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Council Declares Autism Awareness Month in Norwalk

Council also approves captial budget and dam removal

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 09, 2014 At 05:04 PM

The Norwalk Common Council approved the City's decision to declare April as autism awareness month in Norwalk Tuesday night. 

"The Common Council of the city of Norwalk expresses support designating April 2014 as autism awareness month for the city of Norwalk, recognizes meeting the education, employment and service provision needs of individuals on the autism spectrum is a clear and compelling issue that deserves attention and stresses the need for early intervention services." 

"With the right supports, all people with autism can hold down a job, live in the community and enjoy their life," said Glenna Brown of Ability Beyond. "Without community support, including from people like yourselves, these individuals would not have a place to live, work and belong." 

The council executed an agreement with Professional Engineering Services to remove the Flock Process dam on the Norwalk River.  Members of the Norwalk River Watershed Association say the benefits of dam removal extend far beyond Norwalk.  

"Other benefits of dam removal include the reestablishment of natural flow regimes, increased river conductivity, stabilization of water temperatures and increased of dissolved oxygen all of which result in improved habitat quality for native aquatic organisms." said Kristen Begor president of the NRWA. 

The council also approved the 2014 to 2015 capital budget.

"We've already approved what is a really solid operating budget," said Bruce Kimmel. "It's on its last stages now. It's a little better than we figured when we adopted the cap. And now we are in the last stages of adopting our capital budget, which I think is an excellent document." 


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