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.

Comments

Contango

Re: "again you pick apart my ideas,"

And the funding for such originates where?

Kottage Kat

And you didn't mention " Kat" one time.
Very impressive and an excellent comment.

swiss family

thank you!!

Lawyerintraining

WOW!!!! I can certainly see where the house and senate can't get along there's only 10/12 people on here just listen to yourselves...run for something in this town in stead of running your mouths on here...if you want changes.. THEN MAKE THE CHANGES BY RUNNING FOR AN OFFICE IN THIS TOWN...lot of critics but people run unoposed all the time...again make the changes happen!!!!

methodman

Contaco is gonna be on the ballot for mayor. He's gonna save Norwalk. " Contaco, a ray of hope."

Cliff Cannon

" Your danged if you do and danged if you don't "

When candidate Duncan was going door to door prior to his election. When he got my door. We talked politics a bit. Then I gave him my real opinion " You have to be crazy to want to be Mayor in these difficult times "

Obviously, as our collision course with set backs has occurred. He has taken it on the chin over and over. ( And this despite the fact that virtually nothing could have stopped Janesville,Epic, K-mart, etc from doing what they did.)

So when he gets up to speak of the good things happening here in Norwalk ( and I for one saw a lot of them in his speech ) What happens ? He takes it on the chin ----- again. ( There by proving my pre-election statement to be true )

Personally, I like leaders who provide good attitudes in troubled times. So I for one thank-you Mayor Duncan for your positive attitude, your very informative speech and look forward with ever increasing confidence to the 'bright days ahead ' because of it.

swiss family

iFFy... please take notice that I have seen you crawl out of the woodwork now several times, and try to claim some of my ideas and statements as your own... if you were to look it up, I know that revamping the way the Law enforcement agencies was NOT your idea, but after I explained my plan you quickly jumped on board and tried to make it seem as though it was yours to begin with... we both know better though, don't we???? and now when I clearly say in my post that I do not know why anyone would want to be Mayor in these desperate times, and then you come right back and repeat what I said almost word for word, did not go unnoticed either...OH I know you will claim that you "never read my posts" but we both know that you are not telling the truth now... don't we???? I will try to give you a heads up, when I am about to reveal another one of my ideas, so that you will see that the idea surely came NOT from you... but from nearly everyone else but you.... anytime there is a chance to kiss someone's butt, though I will leave that up to you, you seem to be very proficient in doing so... and you have had lots and lots of practice at it... haven't you???

Contango

Re: "'You have to be crazy to want to be Mayor in these difficult times' "

Perhaps you are talented in the areas of behavior analysis and are also prescient?

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."

- W. C. Fields

arnmcrmn

Frustrating to see so many places either close up or leave.

Sad to think old coffers like kURt actually think they contributed. KURt, do you get consensual forms signed when you grease up those single mom's you are always bragging about on here?

arnmcrmn

Frustrating to see so many places either close up or leave.

Sad to think old coffers like kURt actually think they contributed. KURt, do you get consensual forms signed when you grease up those single mom's you are always bragging about on here?

kURTje

Look non- doctor, we did make a company accountable for their tax abatements in this county. Your buddy Bob Carlton was saddened imo. That's our $$. Figures don't lie but liars figure. Pay for that farm bill (handouts) it passed. Oh...thanks for my military check.

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