Mayor Nystrom commends city workers during State of the City address

January 8, 2012 by  

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom paid tribute to city employees during his third State of the City address.
Nystrom also proposed that the police station move from its waterfront location to the downtown center. Stationery printers may be called upon to change the police station’s letterhead and business cards, should the move go through.

Relocating the police station would increase downtown property values and increase interest from private investors, according to Mayor Nystrom. He says the move would also be a major boost to the $3.3 downtown revitalization bond approved by voters last year. Nystrom also asked the City Council to back police Chief Louis Fusaro’s plans to increasing police department staffing over the next five years.

During his speech, the Republican mayor spoke highly of city works and departments.

“I say with a strong sense of pride that we have some of the best workers in the state of Connecticut right here in Norwich,” Nystrom said.

City employees continuously looked for ways to save Norwich residents money while providing the best service possible, he added.

Nystrom spoke with pride about the hard work performed by Public Works crews, who time and time again shoveled city building roofs to guard against damage or possible collapse following Tropical Storm Irene. He reminded the City Council about how Public Utilities crews worked 24 hours a day to restore electricity as quickly as possible.

On a more somber note, Nystrom said that the city must be keenly aware of the critical need to support and assist the Norwich Board of Education. Norwich was forced to close two schools and eliminate staff positions in the past two years. He predicted that city officials will face an enormous challenge as it deals with the upcoming budget.