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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 43 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Warren U" t-7 hCT C','-;TA CT 'c .- ,,u.,84-,-,.6. ,.,H,._LT,.,,4 WA a= " " I I I I II I I I I II II I I,,,,,,li,iiJili,I ,, tl,, il, illllp,ilii,,-qiP'll'l' }!' . .... - Town and County ws - :50 Phone 981-0406 eail: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March'13, 2014 Community Chat Held Saturday The City of Norwalk held its March Community Chat ...... Saturday, March 8, at City Hall. Mayor Tom Phillips, City Manager Marketa Oliver, Police Chief Greg Staples, .... City Clerk Jeff Rosien, Coundlmember Jaki Livingston ......................... and Public Works Director Tim Hoskins were in atten- dance. One Norwalk resident attended the meeting and discussed a sidewalk issue on Elm Street and is seeking assistance or a variance for snow removal. The sidewalk is located near the curb. Snowplows throw the snow onto the sidewalk several times a day. Community Chat is held the second Saturday of each month. The next Chat is scheduled for Sahtrda April 12. YOUR CITY ] GOVERNMENT IN ACTION | By Mary Lou Gray J No council meeting March 20; New meeting time of 6 p.m. to start April 3; Concern for flooding on Holly Drive; Homeowners react to the assessment for update to streets, sidewalks and city services; Police department to purchase black and white cruisers; Parks & Rec con- tract concession services. The City of Norwalk Regular Council meeting was held Thursda March 6. Mayor Tom Phillips called the meeting to order with all councilmembers present. The Public Hearing in re: a Development Agreement with Hy-Vee was removed from this meeting's agenda and will be added at a later date. Note: There will not be a council meeting March 20, due to spring break. Also, the council meetings will now change to 6 p.m. The Pre- sentation - Tomorrow Plan with Bethany Wilcox was canceled and will be re-scheduled. Consent Agenda-The claims list was approved by council along with the following tax abatements: High Gates Construction, 9410 Fontana Ct., New single-fam- ily residence for $450,000. Liquor license was approved for Cal's Fine Food and Spirits. Councilmember Kyle Jackson abstained from the vote. NCIS Projects Item 7-Mayor Phillips opened the public hearing con- cerning the Resolution of Necessity for the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvement Project. The area of the city of Norwalk in Phase one will be Holly Drive, Happy Hol- low Drive intersecting with Wakonda Drive and Wakonda Drive from its intersection with Lakewood Drive to its intersection with Sunset Drive. Residents were invited to share their comments and concerns about the improve- ments planned for Wakonda Drive and Holly Drive. Pub- lic Works Director Tim Hoskins presented the council and those attending with an overview of the project and anticipated questions from homeowners affected in Phase one of the NCIS Project. The homeowners received a let- ter from the city of Norwalk for an estimate of the assess- ment to their property. Homeowners are paying for 12% of the cost to repair, not to exceed $8,000, and replace the street, sidewalk and any city services connections. Hoskins stated the service lines and sidewalk repairs are already being paid by the homeowner if the need to re- pair or replace should oc_cur. He also stated the city of Norwalk has two goals: a funding mechanism that is sus- tainable and fair and one that is easy for property own- ers to handle. The assessment can be spread over a mini- mum of five years or a maximum of 15 years. These guide- lines are set by the State of Iowa. The city council can set the interest rate to be charged with the maximum rate of 9%. These terms have not been decided by council as of this meeting. Some questions that-were discussed included: Q. Concluded p. 11 Ashley Williams and Lexi Gudenkauf Two Norwalk Cheerleaders Chosen for Shrine Bowl Game Norwalk High School cheerleaders Lexi Gudenkauf and Ashley Williams are among the 60 cheerleaders chosen to cheer at the Iow Shrine All-Star Football Game. The 42nd annual Football Classic will be Satur- day, July 26, at the University of Northern Iowa Dome in Cedar Falls starting at 4 p.m. The young women will be collecting donations, which are all tax-deductible and benefit the Shriners' Hospitals for Children. Cheerleading coaches for 2014 are Mindy DeBaun, Prairie Valley-Gowrie; Salli J. Nichols; - Storm Lake and Sandy Norby, Osage. Ronna McGann, Ankeny, is cho- reographer. The North Head Coach is Toby Lorenzen, Central Lyon, George - Little Rock. Assistant coaches are Travis Schipper, Cherokee Washington; Bob Lape, North Fayette Valley; Steve Diediker and Bruce Held, Hinton, and Kevin Bowman, Maquoketa. The South Head Coach is Jay McKinstrey, Pella HS, Pella. Assistant coaches are Zach Pfantz, Ottumwa; Brian Morrison, Creston O-M; Evan Groepper, North Polk - Alleman; Eric Kellar, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Fremont, and Keith Sietstra, Montezuma. The All-Star game has raised more than $2,268,000 for the Shriners" Hospital for Children. There are 19 or- thopedic hospitals in the Untied States, Canada, Mexico and Hawaii with three bum centers in the United States and one unit in the United States that treats all types of cases. I "'wa'kS'u'e" 1 Education Foundation . Activities and Events By Lori Miller, President 2014 TASTES FOR EDUCATION Norwalk Student Education Foundation (NSEF) will be hosting their annual wine tasting Friday, April 11, at The Wright Place (340 W. Wright Rd. in Norwalk) from 6-8 p.m. NSEF 'invites all of Norwalk to join in the en- joyment of wines, beers, spirits and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door, at participating Norwalk businesses (Fareway, City State Bank, Norwalk Hardware, Scott's Foods, Lane Insurance), or from a NSEF board member (found on our website). All proceeds stay within NSEF to pro- vide scholarships and grants. NSEF is excited to feature local wines from Summerset Winery, Covered Bridges Winery and La Concluded p. 2 NORWALK POLICE CHIEF By Greg Staples ,L 4.,,Z ' It has been almost one month since I arrived in Norwalk to start my new job as your chief of police. During this time I have been warmly welcomed by ev- eryone that I have met, and for that I am truly apprecia- five. I was drawn to Norwalk by a number of factors, but mostly it was because of the kind and generous people who live and work here. There is a dedication to community in Norwalk that is easy to notice. It was that mindset that made Norwalk a very attractive commu- nity and made accepting the appointment as your new chief an easy decision. I want to personally thank Mayor Phillips, former Mayor Pierce, the City Manager and the entire City Council for having confidence in my abilities and for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a dream to become the chief. I also would like to extend my appreciation to the many people involved in the selection and interview process for their time and effort. Lastl3# I am grateful to the members of the police department for their unani- mous support of my selection and their continued work towards our departmental vision. Community Policing -I believe that a community allows itself to be policed in a manner that the commu- nity finds acceptable. I believe that when the police de- partment is doing things correctly it is involving the community in the daily activities of the department. After all, it's not my police departnent or your police department, it's our police department and together we should work to make Norwalk a safe and prosperous place. The father of modem policing, Sir Robert Peel, once said that "the police are the public and the public are the police; the police only being members of the public who are paid to give full tim e attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen." To this end, I feel strongly that the best approach to public safety for the Norwalk Police Department is through community policing. Community policing is not just a program, an officer, a unit, an activity, bicycle patrol or the DARE program. It is all of that and more. It is an ingrained notion that completely permeates an organization. Officers in an agency that subscribes to a community policing philoso- phy understand that to be effective, all members of the department must work cooperatively with individual citizens, civic organizations and other public and pri- vate entities to identify and resolve the issues that may ,--'; prevent a community from the true prosperity that is possible. Norwalk is poised for growth and accomplishment that many communities can only dream about. With a community policing approach, I feel that together we can provide the prevention programs and crime con- trol necessary for Norwalk to successfully attract the new businesses and residents that we want. For this concept to succee& however, I will need your partici- pation. You can help in three main ways: 1) Call us when you need us. Unless we know there is trouble or you are in a time of need, we can't help. If you call, we will corn& If you are in a crisis, have been victimized or just want advice on crime prevention strat- egies for your home or business, we will come. Crime ,mIB. and neglect breed more crime and neglect. Small crimi- Concluded p. 2