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January 14, 2016

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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SMALLTOWNPAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST. /,~ SHELTON WA 98584-2263 Ick Hl",ll,h,l,q.l,h!.hi0,,hlllll,,.llhO,..0HIql Norwalk Warriors Vol. 47 No. 36 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 14, 2016 I ayor's By Tom Phillips I have heard some talk and speculation about Hy- Vee coming to town and I thought I'd take a little time to let you know what I know. The City of Norwalk does have a signed agreement with Hy-Vee. The agreement states Hy-Vee will inform the city approximately six months before they begin building. The city is also pro- viding approximately $1,000,000 in a combination of city improvements and tax abatement, to help bring Hy-Vee to Norwalk. Before you get too upset about that num- ber, please continue reading to learn how that number breaks down. $670,000 of that will be spent on improve- ments to Colonial Parkwa35 a new city owned street (right now named Market Street), an entry to Market Street off of Highway 28, a right turn lane onto Market Street from north bound Highway 28 and a right turn lane from Marker Street onto northbound Highway 28. At the end of the project, all of these will be owned by the City of Norwalk, not Hy-Vee. Hy-Vee will be get- ting the same tax abatement that any other business gets when building in Norwalk. Hy-Vee has also agreed to put in additional sanitary sewer lines for the city, at no charge to the city. To recap, Hy-Vee is receiving the same abatement that ANY commercial property would re- ceive and is receiving a rebate to reimburse them for public infrastructure they are building in conjunction with their project that will then be owned by the City. With the property taxes generated by Hy-Vee, all monies that the City invests will be paid back within eight years. We also believe that Hy-Vee will be an an- chor for more commercial development within that immediate area. The Market Street improvements will also pave the way as an entry to the land south and southeast of the Hy-Vee location for more commercial development. Stay tuned for further updates as they happen. Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are open Concluded p. 2 Twin Rivers Softball Registration Norwalk Twin Rivers Softball League 2016 registra- tion will be at the Norwalk-Easter Public Library Saturda}5 Jan. 23, 2016 - 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 - 2:30 to 4 p.m. Softball Divisions Minor League: Grades 2-4 Major League: Grades 5-6 Games will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting in late April and continue through June. Mi- nors games begin at 5:15 p.m. and Majors games begin at approximately 6:30-6:45 (following the completion of the Minors game). NTRSL is a traveling league. Games are played in Churchvitle, Lacona, Milo, Norwalk, St. Mary's, Truro and Winterset. Minors and Majors teams will play 12-15 games be- fore the end-of-season tournament. There will be a Twin Rivers Softball League Tournament at the end of the season for each division. All new players must show up at registration to try on uniforms. Sample uniform sizes will be available at registration for correct sizing and fit. The cost is $90 plus uniform. Volunteer Coaches may be needed. For more information, please email James.Grant@msn.com or see the Facebook Page "Norwalk Softball League" LETTERS We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Norwalk's Longest Serving Patrol Officer Retires After 28 years of service in Norwalk, Officer Doug Metzger is ready to take off his badge and side ann and "call it a day." Norwalk has had several longtime Police Chief's retire from the City, To our long time friend, Scott Havens: but Officer Metzger earns Scott, we just wanted to say thank you so much for the distinction as the longest all that you have done for not only us, but also for the serving Norwalk patrol of- community during the past many, many years. From ricer to retire from the City. sponsoring Mike's race car to all of the generous dona- Officer Doug Metzger tions you have given to so, so many without hesitation joined the Norwalk Police and truly out of the kindness of your heart and to the Department (NPD) in 1988 and has seen a number of opportunities you have given to so many of the kids in our town...what a great introduction to the working changes to Norwalk during world...who could ask for someone better as a mentor? his tour. Whenhe started, the police station was in a three- We have always, and we mean always enjoyed corn- bedroom house just to the ing to your store. Who would have ever thought gro- cery shopping would be something we would look for- west of City Hall and the ward to?!? We can tell you, without hesitation that it department consisted of never enjoyable until you opened your first store four police officers and the Chief. Toda) Norwalk has in Norwalk! We could always count on being greeted more than doubled in pop- with a friendly hello or handshake by either you, or one of many from your team (especially Renee, Mike, Jim, ulation, the police depart- ment moved to the Public Roxie, Barb, Danielle and Melissa from your current Safety building along with team) as we shop throughout the store, the fire department and the And this may sound sill: but when you opened your new store, we couldn't have been more proud! I (Rick) staff has grown to 13 offic- ers and the Chief. barely let a day go by without stopping at the store for the City got bigger, it something ..... you always made us feel like family so I guess it was almost like we were a part of it:). Seeing took longer and longer to drive around town," your store close is nothing less than bittersweet. You will be sorely missed my friend, but we can't think of Metzger states. "The one anyone who is more deserving of the chance to finally down side to a growing enjoy all the benefits of retirement! community is that you can't We wish you nothing but the absolute best as you drive by every house as begin your retirement and thank you so very much for many times as you'd like in being you:) a ten hour shift." Even though the City has We wish you well- grown over his 28-year ca- Rick and Carol Hardy reer in Norwalk, Officer *** Metzger says that the friend- liness of the residents and Letter to the Editor the welcoming, hometown Scott's Foods is leaving us so you can kiss the Sun- feel of the community have day Service Good Bye. Kiss Good By the Deli, Baker not changed. "When I joined Cold Beer, Greeting Cards and grocery delivery. But the NPD and moved my most of all Kiss Scott Good By. He was the best thing family to Norwalk, Iwasnot that happened for Norwalk since we paved the streets, seen as an outsider," said We're gonna miss you Scott. Metzger. "Not every com- munity is like that. There is /s/Sally Wharff a reason my family and I 528 Center St. have established our roots Norwalk here." Officer Metzger says that the biggest changes he has seen in the community and the department seem to be technology related. The Cold? NPD used to handwrite all Check out a book! You'll still be cold, but you'll have of their reports and now a book! During the month of January, the Norwalk Eas- they do nearly everything by ter Library Staff invites you to try one of our favorite computer. Instead of check- books, movies or audiobooks - just check out the Staff ing pawnshops, their go-to Picks Bookmarks. We also invite you to recommend one is Craig's List. of your favorites with Patron Picks Bookmarks on a dis- Technological advance- play table in the center of the library. Don't weather the ments have also made an cold without a good book to warm your heart, appearance in the police Officer Doug Metzger cruisers. "when I started in Norwalk, the cars pretty much consisted Of a radio that would allow an officer to communicate with the Norwalk and the Warren County dispatchers, a steer- ing wheel and the toggle switch to turn the lights and sirens on," jokes Metzger. "Fast forward 28-years and our police crtfisers each have a multi-function radio sys- tem that connects us to a state-of-the-art dispatch cen- ter and to other law enforce- ment agencies around the metro, a computer with ful- ly-functioning internet, a digital video recording sys- tem that covers 360 degrees outside and inside each ve- hicle that records in color and indudes microphones. The videos seamlessly download to our servers as the cruisers pull back into the Public Safety parking lot, and each vehide is equipped with GPS. Our dispatchers are able to see where each police vehide is located at all times, how long they have been there and tracks where Concluded p. 2 Free-Will Offering Meal Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering" dinner Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine- in or carry out. The menu is soups, in- cluding chili and ham and bean, as well as desserts for a free-will offering. Proceeds will go to the Norwalk Food Pantry. For more information, call 981-0050