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Mayor Rilling announces new street sweep initiative

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 02, 2015 At 05:59 PM

South Norwalk streets will get a clean sweep this coming Monday with a new initiative implemented by the Department of Public Works. 

The signs are up and the ''sweepers" are out to increase the city's "curb-appeal". 

Mayor Harry Rilling joined members of the community and the Department of Public Works on Washington street Thursday to announce Norwalk's new sweeping initiative for the SoNo and Wall Street business district.  

"You know that when you come into a community, you judge a community by what we call curb-appeal," said Rilling. "And if the curbs and the city sidewalks are not clean, if there's litter around, it immediately sends a negative signal about your community. We want to change that." 

It's a much needed effort for the city, which has struggled to keep its streets clean for a while. Rilling says when the city's original street sweep scheduled changed several years ago, it neglected to follow a regular routine throughout inner city Norwalk.  

"We're bringing it back so once a week these streets will be swept so that you won't have the situation that of finding a diaper in the middle of the road weeks after it was placed there," said Rilling. 

The sweeping will begin this Monday, April 6th and continue until November. Rilling says he's reaching out to the community, especially business owners to do their part in the effort.  

"You have a responsibility to keep your business as clean as you possibly can, so please sweep up your sidewalks, but don't sweep them into the gutter," said Rilling. "Sweep up your sidewalks and dispose of them in a proper receptacle." 

Permanent signs indicate the parking restrictions will be installed at key locations in both areas. Vehicles parked on the sweeping routes during the restricted hours will be towed at the owner’s expense by the Norwalk Police Department.

"As we went around several months ago, asking people to clean their sidewalks, everybody understood that this is something that they want to see," said Rilling. 

Sweeping will be conducted every Monday morning from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. 


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