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- ~ . :!,--2 -. SMALLTOWNPAPERS I ~ 217 WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 i ,liMi,M,q.l,llll,l.!!,,I.II!l".llli"l' ll OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT war.o Soccer Coach Kralik Inducted Into Hall of Fame p. 8 Vol. 46 No. 42 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 305-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 5, 2015 C Notes from NORWALK CITY HALL Marketa Oliver, ICMA-CM, SPHR, MPA Norwalk City Manager 981-0228 ext. 2254 J The Norwalk City Council will hold a public hear- ing on the City's budget on March 5th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 705 North Avenue. Follow- ing is an overview of the City's budget. The budget provides the financial plan for all City funds and activities for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. The tax levy rate is pro- posed to be $15.69376 per thousand dollars of taxable valuation, which is roughly equal to the current levy of $15.68944. This budget reflects the City's priorities of not only maintaining, but enhancing, strong core services of pub- lic safety and public works. It also provides necessary funding to begin, continue or complete a number of capi- tal projects, detailed later in this narrative. The budget also reflects discussion and direction given at budget meetings held January 29th and February 5th. The budget indudes operational funding to main- tain current staffing levels (which include an additional police officer currently being hired through a COPS grant) and adding weekend evening EMS coverage, as well as upgrading capital equipment and aggressively pursue capital projects. Capital equipment purchases include an air compressor, loader and snow blower for Public Works; a Building and Grounds Utility Van; up- graded storm sirens; a police vehicle and an ambulance replacement. The ambulance isbe'mg funded as a short- term loan that is repaid within the current fiscal year. The capital spending plan reflects council priorities set in July, 2014. The priorities which rose to the top at that meeting were the NCIS projects, water main re- placements, the library roof, storm siren upgrades, ad- dressing Beardsley, trail connections and the pool. The proposed capital spending includes those immediate needs and the capital plan that is part of the budget lays out a vision for future capital spending that addresses the majority of those top priorities. ,The capital spend- ing also addressed the 50th Street bridge repairs and the revised year-end estimate includes spending for the sewer trunk connection project in the area of 50th Street and North Avenue (related to the Blooming Heights project). The only project which was a top priority that is not currently addressed in the capital plan is the pool. Funding for a pool/aquatic center remains unidentified and this will require further Council discussion and direction. Included in the current budget is funding for the Norwalk Community Infrastructure Study (NCIS) projects on Holly and Wakonda (which als0 constructs sidewalks on Happy Hollow Drive); Colonial Parkway expansion; Cedar Street completion; Norwalk Easter Library roof repair/replacement; two regional stormwater retention/detention ponds; sump pump re- moval; fire hydrant replacement; water meter change outs; a major water main replacement project; Cherry Parkway tree replacements; some Highway 28 streetscaping. A comprehensive Capital Improvement and Capital Equipment plan with proposed funding sources is part of the budget documents that can be found on the City's website at: http://www.norwalk. iowa.gov/YourGovernment/CityFinancialInformation .aspx. Continued p. 6 Spring Ahead! Set your clock ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, March 81 Pancake Breakfast A Mission group from the Norwalk United Method- ist Church will be traveling to Kentucky the week of June 6 - 14 working through the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and doing home repairs. To help with expenses, a Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 until 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the church, 1801 Sunset Dr. The breakfast is open to the entire community. Enjoy the food and fellowship while supporting this worthy cause. Bag It and Park It Photo submitted The Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department would like to purchase new picnic tables for various city parks with a 'Build with Bags' grant. You can help us receive this grant by recycling more of your plastic shopping bags at one of the local Norwalk grocery stores. Agenda City Council Regular Business Meeting Agenda Thursday. March 5. 2015. 6 p.m. 1. Call to order at 6 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda. 3. Presentation(s) - 4. Welcome of guests and public comment. (3 minute limit, no action) 5. Approve Minutes - February 19, 2015 regular council meeting. 6. Consent Agenda. a) Expenditures. b) Tax Abatements. c) Receive and file Storm Water Annual report. d) Consideration of Resolution setting date for Concluded p. 2 Legal Notices Inside This Issue CITY OF NORWALK Minutes of February 19, 2015 Council Meeting NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT -Minutes of Special Session February 23, 2015 New Community Cares Group Established in Norwalk Tina Gravitt and Brian Melco, Directors of Commu- nity Cares Iowa. Brian is currently a police officer in Norwalk. Photo submitted. Anew non-profit group, Community Cares Iowa, has been formed in Norwalk with offices located in the lower level of the Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St. Directors are Tina Gravitt and Brian Melco, with Lucinda Sperry and Chad Workman serving as board members. The mission is to empower communities in Warren County by identifying community needs, connecting families to community resources and providing out- reach support to families. Also, they will be holding evidence-based support classes for veterans, providing programming for youth and hosting community support groups. Following is a list of events scheduled for March. Meet and Greet - Monday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St. Come and meet the members of Community Cares Iowa. Ask questions and sign up to volunteer. Directors and Board Members will be present. Food and bever- age will be served. Parent Support Group - Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m. at Norwalk Christian Church, Facilitator: Tina Gravitt. This will be an opportunity for parents to chat about their needs or struggles they may have. Childcare pro- vided. We are better together! Community Creative Arts for Families - Friday, March 20, 6-7 p.m. at Norwalk Christian Church, Fa- cilitator: Lucinda Sperry, Art Love Studio. All families are welcome to join us for a free and fun make and take class. Snack is provided. Children three and under are welcome. Veterans Support Group - Starting Thursday, March 26, Norwalk Christian Church, 7-8 p.m., Facilitators: Chad and Krystal Workman. Veterans and their fami- lies from all branches of service are welcome to join us for support and helpful tools to recover from the effects of active duty. Meetings held second and fourth Thurs- days at the Norwalk Christian Church from 7-8 p.m. Class is free and will repeat curriculum every 12 ses- sions. Veterans are welcome to join the group at any time. Agenda includes: Introductions, class time, dis- cussion of class information, open forum for questions. The group is currently looking for more volunteers and board members with a passion for our mission. If you would like to donate to our organization or be- come a volunteer, go to www.communitycares iowa.com and click on the "donate" or "volunteer" link. We are better together! A