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Common Council Regular Meeting 20140409 1900

CITY CLERK **A.) ITEM # CLAIMS FOR INJURIES AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. PURPOSE: RECEIPT OF CLAIMS.

PURCHASING DEPARTMENT

**B.)  ITEM # COOPERATIVE PURCHASING.  PURPOSE:  COPIER LEASE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT.

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division
 
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Cooperative Purchasing, Copier Lease for the Department of Municipal Development   

DATE: April 9, 2014

In accordance with City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article VIII, Division 1, Section 2-538 (a), a purchase order was requested by the Department of Municipal Development for the following under the State of Connecticut’s Cooperative Purchasing Plan, Contract Award #012PSX0026:

Supplier Description Pricing
A&A Office Systems
Middletown, CT. Lease of a Savin MP6002SP Copier $398.25/Month and $0.004 per copy over 540,000 copies annually.

The Department of Municipal Development requested a five (5) year lease of a multifunctional copier that can copy, print, scan, collate, e-mail, staple and three (3) hole punch. The pricing includes all maintenance, repairs, service, toner and supplies excluding paper for 540,000 copies per year. The Department of Municipal Development’s existing copier lease has expired and the copier is not working properly to make copies. Parts to make the needed repairs to the copier are becoming hard to obtain and some are no longer available. The price submitted by A&A Office Systems for the lease of the new copier is the same as the State of Connecticut’s Contract, 012PSX0026 that A&A Office Systems has with them. The copier lease was presented to the Commission on Community and Neighborhood Development at their March 13, 2014 meeting. At this meeting they approved entering into a five (5) year lease for a new copier for the Department of Municipal Development. Funding is available for the Copier Lease in the Department of Municipal Development’s account number 3027100139-5610, Community Development Block Grant, General Administration Costs.  

RESOLVED: That the Purchasing Agent is hereby authorized to issue a Purchase Order and to enter into a five (5) year lease agreement with A&A Office Systems of Middletown, CT for the lease of a new copier for the Department of Municipal Development at $398.25 per month utilizing the State of Connecticut’s Cooperative Purchasing Plan, Contract Award #012PSX0026. 

Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent 
 
**C.)  ITEM # PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.  PURPOSE:  SOFTWARE USE AND PRINTING OF A CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, UTILITIES DIVISION.

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Professional Services – Software Use and Printing of a Consumer Confidence Report for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division
 
DATE:            April 9, 2014

In accordance with City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article VIII, Division 1, Section 2-531 a purchase order was requested by the Public Works Department, Utilities Division, for the creation and printing of their annual Consumer Confidence Report. 

Supplier                                 Services                                                Price
Gemini Group LLC                   Software Use and Printing of a                $3,800.00
Natick, MA.                            Consumer Confidence Report     

The Public Works Department, Utilities Division, has for the past eleven (11) years created a federally mandated Consumer Confidence Report. The report is required to be sent by July 1 of every year to all customers who purchase water from the Utilities Division. The Utilities Division has always utilized the Gemini Group LLC software system to enter the required data into the system so that the reports can create and then be printed by them. The Gemini Group LLC software meets all of the federal requirements regarding content and specific wording required by the federal and state governments. The software system will also enable the Utilities Division to post the Consumer Confidence Report onto the City’s website. Once all of the required information has been entered into the software system, edited and approved by the Utilities Division. Gemini Group LLC will print 17,500 copies of the Consumer Confidence Report that will be sent out. This Purchase was presented to the Water Commission at their April 08, 2014 meeting. At this meeting they approved the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department recommendation to issue a purchase order to the Gemini Group, LLC for the utilization of their Software System and Printing of the annual Consumer Confidence Reports for the Utilities Division. Funding for the use of the software system and printing of the Consumer Confidence Reports is available in the Utilities Division’s account 9303500103-5659, Water Treatment Expense, Operating Material and Supplies.

Resolved: that the Purchasing Agent be and hereby authorized to issue a Purchase Order for $3,800.00 to Gemini Group, LLC of Natick, MA for the utilization of their  Software System and Printing of the annual Consumer Confidence Reports for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division.

Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent 

**D.)  ITEM # PUBLIC BID NO. 3775.  PURPOSE:  PURCHASE OF FIRE HYDRANTS FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, UTILITIES DIVISION

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Public Bid No. 3775 Fire Hydrants for the Public Works Department/Utilities Division 

DATE: April 09, 2014
                        
Public Bid No. 3775 was solicited and received in accordance with the Purchasing Ordinances of the City of New Britain for Fire Hydrants for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. Funding is available for this purchase within the Public Works Department, Utilities Division’s account number, 9303500204-5659, Water Maintenance Expense, Operating Material and Supplies.

Invitations to bid were solicited and the bid was duly advertised in the New Britain Herald Newspaper, the City and State of Connecticut’s Department of Administration Services websites and mailed to twenty-one (21) Fire Hydrant Companies.  The Purchasing Agent did not receive any letters from the Fire Hydrant Companies on the mailing list who indicated they could not provide a response to the bid request. Responses were received as per attached. 

The bid was reviewed for conformance to specifications by the Public Works Department, Utilities Division’s Administration and the Purchasing Agent. HD Supply Waterworks which is a New Britain based company has submitted a bid that met all bid specifications and was within 10% of the lowest bid submitted by a company located within the state. Per City Ordinance Section 2-578 item 10, HD Supply Waterworks agreed to lower their bid to match the price submitted by the lowest bidder. HD Supply Waterworks has been supplying Fire Hydrants to the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. They were awarded the bid for Fire Hydrants last year. Therefore the Deputy Public Works Director is recommending that the bid be awarded again to HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT who met all of the bid specifications for the Fire Hydrants. The bid results were presented to the Water Commission at their April 08, 2014 meeting. At this meeting they approved the Deputy Public Works Director’s recommendations for the purchase of the Fire Hydrants from HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT.

RESOLVED:  That the Purchasing Agent is hereby authorized to issue a standing purchase order to HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT at the unit price of $1,945.35 per Fire Hydrant per the terms and specifications of Public Bid No. 3775.
             
Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent

**E.)  ITEM # PUBLIC BID NO. 3776.  PURPOSE:  PURCHASE OF DUCTILE IRON PIPES FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, UTILITIES DIVISION.

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Public Bid No. 3776 Ductile Iron Pipes for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division   

DATE: April 09, 2014
                          
Public Bid No. 3776 was solicited and received in accordance with the Purchasing Ordinances of the City of New Britain for Ductile Iron Pipes of various sizes for the Public Works Department/Utilities Division. Funding is available for this purchase within the Public Works Department/Utilities Division’s Account Number, 9303500204-5659, Water Maintenance Expense, Operating Material and Supplies.

Invitations to bid were solicited and the bid was duly advertised in the New Britain Herald newspaper, the City and State of Connecticut’s Department of Administration Services websites and mailed to eighteen (18) Pipe Companies.  The Purchasing Agent did not receive any letters from the Pipe Companies on the mailing list who indicated that they could not respond to the bid request. The responses were received as per the attached.

The bids were reviewed for conformance to specifications by the Public Works
Department/Utilities Division’s Administration and the Purchasing Agent. HD Supply Waterworks which is a New Britain based company has submitted a bid that met all the bid specifications and was the lowest bidder for all of the Ductile Iron Pipe. HD Supply Waterworks has been supplying Iron Pipe to the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. They were awarded the bid for Iron Pipe last year. Therefore the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department is recommending that the bid be awarded to HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT. The bid results were presented to the Water Commission at their April 08, 2014 meeting. At this meeting they approved the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department recommendation for the purchase of the Ductile Iron Pipes from HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT.

RESOLVED:  That the Purchasing Agent is hereby authorized to issue a standing purchase order to HD Supply Waterworks of New Britain, CT for the purchase of Ductile Iron Pipes as per the attached prices, specifications and terms of Public Bid No 3776.

Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent

**F.)  ITEM # PUBLIC BID NO. 3777.  PURPOSE:  PURCHASE OF WATER METERS FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, UTILITIES DIVISION.

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division
 
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Public Bid No. 3777, Water Meters for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. 

DATE:          April 09, 2014
             
Public Bid No. 3777 was solicited and received in accordance with the Purchasing Ordinances of the City of New Britain for various size Water Meters for the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. Funding is available for this purchase within the Public Works Department, Utilities Division’s account number 9303500204-5659, Water Maintenance Expense, Operating Material and Supplies.

Invitations to bid were solicited and the bid was duly advertised in the New Britain Herald Newspaper, the City and State of Connecticut’s Department of Administration Services websites and mailed to thirteen (13) Water Meter Companies. The Purchasing Agent did not receive any letters from the Water Meter Companies on the mailing list who indicated that they could not provide a response to the bid request. Only one (1) Bid response was received as per attached again this year.

The bid was reviewed for conformance to specifications by the Public Works Department, Utilities Division’s, Administration and the Purchasing Agent. Ti-Sales of Sudbury, MA has been supplying Water Meters to the Public Works Department, Utilities Division. They were awarded the bid for the Water Meters last year. The Water Meters that they have been supplying the Public Works Department, Utilities Division, has met all of the bid specifications. Therefore the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department is recommending that the bid be awarded again to Ti-Sales of Sudbury, MA. who met all of the bid specifications for the Water Meters. The bid results have also been presented to the Water Commission at their April 08, 2014 meeting. At this meeting they approved the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department’s recommendation and the purchase of the Water Meters from Ti-Sales of Sudbury, MA   

RESOLVED:  That the Purchasing Agent is authorized to issue a standing purchase order to Ti-Sales of Sudbury, MA for the purchase of various size Water Meters on and as need basis per the attached pricing, terms and specifications of Public Bid No. 3777.

Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent

**G.)  ITEM # PUBLIC BID NO. 3782.  PURPOSE:  PURCHASE OF JULY 4, 2014 FIREWORKS FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, PARKS AND RECREATION DIVISION.

REPORT OF: Finance Dept., Purchasing Division
 
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Public Bid No. 3782 July 4, 2014 Fireworks for the Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation Division 

DATE: April 09, 2014
                          
Public Bid No. 3782 was solicited and received in accordance with the Purchasing Ordinances of the City of New Britain for the July 4, 2014 Fireworks for the Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation Division. Funding will be available for the July 4, 2014 Fireworks within the July 4th Fireworks Fund 25417004-5807.

Invitations to bid were solicited and the bid was duly advertised in the New Britain Herald, the City and State of Connecticut’s Department of Administration Services websites and mailed to eleven (11) Fireworks Display Companies. The Purchasing Agent did not receive any letters from the Fireworks Display Companies on the mailing list who indicated that they could not respond to the bid request. The responses were received as per the attached.

The bids were reviewed for conformance to specifications by the Public Works Department, Parks & Recreation Division’s Administration and the Purchasing Agent. The bids were reviewed to determine the shell size, shell type, number of shells and a complete description of the finale included in the bid submittals. Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA bid proposal had more firework shells than the other bidder. Pyrotecnico was awarded the bid last year for the July 4, 2013 Fireworks Display. Their firework display, last year, was good and enjoyed by the public who watched it. Therefore the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department is recommending that the bid be awarded to Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA per the specifications of Bid 3782.

RESOLVED:  That the Purchasing Agent is hereby authorized to enter into a contract and issue a purchase order to Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA in the amount of
$25,000.00 for the July 4, 2014 Fireworks Display per the pricing, terms and specifications of Public Bid No. 3782.

Jack Pieper
Purchasing Agent

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

**H.)  32602 RESPONSE TO PETITION 32602.  PURPOSE:  HIGH STREET AND MYRTLE STREET, NEW CATCH BASINS INSTALLED.

REPORT OF: PUBLIC WORKS

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Response to Petition 32602, Road conditions in the area of High Street and Myrtle Street.

New catch basins were installed at the requested location and additional catch basins were installed as well. 

Kenneth Marzi
Superintendent of Water & Sewer


REPORTS RETURNED FROM COMMITTEE


COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE AND LAW

**I.)  ITEM # AMEND CODE OF ORDINANCES.  PURPOSE:  TO PROVIDE THAT ALL REVENUE, EXCLUDING REIMBURSED EXPENSES, GENERATED FROM LEASES WITH CELLULAR COMPANIES BE DEPOSITED IN A SPECIAL REVENUE ACCOUNT.

REPORT OF:   COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE AND LAW

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Amend Code of Ordinances to provide that all revenue, excluding reimbursed expenses, generated from leases with cellular companies be deposited into a special revenue account.

The Committee on Administration, Finance and Law, at a regular meeting and public hearing held on Wednesday evening, April 2, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, to which was referred the matter of resolution #32658 – Amend Code of Ordinances to provide that all revenue generated from leases with cellular companies be deposited into a special revenue account, voted to amend, accept as amended and refer back to the Common Council with a favorable recommendation.
                     
Alderman David DeFronzo
Chair

**J.)  ITEM # MINIMUM WAGE.  PURPOSE:  INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE TO CITY EMPLOYEES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OF THE CITY TO $10.10 BY FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016.

REPORT OF:   COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE AND LAW

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 

RE:  Increase minimum wage to employees and independent contractors of the City to $10.10 by fiscal year 2015-2016.

The Committee on Administration, Finance and Law, at a regular meeting held on Wednesday evening, April 2, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, to which was referred the matter of resolution #32655 – Increase minimum wage to employees and independent contractors of the City to $10.10 by fiscal year 2015-2016, voted to amend, accept as amended and refer back to the Common Council with a favorable recommendation.
                     
Alderman David DeFronzo
Chair

AUDIT COMMITTEE

**K.)  ITEM # INDEPENDENT AUDITOR.  PURPOSE:  APPOINTMENT OF BLUM SHAPIRO AS THE CITY’S INDEPENDENT AUDITOR FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2014.

REPORT OF:   Audit Committee

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #:  

RE:  Appointment of an Independent Auditor for Fiscal Year 2014

The Audit Committee, held a meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, voted to accept and to refer back to the Common Council with a favorable recommendation the following:

RESOLVED, that Blum Shapiro, the lowest bidder at $110,000, be recommended as the City’s Independent Auditor for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014.

Alderman Michael Trueworthy
Chairman, Audit Committee 


COMMITTEE ON LICENSES

**L.)  32670 POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL BAZAAR/CARNIVAL.  PURPOSE: LICENSE TO BE ISSUED FOR PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING A BAZAAR/CARNIVAL.

REPORT OF:   COMMITTEE ON LICENSES

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

ITEM #: 32670 

RE:  Pope John Paul II Catholic School Bazaar/Carnival

The Committee on Licenses, held a meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, voted to adopt and to refer back to the Common Council with a favorable recommendation the following:

RESOLVED;  by the Common Council of the City of New Britain, that the Mayor be hereby authorized to issue to the Pope John Paul II Catholic School said licenses as may be issued under Chapter 5, Section 5-15 through 5-22, of the Code of Ordinances for Thursday, June 19, 2014, Friday, June 20, 2014 and Saturday, June 21, 2014, for the purpose of conducting a Bazaar/Carnival on the Pope John Paul II Catholic School grounds, 221 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, Connecticut.
                     
Alderman Adam Platosz
Chair


RESOLUTIONS RETURNED FROM COMMITTEE


1.)  32658 AMEND CODE OF ORDINANCES.  PURPOSE:  TO PROVIDE THAT ALL REVENUE, EXCLUDING REIMBURSED EXPENSES, GENERATED FROM LEASES WITH CELLULAR COMPANIES BE DEPOSITED IN A SPECIAL REVENUE ACCOUNT.  S. BIELINSKI, A. PLATOSZ

Item # RE: 

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to report the following:

Resolution Summary:  INTENT AND PURPOSE: To provide that all revenue generated from leases with cellular companies be deposited in a Special Revenue Account.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN that Article VII, Division 4 of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of New Britain, be amended as follows (inserted text appears in underline; deleted text appears in strikethrough; new sections begin with the word [new])

[NEW] DIVISION  4. REVENUE

Sec. 2-523 Revenue for cellular tower leases.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Code of Ordinances to the contrary, all revenue, excluding reimbursed expenses, generated from leases or rental to cellular, common carriers or Federal Communications Commission licensees on property owned by the City of New Britain shall be deposited in a Special Revenue Account as designated by the Director of Finance.  No expenditure of any funds in this account shall be authorized except by majority vote of the Common Council.

Alderwoman Suzanne Bielinski
Alderman Adam Platosz

2.)  32655 MINIMUM WAGE.  PURPOSE:  INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE TO CITY EMPLOYEES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OF THE CITY TO $10.10 BY FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016. M. TRUEWORTHY

Item # RE: 

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

WHEREAS, Leaders across the Country and State of Connecticut, including the President of the United States and Governor Malloy have called for an increase to the minimum wage; AND

WHEREAS, The City of New Britain has a commitment to its residents to offer the opportunity to afford a livable wage; AND

WHEREAS, Other municipalities in the State of Connecticut have passed such measures; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED; By the end of the Fiscal Year 2015-2016, The City of New Britain shall pay all employees, independent contractors regardless of full time or part-time status, no less than $10.10 per hour; AND BE IT FURTHER.

RESOLVED; By the end of the Fiscal Year 2015-2016, The City of New Britain shall not enter into contracts with contractors whose employees, independent contractors, regardless of full time or part-time status, receive payments of less than $10.10 per hour.

Michael Trueworthy, Alderman


3.)  ITEM # INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL AUDITOR.  PURPOSE:  APPOINTMENT OF BLUM SHAPIRO AS OF JUNE 30, 2014. M. TRUEWORTHY

Item # RE: Appointment of Auditor as of June 30, 2014.

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

The Audit Committee of the Common Council held a special meeting on April 9, 2014, to discuss the appointment of an independent auditor for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. It is the recommendation of the committee that the City will be best served with the appointment of Blum Shapiro. At a first year fee of $110,000, the firm is the lowest bidder.     

Whereas: The Common Council is the appointing authority for the independent auditor; and,

Whereas: The City must notify the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management, of the appointment by June 1 annually; and,

Whereas: It is the recommendation of the Audit Committee of the Common Council that the City will be best served with the appointment of Blum Shapiro for the examination of City financial records for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the firm of Blum Shapiro, is appointed City of New Britain independent financial auditor, fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 and be it further

Resolved, that Mayor Erin E. Stewart is authorized to execute an agreement with Blum Shapiro on behalf of the City for the FY 2014 independent financial audit engagement.

Alderman Michael Trueworthy
Chairman, Audit Committee


4.)  32670 POPE JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC SCHOOL BAZAAR/CARNIVAL.  PURPOSE: LICENSE TO BE ISSUED FOR PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING A BAZAAR/CARNIVAL. D. DEFRONZO, D. NAPLES, R. SMEDLEY

Item # RE:  Pope John Paul II Catholic School Bazaar/Carnival

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

RESOLVED; by the Common Council of the City of New Britain that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to issue to the Pope John Paul II Catholic School, said licenses as may be issued under Chapter 5, Section 5-15 through 5-22, of the Code of Ordinances for the period of June 19-21, 2014, for the purpose of conducting a bazaar/carnival on the Pope John Paul II Catholic School grounds, 221 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, Connecticut.

Alderman David DeFronzo
Alderman Don Naples
Alderman Robert Smedley


NEW RESOLUTIONS


5.)  ITEM # ROBERT J. LOUGHERY WAY.  PURPOSE:  CHANGE THE NAME OF HERALD DRIVE TO ROBERT J. LOUGHERY WAY.  S BIELINSKI, W. PABON

Item # RE: To change the name of Herald Drive to Robert J. Loughery Way.

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

WHEREAS; the existing Robert J. Loughery Way is set to be abandoned by the city and absorbed into the area designated for CT Fasttrack for the bus way; and

WHEREAS; Robert J. Loughery was an active community member of the City of New Britain and an advocate for cancer patients and due to his involvement and giving nature in helping so many city residents with transportation to obtain needed treatment, a street across from 125 Columbus Boulevard was named Robert J. Loughery Way in his honor; and

WHEREAS; Robert J. Loughery was a native of New Britain, an employee of Stanley Works and brother of Lt. John “Jack” Loughery, a City police officer for 24 years; and

WHEREAS; the City of New Britain is committed to honoring previous members of the community, and shall consider renaming Herald Drive, which is located between Chestnut Street and Herald Square, to Robert J. Loughery Way; and

WHEREAS; this street will be designated for use by police cruisers to allow access to Chestnut Street from the garage and it is the request and the desire to maintain the honor of Robert J. Loughery in close proximity to the Police Station; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED, that contingent upon the abandonment of the current street of the same name, Mayor Erin E. Stewart and the Common Council of the City of New Britain approve the name change of Herald Drive to Robert J. Loughery Way.

Alderwoman Suzanne Bielinski
Alderman Wilfredo Pabon


6.)  ITEM # AMEND CODE OF ORDINANCES, SECTION 6-18, TO INCREASE THE FINE FOR ROAMING DOGS AND TO ADD SECTIONS 6.22, 6.23, 6.24, 6.25, 6.26 AND 6.27 TO REQUIRE PARVOVIRUS VACCINATIONS FOR ALL DOGS, TO REQUIRE BREEDING PERMITS, TO ALLOW FOR INSPECTION OF PREMISES WITH BREEDING PERMITS, TO REQUIRE LITTER PERMITS AND TO DEFINE VICIOUS AND DANGEROUS DOGS.  W. PABON, E. MAGNUSZEWSKI

Item # RE: 

To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

Resolution Summary:  INTENT AND PURPOSE.  To amend Section 6-18 to increase the fine for roaming dogs and to add Sections 6.22, 6.23, 6.24, 6.25, 6.26 and 6.27 to the Code of Ordinances to require parvovirus vaccinations for all dogs, to require breeding permits, to allow for inspection of premises with breeding permits, to require litter permits and to define vicious and dangerous dogs.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN that Chapter 6, Article I. of the Code of Ordinances, City of New Britain, be amended as follows (inserted text appears in underline; deleted text appears in strikethrough; new sections begin with the word [new]):

Sec. 6-18.  Running or roaming at large prohibited.

(a)  No person owning or keeping a dog, shall allow such dog to be in or upon any street, park or other public place, or in or upon any unenclosed lot or other private premises, unless such dog is attached to a secure leash held continuously in the hands of a responsible person capable of controlling it, or is securely leashed upon such unenclosed lot or premises in such manner that the rope or other attachment by which it is held or tethered does not permit it to be or go beyond the boundaries of such lot or premises or unless such dog is securely confined within a motor vehicle which is adequately ventilated. This section shall not apply to any dog while performing or being exhibited in a bench show or other exhibition or any dog park or use approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Common Council.

(b)  Any violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each occurrence.

(c)  Any owner or keeper of any unaltered or unvaccinated dog who intentionally or unintentionally allows their dog to roam shall be guilty of a city ordinance violation which shall be punishable by a fine of one hundred ninety-nine dollars ($199.00).

[NEW] Section 6.22.  PARVOVIRUS REQUIRED VACCINATION FOR ALL DOGS

Effective July 1, 2014, all dogs who are to be licensed within the City of New Britain per CGS 22-338 shall have their dogs vaccinated against the Parvovirus in addition to the state mandated Rabies vaccination per CGS 22-339b. The owner or keeper of such dog shall submit to the town clerk a vaccination record by a licensed veterinarian, or a copy thereof, stating that such dog has been vaccinated against parvovirus and rabies, the date of the vaccination, and the duration of the immunity provided by the vaccine. No license shall be issued unless the certificate indicates that the immunity provided by the vaccine is effective at the time of licensing. Failure to have the required vaccination for parvovirus will be a city ordinance violation -$99 fine.

[NEW]  Section 6.23.  BREEDERS PERMIT REQUIRED

(a)  Effective July 1, 2014, anyone wanting to breed their dog(s) within the City of New Britain must obtain a Breeding Permit prior to breeding their dogs. No person, as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, shall breed any dog, cat or other animal at any place within the City, without a breeders permit.  "Breeding" shall be deemed to have occurred upon the production of offspring, whether such offspring result from sexual activity or artificial insemination, and whether such sexual activity was intentional or the result of improper confinement.

(b)  Each completed application for a breeder’s permit must be submitted to the Animal Control Division of the City of New Britain.

(c)  Each application for a breeding permit shall be accompanied by a fee set forth in the City's schedule of fees and charges and no breeding permit shall be issued until the application fee is paid.

(d)  Each breeding permit is issued to the person, not the dog, and therefore a breeding permit cannot be sold, purchased, traded, or otherwise conveyed from the person to whom the breeding permit was initially granted.

(e)  No breeding permit shall be granted to a person until the following conditions are met:

1. The applicant has submitted the appropriate forms and fees required by the supervisor of animal control for a breeding permit.

2. The applicant has an indoor space and outdoor space in which to breed the dogs and raise the offspring that will contain the dogs as well as provide them with safe, sanitary, and humane conditions, appropriate for breeding a specific breed, and which satisfies all applicable provisions of the Code of Ordinances and all applicable state animal welfare laws.

3. The department has evaluated the physical and behavioral characteristics regarding the suitability of the particular dogs to be bred.

4. The dog identified in the breeder’s permit that will be used for breeding must be micro chipped.

(f) The department may deny any application for a breeding permit if it finds that one or more of the following has occurred:

1. The applicant has failed to appropriately license the pet to be bred.

2. The applicant has failed to pay the appropriate application fee.

3. The applicant has a history of allowing dogs to run loose or escape, or has otherwise been found to be neglectful; has had his/her dog identified as a nuisance; or has previously been determined to have violated the provisions of this chapter.

4. The applicant has applied for a breeding permit within the last ten months.

[NEW] Section 6.24.  INSPECTION OF PREMISES TO BE USED FOR BREEDING PURPOSES.

(a)  The Animal Control officer or his designee may inspect the premises to be used for breeding purposes and conduct the evaluation set forth in the above section. The Animal Control officer or his designee shall give the applicant 24-hour notice of the inspection and shall conduct such inspection at a reasonable time when the applicant or his/her representative is present.

(b)  If the applicant refuses to allow the Animal Control officer or his designee to conduct such inspection, or cannot be contacted by the Animal Control officer or his designee to give notice of the inspection within two weeks of its initial attempt, the application shall be denied.

1.  Up to one year after issuing the breeding permit, the Animal Control officer or his designee shall have the option, on one or more occasions, to inspect the premises being used for breeding purpose to ensure that the conditions required to receive a permit are continuing to be met. The Animal Control officer or his designee shall give the permit holder 24-hour notice of the inspection and shall conduct such inspection at a reasonable time when the permit holder or his/her representative is present.

2.  If the permit holder refuses to allow the Animal Control officer or his designee to conduct such inspection, or cannot be contacted by the Animal Control officer or his designee to give notice of the inspection within two weeks of its initial attempt, the Animal Control officer or his designee will determine that the permit holder is conducting breeding activities in violation of this chapter, and the breeding permit shall be revoked.

[NEW]  Section 6.25.  LITTER PERMITS.

(a) Breeding permit holders must apply for and obtain a litter permit for every litter produced by the breeding permit dogs. Breeding permit holders should apply to the Animal Control Division for a litter permit before the dogs are bred. A litter permit application should be accompanied by a litter permit fee, the amount set forth in the city schedule of fees and charges. A litter permit should be applied for and granted for every litter to be produced by any animal owned, held, or maintained by the permit holder.

(b)  In the event that a permit holder or an individual breeder fails to apply for a permit before the female dog enters its gestation period, the department may issue the litter permit without penalty if it determines that the failure to acquire a permit was not in bad faith.

(c)  No more than two litter permits will be issued to breeding permit holders within a years’ time unless the permit holder also holds a kennel license under CGS 22-342.

(d) All puppies from each litter shall be micro chipped.

[NEW]  Section 6.26.  ENFORCEMENT OF BREEDING AND LITTER PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

(a)  Any person found breeding dogs without the required breeding and/or litter permits shall be in violation of this ordinance and shall be subject to the following penalties:

1. Each dog involved in illegal breeding activities shall be impounded and held at the New Britain Animal Control facility or another suitable boarding facility until any applicable licenses are issued or the applicable fines have been paid. The owner/keeper of the involved dog shall be responsible for all boarding fees while the dog is impounded at the New Britain Animal Control.

2. A fine of $20.00 shall be imposed for each puppy that the illegal breeding has produced.

3. The fines imposed under this ordinance are in addition to any other fines that may be levied against the person under other ordinances pertaining to the illegal breeding of dogs.

(b)  No dogs will be  returned to any premises which are in violation of the zoning ordinances.

[NEW]  Section 6.27.  VICIOUS OR DANGEROUS DOGS

(a)  Dangerous and vicious dogs are defined as dogs that have attacked, bitten, or injured human beings without provocation, or dogs that present an unacceptably high risk of serious injury, even before causing harm.  Snarling, showing of teeth, and lunging without provocation can be considered signs of unacceptable high risk behaviour.   Any dog that has bitten or attacked a human being or has behaved so as to impose a threat of imminent bodily harm by high risk behaviour towards a human being who is conducting him/herself peacefully and lawfully shall be prima facie presumed vicious or dangerous.  No dog shall be declared vicious if any injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time the injury was sustained, was found to be committing a wilful trespass or other tort upon premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the dog or was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime. No dog shall be declared vicious if the dog was protecting or defending a human being within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack. 
(b)  The animal control officer or his designee may declare a dog as vicious or dangerous as set forth in the above definition with supporting evidence from witnesses, police, or other municipal or government employees, repeated police reports of vicious or dangerous acts or behaviour, or one on one observation of the dog in question. Once a dog has been declared as vicious, the animal control officer shall place one or more of the following restrictions on the dog and its owner.

1. The dog will have to be registered with the town clerk as a vicious or dangerous dog.

2. The dog must be micro chipped and the microchip must be registered.

3. Beware of dog signs shall be posted up on the residence where the dog resides. Signs shall be posted in a manner as to be highly visible to the public from a street side view at all angles.

4. The dog must be muzzled at all times when not inside the residence.

5. The dog will not be left outside unattended, whether tethered or in a fenced in backyard.

6. The dog will be confined in a manner where it will not have access to children.
   
Alderman Wilfredo Pabon
Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski

 

7.)  ITEM # AMEND SECTION 2-21 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES.  PURPOSE:  TO REDUCE THE REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL TO ONE PER MONTH FOR EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.  L. SALVIO

Item #
 RE: 
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

Resolution Summary:  INTENT AND PURPOSE:  To reduce the regular meetings of the Common Council to one per month for every month of the year.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN that SECTION 2-21 of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of New Britain, be amended as follows: (inserted text appears in underline; deleted text appears in strikethrough; new sections begin with the word [new].

ARTICLE II.  COMMON COUNCIL

DIVISION 1.  GENERALLY

Sec. 2-21.  Common Council meetings.

(a)     Regular meetings of the Common Council for the transaction of all legal business shall be held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, except in the months of July, August, November and December there shall be only one meeting held on the second Wednesday of the month. All stated regular meetings of the common council shall commence at 7:30 p.m.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a). , I in odd numbered years, the regular meeting of the Common Council for the month of November shall be held on the first Wednesday following the date on which newly elected officials take office. At such meeting, before any other business is considered, the common council shall elect a president pro tempore (who shall be sworn-in accordingly), announce the persons selected by each political caucus to be such caucus' leaders, appoint a clerk of committees (who shall be sworn-in accordingly), adopt the standing rules of the Common Council, appoint Common Council committees, and appoint Common Council liaisons.

Alderman Louis Salvio

 

8.)  ITEM # AMEND SECTION 7-1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES.  PURPOSE:  TO REQUIRE A $25.00 FEE FOR ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL IN A SITUATION WHERE A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS NOT REQUIRED.  W. PABON

Item #
 RE: 
To Her Honor, the Mayor, and the Common Council of the City of New Britain:  the undersigned beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following:

Resolution Summary:  INTENT AND PURPOSE:  To require a $25.00 fee for issuance of a Certificate of Approval in a situation where a Certificate of Occupancy is not required.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN that SECTION 7-1 of Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinances, City of New Britain, be amended as follows: (inserted text appears in underline; deleted text appears in strikethrough; new sections begin with the word [new].

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Sec. 7-1.  Building permit fees and other regulations--Generally.

(a) No permit to begin work for new construction alteration, removal, demolition or other building operation shall be issued until the fees prescribed in this chapter shall have been paid to the building official (or other authorized municipal agency), nor shall an amendment to a permit necessitating an additional fee because of an increase in the estimated cost of the work involved be approved until the additional fee shall have been paid.

(b) The fees for building permits shall be thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for construction, alteration, removal, repair, demolition or other building operations per first one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value or portion thereof, twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for second one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value or portion thereof and fifteen dollars ($15.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or fraction thereof cost in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). These fees are to be charged for building permits for new construction or repairs or alterations for all classes of work related to building construction.

(c) The fee for a certificate of occupancy to be issued pursuant to this Code shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for construction, alteration, removal, repair, demolition or other building operations per each thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of value or portion thereof up to two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) and one dollar ($1.00) for every one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or portion thereof in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00).

(d) The fees for final re-inspection for construction over five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) for each trade inspector called for re-inspection. This fee shall apply each time an inspector is called for a final re-inspection.

(e)  The fee for a Certificate of Approval to be issued pursuant to this Code shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for substantial compliance with the requirements of this Code, State of Connecticut Building Code, and the International Building Code for all completed work that requires a building permit but does not require a Certificate of Occupancy.

Alderman Wilfredo Pabon


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 THRU MARCH 26, 2014
32554  RESOLUTION RE:  APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF NEW BRITAIN AND LOCAL 1186.

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