Feb 28, 2014 :
Building Code Update: As of today, Feb. 28, the State of Connecticut has adopted the 2013 Amendment to the 2005 State Building Code. Among the changes, sheds that have a floor area not exceeding 200 square feet in size will no longer require a building permit. A permit through the town’s Zoning Division is still required, however. Building code requirements can be confusing especially when there are changes. If you have any questions, please call the Building Inspection Division at 561-7530.
This amendment adopts the 2009 International Residential Code, and the 2011 National Electrical Code into the 2005 State Building Code, with Connecticut specific changes.
Solarize West Hartford enrollments exceed expectations: The Solarize West Hartford promotional period ended on February 18 with 72 signed contracts, exceeding its goal of 50 which allows homeowners to receive the lowest discounted price. Solarize West Hartford makes the purchasing residential solar power easy and affordable by offering deep discounts, a pre-selected installer, and flexible financing. These 72 new solar projects has increased the total number of installs by nearly 150% and will earn the Town points under the clean energy track of the CT Clean Energy Communities program. In the near future, West Hartford may be eligible for another “free” demo-sized solar system. If so, the Town hopes to place it at Westmoor Park where it would be used for energy conservation as well as educational purposes.
Impact Survey seeks information on how technology is used in libraries: The West Hartford Public Library is asking patrons to participate in the Impact Survey, a national technology survey funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This anonymous survey, available online now through March 17, is the first large-scale investigation of the ways library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries. A link to the survey on the library’s website at http://bit.ly/impactwh. Survey takers have to be at least 14 years old, and anyone who completes the ten-minute survey has a chance to win a Nexus 7 Tablet from Google. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.
Grand List grows slightly: The 2013 Grand List of taxable property grew by 0.59 percent, or $34.67 million, for a total of $5.93 billion. The breakdown is as follows:
- Real estate: up 0.37% from $5.32 billion to $5.34 billion
- Motor Vehicles: Up 2.3% from $402.22 million to $411.35 million
- Personal Property: Up 3.2% from $168.34 million to $173.69 million
The Top 10 taxpayers are:
- Blue Back Square Holdings, LP - $75.6 million
- West Farms Mall, LLC - $37.81 million
- Connecticut Light & Power - $34.96 million
- Corbins Corner Shopping Center, LLC - $33.49 million
- Town Center West Associates - $24.93 million
- Bishops Corner, LLC - $18.17 million
- Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut - $16.86 million
- E & A Northeast Limited Partnership - $15.5 million
- Prospect Plaza Improvements, LLC - $13.99 million
- Westgate Apartment, LLC - $13.25 million
Ronald F. Van Winkle