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Chair.

Alderwoman Ellis-West:  “These items were simply letters from the citizens that we greatly appreciated.  We did take note of their requests.  But at this time, we thank then for their interest.  And now, we are giving their items leave to withdraw.  Again, we thank them for their participation.”

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. FAVORABLE.

From the Director of Traffic & Parking, submitting a resolution authorizing the application to and acceptance of funding from the State Department of Transportation for professional engineering services during construction of the remaining three already approved Phase III traffic signal construction projects.

From the Executive Director, New Haven Parking Authority, submitting a resolution authorizing approval of the fourth amendment to the lease and funding agreement by and between the State, the City, and the New Haven Parking Authority for the Union Station Transportation Center and related improvements, concerning modifications related to the additional 1200-space parking structure at the site.

The favorable reports of the Community Development Committee recommending passage of the proposed resolutions, as printed on pages 108-110 of the Journal of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Aldermen held on February 7, 2005, were read for the second time and upon motion made and duly seconded, it was voted, viva voce, that said reports be accepted and proposed resolutions be adopted, and it was so declared by the Chair.

Alderwoman Jackson-Brooks:  “Item one is an application to the State for funding of $250,000 for design and engineering of the next phase of traffic signal upgrades.  The order also authorizes execution of contracts exceeding $100,000 for these services.  The phase involves replacement of 56 traffic signals citywide, including upgraded poles, lights and mechanical systems.

Item two is an amendment to the lease and funding agreement between the City, State and the Parking Authority.  It will enable the construction of a new 1,200-space parking facility at the New Haven train station.  The cost of the garage will be assumed by the Parking Authority through revenue bonds, which means that the parking fees at the facility will cover the payments.

In addition to benefiting train commuters, this garage will provide some needed parking for downtown development projects such as the new Gateway Community College.  I urge support of both of these items.”

Community Development. Leave to Withdraw. From Attorney Leonard C. Reizfeld, submitting a request for information concerning what procedures were followed in providing public notices concerning the availability of the Brewery Building on Grand Avenue.

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