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Norwalk officials talk projects, fireworks

By SCOTT SEITZ • May 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

While the majority of the discussion centered around the proposed parks and recreation levy at Tuesday night’s council meeting, several other items also were addressed.

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan provided several updates on public works projects.

“The sidewalk program is 50-percent complete,” he said. 

This year’s sidewalk program, which focused on the areas around Norwood Avenue, along with Oak and Maple streets, included the removal of about 40 trees.

Duncan said the water-tower painting project will begin next week, while the new pad project located behind city hall, where the new generator will be located, is progressing.

Also, the mayor said the city will soon officially sign a contract with an architectural firm to design the new fire station.

Fire Chief John Soisson said recently the city should break ground on the new station in spring 2017.

A time capsule will be included at the new station as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration.

A change in style of the downtown lights has shown an 85-percent savings on the city’s electric bill, Dunca said.

“That’s about $10,000 per year,” the mayor added. “It’s been a very positive move for the city.”

In other business, Duncan said anyone wanting to donate to this year’s July 4 fireworks can make checks payable to the VFW and drop them off at city hall.

“The fireworks are totally funded by donations,” the mayor said.

Also Tuesday, a brief public hearing took place for the 2016 Community Development Block Grant.

With this $75,000 grant, the city will continue the Wooster-Marshall sewer separation project. This year is phase six of the work and will see nine homes receive new connections to an 8-inch sewer line in the area of Rule and Monroe streets. New curbing may also be part of the work.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter a cooperative purchasing program with the Ohio Department of Transportation for road salt. Josh Snyder, public works director, said recently the city will order 1,000 tons of road salt for this winter.

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