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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ' i 7 :s,/E S T (.;~ ,} T =~ 8 T :'~E~ r..L'!. ,,~,,~ 98584-228b ,iii - - . it,-,iiif,,itiii it"i, Iill,;, ,iiit ,ii i "- ~b,,,, Norwalk warriors Vol. 44 No. 42 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 305-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 7, 2013 LorNOrwalk Student 1 Education Foundation Activities and Events i Miller, President Wine .... Chocolates ..... Cheeses ....... FUN! Come celebrate Norwalk Student Education Foundation's 3rd Annual "Tastes for Education" event Friday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wright Place in Norwalk. We will be sampling wines, beers, cheeses and choco- lates while celebrating education in Norwalk. Local business supporters have provided the facility and all food and beverage products to the Foundation without charge, so that all proceeds from admission will go di- rectly to scholarships and grants for the upcoming year. For admission and other information, go to www.norwalkstudentfoundation.org or visit the link on Facebook or on the Norwalk Schools website or call Lori Miller, 515-953-3126. A REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda onl) 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. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation 4. Approval of Minutes - February 21, 2013 Regular Council Meeting 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Public Hearing and adoption of the City of Norwalk budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 B. Public Hearing and consideration of Resolu- tion approving development agreement with O&A En- terprise, LLC, authorizing annual appropriation of tax increment payments and pledging certain tax increment revenues to the-payment of the agreement (in an amount not to exceed $50,000) C. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008 waking changes to the Com- munity Development fees D. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 136, pertain- ing to snow, ice and accumulations from public side- walks 8. Current Business 9. Reports-Mayor; Murillo, Curtis, Delker, Leto, Sylvester; City Manager; City Clerk; Community De- velopment Director; Director of Planning and Building; Public Works Director; Police Chief; Fire Chief; Parks & Recreation Director; Library Director 10. Adjournment, begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10! I I f walk By Mayor Doug Pierce I have received some calls and emails in regards to Warren County's pursuit of an entertainment center that would include a casino. I know that this is a "hot but- ton" for some, so I wanted to address where we are at with this process. In order for a casino to be located anywhere in War, ren County, a gaming referendum m.ust first be passed by a county-wide vote. That is currently planned to happen on May 7, 2013 if there is enough petition sig- natures obtained in support of having a referendum. That "enough" would be approximately 2,600 signatures as it takes a number equal to or greater than 10% of the number who voted in the last election. If enough signa- tures are obtained to put the referendum on the ballot and the vote passes, the next step would be for a gam- ing license to be applied for with the Iowa Gaming Com- mission and they determine if a license will be given. Because a proposition of this nature always gener- ates a lot of questions, we are going to have a Town Hall/ Open House meeting some time during the last week of March. This meeting will provide lots of information as to the proposed location, complex's architecture, jobs created, revenues for the city, county, schools, non-profit organizations and potential property tax reductions. By law, a city cannot provide a gaming facility any incen- tives or tax abatements for them to build. We will also have data as to the facts on the regulations that casinos are required to comply with making them a very self- sufficient operation and minimal impact on the city. Anywa),, I hope that you will attend the information meeting later this month and get all the facts so that you can make an informed decision. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Early Deadline For Newspaper Deadline for the Thursday, March 21 issue of this newspaper will be noon Thursda) March 14. The news- paper staff will be sending the newspaper to the printer early Frida) March 15. Equipment will be moving to the new location Friday afternoon and over the week- end. Deadline for the Thursday, March 28 issue will be noon Frida) March 22. Rescheduled Class At Library The Compassionate Conversations: Advanced Direc- tives Class at the Norwalk Easter Public Library has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event was rescheduled due to weather. Eric D: Johnson, Chaplain, Manager of Pastoral Ser- vices for Iowa Health Des Moines, will present the pro- gram on organ donation, ethical wills and memorial planning. Pre-register at the Library or by emailing to mkjohnson@norwalk.iowa.gov. Saturday, March 16, at 9 a.m. is the free monthly com- puter class. NORWALK POLICE CHIEF Ed Kuhl Nctrwalk Police Officers were called by school offi- cials about 7:48 a.m., Monda) Feb. 25, to investigate a possible gun at the Norwalk Public High School. The weapon was seized and a 16-year-old juvenile male was taken into custody and charged with having a firearm on school property. School Officials immediately took steps to notify officers, secure the facility, isolate the individual and recover the weapon. The weapon was subsequently recovered in a locked vehicle in the school parking lot. The charge is a class "D" felony under the Iowa code and carries a possible five-year imprisonment and up to a $7,000 fine. The matter is currently under investigation and has been referred to the Warren County Attorney. The key elements to school safety and to preventing a potential tragedy were present in this case. Those same elements have helped us to interdict other weapons in the past, before they found their way into our schools. Those elements include an atmosphere that fosters students being involved in the safety of their schools and concerned parents interacting with those students. Our well-trained school staff encourages stu- dents and parents to report such information immedi- ately. We are fortunate that our District has good proce- dures and trains in partnership with Public Safety for the most thoughtful and effective response to potential violence. Certainly secure facilities, police officers in the schools and sound procedures are critical, but the in- volvement of students and parents has proven abso- lutely critical to successfully prevent such incidents. Going forward with this partnership provides us the best means to keep our community one of the safest in Iowa. Thank you again for your support. One Date Change For Warrior Cafe Andy Mogle, instructor for students working in the Norwalk High School Warrior Cafe, has announced one date change for the 2013 lunch schedule. Lunch for Fri- day, March 15, has been changed to Thursday, March 14. The menu for that day is Salmon Wellington, Fettuccine Alfredo, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chicken and Puff Pastry, Chicken Parmesan, Citrus Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin, Pasta and Mixed Peppers, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Smoked Chicken. The Warrior Cafe is open to the general public as well as school staff. Sealing times for the public are from 11:30 a.m. until I p.m. The meal price is $6.50 and includes a choice of beverage, salad/soup, entree with appropri- ate side dishes and dessert. Reservations can be made by calling Mogle at Norwalk High School 981-4201 ext. 3115 or by email at amogle@norwalk.k12.ia.us. Parks and Rec Annual Easter Egg Hunt Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt Satur- day, March 30, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Norwalk- McAninch Sports Complex on Wright Road. The program is designed for children under the age of 13. An adult must accompany all children. Registra- tion is Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 22. Families will be required to bring their own flash- light. Flashlight size is limited to no larger than two "D" cell batteries. The cost per family is $12.19 for Norwalk residents and $14.02 for non-residents. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be held at Oviatt Elementary.