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STATE REPORTS MOSQUITOES WITH WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN HARTFORD

STATE REPORTS MOSQUITOES WITH WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CONN (August 15, 2019) –This week state officials notified the City of Hartford that mosquitoes trapped on August 1, 2019 in Keney Park tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  There have been no reported cases of anyone with WNV in Hartford.  West Nile virus has been detected in Connecticut every year since 1999.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions about WNV from the Statehere.  Today Mayor Luke Bronin reminded residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and asked them to report any potential WNV infections to a health care professional. 

“We do not have any reported West Nile infections in Hartford, but we take this positive test seriously, and we encourage residents to take basic steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Tonight, we have one of our free ‘Movies in the Park,’ in Keney Park, and our Health and Human Services team will be there with mosquito repellant to make sure residents are safe.  Please report any potential West Nile virus infection to a health care professional.  I want to thank the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for their work to detect West Nile virus in Hartford.”

The positive mosquito is Culex Pipiens, a predominantly bird-feeding species that has been identified with WNV in previous years.  According to the State, symptoms of WNV can range from a slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes and nausea to the rapid onset of a severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, muscle weakness, and coma.

The City of Hartford actively works to control the mosquito population to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.  The City’s catch basins are treated twice over the summer.  Keney Park is also treated, as its wooded environment provides mosquitoes an ideal breeding location.  The City’s Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps to avoid WNV or other mosquito-borne illnesses:

Preventing mosquito bites:

  • Be aware that mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn and take preventative steps during that time.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors.

Preventing mosquitoes at home:

  • Dispose of water-holding containers such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters.
  • Turn over objects that may trap water when not in use such as wading pools and wheelbarrows.
  • Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.
  • Use landscaping techniques to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.

Resources for additional information:

Hartford Department of Health and Human Services: (860) 757-4700; http://www.hartford.gov/hhs

Connecticut Mosquito Management Program:http://www.ct.gov/mosquito

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:http://www.cdc.gov

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HARTFORD “MAY MOVE FORWARD” WITH DEVELOPMENT AROUND BASEBALL STADIUM

HARTFORD “MAY MOVE FORWARD” WITH DEVELOPMENT AROUND BASEBALL STADIUM

 

HARTFORD, CONN (August 8, 2019) – Today Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher issued two decisions clearing the way for Hartford to develop the parcels around Dunkin’ Donuts Park, writing that “Hartford may move forward.”  Judge Moukawsher partially lifted the automatic stay of the jury verdict last month and discharged the liens on the parcels around Dunkin’ Donuts Park. 

“Last month, we won a huge victory at the jury trial, and today we won another big victory for Hartford – clearing the way to develop the lots around the ballpark,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We’ve been preparing for this decision for a long time, and now we look forward to moving as quickly as possible to get the development started.”

“This is great news,” said Randy Salvatore, RMS Companies Chairman & CEO.  “We are thrilled with the ruling and we stand ready to finalize our legal agreements with the City, so we can break ground on this transformative project in the very near future.”

Hartford’s City Council approved the selection of a developer, RMS Companies of Stamford, CT, following an RFP process and the City is finalizing a development agreement with the company now.  RMS Companies recently helped renovate the Goodwin Hotel in downtown Hartford.

 

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HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES RATE INCREASE WITHIN NEWLY ESTABLISHED DOWNTOWN CENTRAL ZONE

HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES RATE INCREASE WITHIN NEWLY ESTABLISHED DOWNTOWN CENTRAL ZONE

HARTFORD, CONN (July 2, 2019) – HARTFORD – July 22, 2019 –The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) announced today that on-street metered parking rates in the central downtown area will increase from $1 to $2 per hour effective Monday, August 5. The new Downtown Central Zone encompasses the area from Ann Uccello Street to Prospect Street to the east, and from Church Street to Wells Street to the south, and is comprised of 16 streets with a total of 480 on-street parking spaces. 

During the weekend prior to Monday, August 5, HPA will update all on-street Woonerf app and kiosk signs to reflect the new three-digit zone within the above-mentioned area. Once complete and operational, the new zone will support both the downtown merchant base and a strong plan that meets the City’s needs for parking spaces and revenues for the next decade and beyond. The goals are to promote on-street parking availability, and reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area that is caused by double parking and vehicles circling to find on-street spaces. 

The parking rate on fringe streets surrounding the Downtown Central Zone will remain at $1 per hour, allowing those who want to take advantage of the lower rate structure to continue to do so.

About Hartford Parking Authority

The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) meets the needs of parkers Citywide by consistently providing convenient and affordable parking and strives to be a leader by incorporating parking industry best practices and actively partnering with the City of Hartford in promoting economic and community development. The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the MAT Garage, Sheldon Street Lots and Downtown North Surface Lots. For more information, contact the Hartford Parking Authority at 860-527-7275 or visit www.hartfordparking.com.

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