Council OKs ordinance amendments

Published on Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:38
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - After its special meeting Wednesday on the proposed debt restructuring plan, the Common Council met to discuss a few changes to city ordinances.

Many were described as “housekeeping,” basically cleaning up language.

One amendment would eliminate the requirement that each member of the council must serve on at least two committees.

The council has three committees, with seven members on each, meaning there are a maximum of 21 positions on those committees. With 15 aldermen, 30 positions would be needed for each alderman to serve on two.

When Alderman Carlo Carlozzi introduced the amendment in December, he said it would fix incorrect language in the ordinance.

“We don’t conform to our own ordinances. It’s time to just clean it up,” Carlozzi said.

The second amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances changed the name of the Humane Commission to the Commission on Animal Welfare, while also placing the commission under the jurisdiction of the New Britain Police Department. Police Chief James Wardwell told the council he has no issues with his department taking this responsibility.

The council also heard two resolutions related to motor vehicle repairer licenses.

Mony Tith of American Muffler and Brake Shop was granted a certificate of location approval to approve a license for 770 W. Main St., and Brian Bentley of Bentley’s Metal and Aluminum Repair and Restoration Services was granted the same approval for 347 East St. The Zoning Subcommittee discussed the petitions Tuesday night and sent them back to the Common Council.

There was also an item on the agenda, put forth by Democratic Alderman Emmanuel Sanchez, which asked the council to reconsider last month’s vote on the creation of the position of manager of revenue services in the city’s Revenue and Tax Collection Office.

The Common Council had voted unanimously to create the job, the holder of which which will provide supervision and technical assistance to Revenue and Tax Collection Office staff, at its meeting Dec. 13.

The new manager, whose position would replace three now-vacant positions in the office, would also handle technical responsibilities connected to billing and collection of tax revenues for the city. The holder would also help residents resolve water/sewer billing issues and oversee reports prepared for the Board of Water Commissioners.

Wednesday night, the council voted to send the resolution back to the Committee on Administration, Finance and Law for further consideration.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:38. Updated: Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:40.