Yearly Archives: 2017

TTD Welcomes New GM

Kevin Barber Assumes Role As New General Manager

We welcome Kevin to our team!

Kevin Barber, TTD’s new General Manager, will continue the great service and support of the previous General Manager, Jim Smith. Remaining focused on TTD’s mission of ‘Powering Your Neighborhood,’ Kevin is particularly intrigued about their level of community involvement. “TTD is not just an electric utility,” Kevin says. “They are so much more”.

Kevin states it is important that the residents of East Norwalk realize the uniqueness of their town – the schools, the beaches, the relaxed feel, right down to the TTD folks. That is why “I will do everything in my power to keep the lights on for East Norwalk.”

On one hand, Kevin will provide ongoing direction and leadership to the team. On the other, he will allow them to “go off and do what they need to do on their own.” He already feels part of the TTD family and is also aware of a variety of issues that may affect the District (such as the WalkBridge Project). “We want to make sure that we are moving forward, and in
the right direction.”

Kevin is a regular family guy from Shelton, Connecticut, married for over 23 years with three children. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Kevin’s diverse background in Information Technology (IT), accounting,
customer service and having worked with another electric/water utility gives him an excellent base of knowledge as he comes to East Norwalk with an open mind.

TTD Welcomes New Commissioner and Treasurer

Pam Parkington as Commissioner and Johnnie Mae Weldon as Treasurer were sworn in by Town Clerk Richard McQuaid on November 8th 2017 prior to their first commission meeting. The entire TTD family is focused on the mission of “Powering Your Neighborhood.”


Featured Business Pick: Frank’s Barber Shop

Frank “the barber” DiStasio emigrated from Italy to East Norwalk in 1955 when he was just a teenager. Following a family tradition, Frank attended several barber schools including Wright Tech in Stamford and eventually Bullard Havens in Bridgeport.

To get his Barber’s Certificate, Frank even attended the New York Barber School where he graduated in the late 1960′s.

He opened his first shop in the Ludlow Shopping Center in 1967 with his wife, Elvira, who worked with him for thirty years. It became the place to go for a neighborhood haircut.

Besides delivering one of the best and economical hair cuts in the area, Frank’s Barber Shop was always a visual delight. Frank’s love for indoor plants, such as Flowering Begonias and African Violets were a mere backdrop for his colorful Paper Mache Parrots that hung from the ceiling along with one of the biggest rubber tree plants anywhere in Norwalk that ran around the perimeter of the shop’s ceiling.

This was the place for local politics and social information. Frank’s was the community Facebook before there was a Facebook. That was until an unfortunate fire destroyed Ludlow Plaza in November of 2016.

Frank’s new location is on First Street across from Partner’s Café. He has been here for eight months and is still offering the same economy and quality of service that the original Frank’s Barber Shop was noted for. Stop in for your next haircut.

City of Norwalk’s Light Bulb Swap – Saturday, Oct. 28

Dear TTD Ratepayers,

Last year there was some confusion as to whether or not TTD ratepayers could participate in the City of Norwalk’s Light Bulb Swap Program. Unfortunately, our ratepayers are not eligible for this program.

However, TTD will host a FREE light bulb program in the Spring. Watch for details after the New Year.

Thank you!

Third Taxing District

Third Taxing District’s Touch-A-Bucket-Truck at Marvin Elementary

East Norwalk, CT (May 19, 2017) — TTD hosted its annual Touch-A-Bucket-Truck event at Marvin Elementary earlier this month.

Smiles and laughter from the students at Marvin Elementary School easily made the Third Taxing District (“TTD”) Touch-A-Bucket-Truck event even more enjoyable this year. When the TTD showed up to the Marvin Elementary School in East Norwalk with their digger derrick and bucket truck in the afternoon of May 19th, each class eagerly awaited to come outside and sit on the grass to learn about electrical safety.

A big thanks goes to Jim Smith, Cynthia Tenney, and linemen Bill Ruedeman and Paul Hedrick
of TTD, who all work so hard in making our community’s businesses and residents safe. Jim spoke to each class about both trucks and what purpose they served. He also spoke about why wearing a hard hat is so crucial for the linemen to have. When Jim asked questions, many hands from the crowds of children popped up as they shouted out answers.

Cynthia Tenney brought enough crayons and coloring books for each class, all with fun graphics about electrical safety. When the time came for teachers to go up in the bucket truck, the kids got excited because they could not wait to see their teacher up high in the air!

It was a great day for sure and we all can’t wait until next year, to again educate these bright young minds why it is so important to stay safe and have fun at the same time.


Third Taxing District Recognized For Reliable Service To The Community

East Norwalk, CT (May 1, 2017) — TTD has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (“APPA”), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland.

Public power has a strong track record of reliability, said Hyland. Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers,” said Jim Smith, General Manager at TTD.

For more information on the eReliability Tracker Program, visit

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 APPA
APPA, previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 12,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions in North America. APPA is recognized as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

Rehabilitation of Stroffolino Bridge

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction activities for the rehabilitation of the Stroffolino Bridge, Route 136 over Norwalk River in Norwalk will begin on or around April 13, 2017.

The project consists of work that will include storm armoring, waterproofing of the bascule pits by raising the front wall of the bascule piers to a projected high water elevation, repairing electrical conduit, limit switches, environmental upgrades consisting of a new oil water separator, installation of suction stand pipes, installation of new submersible sump pumps and upgrading the navigational lights.

There will be sidewalk and individual roadway lane closures for the repairs of the sidewalk hatches, work inside the bascule pit, the raising of the front walls of the bascule piers and for materials delivery. Occasional, short duration, full roadway closures are expected to take place during the evenings.

It is scheduled to be completed in September 2017.

Source: Senator Bob Duff’s Facebook Page – March 21, 2017

January 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey

Thank you for your participation in our recent Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your input helps us to continue to provide YOU, our customer, with valuable services – from reliable power to top-notch customer service and communications. Additionally, we are always interested to hear about what we can do better and use the feedback we receive to address these areas as well.

With more than 250 responses on the latest survey, we’re extremely proud of the overall results and your confidence you have in our services. Here are the full results.

2017 CustSatSurvey