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Hamden Legislative Council Approves Money for Fence Survey, Report

June 3, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Hamden Legislative Council Approves Money for Fence Survey, Report

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Mayor Toni Harp cuts the ceremonial ribbon last month as a backhoe prepares to begin tearing down the Woodin Street fence.

The fence is down, but the feeling are as strong as ever.

Residents living in the Woodin Street area say their questions about why the fence that separated New Haven from Hamden was abruptly torn down last month are going unanswered. So on Monday, the Legislative Council approved spending $25,000 on a new survey of the property and the commissioning of a report that it hopes will answer those questions.

About two dozen residents were at that meeting Monday night at Memorial Town Hall, though only a handful were able to speak during the public portion of the council’s monthly meeting. Those who spoke said they feel that it wasn’t only the fence that was bulldozed by the city of New Haven — so too were their questions and concerns. … Continue Reading

Hamden Meetings: June 2 to June 5

June 1, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Hamden Meetings: June 2 to June 5

1del1Monday, June 2:

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

The Legislative Council holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Memorial Town Hall.

Tuesday, June 3:

The Veterans Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Miller Complex Senior Activity Room. … Continue Reading

Malloy Issues Hurricane Preparedness Recommendations

June 1, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Malloy Issues Hurricane Preparedness Recommendations

1del1With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning June 1, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today is reminding Connecticut residents to be prepared.  The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the principal threat period for Connecticut occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

“Every home should have a basic emergency plan that can be used for any emergency,” said Governor Malloy.  “I urge residents to know what potential risks your community and neighborhood may face, such as storm surge, flooding, road or bridge closures.” … Continue Reading

Hamden Meetings: May 27 – May 29

May 26, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Hamden Meetings: May 27 – May 29

memtownhallTuesday, May 27:

The Legislative Council’s committees meet at 7 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m in Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. … Continue Reading

Hamden Council Approves Budget with Slight Tax Increase

townhallmemorialThe Legislative Council Monday approved its 2014-15 budget which came in as promised — with less than a mill increase, though barely.

The $206.8 million budget is funded with $159.5 million from taxpayers and the rest from other sources. It carries with it a 39.93 mill rate, up from the current 38.94 rate.

For the resident with an average real estate assessment of $200,000, taxes will rise $208, from $7,788 to $7,996. … Continue Reading

With the Woodin Street Fence Coming Down, a Neighborhood ‘Changes Forever’

May 13, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on With the Woodin Street Fence Coming Down, a Neighborhood ‘Changes Forever’

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Hamden residents, including Councilman Michael Colaiacova, center, watch as construction equipment begins to take down the Woodin Street fence Monday.

When the Woodin Street fence began to be torn down Monday, it changed the fabric of the neighborhood, according to the man who represents the area on the Legislative Council.

“Our neighborhood changed forever this morning,” said Councilman Michael Colaiacova, who has actively campaigned for years for the fence to remain. “We will never have a rural community like we had before.”

Last week it became public knowledge that the city of New Haven owned the property upon which the 1,500-foot fence sits, and that New Haven would be tearing it down as soon as possible. For many years the fence was thought to be on Hamden-owned land and New Haven had fought with the town over its existence.  … Continue Reading

Fight is Over, Woodin Street Fence Comes Down

May 12, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Fight is Over, Woodin Street Fence Comes Down

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New Haven Mayor Toni Harp addresses those gathered to watch construction equipment take down the first section of the Woodin Street fence Monday morning.

With the law firmly in its corner, the city of New Haven on Monday morning began a task 50 years in the making: it started ripping down the Woodin Street fence that separates several New Haven developments from a single-family neighborhood in Hamden.

In the end, it didn’t really matter what Hamden residents said at last week’s Legislative Council meeting. A recent survey done of the fence determined that it was on New Haven property, giving that city the green light to rip it down.

“The fence needed to come down,” said New Haven resident Dorothy Harris, who lives on the New Haven side of the fence. “All it was was politicians playing games.” … Continue Reading

Hamden Meetings: May 13 to May 16

May 12, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Hamden Meetings: May 13 to May 16

memtownhallMonday, May 12:

The Legislative Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Memorial Town Hall to continue budget deliberations and vote to approve the budget. It also will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on amendments to the elderly and disabled tax relief ordinance.

The Hamden Commission on Disability Rights & Opportunities will meet at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Miller Library Complex. … Continue Reading

Connecticut Solar Challenge Expands to Hamden

May 7, 2014 Local Government Comments Off on Connecticut Solar Challenge Expands to Hamden

1del1From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Scott Jackson announced today that CT Solar Challenge is coming to Hamden, a town initiative that makes solar simple and affordable for residents.

“We’re excited to welcome CT Solar Challenge to town,” Mayor Scott Jackson said. “CT Solar Challenge will help achieve our goal of making Hamden the state’s most energy efficient town. I’m pleased that the program is community driven, using volunteers to offer solar to their neighbors. We urge residents to find out if this
program is right for them.” … Continue Reading

State House Passes Utility Tree Cutting Bill

treesFrom the Office of State Rep. and Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden):

In response to concerns expressed by Hamden residents, Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) led the charge in passing legislation (HB 5408) today through the House of Representatives that gives homeowners more say over whether trees on their property can be cut down or trimmed by utility companies. … Continue Reading

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