STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN CALLS THE PERFORMANCE BOND ON DONO BASEBALL STADIUM DEVELOPER CENTERPLAN CONSTRUCTION CO.
“At this point, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
Hartford, Conn. (May 27, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, Mayor Luke Bronin officially called the $47,050,000 performance bond on DoNo baseball stadium developer Centerplan Construction Company, asserting that they have defaulted on the Design Build Agreement they have with the City: (Click here) to read the official letter sent to the surety. Mayor Bronin also made the following on-the-record statement regarding today’s action:
“This afternoon, the City formally notified the surety, Arch Insurance Company, that the developer has failed to perform their obligations, and that the surety has a duty to make sure the project is completed at no further cost to the taxpayer of Hartford. Back in January, when it became clear that the developers were far behind schedule and millions over budget, we brought all parties to the table to finance the gap. That was the right thing to do to keep things moving. At this point, however, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark. The developer has threatened to abandon the job if we call the bond, but to do that would be another breach of contract. They have a clear obligation to keep working, and if they believe that calling the bond wash¹t necessary, they can prove it by finishing the job as soon as possible with the resources they’ve been given.”
MAYOR BRONIN: KENEY PARK GOLF COURSE AWARDED RENOVATION OF THE YEAR BY GOLF INC. MAGAZINE
Hartford, Conn. (May 26, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course has been awarded “Renovation of the Year 2016” by Golf Inc. magazine.
“Keney Park Golf Course is one of Hartford’s many treasures,” said Mayor Bronin. “The award brings national attention to this beautiful, historic, and newly restored 18-hole course that is already proving to be a destination of choice for golfers throughout Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region. I encourage golfers of all ages — and levels of ability — to come play a round at one of the best courses in the state.”
The 18-hole, par 70 golf course occupies 6,014 yards of Hartford’s historic 700-acre Keney Park, located in the city’s North End. The first nine holes of the Keney Park Golf Course were finished in 1927, and the remaining nine were completed in 1930.
In 2013, the City closed the course after a contractor that had been operating it since 2009 allowed the course to deteriorate, failing to make required capital improvements. The contractor also cut down hundreds of trees without proper permission.
Two judges for Golf Inc., in awarding Keney Park Golf Course this honor, specifically noted that the renovation was grounded in history.
“So much great golf course design has been erased under the guise of ‘renovation improvements,’” said Forrest Richardson, owner of a golf course architecture firm and former winner of a Renovation of the Year project. “The work here is not only grounded in history, but it brings golfers face to face with an era of design that has all but vanished.”
“Excellent restoration and modernization of the infrastructure of this course,” said Oscar Rodriguez, Vice President of Heritage Links, who has a distinguished background in golf construction. “All while embracing the history of the site.”
On May 1, 2016, Keney Park Golf Course officially re-opened to the public for the first time in three years. Currently, the course is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, seven days a week.
Click here to read the story in Golf Inc. magazine: http://bit.ly/1VjNzwX.
Click here for photos of Keney Park Golf Course: http://bit.ly/1TC482p.
MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
CITES TONIGHT'S PUBLIC COMSTAT MEETING AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT NECESSARY TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN HARTFORD
Hartford, Conn. (May 24, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin participated in a White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention. Mayor Bronin joined state and local leaders in calling on Congress to enact common sense laws, and encouraged cities and states to take legislative and executive action. Later in the afternoon, Mayor Bronin will meet with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss collective efforts to improve public safety.
Today's White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention includes a group of state and local leaders from across the country who have been active in the effort to reduce gun violence. Also in attendance were Governor Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, among others.
“Gun violence shatters families and neighborhoods in Hartford and in cities around the country," said Mayor Bronin. “President Obama has taken executive actions to curb gun violence, and in Connecticut, Governor Malloy and state leaders have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But until we adopt comprehensive, common sense laws on the national level, we are going to continue to see illegal guns trafficked across state lines. In the meantime, we need to continue to work creatively and aggressively at the state and local level."
Prior to the White House Summit, Mayor Bronin participated in a session at the Center for American Progress about executive actions to combat gun violence.
Citing expanded community engagement as an important part of combatting gun violence, Mayor Bronin also noted that tonight the Hartford Police Department will hold its first public Comstat meeting. Comstat meetings are weekly meetings at which the police department reviews trends in criminal activity throughout the city. At Mayor Bronin's request, the meetings have been opened to the public and once a month will be held after hours to encourage community participation.
“Community engagement is an important part of making our streets safer and our neighborhoods stronger, and opening Comstat meetings to the public is one way to promote an ongoing partnership between residents and police,” said Mayor Bronin. “Residents of the city have information and insight that the officers may not have, and vice versa. That's why we are opening the doors, letting the public in, and having a real, transparent conversation about what's happening in our neighborhoods."
The public Comstat meeting is taking place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford Police Department (253 High St., Hartford, Conn.).
FY2017-Amended-Budget-TransmittalTo our media partners: This evening, Mayor Luke Bronin transmitted an amended budget to the Town Clerk. Mayor Bronin's amended budget vetoes four line items and reduces two expenditures included in the budget resolutions approved by the Court of Common Council on Wednesday evening. The vetoes include a veto of the additional reduction of $393,000 to the Hartford Public Library.
For full-text Mayor Bronin’s transmittal letter to the City Council, click here:
In addition, here is an on-the-record statement from Mayor Bronin regarding today’s FY2017 budget actions:
"I want to thank all of the members of the Hartford City Council for their hard work on this budget. The City of Hartford faces huge fiscal challenges, but this budget demonstrates that we are willing to make the difficult choices needed to get our fiscal house in order. This budget still depends on achieving significant concessions in labor negotiations. And in the coming months, we have to work hard to build a regional and statewide consensus for the kind of partnership that will help us get Hartford healthy for the long-run. But the tough choices reflected in this budget get us one step closer to a stronger, more sustainable future for our Capital City."