Fire station construction 'moving along nicely'

Cary Ashby • Sep 5, 2018 at 10:00 PM

The new fire station is “moving along nicely” with the final details coming into place.

That was the main message that Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder had for city council Tuesday. In fact, the engineer’s concise report took up the majority of the nearly seven-minute long meeting.

Snyder said “a lot of plumbing” is being installed in the kitchen while many pieces of communication equipment are going into the command/“officer of the day” room. Those two rooms are the last ones expected to be completed. 

“Those are the really busy areas,” Snyder said.

The new station is on Whittlesey Avenue across from Rite Aid and the shopping center which includes Marco’s Pizza and Miller’s grocery store. After next week’s work session, council plans to tour the facility.

The contractor is estimating the Norwalk Fire Department could move into the station in mid-October. Snyder told council he would prefer to give a more conservative timeline and say the move-in could be in early November.

In other action, Snyder announced the city received $610,000 in grant funding for the multi-use trail. The estimated construction timeline is from July 2022 through June 2023. 

“It will be here before you know it,” Snyder said.

In April, council unanimously voted to pursue an Ohio Department of Transportation grant that would upgrade a railroad bed into a multi-use trail. Norwalk purchased the property from Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway in the late 1990s. The first phase will go about two miles north of Veterans Memorial Lake Park and end behind Bishman Park across from the Ernsthausen Community Center.

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