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Watts, Moccia work together to decorate Norwalk chamber

Mayor Richard Moccia, Common Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) and Councilman David Watts (D-District A) celebrate the new city seal in the council chambers. (Courtesy David Watts.)

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Richard Moccia looks a little more official sitting in the Norwalk Common Council chambers, thanks to an initiative started by Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A) and carried out by City Clerk Erin Herring.

Watts had noticed that government buildings in other cities and in the capital have official seals, he said. Norwalk did not. The result is something that might have seemed impossible a few months ago — Moccia thanking Watts in public.

“David mentioned to me last month that we’re one of the few cities, if you watch them, that doesn’t have the city seal somewhere in the council chamber,” Moccia said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “We are fortunate to have lovely murals and there’s not much place to put things, but Erin used her ingenuity and we finally have a city seal in our council chambers.”

Watts said the new seal is essentially a plaque with a thin layer of brass over it, at a cost of about $75.

“I don’t take a salary on the council,” he said, referring to the $50 stipend to which council members are entitled. “If the city hadn’t done it, I probably would have used those funds that were allocated toward my salary to buy one.”

The city seal is described in specific language in the city charter: “In a straight line across the center are the words ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ at the upper left is a bridge with water flowing thereunder, at the upper right is an old well, and underneath is a monument. Encircling the whole are the letters and figures following: ‘Seal of the City of Norwalk, Incorporated 1913.’”

Watts didn’t realize the significance of the timing of his efforts. This year — June 6, 2013 — marks the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of the city of Norwalk with South Norwalk and the East Norwalk fire district.

“I didn’t know that,” he said. “Wow, that’s awesome.”

The seal is a modest “step in the right direction,” he said, “just to get started.”

“This one here is definitely nice,” he said. “I like it a lot. It should be, it’s under where the mayor sits. If you look around most chambers, there is some kind of official seal in the legislation process. I think it’s time for us to have it in the Common Council chambers because we’re conducting city official business.”

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8 responses to “Watts, Moccia work together to decorate Norwalk chamber”

  1. Suzanne

    Congratulations, Mr. Watts. You have just provided the silent Mr. Moccia with the perfect campaign picture opportunity. From this photograph, everything is hunky dory between Council members and Norwalk is in perfect shape thanks to the bi-partisan good will and good work – NOT!!!!

  2. LWitherspoon

    Mr. Watts never seems to miss an opportunity to remind us that he does not take the $50 monthly stipend.
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    Unfortunately his efforts to hand more of our tax dollars to Unions cost us way more than $600 a year, so we still end up in the red thanks to his efforts.

  3. dc2

    Watts in it for him?

  4. D(ysfunctional)TC

    Watts brags about the $50, but doesn’t tell you he rarely pays his property taxes on time. How much does that cost the city to manage his delinquent accounts? The guy can’t manage his own finances but wants to manage your public ones. All hot air and grandstanding can get you elected, but you can’t run from a record of minimal accomplishments and skipping the majority of your committee meetings.

  5. 0ldtimer

    If this is the best, and only, example of bipartisan cooperation moccia has to show for way too many years in office, his campaign is in trouble. Even he knows some of the contributions going to democratic candidates are from people who used to support him. His win against Garfunkel last time was by a pretty slim margin, and Garfunkel was way too non-aggresive, a perfect gentleman. This time, moccia can not be assured of similar treatment and will be looking over his shoulder more for past mistakes to be catching up.

  6. M. Murray

    I wonder if cooperating with a republican to accomplish something violates the oath of allegiance to the democratic town committee that they are required to sign.

  7. Tim T

    The first time Moccia has ever cooperated with the dems and its over a stupid sign.

  8. rburnett

    A City Seal being placed on the front of the Council seating area IS NEWS????? Come one Nancy….You can do better than this!!!

    Lord, you would think they had built a playground for inner-city youth or started a Boy’s and Girl’s Club for goodness sake.

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