Yearly Archives: 2016

The Rinks at Veterans Park Ribbon Cutting

CT Governor Dannel Malloy and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling to attend ribbon cutting ceremony at The Rinks at Veterans Park

The Rinks at Veterans Park is the first seasonal double surface regulation ice rinks, covered in a removable structure, ever built. This is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Norwalk, Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department and the Rinks at Veterans Park LLC. Read full press release.

Annual Food & Toy Drive

Annual Food & Toy Drive

Sponsored by Third Taxing District Electric Department

The following locations in East Norwalk will be accepting non-perishable food and unwrapped toy donations from November 14th to December 16th

Third Taxing District Office, 2 Second Street
E. Norwalk Library, 51 Van Zant Street
Firehouse Station #3, 56 Van Zant Street
Ice Rinks, 10 Seaview Avenue
Harbor Harvest, 7 Cove Avenue
Jimmy’s Mediterranean Deli, 65 Van Zant Street
Winfield Street Italian Deli, 69 Winfield Street
Mike’s Deli, 194 East Avenue
Partners Café, 1 ½ Cove Avenue
Partners To Go, 10 First Street

Donations will also be accepted at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Roger Ludlow Park on Sun., Dec. 4th at 5:00 p.m. (Rain Date: Sun., Dec. 11th at 5:00 p.m.)

Cash contributions for the purchase of toys and food will also be accepted at the TTD office at 2 Second Street.

Be Prepared in the Event of Power Emergencies

There are many safety precautions we can take every day to prevent injuries and protect our personal property and families. However, when Mother Nature strikes, it proves how important it is to be prepared.

With more than 4,000 customers depending on our electric service, storm preparation is one of the most essential measures we take, and just as TTD prepares year-round for potential storm-related power outages, we encourage our customers to prepare as well.

Here are some important tips to consider when preparing for an approaching storm:

  • Listen to weather forecasts and plan ahead
  • If you lose power, use flashlights. Do not use candles or kerosene lamps – they can create a fatal safety hazard
  • Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected, or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements if your electric service is interrupted
  • Keep the following items on hand: fresh batteries, a portable radio, flashlights, a manual can opener, matches, a battery-operated or wind-up clock, and non-perishable food (canned and dried food)
  • Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 203-663-6875 to report an outage to TTD) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or cell phone on hand
  • Keep a first-aid kit in your home and one in your car
  • Keep one gallon of bottled water for each person in the household
  • If your home uses well water, fill a bathtub with water for sanitation use
  • Keep cash on hand

Natural disasters can develop gradually or happen quickly with little warning. For this reason, planning for an emergency now can save you and your family much needed time during severe weather conditions.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit www.ready.gov for more emergency preparedness tips.

TTD Celebrates Public Power Week, October 2-8

East Norwalk, CT (October 2, 2016) – TTD is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), Oct. 2-8, along with over 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

For more than 130 years, public power has been a tradition that works across the nation on behalf of its communities and customers. Today, it is a thriving segment of the electric utility industry serving both small communities and large cities in every state except for Hawaii.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity TTD provides to our community,” said TTD General Manager, Jim Smith. “Public power puts the people of East Norwalk first, giving them a voice in the decisions made by the utility,” said Smith.

“For over 100 years, TTD has been proudly serving East Norwalk providing safe and low-cost service,” said Commission Chairman, David Brown.

TTD has organized the following events to commemorate Public Power Week:

  • LED Lightbulb Giveaway – TTD customers can receive 1 2-pack of LED lightbulbs by stopping by the TTD office at 2 Second Street, Wednesday, October 5th through Friday, October 7th. Supplies are limited to the first 100 customers – first-come, first served.
  • Marvin Elementary School Program – TTD staff members will present a program to students, K-5, at Marvin Elementary School on Friday, October 7th. The program will be an interactive demonstration on how power lines transmit electricity to residences and businesses in the community.

About TTD
TTD operates a municipal, ratepayer-owned Electric Department that provides high service, reliable, low-cost electricity to East Norwalk residents and businesses. The company also supports the local community with concerts and holiday events, as well as supporting the East Norwalk Association Library and Norwalk Fire Department Firehouse, and maintaining the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery. The Third Taxing District is governed by a Board of three Commissioners and a Treasurer. The commissioners are elected by the residents to six-year terms. The Treasurer is elected for a two-year term. The Commissioners’ terms of office are staggered so that every two years one commissioner is up for election.

About Public Power Week
Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. Learn more at www.PublicPower.org.

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TTD Office Renovations Nearing Completion

TTD office renovations, which include improvements to accessibility, infrastructure (HVAC) and the addition of a new private customer service area is nearing completion. We thank our customers for their patience during the construction process and invite you to stop by our office during the coming months to see our new look!

Mail Room

Mail Room

Front Lobby

Front Lobby

Ceiling

Ceiling

Share Your Bright Ideas

As a homeowner, renter or business owner we know you’re probably always looking for ways to save money – especially when it comes to energy.

We’ve shared a lot of tips and ideas as well as offering our customers a free home energy assessment. Now we’d like to hear from you!

What have you done to help cut energy costs? Be creative! Saving energy doesn’t have to be dull. Plus, your bright idea may help your neighbors be more energy-efficient.

Use the comments box below this post and share your ideas with us and we’ll share it with your neighbors in our newsletters.

Know The Facts

Earlier this month, the Norwalk Daily Voice published a study that was released by WalletHub finding Connecticut has the most expensive energy costs of all 50 U.S. states.

The study included more than just monthly electricity costs (which ranked 7th). The overall rank also factored in monthly natural gas costs, monthly motor fuel costs, and monthly home heating oil costs.

TTD is often asked how our rates compare to that of other electric providers. In our efforts to proactively communicate to our rate payers, we included a rate comparison in our January/February 2016 Newsletter, which demonstrated the competitiveness of our costs for a residential customer as compared to that of an Eversource residential customer who falls into the “Rate 1” category.

Rates are impacted by many factors and can fluctuate continuously. Our commitment to providing reliable, low-cost electricity is unwavering and our participation in CMEEC (Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative) allows us to distribute power to local homes and businesses at some of the lowest prices in Connecticut.

Calf Pasture Beach Solar Installation

Calf Pasture Beach Solar Installation

Calf Pasture Beach Solar Installation

Pictured L – R: David Goldberg, Manager of Community Business Development, Direct Energy; Norwalk Mayor, Harry Rilling; CT State Senator, Bob Duff; John Kydes, Norwalk Councilman; Tom Livingston, Councilman, Chairman of Land Use & Building Management; Mike Mocciae, Director Norwalk Parks & Recreation; Jim Smith, General Manager, Third Taxing District

Engine 3 firefighters restore historic firehouse

By Robert Koch Published 6:07 pm, Friday, July 1, 2016

Captain Jon Maggio describes the work firefighters performed in the newly renovated East Norwalk Fire Station at 56 Van Zant St. in Norwalk, Conn. Thursday, June 30, 2016. The Third Taxing District and firefighters with Engine Company No. 3 spent more than two years restoring the nearly 120-year-old firehouse

Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

NORWALK — With its original tin ceiling, lamp once carried aboard a horse-drawn fire wagon and new kitchen, bunkhouse and bathrooms, the East Norwalk Fire Station is the pride and joy of Engine 3.

For much of the last two years, Engine 3 firefighters have put their carpentry and other skills into renovating the century-old fire station at 56 Van Zant St. in East Norwalk.

And with the finishing of the new bathroom, work on the second floor is largely complete.

“The bathroom was really the last thing they got done, two to three weeks ago,” said Fire Capt. Jonathan Maggio, pointing out the changes. “This was all covered up with plastic. Those windows were actually bricked in behind the wall. Why not make use of the natural light?”

In addition to exposing the original brick wall, the firefighter handymen installed a new sink, urinal and floor tiling that resemble what were in place when the firehouse was built in the late 1890s.

“Even the plumbing, we went with cast iron and copper rather than PVC because it’s going to be exposed and it will look similar what’s typical for its age,” Maggio said. “Everything came out nice.”

Maggio credits firefighter Lefty (Elefterios) Petrides for initiating restoration of the historic firehouse, drawing upon the skills of its occupants. The firefighters, for example, removed the drop ceiling to expose and carefully restore the original tin ceiling that was installed in the late 19th century.

Other work, such electrical systems and asbestos abatement, required the hiring of contractors whom Maggio also thanks for their contributions.

The project radically altered the layout of the second floor of the firehouse, creating a full-size kitchen with modern appliances at the front. Beforehand, firefighters used a small kitchenette at the back of the second floor of the building.

“We put the kitchen up front because guys end up coming in earlier,” said Firefighter Rob Huebner. “If guys get here at 6:30, they can make a pot of coffee and relax.”

Meanwhile, the bunk area was moved to the back and the center area is now a lounge with a modern office off to the side. The fireman’s pole, previously in the corner, is now at the back of the kitchen — a more practical location for firefighters to hurry to their vehicles.

Fire Chief Larry Reilly said the project required careful staging as firefighters lived in one area as work proceed in another part of the building.

Economics also played a role in the project.

The firehouse is owned by the Third Taxing District and operated by the city of Norwalk. The district kicked in approximately $70,000 and the city $100,000 toward the renovation work. Having the firefighters volunteer their labor allowed the available dollars to go farther in terms of quality of materials, Maggio said.

James W. Smith, Taxing District general manager, described the district’s partnership with the firefighters as favorable for both parties.

“The good thing was we did it in partnership with them, because they did it over time, which didn’t really produce a financial burden for us to fund some of these improvements,” Smith said. “It really worked out well.”

David L. Brown, Taxing District Commission chairman, concurred about the collaboration.

“The fact that they did so much work themselves makes our job as commissioners a lot easier,” Brown said.

Maggio said the first-floor renovation work will entail, among other things, the placement of historic pictures depicting the history of the firehouse.

Sixteen firefighters work out of the station, which is also home to the Norwalk Fire Department’s Marine Unit 238.

At the end of the day, restoration of the station is a home improvement project.

“We’re proud of this station,” Maggio said. “This is more like a home away from home. We spend probably half our life in this building.”