Norwalk council votes down fire key box law

City says 'no' to legislation sponsored by fire chief.
Scott Seitz2
Feb 25, 2014


Norwalk city council voted down legislation that would have required fire key boxes be included in new commercial construction.

The initial vote was 3-3, with council members Kelly Beck, Samantha Ludwig and Chris Mushett voting against the legislation and Stephen Schumm, Deb Lucal and David Wallace voting in favor.

With Councilman Bob Carleton's absence, that meant Council President Steve Euton voted to break the tie and he voted "no."

Fire Chief John Soisson had sponsored the legislation.

"I still think it's a good program," he said, adding businesses can still voluntarily participate. "I was just trying to do what's best as fire chief."

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Tom Paine

Chief Soisson is a good man and I do believe that he has Norwalk's best interests at heart. I am glad, however, that Council had the sense to vote this proposal down. We DO want more money on Main Street USA, just not in the form of $215 fire boxes.

Fibber Mcgee

Agree, If a business wants to spend the money for a new door because the NFD needs to get in, so be it. The city does not need to start regulating everything from lock boxes to what you can park in your front yard or driveway.

former local

Well, next time someone downtown has a fire, NFD can wait until someone gets there to let them in. pretty sure at that point a broken door will be the least of their worries.

Dr. Information

Agree with the above. If a business owner is so concerned, let they install their own box on their own willing dollar. No more dumb regulations need put in place.


Why are companies leaving Norwalk ?


Because of the mayor. Lol


Yea right, get a life !


The way I read the article, the box would be required for new construction and would be at the cost of the owner. Would be the same as fire code and building code regulations. I for one would rather pay $215 for a box than have to pay for a new door!

Dr. Information

A new door is the last of one's worries when a fire breaks out and destroys a lot more. That is what you have insurance for.