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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 (July 31, 2018) –  Yesterday, state officials notified the City of Hartford that mosquitoes trapped on July 24th, 2018 at Keney Park tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  There have been no reported cases of anyone with WNV in Hartford, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is rare for someone who is in infected to develop a serious illness.  Mosquitoes with WNV have been found in more than a dozen Connecticut municipalities this year.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions about WNV from the state here.

“Even though we see the West Nile virus in some form every year in Connecticut, I hope residents will take basic steps to prevent mosquito bites and report any potential West Nile virus infections to a health care professional,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “I want to thank the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for their work to detect West Nile virus in Hartford.”

The positive mosquitoes are Culex Pipiens, a predominantly bird-feeding species that has been identified with WNV in previous years.  According to the CDC, symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps to avoid WNV or other mosquito-borne illnesses:

Preventing mosquito bites:

  • 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 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:

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PARK STREET DEMOLITION WORK TO BEGIN TODAY

PARK STREET DEMOLITION WORK TO BEGIN TODAY

 

HARTFORD, CONN (July 27, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that demolition work will begin this afternoon to take down the privately-owned, vacant building at 769-777 Park Street, which had a partial collapse on the upper floors yesterday.  Park Street between Babcock Street and Putnam Street will be closed at least through the weekend. The city will pay for the demolition out of an emergency demolition fund and bill the property owner.

 

“Since the partial collapse yesterday a number of city departments have been working to secure the area, make sure residents are safe, and begin the demolition process,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Demolition work will begin today and last at least throughout the weekend. We hope residents will be able to return to their homes on Monday, but that timeline will depend on the progress of the demolition.  I want to thank the residents in the area for their patience and understanding.  Our priority is keeping people safe while we take this building down.”

 

According to city records, the building is almost 100 years old.  After a fire in 2014, the city deemed it unsafe to live in, but it was not deemed structurally compromised. 

 

After the partial collapse yesterday, the city evacuated families from seven buildings in the area as a precautionary measure.  They are now being housed temporarily at a hotel in the area and city staff is working with them to ensure their immediate needs are met.

 

After demolition work is complete, the property will be fenced and the city will have an environmental assessment done in case there are any hazards that need to be remediated.

 

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EL TRABAJO DE DEMOLICIÓN EN PARK STREET COMENZARÁ HOY

HARTFORD, CONN (27 de julio del 2018) - Hoy el Alcalde Luke Bronin anunció que los trabajos de demolición comenzarán esta tarde para derribar el edificio vacante de propiedad privada en 769-777 Park Street, que tuvo un colapso parcial en los pisos superiores ayer. Las calles entre la Park Street, Babcock Street y Putnam Street estarán cerradas al menos durante el fin de semana. La Ciudad pagará por la demolición de un fondo de demolición de emergencia y el propietario será responsable de los gastos.

"Desde el colapso parcial de ayer, varios departamentos de la Ciudad han estado trabajando para asegurar el área, y que los residentes estén seguros para comenzar el proceso de demolición", dijo el Alcalde Bronin. "El trabajo de demolición comenzará hoy y durará al menos durante todo el fin de semana. Esperamos que los residentes puedan regresar a sus hogares el lunes, pero ese plazo dependerá del progreso de la demolición. Quiero agradecer a los residentes de la zona por su paciencia y comprensión. Nuestra prioridad es mantener a las personas a salvo mientras demolemos este edificio".

Según los registros de la ciudad, este edificio tiene casi 100 años. Después de un incendio en el 2014, la Ciudad consideró que no era seguro vivir en él, pero no se consideró estructuralmente comprometido.

Después del colapso parcial de ayer, la Ciudaddesalojóa las familias de siete edificios en el área como medida de precaución. Ahora están alojados temporalmente en un hotel de la zona y el personal de la Ciudad está trabajando con ellos para garantizar que se satisfagan sus necesidades inmediatas.

Después de que se complete el trabajo de demolición, la propiedad estará cercada y la Ciudad realizará una evaluación ambiental en caso de que existan riesgos que deban corregirse.

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HARTFORD PURSUING DEVELOPMENT OF PARCELS SURROUNDING DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK

HARTFORD PURSUING DEVELOPMENT OF PARCELS SURROUNDING DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK

HARTFORD, CONN (July 18, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames announced that the City of Hartford is pursuing the development of land surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts Park with RMS Companies of Stamford, Connecticut.  No development deal has been agreed to and there will be substantial discussion with the City Council as well as with the public as the process moves forward.  In November of 2017, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for city-owned properties around Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  In March of 2018, the RFP window closed, and RMS Companies was the sole bidder.  Over the last several months the City reviewed the proposal from RMS Companies. 

“After the RFP process, the city began discussions with RMS Companies about the future of parcels around Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” said Mayor Bronin.  “RMS has a sound reputation, a strong track record, and a serious plan for development, and our discussions thus far have been productive and positive.  We will continue to do our due diligence and work to negotiate a responsible agreement for the development of these key parcels, and we look forward to involving the community directly as the process continues.”

“There is real community and economic development momentum building in our city driven by the private market and I am encouraged by RMS Companies’ plan to develop the Downtown North area and see the vision through,” said Council President Thames.  “I look forward to working with my Council colleagues and the Mayor toward a deal that is a win-win for Hartford.”

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