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Thursday, February 18, 2016 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine BUSINESS REVIEW WALDORF UNIVERSITY Officials with Waldorf College in Forest City, un- veiled a new image and name Wednesday, Feb. 10, be- fore an audience of faculty, staff, alumni, and students. As of March 17, the school will officially be Waldorf University. "Today is an exciting and important milestone for everybody linked to Waldorf,” said president Robert Alsop. "We are honoring our schooi’s rich history with a new position for which everyone associated with Waldorf can be proud. With the success of our graduate program and the diversity of academic offerings, we felt the title university best represents wig“ we are and who we strive to be.” A year-long process with selected marketing partner Flynn Wright helped shape the new :ampaign — "We Are IMarriors” — a rally for the school that will be inte- grated in everything from campus signage to recruit— ment to athletic commitments and all marketing and communication. "Tradition, passion, community and success are the four pillars that, through our collaborative process, we determined are at the core of Waldorf,” said Waldorf Trustee Robert Mayes. "The formal evolution from a college to a university helps us with that alignment within higher education and gives Waldorf the status it deserves.” The daunting task of transitioning to Waldorf Uni— versity has already begun, and a full rollout will be cel- ebrated in March with a campus—wide event. fiWiififi I» In-Floor Geothermal Heating "Insured, Certified” 989-0106 SALES SERVICE REPLACEMENT BATHROOM REMODEL routinely addressed by the board. ANSWER: The Iowa Code provides only basic direction for responding to a records request. Requests should be fulfilled in a timely manner unless an injunction is being sought pursuant to Iowa Code section 22.8. Best practices suggest that the record custodian should acknowledge receipt of the request as soon as possible, preferably the same day. If the government body has a policy concerning record re— quests, such as a fee sched- ule, that information should and 6% were members of the media. Question: What should a government body do when a records request is received? Editor’s Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB’s activities and provide information on some of the issues he provided with theope n o g G acknowledgement. Sometimes the record release may be unavoidably delayed, such as difficulty in finding the records or a legal review. If the records release ma: be de— layed, the reasons for my delay and the anticipated datc for re- lease should be commulicated. A government body should have a procedure in [lace to avoid delays due to \acation schedules, medical sitlations, and holidays. This mayrequire designating an assistant cus— Who can contact the IPIB and how long does it take? Any person can contact the IPIB for assistance by telephone (515-725-1781), by email (Margaret. Johnson@iowa.gov) or website (www.ipib.iowa.gov). So far, in 2016, 64 identifiable people have contacted the IPIB. Of these, 49% were private citizens, 45% were government officials or employees, In the month of January 2016, 73% of the incoming contacts were resolved the first day, 5% were resolved in one to five days, and 22% were resolved in six or more days. Research Association Sponsor Educational Meeting New products for waterhemp management, an up- date on corn rootworm management and a grain mar- ket outlook will highlight the annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association at the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm. The annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Re- search Association and educational program of the ISU Northern Research Farm is open to the public, and will take place Thursday, March 10, at the Wesley Commu- nity Center, 204 West Main, Wesley, Iowa 50483. Regis- tration and refreshments will be at 9 a.m. The meeting will start a 9:30 a.m. and adjourn at 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Those interested in attend— ing are encouraged to pre-register by March 6 to plan for meal numbers and handout materials. Please call the ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County office at 515-295-2469 or the ISU Extension and Outreach Hancock County office at 641-923-2856 to register. Presenters include Dennis Schwab, North Central Iowa Research Association president, Matthew Schnabel, ISU Northern Research Farm superintendent, Bob Phrtzler, weed specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, Erin Hodgson, entomology specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, Angie Rieck—Hinz and Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists and Ilein Leibold, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialist. Themoming refreshments are sponsored First Citi- zens National Bank. Gold- Eagle Cooperative, Maineld Coopeative and North Central Cooperative will spon- sor thdunch. ' SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 fi if!” oer . ‘ g g; mtg,- i ‘Q‘ .. todian who can respond to re— quests When the legal custodian is absent. Opinions, rulings, FAQs, monthly columns, and training documents are available on the IPIB website — www.ipib.iowa. gov. Questions for the IPIB can be posted on the website or by calling 515—725—1781. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES OFTHE NORWALK CITY COUNCIL WORKSESSION ON 01-28-16 (abridged for publication) Mayor Tom Phillips called the City Council meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. Present at roll call: Erika Isley, David Lester, Ed Kuhl and Stephanie Riva. Jaki Livingston was absent. Staff present included: Marketa Oliver, City Manager; Jodi Eddleman, City Clerk; Jean Furler, Finance Director;Tim Hoskins, Public Works Director; Nancy Kuehl, Parks and Recreation Director; Greg Staples, Police Chief; Ryan Coburn, Acting Fire Chief; Wade Wagoner, Planning and Economic Development Director and Jim Dougherty, City Attorney. Oliver presented the proposed FY 2016-2017 budget via power point. She stated that, again this year, the guiding principles of budget were to keep the levy stable, address capital priorities, reduce reliance on TIF and enhance public safety. The levy is proposed to be $15.69499, effectively the same as last year’s levy of $15.69376. Council questioned the capilallplan and economic development funding of MPO, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Warren County Economic Development and the Norwalk Chamber. Staff was given direction to bring requested information back before council. There was discussion regarding the City’s current bonding capacity and poten- tially bondable projects; including if LOSST (Local Option Sales and Service Tax) passes and if grants are received. Staff was instructed to bring back infor— mation showing debt service scenarios. Kuehl presented what it would cost to refurbish the pool. Council discussed 10 year repairs vs. bonding for new pool. Consensus of the council is to move fonrvard making repairs to the current pool. Furler suggested rolling fire apparatus, city hall generator, public safety HVAC and storm siren upgrades into a smaller bond with a shorter term that would not be more than 10 years. Hoskins stated the DOT strongly recommends a traffic study for the Highway 28 corridor to provide signalization. Council consensus was to move forward the study and directed staff to bring contract back for consideration immediater Council and staff discussed a potential wafer revenue bond for the new water line into town, an eventual new water tower and warren water buyout costs; noting the end of maffit reservoir debt service payments in FY 18. Staff asked for direction on this bond language. The Council then discussed the City Manager position and indicated they will not name an interim manager at this time. They will move forward with selecting a search firm and updating the position description. The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:38 p.m. Tom Phillips, Mayor Attest: ' Jodi Eddleman, City Clerk Field Crop Scout School Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a Field Crop Scout School on Saturday, Feb. '27, I 2016, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Designed for beginning crop scouts, the day-lorrg course features sessions on crop growth and develop- ment, weed, disease and insect identification, and scout- ing methods and techniques. "The school provides a basic understanding of crop pests and how to identify them,” said Warren Pierson, program specialist for the Field Extension Education Laboratory at Iowa State University Extension and Out— reach. ”It’s very important to be able to identify insects, weeds and diseases to carry out a successful integrated pest management plan. Especially right now, when margins are tight, you want to make applications that are timely and cost effective.” Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, with ses- sions beginning at 9 a.m. and adjourning at 4 p.m. Space is limited, so pre—registration is required and must be completed before midnight, Feb. 19. The registration fee of $100 includes field guides, course handouts, lunch and breaks. 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