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III“!!! II 4879 41978 5 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR A norwolk mam mm. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren 2 . AHtHS IQVVN I” L) AVE :64! NHultWII‘! ' ALL . Wbsl HAILHQA thL I am WA “364' 'l“!'Il'lI!I'I‘I ‘llIIIl‘l'III!II'll'I'l"lI‘!“' and News Vol. 52 No. 32 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@norwalknewspapemom Thursday, January 9, 2020 Mayor’s . Moment By Tom Phillips As we begin a new year and start to think about all the possibilities it has to offer, I want to take just a moment to reflect on the past year. 2019 was a big year for the City of Norwalk and we have a long list of accomplishments to show for it. But as I look back over this list, I’m reminded that residents don’t see all the work that goes into making these successes a reality. The City Council and City staff work hard to enhance the quality of lifefor current and future residents of Norwalk. We are always looking at ways to plan for future growth, all while keeping an eye on our future strategic vision. Some of the accomplishments I list below are projects that have been in the works for months and sometimes years. I know it can be challenging to not see instant results from all the hard work but when these projects do come to fruition, its quite rewarding. Since I’m limited on space, below is an abbreviated list of our 2019 accomplishments. Infrastructure Finished Delaware Street reconstruction, water service and sanitary sewer service extensions V Progress made on our new water main feed from Maffitt Reservoir Sanitary and Storm Water improvements through Windflower Park - Overlay of North Ave. Overlay of Beardsley St. 'Sections of several streets repaired to extend the life of the street -Comp1eted traffic studies of North Ave. and Beardsley St. ' City Operations/Facilities ' Replaced Heating and Air Conditioning system at the library ‘ Hosted RAGBRAI as a pass-through community ' Norwalk Music Festival Economic Development ' Established a development Agreement with Sleep Inn ' Broke ground for Farms of Holland Senior Living ' Opened 1908 Draught House Opened Norwalk Chiropractic new office ' Opened Sunset Crest Retail Center and will be full in 2020 Opened Jones Family Dental ' Opened Hughes Century Crossing Retail Center ' Opened City State Bank’s new location ' Opened Michael Foods ' Hired Shelby Hisel as our communications coordinator 'Taxable valuations on Commercial/Industrial increased by $30,000,000 Public Safety ' Increased Fire Department staffing ' Increased Police Department staffing ' Continued to work diligently to guide Warren County through the replacement of the courthouse/jail and on the replacement of their E911 radio system Parks and Recreation ‘ Opened Warrior Park ‘ Opened Elizabeth Holland Park ' Developed and adopted a new Greenways master plan ' Hired Robin Leaper as the new parks and recreation director I’m excited about all the possibilities 2020 has to offer. If last year is any indication, Norwalk is on track for another great year. Stay tuned as there are some really great projects coming to Norwalk and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. Until then, I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! Award-Winning Group Tonic Sol-fa to Perform in N orwalk Tonight Submitted by Rhonda Huegerich, Norwalk Music Boosters Tonic Sol—fa is'a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award Winning arrangements and multi- million selling compositions. They will be performing in Norwalk tonight, Thursday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center, 1201 North Avenue in Norwalk. Tickets are available for purchase at WWW.norwalkmusicboosters.com or at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Music Boosters organization. New Year’s Resolutions in, ~5ubmittcc! 55 Our Kcaclcrs~ For the beginning of a new year and decade, we asked our readers to submit New Year’s resolutions to us. Thanks to all of those who sent theirs in! Below are the resolutions we received: -To print off all my digital photos from the past few years and get them in albums. ~S —To be more organized with meal planning. ~A -To stay in better contact with family members, and friends. ~M -To help my wife’s stress level by facilitating a staycation where she can relax, read, and refresh. ~J —To complete Cisco IT Certifications to advance my career. ~J -To clean up my bedroom myself. ~B (7 years old) Be sure to check back throughout the year and see how you did with keeping your resolution! Events at N orwalk Easter Public Library 1051 North Avenue 515-981—0217 Thursday January 9 Rhyme Time- 10:30 am- This storytime is more active, with lots of songs, rhymes, and shorter books. Great for toddlers. All ages welcome. 25 minutes followed by playtime. Pajama Time 7:00 pm This is an evening family storytime with songs and books. Great for all ages. Pajamas welcome. 25 minutes. Friday January 10 Learn & PlayGroup— 11:00 am 12:00 pm- Learn & PlayGroupTM is a parent/cth playgroup designed for parents and their children ages birth through five. The curriculum is facilitated by experienced educators and includes lesson plans focused on social-emotional skills and language development, which are essential for school readiness. Sponsored by Partners in Family Development and Child Abuse Prevention Council of WarrenCounty. .- i. . . Saturday January 11 Messy Play Time! — 10:00 am — 11:00 am- Dig, Stir, sift and squeeze with lots of different play materials! We will have playdough, rice bins, and more! Open to children of all ages and their caregivers. Monday January 13 Baby Time 10:30 am- A program designed especially for babies up to about 18 months and their adults (siblings welcome!) Learn lots of songs, rhymes, and bounces! 15 minutes followed by playtime. Tuesday January 14 Reading Time- 10:30 am— This storytime focuses on books and pre-reading skills. Read books, sing songs and do activities! Great for preschoolers, all ages welcome. 25 minutes followed by playtime. I Do—It-Yourself (D.I.Y) Series— 6:30 pm— 8:00 pm- All skill levels are welcome to make handmade crafts, baubles, food, and so much more! Each month has a different themeactivity and registration details will be available 3 weeks prior to the event. This month’s theme is: Spice Blends. (D.I.Y Series has replaced the previous event “Craft Night”) Wednesday January 15 Early Out Wednesdays! 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm- Drop in activities every Wednesday if there is school in Norwalk. No registration required. Great for elementary age children, all ages welcome. This week is the BUILD! Program. Build imaginative creations with LEGO bricks and more. @alk Plan to attend City of Norwalk’s Community Chat Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, 9-10:30 a.m. at City Hall, 705 North Ave. Residents are invited to visit with city representatives about a variety of topics. Next Community Chat is: Saturday, January 11th