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Thursday, January 14, 2016 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine BOOSTER CLUB MINUTES Concluded from p. 8 the Middle School started their winter season sports and they are going well. The boys' basketball starts tomorrow night. Brett further reported the sound system the boosters paid for is work- ing great. Brett is trying to get parents to help out with scorekeeping, but the kids are wanting to do it for service learning hours. A1 Lammers reported the high school has been having a lot of great things happening. A1 thanked the boosters for their work with concessions, and A1 is impressed with the kids and how they are interact- ing in their sporting events. A1 reported that the vol- leyball team had a great season. They were able to make it to the final game of regional play, but weren't able to win. Cross Country had a successful season as well, with one person making it to state competition. Girls' basketball has had three game and the boys started off their sea- son with a win last night. The wrestlers will start to- morrow night with their first tournament. A1 indicated that we may need to invest in a new score table. He will be attending the AD Conven- tion next week and will look into what is available for a table and display board while there. He asked the boosters to con- , sider purchasing this, but would come back to them on pricing at the next meeting. A1 reported the Ed Tho- mas Leadership Confer- ence went very well, with the kids being very recep- tive to it. A1 is going to recommend it to coaches in the future. Darin Hirl questioned if a leadership conference might be some- thing Norwalk could hold in the future. A1 thought it might be a good idea, but probably not at the same level as the Ed Thomas Conference. Public Relations Nancy LaVelle reported she sent out congratula- tory cards to the volleyball and football teams. Old Business Stacy Rosonke asked that A1 identify a date for the girls' youth basketball tournament. The board decided to go with Febru- ary 13th. Andy Kreider will put this on the website and Midwest Sports site. Entry fee will be $100 for the girl's tournament, hop- ing that will spark more interest this year. Stacy reported the boy's youth basketball tourna- ment full in all age divi- sions except for 5th grade. Matt Leek suggested a separate meeting to work through everything on December 16 at 7 p.m. at Warrior Run. New Business The board discussed a Christmas bonus of $250 for Mary Knickerbocker again this year. Nancy LaVelle made a motion for this bonus amount, sec- onded by Jennifer Kreider. Motion carried. Open Discussion No open discussion items. Adjournment Motion was made by A1 Lammers to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Darin Hirl. Motion car- ried. Meeting was ad- journed at 8:02 p.m. Due to the date Christ- mas falls this year, the De- cember NABC meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Norwalk High School Li- brary. Respectfully Submitted, Stacy Rosonke Secretary KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL Concluded from p. 7 high speed internet ser- vice. Support of local Community Foundations to provide staff assistance focused on increasing the potential for capturing the wealth of the areas that is rapidly moving out of the areas. Assistance in updat- ing infrastructure and en- vironmental needs. Explore the potential for interspersing the de- velopment of art and cul- tural growth in their com- munities. Review of housing initiatives and incentives for rural Iowa communi- ties to determine if addi- tional resources are needed for rural Iowa communities. These investments can build confidence, help re- shape futures, grow com- munity pride and support leadership that has the vi- sion and dedication to build stronger communi- ties with sustainable fu- tures. If you consider yourself a success and feel that it came as a result of small town life - take the time to look back at your home- town and consider making an investment that will provide long term values and vitality to help the community secure its fu- ture. | .... Senate News [ at the By State Senator Julian B. Garrett ' [ 1,1 -",amr Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. J NORWALK The Session Begins The 2016 legislative session begins on Monday, janu- aRY ary 11. It is scheduled to run for 100 days which means we should adjourn on April 19. However, if recent his- 1051 Noah Ave. 981-0217 tory is any guide, it will more likely be very late April or early May before we actually adjourn. The difficulty Monday, Jan. 18 Toddler Art Class, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Art exploration for children 1-4. Each week, explore a new art material with open-ended projects! Messy dothes recommended. Adult Craft Night, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Come to the library the 3rd Monday of each month to learn a new craft! This month, we're doing macram6. Please bring a small con- tainer to use for the hanger. Please also register at the library and pay a $2 reservation fee, which will be re- funded at the event. Tuesday, Jan. 19 Storytime, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. This story-time is rec- ommended for 3-5 year olds, but all ages are welcome. We'll read picture books, sing songs and do rhymes; 25 minutes of storytime followed by play time. A Novel Year Book Club, 6:30 p.m. A Novel Year Book Club is a book club for adults that meets 2-3 Tues- day evenings, every other month. The evening topics follow this order: 1st Tues. - Book Discussion, 2nd Tues. - Film (based upon the book or related topic), and 3rd Tues. - Guest Speaker/Activity Related to the Book. Join us tonight for a presentation by Chocolate Storybook. Registration required. Wednesday, Jan. 20 Early Out Wednesdays, 2:30- 3:15 p.m. Come to the library on early out Wednesdays for fun activities and projects. On 3rd Wednesdays of the month, it's Experi- ment! Experiment with hands-on science activities. Thursday, Jan. 21 Rhyme Time, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. We'll read shorter picture books and board books, sing songs, and do ac- tion rhymes! This story-time is recommended for 18 months - 2 years old, but all ages are welcome; 25 min- utes followed by playtime. Friday, Jan. 22 Before Hours: Tech@10, 10 - 11 a.m. Each Friday at 10 am, staff members will be available to set up tech help appointments or help drop-in individuals. Please contact us for more information. Teen After-School Movie, 3:45 p.m. For 6th - 12th grades, come to the library to watch Ant-Man (rated PG- 13) and have some snacks. POLICE REPORT r Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. County Jail. December 31 Theft from Motor Ve- hicle - 4500 block Wakonda Drive. Com- puter Tablet and a Fire December 25 badge were stolen from Burglary/Theft from motor vehicle. Informa- Motor Vehicle - 400 block tion taken and a report was Knoll Drive. Window bro- made. ken out of vehicle parked Theft from Motor Ve- inside garage. Purse and hicle - 9400 block contents removed. Infor- Elmcrest. IPOD stolen mation taken and a report from vehicle parked in was made. driveway. Information December 29 taken and a report was Civil Dispute - 500 made. block Lane. Property dis- Motor Vehicle Entered pute. Spoke with both par- - 9000 block Golden Val- ties. Information taken and ley Drive. Unknown a report was made. person(s) entered an un- Dog Bite - 600 block locked vehicle that was Nantucket Place. Dog parked in driveway. Noth- owned by David Graham,ing was reported missing. Norwalk, bit a pedestrian Information taken and a walking by. Owner was report was made. cited for an Unimmunized Theft from Motor Ve- Animal. Information taken hicle - 4400 block and a report was made.Wakonda Drive. Stereo December 30 stolen from Motor Vehicle. Warrant Arrest - Des Information taken and a Moines. Marlin Thomas,report was made. Des Moines, was arrested Theft from Motor Ve- on an active Norwalk war- hicle - 9000 block Golden rant for Harassment. Sub- Valley Drive. Purse and ject was processed andcontents and an Amazon transported to the Warren package stolen from an unlocked motor vehicle. Information taken and a report was made. Theft from Motor Ve- hicle - 4400 block Lake- Concluded p. 10 in agreeing on a budget is always the thing that deter- mines when we adjourn. The first week of the session will be busy with the Governor's State of the State ad- dress and the Chief Justice's State of the Judiciary ad- dress. Later in the session we will have the State of the Iowa National Guard address. Though the Governor has until the end of January to submit his budget, he will probably submit it in the first week, as he has in recent years. This will be the beginning of what I expect to be a contentious debate on spending for the coming fiscal year. I will be interested to see if the Governor holds spending to the level of expected revenue or if he will propose to spend some our remaining surplus. Though that would be legal, I have always advocated limiting spending to our expected revenue. You will probably recall that we are spending a little more than expected revenue this current fiscal year and we also spent more than current revenue in the prior budget for the year ending June 30, 2015. The deficits in both years would have been even greater if the Governor had not item vetoed some spending. I am confident that the Demo- crats will want to spend more than estimated revenue. The only question will be how much more. Our accu- mulated surplus will be gone soon if we continue to spend more than the revenue we take in. I expect the Democrats to complain a lot this session, about the transfer of the Iowa Medicaid program to managed care, as 26 other states have done. The Senate Democrats have apparently forgotten that they voted for the budget that included provisions for the transfer. Now that the federal government has delayed the trans- fer to March 1, we will not realize the savings that were projected, based on a start date of January I making our deficit even greater. Home Base Iowa I was honored to be able to participate in a ceremony in Indianola on January 7, recognizing Warren County as the newest Home Base Iowa community. The pur- pose of the Home Base Iowa initiative, proposed by Governor Branstad, and passed into law by the legisla- ture, is to encourage veterans to remain in, or settle in Iowa. Here are the basic provisions of the law: 1. Military pensions are exempt from Iowa income tax. 2. Iowa licensing boards are adopting rules giving credit for military training and experience in licensing. 3. The Act allows private companies to give prefer- ence in hiring and promoting veterans. 4. The special license plate fees for military plates are eliminated. 5. The Act expands eligibility for the Military Homeownership Assurance Program, that provides $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance when purchasing a home: 6. Property tax is eliminated on the homestead of a 100% disabled veteran. Here is the description of a Home Base Iowa com- munity from the Home Base Iowa website: "HBI Communities offers additional incentives above and beyond the statewide benefits. These communities have at least 10 percent of area businesses committed to hire veterans. HBI communities offer resources from local veteran organizations, businesses, economic de- velopment organizations and schools to assist veterans and their families feel at home." We constantly hear about Iowa employers who have difficulty finding employees who have the training and skills that they need. Veterans have training in many fields and should be able to fill many of the needs of our employers if we can get them to make Iowa their homes. The provisions outlined above help make Iowa competitive with other states in attracting veterans. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov.