MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES SEVERE WEATHER PROTOCOL
HARTFORD, CONN. (February 9, 2017) – As a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong wind gusts, resulting in negative wind chill factors, from this evening through the day tomorrow, the State of Connecticut has implemented its severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather. The current protocol will be in effect from 5 pm today, February 9, until tomorrow, Friday February 10 at 5 pm.
Residents in need of emergency shelter assistance can visit the “Hartford No Freeze Welcome Center” at Center Church, 60 Gold St., between the hours of 4pm – 8pm today. Any resident in need of overnight shelter accommodations are encouraged to call 2-1-1.
Today, the Arroyo Center at Pope Park and Parker Memorial Recreation Center will be open today from 8am – 5pm for residents needing a warm, dry place during the day.
During severe cold weather, residents should take the following precautions:
HARTFORD CITY HALL CLOSED DUE TO SNOW
HARTFORD, CONN. (Feb 8, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Bronin announced that tomorrow, Thursday February 9th, Hartford City Hall will be closed due to heavy snowfall. It will reopen on Friday, February 10th at 8:00 a.m. “In preparation for tomorrow’s storm, we will be closing City Hall to ensure the safety of our employees,” said Mayor Bronin. “Our DPW team, public safety, fire, and other emergency employees will be on duty, but City Hall will not be open." In addition, Mayor Bronin announced that the Arroyo Center at Pope Park and Parker Memorial Recreation Center will be open for residents needing a warm, dry place during the day.
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TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM: MAYOR BRONIN DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN
HARTFORD, CONN. (February 8, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017.
“The Department of Public Works is carefully monitoring the storm, pre-treating roads, and preparing plowing operations," said Mayor Luke Bronin. “A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that all residents respect the parking ban so that our DPW team can work quickly and safely.”
During a snow 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 may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford District School Parking Lots before the start of the parking ban.
Blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections. The lights will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect and will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. Seven “Blue Light Lots” have been identified and dedicated solely for use during snow emergency parking bans. These newly designated “Blue Light Lots” will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.
Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe. But we encourage you to sign up so that you can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.”
To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:
Blue Light Lots
• 130 Sisson Ave
• 2404 Main St
• 135 Main St
• 50 Curcombe St
• 20 Francis Ct
• 60 Chadwick St
• 11 Flower St
City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers
• Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot
• Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot
• Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot
• Goodwin Park – Hubbard Ave Lot
• Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot
• Keney Park – Woodland St Lot
• Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot
• Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
• Foster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
• Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
• North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry St Lot
• Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
• Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
• Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center – 30 Pope Park Dr
All Hartford District School Parking Lots.
• For a complete list click HERE
Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban, and cars parked in Hartford District Public School lots must be moved no later than 11:00 am Friday. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. 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 APPLAUDS BOND COMMISSION AND SENATOR FONFARA FOR SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
HARTFORD, CONN. (Feb. 2, 2017) – On Wednesday, the State Bond Commission authorized $5M to provide grants to the Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) to establish a revolving loan fund for minority-owned small businesses. The funds, which will be administered by both HEDCO and the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), can be used by minority business owners for acquisition or purchase of machinery and equipment, construction or leasehold improvements, relocation expenses, working capital or other business related expenses.
In a statement on Thursday, Mayor Bronin thanked Senator John Fonfara for his leadership in securing these funds, as well as the Governor’s office and the State Bond Commission for their support. “I want to thank Senator Fonfara for his tremendous leadership in fighting so hard for these funds, and the Governor’s Office and State Bond Commission for recognizing how important it is to support our small, minority-owned businesses,” said Bronin. "When local small and minority-owned businesses succeed, it helps create opportunities for residents throughout our city. We all know that there’s nothing more important than growing jobs and expanding opportunity, and this is one of the best ways to do it.”
Bronin noted that both HEDCO and SAMA have a strong track record of supporting small, minority-owned businesses. “HEDCO and SAMA have been working with our small, minority-owned businesses for decades, and they are both dedicated and effective in helping small businesses get access to much-needed capital so they can grow and reach their full potential.”