Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Construction Training Notice

Hi All:

Below is a notice that I got from the C.E.O. of New Haven. This is a great program. They will train you and get you a job. What the applicant needs to do is show up and work hard. Pass it along to anyone to whom this would be useful to.

Applications Will Be Accepted:
Construction Work Only
All Crafts & Trades
Dates: July 23rd 2007 – July 27th 2007 (Daily)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Only)
Location: Commission on Equal Opportunities
City Hall (Hall of Records)
200 Orange Street, Ground Floor Hearing Room
New Haven, CT 06510
Priority Given to New Haven Residents

What Do You Need To Provide?

High School Diploma & Transcripts or GED & Official Test Results
Verification of Residency
Valid Driver's License & Reliable Transportation
Social Security Card and Birth Certificate
~ Must Be 18 Years of Age to Apply ~
Must Pass Drug Test to be Eligible for Consideration
* ALL Documents Required For Employment Consideration *

Thursday, May 10, 2007

How the meeting went

Dear All:

I believe that we had a good meeting on Tuesday about 131 Colony & what is a Historic Commission. It was covered by both the Register & the Independent. I think that they covered most of the issues but I would like to add what I posted on the comment section of the Independent.

I would like to thank Andy Rizzo and Elaine Brafman of LCI, Robert Grzywacz from the Historic District Commission & David Barone of City Plan for coming out and laying out the facts and helping to clarify what we can do to protect our neighborhood and at what price.

I really hope that we don't stop here and ask that all that are able to come to the WEB Management Team meeting held at the Whalley sub station on the corner of Norton 5/15/07 at 7pm.


This is what I posted at the New Haven Independent

In response to Dana B & Jonathon Hart’s concern of the “prohibitively expensive” cost of living in a Historic District, that exact issue was brought up. A neighbor asked a hypothetical question: The family has a slate roof on their beautiful Tudor home. If & when the roof needs to be replaced would the commission force him to put a new slate roof on? A full slate roof can cost over $100,000. The answer was that the Historic Commission would probably have the homeowner do the part of the roof that is visible from the “public right of way” in Slate or Faux Slate (which is cheaper but not as cheap as asphalt) and perhaps allow the balance be done in asphalt.

This then lead into a discussion of the fact that yes we will be giving up some of our property rights and to an organization that we only we one seat on as well as the fact that this will force us to put more money into our homes then we may have done without the designation.

I believe that the folks of Beaver Hill that attended understand the consequences of their actions. This process is not one that we can rush into blindly this must be and will be a deliberative thoughtful process.

To Cedarhill & All other interested parties – Please come to our next WEB Management Team Meeting this Tuesday May 15th, 7pm at the Whalley Avenue (corner of Norton) Police Sub-Station. The Historic District will be discussed and your input would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Notice of Meeting Re 131 Colony & Historical District

Dear All:

Over the past few weeks there has been much talk and wonderment about the building going on at the corner of Dyer Street & Colony Road. To help explain the issues and start the process of what it means to create a Historic District I have arranged to have different department heads to come down and give us a clear picture what can and can not be done.

Therefore, I would like to invite you to a Beaver Hill community meeting at Hillhouse Highschool. We will cover the building going on at 131 Colony and what it would take to set up a Historic District.

Date: Tuesday May 8th, 2007
Time: 7pm
Place:Hillhouse Highschool – Sherman Avenue
2nd Floor Library

Yours truly,

Moti Sandman

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Some (more) thoughts on the budget

Over the past few months and really solidifying in the last few weeks there has been a grass roots effort on the part of a number of citizens to voice their opinions and concerns to the finance committee about the new budget and tax levy.

From what I can see that this intense feeling is coming from the reevaluation and the shift of the real estate tax from the commercial property owners to residential owners. In 2006-2007-tax year the burden was 34% on commercial and 37% on residential owners. With the new valuations the burden is now 25% on commercial and 47% on residential. What this simply means is that in 2006-2007 the you the homeowner paid $0.37 on each dollar collected now we are going to be paying $0.47 on each dollar raised. See my early post about reevaluation for more on this topic.

With such a radical shift in the tax burden the BOA decided to have a 5-year phase in of the new valuations. This is meant to protect the average homeowner from having the burden shifted immediately to them. Please note that there is a State law that requires the City to have a reevaluation every 5 years. We are obligated by law to do this.

Back to the budget. In this new budget we had a number of items that drove the increase from an average of 3.5% to 7.1%. There are a number of drivers. I will cover some of them:

No small part due to increased energy costs. The same big hit we are taking on our home heating oil or gas and electric bill the City has that many times over. The good news is that over the past 10+ years there has been an concerted effort to invest in energy saving technology and upgraded light fixtures, traffic lights and the heating systems throughout City owned properties.

We hired 40 new Police officers and 26 civilians to fill empty and needed slots in all areas of the department. 8% of the total general fund budget.

In the Fire Department we have budgeted for a new class to come in and join the force. 6% of the total general fund budget.

Board of Education increased their budget by $5million to meet Union contracts and general improvements to the schools (this doesn’t include school construction). 38% of the total general fund budget.

Employee benefits –
Medical – $46million
Pension – 28.7million
Works Comp – $7.7million
Self Insurance – $4.5million
Other (Longevity bonus, Sick Leave Reserve, Life Insurance) – $2.2million
20% of the total general fund budget.

It is getting late now and will pick up latter on why the above was asked for and what was done.