Senior Enrichment Services reaches out to Norwalk council about new center

Cary Ashby • Sep 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Norwalk city council heard from the executive director of Senior Enrichment Services about the agency looking for “a new home.”

Roxanne Sandles, of Norwalk, said she wanted to see if the city might be willing to partner with SES for a new senior center.  She wasn’t prepared to make a presentation Tuesday, but was tentatively scheduled for one Oct. 10.

Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose, who has been working SES, told council that Sandles has had discussions with city administrators since February or March and the two parties appear to have reached an impasse. Boose didn’t elaborate.

The commissioner however addressed the condition of the senior center on Shady Lane.

“It’s building that is pre-Civil War. It’s in horrible condition,” Boose said. 

“They need to move out as soon as possible,” he added, but noted the commissioners aren’t kicking SES out of the building. “They need to a find a building. … They have several options around town.”

Councilman Chris Castle encouraged Boose and Sandles to reach out and call council members individually. Boose said the commissioners are cautious about doing anything that might be a violation of the Sunshine Law and  he believes a presentation to council would achieve as much as conversations with council members.

Also Tuesday, council passed a resolution on the need to construct or repair sidewalks in the city.

“We are in the northeast quadrant,” Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said. “We were here (last) in 2014.”

The northeast quadrant includes Eastwood Drive and Indian Terrace.

“That work will start in the spring,” Snyder said before the meeting. “As soon as the budget passes, we will bid it out.”

The resolution passed unanimously, but there were only four voting members at Tuesday’s regular session. Three council members had excused absences: Deb Lucal (family issue), Steve Schumm (out of town) and Dave Wallace (family emergency). Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan was on vacation.

Also, council appointed Steve Mercer to the zoning commission. 

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