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City voters to see levy

By JOE CENTERS • Jul 18, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Norwalk voters will see a police levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night in favor of the levy, which would provide enough money to add a 25th officer.

“It’s a property tax value.” Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt said. “We’ve not updated it for today’s value. It hasn’t been updated since 1976.”

If voters pass the levy, Wendt said the tax would generate an additional $169,000 each year. A 25th officer in the department with full benefits would cost the city $105,000. The remaining $169,000 includes $50,000 of capital improvements (such as building, maintenance for the city jail, cruisers and safety equipment) and $14,000 for training.

Also Tuesday, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan thanked Finance Director Michelle Reeder for a “clean audit” from State Auditor Dave Yost. Duncan pointed out just five percent of the communities receive a clean audit.

“It was a very good visit,” Reeder said. “Diane (Eschen) gets a lot of the credit because she was here until August (before retiring) and all of my team worked hard and deserve credit.”

Public Works Director Josh Snyder said striping will take place this week on Old State and Cleveland roads and Whittlesey Avenue to wrap up those projects. Work still is scheduled for Union Street, he said, while the sidewalk project is done for the year.

Wendt said 774 city surveys were returned (more than 40 percent) along with 26 pages of notes. He said he hopes to have the results ready to report sometime next month.

Councilman Steve Schumm asked again about the status of the house at 107 N. Prospect St.

“I’ve had people ask me about it and they call it a nightmare,” Schumm said.

Wendt said the grass has been cut, a vehicle has been moved and it appears there is no problem with the taxes. He said he is not sure how much more the city can do.

But Schumm said something still needs to be done.

“The sooner we get that to an auditor’s auction the better off we will be,” he said.

Council will be off Tuesday and meeting again beginning at 7 p.m. July 31.

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