NORWALK, Conn. Phones will be ringing all over Norwalk soon with news concerning resident stickers: Although the old ones have expired you don't have to go to City Hall to get new ones.
Mayor Richard Moccia plans to use the city's Notify Norwalk system to spread the word that as of Monday, residents can go online to get the stickers that allow entry to Calf Pasture Beach and the transfer station.
The city is holding a news conference Friday to announce details of the system, but information is already available on the city's website. Here's something important: Don't rip off the old sticker yet. It's still good until April 30.
The only document you'll need when you register online (sorry, the link isn't available yet) is your current vehicle registration.
If you live in Norwalk but your vehicle is not registered here, you will have to go to City Hall's Room 129. You'll need your current vehicle registration (an original or a copy), your current lease or a mortgage statement showing that you live in Norwalk, two current utility bills and a current tax bill. The names on all of these documents must match.
The city will have computers available in the Parks and Recreation Department and at the Norwalk Senior Center for anyone who doesn't have a computer at home or who need help.
"In the old days you had to come to City Hall anyway and get the sticker," Moccia said. "Now if you don't have a computer just come in, fill it out right there."
The people who are there to help residents apply for a resident sticker online will be instructed not to make a fuss if a red flag comes up on the computer screen. That's an indication that a person owes excise taxes on his or her car.
"That's a rule I put in about three years ago," Moccia said. "We had people coming in who owed a thousand dollars on their car taxes, going in, getting into the beach. That's not right, gotta pay their taxes."
Once you get your sticker, keep the printout in the car. If there's a glitch at the Calf Pasture Beach gate or at the transfer station, you'll have it to prove you got a sticker.
The phone calls that will Notify Norwalk won't cost the city anything. Since there haven't been any major disasters recently the city has minutes left on its contract, which has been renewed.
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