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SATURDAY AT 5:00 P.M.: MAYOR BRONIN DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN

(January 22, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and ending at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2016. All Hartford District Public Schools will be closed and lots will be available for parking, however, cars must be moved by noon on Sunday.
 
“Latest forecasts are predicting up to six inches of snow in the city, and your cooperation with the parking ban will allow our DPW team to get the streets clear and back to normal as quickly as possible," said Bronin.  "Once a storm reaches four inches of accumulation, it's important that our crews are able to plow to the curb and avoid any damage to cars.  I urge residents to take necessary steps to help us secure safe emergency access routes and get the streets cleared quickly."
 
During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:
 
·         Colt Park – Warwarme Street Lot                 
·         Dillon Stadium – Curcombe Street Lot     
·         Elizabeth Park – Asylum Street                  
·         Elizabeth Park – Prospect Avenue            
·         Goodwin Park – Hubbard Avenue            
·         Goodwin Park – Maple Ave. Golf Course                     
·         Keney Park – Woodland Street            
·         Keney Park – Ridgefield Street             
·         Pope Park –Park Terrace Lot   
·         2 Holcomb Street Lot
·         80 Coventry Lot
·         KDA Center Lot – Naugatuck Street            
·         All Hartford District School Parking Lots. For a complete list,
 
visit www.hartfordschools.org/schools and select “District.”
 
Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued, which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date. Please visit http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles. 
 
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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NOMINATION OF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

(Jan 22, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced his intention to nominate Bonnie J. Malley as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford.
Ms. Malley currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., where she is responsible for all financial management and oversight as well as investor relations.  
“I am thrilled to nominate Bonnie to serve as Chief Operating Officer,” Mayor Bronin said.  “Bonnie’s extensive leadership experience, including as Chief Financial Officer for a major Hartford-based public company, will be a huge asset to the City of Hartford.  As chair of my transition’s Financial Review and Audit Committee and as a member of the Personnel Committee, Bonnie has already been a critical member of my team.  She is a dedicated resident of Hartford, and she will be a tremendous addition to the team we’re building at City Hall.”
"I am honored to be nominated to serve in Mayor Bronin's Administration at such a critical time for Hartford,” Malley said. “If confirmed by Council, I will work tirelessly to help our city address the current challenges and realize our potential."
Before becoming Phoenix’s Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Malley served as the company’s Chief Administrative Officer and was responsible for Human Resources, IT and other administrative functions.  A proud resident of Hartford, Ms. Malley is a member of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts’ board of trustees, and serves on the board of directors for the MetroHartford Alliance, the Connecticut Forum and the iQuilt Partnership, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western New England College.
Ms. Malley’s nomination is subject to approval by the City Council. She intends to leave Phoenix once the company’s previously announced merger with Nassau Reinsurance Group Holdings is complete. 
 
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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR POPE PARK CLEANUP UNDERWAY

(Jan 21, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the Department of Public Works will begin a major cleanup of the Bankside Grove in Pope Park, removing litter, bulky waste and understory vegetation.  The purpose of the project is to improve the attractiveness of the park along Park Terrace and enhance its ecological viability.

“DPW is committed to maintaining our city’s physical infrastructure in emergencies and year around, and our parks are one of our most important assets,” Mayor Bronin said. “This cleanup work at Pope Park is part of our overall focus on strengthening neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for residents.” 

“Taking advantage of the warmer weather and light snowfall, we have been very busy on major projects in the City” said Public Works Director Marilynn Cruz-Aponte.  “We are mustering a large force to complete this cleanup quickly and efficiently.”

The site is mostly forested with oaks and maples, with a dense understory of shrubs and vines.  Many of the species are invasive and have diminished the ecological value of the area by choking out other species more useful to wildlife. 

“Over the years, a large amount of litter and debris has accumulated in that portion of the park” said Public Works Superintendent Tom Baptist.  “This is an opportunity to replant helpful native species for the benefit of birds and other wildlife.”

Depending on the weather, the work is expected to take two weeks to complete.  The project is headed by City Forester Heather Dionne, who is marking individual trees for pruning and identifying specific shrubs to remain. Hiking trails will be preserved and open for continued use.  A dilapidated concrete stairway will also be removed.

DPW is planning additional cleanup efforts at Keney Park in the near future.

 

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES BALLPARK AGREEMENT (Rescheduled Stadium Completion Date Set for May 17)

(Jan 20, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that the City has received financial commitments from both the Hartford Yard Goats and DoNo Hartford, LLC, an affiliate of Centerplan Companies, to help fund a significant portion of the $10.3 million shortfall in the construction of the city’s new Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  

Under the agreement negotiated by Mayor Bronin, the City of Hartford will receive $2 million from the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team, as well as a $2.3 million contribution from stadium developer DoNo Hartford LLC.  DoNo Hartford LLC will also pay approximately $225,000 per year in additional taxes on the DoNo development for the life of any bonds issued by the City or the Hartford Stadium Authority. In addition, the City will no longer be responsible for paying approximately $500,000 to improve the indoor parking garage that was to be made available as parking for the Yard Goats. 

As a result of the agreement, the Hartford City Council will be asked to approve an additional $5.5 million in new Hartford Stadium Authority construction funding, and DoNo Hartford LLC's additional tax payments will support approximately $2 million of that debt, leaving taxpayers to support approximately one-third of the total construction funding gap.

Under the revised agreement, the new substantial completion date for the stadium is May 17, 2016, and the stadium is expected to be available for an opening day of May 31, 2016, though Minor League Baseball's Eastern League has yet to finalize the Yard Goats schedule.

“No one wants to put more taxpayer money into this ballpark, but we have to play the hand we've been dealt," stated Mayor Bronin. “Our responsibility is to get the project back on track and avoid further delays that could result in additional costs to taxpayers and compromise the broader development at Downtown North.  The deal we are announcing today represents our best effort to protect both the short- and long-term interests of Hartford's taxpayers." 

Mayor Bronin added, “Let me be clear: no one is waving a 'mission accomplished' banner today.  There is much work to be done, not only to complete the ballpark but to ensure that the rest of the downtown north development proceeds as promised.  I am thankful that both the team and the developer contributed to a solution, and I look forward to working with them to ensure that the project proceeds on the revised schedule.”

Under the agreement, DoNo Hartford LLC has also committed to opening an office within the North Hartford Promise Zone to provide guidance, information and opportunity to Hartford residents and minority-owned business enterprise contractors to participate in the future development of the Downtown North Project.

Last month, representatives from stadium developer DoNo Hartford, LLC informed Hartford City officials and the Hartford Stadium Authority that the project was $10.3 million over budget and would not be ready for the previously scheduled Opening Day on April 7, 2016. 

“The City Council understands the importance of completing the Stadium as soon as possible and wants to make sure this process is fair and transparent,” said Hartford City Council President T.J. Clarke. “The Council will work diligently to pursue a prudent course of action that protects the best interests of Hartford’s residents and taxpayers.”

The Mayor will hold a town hall next Monday to discuss the agreement with Hartford residents. The Town Hall will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, January 25, at the Hartford Public Library downtown, at 500 Main Street in the atrium. 

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