One week into 2014, New Year's resolutions are on everyone's mind, but we're not just talking about hitting the gym or keeping up with latest diet. We talked to Norwalk officials about their New Year's resolutions for their departments and for the City of Norwalk.
Town Clerk Rick McQuaid said, "What I would like to see is more people use the town. Use City Hall for referencing. We're spending a lot of money of the beaches being restored after the storms and there will be a lot of new exciting things coming so I'd like to see more people use Norwalk as a "stay-cation".
When asked what his resolutions for the City are, Director of Public Works for the City of Norwalk Hal Alvord said, "to do as much improvement to the infrastructure and services that the department is responsible for as we can with the resources that we have available to us."
"The infrastructure in Norwalk was underfunded for a longer period of time - for decades. We're trying to make up for, again with limited resources, for things that should have been done 10, 20, 25 years ago."
"What I would like to see and it's very timely because we've seen a number of tragic incidents recently, and that is for every home to have a carbon monoxide detector," said Chief Denis McCarthy with the Norwalk Fire Department. "Back in the late 70s, we pushed very hard in the fire service to make sure that every home had a smoke detector. That's still a primary concern because it's the number one way to be notified if there is an emergency, particularly when you are sleeping or your family is sleeping. We've seen a number of emergencies recently caused by carbon monoxide. So what we would like to see is every home invest in a very cheap but simple life saving device.
Chief Thomas Kulhawik of the Norwalk Police Department said his resolution is more of a combined one for the deparment and the City. "I'd like to see a continuation of the citizens working with the Police Department and other city officals working to make improvements to every aspect of the City.
"What I think we've seen a big improvement in the Police Department is with violent crime. It was down the last year, down again for 2013. Fortunately the City did not experience a homicide last year and hopefully we can continue that in 2014. We'll be able to do that with the police working along with the residents and I think we're seeing that come together and I'm very excited about the future."