Mayor Harry Rilling met Tuesday with Planning Commission Chairman Torgny Astrom, Zoning Commission Chairman Adam Blank and Personnel Director Emmet Hibson to discuss a city planner, he said.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk is trying to figure out the best way to hire a city planner, Mayor Harry Rilling said Tuesday night.
A meeting was held Tuesday to address that topic, as Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Mike Greene prepares to retire, he said. There are many questions to be answered, such as which Norwalk agency a city planner would answer to, he said. “We are looking to see what the best organizational structure would be,” Rilling said. “If we brought in a city planner, where would that city planner operate from? From the mayor’s office? Where would that city planner fit in the overall organizational structure and what ordinances we would have to change in order to bring that city planner in at the level necessary to be able to do his or her job?” Continue reading Rilling looking to hire Norwalk city planner
Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron says the Board of Education can absorb getting $600,000 less than it requested without undue hardship. (file photo)
NORWALK, Conn. – It was too good to last.
The spirit of cooperation between the city and the Board of Education that has marked the past few budget cycles has ended – at least for the time being.
Board of Education members, including Chairman Mike Lyons (R-District C), have publicly complained about Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron’s recommended 2016-17 operating budget, claiming they were cut out of discussions after they thought the schools’ funding request had been approved. In comments left on other sites, others complained that they only found out about the situation when they read about it in news reports.
A friend of mine who is a hedge-fund manager and I drove up to an affluent suburb of Manchester, New Hampshire, last Sunday morning to help other volunteers get out the vote for Bernie Sanders. Over three days, we knocked on 121 doors of voters identified as having voted in the 2008 primary and voted for Obama in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. Our task was to ask voters if they intended to vote and if they needed a ride. Only one man said he wasn’t planning to vote and everyone had rides to the polls. On Tuesday, several people said they had already voted.
Every candidate, as well as nearly all pundits, economists, historians, politicians and social scientists, agree that we must grow. Consumerism is our contemporary religion. Growth is essential to human institutions, so say the experts.
The most recent artist’s rendering of The SoNo Collection, from the southwest.
Updated Thursday, 12:30 a.m., with minor editing, photo and video of Wednesday morning LDA signing.
NORWALK, Conn. — General Growth Partners (GGP) is looking to begin construction on The SoNo Collection this summer, GGP Senior Planner Doug Adams said Tuesday.
His optimistic comment came after Mayor Harry Rilling announced that, Wednesday (today), the city would sign the reformulated Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for GGP’s property at the intersection of Interstate 95 and West Avenue and after the Common Council unanimously agreed that GGP has met the conditions defined in the revised Concept Master Site Plan (CMSP) in October. Continue reading The SoNo Collection said to be ‘moving along nicely’
Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, left, and Mayor Harry Rilling confer in last week’s joint BoE/Common Council meeting regarding the Board’s 2016-17 operating budget request.
NORWALK, Conn. — A sharp difference of opinion is brewing between Norwalk’s city-side officials and the Board of Education over the funding of the universally agreed upon need to reform Norwalk Public Schools’ special education department.
Norwalk Common Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), right, on Tuesday in City Hall, expresses a commonly held observation about Darien’s railroad bridge over Route 1. Listening from left are Councilman Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), Councilwoman Michelle Maggio (R-District C) and Councilwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D).
NORWALK, Conn. — Michelle Maggio’s cry of frustration was met with a perhaps unexpected victory Tuesday as a few members of the Common Council’s Democratic majority sided with Council Republicans in a move that Bruce Kimmel said could cost the city big money.
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“I know, I should have stayed home and talked to myself in the mirror with this one,” Maggio, an East Norwalk Republican Council member, said at the beginning of a discussion of a $359,000 contract for preparatory study and design on expected East Avenue road work to be done in conjunction with the state’s massive Walk Bridge project and the lowering of the road under the East Norwalk railroad bridge. But a charge led by Councilman Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) to send yet another “message to the state” regarding the height of the railroad bridge succeeded, with an amendment to the contract passing 7 to 6, with two abstentions. Continue reading Norwalk Council votes 7-6-2 to send ConnDOT another ‘message’ on East Avenue
Sen. Bob Duff with Rep. Antonio Guerrera (left) and Jim Chen of Tesla Motors (right) (Christine Stuart photo)
HARTFORD, Conn. – With Tesla Motors in mind, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff renewed a push for legislation that would allow electric vehicle makers open up to three retail locations in Connecticut.
Currently, Connecticut law requires that any new vehicle be sold to a consumer by a dealer franchise that is not owned by the manufacturer. Each dealer location must be at least 14 miles away from another dealership selling the same brand.
Norwalk’s Board of Estimate and Taxation listens to Finance Director Bob Barron explain his 2016-17 recommended operating budget.
Finance Director Bob Barron shows off the 2016-17 budget book Monday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s piggy bank is going to allow the city to fund the Board of Education’s “critical programs” and not tax the taxpayers too much, according to the proposed $337 million budget unveiled Monday by Finance Director Bob Barron.
The city’s average mill rate would go up .46 percent, Barron said to the Board of Estimate and Taxation. If you own a house assessed at $300,000 and you pay according to that average mill rate, your tax bill would go up $35.10.