(June 25, 2015) The Department of Public Works announced today that north and southbound bicycle lanes will be installed on Wethersfield Avenue, between Elliot Street and Wyllys Street. The bicycle lane markings will be painted on the evening of Sunday, June 28, 2015, weather permitting.
“The City of Hartford is committed to taking every opportunity possible to build streets that enable safe, comfortable and convenient access by users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers,” said Keith Chapman, Interim Director of Public Works.
Parking will be eliminated on the east side (the Bulkeley High School side) of Wethersfield Avenue from Elliot Street to Wyllys Street, but will be allowed on the west side of the street.
(June 19, 2015) The Hartford Fire Department Task Force, convened by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra in December of 2014 to examine the Fire Department’s command structure, resources, firefighter training and recruitment, has issued its final recommendations. Recommendations issued by the Task Force include the following:
The vacant Assistant Fire Chief position is currently being filled on an interim basis by retired Deputy Chief Scott M. Brady and an additional assistant fire chief position was included in Mayor Segarra’s recommended FY 2016 budget, which was adopted by the council in May.
“I want to thank members of the Task Force for their hard work, their service to the community and their commitment to the safety of our residents. The Fire Department began addressing some of the recommendations based on Task Force’s preliminary findings,” said Mayor Segarra. “We have more work ahead of us and the work done by the Task Force provides further direction.”
Members of the Hartford Fire Department Task Force include retired Fire Chief John B. Stewart, Jr., retired Fire Chief Nelson K. Carter Sr., retired Fire Chief Edward Casares Jr., retired Fire Chief Charles Teale, Sr., and Police Chief James C. Rovella.
To see a copy of the Hartford Fire Department Task Force’s final report, visit: http://bit.ly/1Gaw2fi .
(June 19, 2015) Hartford residents are invited to recycle unwanted household electronics at the “Free and Easy Electronic Waste Drop Off” on Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, an event organized by the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association in partnership with the Department of Public Works, Cathedral of St. Joseph and Electronic Recyclers, Inc.
Acceptable items include answering machines, phones, calculators, televisions, remote controls, camcorders, CD players, VCRs, computers, printers, scanners, fax machines, copy machines, DVD players, electric typewriters, microwaves, modems, power cords, gaming consoles, household batteries and household medical equipment.
Unacceptable items include hazardous, flammable, radioactive and corrosive materials, refrigerant, PCB and explosive materials. A state certified vendor will recycle the items collected at the event free of charge.
(June 18, 2015) As of Friday, June 19, 2015, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join mayors of cities from across the country for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting. Mayor Segarra will participate in a Mayors and Police Chiefs Task Force to discuss implementing recommendations from the 21st Century Policing report released by the White House, he will co-chair a meeting of the Immigration Reform Task Force, he will take part in the Jobs, Education and Workforce Committee meeting where U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez will speak and he will participate in a My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) meeting where Mayor Segarra will outline Hartford’s efforts in establishing the program. Mayor Segarra will brief Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, on Hartford’s priorities during a one-on-one meeting; will speak to representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about Hartford’s housing priorities; and will discuss income inequality with the Cities of Opportunity Task Force.