Prepared by: Citizens’ Research Education Network,
Hartford Public Library, and Hartford 2000
There were 53 items on the regular agenda: two items were
added from the supplemental agenda. The next Council meeting will be at 8 P.
M., August 13, at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers. The next public
hearing will be July 16, at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers.
Comprehensive Economic Strategic Development Strategy – The
Council passed a resolution to adopt the Comprehensive Economic Strategic
Development Strategy submitted by the Hartford Economic Development
Commission. The plan outlines four
goals for economic development: build
an effective civic infrastructure; create an urban environment that can compete
as a preferred place to work live, shop, and recreate; create a competitive
economic base, and; develop competitive workforce and residents.
The plan utilizes the City of Hartford Inner City Business
Strategy Initiative, the Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action
Strategy, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Strategic Plans. A comprehensive economic development
strategy is required by the federal Economic Development Commission. The plan was discussed by the Planning, Economic
Development, and Zoning Committee which recommended passage.
West Nile Virus -- On the recommendation of City
Manager Kee Borges, the Council passed a resolution allowing the city’s health
department to accept $10,000 from the state Department of Environmental
Protection for destruction of West Nile mosquito larvae. The Department of Environmental Protection
has identified Hartford as one of 44 Connecticut towns with a high probability
of being impacted by the West Nile Virus, which is carried by the West Nile
Billboard Ordinance – The Council postponed
action an ordinance which would change the charter with reference to
billboards. If the ordinance were
adopted, sign permits would be issued to the owners of the property where the
sign is located, rather than the owner of the sign. The ordinance has been to public hearing and is on the action
Speeding -- On the recommendation of Council member
Elizabeth Horton Sheff, the Council passed a resolution directing the City Manager
to develop a comprehensive city-wide plan to reduce speeding on city streets.
New Leadership Roles – The Council voted to appoint
Louis Watkins as Deputy Mayor and Marilyn Rossetti to the position of Majority
Leader. The changes follow the resignation
of former Deputy Mayor Francis Sanchez.
Revitalization Group NRZ Strategic Plan – The Council referred to the
Planning, Economic Development, and Zoning Committee and to public hearing July
16 an ordinance which would officially approve the strategic plan of the Maple
Avenue Revitalization Group (MARG).
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