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Norwalk council passes 2018 budget

Cary Ashby • Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Norwalk city council passed the 2018 annual budget Tuesday.

Council members unanimously adopted the ordinance without any discussion. The budget is for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Norwalk Finance Director Michelle Reeder said there is $816,000 in possible deficit-spending — which is down from the $850,000 she earlier estimated.

In other action Tuesday, council adopted an ordinance that amends two sections to provide for indoor pellet-gun facilities. In mid-November, Castalia resident Shane Krebs discussed the indoor air-soft field, which will go into the former Janesville building located at 56 St. Mary’s St., with council.

Krebs, after Tuesday’s meeting, said he hopes to have Odin’s Paradise up and a running by the end of February or early March. He estimated he will put $10,000 to $15,000 into the building. 

Odin’s Paradise will employee six or seven people.

“Everybody is going to be part time,” Krebs said. “It’s not going to be open during the week.”

The facility will include obstacles, competitive bunkers and different rooms to explore.

“Currently the closest indoor field available is in Massillon and it is a third of the size I am projecting,” Krebs told council last month.

Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder gave an update to council about junk-vehicle violations.

Snyder said the zoning officer Mitch Loughton sent out 37 letters about potential violations and so far, 17 of the residences have complied. Since there were no calls or “no push-back,” he added that the residents knew why they had received the letters.

Four vehicles have received stickers, meaning they eventually could be towed away. Snyder said “two of them disappeared” and noted “we can’t take possession of any junk vehicles until we get the title.”

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan called the grand opening Saturday of the Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center “a great event” and “a great celebration” that included the county commissioners, health commissioner and city employees. He said the center will help the community address the drug problem and thanked director Michael Pack for moving it into Norwalk. 

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