West Hartford Residents Offer Budget Advice

The Town Council and the Board of Education hosted a number of public sessions to seek comments on the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Town officials got exactly what they asked for: a lot of suggestions. But can they put any of those suggestions to use?

The Town Council is scheduled to vote on the budget at their April 27th meeting. More information, including an opportunity to offer your feedback, can be found in the links below.

Links:
West Hartford Budget Information
West Hartford Community Television’s Public Hearing Coverage

Latest Updates from the West Hartford Town Council

The West Hartford Town Council just sent us the latest edition of the Town Council Briefs:

Voice your opinion: A public meeting on the Town of West Hartford’s 2010-2011 annual budget will be held on Wednesday, February 24, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, 50 South Main Street. The mayor, chair of the board of education, the Superintendent of Schools and Town Manager will take suggestions from residents.

MDC Radio Frequency Program Update: As part of the second phase of the ongoing MDC Radio Frequency (RF) Program, approximately 17,400 customers in West Hartford will be contacted by the MDC and its contractor, Utility Partners of America (UPA), to schedule an appointment to install an RF device. Through February 9, 2010, the MDC has completed 3,610 installations in West Hartford, resulting in an overall completion rate of 20.7%.
The program began with installations located in the southeast corner of West Hartford and has since moved north to Albany Avenue along the West Hartford/Hartford town line. The project will continue to move south along the Main Street corridor. Residents will be receiving a letter by mail instructing them on how to schedule an appointment once the project has moved into their area.

Clean energy proposals sought; Grants to be awarded: The West Hartford Clean Energy Task Force (WH CETF), in partnership with the CT Clean Energy Fund, is currently soliciting proposals for projects that promote the use of clean renewable energy in our community. West Hartford community leaders, organizations, schools and individuals are invited to submit applications. The deadline is March 5.

Over the coming year, the WH CETF will be making individual micro-grants, ranging in size from $250 to $2,000, to support community-based projects. It is the intent of the WH CETF to support local projects that raise awareness of the availability and benefits of clean energy and encourage enrollments in the CTCleanEnergyOptionsSM program in West Hartford.

RACE MATTERS ’10 Film & Discussion Series begins: Marsha McCurdy, a Cornell Certified Diversity professional, will lead a discussion on “Racism and the Possibility of a Post-Racial Society” on Feb. 24 at the Faxon Library, 1073 New Britain Ave. Discussions will follow a short video interview featuring Andra Gillespie, assistant professor of political science at Emory University, who examines the progress in race relations under the Obama presidency, and how Hispanic groups have contributed to the position of black leadership today. Race Matters is sponsored by the Faxon Library and West Hartford Initiative on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (WHIRED).

Kiwanis Club gives Capt. John Brice a Star: Captain John Brice was given the Stars for Kids Award at the Kiwanis Club’s award night on Jan. 29 for his dedication and service to helping children in the community. Captain Brice, a member of the West Hartford Fire Department since 1993, has sought out ways to help kids over the years.

John’s expertise led him to coordinate a fire apparatus and equipment exhibit at the Children’s Museum, participation in the Relay for Life and to promote burn awareness. He is also recognized for supporting the local food bank, helping with the Town’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party, assisting in the coordination of the annual Bridge Family Center 5K Run, and supporting The Bridge’s charity events. Congratulations Capt. Brice for your dedicated service.

Links:
West Hartford Town Council

Newly Elected West Hartford Town Council Gets to Work

The newly elected West Hartford Town Council began their work on Monday, November 23rd. Democrats and Republicans pledged to work together in what will be a very difficult budget year.

Links:
West Hartford Town Council Information Page