Prepared by: Citizens’ Research Education Network,
Hartford Public Library, and Hartford 2000
There were 37 items on the regular agenda. The next Council meeting will be at 8 P.
M., October 8, at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers. The next Public
Hearing will be October 15, at Hartford City Hall in Council Chambers.
Hartford Environmental Justice Network - The Council
received a report from the Health and Human Service Committee on a presentation
by b the Hartford Environmental Justice Network (HEJN). At the meeting, HEJN made recommendations
with regards to the contract between the city and Connecticut Resources
Recovery Authority (CRRA). Among other
things HEJN recommended that CRRA be responsible for the monitoring and
maintenance of the landfill for 100 years after its closing, all CRRA
facilities be subject to inspections from appropriate city officials, and that
funding be set aside to assure that recycling is increased in the city. According to HEJN, the CRRA trash
incinerator produces more than 50% of all non-traffic air pollution in the
Façade Program Policy - The Council referred to the
Operations, Management, Budget, Education, and Labor Committee a resolution
which would create a new façade improvement program: Façade Program II. The new program would be designed for
property owners who wanted to invest private funds in addition to funds from
the city. Under the program, property
owners could be reimbursed up to 25% their total construction costs.
Hartford Children Theater – The Council also referred
to the Operations, Management, Budget, Education, and Labor Committee a
resolution to reprogram $150,000 of Urban Development Grant repayment funds to
the Hartford Children Theater. If
passed, the money will be used in conjunction with the Black Box/Carriage House Renovation Project.
Urban Rehabilitation Homeownership Program - The
Council passed on consent an ordinance allowing the city to reduce its
assessment of homes improved through funding by the Urban Rehabilitation
Homeownership Program. The program,
recently initiated by the state, allows home improvement loans of up to $35,000
and allows municipalities the ability
to forgive the assessment associated with the home improvements. The loans are forgiven after 5 years.
University of Hartford/Thomas Cadillac Site - The
Council passed a proposal to grant the University of Hartford (UHart) tax
increment financing (TIF) assistance
for development of property located at the intersection of Albany Avenue and
Westbourne Parkway, the old Thomas Cadillac site. UHart is proposing to remediate environmental problems on the
property and construct the Hartt Gateway Center for Performing Arts. The Operation, Management, Budget,
Education, and Labor Committee recommended passage.
If you have any questions about the agenda call Greg Vickers at CREN, 249‑1416. The Citizens' Research Education Network is a non‑profit research and education center for Hartford community‑based organizations.