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  • Norwalk Residents to See Tax Increase Due to Rising Property Values

    Norwalk Residents to See Tax Increase Due to Rising Property Values

    Residents across the city will see an increase in taxes under this year’s recommended budget, due in large part to higher property values.  Tom Ellis, the city’s director of management and budget, told the Finance and Claims Committee of the Common Council at its Thursday meeting that the city’s grand list—or the value of all…

  • Updated Plans for the First Phase of North Seven Development Unveiled

    Updated Plans for the First Phase of North Seven Development Unveiled

    The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission got its first look at plans for a  12-story, mixed-use building with 266 apartments, a town square, and a dog park across from the Merritt 7 train station on Glover Avenue.  While the commission opened the public hearing, it did not vote on the plans on Wednesday evening as…

  • Costco Receives Approval for Redevelopment, but with ‘Objectionable’ Requirements

    Costco Receives Approval for Redevelopment, but with ‘Objectionable’ Requirements

    The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-1 to approve Costco’s redevelopment plans for its current site on Connecticut Avenue, and for the Doubletree Hotel next door, which it purchased last year. However, the commission included a few conditions that the representatives from Costco objected to. The commission’s conditions—and Costco’s objections to them— leaves the…

  • Norwalk’s Diversity Officer Has Resigned, City Confirms

    Norwalk’s Diversity Officer Has Resigned, City Confirms

    Norwalk’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, LaToya Fernandez, has resigned, Norwalk’s Director of Communications Michelle Woods Matthews confirmed Tuesday night in response to a reporter’s query. Although she didn’t specify reasons for Fernandez’s departure, Woods released the following statement:  “LaToya Fernandez resigned from her position as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer on February…

  • NAACP calls for BoE President to step down

    NAACP calls for BoE President to step down

    The NAACP is calling for Diana Carpio, School Board President, to immediately step down from the Board of Education. Her statements in The Hour Newspaper create divisiveness among the BOE and the Norwalk Community. Ms. Carpio was elected to represent our families and her comments show that she is taking part in closed door discussions…

  • Norwalk Minority Parties Threaten Ethics Complaint Over Reapportionment Plan

    Norwalk Minority Parties Threaten Ethics Complaint Over Reapportionment Plan

    Lisa Brinton, the head of Norwalk Independence Party, and Fred Wilms, the head of the Norwalk Republican Party, issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they were “grossly disappointed” with the recommended proposal for reapportioning Common Council electoral districts. They vowed to file a “joint ethics complaint with the appropriate city and state agencies.” At its…

  • Hate-fueled disruption of City meetings changes rules on public participation

    Hate-fueled disruption of City meetings changes rules on public participation

    Members of the public participating in city meetings face new rules and procedures after multiple meetings were disrupted by antisemitic and racist comments.  “We as a council in response to some of the unfortunate incidents from the last month have made some changes to our meeting procedures regarding video conferencing and you will see those…

  • Norwalk Committee Advances Agreement with the YMCA 

    Norwalk Committee Advances Agreement with the YMCA 

    A five-year operating agreement between the YMCA and the City, for 2,000 square feet of space at the Community Recreation Center planned for 98 South Main Street, is headed for the Common Council with the full support of its Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs Committee.  Under the agreement, unanimously advanced by the committee at its…

  • Norwalk police sergeant arrested after fatal collision investigation

    Norwalk police sergeant arrested after fatal collision investigation

    A Norwalk Police sergeant has been arrested by warrant on criminal and motor vehicle charges following a ten-month investigation by State Police of a two-vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality. Shannon James Sherry, 48, of Fairfield, turned himself in Thursday at Troop H in Hartford and was charged with Misconduct with a Motor Vehicle…

  • City of Norwalk Meetings- Accessible at Your Fingertips: Week of February 19th

    City of Norwalk Meetings- Accessible at Your Fingertips: Week of February 19th

    Fair Housing Advisory Commission February 20, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Norwalk Health Department Fire Commission February 20, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM LINK: https://norwalkct-org.zoom.us/j/86425372675#success Water Pollution Control Authority February 20, 2024, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM LINK: https://norwalkct-org.zoom.us/j/84312646064#success Ordinance Committee of the Common Council February 20, 2024, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM LINK: https://norwalkct-org.zoom.us/j/83880537065#success Zoning Citation Hearings February 21,…

  • A flag-raising, professional workshop and an art show

    A flag-raising, professional workshop and an art show

    From selected news releases: The Pan-African Flag will be raised by Norwalk Mayor Rilling with State and local leaders to commemorate Black History Month on Wednesday Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The event, which according to a press release is “in recognition of the African Diaspora and its struggles for Black liberation, equity, and freedom”…

  • Just Four Norwalk Residents Weigh in on Proposed City Budget

    Just Four Norwalk Residents Weigh in on Proposed City Budget

    Only four residents voiced their opinions to the Finance and Claims Committee of the Common Council during its February 15 public hearing on the city’s $442.7 million proposed budget. Mayor Harry Rilling’s recommended budget calls for $236.8 million for the schools and $205.9 million for the city, about a 4.5% increase over last year.  “We…

  • What Should the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Role Be in the Capital Budget Process?

    What Should the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Role Be in the Capital Budget Process?

    Years ago, when there were separate Planning and Zoning Commissions in the city, the Planning Commission would spend hours discussing and debating the proposed capital budget and forwarding their recommendations to the Finance Department and the Common Council. Often, however, their recommendations were ignored. Now that the commissions have been combined, their role has been…

  • Revised Meadow Gardens Housing Plan Approved by P&Z 

    Revised Meadow Gardens Housing Plan Approved by P&Z 

    The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission voted Wednesday to approve a slightly modified site plan for the Housing Authority’s redevelopment of the Meadow Gardens complex.  The authority plans to reduce the number of housing units on the site by one and move the community center from the middle of the complex to the side. Last…

  • Rilling Proposes $442.7 Million Norwalk Budget, 4.5% Increase Over Last Year

    Rilling Proposes $442.7 Million Norwalk Budget, 4.5% Increase Over Last Year

    Mayor Harry Rilling on Tuesday night proposed a draft 2024 Norwalk budget of $442.7 million, split between $236.8 million in spending for the school district and $205.9 million for city operations.  The total represents  a 4.5% increase over last year’s $423.7 million budget.  Rilling, calling 2024 ”the most difficult” budget year he’s known, said that…

  • Five Takeaways from Common Council 

    Five Takeaways from Common Council 

    Among actions taken by Norwalk Common Council at its meeting Tuesday: