Sworn in as first-time council members were Jordy Horowitz and Bryan Lamb, who replace Chris Mushett and Kelly Beck, who decided not to seek re-election (Beck’s term was completed by Dwight Tkach). Also sworn in was veteran council member Steve Euton, while Steve Schumm was away on a family vacation. He will be sworn in at a later date.
The first action taken by the new council was to elect a new president, which again will be Euton. Samantha Wilhelm was elected president pro tem, while Deb Lucal was elected president pro tem alternate.
Jaime Peiples was appointed clerk of council.
Council members doubled up with a work session and regular session, taking care of mostly housekeeping work.
Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan thanked Joe Lindenberger and his staff at the parks and recreation department for another successful Family First Night to right in the new year. A total of 384 people attended the event Sunday night and it raised $1,900. It was announced the city has received a $34,000 grant which will be used to fund swimming lessons and repair the therapy pool.
Public Works Coordinator Josh Snyder talked briefly about all of the projects slated for 2018, from paving to curbing to sidewalks to sewer lining to waterlines. This year’s sidewalk project will be in the northeast quadrant.
He pointed out the work being done at Veterans Memorial Lake Park with new fencing around the spillway and paving to complete the Alex Waite Trail.
“Work has ceased on all projects due to the weather,” Snyder said. “We are getting ready for 2018 with estimating and bidding our projects.”
Because January is a five-Tuesday month, there will be no meeting Jan. 23 and a work session Jan. 30.
Council will meet in work session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“I feel real optimistic about 2018,” Duncan said. “I am so encouraged. ... The city is moving in the right direction.”