CREN's Council Review - September 14th Meeting
Council Approves Parking Authority
There were 67 items on the regular agenda. Twelve items were
added on the supplemental agenda and one was walked in at the
Council Meeting. Council member Park was absent. There will
be a Public Hearing September 21; the next Council meeting will
be September 28.
Billboard Moratorium - The meeting was preceded by a public
hearing on an ordinance which will prohibit zoning permits for
any new billboards for six months. During the moratorium the
city would develop a comprehensive billboard policy. Four community
members spoke in favor of the ordinance; five spoke in favor
of a self-imposed moratorium. Those in favor of the ordinance
argued that billboard companies target low-income neighborhoods
with tobacco and alcohol adds. Those in favor of a self-imposed
moratorium argued that the industry produced economic benefits
and could work with the city to improve sign placement. The Commission
on the City Plan recommended rejection of the ordinance in favor
of a voluntary moratorium.
Housing Fund - On the recommendation of Council member
Watkins, the Council voted to send to Public Hearing September
21 an ordinance which will change the city's housing fund. Presently
the housing fund can be used for preservation or production of
housing for low/moderate income persons. If the ordinance is
passed, the limitation to use the fund for low/moderate income
persons would be dropped.
Building Fee Waiver Program - The Council voted to send
to Public Hearing September 21 an ordinance which will reduce
the requirements for having building fees waived. Under the
present guidelines building fees can be waived if at least 50%
of the workforce and at least 25% of the supplies for any project
come from Hartford.
The proposed ordinance will:
1) lower the workforce requirement to 25%;
2) change the qualification for participation to either 25% Hartford
residents in the workforce or 25% of the supplies coming from
Hartford businesses and ;
3) change the formula for reimbursement so that the reimbursement
is the sum of the percentage of the labor pool which is Hartford
based and the supplies which are purchased in Hartford.
Empowerment Zone Application - The Council voted to authorize
City Manager Kee Borges to engage Mt. Auburn Associates and the
Connecticut Institute of Municipal Studies as consultants for
the Empowerment Zone application.
Urban Act Funds - The Council voted to authorize the City
Manager to submit an application to the state for $12.5 million
in Urban Act Funds. The City Manager's office is working with
Neighborhood Revitalization Zone planning committees to develop
Bond Ordinance Reconsidered - On the recommendation of
Deputy Mayor Sanchez, the Council voted to reconsider and then
withdraw a bond ordinance for $16 million for recreation facilities
projects. The ordinance was passed at the Council's August 10
Hartford Parks Trust Fund - On the recommendation of Council
member Marotta, the Council voted to send to Public Hearing September
21 an ordinance which will appropriate $80,000 from the Hartford
Parks Trust Fund to purchase iron fencing and plants for Columbus
Park and the new Floridia, Italy Sister City Park.
Hartford Parking Authority - The Council voted to send
to Public Hearing September 21 an ordinance which will create
the Hartford Parking Authority. If enacted, this ordinance will
replace the section of the Municipal Code which was dedicated
to the Hartford Civic Center and Coliseum Authority. The present
ordinance is patterned after the portion of the Code which created
the Civic Center and Coliseum Authority.
Bushnell Park Renovations - On recommendation of City
Manager Kee Borges, the Council voted to contract with Raphael
Architects for architectural services for renovations to Bushnell
Park performance area.
If you have any questions about the agenda, call the Council
at 522-4888 or CREN at 249-1416. The Citizens' Research Education
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