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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NI.N(X)MMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren Town and County News 50’ Vol. 40 No. 34 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, January 15, 2009 NORWALK EASTER LIBRARY MINUTES Roll Call - Chairperson Libby Mineart called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. Libby Mineart, An- drea Johnson, Tom Dunn, Dick Schreiber, Jolene Huen, Clyde Sievers and Donna Kitterman were in attendance. Library Direc- tor Julie Wells was present. Guests- Eric Delker, Norwalk City Council Li- aison was present. Review and Change - Director Wells requested 'Charging for ILL' be moved the the De- cember agenda. Andrea Johnson moved that the agenda be accepted as amended. Dick Schreiber .... seconded. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote. Review Last Meetings Minutes - Donna Kitter- man moved that the min- utes of the October meet- ing be approved as cor- rected. Clyde Sievers sec- onded. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote. Pay the Bills - The bills were approved by unani- mous written consent. Director's Report - 56 patrons registered, 6,567 items circulated, 5,327 visitors. Weeding of the fiction collection is 99% complete. A book sale is scheduled for January 23-25. George Lawson has been hired as a building consultant to do a space needs assessment. He will be attending the Decem- ber board meeting to be- gin the process. The October session of "A Novel Year" went well. Nine individuals attended the discussion of O Pio- neers. Eight watched the movie and seven attended the program. Gift of the Magi by O Henry will be featured in December. Old Business - Trea- surer Andrea Johnson re- ported that we are on track for the 2008/2009 FY budget, with four months of the fiscal year down. Library Foundation President, Tom Dunn, had no report. The Foundation will be meeting soon to continue planning for the fundraiser auction sched- uled for February 7, 2009. p.m. Dick Schreiber reported - .............................. for the Pathway to Read- ing committee • Plaques have been made for the gazebo and some trees whose tags had gone missing • A tally sheet is being prepared to send to Prairie Meadows to report where the grant money was spent • Council Mem- ber Delker will speak to Dean Yordi about getting electricity run to the ga- zebo George Lawson Li- brary planning has been engaged to do a Space Uti- lization assessment. $3,000 of the cost is being covered by the State grant. Council member Delker will request that the city cover the remaining $1,600. The board reviewed the performance reviews of Director Wells and Children's Librarian Bielma. Based on the re- sults of those reviews, raises were considered. Jolene Huen moved that the full $5643 be allocated for raises in the FY08/09 budget with the full 6% increase being given to each full time staff mem- ber. Clyde Sievers sec- onded. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote. IedLdJ3 - Tom Dunn moved that the fol- lowing holiday closings be scheduled: • Thanksgiving- close at 5 p.m. on Wednes- da} Nov. 26, closed Thurs- day, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 • Christmas-close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, closed Thursda Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 26 • New Years-close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, closed Thursday, Jan. 1, Donna Kitterman seconded. Motion passed by Onanimous voice vote. Adjournment - Jolene Huen moved that the meet- ing by adjourned. Dick Schreiber seconded. The motion passed by unani- mous voice vote. Chair- person Mineart called the meeting adjourned at 7:29 Jolene Huen, Secretary for the Norwalk Easter Public Library Trustees, respectfully submits the above minutes, December 8, 2008. Softball Registration Norwalk Softball regis- tration will be held again Saturda Jan. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the public library. OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the Eas- ter Star will hold their monthly pub'lic dinner Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ma- sonic Temple on Main Street. The menu this month is minute steaks, potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw and homemade pies. The cost is $6 per person. A "Novel" Year at the Library Six classic novels will be discussed throughout the year and a series of corresponding programs will be offered at the Nor- walk Easter PUblic Li- brary, 1051 North Ave. The program will run every other month with each book having a three- week series of events. Dur- ing week one, participants will discuss the book; week two, they will watch the movie version of the book; and week three there will be a program related to the topic of the book. The six titles are Silas Marner by George Eliot, The Hound of the Baskervilles by .Arthur Conan Doyle, Seabiscuit by Laura Hllenbrand, The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Christ- mas Shoes bv Donna VanLiere. Advanced registration is required. Information and registration forms are available at the library and at www.ci.norwalk.i a.us/library.php. Pro- grams will be held Tues- days at 6:30 p.m. in the librarv's meeting room beginning February 3. The programs are free and the books will be provided. For more information, call 981-0217. AGENDA Regular City Council Meeting Norwalk Easter Public Library Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 6 p.m. This is a tentative agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. The agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall. I. Call to Order at 6:00 P.M. - Roll Call of Members lI. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-January 8, 2009 Regular Council Meeting IV. vlayor - Welcome of Guests and Public Comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Approval of Expenditures B. Approval of Tax Abatements VI. Ordinances and Resolutions and Hearings A. Resolution approving Final Plat Norwalk Business Center Plat 5 VII. Current Business VIII. Agenda Topics next meeting IX. Reports Mayor; Council members McClarnon, Curtis, Concluded p. 2 Sheriff's Office Goes High Tech to Search for Missing Children Warren County Sheriff, James Lee has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing Alert Program that has led to a high tech method now in place to search locally for missing children, missing elderly (often with Alzheimer's), college stu- dents and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled. Effective January 1, 2009, upon receipt of miss- ing persons calls, the War- ren County Sheriff's Office will make its first phone call to a toll-free number that rings in Fort Lauder- dale, FL-the national head- quarters of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. The call, answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year by an information and Mapping Technician, ini- tiates a rapid process of in- formation gathering and use of sophisticated map- ping systems. A Child Is Missing then launches po- tentially thousands of calls within minutes with an alert message detailing the missing person's de- scription, last known whereabouts, and perti- nent information. This alert message will also in- clude a Warren County Sheriff's Office phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person. This program is a free service to law enforce- ment.-Warren County Sheriff's officials will evaluate each potential activation of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to ensure the application is appropriate to the case and to ensure the system is optimally used. Policies, procedures, and employee training will also guide the most efficient and effective use of this Alert Program. Telephone numbers that are called by this pro- gram include listed num- bers in the selected areas, but do not include cell phone numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/ voice-over IP numbers, or TDD/TTY devices. These numbers can be added to ensure they, too, are called in the event of an alert. To enter your cell phone, un- listed, broadband/voice- over IP or TDD/TFY device number visit www.achild ismissing.org and click on "add your name" to enter your name, number and address. This information will only be used for emer- gency message alerts. A Child Is Missing is a nationwide non-profit or- ganization that helps law enforcement agencies lo- cate missing children, missing elderly persons (often suffering from Alzheirner's, college stu- dent_s, and missing per- sons who are mentally or physically challenged or disabled. A Child Is Miss- ing utilizes sophisticated computer mapping sys- tems and trained techni- cians with the capacity to place 1,000 alert phone calls in one minute to resi- dents and businesses in the area where someone has gone missing. To date the efforts of A Child Is Missing have been cred- ited with more than 440 safe assisted recoveries. Chamber Banquet Set The annual Norwalk Area Chamber of Com- merce Banquet will be Fri- day, Jan. 30, at Echo Valley Country Club. Social hour is 6 p.m. and dinner 7 p.m. The cost is $40 per per- son. For reservations call the 4hamber office 981- 0619 no later than Friday, Jan. 23. Honored will be Cham- ber Member of the Year: Nicole Smith with Nor- walk Physical Therapy; Business of the Year: City State Bank of Norwalk; Citizen of the Year: Lew Lane; Teachers of the Year: Sandi Lathrum and Mar- garet Harlow-Vogt; Stu- dent of the Year: Zach Viggers; retiring board members Jim Watts and Mike Lane and new board members, Bryan Greiner, Tim Mineart and Bill Pirkle.