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Mayor Segarra, Department of Public Works Introduce New Storm Preparedness Policies and Procedures

(November 7, 2013) Today, Mayor Segarra and Director of Public Works Keith Chapman introduced new policies and procedures to better prepare the City of Hartford for severe weather and snow storms. Changes include a complete reorganization of City snow routes, a new GPS tracking system for trucks and plows and staff training for Department of Public Works (DPW) employees.

The number of plow routes was decreased from twenty seven to twenty four, broken up into six separate districts. Each district now is assigned 4 plow trucks and 4 trained drivers, as well a supervisor, to assure adequate coverage throughout the City. All DPW drivers participated in two full day Saturday trainings where they practiced hands on driving and were tested on knowledge of their route and overall capabilities. A map of the new routes can be seen here: http://www.hartford.gov/images/dpw/Snow_Operations_2013.pdf

A new GPS tracking system has been implemented for all trucks to allow improved monitoring of streets that have been plowed. Moving forward, all major arteries or “A” routes will be salted 24-48 hours in advance of a storm and every side street salted up to 4 hours prior to the commencement of a storm. Parking Bans will be strictly enforced by both DPW and the Hartford Police Department.

“We’ve learned from the major storms over the last two years,” stated Mayor Segarra. “We need to be better prepared for the severe weather we know is imminent. Over 65,000 people come here to work every day and we have two of the largest hospitals in the region. I want our residents and anyone who commutes to the Capital City to know that all our streets will be open for emergencies at all times.”

Keith Chapman added “One of the first tasks the Mayor requested was to examine our storm preparedness procedures in order to make critical improvements. These adjustments will provide a solid foundation and allow us to continue making improvements along the way.”

Mayor Segarra has requested a full Emergency Operations run through in the next two weeks to test the new procedures and Emergency Services equipment. 

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For Immediate Release: November 7, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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c. (860) 539-5485
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ICYMI: Rebuilding Together Hartford, LSNI Team Up on Saturday, November 9, 2013

(November 4, 2013) – Rebuilding Together Hartford is set to rehabilitate the exteriors of four homes throughout Hartford during the organizations second RTH/LSNI Collaboration Work Day to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. 

Rebuilding Together Hartford (RTH) is thrilled to collaborate with the City of Hartford’s Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (LSNI) to bring volunteers together to rehabilitate and improve the exterior homes and yards of low-income elderly homeowners at no charge.

“We are honored to partner with LSNI to help improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the City of Hartford. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. This collaboration helps to fulfill our vision.” said Jodie Liddy, RTH’s executive director. “In one day, four deserving and thankful homeowners in Hartford will have their homes and lives changed forever, simply because the City of Hartford and generous individual volunteers are committed to making a lasting difference.”

The primary goal of this collaboration is to help low-income elderly homeowners make needed repairs and improvements to ensure their properties do not become blighted.

Volunteers for this event include members of First Church of Glastonbury, Eagle Rivet Roof Services, Peter L. Brown Company, Boy Scout Troop 2 from Hartford and Boy Scout Troop 68 from Farmington.

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Rebuilding Together Hartford is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income Hartford homeowners. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. For more information, visit http://www.rthartford.org/.

Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative was established by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra to improve the City’s quality of life by “ensuring resources are used efficiently, the carrying capacity of infrastructure is not exceeded, diversity is treasured, citizens are engaged and involved and the local economy is vibrant.” For more information, visit http://www.hartford.gov/livable-sustainable-neighborhoods-initiative.

Regional Skate Drive Underway For Free Public Skating at Bushnell Park

(November 1, 2013) – Today it was announced by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and iQuilt Chairwoman Bonnie Malley that a regional skate, coat, hat and glove drive is underway so that more families can enjoy free public skating at Bushnell Park as Winterfest Hartford gets ready to open on Friday, November 29, 2013. The season will run daily from the day after Thanksgiving until February 1, 2014.

People from all around come to enjoy ice skating, skating shows, historic Bushnell Park, and the City of Hartford as a choice destination for family fun and entertainment. East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka and Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman are leading skate drives in their communities as well.

“Last year almost 100,000 people enjoyed Winterfest Hartford from all over the state. We would like more families to come out and enjoy this wonderful Capital City event. Sometimes children have not been dressed adequately for the cold weather. This year’s coat drive will ensure that more children are dressed appropriately and ensure that our city and suburban families and enjoy their capital city during the holiday season,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

This year we are offering extended programming with a Winter Market in Bushnell Park. The Market will have over twenty artisan Vendors offering unique, handmade gift options and will be open Friday November 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Skate Drive Drop-off Locations:

  • Hartford City Hall
  • Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink, West Hartford
  • East Hartford Town Hall
  • Champions Skating Rinks in Simsbury, Cromwell, and Bolton
  • Butler-McCook House

Generous sponsors to date include:

  • City of Hartford
  • USA Hauling and Recycling
  • The Hartford
  • Phoenix
  • Bank of America
  • Webster Bank
  • Reid and Riege


Winterfest 2013/2014 has also partnered with the Business Improvement District and the MetroHartford Alliance. For a current schedule of Winterfest activities and hours of the rink visit www.hartford.com.

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Contact:
Mary Coursey
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Mayor Segarra Joins Other City Leaders To Announce Skate, Coat, Hat, and Glove Drive for Winterfest Hartford

November 1, 2013 - Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, iQuilt Chairwoman Bonnie Malley and Bob Crawford of Champions Skating will join East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc and West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka to announce that the City has teamed up with the towns of East Hartford, West Hartford and Simsbury to collect gently used figure skates, coats, hats and gloves for the fourth annual iQuilt Presents Winterfest Hartford.

Winterfest Hartford, a free, public ice-skating rink under the canopy of historic Bushnell Park, will officially open with a festive celebration the evening of Friday, November 29,, 2013 and will run daily through Saturday, February 1, 2014. At this news conference, donation sites will be announced. Also, an updated skating schedule, additional corporate sponsorships and business support will be discussed.

Last year, over 100 pairs of skates were donated and 58,000 skaters enjoyed the rink. More than 55,000 others visited the park and participated at Winterfest festivities.

WHAT
: Skate, Coat, Hat, & Glove Drive
WHERE: Hartford City Hall Atrium
WHEN: 1:00 p.m

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Contact: Mary Coursey
Cell: 860-305-0476
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