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'Not On My Street' town hall meeting April 17

By SCOTT SEITZ • Mar 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM

We’re all in this together.

Norwalk Councilman Chris Castle can’t stress that point enough.

Recently, Castle has discussed a new program he’s pushing called “Not On My Street.”

The goal is if a resident sees something unusual on the street where they live — report it.

The program is step one in a major push-back against drug abuse and drug trafficking in Norwalk.

“If we ever hope to put a dent in the nation’s heroin epidemic, it’s gonna happen one town at a time,” Castle said in a social media message.

“We deserve to see Norwalk reach its full potential. And our kids deserve to grow up in neighborhoods that can nurture their full potential. But we’ll never reach that point without a collective effort from the whole community,” he added.

Castle has scheduled a Not On My Street town hall meeting for 4 p.m. April 17.

“Join us for an epic town hall meeting on Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. when representatives from local and county government, law enforcement, healthcare, economic development (and more) address questions submitted here (on Facebook) between now and April 10,” Castle said.

Castle is encouraging anyone with questions or comments about the program or drug problem should visit the “Not On My Street” Facebook event page and submit questions there by April 10.

The meeting’s location will be announced.

“The location hasn’t been named, because we can’t yet estimate just how many people will attend. But I’m asking that we make this event big enough to necessitate a huge room, auditorium or football field,” Castle said.

“Let’s talk, Norwalk. Submit a question by April 10 and come to the April 17 event to continue the conversation,” he added.

The meeting will include a panel of local people, so far, including Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, council members Chris Castle, Samantha Ludwig, Kelly Beck, and Dave Wallace, Heather Horowitz, Norwalk Economic Development Corp. executive director; police Chief Dave Light, Huron County Commissioner Tom Dunlap and Elaine Barman, from Huron County Public Health.

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