Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00am-9:00am
Co-Presidents – Welcome / Urgent Business John Paindiris
· We are sending our condolences to Tracy & her family as they have services for her mother this morning
· Quiet on Park Road lately!
BEAUTIFICATION CLUB: on vacation, next meeting in March!
PARADE: Tony is looking to schedule a meeting in the next couple of weeks, keep an eye out for that!
POLICE: Chief Riddick, Mike & Kevin
· Pleased to announce that for 2018: Part 1 crime is 14.5% (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, & theft)
· CSU: Community Support Unit is active!
o Lead to a significant drug seizure (fentanol, cocaine, one other drug? As well as weapons)
o The community is very happy to see this come back
· Person breaking into motor vehicle a few nights ago: unlocked vehicle!
· Motor vehicle stop based on smell of weed: lead to arrest for possession of additional drugs & handgun
· Intoxicated 18 & 19 year old broke into a business, they were caught up with
· With the new Chief and the resurgence of the CSU, the division has been reorganized, there are variations and new ways to use personnel / gives more resources and more latitude (further assistance) to deal with what is going on in town
o CSU reports to Lieutenant Mike
o CSU does not only focus on the Park Road area like the CIT did, they are all over town
· Shooting on New Britain Avenue in January: worked through, identified shooting suspect, seeking search warrant for vehicle seized: all but wrapped up; working with Hartford PD
· Bike cops will be back in May / June
· We are down 7 officers, with 23 set to retire in a year and a half or so
o They are targeting certified officers who would want to come over to West Hartford for a better working environment, higher pay, etc.
o Also targeting to hire those who don’t necessarily have college experience but solid life experience
PUBLIC WORKS: John Phillips
· Winter maintenance program is in full swing
· Pothole season is early! They will be more progressive, struggling to keep up due to water getting underneath it and freeze overnight and it pops out
o If you see one, send in a picture with the 3-1-1 system online!
· An incinerator built in the 50s will be taken down
o The facility will be modernized and more efficient
· How are the new trash cans working out?
o They let the town know when they’re full so staff can be distributed to empty them
o Working well as far as they know! Still some contamination, but that is bound to happen and entire truck contamination can be prevented
· Sweeper will suck up instead of just mechanically sweep and that will be much more effective this year
o Is there a chance at revisiting the sidewalk sweepers?: It would take funding & time that public works doesn’t have
· All of our potholes are filled with 100% recycled asphalt
COMMUNITY SERVICES: Mark McGovern
· POCD update:
· Talked about retail districts at the meeting they had
o Focused on PARKING! It was a good session
o Mollie (note taker) asked question on parking so I wasn’t taking notes, I was listening
· Home stretch for POCD: one last session on the 25th
o Looking to have it wrapped up by the end of April
o Adopted by Zoning Commission, and sent to Town Council who would accept it
· Lights: there is funding in the capital portion of engineering budget for replacement & installation for new, decorative lighting on Park Road FY 2021 (there needs to be time to design the project)
o March meeting will have an update
o Town Council will hold 2 public hearings that we can attend if we want to make our opinions known
· Still dealing with sewage on Ringgold Street
o Work is continuing!
· Oakwood Avenue: 2019 MDC is going to replace both the water line and the sewer line: Park all the way to Flatbush (an $11 million project!)
TOWN COUNCIL: Chris Williams
· About to start budget season
o A lot of uncertainty as to what is going to happen in the state
o $288 million budget; 41.04 mil rate
o If we move forward over $300 million and mil rate of 43
· Application for old Toys R Us spot: proposal to turn that into the gym; concern about windows on residential side of the building
From the crowd: All the cars on Robin Road that were parked overnight were ticketed
CHAMBER: Chris Conway
· Mayor’s State of the Town Address: wonderful event, went very well!
· Chief was Mayor for the Day in Waterbury! Congratulations!
· Economic Development Luncheon: April 25th at Wampanoag Country Club
o Register on Chamber’s website or call and they will register you; limited space! Register early
· One of Chris’ commitments is to stay engaged: there are now 3 members of Chris’ immediate team so if he is not here one of his trio will be!
· Co-Hosting a business after hours with Simsbury Chamber at the North House in Avon this coming Wednesday
o More engaging with other Chambers
· FLOW (Young Professionals): Financial Freedom Workshop February 21st
· Ribbon Cutting at Ignite Fitness
· Pachanga (former Zest 280 space) is a new Chamber member
· Wagging Tails is open, grand opening is coming up
· Hosted a cyber security seminar with Microsoft (business to business networking vs the usual business to customer networking)
o Another one coming up: Business to Business Roundtable luncheon (subject: Paid, Earned, and Owned Media)
· Restaurant Week: January 7-20 was successful! In the 1 week version, $11,000 was donated to foodshare so they are anticipating that this most recent one will be significantly more which is great
· 2 residents! Another open house scheduled for this Sunday 2/17 from 1-3pm
· “We’re back!” Service work is starting a week from Monday!
· Most services just need to be changed over instead of fully replaced
o Mondays are a good day for businesses closed on Mondays
· Communication is key: if you have any questions, let them know!
· Timeframe: through the summer
· For some businesses it may be a two-day job, but most are just one day and one building per day
· They will be able to use compressed natural gas trailers to keep businesses up and running while the changeover happens
o Some businesses will have overnight work done to have as little interruption as possible to the businesses
Solar for All Presentation: Jonathan (Posigen) & Madeline (CT Green Bank)
· With Posigen Solar: helping residents go solar with no money down, no income or credit requirements
· Misconception: you don’t have to have tens of thousands of dollars to go solar
o Help people go solar regardless of income or credit standing
o NET Metering: you get to keep solar energy that you generate; like rollover minutes from cell phones
§ Legislators are getting rid of NET Metering in state of CT starting in the fall
§ If you have NET metering before it goes away, you are grandfathered in
· Partnership with Green Bank; only solar company in the state that will work with you no matter your income or credit
o They have to prove that they are going to be saving money
· GREEN BANK
· Connecticut has some of the highest electricity costs in the country
· Posigen’s business model is about pairing efficiency with fixed solar costs
o Helps gain control over energy costs
· Community based approach: Posigen gives $200 to nonprofits and community groups if new customers say they were referred by that nonprofit or community group
· The CT Green Bank brought PosiGen to CT from Louisiana based on all the great work they were doing in New Orleans after Katrina
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