(August 13, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of Operation Clean Sweep, a targeted effort by the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to clean up specific areas of the City with a history of accumulated debris resulting in persistent pest control issues and blighted conditions. The program, which is free for residents, is the result of months of data collection by HHS and DPW that identified specific streets with consistent pest management problems and/or violations associated with large debris accumulation. City staff has been informing tenants and landlords along targeted streets about Operation Clean Sweep through a door-to-door and literature drop and letters encouraging them to place all waste from their properties, including garages, basements, living units and yards on the curb for free collection during the four-to-six week program. Part of the goal of the program is to get large debris, such as junk cars and mattresses, off the streets and improve the quality of life for residents. Waste that is collected during Operation Clean Sweep will be sorted and taken to disposal and recycling facilities that the City has contracts with.
“The City used community feedback to identify a problem and developed a solution. We understand the challenges of getting rid of large pieces of waste and this is an opportunity for property owners to clean up their properties free of charge so that we can improve the quality of life for our residents. We hope residents will keep our neighborhoods clean once the program is completed,” said Mayor Segarra.
“We are offering properties in specific areas the opportunity to set out waste on the curb voluntarily to help DPW clean up these streets. When you have an accumulation of debris, you not only create a blighted-looking neighborhood, you also create homes for pests,” said Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant Director of Public Works.
Operation Clean Sweep will take place on Saturdays, beginning on August 15, 2015. Click HERE for more information and a list of streets. Once the program has concluded, property owners with debris accumulation may be cited. The Department of Public Works will accept any and all waste, including household bulky waste, building or demolition waste, wood and brush, electronics and tires as long as the waste is separated. Property owners with junk and inoperable motor vehicles can arrange for free removal by calling the Sanitation Inspector at (860)840-3331.
Click HERE for more information and list of streets
(August 10, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra applauded the City Council’s approval on Monday night of an ordinance establishing a Public Safety Initiative to increase the number of Hartford residents working in the Hartford Police Department by creating pathways for young people to the Police Academy. Elements of the initiative would also prepare residents for careers in firefighting and emergency medical response.
“This initiative is among several efforts by the City to improve the relationship between the police department and the community. Making this a law ensures that future administrations dedicate the resources to filling our police and fire departments with local residents and to guiding our young people toward fulfilling careers. I applaud the Council for moving this program forward,” said Mayor Segarra.
“Every municipality wants to have a police force that’s reflective of its community. This grow-your-own process is absolutely exceptional,” said Council Kenneth H. Kennedy, Jr.
Tim Nee, Assistant Executive Director of Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) added:
CREC is pleased to partner with the city of Hartford’s police and fire departments and Capital Workforce Partners to develop the Hartford Public Safety Initiative’s Summer Youth Employment Program and to pilot an extended year version of the program for students attending Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy and the CREC Public Safety Academy.
The Hartford Public Safety Ordinance will provide the city and CREC the opportunity to continue our collaborative work and further develop other pathways for more city residents to enter public safety careers with a focus on law enforcement. The ordinance will support the development of programs for high school students and police to build positive relationships; it will create test preparation opportunities for men and women to take the police academy exam; and it will support and mentor young people from our city to pursue post-secondary degrees that lead to public safety roles within our city. CREC appreciates the City Council’s support of these initiatives and is poised to facilitate their implementation.
The City developed the initiative with help from the Hartford Police Department and the CREC which has experience running a summer program for students from the CREC Public Safety Academy and the Law & Government Academy at Hartford Public High School. The Public Safety Initiative would incorporate CREC's existing summer program and would add new components to reach Hartford students during the school year and beyond high school.
The initiative calls for four programs:
- Outreach and recruitment campaigns to inform Hartford residents of the Public Safety Initiative and recruit them as participants.
- A five-week summer program for at least 45 high school students from Hartford who have expressed an interest in public safety careers. The program shall include placement in Hartford Police and Fire Departments, training in first aid and CPR, physical fitness, team building and experience with practical law enforcement skills.
- An extended year program offering mentoring, counseling and stipends during the school year for students who participated in the summer program.
- A post-secondary program offering mentoring, counseling, tuition assistance, stipends for books and activities between semesters for students attending colleges or high school graduates who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. In addition, the program will prepare individuals for exams to enter the Police Academy and to apply for other public safety jobs.
The post-secondary program would fill a gap in support and services between high school and the age of 21, the age requirement to take an exam for admission to the Hartford Police Academy. The Police Cadet Program will continue to be an option for young people ages 18 to 24 and 50 percent of slots in the Police Cadet Program will be made available to participants in the Public Safety Initiative. The age requirement to take the exam for admission to the Fire Academy is 18.
The Public Safety Initiative will be implemented by CREC under the direction of the City. Other partners include Capital Workforce Partners, the Greater Hartford YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs and the Police Athletic League. The Summer Youth Employment Program will move forward as part of the Hartford Public Safety Initiative with 46 Hartford residents who attend either the Law & Government Academy at Hartford Public High School or the CREC Public Safety Academy.
(August 10, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra submitted a resolution to City Council for the permanent appointment of Henri Alexandre as Corporation Counsel.
Attorney Alexandre was hired in 2014 as Deputy Corporation Counsel after serving as Director of Legal Affairs for CT Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, three years in private practice, and a 25-year career as a trial attorney and Department Head in the Office of Connecticut’s Attorney General. He has tried many cases in both state and federal court and argued numerous appeals in the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Alexandre also serves on the board of directors of the CT Haitian American Organization and lectures at the University of Hartford on Haitian history, politics, culture and current events. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central Connecticut State University and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
City Council is expected to vote in September.
(August 10, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Donna Thompson-Daniel, chairwoman of the Blue Hills Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ), celebrated the grand reopening of the Roberta L. Jones Playscape. The previous deteriorating playground in the Blue Hills neighborhood has been replaced with a new playground featuring new swings, a new play structure with slides, platforms and climbing elements, a new rubber tile safety surface and new benches. The old play structure was removed and donated to the “Kids Around the World” organization that will refurbish and reinstall the playground in a developing nation. In addition, the new playscape features a piece of playground equipment designed to look like a fire engine as a testament to Roberta L. Jones’ dedication to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Phoenix Society where she served as president and to the generations of her relatives who served in the Hartford Fire Department. Jones was a lifelong Hartford resident, the first African American state marshal and an executive assistant to Mayor Thirman L. Milner, as well as an active member of several boards and commissions.
“I’m happy to celebrate another new playground in the City, one that honors the memory of a great community champion,” said Mayor Segarra.
“I am very pleased with the Mayor for his commitment to the families in the city. A playground in the Blue Hills community is a way to keep our children active. It will serve as a constant reminder of Roberta L. Jones’ years of hard work for the city of Hartford,” said Donna Thompson-Daniel, Chairwoman of the Blue Hills NRZ.
The Roberta L. Jones Playscape, located in a largely residential neighborhood at the corner of Cornwall and Chatham Streets, was installed by GameTime MRC.