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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, January 22, 2015 Warren County Extension Council Elects Officers Four officers were elected during the Exten- sion Council organiza- tional meeting January 6. The nine-member council annually elects officers to comply with Iowa law. Amy Tlach, Prole, is the newly-elected chairperson and will preside at all meetings of the Extension council, have authority to call special meetings and perform duties performed and exercised by a chair- person of a board of direc- tors of a corporation. Steve Heaberlin, Indianoia, was elected vice chairperson. Ronda Lyon, Milo, was elected secretary and has the responsibility of keep- ing the minutes of all Ex- tension council meetings and signing required pa- pers for the council. The council elected Ja- son DeLay, Milo, to the treasurer position. The treasurer receives, depos- its, has charge of all of the funds of the Extension council and pays and dis- burses funds. The trea- surer insures an accurate record of receipts and dis- bursements and submits reports to the Extension council. In November, Andrew (Andy) Lent, City Admin- istrator at Carlisle, was elected to the Council. At the organizational meet- ing, Lent was sworn in by Traci VanderLinden, Audi- tor of Warren County. The council is the county governing body of Iowa State University Ex- tension and Outreach. The council hires county staff, manages the county exten- sion budget and helps de- termine programming. In partnership with ISU Ex- tension and Outreach, the council provides educa- tional opportunities that bring university resources to the needs of the county and region. Local exten- sion programs include 4- H, Master Gardeners and the Pesticide Safety Train- ing Program. The Extension office is located at 909 East Second Avenue in Indianola. For more information, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/ Warren. (NAPS)---You can save on car repairs with high-qual- ity used parts at the Pull-A- Part superstore. You're also keeping something perfectly useful out of a landfill. Learn more at www.pullapart.com. Three Steps for Seniors to Stay Safe With dangerous winter weather in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips. "Winter can be a diffi- cult time, as the harsh con- ditions especially impact seniors," said Jeff Huber, president of Home In- stead, Inc. "We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season." Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal inter- nal body temperature de- creases, creating an insen- sitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symp- toms of hypothermia in- ~ clude: shivering, exhaus- tion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and /~/ drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is neces- sar3a The leading reason for hypothermia in the elderly is due to poorly heated An open recall can be an excellent 9pportunity for the buyer of a used car to have work done prior to the pur- chase. It's estimated that in 2013, there were 3.5 million vehicles with open recalls for sale online. To:learn more, visit www.carfax.com. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION TO INSTITUTE PROCEEDINGS TO BORROW MONEY AND ENTER INTO A LOAN AND DISBURSEMENT AGREEMENT IN A PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOTTO EXCEED $800,000 (GENERAL OBLIGATION) The City Council of the City of Cumming, Iowa, will meet on the 26th day of January, 2015, at the City Hall, in the City, at 7 o'clock p.m., for the purpose of instituting proceedings and taking action to enter into a loan and disbursement agreement (the UAgreement") and borrow money in a principal amount not to exceed $800,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of construct- ing improvements and extensions to the Municipal Sanitary Sewer System. The Agreement will constitute a general obligation of the City and is pro- posed to be entered into pursuant to authority contained in Section 384.24A of the Code of Iowa. At the aforementioned time and place, oral or written objections may be filed or made to the proposal to enter into the Agreement. After receiving objections, the City may determine to enter into the Agreement, in which case, the decision will be final unless appealed to the District Court within fifteen (15) days thereaf- " tel'. By order of the City Council of the City of Cumming, Iowa. Rachelle Swisher City Clerk/Treasurer OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regular Session January 12, 2015 The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. Directors Present-Katherine Schmidt, Rick Kaul, George Meinecke, Justin Fletcher, and Maribeth Wright. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: Approved all items within the Consent Agenda; except for the Claims Compen- sation Bureau, LLC Agreement which was not approved. Approved the bid submitted by 247 Security Inc., Alpharetta, GA. to supply and install twelve traditional buses and one special education bus with eight cam- eras each to monitor interior cabin activity and exterior activity on all four sides of the vehicle for a total cost of $38,350. Approved the agreement for NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines with City State Bank to govern the ACH transmittals of Direct Deposit of employee pay- roll. Approved the sale of the real property located at 906 School Avenue, Norwalk, Iowa to Bradley A. Cooper for $110,000. The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m. Official minutes will be available following beard approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary homes, which is entirely preventable. Follow these simple tips to ensure a warm household. Stay Warm Keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, at least. Consis- tently check it to make sure your home is suffi- ciently warm. Even as heating costs rise, your safety should be a priority. Put a carbon monox- ide detector near where you sleep. Ensure that there is adequate insulation and check and clean the fire- place and furnace. Furnace filters should be replaced monthly. Minimize drafts by filling old socks with sand and using them in drafty windowsills and door jambs. Weather-strip around windows and doors. Keep doors to un- used rooms closed and close curtains at night. Add an extra blanket to the bed and warm the bed in advance with a hot water bottle. Never use an electric blanket - it may be difficult to operate the controls if the temperature needs to be adjusted in the night. Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothing, If you go outside, make sure your head is covered. Every year, more than 1.6 million seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall. With icy conditions, the chances of falling are even greater. Preventing Falls Take a couple minutes per day and stretch your limbs in order to loosen muscles. Stay inside - make ar- rangements for someone to shovel and salt drive- ways and walkways. Pro- fessional caregivers can assist with to-do items, such as bringing in the mail and/or picking up groceries. Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole. Have handrails in- stalled on outside walls for frequently used walk- ways. If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth. Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, es- pecially seniors. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur in seniors and impact their emotional health. Some signs to watch for with SAD in- clude: a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of leth- argy and tiredness. If symptoms are present, talk to your medical pro- vider about treatment op- tions. Additionally, winter storms can be unpredict- able. It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Build a Network Stay in touch in with family, friends and neigh- bors. Schedule phone calls, or enlist the help of a pro- fessional caregiver to come in for an hour a week. Make arrangements for assistance in case of a blizzard or power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with non-perishable foods, water and medica- tions. Be familiar with your local resources. Visit www.ready.gov/seniors, www.noaa.gov or www. redcross.org for more in- formation about cold weather. To learn how Home In- stead Senior Care can as- sit in the cold weather, visit www.homeinstead. com. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Call 911 for emergencies! Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 This year's legislative session was gaveled in on Mon- day, January 12. Governor Branstad gave his State of the State address on Tuesday in front of a joint session of the Iowa House and Senate, while Chief Justice Mark S. Cady gave his Condition of the Judicial Branch Mes- sage on Wednesday. You can access the text of their speeches in the House Journal which can be found at the Legislative website, www.legis.iowa.gov. Click on the "Senate~House" tab and then the Senate & House Journal website. These Journals are produced daily and contain all of the business conducted by the Legislature each day, including Bills which have been introduced and the votes cast by Members on specific Bills. This year I have been assigned to the Economic Growth Committee. I am very much looking forward to this Committee. There appears to be a significant opportunity developing in the foreseeable future rela- tive to job and economic growth. Many of the jobs lost in the past 50 years to offshore locations because of la- bor and energy cost differentials will be returning home. With the significant change in the above-mentioned cost differentials, jobs are already starting to return, espe- cially to Right-to-Work States like Iowa. We need to ensure that Iowa has the infrastructure, tax structure and trained labor forge necessary to bring these jobs to Iowa. Our work is cut out for us, but we can do it and achieve significant success for the State of Iowa. In addition, I have been appointed to the following Committees: Judiciary (Vice Chair), Human Resources, International Relations, Veterans Affairs, and Appro- priations Subcommittee Justice Systems. It is important to me to receive your input on legisla- tion as it is in process. As we receive many Bills, I am helped if you are able to give me the Bill number when you want to give feedback or ask about a particular Bill. If you do not have the Bill number, you can find the Bill number by going to the Legislative Web site and enter- ing the keyword for a quick search for the Bill. Once you know the number of the Bill, you can then enter it in the Bills quick search in order to pull up the Bill. In addition to being able to read the Bill you will also have access to any amendments which have been offered, as well as the Bill history and other information. You will want to keep track of the Amendments, as they may change the Bill in a way you do not like. Many times I receive the same email or letter from. several people. While this helps me know some con- stituents' stance regarding the Bill, they are not as help- ful as messages about how this Bill may impact you or your family. The more viewpoints I get, the better. Bear in mind that there will be other constituents who have a different opinion than you, and I am also receiving in- formation from other sources. Senator Garrett and I will be attending a Forum at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Winterset the last Saturday of the Month at 9:00 a,m. Our first Forum will be January 31. Please plan on attending if you are able. We will also be scheduling Forums throughout the Dis- trict and will notify you of those dates and locations. You can find my webpage under the "Our Members" tab at www.iowahouserepublicans.com. Start the day off right! matters sls-223- 150 P.O. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwky.com