Monday, January 3, 2011

Living One Word to the Next

As we continue to amble towards double digits in this new year, we're easing (more or less) into the Norwich municipal meetings calendar with a low profile start to get the year underway.

Tonight at 7:30 (before the meeting of the City Council says the agenda of the City Council) is a report and presentation by Derrell Wilson on his opportunity to "see the president of the United States as a delegate of the 2010 US Senate program." In the course of the actual meeting will be Mayor Nystrom's State of the City address with, perhaps, more granularity for the downtown economic development initiative approved in November.

A further glance at tonight's agenda indicates the City Council will initiate its first ever annual performance review of its sole employee, the City Manager, will consider modifications to the provisions of the volunteer firefighter's relief fund and now that the house at 21 West Thames Street is torn down, may disband the advisory committee who managed that project.

Wednesday morning at 7:30 in Room 335 of City Hall is a Team Norwich informational meeting-this time with what the agenda calls a "LEARN Presentation" (it's actually part of the Norwich Public School's NEXTT School Design). Not sure what to make of the "economic development strategy" note at the bottom of the on-line page. Happy to see we're posting the notice of the meetings-not sure where the minutes of the meetings are going but it doesn't seem to be anywhere near online.

Speaking of the Norwich Public Schools, there's a regular meeting of the School Building Committee (overseeing the expansion of Kelly Middle School) at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon in the Kelly library.

According to the municipal website, there's a meeting Thursday at 5:30, your guess on location is as good as mine, of the Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ). No, I don't know why there's no "D" for Downtown in the acronym just as I can't tell you where on the city's website, you might find current or even recent meeting minutes. I assume the NRZ is a critical player and significant component of the effort to revitalize Chelsea, but the Feast of the Assumption is in August, so you do the math.

Thursday night at seven in the basement conference room of the Planning Department at 23 Union Street, it's a regular meeting of the Inlands Wetlands, Watercourses and Conservation Commission. I've been unsuccessful in finding anything more recent than October (special) meeting minutes, which are right here.

Saturday morning from nine until noon in the Occum Volunteer Fire Department, it's the first Mayor's forum of 2011. Bring some coffee, your questions and an open mind for some give and take discussion. I've got a thermos, so I'm one out of three which isn't too shabby in a universe where sometimes nothing works and sometimes nothing shines. See you at something?
-bill kenny

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