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.
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.
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.
The City Council Committee of Inquiry has released its findings regarding the Election Day 2014 debacle.
You can read the 32 page document below. Among the gems in this report: one Registrar refused to read emails that another sent, police were called to the Registrar’s Office following an outburst by the Democratic Registrar of Voters, and that same individual invoked the Fifth Amendment when questioned.
To learn more Continue reading 'Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published'»
City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 4p.m. to consider an ordinance that would create the Hartford Stadium Authority. This would involve the authorization to transfer property to the Hartford Stadium Authority, along with the vague “other actions to facilitate financing for the proposed baseball stadium.” Continue reading 'Special City Council Meeting for Stadium'»
There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.
We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»
On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.
Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.
The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.
The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. Continue reading 'Investigations All Around'»
Monday night, City Council adopted three resolutions that would change three streets in Hartford, entirely to accommodate the planned baseball stadium. Councilperson Deutsch and MacDonald were the only to vote “no” on all three of these items.
What does this mean for Downtown North?
The width of Pleasant Street will be reduced by five feet for a stretch of 850 feet.
The section of Trumbull Street between Market and Main will be moved 85 feet south.
Windsor Street, between Trumbull and Pleasant, will be closed off. That’s not just during construction — that’s permanent. Seen as one of the safer north-south routes for cyclists, this closure will create some inconvenience for bicycle commuters and other street users.
Nearby Ann Uccello Street became a cul-de-sac in 2013, as did Flower Street (Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow) last year. The latter was closed for reasons related to the CTfastrak; the former, apparently, happened with little fanfare. The closed segment of Ann Uccello Street is in the general Downtown North area. Continue reading 'Sparks from the Stadium: Six Months In'»
Though Mayor Segarra did not return comment about why the Registrars’ of Voters errors during past elections had not caused deep concern within City Hall, his public relations contact issued a statement today on behalf of both the mayor and Councilperson Wooden, announcing that the duo have “co-sponsored one resolution that will launch an investigation into yesterday’s voting issues and a second that will restructure the office of the Hartford Registrars of Voters.”
Last year voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the Registrars, but as we reported, there was little effort to translate the ballot questions into language accessible to the average resident.
The call for an investigation seems to replicate what is already expected to occur as a complaint is being filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
There’s no need to opine over the name of a candidate’s watercraft or the illicit affairs that an elected official may or may not be having. Those may all be indicative of someone’s character, but one truly need look only at how a person is performing in the public space to reach the same conclusions.
Regardless of what the Rock Cats’ stadium may or may not do for Hartford’s economic state, this process has shined a harsh light on the character of those who are supposed to be serving the residents of Hartford. Continue reading 'DoNo How to Behave'»