Reporter Priscilla takes a look back at some newsmakers in Norwalk's government in 2013.
The ongoing debate over adding a driving range to Oak Hills Park had some major developments in 2013. In March, the Oak Hills Park Authority unanimously voted to issue a Request for Proposal for Driving Range options. And in December, the Authority heard a presentation of a plan for the range from Total Driving Range Solutions.
"All this will be in this design to facilitate proper golf that's on the golf course, with our traffic that's coming into the driving range with the traffic for the restaurant walkers," said Total Driving Range Solutions architect Doug Smith. "We'd love to light up this promenade, maybe put some beautiful trees that are lit at night. Make it look like something special, like everything is integrated together."
Norwalk's Third Taxing District celebrated 100 years of keeping the lights on at Calf Pasture Beach.
The Third Taxing District was formed in 1913 when the City of Norwalk was consolidated. It is now a municipal electric utility that powers 4,000 customers in East Norwalk, and is also governed by a board of commissioners elected by residents.
"If you have a problem and you need to call TTD, you're not calling somebody out of state or outside of the country," said Sen. Bob Duff. "You're calling people who probably live in Norwalk."
"It's probably the most local form of government [in Norwalk]," former mayor Richard Moccia said.
In August, The Norwalk Common Council unanimously adopted the city's first ever blight ordinance to target some of the city's most unattractive buildings. Starting January 1, Norwalk will be able issue blight citations to residents. Blight can be boarded windows, rotting walls, or abandoned cars.
"The complaints I get repeatedly are about commercial properties," said councilman Matt Miklave.
"There are a lot of commercial properties in this city that need to be looked at and taken care of," said councilman Fred Bondi.
That's some of what made news for Norwalk government in 2013. Thanks for watching and we'll see you in the New Year.