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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR n r000ru00Qtk.. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors iiiii lll,,ill'l ' ,' p"!l"|'!"l"!"l!'"llll" llllll'iiii ' i , Warren Town and County ws 50 NHS and NMS Honor Rolls p. 8 Vol. 46 No. 39 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, February 12, 2015 NORWALK POLICE . CHIEF By Greg Staples Policing in Norwalk Over the course of the last year, the law enforcement profession has been maligned and disparaged by many. This was due in large part to a few high profile events where police actions were viewed as being overzealous, out of line or even illegal. It has been a difficult time for the profession. Images of uniformed officers in aggres- sive postures and/or using force to make arrests that some consider inappropriate have refueled discussions of negative stereotypes that have labeled the police over the years. Fortunately in Norwalk our police department has ;;;[aken steps to try and prevent these negative feelings about the police from ocrring We have done this through open communication and transparent activi- ties designed to build trust and ensure fairness. In short, we embrace community policing. Regrettabl)9 there are officers around the country who do make poor decisions or come to work with malicious intent that brings harm to citizens. Nationwide there are over 120,000 officers working for any one of over 18,000 police departments. It stands to reason that at least a few of these individuals are dishonest, unethical or are in the profession for the wrong reasons. How- ever, regardless of your feelings concerning the high profile incidents that have been reported of late and/or any personal contacts you may have had with a police officer, the vast majority of officers are good people with good intent. In Norwalk this is exactly the situation. Because after all: It wasn't an emotionless "just the facts ma'am" of- ricer who purchased Christmas lights for a family who had theirs stolen in the night. It wasn't a bunch of rogue officers who donated money, fed the hungry and played with the children at "Lunch in the Park." It wasn't a closed-minded, "our way or the highway department" who asked four community members to help select new patrol officers. It wasn't donut-eating, powdered sugar-encrusted officers who learned of an elderly woman with nothing to eat and promptly went to the store and filled her re- frigerator with food. It wasn't an officer with a callous disregard for de- cency who washed the eggs off of a community member's house after it was hit by vandals. It wasn't a group of prejudiced police officers who donated money and played games with ALL the chil- dren at Family Fun Night. It wasn't officers with vicious intent who twice rushed to the aid of dying elderly citizens and saved their lives with CPR. It wasn't a stone-faced officer with no emotion who stood at attention during your loved ones funeral pro- cession, hugged your child when they were scared, or read to the children at daycare. It wasn't uncaring and indifferent officers who worked tirelessly all year raising money and awareness for the Children of the Iowa Special Olympics. It wasn't a "shoot first ask questions later" type of- ricer who replaced a young boy's Hot Wheels car after Concluded p. 7 City State Bank Insurance o',r r-,,  Ribbon Cutting Sale of School Property Located at 906 School Avenue A year ago last summer (July 2013), the Norwalk Community School District relocated Central Office staff and services from 906 School Avenue (the "Old School" location) to a new property location at 380 Wright Road. The new building and location has offered more effi- ciency, flexibility for staff and increased public access. The facilities at this location will serve the District well for several years to come and will continue to be a valu- able asset should the District need to relocate to a larger facility at some time in the future. Following the move in July 2013, the District tried to sell the Old School property located at 906 School Av- enue using a public bid method. The District received Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President, one offer that was deemed unacceptable. The School Ed Kuhl (right), congratulates City State Bank Insur- Board decided to hqld the property for a few months ance Scrces ic President, Joe Albrecht (left), dur- while District offic{aJs explored how the proper ty could ing the ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday, Feb. be best used in the future. After several discussions at 5. City State Bank Insurance Services is located at 1037 Sunset Drive in Norwalk. Photo submitted. Valentines At Your Library Love Your Library: Beefcakes and Cupcakes! This is an adult program. Check out a romance novel between 2 and 4 p.m. on Valentine's Da) Saturday, Feb. 14, and get a sweet treat from Itty Bitty Cakery (as supplies last). Norwalk Easter Library is located at 1051 North Ave. KC Lenten Fish Fries to Begin The annual Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries will begin Frida)9 Feb. 20, at St. John the Apostle Catho- lic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., with serving from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The meals continue each Friday through March 27. The menu includes a choice of two fried or baked fish or cheese pizza slices, with coleslaw, fries, maca- roni and cheese, relish, bread and beverage. Cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citi- zens and $3 for children 12 and under. Other serving dates are February 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27. school board meetings and in consultation with City official, the School Board and administration deter- mined the best use for this property was to be devel- oped into residential homes. The purpose aligned with the City's zoning ordinances as well as the recommen- dation the Board had received from an independent property appraiser. The School District entered into an agreement with Peoples Company to market the property for sale in September of 2014. In December, the District received two offers. The offer submitted by Brad Cooper and Associates a/k/a BLK Investments, LLC, West Des Moines, Iowa was accepted. The final closing was com- pleted January 28. Brad Cooper, current resident and graduate of the Norwalk Community School District, intends to develop the property into residential units. Knowing the property was purchased by a local resi- dent and will be developed into future homes for Norwalk families was an added plus to the sale. The full development of this property may not be completed for several years. If you have any further questions regarding the future development of this property, you may contact the Planning and Develop- ment department at the City of Norwalk. Don Piper Coming to Norwalk Everyone is invited to a special presentation in Norwalk by New York Times best-selling author and speaker, Don Piper. Piper wrote the book, "90 Minutes in Heaven", in which he chronicles his incredible life story. Since the release of his book in 2004, he has mesmer- ized and inspired nearly three thousand audiences around the globe. This book, currently being made into a major motion picture, is widely considered to be a landmark book that has led to a renaissance in the inter- est of Heaven. He will be speaking at the Norwalk Per- forming Arts Center Sunday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The auditorium is located at 1201 North Ave. in Norwalk. Free quality childcare for Kindergarteners and un- der is available during the event at the high school caf- eteria. This special event is hosted by Crossroads Church (RCA) (Pastor Glen Blumer), Norwalk United Method- ist Church (Pastor Kiboko Kiboko) and Fellowship Com- munity Church (Pastor Rob Jones). For more information, visit Fellowship Community's website at fccnorwalk.org or call their office at 981-0699. Legal Notices Inside This Issue CITY'OF NORWALK -Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT -Paid Invoices for January 2015 WARREN COUNTY SUPERVISORS ,.Minutes February 3, 2015 Meeting -Minutes February 5, 2015 Meeting SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211