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"-J,i~~ ~i[E~T r't"~T~ ~X" ~i .||.i_ iiiii i~i~ i. .i i..ii~ .... i i. .i ii ii" "ll'"ll~'Pi' I i' IP IIII 'HII|Ii"I"III OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 36 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 22, 2015 Mayor's Moment By Tom Phillips It is hard to believe that the first year of my term is over. A lot has happened this year and I thought this would be a good time to reflect on 2014. This is not a comprehensive list and if I've left something off, please forgive me. Loffredo - Early in the year, we signed a develop- ment agreement with Loffredo Fresh Produce to build a fresh cut facility in Norwalk. At first, Loffredo indi- cated that they expected to employ up " to 180 full- time employees. Since opening Produce Innovations in November, they are closing in on 200 full-time employ- ees. Police Chief- In February, Greg Staples joined our community as Chief of Police. Greg has had a positive impact on the force and the community since coming to Norwalk from Roanoke, VA. Roanoke's loss was cer- tainly Norwalk's gain. O'Leary Celebration of Life Center - A service that Norwalk really needed was a funeral home. Eric O'Leary bought the old Apple Tree Daycare Center building and has remodeled it into a wonderful Cel- ebration of Life Center. He has included a full-time flower shop and a large meeting room that can be rented out for gatherings. The Home Show Expo - In July, the Home Show Expo 2014 debuted'here in Norwalk. We had nearly 12,000 visitors through the home show. There couldn't be any better publicity for Norwalk and from everything I've heard during and after the show, the community got rave reviews from our guests. COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Grant - Earlier this year, Chief Staples applied for a COPS grant and we were awarded a large enough grant that we can hire an additional police officer and keep them on staff for at least three years. By the time the grant ends, our hope is that our budget has grown enough to keep that officer on staff. ICMA Award - This year, Norwalk was awarded with the International City/County Management Asso- ciation Program Excellence Award for Community Part- nership. This is due to the close relationship between the City and the Norwalk Community School District and I've been fortunate to be on both sides of this part- nership. Hy-Vee - In November, we signed a development agreement with Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc. Right now, they are slated to build at the southeast comer of Hwy 28 and Colonial Parkway. From what we have been told, the hope is that construction starts sometime in 2017 and have a Grand Opening in 2018. Grants - Including the COPS grant I mentioned above, Norwalk has received more than $247,000 in grants and donations in 2014. Savings - City staff identified over $98,000 in sav- ings to reduce the cost of doing business. Building Permits - 90 residential and commercial building permits were issued in 2014 and of those, 73 were for single-family homes. Looking back at the above list of 2014, it's exciting to see how much we, the City of Norwalk, have accom- plished this year. As we look ahead to 2015, we plan to start the NCIS infrastructure improvements which include Wakonda and Holly Drives. Quite a few housing developments have started in the following areas: Blooming Heights, Concludedp. 2 John Phillips Insurance Now State Bank Insurance Services Pictured, left to right: Sheila Miller, Joe Photo submitted. City State Bank is pleased to announce that it has acquired John Phillips Insurance Agency, Norwalk Insurance Ser- vices, and is now operated as City State Bank Insur- ance Services. Employees, Candace Ritzler and Shefla Miller, continue to work at the insurance agency and joining the group is Joe Albrecht, who will be working with John Phillips as he transitions to retirement over the next several months. Joe has 11 years of insurance indus- try experience and he and his wife, Dakota, live in Norwalk. He was previ- ously employed with Al- lied Insurance and most recently was on the agency-side of the busi- ness in central and western Iowa. John Phillips has owned and operated the business for 35 years and had been looking for the right group to transition the business to. "As I ap- proached the transition process for the agency, it was very important for me to find a successor that shared my same ideas for customer service and sup- port. I have found that group in City State Bank and I am confident the coupling of the staff and City State Bank will con- tinue to provide the excel- lent products and service we have been known for." City State Bank Insur- ance Services continues to offer Auto, Home, Health, Life, Farm, Ranch, Busi- Albrecht, John Phillips and Candace Ritzler. ness, Group Life, Groupbon Cutting taking place at Health, Bond, Commercial 4:30 p.m. City State Bank Business, Inlmd Marine, Insurance Services is lo= Liability and more. cated at 1037 Sunset Drive Join them Thursday, in Norwalk and can be Feb. 5, for an Open House reached at 515-981-0434. from 4-6 p.m. with the Rib- Grief Support Linn Grove Methodist Group to Meet O'Leary Celebration of Movie Night Life Center is offering a Members of Linn Grovegrief support group begin- United Methodist Church ning Monda) Feb. 2, from will host a special showing 7-8:30 p.m. of the movie "God's Not The grief support group Dead" Saturday, Jan. 24, at will meet each Monday for 7 p.m. at the church, 7483 four weeks and will be 50th Ave. in Prole. held at O'Leary's. It is free Admission is free of of charge and open to any charge. Free popcorn' and individual grieving the beverage wil! also be pro- loss of a family niember or vide& friend. Everyone is wel- The public is welcomecome. to attend. O'Leary staff members, Karen Krehlik and Jeanne Yordi, will facilitate the Lions Club Bingo group and will explore Norwalk Parks and Reccommon grief issues such and Norwalk Lions Club as coping skills, loneliness, sponsor Family Bingo anger, "normal" grief and night at the Norwalk Pub- lifestyle change. lic Library. It will be held Registration is encour- Sunday, Feb. I from 5-7 aged, but not required. p.m. Contact O'Leary Celebra- Bring a snack to share, tion of Life Center at 981- Bingo cards are one for 25 0700 for more information cents or three for 50 cents, or to register. Find These Legal Notices Inside This Issue. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Minutes of January 12, 2015 Meeting CITY OF CUMMING Notice of Meeting 7 p.m. January 26, 2015 WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF Four Sherifs Sales Annual Chamber Banquet The 24th Annual Norwalk Area Chamber Awards Banquet will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Dr. Community leaders who will be receiving hon- ors include the following: Norwalk Lions Club, Busi- ness of the Year; Brooke Pulliam, Chamber Mem- ber of the Year; Brad Miller, Citizen of the Year; Janna Brown, Teacher of the Year, and Sebastian Capp, Student of the Year. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and $310 per table of eight. The event is open to the public. RSVP no later than Fri- Jan. 23, to the Cham- ber office at 981-0619 or email NorwalkChamber @msn.com. KC Pork Dinner, Dance Every year the Knights of Columbus at St. John's Catholic Church put on a pork loin dinner and dance. This year the dinner _,4.., will be Saturday evening, Feb. 14, at St. John's Parish Hall in Norwalk. Dinner tickets are $20 per person and include automatic entry for the door prize featuring a large flat screen LED TV. In addition, there will be 50/50 tickets sold for $25 and a live and silent auc- tion. All the proceeds will be awarded to local high school seniors in the form of $1,000 college scholar- ships. To purchase tickets, call Eric O'Leary at 515-981- 0700 or St. John Catholic Church Office at 515-981- 4855. Tickets for the dinner and 50/50 are also avail- able from any Knights of Columbus Member, the church office or O'Leary s Flowers for Every Occa- sion in Norwalk. Business and indi- vidual donations for the silent and live auction are accepted. If you can con- tribute, call St. John's office at 515-981-4855. ,