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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT rS'LJ ES'I 7"F~'t~. l'Ji!"ii'ii'i~'i't i till lll"i" ii' 'ii ~ii'i' Norwalk Warriors Vol. 49 No. 41 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih Thursday, March 9, 2017 BloodDrive J Daylight Savings Time J Mark your calendars for the next Norwalk blood drive Thursda April 27, at St. John s Catholic Church. begins March 12, set your clock ahead one hour By Tom Phillips 1 NORWALK SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK Activities 'As I indicated last month, our City Council, staff and All items must be to your curb by 7 a.m. Monday, Ihave been working hard on setting next year's budget. tthe May 15. Tire drop off will be Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. I m happy to announce that due to the local option sales NORWALK - 3 p.m. at Public Works tax that you helped pass, the city is going to be able to Chemicals and hazardous waste will not be ac-purchase some long overdue equipment, continue to cepted. Visit to find out expand our public safety staff, begin equipping our new LIBRARY .... how to dispose of these items, parks and lower the property tax levy by 27 cents per Appliances will need stickers and residents will thousand. This is a great opportunity for the City of 10 1 81-021 need to schedule a curbside pickup by calling ASI at Norwalk. We get to continue to expand our necessary Saturday, March 11 515-964-5229. services and lower the tax levy for residents. Pi Celebration, 12 - 1 pan. Join us for a pie eating contest Register by March 10 at the l rary or by calling 981-0217. All ages welcome. Sunday, March 12 Pi Recitation contest, 12-1 p.m. All ages are welcome at the library to see who can zite the most PE Pi-Ku Poetry Pmgm 10 a.m.-8 p.m. inprogrmn for all ages...Come to the library to write your own haiku poems using PL Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, (March 13, 14, 15, and 16) Spring Break Movie Series, 1"1:30 am. and "2:30 p.m. Watch ALL of the Harry Potter movies in our community roolI t Feel free to bring non-messy food. Monda March 13 at 11:30 am.: Harry Potter and the Sorcer- er's Stone (PG) Monda36 March 13 at 2:30 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Cham- ber of Secrets (PG) Tuesda3,, March 14 at 11:30 aaax: Hany Potter and the er ofAzkaban (I'G) Tuesda March 14 at 9-30 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13) Wednesda March 15 at 11"30 axn.: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG- 13) Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pan.: Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince (PG) Thulsday, March 16 at 11:30 a.m.: Hany Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 (PG- 13) Thursda3 March 16 at 2:30 p.m.: Harry Potter and the Death- ly HaUows Pt 2 (PG-13). Tuesday, March14 Einstein's Birthday, 10 am. - 8 p.m. Join us for a drop-in program with fun activities to celebrate Einstein's birthday All ages welcome! Reading Tune, 10".30 am. This sto e focuses on books and pre-reading skills for children of all ages. Read books, sing songs and do activities! Thursday, March 16 Rhyme Time, 10"30 am. This storytirne focuses on songs and rhymes. Shake shakers, sing, move, and read some short books! Sun , 9 The Library will host Eric Litwin for a concert and book sign- ing at the Norwalk Performing Arts Center, 1500 North Avenue, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Tickets are free but need to be reserved at https://norwalklitwir Eric is the author of the first and New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat books. Bea- verdale Books will havebooks for ptm:hase or they canbebrought from home to be signed. Of bringing from home, make sure Eric's the author; he didn't write every Pete the Cat book.) If you have questions or if you carinot reserve tickets on-line, contact Mallory Inman, Youth Services Librarian, at minman@norwalk or 515-981-021Z Building materials and concrete are also not ac- cepted. Linn Grove Free-Will Offering Meal Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering" din- ner Thursday, March. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine-in or carry out. The menu is scalloped chicken casserole, sides and desserts. There is no cost for the meal but a free-will offering will be accepted. Proceeds support youth min- istries in the area. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 981-4062. Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries The Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fries will be held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 729 Or- chard Hills Drive, Norwalk, March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes cod fillets-baked or fried, cheese pizza, macaroni & cheese, fries, coleslaw, relish, bread & butter, along with coffee, tea or a beverage. Prices are $8-adult, $5-seniors, and $3-children who are under 12 years of age. The dinners are All-You-Can-Eat, so bring your fam- ily, friends and neighbors to enjoy a wonderful meal together for this Lenten Season. The Knights of Columbus is a religious men's society which provides charitable services and educational scholarships to the Norwalk Community. SHERIFF'S REPORT Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ACCIDENTS of the vehicle. Vehicle was February 26-10:25 p.m.,just purchased and does not 11000 block $31: Mayra Es- have a license plate number. cobedo, Lacona, was travel- March 1 - 5:21 a.m., In- ing southbound in the terstate 35: Vladimir Diaz- 11000 block of $31. A deer Beltran, Des Moines, was ran onto the roadway and traveling northbound on was struck by Escobedo.I35 at the 56MM. Diaz-Belt- She was transported by re- ran veered off the roadway hide EMS to Lutheran Hos- making contact with the exit pital with complaints of sign. He thenbecame stuck chest and head pain. The in the ditch. The vehicle sus- airbags of Escobedo's vehi- tained approximately de were deployed in front $2,500 damage to the pas- of and to the side of her. She senger side. Diaz-Beltran sustained approximatelywas cited for driving with- $3,000 damage to the front out a license. As many of you have noticed, we have been having some issues with the City's website. The old site is over seven years old and in tech terms, that's ancient. Sev- eral years ago, the city decided against renewing an ex- pensive maintenance contract with the vendor. Unfor- tunatel3 within the last year and a half, we have had several instances where the website was hacked. This past November, council approved entering into a con- tract with CivicLive to build a new City of Norwalk website. Since my deadline for this article is mid/late Februar I hope the new site is live by the time this is published. I will have more information on our new website next month. The next community chat will be Saturda35 March 11 at City Hall from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Everyone and any- one are welcome to attend. Bring your coffee and ques- tions or concerns and join us for a conversation. Please Note: Due to Spring Break, the City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 16 is cancelled. From the Desk of LUKE NELSON Norwalk City Manager Concluded p. 9 Norwalk City Budget We strive to be a transparent government and share all the details behind the numbers in our budget. I real- ize people are busy and attending a City Council meet- ing can be difficult to fit in among all the activities and events. Our next meeting will be Thursda April 6 at 6 p.m. We would love to see you there and have you ask questions. If you can't make it to the meeting please feel free to call me or email me. My mobile number is 515- 493-9971 and my email is The full budget is available at www.norwalk.; however, be aware our website is currently under construction and all information should be avail- able soon. Norwalk is experiencing healthy growth. The City's property tax revenue is expected to increase by approx- imately 7.8% for Fiscal Year 2018. While the City ex- pects to receive 7.8% in new property tax revenue we are only budgeting revenue of 5%. This helps the City and taxpayers for several reasons. First, the surplus (ap- proximately $100,000) will help ensure we meet our re- serve fund goals. Second, the assurance of reserves will help buffer unforeseen expenditures in the event of an emergency. Third, the lower revenues will prompt city government operations to maintain a lean approach in providing services. And finally, in the event of future