Category: politics/government

Zoning: How Much is Too Much?

By , March 6, 2015 7:35 am

If the Planning, Economic, Development and Housing Committee gives it a thumbs’ up, it looks like Mayor Segarra’s reappointment of Sandra Bobowski to the Planning & Zoning Commission will pass on through Court of Common Council.

This will extend the Terry Road resident’s tenure on the PZC from twenty years to 24.

The push for her reappointment following such a long tenure gives the impression that no potential commissioners are lining up for service, but that is inaccurate. Continue reading 'Zoning: How Much is Too Much?'»

What’s Next for Moylan?

By , March 2, 2015 1:23 pm

Though the Board of Education previously voted to allow for Moylan Montessori to move beyond city limits, permanently, it now seems that the push to find a Hartford location for it has been revived, with Thom Deller reportedly looking into four or five sites.

Now, the Luke Bronin campaign is questioning the delay in finding an appropriate permanent home for the school. Bronin says, ““The City of Hartford has known for years that Moylan Montessori needed a new home, but kicked the can down the road year after year — and then decided that there was no option but to move this quality, local public school to West Hartford. ”

The majority of students attending Moylan Montessori live in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, not exactly neighboring the site voted for on North Main in West Hartford.

Bronin says, “This is a moment for leadership, and I urge the Mayor to identify a specific, suitable site before it’s too late to keep Moylan in Hartford – and before Hartford loses a quality local school.”

March 2015 Events

By , March 1, 2015 12:42 am

March 1

March 14, 2015 is the last chance to see “It’s a Wrap!” in the Widener Gallery before it wraps

  • Last chance to see Randy Gilman’s Sculpture and Assemblages at EBK Gallery [small works], 218 Pearl Street.
  • The Laszlo Gardony Trio will perform as part of the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free.
  • Every Sunday gives you a chance to check out Steve Davis and Friends performing live jazz at Max Downtown (185 Asylum St) 6-9 p.m. There’s no cover.

March 2

  • Novelist Amara Lakhous will give a lecture — “Italian Identity in the Making: Migration & Culture” — in the McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, 4:15 p.m. This is free and open to the public.

March 3

Valentine’s Day in the City

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By , February 11, 2015 6:26 pm

To start the day, stop by City Hall at 10 a.m. to catch a last minute meeting. This is a “special meeting” dealing with the Hartford Stadium Authority. The item for Saturday:

Stadium Authority. Ordinance authorizing the City to lease the land, on which the stadium will be built, to the Stadium Authority and to lease the stadium back from the Authority after it is constructed.  (Segarra).
There is no word if Mayor Segarra or City Council will be holding any special meetings to address the snow removal efforts that have left city streets headache-inducing for the last few weeks.
After you have had your fill of that spectator sport, head over the Elizabeth Park — with roads being what they are, you might need to carve out two hours for that schlep — for the Art Sled Derby. There is no fee to watch or participate. This is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

“Conference” with Stadium Ties Canceled

By , February 4, 2015 11:49 am

While City Council was sure to still meet and vote on the matter during a snow storm, another stadium-related meeting of sorts was recently canceled.

Local contractors and contractor-supply shops were contacted about a little gathering (“conference”) that had been planned for last week. It would have been held in Express Kitchens, a cabinet and countertop supplier on upper Main Street.

The letter, sent from Thom Deller, the Director of Development Services, to various business owners, included some misinformation. SAMA, the Spanish American Merchants Association, was named as a co-sponsor of the event. SAMA says it was surprised to find its name attached to the event and had not agreed to be a sponsor.

The event would have given Robert Landino — President of Centerplan, the construction company tied to the stadium — some time in the spotlight.

Non-Hardware City

Parking Ban Update 2/2/15

By , February 2, 2015 3:08 pm

Even though the parking ban was originally scheduled to last until 11p.m. with a four-hour grace period, the ban is now being lifted at 6p.m. and the City of Hartford says all vehicles must be removed from the authorized lots by 10 tonight.

If this seems like deja vu, it’s because the City of Hartford did essentially the same thing during the previous snow event — first announcing one time, then shortening it. Some residents are already suspicious about why vehicles were towed from school lots last week; the constantly changing time frames no doubt create more trust in local government.

Moylan Montessori Community Circulates Petitions

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By , January 30, 2015 7:18 am

Those who attended last week’s Board of Education meeting may have come away believing that the Moylan Montessori community largely supported the move of the school from Hartford to West Hartford, even if only a handful of teachers and parents were present to speak. Most of the questions were made through the PTO or came from members of the school board.

As it turns out, that vote to go ahead and pursue the site at the American School for the Deaf has not been received so well.

Stakeholders are circulating a petition asking for that decision to be suspended. They say that parents were only notified a few days before the vote and were not given full disclosure that the invite to “ask questions” or “show support” before the Board of Education was going to be tied to something so binding, so soon. Continue reading 'Moylan Montessori Community Circulates Petitions'»

Council Meets During Snow Emergency

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By , January 26, 2015 9:39 pm

Monday’s City Council meeting happened, despite Mayor Segarra having declared a snow emergency hours before and police telling motorists to stay off the roadways.

The public attendance was what one would expect during a blizzard– fewer than ten people took chairs, and many of those individuals were media.

The Stadium Authority ordinance passed with Deutsch (WF), De Jesús (D), and MacDonald (D) all voting no:

Stadium Authority – Ordinance establishing the Hartford Stadium Authority for the purpose
of owning the property on which the Minor League Baseball Stadium will be located, issuance
of revenue bonds for construction of the stadium, management of stadium construction,
and lease of the stadium to the City of Hartford which will sublease it to the baseball team.
(Segarra)

For their grand exit, perhaps in honor of the snowstorm, the City Council spun its wheels as elected officials allowed themselves to fishtail through some procedural minutiae before skidding awkwardly to a stop.

Winter Storm Information for January 26-28

By , January 25, 2015 9:27 pm

It’s winter. We’re in New England. Snow storms happen.

Mayor Segarra has declared a snow emergency effective at noon on Monday. The Emergency Operating Center will be activated later in the afternoon.

Emergency Shelter

Anyone in need of emergency shelter can call 211.

The following shelters will remain open throughout the storm:  Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823; McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922; South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071.

Parking Ban

A citywide parking ban begins Monday at 3 p.m. and is anticipated to last until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.

This means that cars should not be parked on Hartford streets after 3 on Monday.

Motorists who do not have off street parking could (1) ask to park in driveways belonging to friends and neighbors, or (2) park in any number of lots available during the parking ban. These lots include those at public schools (Hartford Public School employees will be dismissed at noon on Monday, making those lots open), along with the following: Morgan Street Garage, 2 Holcomb Street, Keney Park entrance lot at Ridgefield, KDA Center lot at Naugatuck Street, Pope Park Rec Center lot, Metzner Center lot on Franklin Avenue, Colt Park lot at Wawarme Avenue, and the lots in Elizabeth Park.

The City of Hartford says: “Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban and contact the Hartford Police Department with questions at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $93.59. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date.”

This should be common sense. Fewer cars on the street means plows can clear wider paths for travel. It also means less of a chance that your car will be accidentally smacked by a plow truck.

(UPDATE) Driving Ban

Governor Malloy is imposing a travel ban beginning 9p.m. on Monday. This is in place until further notice.

Emergency response and recovery vehicles will be the only ones permitted on the roadways.

Snow Removal

Tenants, property owners, and occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice within a few hours after the storm has ended.

Fire hydrants should be cleared of snow. Do you want firefighters having to take time to shovel first before putting out a fire near you?

Other Services

Recycling and trash collection will not take place on Tuesday.

Hartford School Moving to West Hartford?

The proposal to move Montessori Magnet — currently housed in the Moylan and McDonough Schools — to a site in West Hartford has not been warmly received by all.

The school’s PTO says the proposed move was only made public on January 16, days before it was discussed at the January 20 Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Schiavino-Narvaez said she met with the School Governance Council twice, along with the PTO president. Parents had been contacted during discussions, she said.

While there has been a search for a permanent home for the magnet school for the past six years, not all in the school community had a location at the American School for the Deaf on North Main Street in West Hartford in mind.

Dr. Shelley Best, at the recent Board of Ed meeting, opposed this move: “Montessori education [...] has the stereotype of being something that’s really available for the elite and the suburban,” she said, and moving it into the suburbs would only drive that home. Continue reading 'Hartford School Moving to West Hartford?'»

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