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City looks to buy used fire truck

Cary Ashby • Updated Oct 17, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Council president Steve Euton stayed true to his message to the Norwalk High School students: It would be a short meeting.

Tuesday night’s Norwalk city council meeting lasted about 14 minutes. More than a dozen NHS students attended the session to fulfill class assignments.

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said he learned from fire Chief John Soisson that his department is “pretty certain they’ve found a truck in Tennessee” and is working on the final details.

In late September, Soisson put two trucks out of service due to “structural problems” and safety concerns. The vehicles — the 1994 Freightliner pumper/tanker and 1985 Gruman pumper — failed to pass an inspection by the state Highway Patrol that the chief had requested. Earlier this month, council unanimously approved firefighters to travel more than 300 miles away from Norwalk to search for a used truck.

Just days after the city trucks were taken out of service, council appropriated $43,000 to purchase a used truck. Soission has said he hopes to find a vehicle that is a 2000 model or newer.

Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder announced Tuesday that Milan Avenue is open, but there will be work at “both ends” — League and Main streets.

“The subcontractor is installing new traffic signals,” he said.

City crews are in the process of separating sewers on Rule and Wooster streets and a small section of Monroe Street.

Also, Snyder announced Foster Street between Seminary and Main streets will be northbound only, based on feedback from various school officials about traffic congestion and and student pick-ups and drop-offs.

“Thursday (morning) that will take effect,” Snyder said. “We are going to do as much as we can Wednesday.”

Councilman Steve Schumm requested a report on the recently passed legislation about junk vehicles.

“It has to sit 30 days before it goes into effect,” said Norwalk Law Director Stuart O’Hara, who added that next week is the end of the 30-day period. “They are ready to go once the 30 days run.”

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