The Free Tree program, supported by a grant from the Third Taxing District, was a major success, again this spring. Now in its fourth year, the program, sponsored by the Norwalk Tree Alliance, offers free trees to East Norwalk homeowners. This year, the Tree Alliance took a unique approach to garner community interest in the form of a tree lottery. From over 50 entries, 12 homeowners were randomly selected to have a free tree planted in their yard. Each “winning” homeowner could select from three tree specimens; red maple, white oak and little-leaf linden. “Our goal is to help beautify East Norwalk and add to the quality of our environment,” says Andrew Strauss from the Norwalk Tree Alliance. “As these trees grow and mature, they will enhance Norwalk’s tree canopy that has been challenged by urbanization and, most recently, by storm damage,” says Strauss. Based on the success of the program, the Third Taxing District has awarded a grant to continue the Free Tree lottery and planting program.
During the middle of the night, in the rain, snow, thunder and wind, you can be rest assured that the TTD crew is out there restoring your electrical power… if it goes out.
During the 105 years the Third Taxing District has been keeping the lights on for East Norwalk, a lot of the credit goes to their very determined and talented team, including Mike Adams, General Line Foreman, Bill Ruedeman, Chief Lineman, Paul Hedrick, Lineman, Scott Tracy, Senior Utility Specialist, and Joe Chariott, Lead Senior Meter Technician. With over 100 years of combined experience in the team, they have the knowledge, experience and capability to address any issue.
The crew’s day starts as early as 6:30 am, when they prepare the trucks with safety and electrical equipment required for the day’s work. A typical day may have the crews performing routine maintenance on the distribution system, installing services for new customers or replacing old utility poles. At any time, the crew may be called to respond to an emergency, motor vehicle accident or a power outage. Emergencies are not limited to normal work hours. They occur at all hours of the day and night. TTD’s crews are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies.
TTD’s crew shines brightest during the toughest times, when power outages occur. It is not uncommon to see the crew working in the middle of the night in rain or snow to restore the power to our customers. Mike Adams, says “Although our field crew size is small, their versatility allows them to step into different roles when needed.” To help them perform this task, the crews use specialized line trucks. These trucks vary in size and capability and allow the linemen to work on the distribution system.
The crew enjoys working for TTD because it feels like a family. They are also especially excited for when they can teach students from Marvin Elementary about electricity and electrical safety.
TTD’s General Manger, Kevin Barber says, “On behalf of TTD, we appreciate the work that the linemen and field crew do to keep the lights on for our customers and maintain our system. They do an excellent job and it shows by a ‘Certificate of Excellence in Reliability’ TTD recently received from the American Public Power Association. This is the second year in a row TTD has received this honor. The crew is definitely the reason we are able to keep the lights on.”
The tree is lit in orange to symbolize National Gun Violence Awareness. Wear orange to
support and honor those who have passed and let’s rise together for a future free of gun violence.
Honor and cherish those families and friends who have lost their loved ones to gun violence.
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