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Hamden Legislative Council Allocates Funds for Woodin Street Fence Study

After listening to the outrage of residents over plans to take down the Woodin Street fence, the Legislative Council Monday night approved spending up to $15,000 to hire a consultant to research the history of the controversial fence.

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Hamden resident Scott Bishop speaks at Monday’s Legislative Council meeting.

The money will be used to hire a consultant who will research and document the history of the fence. Much of the background on the fence is in question and the council wants to establish the facts in order to provide answers to the many questions residents posed at the meeting.

For about a half hour the council heard from residents who implored the council to do something to stop the city of New Haven from taking down the fence that separates a Hamden neighborhood from three mixed-use New Haven developments that formerly were low income housing. Those who spoke were only a handful of the approximately 125 people who showed up for the meeting.

Several who spoke were members of a committee Mayor Scott Jackson established two years ago when the city of New Haven was again ready to move forward with the removal of the fence. … Continue Reading

Republican Ann Balogh Appointed to Hamden Ethics Board

May 5, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Republican Ann Balogh Appointed to Hamden Ethics Board

anne-baloghAnn Balogh of Still Hill Road, a member of the Hamden Republican Town Committee, has been appointed to serve on Hamden’s Board of Ethics.

“Ann is very qualified for this position and I am happy to see that she was appointed by the Mayor and unanimously approved by the Town Council,” said RTC Chairman Matt Corcoran. “Ann’s record of public service is exemplary and she will serve the town very well.”

Hamden’s Board of Ethics is charged with adopting standards of ethics for town employees, receiving and investigating complaints of ethical violations, and rendering advisory opinions to the mayor. … Continue Reading

Applications Being Accepted for Hamden Elderly and Disabled Homeowner’s Tax Relief

May 5, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Applications Being Accepted for Hamden Elderly and Disabled Homeowner’s Tax Relief

governmentcenterThe Hamden Assessor’s Office is currently taking applications for credits on real estate tax bills for qualified elderly and/or disabled residents through May 15, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Applications for income regulated veteran’s exemptions will also be taken through September 30.
Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Program.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicant must be 65 years of age or over as of December 31, 2013 or be totally disabled.
  • Applicant must own and reside in the home.
  • Applicant must have income of $41,600 or less for a married couple or $34,100 or less for a single person.
  • Proof of 2013 income must be provided.
  • Current Federal Income Tax Return if filed or bank statements showing interest earned, pension statements, dividend statements, and Statement of Earnings from the Social Security Administration (SSA 1099 or SSA 2458).

… Continue Reading

The Mayor’s Letter to Residents Re: Woodin Street Fence

jackson12Last Thursday, Mayor Scott Jackson sent the following letter to the residents of the Woodin Street neighborhood concerning the Housing Authority of New Haven’s plans to take down the fence tomorrow:

 

Dear Neighbor:

The history of the Woodin Street fence is long, complicated and emotional. Half a century ago, the city of New Haven chose an abandoned pig farm as a geographically secluded area to built low-income housing. What was a secluded area for New Haven was simultaneously Hamden’s backyard. Crime, poverty, drug abuse, segregation and sub-standard education led to one of the poorest and most dangerous in our region in which to live, or live near. … Continue Reading

Woodin Street Fence to be Taken Down Tuesday

May 4, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Woodin Street Fence to be Taken Down Tuesday

1del1Almost two years ago then-New Haven Mayor John DeStefano stood before a packed crowd at the Keefe Community Center and vowed that the city would not pursue the removal of the Woodin Street fence.

Fast forward 21 months: New Haven has a new mayor, and on Tuesday the controversial fence is slated to be taken down.

What has happened since that summer night when DeStefano promised the angry audience that the fence would remain isn’t exactly clear. There was a new survey done of the area, paid for by the city of New Haven, that now shows that city owns the property upon which the fence sits, sources said. … Continue Reading

This Week’s Meetings in Hamden

May 4, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on This Week’s Meetings in Hamden

memtownhallMonday, May 5:

The Civil Service Commission meets at 9 a.m. at the Hamden Government Center in the Conference Room of the Town Attorney.

The Legislative Council’s Public Works and Parks Committee will hold a special meeting at 6:40 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Memorial Town Hall. The full council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.

Tuesday, May 6:

The Hamden Veteran’s Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Activity Room at the Miller Library Complex. … Continue Reading

This Week in Hamden

April 28, 2014 Featured Events, Local Government Comments Off on This Week in Hamden

memtownhallMonday, April 28:

The Hamden Partnership for Young Children hosts a Community Conversation: Hamden’s Young Children in Need of Special Supports from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Graustein Memorial Fund Community Room, One Hamden Center, 2319 Whitney Ave Suite 2B. The purpose of the discussion is to expand the community’s understanding of children from birth to age five who are in need of special support. The discussion will include children with identified special needs as well as those who are at risk for developmental delays.

The Legislative Council’s committees will meet at 7 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall. … Continue Reading

Spring Leaf and Brush Pickup to Begin Soon

April 24, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Spring Leaf and Brush Pickup to Begin Soon

 

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Credit: Hamden Land Conservation Trust (http://www.hlct.org/)

Get those rakes ready.

The town’s spring leaf and brush collection begins soon, according to Public Works Director Craig Cesare, and there’s only a week and a half to get them curbside.

Leaf and brush collection will begin Monday, May 5. All bagged leaves and bundled brush must be out by May 5 to guarantee pick-up. As with all spring leaf pickups, only one sweep will be made through the town. Bags put out after trucks have passed will not be picked up. … Continue Reading

This Week in Hamden: CERT Graduation, Budget Deliberations

April 21, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on This Week in Hamden: CERT Graduation, Budget Deliberations

CERTMonday, April 21

The Civil Service Commission will meet at 9 a.m. at Hamden Government Center in the Conference Room of the Town Attorney.

The Town Center Park Commission meets at 10 a.m. at Hamden Government Center in the main floor conference room.

The Clean & Green Commission meets in the third floor conference room at Hamden Government Center.

The Energy Use and Climate Change Commission meets at 7 p.m. at Hamden Government Center in the main floor conference room. … Continue Reading

Hamden to Get State Grant for Affordable Housing

April 16, 2014 Local Government, Uncategorized Comments Off on Hamden to Get State Grant for Affordable Housing

townsealNew Haven Home Recovery, which is developing affordable housing in Hamden, will receive $7.6 million in state  Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative Conditional Grant funding.

The grants were approved by the Interagency Committee on Supportive Housing (ICSH) under the state’s Permanent Supportive Housing Initiative (PSHI).

 

The new building project called Stanford Commons will have a total of 33 apartments, with 10 apartments set aside for chronically homeless individuals, including Veterans ineligible for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, and six units for young adults aging out of foster care.  … Continue Reading

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