Mushett honored for dedicated service to Norwalk

Cary Ashby • Feb 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Chris Mushett had a different perspective of a Norwalk city council meeting.

The former long-time council member was part of the audience Tuesday instead of sitting with the rest of council. Mushett started serving Jan. 2, 2002 and did so through Dec. 31, 2017. He recently decided not to seek re-election.

Council members passed a resolution Tuesday that honored Mushett for his 16 years of dedicated service to the city. 

“Mr. Mushett’s commitment to the citizens of Norwalk has been demonstrated by his selfless participation on numerous committees, his timely response to residents’ issues, his willingness to investigate concerns and his determination in finding solutions to the problems facing our city,” according to the resolution, which also mentioned his “positive attitude” and involvement that “has been vital to the realization of many projects in the city.” 

Council members who served with Mushett paid tribute to him and thanked him for his service Tuesday.

Samantha Wilhelm, who sat beside Mushett for many years, told him he “set the bar and standard very high” for how to properly be a council member. She encouraged him to remain active in the community.

“You are very, very knowledgable. You really had the pulse of the community,” Steve Schumm told Mushett.

Chris Castle said he wouldn’t be where he is today without Mushett.

“You changed my life,” Castle added.

Dave Wallace called Mushett “a great resource to learn from” while Deb Lucal told Mushett he “set a fine example for all of us.”

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, when presenting the resolution to Mushett, admitted the two didn’t always agree, but when they disagreed it was done in a friendly way.

“I enjoyed my six years of working with you. You brought a lot of institutional knowledge to us,” Duncan said.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Mushett said the highlight of serving on council was always blending the diversity of everyone’s background to work together.

“It was nice to hear them say nice things,” he added.

In other council action, city administrators discussed upcoming NOPEC grant projects.

Safety-service director Dan Wendt said there is a plan to install large fans for harsh environment with a Level 2 installation in the Ernsthausen Aquatic Center at a cost of about $27,000. The fans have an estimated seven-year return-on-investment with a 15-year full warranty.

Another NOPEC grant project is nearly $9,000 in LED light and fixture upgrades for city hall. A third one is a $5,000 water heater at the Norwalk Police Department.

“The big fans are the most exciting of the projects. At Kalahari they are saving $13,000 (per) month in electric costs,” Wendt said. “We submitted our electric bills to (the company) engineering department and they estimated our savings to be roughly $4,000 per year.”

Information about the case study on the fans at Kalahari can be found at https://www.bigassfans.com/case-studies/kalahari-resort.

Also, Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the city opened bids for Phase 2 of the Old State Road improvement project, which came in favorably. In addition, he said crews from the general services department have been busy handling potholes.

“Please report potholes to the general services department,” Snyder added.

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