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NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a roundup of interesting Norwalk tidbits:
- Facebook page aims to galvanize action on Norwalk taxes
- Waypointe property in tax sale
- Pinnacle cited for illegal contractor yard
Mad as hell
Everyone David Mapley talks to in Norwalk is upset about the level of their taxation, he said Thursday.
So Mapley started a new Facebook page: Norwalk Taxes Too High.
“Why does nothing get done?” Mapley said in an email. “I have started this Facebook page, perhaps we can create traction for change…”
Mapley wrote, “Property taxes in Norwalk are 5x what people pay in Europe… Why is this?”
Mapley said he lives in Norwalk and Switzerland; Norwalk taxes are five times what taxes are in Switzerland, “and the schools, infrastructure, etc.. is extremely good over there (and lower salary taxes too!!)”
The brand new page had six members Thursday and four posts, one of them the NoN story about the Norwalk Branch NAACP’s accusations of “gross fiscal irresponsibility” levied against Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski. Another post on the new page is the NoN story about 2017 city employee salaries, topped by Adamowski at $254,998.92.
Waypointe’s taxes unpaid
Speaking of taxes, guess what’s been in the biennial tax sale?
The list of properties at one point included three owned by Waypointe developers: one officially owned by Belpointe Capital and two under the legal entity, NW MFP Norwalk Town Center II LLC, for which Belpointe Capital serves as agent.
Belpointe owed $88,670.37 for 467 West Ave., formerly referred to as Loehmann’s Plaza, and $66,650.69 for 17 Butler St., both of which are being readied for the construction of Waypointe Pinnacle. Those taxes were paid Thursday, according to the City website.
Belpointe still owes $18,500.25 for 38 Orchard St., which is just down the road from the Pinnacle properties.
Three Belpointe execs won $254 million in the lottery in 2011.
The tax sale is July 23. Many delinquent property owners have paid their taxes, removing their property from the sale and collectively paying the City more than $3.9 million, according to the city’s web site. There are 38 properties and 11 boat slips with unpaid taxes remaining in the sale, according to the site.
Waypointe cited for Zoning violation
Belpointe was also cited for a Zoning violation recently, for allegedly operating a contractor’s yard within a Central Business District.
Neighbors provided evidence, with a Waypointe resident emailing Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin to complain of noise before 7 a.m.
Compliance Inspector Tammy Maldonado on May 8 wrote that she had been out on foot, trying to get a look at the property, when Scott Silk of Silk Plumbing told her that workers had been bringing in dirt and building a pile up along Quincy Street. The dirt looked fresh and damp and the pile was tall, she wrote, explaining that she attempted to inconspicuously take photos and video on foot, but caught the attention of a construction worker who yelled obscenities at her.
Deputy Zoning Inspector John Hayducky on May 11 cited Belpointe with violating Norwalk Municipal Code 117-4 and gave the company 15 days to correct the violation. There would be a $150 a day fine if the violations were not corrected, he said.
AMEC Carting has been doing the work.
Photos on file in Planning and Zoning show a truck reportedly leaving the Pinnacle site and taking dirt to 41 Wolfpit Ave. The file includes bird’s eye views of Loehman’s demolition, with one photo dated 7:07 a.m., apparently from April 23. There is also a May 7 email from Silk, complaining of dust flying and rocks and debris coming onto his nearby property.
Hayducky on June 13 said P&Z is watching the property and everything seemed to be in compliance. As long as the property remains in compliance, there will be no fines, he said.