NEW BRITAIN - In one of its first actions of 2019, the Common Council on Wednesday again rejected a resolution that would provide pay increases for several elected positions.
The council reconsidered the resolution Wednesday after Alderman Don Naples said his vote against the measure in December had been made in confusion.
After clarifying the resolution to Naples, the council again held a vote. This time, it was voted down 8-4 with three aldermen absent. Alderman Kristian Rosado voted no with the council’s Democratic caucus.
The resolution recommended a 5 percent minimum compensation increase for the positions of mayor, tax collector, city clerk, registrar of voters and corporation counsel. Since the council can only discuss compensation matters in even-numbered years, the council must wait until next year to take up any pay increases again.
nThe mayor and council honored dozens of cheerleaders from the Police Athletic League on their participation in the Pop Warner Cheerleading National Championship.
nAlderman Brian Keith Albert moved to table a report related to the city’s human rights and opportunities officer.
Albert, who had initially asked for the report, said he wanted more information on the possibility of conflict of interest with the officer in the city’s Human Resources Department.
nAlderman Carlo Carlozzi moved to table a report regarding the ownership of 608 Main St., the Berkowitz Building.
Carlozzi said he wanted to see the contract of sale between the city and Douglas Broomfield of Capital Restoration Inc.
nThe council forwarded a resolution that would increase fines related to animal, blight and housing violations to the Committee on Planning, Zoning and Housing.
nThe council also forwarded a resolution that would increase the costs of several licenses and other fees associated with food and food establishments to the council’s Consolidated Subcommittee. The resolution also updates definitions regarding the different classifications for food establishments.
This item will be discussed next week during the subcommittee’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.
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