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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR nor00uatk AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Jl I II,l,,I,,I,,I,I,h,l,,t,,I,,l,l,,I,l,ll,,,,ll,,,,lll,,,I,l,l,I Warren Town and County ws 50 Vol. 43 No. 41 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 1,2012 I Norwalk Student 1 Education Foundation Activities and Events By Lori Miller, President NSEF Updates Tastes for Education, Norwalk Student Education Foundation's 2nd annual event will be held Frida35 April 6, at The Wright Place in Norwalk. Come join us for wine tasting, beer sampling, cheese and chocolates. All pro- ceeds will benefit NSEF's grant and scholarship pro- grams. Tickets are $20 and will be available at Scott's and Fareway soon and will be sold at the door. Drive One 4UR School is coming to Norwalk. This is Ford Motor Company's national school fundraiser. Come test drive a new Mustang or Ford F150. Free to you! Several makes and models will be available. For each test drive, Ford will donate $20 to NSEF. This money will be used for our grant and scholarship pro- gram. Save the date on your calendar: MondaF April 16, in the Norwalk High School parking lot. What a fun and easy way to earn money for the kids!!!! Mark your calendars now!!! Visit www.norwalkstude ntfoundation.org for more information. Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, March 16, 2012 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. I. Call to order at 6:30 P.M. - Roll call of members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-February 16, 2012 Regular Council Meeting IV. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Liquor license renewal-Legacy Golf VI. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Resolution approving the 2012-2013 fiscal year Budget for the City of Norwalk B. Resolution approving the sale of general ob- ligation emergency equipment bonds series 2012A C. Resolution approving the sale of general ob- ligation refunding bonds series 2012B D. Resolution adopting public purpose state- ment for use of franchise fees E. Resolution approving contract and bond for the Norwalk Business Center pond improvements to Elder Corporation Construction F. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance providing for increased water rates and in- creased sewer rates, and amending section 13.18.050(B) and 13.04.391 of the Norwalk Municipal Code (tabled 2/16/12) G. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance approving the position of City Man- ager for the City of Norwalk VII. Current Business A. Approval of a municipal building use policy for the City of Norwalk B. Approval of an exclusive listing agreement with Hubbell Commercial Brokers, L.C. d/b/a CBRE/ Concluded p. 2 Dinner and a Donation Fundraiser Norwalk Elementary Schools, PTO and Bang- Bang Mongolian Grill are partnering together to ben- efit Norwalk schools. Eat at BangBang Mon- golian Grill, 6240 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, Thursdays, March 1, 8, or 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10% of your receipt will be donated back to Norwalk schools. You don't have to have a stu- dent in school to partici- pate. Teachers and staff members from Oviatt El- ementary and Lakewood Elementary will be on hand to serve as honorary grillers and to assist the restaurant staff. The grade level from each school that raises the most money will win a free dessert. Thursday, March 1, is for Kindergar- ten and third grades; Thursday, March 8, is for first and fourth grades and Thursday, March 15, for second and fifth grades. Funds from the event will allow PTO to continue providing items needed in classrooms that are not covered in the standard budget. For example, dur- ing the last few years, PTO has provided iPads, as- semblies, vacuums in classrooms, special pro- jects, assist Watch Dogs, playground equipment, kiln in art room, Iowa His- tory Play, flip cameras, technology needs and more. For more information, contact PTO at warr iorpto@gmail.com. Family Bingo This Sunday Family Bingo Night, sponsored by Norwalk Parks and Recreation and Norwalk Lions Club, is Sunday, March 4, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Norwalk Easter Public Library, 1051 North Ave. Bingo cards are one for 25 or 3 for 50 per game. Bring a snack to share. Library To Observe 50 Years Join the Norwalk Pub- lic Library in celebrating its 50 th birthday, a very im- portant milestone event for the community, by stopping by during regu- lar library hours Sunday and Monday, March 4 and March 5 to get a cookie to celebrate the birthday. Staff will continue to cel- ebrate this milestone through a variety of events during the year. The first of these events will be at the end March. Join us in all the fun and feel free to bring friends. Norwalk Easter Public Library is happy to an- nounce that through a gen- erous donation from com- munity member, Jim Lane, staff will be hosting a trav- eling exhibit entitled "The Fiery Trial: Iowa and the Civil War" as the first of many 50 th year celebration events. The trailer is part of the State Historical Museum's educational outreach program to serve Iowans in their communi- ties. Hours for this interac- tive exhibit commemorat- ing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War will be Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This will be a chance for Norwalk residents to learn more about Iowans and their Civil War expe- riences from more than 150 years ago. For geneal- ogy buffs, there will be a computer program de- signed to allow visitors to research Civil War ances- tors by person, town, township or congressional district. Learn about all this as well as the many sacrifices Iowans made to the war effort during this critical time in our nation's history. Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a book sale and breakfast with various flavors of coffee to taste, Concluded p. 2 Katie Routh Seeking Iowa House Seat Katie Routh, a semi-re- tired schoolteacher from Norwalk, will run for the new 25th House District, which covers all of Madi- son County and part of Warren County in central Iowa. One of Routh's sons, Brandon Routh, is an actor who played Superman in the 2006 film "Superman Returns." "My son may be a movie star, but I'm an or- dinary Iowan and mother of four who wants to im- prove life for all families in Iowa," Routh said in a statement. "I'm excited to meet the people of District 25 at their doorsteps and hear their ideas and con- cerns." In her statement, Routh, a Democrat, said she was committed to strengthen- ing the economy and en- suring high-quality educa- tion and health care for Io- wans. She worked for 34 years as an elementary-school teacher in the Norwalk Community School Dis- trict and was named dis- trict teacher of the year in 1994. SlOe is now co-direc- tor of ASK Learning Cen- ter, a private alternative school in Norwalk. The new District 25 in- cludes much of the area now included in the 73rd District, held by Rep. Julian Garrett, R-In- dianola. The district num- bers and boundaries changed due to redistrict- ing. Routh stated, "Having lived in Norwalk for 58 years, I care deeply about our community. Ron and I chose to raise our family here because we loved what Norwalk had to of- fer- an excellent school system and the security of living in a small safe, nur- turing community of people who take pride in their town. Norwalk has given much to me over the years...I think it's my turn to give back. That's why I'm running for the Iowa House District 25 which includes part of Warren Katie Routh County and Madison County. I hope I can count on you to make it hap- pen!" Recipes Needed for Girl Scouts lOOth Anniversary Cookbook The Girl Scouts of Norwalk are putting to- gether a cookbook to cel- ebrate the 100th Anniver- sary of the Girl Scouts USA in 2012. Send us your fa- vorite family recipes! It does not have tobe a recipe you have created. It can be a recipe that you really like from another cookbook. Recipes cannot be copyrighted. Anyone may submit recipes. You do not need to live in Norwalk to submit a recipe. Pass the informa- tion on to family and friends who like to cook and would like to be a part of this cookbook. If you were ever a Girl Scout and/or Girl Scout Leader, note that some- where on your recipe sub- mission. Include which years you were involved with Girl Scouts, if pos- sible. We would like to note that information by your name and recipe in the cookbook. Submit up to five reci- pes. Include your name and phone number on your submission. Email your recipes to GSWarren 100Cahoo.com by March 30, 2012. You may also mail your recipes to Mafia Hayes, Attn: GS Cook Book, 2910 Lexington Dr., Norwalk, IA 50211. Deadline for ads, I legals and stories I is Noon Friday! f