Norwalk roundup: Tax sale latest; snow plows fitted with GPS

A detail from the tax sale board in Norwalk City Hall. There are $32,498 in taxes due for the home listed at right, and $400 in blight fines.

(Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan)

NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s some political news for you:

  • Tax sale hits $4 million mark
  • DPW honored for ‘innovative’ snow removal via tech tactic
  • Duff endorses Wooden

Tax Sale is one week away, 32 properties still on list

The Norwalk Tax Collector’s Office has collected $4,059,371 via the biennial tax sale as of Friday afternoon, Tax Collector Lisa Biagiarelli said.

There are 32 properties and 11 boat slips still in the sale, and the minimum bid list has been posted, she said.

Six homes that owe Zoning fines have been removed from the list because the City “is pursuing legal action to collect the zoning fines and fees due,” an inspection of the tax sale website list shows. There are no back taxes due on the properties, which are:

  • 32 Catherine St., owned by Joseph Brancoto, $31,577 owed
  • 15 Robins Square East, owned by Dimitrios Dimitroglou, $15,400 owed
  • 69 Maple St., owned by Carlos Marin, $5,500, owed
  • 45 Summitt Ave., owned by Marek Morawski, $18,977 owed
  • 19 Murray St., owned by Cabitha Timolien, $7,000 owed
  • 35 Soundview Ave., owned by Leonardo Vega, $50,617 owed


Other properties show that blight liens and fees are included in addition to taxes owed:

  • 283 Richards Ave., owned by John Feldman, owes $101,107 total, $89,961.23 for blight
  • 6 Cliff St., owned by Gregory Hunter and Nancee Gell, owes $124,232 total, $93,800 for blight
  • 30 Eversley Ave., owned by Joseph and Gail Mattiello, owes $45,836 total, $17,100 for blight
  • 20 Devils Garden Road, owned by Dorothy S Partch Estate, owes $32,498 total, $400 for blight
  • 16 Sable St., owned by Robert L Pendergrast Estate, owes $50,111 total, $27,100 for blight
  • 23 Wilton Ave., owned by Christiane M Wolff, owes $29,024 total, $21,500 for blight


The tax sale is at 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, in Concert Hall.

“We also posted (and emailed out to city employees earlier this week) an advisory concerning employee bidding and potential disqualification of certain employees,” Biagiarelli wrote.

Tax Assessor Michael Stewart bought a property in the 2014 Tax Sale. He acquired 4 Hawkins Ave. for $215,000 – his winning bid – on Jan. 28, 2015, and still owns it, according to the City’s website. It’s appraised for $459,350.

“This is our eighth tax sale since 2003,” Biagiarelli wrote. “We have collected in excess of $32 million in our tax sale endeavors since that time.”



DPW used GPS to direct snow plows

“The City of Norwalk Department of Public Works (DPW) received the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award from Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, at the annual Esri User Conference on July 11, 2018,” a Friday press release from Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan said.

Why was DPW awarded?

DPW outfitted its snow plows with GPS (Global Positioning System) and sent the data to the City’s GIS (geographic information system) in real time, creating an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system, the press release said. Staff members used a web map to monitor truck locations and keep track of which streets had been plowed.

“This GPS data was then taken a step further by creating boundaries around schools to determine how much time was used to clear snow from school parking lots, with reports generated to show the total time a plow vehicle spent clearing snow,” the release said.

Norwalk was selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates to receive the honor, the release said.

“This great recognition is a testament to the city’s continued efforts to increase effectiveness and accountability. It is one of my top priorities to ensure we have the most up-to-date information and data enabling us to provide the highest quality and timely services to residents and business owners,” Mayor Harry Rilling is quoted as saying. “Our outstanding team in DPW, combined with our investment in GIS, has allowed us to do our work better, faster and is another example of our efforts to continually improve the way the city does business.”

“The annual SAG Awards show appreciation for organizations that are using GIS to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Through GIS, the users honored with these awards are demonstrating the most groundbreaking and transformative possibilities of GIS software,” the press release said.

“GIS technology has been an important prerequisite to manage municipal assets, handle data related to these assets and provide better information for residents, business owners, policy-makers, and staff,” Steven Birney, Norwalk GIS analyst said in the release.




Duff endorses Wooden for State Treasurer

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he and Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney have endorsed Shawn Wooden for State Treasurer.

Wooden is in a Democratic primary with Dita Bhargava, who on Wednesday released a list of people who have endorsed her, including the Rev. Lindsey Curtis, D.D., and State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136).

“Shawn Wooden has also fought for working families, both as a public pension fund investment lawyer and as a public servant,” Duff said in the release. “He supports the inclusion of environmental, social and governance factors in how we invest our money. He understands government and he is the best choice to be the next Treasurer for the State of Connecticut.”

Republicans are also having a primary for state treasurer, between Thad Gray and State Sen. Art Linares (R-District 33).


Mitch Adis July 14, 2018 at 7:12 am

Will the GPS equipped plows stop tearing up my curbs and lawn? I’ve live here for 25+ years and in the last few have noticed the plows are causing a lot of damage to property around the city. The new guys drive too fast AND are careless. Dangerous combination.

Dave McCarthy July 14, 2018 at 7:51 am

Hal Alvord’s Innovative investment in the GPS and GIS Systems shows what kind of forward looking engineer and manager he was. The mayor forgot to say that, so I figured I’d help him out.

Piberman July 14, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Since GPS was made available to the public in the 1980’s does this mean Norwalk is getting “modern” under Mayor Rilling’s leadership ?

Will GPS on plows reduce City outlays ?

Will the DPW now have information about the location of the plows ?

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