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Harford Awards No Bid Contract for Airport Ordinance Work

For those of you in Hartford who are receiving your property tax bills in the next few days… take note.

“The state will pay 80 percent of the cost. The contract is for $53,952,” Drew said. “The city would be responsible for $10,790 of the cost.”

Some council members asked if the city was required to bid the project out.

Drew said the city was not required to and Mead and Hunt has been involved in the Hartford airport for decades. He said it made sense to use them again because of their familiarity with the past projects, including the one completed this year.

“I don’t believe this cost is extraordinary,” said City Administrator Steve Volkert. Volkert and Drew also suggested Mead and Hunt’s cost might even be lower than some other companies because of their familiarity with the Hartford airport.

“In fact we talked them down (in their price) by about $15,000,” Drew said.

It “might” be lower than other companies. It also might be higher. Or the same. We will never know. And even though the city taxpayers are only on the hook for 20% of the cost, the rest of the state’s taxpayers are picking up 80%. It would have been nice if they would have gone through the simple process of getting multiple bids.

Hartford Library Allows Concealed Carry

Good!

In a policy reversal, individuals with concealed carry permits are now allowed to carry weapons inside Hartford’s Jack Russell Memorial Library. At the Library Board’s July meeting, a motion to reverse the policy of banning weapons in the building was approved by a 3-2 vote.

Library director Jennifer Einwalter referred all questions on the change to Library Board President Shari Purman. Purman, who voted in favor of lifting the ban, said the Board reached the decision after a thorough discussion.

“It’s an emotional issue,” Purman said. “The concern was about allowing individuals to exercise their right to bear arms. The only governmental building in the city, other than schools, to ban concealed carry is the police department, though there are some limited restrictions at the Rec Center.”

Purman said it’s unfair for people who can legally carry to not be allowed to have their weapon in the library.

“We can’t afford metal detectors,” Purman said. “So how do we know that people without permits aren’t bringing weapons into the library now while people who were granted a permit after a long process were not allowed to carry in the library? We’ll revisit it in six months.”

Mayor Tim Michalak, who was not at the meeting, said Thursday he’s long supported concealed carry.

The West Bend Library allowed it some time ago without any issues – just like virtually everywhere else in the state that allows it.