereby established a Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford, who shall have a two year term commencing January 1, 2011; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That upon passage of this resolution, a selection committee shall be empanelled to select a Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford consisting of a representative from the Hartford Public Library, the Head of the Office of Cultural Affairs, a language arts representative from the Hartford Public Schools, a representative from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Superintendent of Recreation; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Poet Laureate selection committee shall be empowered to create their own selection process, but shall make said selection no later than January 1, 2011; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Poet Laureate shall receive a two thousand dollar ($2,000.00) honorarium allocated from the "City Contributions Toward Public Programs" account; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Poet Laureate shall fulfill reasonable duties as established by the Poet Laureate selection committee during his/her tenure.

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee.

 

Health insurance premiums de Delaying payment alterations for.

 

Resolution – Councilman Cotto:

 

Whereas, Hundreds of retirees have been notified of a steep and sudden increase in their health insurance premiums, and many of them have not received accurate and timely information; and

 

Whereas, There has been insufficient information to assess impact of proposed changes among City, Board of Education and Hartford Public Library retirees; and

 

Whereas, There are expected increases in medical care costs of approximately 10%, but increases in insurance charges ranging from 20 to 40%, which are not reasonable for most retirees on fixed incomes; and

 

Resolved, Notifications have not reached all that are to be affected by the increase, therefore creating greater cost due to late fees or even cancellations; now therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the City will effectively place a moratorium until August 27, 2010 in changes in retirees' health insurance charges until better information is provided to all those affected (with request that the Board of Education adopt a similar moratorium), thus delaying payment increases for 30 days beyond the current increase date, and be it further

 

Resolved, That communication of proposed changes in retirees health premiums and benefits be provided, including new, competitively-offered alternatives and other savings to offset proposed rate rises, and be it further

 

Resolved, That details and response time now and in the future be sufficient for informed evaluation of charges, benefits, and budget impacts by retirees, employees, and Court of Common Council.

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee.

 

Richard L Moffit v. City of Hartford pending litigation de Request to enter into Executive Session to discuss.

 

Resolution – Councilman Deutsch:

 

Resolved, That Court of Common Council enters into Executive Session for review of case of Richard L. Moffitt versus City of Hartford pending litigation.

 

Received

 

Thomas J. Snell Weaver de Approval of the issuance of bonds or notes for construction purposes for the school to help ensure that the name is mentioned as.

 

Resolution – Councilpersons Ritter, Airey Wilson

 

Whereas, The Hartford Board of Education has adopted a vision for the Hartford Public Schools to transform the education of its students, and

 

Whereas, An integral part of that vision is the development and implementation of smaller learning communities; and

 

Whereas, Research has demonstrated that smaller learning communities are a powerful tool for education reform and student achievement; and

 

Whereas, Weaver High School currently houses three such smaller learning communities; and;

 

Whereas, While many in the community support these smaller academies, there are many student alumni and former staff who feel a strong connection to the Weaver High School name; and

 

Whereas, The implementation of smaller learning communities can be accomplished without changing the Weaver building name; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby urges the Hartford Board of Education to preserve the Weaver High School name; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council utilize its sole authority to approve the issuance of bonds or notes for construction purposes for the school to help ensure that the Thomas J. Snell Weaver name is maintained.

 

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

 

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

 

Marietta Canty Way de Request to superimpose the 100 block of Mahl Avenue as.

 

Resolution – Councilman Ritter:

 

Whereas, Actress Marietta Canty was born on September 30,1905 and attended Northeast Elementary School and Hartford Public High School; and

 

Whereas, Ms. Canty began acting as a member of the Gilpen Players, a group of African Americans interested in theater in Hartford; and

 

Whereas, Ms. Canty went on to perform on Broadway while attending the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, and went on to appear in more than 40 films, including The Lady is Willing; The Spoilers; The Bad and the Beautiful; Lady in the Dark; Words and Music; Father of the Bride; Sea of Grass; and Rebel Without a Cause; and

 

Whereas, Ms. Canty received critical acclaim during her lifetime for her performances in theater, radio, motion pictures, and television as well as her political and social activism; and

 

Whereas, Following her retirement, Ms. Canty served the city in various capacities: as president of the Hartford Council of National Council of Negro Women; president of the Local Home Mission of AME Zion Church; member of the first Board of Directors for the Hartford Urban League; and co-chair of the Negro College Fund Campaign 1961-1967; and

 

Whereas, Ms. Canty's political and social activism heightened her status as a pioneer in advancing opportunities for women and minorities; and

 

Whereas, Through their ongoing efforts, the John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center has kept the legacies of Ms. Canty and other renowned African Americans in Hartford alive; therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council hereby requests that the 100 block of Mahl avenue be superimposed as Marietta Canty Way; and be it further

 

Resolved, That the City of Hartford enhance and continue its assistance to John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center as it seeks to locate a permanent home in the City of Hartford.

 

Referred to the Public Building Dedication Committee.

 

Hearing date – July 19, 2010

 

**MAYOR SEGARRA de Request to enter into Executive Session to discuss the resolution of Robert Murtha v. City of Hartford.

 

Communication was received from Mayor Segarra, as follows:

 

Honorable rJo Winch, Presiding Office Pro-Tem, & Members of the Court of Common Council, Hartford, Conn.                                                                                                           July 12, 2010

 

Dear Presiding Office Pro-Tem Winch:

 

Attached please find a request to enter into Executive Session during the Council meeting on Monday, July 12, 2010 to discuss the resolution of Robert Murtha v. City of Hartford.

 

Respectfully submitted, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor

 

Received

 

**(Majority Leader Winch) (Councilman Ritter) 31 Woodland Street de Request to continue trash pick up at no cost at.

 

Resolution – Majority Leader rJo Winch and Councilman Matthew D. Ritter:

 

Whereas, More than 200 senior citizens and special needs residents reside at 31 Woodland Street where the City has commonly emptied the dumpsters at no cost to these tax paying residents; and

 

Whereas, A request has been made by the residents to continue this service; now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council request the Mayor to have the Public Works and Parks Department to continue this service.

 

Referred to Public Works, Parks and Environment Committee

 

**(Majority Leader Winch) (Councilman Ritter) Council Rule XIV de Amendment of.

 

Resolution – Majority Leader rJo Winch:

 

Resolved, That Council Rule 1X be amended to reflect the following:

 

IX.       There shall be the following Standing Committees:

1.         Education

2.         Legislative Affairs
3.         Health and Human Services

4.         Housing
5.         Labor and Workforce Development

6.         Operations, Management and Budget
7.         Planning and Economic Development

8.         Public Works, Parks and Environment
9.         Quality of Life and Public Safety

10.       Committee of the Whole

 

The Council shall appoint all committees or subcommittees, and no committee or subcommittee created by Council shall have authority to create its own subcommittees or sub-subcommittees. The Council may from time to time appoint special committees for the purpose of holding public hearings on any matter and for such other purposes as it may designate. A quorum rule of two (2) Council Members is applied to all standing committee, special committee and subcommittee meetings.

 

Any elected City official who attends a Committee meeting shall have the right to participate in the Committee's discussion whether or not the official is a member of the Committee.

 

There shall be opportunity for public participation at eve17 Committee meeting, except that such participation at a meeting of the Committee of the Whole shall be at the discretion of the Committee Chairperson.

 

1. All Education Committee meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

2. All Legislative Affairs Committee meetings will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

3. All Health and Human Services Committee meetings will be held on the first Monday of each mouth at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

4. All Housing Committee meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

5. All Labor and Workforce Development Committee meetings will be held on the [second] third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers. 

 

 6. All Operations, Management and Budget Committee meetings will be held on the Thursday immediately following the first regularly scheduled Council meeting at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

7. All Planning and Economic Development Committee meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

8. All Public Works and Parks Committee meetings will be held on the firsth Thursday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

9. All Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

 

10. Committee of the Whole meetings will take place in accordance with Rule XI.

 

Committee Chairpersons reserve the right to hold Committee meetings throughout the community with proper notice to the Town and City Clerk's Office and the community.

 

Committee meetings will be convened at the discretion of the Chairperson.

 

The agenda for each regularly scheduled meeting of a Standing Committee shall be delivered to the Mayor, the Town Clerk and all Council Members at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

 

The agenda shall include all items referred from the previous Council meeting and any item filed by a Committee Member with the Chairman at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled Standing Committee meeting.

 

The appropriate Chairperson in concurrence with the majority of the Committee Members will announce said time in their Committee meeting notice.

 

Any regularly scheduled Standing Committee meeting falling on a legal holiday, or the evening before a holiday, or on an evening when a Council meeting has been scheduled by operation of law shall be rescheduled for the first evening thereafter.

 

A special meeting of a Standing Committee can be called upon no less than 48 hours notice by the Chairperson filing a written notice of the meeting with tile Town Clerk and mailing a notice to all proper persons. The Chairperson may not file such a notice until be or she has the approval of at least one other Committee Member, and the Chairpersons shall call the meeting on behalf of all those who consented. Should at least three (3) Committee Members request a special meeting, the Chairperson shall file a notice and call a meeting at their request.

 

All reports of Committees appointed by the Council shall be in writing. Assistance to each Standing Committee for the purpose of preparing reports shall be provided by City staff. Reports shall include general information on the subject matter, a brief summary of discussion, the proposed action, and the Committee vote.

 

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

 

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

 

** (Assistant Majority Leader Boucher) Climate Showcase Communities Grant de Authorization to endorse application for and accept funds for.

 

Resolution – Assistant Majority Leader James M. Boucher:

 

Whereas, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of funding for the Climate Showcase Communities Grant; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford has identified a $225,000 green roof project for a city high school; and

 

Whereas, Federal funds will provide approximately 50% of the project costs; and

 

Whereas, Green roofs provide a variety of benefits including extending roof life, increasing the R value of the roof, reducing rainwater run off to storm systems, and reducing the 'heat island' effect of urban development; and

 

Whereas, This project would integrate a variety of educational benefits that would include nutrition, engineering, biology/botany, and community outreach; and

 

Whereas, Potential partners for this project are the Hartford Public School system, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, University of Hartford, Metropolitan District Commission, and the Hartford Food System; and

 

Whereas, The City of Hartford must also identify the local match which can not be other Federal sources, but can be an 'in-kind' match; and therefore be it

 

Resolved, That the City of Hartford hereby formally endorses application for and acceptance of funds for tiffs Climate Showcase Communities application under the EPA and be it further

 

Resolved, That the City Council hereby commits to providing the 33% 'in-kind' local share to the extent necessary and that such funds come from the bond authorization in Budget 2009-2010 for Educational Facilities (roofs/masonry, intrusion alarms, parking lots, asbestos removal, HVAC & school building improvements).

 

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

 

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

 

** (Councilman Deutsch) Rapid rehousing programs de Consideration to reevaluate current case loads to increase staff for.

 

Resolution – Councilman Larry Deutsch:

 

Whereas, Many of today's homeless are children and individuals with few or no job skills who do not qualify for assistance such as Rapid Re-housing dollars because they do not have jobs, and there are children growing up in shelters destined to repeat this life style unless given the opportunity to break the cycle, and

 

Whereas, There are job developers and coaches needed to do the proper training and follow-up necessary to ensure job placement and job retention, and

 

Whereas, Grant money has been allocated to the City for Rapid Rehousing program with a small allocation to agencies for administration, and

 

Whereas, Need for staff for the volume of current clients has exceeded expectations, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That Development Services Department, Grants Management consider re-evaluating current case loads to increase staff for this program, through added funding or additional in-kind support.

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

**(Councilman Deutsch) Outsourcing and privatization of City functions de Restriction on.

 

Resolution – Councilman Larry Deutsch:

 

Whereas, The economy of Hartford and its region depends upon the number and quality of well-paying jobs providing adequate income and purchasing power to support local businesses and tax revenues, and

 

Whereas, Outsourcing and privatization of production and services by City government and its local contractors may at times promise short-term savings but leads to local and regional loss of jobs and business, and

 

Whereas, Outsourcing and privatization of functions such as tax collection and health insurance agencies have been criticized by many Hartford residents as unhelpful and unresponsive to their needs, therefore be it

 

Resolved, That there be firm restrictions on outsourcing and privatization of City of Hartford purchasing for products and services, and be it

 

Resolved, That in particular there be elimination as legally permitted of contracts with TaxServ for City tax collection functions, and of IPI and Aon as health insurance intermediate agents, with return of these and other functions to City government, employment, and local businesses.

 

Referred to the Operations, Management and Budget Committee

 

**(Minority Leader Cotto) MDC land de Encouragement to keep open to the public owned by.

 

Resolution – Minority Leader Luis E. Cotto:

 

Whereas, The Metropolitan District Commission ("the MDC") is a non-profit municipal corporation chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1929 to provide potable water and sewage to communities in the Greater Hartford area; and

 

Whereas, To provide water in suitable quantities and quality, the MDC owns a considerable amount of land in the Greater Hartford region and beyond; and

 

Whereas, For many decades these lands, with some restrictions for security purposes, have been open to all for recreational uses such as cycling, hiking, walking, running and swimming; and

 

Whereas, The reservoirs in West Hartford are the closest woodsy, mountainous terrain in the area for Hartford residents to enjoy pastoral pleasures, and many residents enjoy heading out to Lake McDonough to swim; and

 

Whereas, Hartford and its residents are MDC ratepayers and are represented by nine commissioners on the MDC board; and

 

Whereas, As a result of an adverse legal ruling and associated liability and insurance concerns, the MDC is considering closing its lands to some or all of the public recreational activities with which it has become associated; and

 

Whereas, Closure of the MDC lands to recreational use would result in a severe diminution of services to rate-paying Hartford residents; now, therefore, be it resolved

 

Resolved, That the Hartford Court of Common Council and the City of Hartford urge the MDC to keep its lands open to the public for recreational use; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council urges the Hartford delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly to pursue appropriate legislative action in concert with the delegations of other MDC member towns to ensure the continued public enjoyment of the MDC lands; and, be it further

 

Resolved, That the Court of Common Council requests the Town/City Clerk transmit certified copies of this resolution to the MDC board as well as the Hartford delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Attest:

John V. Bazzano

Town and City Clerk