Prepared by: Citizens’ Research Education Network,
Hartford Public Library, and Hartford 2000
There were 65 items on the regular agenda. The meeting was
preceded by a public hearing on the report of the Charter Revision
Commission. The next Council meeting
will be May 22; the next public hearing will be may 15.
Approval of CSS/CON
NRZ Plan – The Council passed on consent an ordinance approving the
Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) Strategic Plan for the Coalition to
Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood (CSS/CON). The plan had been discussed by the
Commission on the City Plan and by the Planning, Economic Development and
Zoning Committee. Both recommended
Funds for Neighborhood
Mall Project – On the recommendation of City Manger Kee Borges, the Council
passed two resolutions which provide funding to support the development of the
Main and Pavilion Neighborhood Mall, a supermarket/retail complex on north Main
Street. The funds will go to Public Housing Residents Going Places (PHRGP). One resolution allows the City Manger to apply for an Economic
Development Initiative (EDI) grant of $300,000 and a Section 108 Loan Guarantee
of $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The other allows appropriation of $300,000
in Urban Development Action grant (UDAG) repayment funds and $400,000 in Urban
Act Loan Funds.
A third resolution, which would allow the sale of a vacant
lot at 1870 Main Street to PHRGP, was referred to Planning, Economic
Development and Zoning Committee. The
sale would clear the way for the development. PHRGP is a wholly owned
subsidiary of the South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation and the
Hartford Tenants Rights Federation, Inc.
Boulevard Historic District -- The Council referred to Planning, Economic
Development and Zoning Committee a draft copy of the proposal by the Historic
Properties Commission which would set in motion the establishment of the “Grandview
Terrace Boulevard Historic District.” The report will initiate a public comment
period which will culminate in a vote by the owners of record. If two-thirds of the owners vote in favor of
the historic district, the Council will be asked to establish the district by
ordinance. The district would encompass
the block of Grandview Terrace which runs from White Street to Linnmoore
Street. The houses on this block were
built between 1910 and 1925.
– On the recommendation of Deputy Mayor Sanchez, the Council passed on consent
a resolution which appropriating $5,000 for the Neighborhood Studios
program. The program provides
employment and education for city youth in art-related projects. The summer program, for which the funding will
be used, will cost $343,545 and will be housed in the Civic Center mall.
Parity Pay Increases -- On the recommendation of the City
Manger, the Council sent to public hearing May 15 and to the Operations,
Budget, Education, and Labor Committee a group of ordinances which will raise
the salaries of non-union city employees. According to the cover letter accompanying the ordinances, department
heads and senior staff have not received a pay adjustment since July of 1992
and support non-unit and unclassified staff have not received an adjustment
since July of 1996. If passed the
ordinances would increase salaries of effected employees by 2%, retroactive to
July 1997. The recommendation for pay
increases are a result of the Fox Lawson Pay Classification Study.
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
-- On the recommendation of Council
member Horton Sheff, the Council referred to the Sister City Committee a
resolution creating a sister city relationship with Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo
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