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Council discusses proposed Cline Street zoning issue

Cary Ashby • Oct 30, 2018 at 9:00 PM

A Cline Street zoning issue was discussed Tuesday during the work session of Norwalk city council.

An application has been filed to change the zoning of 57 Cline St. from R-2 to B-4. Single-family units and duplexes are in R-2 while B-4 covers grocery stores, small businesses, car washes and all residence types.

“It’s been listed for three months-plus on R-2,” said Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder, referring to the 26-acre property that is for sale. “Much of the surrounding property is R-2.”

Council members asked if this situation constituted “spot zoning.” Norwalk Law Director Stuart O’Hara said he couldn’t remember a recent time when council approved any “spot zoning,” which generally isn’t favored when it comes to zoning law.

The zoning issue will have its first reading next week.

In other action, finance director Michelle Reeder requested several supplemental appropriations, one of which is $11,250 for an additional, used vehicle to be used by the Norwalk Police Department detective bureau. She said METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, will reimburse the city for the vehicle.

Also, Reeder requested a supplemental appropriation for slightly more than $31,000 to get the parks and recreation department “through the end of the year” for part-time employees. Superintendent Joe Lindenberger is requesting a total of $27,245 for part-time wages on the aquatic side of the Ernsthausen Community Center and $4,917 for gymnasium supervisors and aquatic staff members. 

“It costs $3 to make a dollar in this case,” he said. “We exceeded expectations on the splash pad and 24-hour access.”

The splash pad project cost $250,000, with $200,000 coming from a state capital bill grant. The 40-foot by 80-foot aquatic recreation area is east of the zero-depth entry for the outside pool. Lindenberger said there was an attendant this summer, but moving forward he doesn’t expect there to be one.

About 1,200 key cards have been issued to adult patrons for overnight usage, which averages 30 people daily.

Since “traffic volume has been really good,” Lindenberger said that has impacted part-time hours.

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