Town Council members and the Town Clerk/Council Clerk are elected at large
and represent all of West Hartford. The town has operated under a
Council-Manager form of government since 1919. West Hartford was the first town
in the state and one of the first in the country to adopt this form of
government where the council acts as the elected policy board and the town
manager serves as the chief executive officer responsible for carrying out the
policies of the council. All Town Council members are volunteers and do not get
paid for this service to their community.
Send a letter to the Town Council in care of the Town Clerk/Council Clerk at
50 South Main Street,
West Hartford, CT 06107 or email Essie S. Labrot.
Introduce yourself and talk to council members when you see them in the
Formal Ways to Voice Your Opinion:
Any West Hartford elector or taxpayer may make written request (to the Town Clerk/Council Clerk) to
address the Town Council at a Community Comment meeting regarding: (1) any
subject matter(s) upon which the Council may act within the scope of its
authority; or (2) community events of a charitable or nonprofit nature regarding
which the signer of the communication wishes to obtain the support or
participation of the Council, provided the subject matter of such communication
is not otherwise subject to public hearing by the Town Council. Communications
shall be placed on the agenda of the next Community Comment meeting which is not
less than seven (7) days following actual receipt thereof. The signer of such
communications or the spokesperson(s) for any group whose communication is so
received, may address the Town Council regarding the subject thereof at the
meeting at which said communication is received for up to five (5) minutes in
total. See link for more details.
Under Council Standing Rules a separate portion of the agenda is called
"Public Forum." A resident may speak for 3 minutes on any subject already on the
Agenda(except for “Communications” items) and that is not subject to public
Public hearings are required for budget adoption and zoning and ordinance
changes. They are publicized with legal notices in the newspaper (usually the
"Courant"). Two public hearings are usually scheduled for the budget during
mid-late March and early April. One held in the evening and one in the
Town Meeting, Public Hearing Notices
Council meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the
month. Council agendas are posted the week prior outside
the Town Council Office and on the internet under Meetings & Agendas. Public hearing notices must appear in the paper
at least 7, but not more than 14 days prior to the hearing.
Where to Get Town Policy Information
Any resident may view the Town Charter via this link. All ordinances
that govern the town are in the Code of Ordinances books (e.g.: parking
violations, noise...). The code is available to view at this link and West Hartford libraries. Zoning ordinance copies are available from
the Town Planning and Zoning Office, Room 214 in Town Hall. Town Council meeting
minutes and Public Hearings are transcribed verbatim and are available on line
here. Annotated agendas summarizing actions taken during town meetings are also on-line and are posted outside the Town Clerk’s Office. One Town Council and one
Board of Education meeting is televised live on WHC-TV, channel 5, each month.
Reruns are also aired on WHC-TV and on the Government & Education Channel. Live streaming video of the meetings are also hosted on WHC-TV.
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