Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8:00am
Co-Presidents Welcome / Urgent Business
Surprised that we are here based on the weather forecast!
Happy New Year to all
Welcome to CHRIS, the new Executive Director of the Chamber at his first meeting with us!
Congrats to Joe & Sisters down the street for getting their project pushed through!
Sub committees have been relatively quiet since December
Committees will begin to plan out the year and events & activities
If you would like to get involved, let Tracy / John know so they can point you in the right direction
Beautification Club: Steve Dewey
Hoping to start planter campaign in March
Donors from last year as well as new donors
Looking to match 14 planters & exceed
Working with K Enterprise for more decorations that tie in through the street
Looking to find discounted banners /etc at the end of the holiday season looking forward to next year
Trash is still an issue: how are the garbage receptacles doing
Hoping to create more awareness
Don’t feel like you have to do the whole neighborhood, just what’s on your own property
Spring clean up walk in April
Road work, hopefully winding down
Signage when you got off the exit: now that the new off ramp is open, there is a sign that says “Park Road District”; want to change name to “Park Road [neighborhood]” or something else
Maybe Park Road Arts District instead of just another district
Kristen will do research and talk about it in the next Beautification Club meeting
No meeting in February because Steve and Deanna are going to Costa Rica (lucky ducks!) so they will resume in March
Hot spot unit started last Tuesday; already working on first “shots fired” incident on New Britain Avenue—Community Services Unit
Not just for Park Road but any part of town that have a bunch of problems
Late December: reminder on car burglaries have been tamped down a bit due to the weather
Arrested 2 15 year olds and a 14 year old, Hartford residents
Lock your cars, lock your doors #9pmRoutine
LIKE the WHPD on Facebook
If you see something, say something!!! They can’t do anything unless they know about it
Health has been nice and slow in terms of property maintenance
There is someone trying to get into the Chengdu space
Economic Development: Kristen Gorsky
Chengdu: They just applied for permits this week
Mr Chow’s Asian Fusion (owner of Ichiro, co-owner of Icy Rolls)
Great that the space was filled quickly!
135 S. Main: 2 businesses working on getting open
PT Sports Medicine Centers
Build out and final inspections are near completion
175 Park Road: The Village is open! They opened last week; grand opening was last night!
Sadly, Zest280 has closed; they have relocated over to the Pond House
BUT! Pachanga Empanada has quickly moved into the space
Kim is still committed to Park Road!
Former Green Man Tattoo space on the corner
Stay on Park will be moving into that space
Thrift, consignment, a little bit of everything
Plan of Conservation and Development: 10 year plan will be filed with the state
4 events coming up: you’re all invited! 2 hour workshops
January 30th – Environment & Sustainability: Room 400, Town Hall, 6-8 pm
January 31st – Economic Development: Room 400, Town Hall, 6-8 pm
February 6th – Housing, Facilities & Cultural Resources: Room 217, Town Hall, 6-8pm
February 7th --Transportation & Infrastructure: Room 400, Town Hall 6-8 pm
Question: how do we solve the parking problem?
Establishing a resident parking problem?
What to do during a parking ban?
It is also engineering, public works, etc.
Is there a way of identifying areas that do have parking and seeing if they can make arrangements with the town?
The easiest way is public lots in close proximity
Sewer pipe backed up on Ringgold Street
They are repairing on Fairlawn, maybe they’re almost done
Water is getting into the sanitary line through cracks in the pipes
Old houses sump pumps are connected to the sanitary lines
The MDC is very interested in disconnecting sump pumps but they now have to review where the water is going to be discharged
Sisters of St. Joseph
Lexington got approvals last week with the inlands and wetlands committee and town council: big hurdles that they got over!
Still a few approvals that Lexington is waiting on, once that happens, transfer of ownership will take place
Hoping to start construction by May, maybe late April, just tying up some loose ends
Building 5 is basically complete, a closing happened Christmas Eve and another closing scheduled for next Friday
Very good interest in other units; they will be setting up a model unit with an open house
Thank you to Mark & his team in regards to the MDC issue
The next three units will continue through the winter
Next meting: February 1 is the culmination of last year’s PD transitions
Citgo station was interested putting up metal shutters: horrible for a business district, fortunately he did not put them up
Chief, Mayor, Town Manager will all be at this meeting
How do we get people to feel safe & that their backs are covered
This will be the start of a good conversation
In regard to POCD (Plan of Conservation and Development):
Wanted to put up a speed limit sign on New Britain Avenue, but it is a state road and that would take four months! Make the state roads feel more like West Hartford
The town should be seamless, we don’t want a wealthy vs. poor part of town
We don’t get anything done in this town without being a (nice and polite) squeaky wheel
WH Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to Chris, new Exec. Director of WHCOC
Lexington project: Chamber
Submitted a letter of support to the project
Chris loves the WHPD social media presence & loves to post on social media!
Jan 30: FLOW has a social event at Flemings 5:30-8pm
Jan 31: State of the Town Luncheon at Delamar 11:30am-1pm
Feb 5: Technology Committee will be hosting 1 hour seminar on commuter security awareness training 8-9am at Microsoft store in the mall
Feb 7: Business After Hours at Tempurpedic in Blueback
Feb 20: Joint business after hours with Simsbury Chamber at the North House 5:30-7:30pm
Feb 21: FLOW is doing a financial freedom workshop
Jan 7-Jan 20: Restaurant Week continues!
Was very successful in the summer, has come back for the winter
Enhance businesses but also enhances the community
Pre Fixe menus with percent of profits goes to Foodshare
Foodshare was giving food to TSA workers at Bradley
WHCOC is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
Trying to show what the Chamber does for the community
Murder for Two at Playhouse on Park runs through February 3
Thanks to the community from Jennifer from the Village
They have been doing quite well!
They appreciate their welcome into the West Hartford Commnity
Steve was in his building alone with no car since he walked, a man walked into his building and when he approached the man he just left
Keep your eyes open!
A black women in her mid 50’s with a full length northface coat and bright lipstick has stolen from Effie’s, if you see her, call the police
NEXT MEETING: FEBRUARY 15, 8AM-9AM
Tracy Flater 860-558-8038 and John Paindiris 860-836-9366