Yearly Archives: 2018

TTD Announces Retirement of Commission Brown

At the Special Commission meeting of December 19, 2018, the Third Taxing District Commission was informed that David Brown had tendered his resignation to the District Clerk effective December 28, 2018. The Third Taxing District Commission and staff would like to thank Commissioner Brown for his 21 years of dedicated service to the Third Taxing District and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

The Commission was then informed of the process to fill a vacancy of an elected position within Third Taxing District. General Manager, Kevin Barber, advised the Commission that they are responsible for filling the vacancy. The position must be filled with an eligible elector who is a member of the same political party of the former incumbent and who resides in the Third Taxing District. The replacement will serve for the remainder of the former incumbent’s term.

For further information, or for qualified candidates to express interest in being considered, please contact the District Clerk,
Ron Scofield, at 203-866-9271 or click on the link below.

Filling Vacancy In Elective Office

Monthly Tree Lighting for November

The tree is lit in purple to Symbolize Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness, with the supporting foundation as the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to “Eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.” The Association was founded in 1980 by
a group of family caregivers and individuals who understood the importance of treating this disease.

For more information about the Association, visit: https://www.alz.org/

Monthly Tree Lighting for October

The tree is lit in pink to symbolize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The supporting foundation is Susan G. Komen. Founded in the 1980’s, Susan Komen launched the breast cancer movement. Komen works diligently on acquiring more funding for breast cancer research. In 2000, Komen worked to develop genetic testing to help determine which patients need more treatment. In 2010, Congress passed the EARLY Act, requiring breast cancer education for women under 40. In the U.S. by 2026, Komen’s goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by fifty percent.

For more information visit: ww5.komen.org

TTD Lowers PCA

TTD is lowering the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) component of the electric bill from 0.23 to 0.13 cents per kilowatt hour. Customers can expect to see a reduction of 5% in their electric bill. The reduction in the PCA is due to lower than budgeted cost of power TTD receives from CMEEC (Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative), TTD’s wholesale energy provider. The savings is being passed on to TTD’s customers.

Raspados Flamingo: How Sweet it is!

Ingris Bonilla, owner of Raspados Flamingo, began her journey five years ago when she moved to Connecticut from Honduras, Central America with her husband. Ingris first worked at a Honduran restaurant in Connecticut, where she had a kiosk for her delicious shaved ice and smoothies. Very soon, Ingris realized how popular her refreshing beverages and food had become when she could no longer handle the amount of orders and customers by herself. Ingris said, “I then told my husband that we must open up our own business together”. Thus, Raspados (meaning “shaved ice”) Flamingo was
borne in beautiful East Norwalk. Raspados Flamingo has a huge selection of delicious shaved ice drinks, smoothies, crepes, and waffles (yes, waffles!). Ingris is also looking to serve hot coffee drinks during the winter. The most popular items on the menu are the Sweet Shaved Ice and Spicy Mango drinks. Ingris hand-makes all the fruit bases for the drinks, incorporating fresh bananas, cherries, strawberries, coconut, and many more fresh ingredients. There is really nothing else like Raspados Flamingo in Norwalk. Ingris is a mother and dedicated businesswoman, so she loves seeing when local children come with their families to her business and order delicious and refreshing treats from the menu. Raspados is open seven days per week ~ Monday-Thursday from 10am-9pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-10pm. 203-831-9722 • 234 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

¡Qué dulce es! Ingris Bonilla, dueña de Raspados Flamingo, comenzó su viaje hace cinco años cuando se mudó con su esposo a Connecticut desde Honduras, América Central. Ingris trabajó por primera vez en un restaurante hondureño en Connecticut, donde tenía un kiosco para su deliciosos raspados y batidos. Muy pronto, Ingris se dio cuenta de lo populares que se habían vuelto sus refrescantes bebidas y comida, cuando ya no podía manejar la cantidad de pedidos y clientes sola. Ingris dijo: “Entonces le dije a mi marido que deberiamos abrir nuestro propio negocio juntos”.
Por lo tanto, Raspados (que significa “hielo raspado”) Flamingo nació en el hermoso East Norwalk. Raspados Flamingo tiene una gran selección
de deliciosas bebidas de hielo raspado, licuados, crepes y waffles (¡sí, waffles!). Ingris también está buscando servir bebidas calientes de café durante el invierno. Los artículos más populares en el menú son las bebidas Sweet Shaved Ice y Spicy Mango. Ingris realiza a mano todas las bases de fruta para las bebidas, incorporando plátanos frescos, cerezas, fresas, coco y muchos más ingredientes frescos. Realmente no hay nada como Raspados Flamingo en Norwalk. Ingris es una madre y empresaria dedicada, por eso le encanta ver cuando los niños locales vienen con sus familias a su negocio y piden postres deliciosos y refrescantes del menú. Raspados está abierto los siete días de la semana; De lunes a jueves de 10 a.m. a 9 p.m., y los viernes, sábados y domingos de 10 a.m. a 10 p.m. 203-831-9722 • 234 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855

East Norwalk Library to Go Green

East Norwalk Library is going through some amazing changes. With the ongoing support of the Third Taxing District (TTD), the Library recently had a new roof installed. The next change will be the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The PV system will allow the library to reduce its operating expenses and carbon footprint.

TTD General Manager Kevin Barber explains that TTD will be installing a solar array on the roof of the library to generate electricity to cover the majority of the library’s electrical needs. The solar array will consist of 124 solar panels on the east and west sides of the library and will generate approximately 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity on an annual basis. The amount of electricity generated by the panels during the day will exceed the usage at the library. Any excess energy will be fed back into the TTD distribution system and will reduce the amount of energy TTD purchases for its customers from the grid. This will result in a savings for all of TTD’s customers.

This is the first solar project TTD has installed within the District and is a pilot project to study the savings and effects of the PV system on our distribution system.
Kevin says “The library is an ideal location for this project. The library building is owned and supported by the Third Taxing District. The benefits and savings resulting from the PV system is passed on directly to the library, the residents of the Third Taxing District and the customers of the electric department.”

TTD is also planning an additional project for the library that is directly related to the solar PV system, a battery storage system. The battery storage system will be charged by the PV system and can be utilized during power outages or other power related events. This will allow the library, which is a designated heating and cooling center, to have power during a power emergency. TTD could also discharge the batteries during peak energy usage times to also reduce the amount of energy TTD has to purchase for its customers. Kevin says, “The combination of the solar and battery systems has the potential for covering all of the library’s electrical needs.

These two projects are a win-win situation for the library, and TTD.” Like the solar PV system, the battery storage system will also be the first installed by TTD in the District. Another important facet of this project is the educational component. TTD will be installing a kiosk in the library that will allow the library patrons to view the output of the solar array on an hourly, daily and weekly basis. The installation of this system will also help the library reduce its carbon footprint. The environmental impacts are expected to be an offset of 64,667 lbs. of CO2 on an annual basis. Over the life of the project, the CO2 offset will be 1,479,541 miles NOT driven or an equivalent of 3,383 trees planted.

Kevin states ”This is a wonderful and unique project for TTD. The project not only benefits the Library, but also the entire Third Taxing District and all of our customers.”

Monthly Tree Lighting for September

The tree is lit in purple to symbolize National ITP Awareness Month with the supporting foundation being Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA). ITP is an autoimmune disease in which the body mounts an immune attack on platelets (a component of blood). Beth Siegelbaum who is the secretary of the foundation says, “PDSA was founded to ensure patients would no longer travel the ITP journey feeling confused, lost, frightened and alone. As an empowered community, we look ahead with great optimism for immune thrombocytopenia.”

For more on The Platelet Disorder Support Association please visit:

https://www.pdsa.org/

Harbor Harvest: Empowering Sustainability in East Norwalk

From farm to harbor, then your table…

In May 2018 Harbor Harvest of East Norwalk, a food market dedicated to selling quality sustainable foods, was approved as a designated Marine Highway Program. A project that owner Robert (“Bob”) Kunkel, hopes to develop with the Third Taxing District is a charging station for his hybrid boats. Bob has lived with his family in 06855 for twenty seven years, and believes that this project will bring more support to local farms and small community businesses.

Bob says, “Part of our transportation goals are to develop Hybrid catamarans to move farm products across Long Island Sound. Shipping products by hybrid is more sustainable than transporting cargo on our highways because it eliminates emissions from diesel trucks, reduces the carbon footprint and creates better opportunities for artisans and farmers local in Connecticut, Long Island and New York.” Not only is East Norwalk picking up on the mission of Harbor Harvest, but other large businesses like Farmers Cow, want their product on Harbor Harvest’s Hybrid boats. Bob sees the vision growing and states, “We believe that local food is the future, and that local transportation has to support it. Harbor Harvest is a butcher shop, retail store, farmers market, small café, and is based on local support of the community, and this concept is to inspire other small businesses in East Norwalk to achieve the same goals.”

(203) 939-9289 • www.harborharvest.com • 7 Cove Avenue, Norwalk CT 06855

TTD Beautifies East Norwalk

The Third Taxing District is not only an electric utility. They also have been maintaining East Norwalk parks for twenty years, and continue to do so. Ron Scofield, Assistant General Manager of Third Taxing District, assumed the responsibility of overseeing the maintenance of the parks in 2000. He works with a professional landscaper to maintain their parks – Constitution Park, Edgewater Park and Ludlow Triangle – as well as the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Shea-Mcgrath Memorial, Hanford Switch and various traffic islands. Anyone who knows landscaping and gardening, would know that it takes a lot of time and dedication in keeping grass, flowers and trees healthy and properly treated. Ron and his team are dedicated to keeping these parks beautiful for East Norwalk residents. Ron says, “I take a certain amount of pride being able to ride through East Norwalk and see the flowers and grass maintained, because it makes the community look beautiful.”

The maintenance of these parks is based on the current season. In the spring and summer, grass is mowed weekly, flowerbeds are filled with hundreds of colorful flowers and trees are properly pruned. When the warm weather comes to an end and the fall weather is upon us, the parks are cleaned up from fallen leaves and debris in order to be prepared for the blanket of snow that will come in the winter. Ron says, “Because we keep the parks so clean and beautiful, many people love using them for many reasons.” Edgewater park is a popular park by the TTD office.

Being right on the water it has a tranquil view. Ron always sees a lot of activity, which includes people walking their dogs to people sitting in the grass on a blanket or on our park bench. Many residents watch the 4th of July fireworks at the park and make a family event of it. There is something extra special about Edgewater Park. It has a rain garden that was built by the Sound-keeper a few years ago. The purpose of the rain garden is to bring migrating birds a peaceful habitat as well as water. One of the biggest events that is held by TTD in Ludlow Triangle is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This event is beloved by the TTD team and the residents of East Norwalk. Ron says, “people never forget it, and the turnout is always great. Seeing the children waiting to meet Santa is a heartwarming moment.” We also light the tree a different color each month to recognize various charitable causes.” Lastly, Ron says “that it is always important to not take anything for granted and be happy and proud of the community we live in.”

Conservation and Load Management Bid

Click on the image below to access bid request for:
Conservation and Load Management
Interactive / Smart Battery/ Onsite Power Storage System
Third Taxing District
EAST NORWALK, CONNECTICUT