Several key items appear on the Monday evening agenda of the City Council’s Miscellaneous Matters Committee including a tentative severance package for City Council President Tom McCarthy, deputy director of Labor Relations, a proposed settlement of taxes related to 889 Barnum Avenue that will turn 11 acres over to the city adjacent to the proposed new train station on the East Side and appointments to the Board of Assessment Appeals that will hear opposition to revaluation of taxable property. The meeting will take place 6 p.m. in the Democratic Caucus Room of City Council Chambers.
Some council members say they feel awkward voting on a severance package for McCarthy, head of the legislative branch who has served a dual role as second in command of labor relations. Because the employment package agreement reached between McCarthy and the city exceeds $20,000 it requires council approval, according to City Attorney R. Christopher Meyer.
AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia and Richard Salter are co-chairs of the committee. Denese Taylor-Moye, Anthony Paoletto, Milta Feliciano, Nessah Smith and John Olson round out the committee.
The committee will also take up turning 11 acres of the abandoned Remington property on Barnum Avenue adjacent to the proposed site of a new train station on the East Side over to the city as part of a settlement of taxes agreement hammered out in U.S. Bankruptcy Court with RemGrit Realty controlled by developer Sal DiNardo.
The committee will also vote to approve the appointments of Democrats Joseph Almeida, Obiora Nkwo and multiple-mayoral candidate Charles Coviello to the Board of Assessment Appeals. Implementation of the revaluation of city property and new mil rate will start for the July 1 budget year. An internal appeal process is established for property owners challenging assessments.
According to the assessor’ office “If you wish to appeal your assessment after the informal hearing/assessment review process with Vision Government Solutions has been completed, a written appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals on the prescribed Board of Assessment Appeals appeal form must be completed and physically delivered to the Assessor’s Office by March 20, 2016. The forms will be available in February, 2016 from the Assessor’s Office in the Bridgeport City Hall and on the City’s website.”
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Appointment of Cruz Manuel Cotto (D) to the Parks Commission, appointment of Pearl Brooks (U) to the Commission of Persons with Disabilities and a proposed approval of a new Job Classification with NAGE Local RI-200 for Senior Housing Code Inspector/Enforcement Officer are also on the agenda.