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Common Council Appoints New Committee Members
Members talk taxes, Oak Hills, funds for dredging
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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 11, 2013 At 04:07 PM

The Norwalk Common Council appointed several new members to City committees Tuesday night.

Gregory Burnet, who formerly served on the Board of Estimate and Taxation from 2001 to 2005 with former mayor Alex Knopp was again appointed to the BET. After also serving on the Board of Education for four years, he says he's ready to tackle the City's current issues. 

"It's a different time period," said Burnet. "It's a different set of issues that we need to face. Norwalk is a different town than it was eight years ago, so we want to ensure that we're heading in the right direction. 

Burnet says the city needs to use accountable information to spend money appropriately in each department and organization.

"We don't want to see taxes go off the roof. We want to make sure that Norwalk is not only a very vibrant place to live, but it's an attractive place to live and part of that comes with having reasonable taxes that we share as citizens." 

Ernie DesRochers was reappointed to the Oak Hills Authority, while both Stephanie McLaughlin and Bill Kementzidis resigned. New members to the Oak Hills authority will include William Waters. 

"The course has improved greatly this past season and I know that Ernie will work hard to keep things moving in the right direction." 

The council also announced plans to continue its work with Coastline Consulting & Development LLC to maintain the dredging of the visitor dock area of Veteran’s Memorial Park. Members say they're expecting to keep costs under $380,00. 

"If we were to vote on this thing that would take care of a lot of the problems with boat ramps during low tide. There's just not enough water there."

"We've been trying to do this for years and finally it has come to be," said Bruce Kimmel. "It's going to help a lot of businesses in the city."

The council also appointed Nora King and Michael Coffey to the Zoning Commission.  Rev. Jeffrey Ingraham reappointed to the Fair Housing Advisory Commission.

Additionally the board approved, Glenn Iannaccone to the Historical Commission; Rich Bonenfant to the Facilities Construction Commission; John Kydes to the Facilities Construction Commission; Andy Conroy, Shannon O’Toole-Giandurco, Jerry Petrini, and Travis Simms to the Maritime Authority. 



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