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Council Briefs 04/21/2017

A biweekly newsletter from the Town Manager

Survey seeks feedback on Vision Statement: The Plan & Zoning Office would like to hear your thoughts regarding the "Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles for West Hartford Center" by participating in a survey. The document will guide the Town on development for West Hartford Center today and into the future.  Comments may be submitted through Monday, April 24th.  If you have any questions, please contact Town Planner Todd Dumais at 860-561-7556 or email Todd.Dumais@westhartfordct.gov.

West Hartford Reads! Author Richard Russo will visit Town Hall on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:00 PM for West Hartford Reads!, an annual reading initiative by West Hartford Libraries encouraging everyone in town to read the works of one notable author.

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, two collections of stories, and Elsewhere, a memoir.  In 2002, Russo received the Pulitzer Prize for the novel Empire Falls. For more information, go to http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/

Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Update: Mark McGovern, Director of Community Development, will give the annual economic development report at the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce event on Thursday, April 27, 11:30 AM, at Wampanoag Country Club. The presentation will include commercial, small business, manufacturing and residential projects throughout West Hartford. Visit the Chamber web site to attend.

New policy helps with paramedic services billing: Residents receive two bills when they call 911 for medical services: one bill from the Fire Department for paramedic services, and one from AMR for ambulance transportation services.  While most insurers will cover some or all of the charges, others have only paid for the ambulance service.

To address this issue, the Town of West Hartford has established a Write Off and Collection Policy which provides a number of options for town residents who are not reimbursed for paramedic service.  To learn more about these options, call the EMS billing office at 1-866-427-9988.

National Take-Back Day: On April 29, 2017, the West Hartford Police Department and the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District will coordinate National Take-Back Day. The event, held in the Town Hall parking lot from 10 AM to 2 PM, provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules are accepted.  Contact
Lt. Samuel Ferrucci at 860-570-8845 for more information.

The Bridge holds two special events on 4/25: The Bridge Family Center will host a free event for seniors entitled, A Trip Down Memory Lane, on Tuesday, April 25, 3:00-4:30 PM, at the St. James’ Episcopal Church Auditorium. Sing-along or dance-along as the Hall High Jazz Band performs old favorites.

The Bridge Family Center will also be hosting a View of the Bridge on Tuesday, April 25, 8:30-9:30 AM, at its West Hartford Counseling Center on Farmington Avenue, to share with the public how they support the community. RSVP to aaronson@bridgefamilycenter.org.

Seniors get a lesson on drug safety: On March 22, staff from Social Services, the Health District and West Hartford Public Schools spoke with senior citizens about properly storing and disposing of their medication, and medication management in an effort to prevent or minimize the diversion of medications and to avoid accidental under/over medicating. The presentation was a collaboration of ideas of the Substance Abuse Prevention Council.

Ronald F. Van Winkle
Town Manager

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