By JOYCE SCHREIER | Norwalk
I was involved when the Methodist minister at Norwalk began working with area citizens on developing a housing unit with the USDA Housing Authority in Norwalk. Area citizens and Norwalk business owners donated money to accomplish this. The housing unit was named Norcrest.
I have been a Norcrest board member since the very beginning. The Village of Norwalk does not nor never has had any involvement with the management of Norcrest.
Some years ago, there was a problem with garbage disposal, cats and snow removal, and an arrangement was made with the village to allow a village board person to attend Norcrest board meetings to simply relay information regarding problems that had developed and required the input of the village. Their selected person is not a Norcrest board member, has no voting rights, and is not involved with management.
Approximately three years ago, it was determined that the paperwork, etc., was becoming too involved, and working with the USDA Housing Authority, the management of Norcrest was contracted with an outside agency. The arrangement has not worked out well, and new management is being addressed.
Again, the Village of Norwalk has no authorized involvement with the management of Norcrest.