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Trees In June of 2010 Bridgeport was hit with a tornado that uprooted over 1,000 trees across the area. The American Bar Association revealed a goal to plant one million trees across America by 2014, 60 of which would be planted in Bridgeport by volunteers. These 60 trees are a part of Bridgeport’s “2,012 trees by 2012” goal of Mayor Bill Finch. Trees are necessary to human life; they absorb the carbon dioxide emitted by human begins and create oxygen. Trees enhance the aesthetics and health of communities and provide habitat for wildlife. Planting trees via massive awareness events like the ABA’s one million trees across America and Bridgeport’s “2,012 trees by 2012” also provide community awareness about impending climate change. Approximately 1,400 trees have planted to date.
1. Performance Contracting/City Buildings – Conference call this week focused on funding the 5 yr
improvements for Central High and Blackham. Meeting today work too small for Trane. We will bid out. Developing agreement for audits with Constellation. Met with Trane today to begin. Using O & G for work. Need approval of Purchasing. Constellation proposal No Out of Pocket Cost - Financing through Constellation or Third Party - Real BTUH savings in energy - Cash Neutral - Guaranteed savings – The buildings and components covered by this savings are the following (which result in a guaranteed savings
of 20%/ year totaling $516,800 in the first year that can be removed from the utility budget and used to pay for the upgrades. Comprehensive Energy Audits Investment Grade – Done for 29 city buildings. Electrical Audits – Done for 41 City Buildings (the 29 above + 12 more). Parks Facilities – Audits done of 50 Parks facilities. Traffic Lights Audits $140k cost for investment grade audits if we do not proceed with work otherwise no capital outlay, i.e. in lieu of paying monthly utility charge for x % IT WOULD GO TO Constellation. Agreement in hand, awaiting legal review and execution. NFI The City of Bridgeport was in need of a qualified vendor to identify, develop, and implement a comprehensive and coordinated package of energy efficiency, conservation, control, management and realtime energy metering initiatives. The purpose of hiring a vendor was to design and package solutions that incorporated turnkey implementation, and ongoing energy related services, and to facilitate and/or directly provide financing for such projects that will be economically viable for the City. The City of Bridgeport recognized that there would be a variety of energy conservation strategies and solutions recommended for reducing consumption or controlling demand. In 2010 Trane U.S. Inc. was chosen to begin negotiations with the City of Bridgeport in regards to energy conservation and alternative energy upgrades and verification services. It was calculated that the upgraded buildings and components would have a guaranteed savings rate of 20%/year, totaling $516,800 in the first year. This savings would be removed from the utility budget and used to pay for the upgrades.
2. Solar and Alternative Energy Leasing with MSP – Need to complete energy efficiency upgrades for
Blackham and Central and execute PPA. Need final PPA to take to Council. Obtained final PPA from MSP based on tax info from City Attorney and completion of 5 year upgrades $136,307.00 Trane. Trane to meet with us next week. In City Attorney hands for review. MSP finalizing agreements with CCEF. According to tax counsel we can rebate property tax. Decided today with Mayor , Tom McCarthy, Lisa Trachtenburg to bring to Council just after new Council in place for tax issue, to create legislation in City for all who want to do solar and move projects forward for City project. Passed unanimously at Misc Matters 12/27/11 and Council 1/4/12,. Phone con this week. O&G pushing Purchasing for ok to retain original contractor for energy upgrades. Setting up next telcon with MSP with Lisa T and JC and TG. Meeting this week re construction of 5 yr upgrades. Spoke and are getting clean PPA generated. Construction expected complete by Summer 2012. 5 yr upgrades to start 4/21/12 at 50 % less than proposed. Ironing out property tax issues in draft. With City Attorney. Prepping program on education on solar for BOE. REC contract in hand from UI for MSP. Prepping to bid in two weeks and three weeks for bid process.
The City of Bridgeport working with Main Street Power Company (MSP) have secured $400,000 from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (formerly the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund) to implement a solar leasing program at Central High and Blackham Elementary Schools. The solar program could save the city anywhere from 690,000 to 1,800,000 dollars, based on the REC Proposal created by Main Street Power.
Central High School
Blackham Elementary School
3. Green Energy Park - Met Awaiting EPA Administrator visit. Developed DRAFT MOU, went to City
Attorney for review. Considering Task Order with Epic to do conceptual design. Met with UI, going to PURA in next month. Presented to South End NRZ Tuesday night. Generally favorable. Question concerning park on top of landfill. EPIC performed site visit last week on PV at Seaside. UI has been to Meeting with UI tomorrow 12/6/11. Got MOU and Site Access Agreement completed. Env Kick off held and working on review. Met with UI. Signing NDA for pro-forma disclosure. Met with UI and Kevin Gremse and OPED, awaiting comments from NDC. Energy use is a large component of Bridgeport’s city emissions. The Green Energy Park Program was proposed in accordance with the Mayor’s Executive Order to transition the City of Bridgeport’s brownfields into productive, community-enhancing areas and to complement the Bridgeport BGreen 2020 initiative to reduce emissions and become a world leader in green initiatives. The goal of this project is to act as an Alternative Energy Showcase and, ultimately, to create “green jobs” for the city. This could include various agricultural processes, biomass type facilities or other uses that would complement and thus work in harmony with alternative energy processes as well as the participation of utility companies such as UI, United Illuminating. The Green Energy Park Program will be located on the former Landfill site adjacent to Seaside Park on Long Island Sound. The area, located 30-90 feet above sea level, is visible from I-95 and thus has great potential to become an Alternative Energy Showcase. Photovoltaics utilizing thin film technology appear to be the most promising energy source due to the potential diffuse sunlight incident at this location. The concept proposes using 1,200,000 square feet of collector surface on the south facing slope which would equal 27.54 acres and 27.54/7.5 (electrical production efficiency factor)= 3.67 Mw of solar power produced. This is equivalent to the power needs of approximately 440 homes. It is also proposed to utilize three 1.5
Mw wind turbines at the top of the landfill. At a total of 4.5 Mw, this is equivalent to powering 1125-1350 homes.
Topographical View of Landfill
4. Biomass –EPIC to complete RFP within 0 days. Ready to go pending final review for incorporation of info
re WPCA proposal. Met with Biodiesel, and RESCO on participation. Telcon and doing final changes. Need to meet with community. Meeting tomorrow with Alanna and Erin to discuss. Through the Bridgeport Water Pollution Control Authority, the City currently trucks approximately 5,800 dry tons per year of sewage sludge to an incinerator in New Haven, CT for incineration. Several alternative conceptual strategies were developed to compare the current practice of hauling sludge to New Haven for incineration, including a number of alternative biosolids treatment scenarios. The following were selected for further analysis: (1) dewatering; (2) drying; (3) gasification; and (4) anaerobic digestion. Each alternative was assessed for economic feasibility, environmental feasibility, operational feasibility, community feasibility, and sustainability. Of the preferred alternatives, only anaerobic digestion offers the opportunity to produce excess usable energy at the Bridgeport WPCA facilities. Anaerobic digestion would produce 365 kW of usable energy, which could easily be consumed in the treatment plant operations. Factors which could further favor the development of anaerobic digestion would be acceptance of food waste feedstocks and fats, oils and grease (FOG) from outside sources, for which tipping fees could be collected as revenue. Additional biogas production from the food wastes and FOG would increase biogas output and the beneficial electrical and thermal energy available from the combined heat and power system. Anaerobic digestion would provide the lowest carbon footprint of the preferred alternatives and could result in a reduction in the Bridgeport WPCA carbon footprint of over 400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year as well as potentially creating 10 jobs in the City of Bridgeport.
5. Consolidation a. b. c. d. Public Facilities Site – Awaiting funding for further work on vehicle maintenance facility. Probate Court-Completed. 948 Main Street- Review layout for move. NFI 752 East Main Street - Review space analysis. NFI
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Purchasing – Construction on-going. Finance – Walls going in IT- Walls going in .
Mayor Finch has stated that it is in the City’s best interest to close inefficient buildings, sell excess property, and consolidate offices. The City will utilize this consolidation to save resources and money. Two of the proposed buildings to be shut done are McLevy Hall on State Street and the Health Department building on East Main Street. The council’s Budget and Appropriation Committee approved a $494 million budget that included $75,000 in savings that would come from shuttering the Health Department building (only about 40 percent of the building was in use). Since the beginning of the consolidation, the first floor of City Hall Annex has been converted from a Chase Bank into offices for several city departments. 100 central employees will also vacate the building at 948 Main Street; conservative estimates show an annual savings of $150,000 from this move.
948 Main Street
6. Sale Leaseback City Hall and Annex- Approved by Purchasing Board. On hold pending new
capitalization; examining return date to see if re-bid necessary. on project. NFI Sent letter to Downes indicating pushback
Public Financial Management Inc. is in charge of requesting proposals from financial institutions to serve as Senior Managing Underwriter in connection with the City’s upcoming financing, which will include the sale/leaseback or lease/leaseback of City Hall and City Hall Annex. The City expects to issue either Certificates of Participation (“COPs”), Lease Revenue Bonds (“Bonds”), or other financial structures that will
yield approximately $30 million in April/May 2011. The City anticipates entering into a lease agreement with a not-for-profit entity that will serve as lessor for the term of the lease. At the end of the term, City Hall and City Hall Annex will be conveyed back to the City. A portion of the proceeds from the sale, approximately $5,000,000 - $10,000,000, will be used to renovate City Hall and City Hall Annex and install capital improvements and green energy and other energy-savings improvements. The City is currently also conducting a procurement for a design-build firm to design and construct certain capital improvements and energy improvements to City Hall and City Hall Annex.
City Hall Annex
7. Green Procurement – Vendors need to provide more back up for green products. Going to have test for
paper reduction software. Met with Sabine Kuzcko to review departments. NFI. When purchasing products for use in public offices the City of Bridgeport attempts to purchase those which are environmentally preferable. This process will promote the practice of environmental sustainability and prudent use of resources with the ultimate goal of decreasing the City’s adverse environmental impact on the environment and the health of employees and residents. An example from the Recycling Symposium Presentation in 2010 illustrates that in FY 09, $854 K was spent on office supplies, approximately $460 K of which was spent on paper. Paper -30% recycled content reduces wood use manufacturing by 33% from 4 tons (26 trees) to 3 tons (18 trees), net energy in the manufacture of paper by 10% from 30M BTUs to 27M BTUs, the amount of watershed by 16% from 22,000 gallons to 18,000 gallons, and solid waste by 13%.
8. Recycle Bank/Single Stream- Began discussions on recycle bank throughout city paying for just marketing.
Planning on marketing with Recycle Bank. Meeting next week on marketing next steps. Met with Recycle Bank re marketing. Draft Agreement in City Attorney hands. Beginning recyclebank rebate process. On going. Still need 2 truck refurbs. Recyclebank doing library events with Mayor. 10% City signed up for Recyclebank as of this week. Recycling form month of September is up 51% from one year ago at this time. All recycling trucks now re-configured for RFI tags. Currently recycling up in excess of 70% over last year. Met with Ron Remy Blackham. City to begin recycling pickup 1/17/12. Recycle Bank on board for educational piece at Blackham as well. - 5 Toters delivered to Blackham: Due date 1/17/2012 -Green team presentations to classrooms, introducing new recycling program: Due date 1/20/2012 -Blackham to implement recycling in classrooms: Due date 1/27/2012. Program with Mayor established. Recycling up 250% over January last year. Resolving points issues particularly with North End residents. Recycle Bank/Single Stream is a project designed to reduce the amount and thus cost of trash disposal for the City of Bridgeport. Changing the dual stream process to a single stream process has minimized the cost of picking up this recycling. The Recycle Bank program educates citizens about recycling, the environment, and promotes citizen excitement and participation via reward incentives. Marketing strategies such as going door-to-door, community outreach programs, and fundraisers for local schools were implemented. Recycling levels continue to increase due to the ease of the system and the rewards program. The Citywide recycling rate has increased by 250% since January 2011.
Blackham school participates in Recycle Bank
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9. Energy Improvement Competitive Block Grant – Submission made to re-allocate funds. Meeting weekly
with staff for reporting, requisition initiation etc. Based on capital meeting continuing with roof work based on phases and examining white and blue roof possibility. Roof to be pushed back to Spring now. Working on potential blue roof to retain storm water. Looking for grant support for storm water retention. Dawn has resolved discrepancy. Issues with Contractor on Library and getting them back to work.. City Attorney to draft letter. Awaiting funding from Tom Sherwood. NFI. The goal of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant is to improve energy efficiency. Proposed projects to improve energy efficiency via the Block Grant, which totaled to an amount of $1,257,600, and the breakdown of their budgets were as followed: solar powered recycling compactors ($36,000 activity +$4,000 admin), seed money for the creation/management of the energy improvement district (the energy improvement district was created for the purpose of overseeing energy efficiency and improvement projects throughout the city and had a budget of $52,340.00 activity +$5,130 admin), the submission of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy ($27000 activity + $3000 admin), energy efficient lighting in downtown Bridgeport ($50,000 activity), energy efficient upgrades to main public library ($ 931,500 activity + $103,500 admin), and a sewage treatment and energy facilities biomass feasibility study ($40,000 activity + $5,130.00 admin).
10. B Green Program Management – Preparing cost for developing working groups for Open Space, Green
Business, Food Health, Transportation, and Land Use, and Outreach and Capacity Building. Meeting just held on Environment and Transit First again. Paul Timpanelli sent draft agreement. I sent back response suggesting no cost. Agreement drafted. NFI. Will meet with Jeff every two weeks along with matrix of specific City potential input needed. Being reviewed by BRBC. Municipal training sessions are scheduled for Feb 29. Held, and very successful, Mayor attended. The Program Management team was requested by the City of Bridgeport in 2010 for the purpose of providing an extension for Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District and assisting the City’s Sustainability Director with project management and administrative services. The team would be responsible for administrative services such as RFQ and RFP preparation, outline specification preparation, budget preparation, federal reporting processes, project scheduling using P3 MS Project etc. and overall project management. The Program Management team, led by Regional Plan Association, convened the efforts of more than a hundred stakeholders in a Community Advisory Committee and working groups to develop strategies to address brownfields and land use, pedestrian and transit access, renewable energy production, and environmental protection while supporting the growth of green jobs in the region.
11. Conservation Corps- Conservation Corps coordinating Recycle Bank marketing push. Working on
engaging churches, Shiloh Baptist to start. Drafting clean energy information for residents. The youth Conservation Corps was established under the BGreen 2020 Initiative. The purpose of the Conservation Corps is to go door-to-door and provide information to residents and businesses to help educate them on how to save money, save the environment, and help improve the quality of life in the community. The program also serves as an opportunity for employment for young adults. Recycling education, household electricity management, and water resource education are three of the topics that the Conservation Corps focus on. According to the BGreen Report, the Conservation Corps has already established 1,500 households that are interested in engaging in a home energy audit program; and nearly half of the homes approached by the Conservation Corps requested recycling bins. They will continue to educate citizens and will be involved in future BGreen projects such as parks enhancements and community events.
Conservation Corps members in a Bridgeport neighborhood
Conservation Corps members
12. Casino Bathhouse- Completed and sent to City Attorney and OPED for review. Cleaning complete. Four
proposals submitted setting up selection team. Will have interviews in two weeks. Reviewing proposals. Need last reviewer interview sheets. Interviews completed, awaiting further info from Fire Marshal. Contacted four times including last week NFI. NFI. Will finalize internally today +- 240 people. Fire Marshal indicates larger number. Getting in contact with selected vendor. Drafting letter. At City Attorney NFI. The renovation of the historic Casino Bathhouse of Seaside Park was called for in the BGreen 2020 Plan. The renovation is one of the many enhancements to Seaside Park that will transform the area into a cleaner, more environmentally and economically efficient, and more valued area of Bridgeport. The Casino Bathhouse will act as a food service operation at Seaside Park. It will serve park users and draw in clientele from outside of the Park to guarantee annual revenues.
13. Urban Enhancement Design RFP –BL selected. Steve T working final budget to FTA. Awaiting approval
to spend funds to $3.2M. Contacted Steve T today. Request for PFP sent to Steve earlier in week. NFI. Part of DOT Commissioner discussion. Meeting scheduled with BL for next week to confirm $’s and NTP. Met with Mark, contacted State, awaiting reply. Working with Alex as well. Ron Pacacha drafting letter to FTA and CDOT and developing contract. Meeting this week with City Attorney and Steve T. Letter issued to FTA by Steve T on 1/17/12. Contacted Craig Bodiere re RR Station Concept Meeting. Met with CDOT, generating priority list within 2 weeks and doing rendering. Voicemail from Joanne Weinstock submission is in with civil rights folks at FTA for review. If they approve we will be able to draw down on funds as partial drawdown for design. Met with potential designers re rendering today. Finalizing document for CDOT on Train Station. NFI J Weinstock and Steve T. following up on $. The purpose of Downtown Urban Enhancement, of which BL Companies was selected to execute, is to provide a sense of welcome into Downtown Bridgeport, enhance the pedestrian experience from the Intermodal Transit Garage to other modes of transportation including rail, bus, ferry, bicycle, taxi, and airport, traffic damping and modulating features, and promote sustainability. Urban Enhancement will specifically encompass a bus station on Water Street, the Intermodal Transit Garage adjacent to the Arena, and the waterfront. The City of Bridgeport was awarded grants from the Federal Government in the amount of $3,871,736 for construction and $450,000 for the design and construction document presentation.
14. Green Infrastructure Program –
a. Seaside Village - Sent report to Seaside Village on storm line expansion and potential cost. Brought up need for Storm Water Authority. Met with Bill Robinson will do drywells. WPCA coordinating. Work should be complete by 11/21/11. Met with Alex Felson Designer, yesterday for finish. Green Infrastructure has been recognized by the EPA as a stormwater management approach that can be cost effective and environmentally preferable when supporting or replacing grey infrastructure practices. These green infrastructure/stormwater management projects occurring in Bridgeport are: Sanitary Sewer Lateral Replacement, Stormwater Sewer Separation, and Engineering Design and Coordination with Yale in the creation of rain gardens. The overall goal of this project is to relieve the historic flooding and draining issues at Seaside Village.
Pequonnock River Watershed - Establishing draft agreement for three towns on work. Cleanup this past weekend on Island Brook had large turnout. Met with First Selectmen of adjoining towns, and completing MOU through City Attorney MOU finalized by City Attorney and signed by Mayor ready for distro to other towns. Housed now at GBRC. Working other 319 Grant for Knowlton Park and 604B for Rooster River. Working with HCC as joint grant for student participation. NFI. The Pequonnock River Watershed is an approximately 29 square mile drainage area, 80% of which does not meet the minimum standards of recreation or habitat for wildlife and fish/aquatic life. This is mainly the result of historic urbanization and land use within the watershed area. In Bridgeport, the areas closest to the watershed are prone to flooding due to dense urban development. In the summer of 2010, a Pequonnock River Initiative was formed between the City of Bridgeport and the Towns of Monroe and Trumbull to develop a watershed plan for the Pequonnock River Watershed to identify actions that would address water quality impairments and address flooding in the watershed and surrounding areas. Goals for the Watershed include capacity building for plan implementation, water quality improvement, habitat protection and restoration, sustainable land use and open space, and education and stewardship. Actions such as frequent water quality analysis, fundraising, education and outreach, coordination between watershed stakeholders, framework development, construction projects/renovations/retrofits, demonstration events with volunteers, revisiting land use regulations, discharge investigations, LID and green infrastructure implementation, a funding program, and long term evaluations were identified to satisfy these goals. There is an expected 18.2% runoff volume decrease, a 60.9% fecal load reduction, a 10% sedimentary load reduction, a 26.84% phosphorus load reduction, and a 30.4% nitrogen load reduction anticipated once future buildout with controls will be implemented.
Complete Streets – Fuss and O’Neil working on design for Lincoln Boulevard – Community input provided a week ago. GBRPA completed draft Complete Streets policy. Circulating for comments. Reviewed with CAO for adoption. Need to draft policy shell to incorporate Complete Streets Program. Finalizing. Info from WPCA on cost to treat one gallon of water as offset metric. NFI Complete Streets aim to increase mobility, efficiency, and sustainability by promoting the pedestrian, carpool, and public transportation lifestyle to reduce the number of cars on the road and, thus, emissions from transportation. On low-traffic streets, a complete street may consist of sidewalks and shared roadway for bikes and cars. In higher-traffic areas, separated bike lanes and bus pull outs may be possible. Complete street sustainable principles will ensure the recreation of underutilized sites into neighborhood amenities, access to open spaces, and foster community cohesion and stewardship. They will also assist green business (complete streets will help both the private and public sectors), reduce vehicle trips and vehicle emissions, and provide city workers with a wide range of mobility options.
15. Commercial Recycling Pilot – Drafting letter to business community. Draft sent to Trefz. Awaiting
response. Discussion with DSSD on tip fee increase. Paul Catino meeting with Mike Moore tomorrow to review including 20 DSSD members. Commercial Recycling is one of the operational and management resource solutions to create a demand signal for the private sector in regards to recycling and sustainability. The goal is to increase recycling through the incentive of free-removal by the City of Bridgeport. The usual cost of commercial recycling removal is $59.00/ton for business owners. The business owners save the cost of recycling removal and the City gains a $5/ton bonus which is added to the total to meet minimum commitments.
16. Police Memorial - Merritt Construction $469,000.00 (rebid $389,000.00) Groundbreaking held on
Memorial Day weekend. Grubbing complete and layout done. Awaiting completion of west end fountain for crew flow to work police memorial. NFI. The memorial is to built across from Bridgeport Police Headquarters at 300 Congress Street in Bridgeport in honor of the members of the Bridgeport Police Department that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. A 2010 Request for Proposals for the construction of the Police Memorial states that they city was seeking a vendor who would provide services in line with energy conservation and efficiency strategies and seek financing initiatives, grants, and subsidies from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) via utility managed programs and available funds from other sources.
Police Memorial Draft
17. West End Fountain- Starting work on esplanades and island next week. Obtained shop drawings from
AKDO, looking at color samples. AKDO ordered stone, barriers installed by Miko and final estimate with sculpture in. Stone being set starting this week. Reviewed in field location of setting and location of alternate monument on Trefz property. Stone all set awaiting sculpture and lettering. Working through type face decision. Final setting being done. Called numerous times. NFI. Creating a West End Fountain is one of the emerging economic development opportunities and issues laid out in the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Strategic Plan for the West End/ West Side Neighborhood. The fountain marks the entrance to the neighborhood and acts as a welcoming device. Clear and personalized signage as well as foliage incorporated into the welcoming fountain will promote additional attraction and pride for the neighborhood.
18. Black Rock Bike Way- 100% complete.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Plan for Black Rock incorporates a Black Rock Bike Way that would link up with trails to the east and west. This path would be delineated in the streets though signage, street painting and at some point is might have its own turf. The path would allow a safe passage along the neighborhood’s popular and scenic coast. Bike racks were also suggested at locations along the path as well as near points of interest along Fairfield Avenue & Brewster Street. The bike path begins at Ash Creek, loops around St. Mary’s, through the historic district, and finally connects into the west end.
19. DSSD- Met with DSSD last Friday and Board meeting yesterday. They are hiring Fresh Start for downtown
cleanup and coordinating with City. Met DSSD this am for more coordination, did Golden Hill Sweep will start Main Street next, doing GIS of all elements downtown. Meeting with DSSD on sidewalk work. Vaults need pricing. GPIC providing on individual basis. DSSD started company to manage work effort downtown. On-going. The Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) encompasses the area of the city that many visitors, students, and business associates see first, coming off buses and trains at the Transportation Center, going to an event at Harbor Yard, the Arena, Burroughs Library, McLevy Green or the Barnum Museum, conducting business at City Hall or downtown, or on their way to class at the universities. As declared in the BGreen Plan, a comprehensive recycling program must be established inside and outside the DSSD. Enhanced recycling visibility will send a clear message to residents and visitors that Bridgeport is a recycling city.
20. Pleasure Beach Master Plan –Met with DEEP today agreed to issue Floating Dock permit with condition of
no use for Pleasure Beach until Master Plan complete. Need comments from USFWS and further botanical review. Also need USFWS comments before community meeting. DEEP has issued 30 day notice with prelim finding for floating dock permit. Good DEEP meeting last week Mayor confirmed desire for opening next Fall 2012. Community Outreach Tisdale School 12/6/11. Meeting set for 12/19 at DEEP for USACE and USFWS comment review. Had Community Outreach last week went well. Met with DEEP and ACE and FWS for completion of Endangered Species Plan by Jan 30, 2012. Trachtenburg has provided models to use. Met with engineer on Endangered Species Plan and complete buy 1/13/12 and master Plan Final by 1/31/12. Will set up MOU with Audubon to do plover monitoring. Reviewed with UI potential solar placement on Pl Beach. Reviewed Master Plan Revenue Projections = $647k/year and discussing $ on staffing for budget. Submitting Endangered Species Plan to DEEP today. Setting O & M budget and Capital Budget for future phases. Response from USFWS today that they haven’t started review. NFI. Pleasure Beach is in the process of restoration/redevelopment of its passive and active recreational areas. Access to Pleasure Beach has been impossible since 1996 when a fire burned down the wooden bridge connecting the island to the mainland. One of the major goals of Mayor Bill Finch has been to see the restoration of Pleasure Beach come to fruition. The Master Plan represents the City’s desire to restore in the park in accordance with sustainability and environmentally preferable methods. It incorporates needed facilities, provides a regulatory framework and high probability of regulatory approval, and emphasizes coexistence between wildlife and people. Pleasure Beach is to serve as a recreational, educational, and wildlife resource. A Park Enhancement Program and other area restorations will allow for multi-faceted uses throughout the area of Pleasure Beach; goals of the Master Plan include: multi-use fields, play courts, “adventure play”, water play, passive recreation, wildlife amenities, outdoor gathering spaces, nature, exploration, and learning center, piers, surfside and shoreline fishing, concessions, refreshments, and restrooms, beach access, BGreen in play, and access to Pleasure Beach Park. Revenue may be generated through park pavilions and youth day camps. Many sustainability measures will be taken to ensure the restoration is on par with BGreen objectives.
21. Pleasure Beach Buildings Silver Petrucelli released to begin building refurbishment design on Pleasure
Beach. Pricing out building rehab and boardwalk. Complete construction documents for boardwalk $23K including site engineering and access roads. Reviewing electrical loading and needs for 2012. Getting price to refurb Harbor Hut. Meeting held on harbor hut design. Requesting $50K design funding to start to be able to include in earmark construction funding. Silver Petrucelli was released to begin the building refurbishment design on Pleasure Beach. The main purpose of this refurbishment is to enhance the buildings originally designed as toilet rooms, showers, concession, and a welcome center that was never commissioned. Some of the sustainable alternatives recommended include recycled rubber roofing, composite decking and metal, permeable pavers, solar hot water systems, and rainwater harvesting systems.
Pleasure Beach Harbor Hut
Pleasure Beach Pavillion
22. Pleasure Beach Water Taxi- Awaiting request for mtg with CDOT re earmark. Have to now await review
by 2011. Water Taxi Floating Dock permit available-pending conditions review. Kick off 9/21 with CDOT held- option to use our money unreimbursed or use fed money fo design and wait 4 mos for approval. Harbor master meeting potential boat builders for landing craft. Drafted RFP for designer. Working with City Engineer to advertise. Telcon with CDOT today re: same. RFQ pulled to meet needs of earmark to State CDOT. Pleasure Beach Pier drawings being reviewed by CDOT. Review completed and comments submitted back to Engineer. NFI. A floating dock was proposed to increase access to water dependent activities for residents of Bridgeport via water taxi services, to provide a berthing location for City of Bridgeport vessels, and a location of access for Pleasure Beach employees to monitor Piping Plover and Least Tern Habitat in accordance with any and all Permit application conditions. A 38 x 13 ft. Packman welded aluminum landing craft with a passenger rating of 23 plus 2 crew will be used as a water taxi.
23. Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier All benches and lights in except for benches on mainland, 3 weeks out at
11/19/11. Permit for floating dock in hand! Working on de-conflicting power with UI. Had meeting with UI. $11K to find with divers, UI to fund. UI to dive next week for cable location. Location found. Preparing to complete floating dock. NFI. A portion of the $2,000,000 funding for Pleasure Beach Public Accessibility is to be used to finance the Please Beach Fishing Pier. A $25,000 grant was awarded to the City of Bridgeport from CT DEEP; the money was used for the first phase of the Pleasure Beach Parks project, the Family Fishing Pier. The Fishing Pier structural engineering and design work was completed by Cuoco Structural Engineers, LLC.
24. Parks Master Plan – Sasaki outreach at CB School went well. Met with Trust for Public Land for funding
yesterday, sending proposal to assist. Should meet with Mayor subsequently. Meeting held and Mayor pushed for NRZ Adopt a Park. Met with TPL for support on Yellow Mill. Getting map done in collaboration with GBRTA. Getting signage ideas. Prepping for final document work plan and budget. Review last week $63M. Met with Fairfield Community Foundation for TPL input of 1. Sliver by the River 2. Waterfront Recapture, 3. Neighborhood Park Refurb in Park Deserts. Met with TPL. They are doing assessment on what to fund. The Parks Master plan evaluates existing park systems and makes recommendations for future use and additions. Its goal is to enhance existing parks, expand through the creation of new parks, and provide better connections between parks and people through a system of “hyper parks” and investment in the street and pedestrian environment that connect people to parks. The utilization of buffers and other physical barriers will also be implemented to provide mitigation and adaption strategies for the effects of climate change. Successful rehabilitation of the parks will be the result of cooperation between many different entities such as residents, NRZs, private sector leaders, the City, non-profits and social organizations. Making the parks accessible to all and environmentally viable are additional goals of the plan. Increasing public access and waterfront revitalization has been historically linked to creating value for redevelopment. The plan includes developing secure partnerships, increasing public access to the waterfront areas of
Pequonnock River and Yellow Mill Creek via a downtown “Sliver by the River” and creating “hyper parks” in the area with the most need, the East Side.
25. Knowlton Park - Julian working and complete by November 2011. Meeting being set up with DEEP for
future phases in next several weeks. Need approval of Stewardship Permit cost for next phase for Fuss and O’Neil. Transferring funds for. F and O met with DEEP on future permitting. Budget pricing in hand and meeting set for 11/30 for discussion. Meeting held with mayor on next phases. $11M total budget, may be able to value engineer $2M out for esplanades/streetscape. Design development completion Phase II by 1/31/12. Tavella still working on reduction of Phase II pricing. Tavella submitting hazmat site as stewardship permit, requiring $2K/yr fee. Planning on bidding April 2012 for Phase II and going thru permitting from fed agencies, longest lead ACE. Funding. The Knowlton Park Master Plan incorporates 38 different sustainable architectural improvements. The Knowlton Park will increase physical connectivity between the parks and green areas of Bridgeport, enhancing the fusion between City and nature. As a part of the Pequonnock River Watershed Based Plan, the converting of old industrial spaces into public green spaces will enhance active and recreational activities in the area and increase water access for citizens. Included in the plan for Knowlton Park are new plazas, gently sloping open lawn areas, and an overlook pavilion. Boardwalks that allow for pedestrian waterfront access will weave throughout native riparian plantings that provide habitat and cleanse stormwater runoff.
26 Washington Park- Met with Fuss and O’Neil to review scope. Prioritization given. Bid awarded to concrete creations for splash pad, gazebo and toilet room rehab +- $309K, no contingency. PO done. Scope meeting held. Splash pad installed. New swing area complete except swings. Curb around Victorian garden
complete; they are working on installing granite curbing.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Letters on Sign for Rose Garden Sign being re-cut to Historic Commission Specifications Pulling plans for plantings for Rose Garden and will start soon Building work around restrooms nearing completion- windows painted and automatic locks are complete Gazebo painting done Repairs on perimeter fence and railings completed Lights have been received. Need to be installed. Splash pad installed- needs to be checked. Grass needs to spread- ruts in ground regroomed.
Washington Park, a park of approximately 4 acres in size, was Bridgeport’s first public park. Rennovations for Washington Park will include a splash pad, gazebo, and toilet room at a budget of approximately $309 thousand. The splash pad has been installed, and a new swing area is nearly complete. A new curb around the Victorian garden has been completed and work is nor being done to install granite curbing. The various improvements planned for Washington Park include playground, building, and basketball court improvements, fence restoration, lighting and sidewalk repairs, site furnishing, and landscape improvements. The restoration of this historic park will be an example of community pride and pleasure.
Splash Pad 27 City Annex Park- Work on-going with G. Pic. Complete.
28 EID- Meeting held last week and PM selected and going to BPP this week. TO’s to be issued on assessing Eco Industrial Park and progress to date. Developed task orders. EID Meeting on Titan Energy Presentation. Prep for 1/1/12 roll out need signed agreement. EID Meeting with UI this month on Green Energy park status and bio-solids field visit set for February 16 2012. Preparing for next speaker. To be Constellation. There are many reasons for the creation of an Energy Improvement District; some of which include the District’s ability to reduce energy costs and improve reliability for customers within the district, reducing congestion charges for customers by decreasing demands on the electric transmission and distribution systems, the creation of environmental benefits, and energy security. The Energy Improvement District allows Bridgeport to generate and sell local renewable power and buy power in bulk to reduce costs. Sources and uses for Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District are far reaching and cover many different types of energy efficiency mechanisms. One such use is the funding of energy conservation upgrades to households and businesses, financing loans for which stem from the vehicle of revenue bonds. EID also funds energy conservation upgrades for the city government. Money for alternative energy systems for city governments, households, and businesses would also come from EID funds, as would money for green infrastructure components of city government, households, and businesses. Transportation components, community garden and parks development, commercial and residential recycling, organic food waste and commercial composting, vegetated cover increase, and green business and research opportunities are all addition sources and uses of funds from Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District. The Board is currently exploring the creation of an anaerobic digester to save money on hauling waste, the construction of a solar voltaic array, and has solicited proposals from Energy Suppliers for a contract to help reduce monthly utility bills. 29 Seaside Park Permit- Finalized and submitted. Setting up funding in place. Meeting with DEP in next two weeks week on green energy park and stewardship cell closure. Tentative discussions with DEP and LBG environmental consultant all positive. Environmental Engineer responding to UI on design of green energy park. May need path system on top per previous closure permit approval. Testing about to start. The Seaside Park Permit entered into effect in September of 2010. It is a permit to perform closure, postclosure care inclusive of water quality monitoring, landfill gas decomposition monitoring, site-wide environmental investigation and cleanup ("post-closure care" and "corrective action measures") at the hazardous and solid waste disposal facility in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes ("CGS") Sections 22a-6, 22a-449(c) and 22a-454, and Sections 22a-209 and 22a-449(c)-110 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies ("RCSA") as specified in the conditions set forth in the permit. The permit regulates and authorizes the Permittee to perform closure, post-closure care and corrective action measures at the facility. The permit does not authorize operation of a hazardous and solid waste management facility in the sense of treating, storing, or disposing of hazardous and solid wastes generate off-site. The Permit has a duration of 10 years; at the end of the term (2020) the Permit may be renewed.
30 ZipCar/Hertz/Enterprise- Spoke with Zip Car/Hertz to explore model of eliminating city fleet and rental agencies. Spoke with DSSD to potentially participate in. Assembling data for them. Transmitted cost data today. Met with Enterprise again on potential renting of fleet. They will meet with Fernanda for more fidelity. Evaluating from prospective of state bid and number of cars. Additional data on car usage sent to Enterprise. The ZipCar/Hertz Enterprise company is establishing a partnership with the city, schools, GBT and businesses to eliminate the city fleet. Enterprise Holdings has three locations in the city of Bridgeport. WeCar is a car sharing solution for business and individual use developed and operated by Enterprise Renta-Car. Car sharing benefits are personal and business use, and offer a sustainability benefit to any account. Based on the current WeCar program results, businesses are reducing their fleets by about 35% to save money, and the cars used in the WeCar program produce 69% less CO2 emissions per vehicle and about 89% of assessed emissions. Shifting to a WeCar fleet saves money and is more efficient: detailed utilization reports are promised as well as clear employee vehicle behavior and use pattern reports.
31 Energy Supply RFQ - Developing energy supplier RFP. Awaiting response from City Attorney. Will be taken up by EID Board. In process to Purchasing. Awaiting response by Chairwoman for two names from Board to serve on Committee. Interviews held, two finalists awaiting due diligence. BRBC working the commercial business side. Met with EID Chairwoman on Marketing Agreement. Setting up next meeting. Kick Off set for March 1. J Cottell, Elaine Ficcara and Lisa Trachtenburg working Marketing Plan and Agreement, potential revenue at $40K/year for EID assuming 10% sign up and $25 gift card for sign up to resident + . Met and kick off set for April 1, 2012. Weekly meetings on agreement. Still on track for April 1, 2012 roll out. The City is interested in identifying the optimum energy and resource utilization strategies that will complement the Bridgeport B-Green 2020 initiative issued in 2008 to be a world leader in green initiatives. The City of Bridgeport (the City) through its Energy Improvement District is seeking to provide energy supplier services through a qualified vendor currently licensed to perform energy supplier services in the State of CT. The Supplier’s role will be to market and implement a comprehensive and coordinated package of energy costs and strategies to save money for homeowners, residents and if applicable businesses, off of their utility bills. The City of Bridgeport’s Energy Improvement District views one of its goals as to engage in a process by which communities can combine their residents and potentially businesses into large buying groups. These buying groups should result in increased “buying power” and stable prices for members of the Energy Improvement District. As part of this effort prospective suppliers might propose different rate options for different buying groups such as seniors, veterans, small or disadvantaged businesses, certain business types, various percentages of clean energy in addition to various means to help fund future renewable energy supply and energy conservation programs of the EID etc. In summary a key component of this program should be the ability to inspire economic development through providing long term rate stability by suppliers, to generate energy savings to homeowners and businesses to save on operating expenses. 32 Fuel Cell – Aquaculture and Bridgeport Housing Project and Captains Cove. CT Resource Center developing study. Conference call last week determined potential feasibility. Trying to add more capacity to make this cost effective, potentially adding in sewage treatment plant. Met with Bloom Energy on potential use in Bridgeport. They have meeting with UI and UI is talking about bringing fuel cell into mix for green energy park. Fuel Cell Energy site supposed to start construction by spring 2012. Met with UTC Power on working with UI and City on identifying projects. Met with Siemens on potential use for schools in performance contracting. NFI.
Fuel Cell Energy manufactures ultra-clean stationary fuel cell power plants that generate electricity with up to twice the efficiency of conventional fossil fuel plants – and with virtually no air pollution. The Fuel Cell Park is an additional $50 million investment to accompany the West End Municipal Development Plan (a public-private redevelopment plan that has led to $80 million in new real estate in Bridgeport’s West End neighborhood. The Fuel Cell Park is an investment, it represents considerable tax revenue for the city, and is the type of project that requires very little direct, daily city services. The development site is a brownfield currently being remediated by the CBS Corporation in accordance with a DEEP approved plan. The Fuel Cell Park would turn the brownfield into a productive green energy site. 33 CNG Vehicles –All three vehicles 100% complete. Bridgeport Biodiesel permit okayed. CNG facility grand opening 1/31/12. Held.
The Emissions Solutions Inc. warranty guarentees to whoever buys the first CNG engine: 2 years or 4000 hours of operation with towing, or travel costs to a service person when a repair is made in the field reimbursed for the first year. Compressed Natural Gas is a cleaner fueling alternative to gasoline that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. Enviro Express Natural Gas, LLC was honored by NGV America and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF) in 2011 for opening the first LNG/CNG (liquid natural gas/compressed natural gas) vehicle fueling station east of the Mississippi. The station’s opening in Bridgeport will allow for CNG vehicles to be used in the area. 12 million CNG vehicles are on the road today, but only 12,000 are being driven in the U.S. More CNG fueling stations will increase the amount of CNG vehicles in America, decreasing our dependence on foreign gasoline. CNG costs about 50% less than gasoline or diesel and emits up to 90% fewer emissions. As gasoline prices and fear of climate change effects from GHG emissions rise, CNG becomes a much more viable option.
34 319 Grant- Completed next draft of 319 grant funding for work on Pequannock Park. Funding should be forthcoming. Need to shop improvement in impairment. Working application. Response from DEP today. DEEP providing additional $75K grant to City. Met and are providing design. The previous 319 grant focused on the development of a watershed based plan for the Pequonnock River watershed in the City of Bridgeport and the neighboring towns of Monroe and Trumbull. The watershed plan was a comprehensive, scientifically-sound, and practical planning document for the protection and restoration of water resources in the Pequonnock River watershed. In the current proposed 319 application the City will implement one of these designs on the banks of the Pequannock River in an area of significant impairment, the result of which will improve water quality by reducing the biotic and abiotic impairment . A further goal of this implementation will be load reduction caused by non-point source suspended solids conducted in sheet flow and finally on-going management measures to maintain this implemented projects viability. 35 Composting – PILOT between Providence, New Haven and Bridgeport on-going with DEP. Reviewing Sikorsky site for possible composting lay-down area. Met with another composting organization. According to the BGreen 2020 Report, increased recycling and composting will reduce the cost of disposal, create local jobs, save money in the city budget (thereby reducing taxes), and move us away from an industrial age that emphasizes disposable goods. In 2010 the following issues were addressed at a presentation where the best urban practices in America as well as presentations from businesses that are operating in the Bridgeport region and want to expand, and companies interested in investing in Bridgeport if
raw materials from the waste stream are made available, were discussed: incentives for households and businesses, social enterprises that involve community participation and benefits, how to lower city costs of solid waste management, feasibility of an industrial park for recycling and composting companies, sources of federal and other financing for new infrastructure. Harvest uses Best Available Control Technologies to achieve Lowest Achievable Emissions Rates. Harvest’s source separated organic material composting facility presentation (February, 2012) illustrates the possibilities of a digester with waste input and energy output. Sites included in the presentation were the Mulching operation, the Sikorsky parking lot, the Wheelabrator site, and 152 Howard Avenue. The City was deemed given a set of issues to help move the development process along. Community engagement, zoning: high impact vs. low impact, allow wastewater disposal/provide grant for cleanup, enable integration with mulching operation, bond issuance through EID, and provide fill material for site work. 36 Mattress Recycling – P&Z Commission action imminent. $50K grant from DECD, and $100K loan from Comm Cap. B’d established with Jeff L., Green Team and Family Re-Entry make up. No bids received, working with Deb Caviness to get more bidder interest. Rebid produced 6 bids, renovations on-going. Discussion with DEEP to guarantee mattress quantity. Prepared to release NTP. Awaiting Purchasing NTP. Bridgeport is one of the few cities in the United States to offer a mattress recycling program, the new business is entitled Park City Green. Mattresses are difficult to dispose, and are commonly illegally dumped. Recycling mattresses is an alternative to landfill or incineration (incineration is harmful because burning mattresses releases emissions and pollution). Factories can recycle up to 85% of a mattress, taking apart the materials and selling them for reuse. The mattress recycling plant in Bridgeport will create new jobs and save resources. Mayor Finch’s goal is to have every city in Connecticut partner with this new business by providing mattresses and box springs from their municipal waste stream. The process is simple: Park City Green leaves enclosed trailers at the transfer or recycling site. Public Works employees load the trailers with mattresses that are dropped off by the public. When the trailer is almost full, employees call Park City Green. They pick up the full trailer and deliver an empty one. This process is to be cheaper than regular mattress waste disposal and more environmentally preferable. 37 Community Gardens – Held meeting with Groundworks. They will start prep of two gardens this Fall and we will provide access agreement. Meeting held on Urban farming, new head of BCLT in discussion on 4 grants. Take to Council beginning December. Jeff L. holding Urban Farming Meeting. Sent our previous rfq for gardens. On ECDC Agenda for 1/17/12. Cancelled for lack of quorum. Will table at ECDC tomorrow night until structure in place. Tabled and awaiting Barbara Kelly next month ECDC meeting. Call from Councilman suggested non-involvement. Findings from the National Gardening Association’s (NGA) new survey, The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America, indicate that food gardening in the U.S. is on the rise. Seven million more households plan to grow their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, or berries in 2009 than in 2008 — a 19 percent increase in participation. This anticipated increase is nearly double the 10 percent growth in vegetable gardening from 2007 to 2008 and reflects the number of new food gardeners emerging this year. More Americans are recognizing the benefits of growing their own produce, including improved quality, taste, and cost savings. In 2008, gardeners spent a total of $2.5 billion to purchase seeds, plants, fertilizer, tools, and other gardening supplies to grow their own food. According to NGA estimates, on average a well-maintained food garden yields a $500 return when considering a typical gardener’s investment and the market price of produce. The Community Greenspace Program supports projects that better unite a community. Citizens working on common space projects, such as vacant lots, parks and curb strips are successful in achieving that goal. Projects that focus on tree planting have better long-term survival rates and greater environmental impacts than those projects using only flowers and shrubs. These kinds of projects also have more dramatic visual impact and result in greater change in the neighborhood. 38 Flood Control Projects – Rep Hennessey and Stallworth pursuing funding for Oxbrook and NE Flood Control respectively. Met with Rep Henessey and DEEP. Provided plans of flood control potential work to state delegation. Heading toward resolution of Greenwood Estates land acquisition. John U doing $70K design for $250K construction to release this next CY. Jon Urquidi prepping RFQ for design of Broad Bridge and for Berm at Ox Brook. State Rep Hennessy to secure funding for berm this week. Urquidi filling out Bond Request Form, provided input to Rep Stallworth. Meeting Rep Stallworth tomorrow. Met with
Stallworth and jack Hennessey re NE Flood Control and Ox Brook and with State OPM re funding of $100K by City for $3.2M State match. Bridgeport is a city preparing for the effects of climate change by developing adaptive and mitigation strategies. Flood control is needed in Bridgeport already; as the effects of climate change begin, flooding will be exacerbated in those areas already commonly affected. The Clean Air Cool Planet Climate Change workshop highlighted flood zones in Bridgeport such as Ox Brook and Greenwood Estates. Preventative action by the City needs to be taken to save the areas in danger of climate change flooding and sea level rise. Bond Request forms are being filled out for a hopeful funding of $100,000 by the City for a $3.2 million State match. 39 Yellow Mill/Johnson Creek- Developing projects there with HCC doing biological assessment. Steve H. contacted HCC for biological assessment of Yellow Mill. Doing Small Waters Grant with them. The Parks Master Plan envisions new connections to Bridgeport’s waterfronts – with continuous public access along the Pequonnock River and restoration of the Yellow Mill Creek corridor. As one of Bridgeport’s Riparian Fingers, the Pequonnock River plan will be used to make recommendations to preserve the coastal, riparian, and upland areas of the Yellow Mill/Johnson Creek that are threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. The Coastal Habitat lands are tidal marsh, beaches and dunes that are key for 45% of endangered species. This land provides habitat, shoreline stabilization, food storage and natural filtration, and dampens storm surges. The Riparian Corridors defend against runoff, erosion, flooding, and filter pollutants. They provide habitat and corridors for wildlife, shade for waters and scenic value and recreational opportunities for people. The Upland Habitats include urban forest, urban shrub/scrub, and urban grassland. Environmental issues affecting this area include runoff, pollution, nutrients, sediment, fragmented habitat, habitat loss, and lost species diversity.
40 Green Infrastructure and Save the Sound - Working with Bridgeport and New Haven to develop a plan for green infrastructure save the Sound has retained Hazen and Sawyer to develop a plan of action tying the cso program to green infrastructure. Subsequent workshop to be held. Meeting with STS 9/21/11 with Mayor set by STS. Conference call today. Getting project information for incorporation in future grant. Met with Save the Sound and briefed them on City Projects and potential funding work with them. Looking at possibility of green roof infrastructure downtown. Provided list of potential green infrastructure projects to working group to push forward. Regular bi-weekly conference call. Call held today meeting Mayor 12/19/11 with STS and WPCA for further review. Verified sewer shed locations for proposed green infrastructure locations. Reviewing final document. Provided commentary. Final draft completed. Met with STS and going to DEEP in next several weeks. Conversations with DEEP and STS. Sent up letters of support and request to earmark $5.5M for green infrastructure pilot. The Long Island Sound is also one of the most densely populated regions in the U.S., which leads to the importance of investing in Green Infrastructure techniques that mitigate the pollution loads currently impacting this $8.5 billion regional economic driver. Since 2004, an estimated 1.6 billion gallons of sewage have been dumped into the Long Island Sound by Bridgeport in order to avoid sewage and stormwater mixture overflow within facilities. Save the Sound and the NRDC with CT DEEP contracted Hazen and Sawyer to conduct a study of the feasibility of stormwater control measures in Bridgeport and New Haven. Green infrastructure refers to the range of stormwater control measures that use plant and soil systems, as well as stormwater harvest and reuse, to store, infiltrate, and evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows into the combined sewer system and area waterways. For this particular study, green infrastructure refers to the application of stormwater control measures in Bridgeport and New Haven CT to assist in addressing CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) issues.
41 Kennedy Stadium Memorial Design- Getting price on monument. $50K-$75K Need decision to go ahead. Preparing rough rendering. The John F. Kennedy Stadium is located at Central High School and may seat 12,000 patrons. The Memorial will commemorate President John F. Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 42 Mummy Pond design ongoing. Seaside Park. The design for Mummy Pond is ongoing; it will be located in Seaside Park and will roll into the Seaside Buffer Zone. 43 Blight Demo- Had Bob Prentis attend Capital Meeting awaiting further info Tom Coble. Prentis met with Coble. Initiated Bob Prentis onto blight work. Since issuing its Anti-Blight ordinance in July 2005, the city of Bridgeport has issued over 600 Anti-Blight warnings. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program staff has investigated complaints and issued warning to property owners who face $100 per day fines for allowing bulk items to accumulate on their premises.
44 Lincoln Boulevard- Ready for next meeting. Info transmitted to T McCarthy. Mayor indicated design was good to go as is. Contacted Tom McCarthy. Need to finalize drawings for bid and construction +- $111k The Lincoln Boulevard Complete Streets Proposal has several goals for renovation. Bio-swales and rain gardens will increase water quality and reduce the amount of sheetflow directed to CSO’s, thereby reducing pollution and treatment cost. Increased vegetative cover will reduce the heat island effect, improve respiratory health, and mitigate excessive stormwater flow. Road and pedestrian ways that are permeable and either selectively or continuously filter and reduce sheetflow will improve water quality and reduce the volume to CSO’s. Developing bike ways and paths as alternative sources of travel is another goal of the Lincoln Boulevard Complete Streets Proposal, as are way finding devices (signage, etc.), hardscape and streetscape to promote a unified streetscape, and mass transit interface to promote multiple ways of travel.
45 Seaside Grove- Pricing removal of paving to stone dust visited Friday. NFI.
46 Signage- Ferry Signage out to bid by 8-10-11. Two numbers received. Tentative award ready. Need approval on specific language of signs. Tom Lattin awarding re ferry. Meeting regularly on downtown signage. Met today, working with graphic designer for theming overall design. Ferry signage work released. Meeting with graphic designer this week. Ferry Signage final production occurring. Getting proposal from Sasaki. Requesting approval from Purchasing on sole source selection based on Sasaki familiarity with project. Purchasing has approved. Getting proposal. Reviewing proposal from Sasaki. NFI. A significant lack of directional signage as well as site markers results in drivers circling the area to find their destination and then attempting to identify parking to access the destination. A clear, concise wayfinding network would clarify the routes to and locations of attractors including Harbor Yard, restaurants and businesses, parks, Intermodal Transportation Center (bus and train network), City Hall, courthouses, and many others that offer opportunities for people to conduct business and recreate throughout the city. Implementation of a wayfinding system would address several points contained in the BGreen 2020 Plan including the promotion of healthy lifestyles by shortening the time spent in the car and incorporating pedestrian signage that encourages walking in the Downtown. The BGreen 2020 document also supports the idea of an efficient wayfinding system since it would enhance the concept of “Complete Streets.” Signage would be designed to direct all travelers, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users, a key element of the Complete Streets philosophy. Furthermore, this project will directly support new and existing local businesses which will strengthen the tax base, add stability to the local economy and make the City more competitive in the local and global markets. Finally, greenhouse gases would be reduced as there will be less cars circling the area looking for parking and new signage would encourage travelers to park once and walk to their destinations. A comprehensive wayfinding network will also provide greater access to the Intermodal Transportation Center, thereby promoting the bus and rail network in the Downtown. New signs for the ferry will promote a unified streetscape, act as a way finding device for citizens and travelers, and increase City ambience. Signage will also increase awareness about the City of Bridgeport’s water and transportation resources.
Bridgeport Draft Examples 47 Environmental Issues at Ash Creek - Preparing Plan Sent to DEEP for review. Received DEEP comments. Met with Ash Creek planting on going today Thursday 10/6/11. Vandalism of installed plants. Installing new wood snow fence and replacing damaged material. DEEP approval based on 3 year monitoring plan. Grass plugs installed and permanent wood fence installed. Fence fell down replacing. Ash Creek is one of the Bridgeport Riparian Fingers and, as such, is ideal for promoting public water access and diverse recreational activities. A program promoting Ash Creek visitors to leave vehicles at home and use public transit will be initiated. The GBRC will also be working to create a pedestrian bridge at Ash Creek. To re-establish a dune system over time along the “sand spit” at Ash Creek, greenery such as American Beach Grass, Beach Plum, Sand Cherry, and Staghorn Sumac will be planted to enhance the marine and wildlife habitations at Ash Creek. The Southwest Conservation District and the City of Bridgeport, as of January 2011, are looking for a contractor to coordinate with the City of Bridgeport and create a watershed based plan. The Partnership will receive ongoing water quality data and use it to help enhance the existing a Watershed Based Plan (WBP) and create a Rooster River WBP, which provides estimates of pollutant load reductions for specific water quality action items and meet all EPA’s Nine Elements of Watershed Plans. This work will build upon and cooperate with the City of Bridgeport’s 2008funded 319 project as well as water quality monitoring being conducted by Harbor Watch / River Watch.
Promoting the uses of Ash Creek 48 Seaside Reconstruction – Met with Stantec re possible retention this a.m. for redesign of .75 mile roadway length. Proposal in hand. Met with STANTEC and preparing schemes. Met with variations will be getting further review. Setting up meeting for further review. Met this week with STANTEC. Will price out one way road design, bikeway, vegetated buffer and check valves. Further renovation along the Seaside Village is in the form of a .75 mile roadway. The proposal for reconstruction includes a one way road design, bikeway, vegetated buffer, and check valves.
49 Electric Charging Stations - Install to be done by UI at Lyon Terrace. Working on Council Resolutions. Approved and finalizing. City Hall Committee met and are awaiting Fairfield due diligence. Bowman doing presentation at next City Hall Committee. Approved and going to Contracts tomorrow night. Approved and going into installation. As more and more electric cars are being driven in the U.S., it is necessary to have local electric charging stations for them. Electric cars are an alternative to gasoline or diesel; they do not run on gas and they emit zero emissions when driven. The United Illuminating Company (UI) is proposing to install at no cost to the City of Bridgeport a charging station at City Hall, Lyon Terrace. The charging station will be individually metered for research purposes to determine the usage at each charging station location. At Bridgeport’s City Hall, UI is able to directly receive the electricity through its own lines and meters for the electric vehicle charging station. UI will pay the bill for the charging station on-line. Since the City of Bridgeport will not be billed, there will be no incentive fee provided. The pilot will last about two years, but may be terminated or extended by UI at UI’s sole discretion based in the Terms and Conditions. The pilot is also subject to any and all decisions, orders, rulings, directives or determinations made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), including but not limited to modifications to or termination of the pilot. Control Module Industries makes Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) curbside pedestals and EVSC Marquees (charging stations for parking lots). Both act as stations with hanging charging wires to prevent drivers or pedestrians from tripping over wires.
50 Geo Thermal Energy- Exploring geo-thermal wells at either Producto or Lyon Terrace. Reviewing proposal produced. NFI John Cottell. Met with Geo thermal folks today need further clarification. Nfi. Geothermal wells are being explored for the locations of either Producto or Lyon Terrace. Geothermal energy uses the earth’s natural temperatures to heat buildings in the winter seasons and cool buildings in the summer season. It utilizes the earth’s natural and renewable resources and saves on greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. The 2o year savings for Bridgeport (as opposed to the conventional prices for the HVAC system) would be $6,155,723, and the total costs to Bridgeport sum up to be $195,915. Conventional costs represent costs required to install comparable standard system and bring the ducting up current ASHRAE standards. Conventional Equipment typically needs to be replaced after 15-20 years. Work on the geothermal can occur 30 days after the contract is signed and the engineering deposit is obtained. This is for engineering and RFPs. For 36 bore holes, drilling and heat exchanger installation takes 3-4 weeks. Interior installation will take about 6 weeks and can be completed concurrently with geo-field installation. 51 WPCA Operating Agreement and RFP – Added IRM Integrated Resource management language to both documents. Attended WPCA Board Meeting re-adding in Green Technology IRM information and deconflicting between two agreements. Agreement and RFP out to bid. Answering RFI’s.
The WPCA is the sewer authority created pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 103, Section 7245 et seq and Title 13 of the Bridgeport Code of Ordinances. The WPCA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the System. Currently operated and managed by Kelda Group Inc., the contract expires in 2013 and the WPCA and the City of Bridgeport are looking for a new contractor to operate and manage the System. The System consists of the two wastewater treatment facilities (the “Plants”) called the East Side WWTP and the West Side WWTP, related wastewater collection and conveyance systems and facilities, and associated real estate and personal property. The WPCA’s wastewater collection system (the “Collection System”) consists of approximately 283 miles of sewers, of which approximately 123 miles are combined sanitary and storm sewers. The System also includes 66 regulators with 32 CSO outfalls and 8 inverted siphons of varying size. There are 25 tide gates located throughout the City. As part of the WPCA regionalization plan under the Eco-Industrial Park outline, the City would initiate a potential decentralization of WPCA facilities and an increased use of resource extraction as a potential revenue stream (creating revenue from waste). The primary responsibilities of wastewater treatment facilities are expanding from the current objectives of protecting human health and the aquatic environment to include resource recovery, i.e., extracting valuable resources from the waste material treated. This trend is being driven by natural resource scarcity, energy costs, and climate change. In addition to saving operating costs, these practices may provide new sources of revenue, including those from renewable energy credits (RECs) and greenhouse gas (GHG) offsets. The new role for wastewater treatment facilities is becoming a resource provider, or “green factory” that recovers valuable resources from waste material for reuse. The West Side Waste Water Treatment Plant was evaluated to assess to potential use of fuel cells in a combined heat and power configuration. 52 ESF-3 Flooding Mitigation – Pursuing use of DEMHS grant funding. Buying material. Pursuing letter to utilities on poor storm response PW-Monroe, Pursuing re-write of CONOP PW-Greenwich, Pursuing Interoperability Event PW-Stamford, Pursuing Climate Change Event PW-Westport. The Emergency Support Function 3 provides emergency and evacuation plans as well as natural disaster shelter guides for the City. Their guide provides regional coordination of assets and resources by the Regional Coordinator and other staff in the DEMHS regional offices. ESF 3 met to discuss the utility protocols and responses to storms, as well as the challenges to meeting a major storm event with the Nor’Easter on 3/13-14/10, and, finally, the budget and future actions. Storm events, such as Tropical Storm Irene have cause damage to areas of Bridgeport. Similar damage has occurred in the past and will likely occur in the future at significant cost to the City of Bridgeport. Due to the flooding history of Bridgeport, the City is pursuing DEMHS grant funding for the purpose of flooding mitigation.
53 Transit First- Met with Doug Holcomb GBRPA on potential transit subsidy for City Employees.
Met with Janet Finch and Holcomb re Eco Pass and Metro pool tax payroll deduction. Janet following up for start in new year. RPA completed Transit First video. Transit video is not finished- but under production.
Transit first policy has been drafted. Transit Check from CT Commuter Services being evaluated by Janet Finch up to $125/month loaded in debit cards for mass transit
It is the policy of the City of Bridgeport to maximize the travel options of its residents and visitors while minimizing the environmental impacts of transportation by actively encouraging the use of public transportation, walking and bicycling. Transit First Policy Draft ideas include the utilization of tax revenue generated by new development to increase transit service in Bridgeport, the purchase of city transit passes for City employees and the encouragement of other major employers in the city to do the same, the encouragement of car sharing, and the reduction of minimum parking requirements in conjunction with actions that reduce single occupant vehicle trips. The City would include the Greater Bridgeport Transit Area (GBTA) in the planning process of all new development and will work with the GBTA to identify gaps or deficiencies in pedestrian access to transit and work to develop a program to amend these. Additionally, urban street designs to promote walking, biking, and transit use would be designed. The management of Downtown Bridgeport’s transportation (in lieu of limiting it to exclusively parking management) will be a final strategy used.
GBT Hub 54 Webster Arena Solar - Drafting Council Resolution for private sector development of solar on arena roof top. Reviewed once with City Attorney-finalizing. Prep for Council action in December. Meeting Wednesday with Arena. Met and finalized resolution for fuel cell/solar pending REC market establishment. Sent to Council. Going to Contracts tomorrow night. Approved in Contracts. Released for design, and satisfaction of 90% of arena energy. Trading drafts of docs and agreement. Met with Gabe on Thursday to discuss. Ron re-drafted lease. Need CAO approval to release. GP is a renewable energy distributor in Bridgeport. Under the conditions provided, GP will install a solar energy system or fuel cell in the Arena at no cost to the City. The City agreed to enter into a Site Lease with GP, who entered an agreement with the Arena Operator to provide utilities at a lower cost than currently available to the Operator for a period of ten years under a Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA), in December 2011. The benefit of reducing utility costs will save the Arena a substantial amount of money, thus leaving more money for an increased number of events at the Arena. The project will help to revitalize and attract citizens and visitors to downtown Bridgeport.
Webster Arena Conceptual Layout
55 Arena Parking – Paving and Bio-swales. Working design alternates. Met with Robinson and Urquidi. Urquidi working scheme. Starting layout this week. Hladun and Valeri meeting today. Consensus is can’t cut into pkg area due to contamination. Considering grass planting. NFI. Introducing Bio-swales and permeable paving into the design of Arena Parking will reduce stormwater runoff, increase water quality, and reduce the volume to CSO’s. The rehabilitation of vacant parking lot areas used as overflow parking areas for Harbor yard and the Arena. The lots will be rehabilitation with topsoil and seed application or a compacted gravel parking surface based on determinations made by the Bridgeport Public Facilities Department. Fencing may be included in the bid dependent on availability of funds and review of estimates.
56 NRZ work – Presented at NRZ Leadership meeting last night for additional sidewalk work etc. Met NRZ Leadership last night on projects. The Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ) process was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in the State of Connecticut in 1995. The legislation outlined a process that encouraged stakeholders in a community to collaborate with all levels of government to improve neighborhoods that were affected by adverse or blighted conditions. The legislation requires the neighborhood to work together to determine its priorities and create a plan to revitalize the area. Once this plan is developed, submitted, and approved, the neighborhood can be designated as an NRZ, or a Neighborhood Revitalization Zone. One main benefit of becoming an NRZ is the ability to bypass often onerous regulations and rules that might otherwise impede an implementation process. Typical NRZ Planning steps include assembling the community and the planners, learning about the needs and priorities of the community and seeking input, developing and refining recommendations, drafting the NRZ plan, and implementing the projects identified in the plan.
Work on the East Side scheduled for the NRZ is the streetscape of Knowlton Park (lighting, benches, pavers, trashcans, picnic tables). For the East End, the NRZ is responsible for the streetscape of Trowell Street to Suggets Lane or Central Avenue from Orange to Statford Avenue or Newfield from Stratford to Seaview Avenue. On Blackrock, the NRZ is responsible for streetscapes (Trees, plants, along esplanade, curbing and sidewalks). On the South End, NRZ is responsible for the streetscape of Streetscape-Park to Myrtle with both sides of Gregory to Myrtle or Myrtle to Lafayette and/or Park or Park to Myrtle on Atlantic or On Park at Gregory to Atlantic. On the West Side, NRZ is responsible for the streetscape from I-95 to Fountain State Street. On Hollow the NRZ is also responsible for streetscapes: Madison Avenue Construction South Side Only or Pequannock Street Streetscape (from Park to Harrell Avenue) or Phase 1 Washington Avenue and then Streetscape improvements. 57 Rooster River Pedestrian Bridge- Awaiting Selection Committee review. Rooster River is one of Bridgeport’s many waterways and one of Bridgeport’s Riparian Fingers. As a part of the Parks Master Plan, it is essential to connect people to the parks and improve public access to waterways. The Rooster Rive Pedestrian Bridge, which the city is working on engineering with Fairfield, will accomplish both of these Parks Master Plan priorities. There is also a Community Engagement Plan in place for Rooster River. 58 South End Bike Trail – Preliminary Design completed by GBRPA, ready to meet with NRZ. Copied to NRZ. Comments sent back to GBRC. The South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Plan was drafted in March of 2010. The NRZ aimed to institute a streetscape and façade program to beautify and re-invigorate business and provide pedestrians and bicyclists and enjoyable experience within the community. The preliminary design of the South End Bike Trail was completed by GBRPA and commented on by NRZ. The GBRC, as part of developing a “Complete Streets” plan for the City, reviewed the recommendations in the NRZ plan and identified potential bicycle routes into and through the South End. The proposed routes seek to provide bicyclists an enjoyable experience within the community. The South End neighborhood is located south of Railroad Avenue and is bordered by Long Island Sound, Ash Creek and the Pequonnock River. The Downtown area lies just to the north. Seaside Park is the primary attraction in the neighborhood and has the potential to offer one of the more scenic bikeways along the Connecticut shoreline. The objective of the proposed bicycle route network is to provide access to Seaside Park from the West Side/West End and Downtown.
59 Meeting with DEEP and City February for SA on all City Projects and coordinate funding, set for Feb 27, 2012. Preparing slide deck. Establishing Ombudsman with DEEP. A cumulative power point was created for the February 27 , 2012 meeting with DEEP and the City. The Power Point encompasses all sustainability projects currently being administered by the City. The large headings of which are public/private partnerships for Beardsley Zoo, Transit First and Eco Pass Program, Metro Pool, Zip/Hertz Car Program, and Recycling; Green Infrastructure; Seaside Village; Complete Streets; Pequonnock River; South End/Sikorsky Aircraft Improvements; Energy Initiatives such as Eco Park and the Energy Improvement District; and Waterfront Recapturing Programs like the Pequonnock River Watershed Initiative, Knowlton Park, 319 Grant Vegetated Buffer Implementation, Riparian Fingers restoration/redevelopment and preservation, and Parks Master Plan. Experts on each topic presented and the meeting concluded with discussion, important priorities, take-aways, and future necessities and actions. 60 Meeting with Climate Change and EMS and Public Works and EPA and State Reps- March for SA on all City projects and coordinate funding. Met with Brian Bidoli and TNC with Adam Wood, late March timeframe. NFI. 61 Sikorsky Streetscape- South Avenue $126K. Draft prepared. Steve Hladun has FORAC. Met Sikorsky went out to bid on 2/5/12. Back from bid next wed 2/29. Preparing to review. Interviews set for 3/7/12. Initial qual grids complete. 9 respondents. Proposed spending of $126 thousand for South Avenue as part of the Sikorsky Streetscape renovations. The City of Bridgeport is seeking to identify landscape architecture and engineering consultants to provide professional design services to develop streetscape improvements and gateway development at the key areas of South Avenue and Iranistan Avenue in order to improve and beautify the access to the area around Seaside Park and Sikorsky Aircraft. Some areas of improvement include bio-swales, rain gardens, vegetative cover, permeable vehicular and pedestrian surfaces, bike lanes, way finding devices, hardscape and streetscape, and mass transit interface.
62 Arena/Ball Park Greening- EPIC preparing proposal on LEEDS/repairs/energy conservation/code upgrades. With City Attorney and reconfiguring for ARRA conformance. EPIC resubmitting on Arena. EPIC is preparing a proposal on LEEDS, repairs, energy conservation, and code upgrades for Arena/Ball Park Greening. The Greening of the Arena/Ball Park will create a more energy efficient area for the city of Bridgeport and promote green access, generating additional revenue.
63 Congress Street Pequonnock Overlook – Design complete, will construct Spring 2012. Met with Valeri re start. Valeri has one half demoed. Designed as a part of the Pequonnock River Watershed Initiative, the Congress Street Pequonnock Overlook design has been completed and is scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2012. The overlook will increase connectivity between the City of Bridgeport and the green areas of Bridgeport, increase awareness of the city’s water resources, and increase public access to the water resources for citizens and visitors.
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