(June 30, 2015) This week the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation began offering day and evening programs for city residents including swim lessons for adults and children, physical fitness, sports, arts and crafts, cultural activities and nighttime recreation at community centers. City pools are also open and will be monitored by American Red Cross certified life guards.
Summer camps and night recreation will be available at community centers and supervised recreation will be offered at several park playgrounds. In addition, several Hartford schools, playgrounds, agencies and organizations will be offering free breakfast and lunch to Hartford youngsters ages 18 and under until Friday, August 14.
A listing of summer programs, locations and hours and additional information is available in a directory produced by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The directory is available in English and Spanish on the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation website and the Hartford Public Schools website. The directory includes a list of indoor and outdoor pools and more than 40 programs provided by organizations and agencies in the city.
“I encourage parents and families to visit the directory to learn about all the free or reduced-fee activities the city has to offer. It’s a great way to spend time with your children and to make sure they stay busy and active during the summer months,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
(June 29, 2015) – The Department of Public Works’ milling and paving operations will continue through the summer with more than 20 streets being repaved. This represents an approximately $2 million investment from the FY 2016 Capital Improvement Budget.
The Department of Public Works started milling and paving 18 additional streets this spring. Altogether, about 15 miles of road will be milled and paved in 2015.
Work is scheduled to run as continuously as possible, and should be completed by the end of summer. During construction, drivers should be alert for modified traffic patterns, short travel delays, and construction vehicles entering and exiting work sites.
A schedule of streets being repaved is available here and will be updated periodically.
(June 26, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s historic ruling recognizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states:
"Today’s historic decision fills me with a sense of liberation I never thought but always hoped I would feel in my lifetime. I no longer have to think about what state I’m in and whether or not my husband and I will be admitted as full citizens. I am so proud of my country, proud of all the leaders, couples and people who have fought for equality for decades. This sends a powerful message to future generations that who you are and who you love will be protected by the law.
This decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for all of us and one that allows LGBT couples to stand with dignity across our nation."
Affirmation Based on Good Financial Policies and Adequate Economy; Downgrade on Use of One-Time Revenue Sources and High Mill Rate
(June 25, 2015) –Today, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the City of Hartford’s "A2" rating to an "A3" rating, citing a low fund balance, high mill rate and continued reliance on one-time revenue sources. Meanwhile, Standard & Poor's Ratings Group (S&P) affirmed the City's "AA-" rating, citing strong management with good financial policies, adequate economy and very strong liquidity. The City's general obligation investment grade ratings allow the City to continue to raise capital at aggressive interest rates.S&P noted Hartford’s multiyear planning as part of its fiscal management in its Report and the stabilizing presence of a large government and corporate workforce, including the headquarters of four large companies.“It’s never good news to be downgraded, but we’re pleased that our sound fiscal policies have been recognized. Given the years of financial challenges that we have faced, and continue to face, the rating agencies have each rationalized their different opinions,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “We have stabilized the mill rate, continued to fully fund our pension, and decreased spending year after year, but our expenditures continue to outpace our economic recovery. This is why economic development is critical, creating more jobs and opportunity is essential, and why we need to stay focused on advancing the growth we have seen over the last few years.”Moody’s rationale for the downgrade was also influenced by the high, albeit declining unemployment, and limited revenue generation options available to the City. The report went on to say that the continued negative outlook is impacted by the possibility of a further downgrade should the fund balance not augment in the near future. Several strengths were cited, including strong pension fund practices, and the city’s status as a regional economic center.“While disappointed with today’s action by Moody’s Investors Service, as stated many times during my tenure, the Treasurer’s Office remains committed to assisting the Administration to address the City’s challenges in any way possible and will continue to advise them on matters that may impact our rating,” said City Treasurer Adam Cloud.