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Oct 10, 2014 :  Council Briefs

Covanta Pilot Program:  West Hartford signed an agreement on Oct. 7th with Covanta, the town’s waste management provider, to participate in a pilot program that would remove food-prep scraps from the waste stream at the public schools. West Hartford is the first town in Connecticut to do this. Training is underway with custodial staff and cafeteria workers at the high and middle schools who have been separating the food scraps into special barrels. Food prep at these schools serve the elementary schools. In January, students will begin separating food from their trays.

Covanta will partner with Turning Earth, an integrated organics recycling company that produces renewable energy and high quality compost from food waste, when it’s new $20 million state-of-the-art organics recycling facility is built in Southington.

Ten week Leaf Bag Collection begins Oct. 20: The annual leaf bag collection service begins on Monday, October 20 and will continue for 10 weeks until December 26, 2014.  Only 30-gallon, biodegradable leaf bags will be collected; no plastic bags. Leaf bags should be free of grass, twigs, rocks and trash, and should not weigh more than 60 lbs. There is no limit to the number of bags a resident can place at the curb by 6:00 AM on your trash collection day.

Please note leaf bags and leaf piles cannot be placed in the street and will result in a fine.

Zoning laws prohibit Bed & Breakfast rooms: AirBnB.com, a popular web site that lists available rooms and spaces in homes around the world for travelers, has eight West Hartford homes. The problem is town zoning laws prohibit renting a room for such a short duration.  Boarders may only rent rooms as a primary residence under a typical 6 month or 1 year lease agreement with a property owner. Letters were sent homeowners informing them of the regulation and asking that they remove their property listing from the web site.

Marathon road closures and Columbus Day closings:  Seven thousand runners will be on West Hartford roads for the 2014 NU Hartford Half Marathon on Saturday, October 11.
Select streets will be closed intermittently from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

For best access to and from the area enclosed by the race route, use the Sisson Avenue highway entrances and exits (#46) on I-84. For more information, visit www.HartfordMarathon.com

The Bishops Corner Library will open at noon on Saturday due to road closures during the Hartford Marathon. All other town libraries will open at the regular time, 10:00 AM.

Public schools, municipal offices, school administration offices and public libraries will be closed on Monday, October 13 for the Columbus Day holiday.  There is no delay in the collection of trash and recyclables.

Town Clerk's Office is open on Fridays: For the month of October, the Town Clerk's Office will be open on Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for the purpose of issuing Absentee Ballots.

Special Voter Registration Sessions:  The Registrars of Voters will hold special voter registration sessions in preparation of the November 4th state election on:

  • Saturday October 18, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Room 209. Absentee ballot will be available in the Town Clerk's Office during the same hours.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM, Room 209
  • A limited registration session will be held Monday, November 3, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Room 209 for those whose qualification as to age, citizenship or residence was attained since October 28, 2014.

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager