Mayor: ‘Bright days ahead’ for Norwalk

Focus on jobs will continue this year, Duncan says during state of the city address.
Scott Seitz
Feb 5, 2014


Mayor Rob Duncan delivered a spirited state of the city address at Tuesday night’s council meeting

Duncan began by saying “Norwalk has retained its stability in difficult times.”

The mayor added 2013 was a year of opportunities, but also a year of challenges.

The focus on jobs will continue in 2014.

The mayor said the extraordinary effort of the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and its director, Ellen Heinz, has paid off, as evidenced by the city approving a job creation grant agreement with the Dan-Mar Company on Tuesday night.

More than 20 new businesses opened within the past two years in Norwalk, the mayor said, and a number of blighted buildings were taken off the market.

The mayor singled out ACE Hardware, which is 30 percent ahead of its sales projections.

Duncan also touted Patina46, a recent recipient of a Heritage Ohio Business Award.

The 2013 zoning report indicated $31 million in new construction and alterations.

“That’s the third highest since 1985,” the mayor said, adding a lot of that credit goes to Fisher-Titus and its expansions.    The mayor also noted the opening of Rural King, a $4 million investment at Shaker Village, nine start-ups in new housing and one new duplex.

“There are a lot of good things happening,” Duncan said.

The mayor thanked Mark Schloemer for his time as safety-service director and commended the addition of Bob Patusky, who replaced Schloemer.

“We have two quality schools systems,” the mayor said about Norwalk City Schools and Norwalk Catholic School.

“We also have a very vibrant uptown,” he said, thanking Kristie Wert, Main Street Norwalk program manager, for all her hard work.

The city entered 2014 with a $2.5 million general fund carryover, Duncan said, much to the credit of finance director Diane Eschen.

Looking ahead to this year, Duncan promised more tools will be added to the city’s economic development toolbox.

The mayor said the city should seriously consider adding an Internet and information technology person to the staff.

“We also need to plan for a new fire department,” he said.

“There are bright days ahead,” the mayor added.



What's your resume? Since I'll be voting for u in the next election. People that constantly criticize other people don't usually have much to brag about. People that have accomplished things are usually more than willing to roll up their sleeves and pitch in or they go about their way. Contaco 2015. "A ray of hope for Norwalk." He promises nothing so he won't. have to live up to any expectations.


Re: "People that have accomplished things,"

What was Mr. Duncan's political experience before campaigning for and being elected mayor?


I'm asking you. I'm voting for u. You'd make a good politician. Always diverting


Re: "Always diverting,"

Hardly. TOPIC is the Mayor's SOTC speech.

So what did you think of it?

Dr. Information

Duncan sounds a lot like Obama.

So much for Obamacare being good for the economy. Read the latest CBO report.


With all of this "optimism" form the Norwalk populace it is amazing that any new business would come to town.


Re: "With all (snip)"

A red herring. As if all the drug, pedophile & robbery stories plastered daily on the NR website would encourage them.

Cliff Cannon

@ AlterEgo : Point well made. Which leads to this question. 90% of humans are 'pessimists' . Do you know what you call the other 10 % ? " Rich " and of course,you know why.

Because not only is being wrong is a lot more fun if one is 'optimistic'. More importantly that 'rich ' 10% knows getting back up,when knocked down is truly, what makes them 'rich'

Thankfully, real businessman ( or businesswomen ) understand this principle and hopefully, will not hold our pessimism against us


Re: "90% of humans are 'pessimists'."

73.6% of statistics are made-up on the spot.

"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;"

- Rudyard Kipling

Cliff Cannon

Contango : " 73.6% of statistics are made-up on the spot. " I got a good belly laugh out of this one as well as your W.C. Fields quote on the other page.

I must admit to making up this statistic, ( although, it is probably very close to accurate ) as I've used this question for years to make the point, that being happy & optimistic are the best way's to live life.

Great day to you


Re: "happy & optimistic"

Once read a behavioral concept that 'somewhat' supports your premise:

A "happy & optimistic" early human tended to become a meal for a predator. No, that's not an animal causing those reeds to rustle, it's the wind.

Whereas our 'pessimistic' ancestors tended to be cautious and wary.

Thus, through natural selection the 'optimistic gene' was essentially bred out.

You NEVER want a group of people who are advisors to a business who are totally supportive & optimistic; you ALWAYS need someone to point out the potential shortfalls in any venture.

Pollyanna played the “Glad game.” She tried to find ‘something’ good in everything. She just wasn’t a wide-eyed, silly-minded, throw caution to the wind optimist. (Yes, I’ve read the book.)

Cliff Cannon

Contango : Now that this article has seemingly gone dead. I will respond to your Kipling quote ( like I was chomping at the bit to yesterday) for this poem you quote from is called " If " and has to be in my viewpoint, regarded as one of his best.

Here's hoping whomever reads it till the end, will gain not only a new better understanding of themselves, but also a better, deeper more respectful understanding of what we all go through in our effort's to become the " man " or " women " our hearts call us to be.

" If " by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!


What sad life you lead old man. Glad that my friends & I make things happen. Cold for you sitting in the grandstands & blowing.


Re: "What sad (snip)"

Compared to you focusing on me without any proof, cyberbully? lol

Friendly reminder: Remember the med adjustment kk.


Suggestion of theme songs for the Duncan admin. to perhaps be played as background music during SOTC speeches:

"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash?

"Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin?

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole?


J Cooper

I don't always agree with Contango but at least he didn't peak in his early 20's and now is jealous of those who moved on with their lives.


Thanks for showing why America is in horrible shape. (self-centered) Never a bully - just speaking with truth angering those who only talk. Through with you.


Re "Never a bully"

Your rantings against me show otherwise. You're a cyberbully kk.

"The Ohio Department of Education’s website defines bullying as any intentional written, verbal, graphic or physical act that a student (blogger) or group of students (bloggers) exhibits toward another particular student (blogger) more than once.'"

Have a nice day. :)


Contaco has given out all kinds of jobs. All to men.

J Cooper

I agree you have demonstrated why America is in horrible shape, you are a prime example.

Really are you ...

37 days into the new year. There is still over 300 days left. It is hard trying to contain all of the things that can be accomplished with what a powerful yet small, and portable generator could do. Not any ordinary generator, but a combustion free generator, a no external influence generator, a no battery backup generator. No limits.

From other recent article complaints: The ability to operate silent snowblowers, silent lawn mowers, and silent street cleaners.

Sitting In The ...

By that he means we should see the sun more often in the coming months.

Dr. Information

The only jobs kurt is keeping alive is the fast food industry. He takes all the single mom slobs he rants about out for a nice value meal number 2 and then they go home and roll in the grease according to him. Sick perverse man.


Play ball much Dr? Another hater eh? Bet you are glad your hero Stackhouse got out of incarceration.

swiss family

wow... what good is all of the finger pointing, name calling, "party"criticizing and all of the other bickering , doing???It is a pretty well known fact, that I thoroughly supported Mayor Lesch, she is a wonderful person , a friend and was a good Mayor, realistically, she is gone, and we have a New Mayor, who, on a personal evaluation is a wonderful guy, and a good organizer, and leader, and someone I have a lot of respect for. Why anyone would want to be a Mayor in these terribly difficult times is beyond me. We need to stop all the fighting, locally, and nationally as well.

I think it is a good time to re-evaluate our priorities and our focus.

This area was developed and was closely connected with the auto industry, mainly, and almost exclusively the auto industry in Detroit.Well we see that that has "sputtered" and "kicked" almost into being non existent... and so accordingly, our jobs have disappeared as well.So we need to refocus on how to grow and survive, instead of having everyone leaving to other, more productive areas.

I will say it again, and just because someone on here has tried to make fun of my ideas, I will repeat what I think will work, although some think it is impossible and foolish, yet I have yet to see any productive ideas coming from them.

Why don't we think outside of the "box" we can not attach ourselves to a nearly lifeless auto industry, so look around.. look at Mansfield, or Marysville, just the mention of those 2 cities, most people associate their cities with their prisons.I think we need to go after every grant available, and buy up land, lots of land, and build our own. multi-leveled Prison.. think of all of the work it would provide in just the designing and building the secure structure.. imagine all of the jobs it would create in manning, and running the place, we would then not rely on the auto industry, no, we have attached ourselves to the one sure source that we know is growing, and that is crime... and with the growth of crime, we need a better , bigger prison system,and Norwalk will be connect to that source!!

I also think we need to revamp our law enforcement system as well, but that will be at another time... sorry for running on so bad!!!


Re: "build our own. multi-leveled Prison.."

The largest employers in Huron Co. and Norwalk are ALREADY public employees and not-for-profits. Neither of which is a basis on which to build a growing, prosperous economy.

Not particularly a fan of Mayor Lesch, but unlike the current occupant, 'at least' she got some local heads together a couple of times and tried to "think outside the box."

Mayor Duncan seems to believe that if Norwalk just gets the 'right' legislation in place (tools in the toolbox, i.e. tax give-a-ways), industry will be flooding into town.

J Cooper

Swissey, just a matter of time before your endless prison idea again surfaced, remember you response was uncontrollable, not weird but controlled with medication.


@ Swiss ..... Well now let's see put a prison in our town for jobs...well now that puts a whole new meaning to those signs as we enter Norwalk that say "Norwalk is a kids place" so we replace those signs with " Norwalk a prisons town" YEP MAKES ME WANT TO LIVE IN NORWALK!!!!

swiss family

Oh Contango.... again you pick apart my ideas without actually coming up with any solutions of your own... I do not see how that actually helps any of us, all it seems to do is to boost your inflated ego, without showing anyone that you do not have anything constructive to add to the situation..... and to you JCoopy.... again you show your jealousy that you have no real ideas on your own either, so go ahead and try to put my ideas down, I think people can see pretty clearly who has a functioning mind and who might not be so blessed, and last but not least, to you lawyerin...actually you do not have to change any of the entrance signs coming into town. I would guess that everyone knows that crime across the entire country is rising, which , will also endanger more and mnore families, children, pets, and what have you, so where the crime rate is rising in other communities is rising, and they are doing nothing about it, we here in Norwalk are being proactive we are building more prison space to house as many criminals as possible, so we can demonstrate to everyone that Norwalk is not only just a "kids" place, but a "family oriented "place as well...sorry to all 3 of you if I used too many big words for you to understand...I did try to "dumb it down" as much as possible...