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Thursday, March 13, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Concluded from p. 1 "What if my house is forsale?" A. "The assessment will go wi the new owners, unless the seller/buyer negoti- ates the payment." Q. "A sidewalk doesn't exist in front of my home and I will lose a :tree to the change." A. "Everything will be done to not take a tree out if it can be avoided." Q. "Will recent improvements to driveway and sidewalk be taken into consideration?" A. "Yes." Comments were as follows: "We need to have side- walks on Wakonda." There is no easy fix." "Can there be sidewalks on one side of Wakonda?" Item 8-Council approved a Resolution of Necessity for the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvements project. Item 9-Councilmembers approved the Resolution or- dering preparation of detailed plans, specifications, notice of hearing, notice to bidders and form of con- tract for the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvements project. Item 10-Council approved the.date of April 3, 2014 for a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifica- tions, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvements Project and the taking of bids therefore. Item 11-April 3, 2014 was approved as the date of a public hearing on NCIS project General Obligation bond. Urban Renewal Actions Item 12-Council approved a resolution for the Ur- ban Renewal Plan to be amended. Mayor Phillips opened the, public hearing concerning the Hy-Vee Project. A new street and tum lanes are proposed for the construction of the Hy-Vee Store at Colonial Park- way and Hwy 28. Item 13-Council approved a revised Development Agreement with O'Leary Funeral Home. Item 14-Council approved the date of April 17, 2014 as the meeting date to approve a Development Agree- ment with Hy-Vee, Inc., which will include annual ap- propriation tax increment payments in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. Item 15-Council approved a Public Hearing adopt- ing the City of Norwalk Budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and certifying the tax levy rate. The proposed rate is $15.68944 and the current levy rate of $15.69. Item 16-Council approved the third and final read- ing of an ordinance amending the foundation drain re- moval districts. Item 17-Council approved the final plat for the Legacy Commercial Plat 5 Item 18-Council voted 3-2 to approve a Resolution for lots 10 and 11 of the Legacy Plat 12 Villas for devel- opment. There was some concern from residents along Holly Drive about flooding and the runoff of water from heavy rainfalls. Holly Drive resident Steve Murray stated he opposes the construction on these two lots along with resident Dave Murillo who stated there will be flooding. Murray stated he is afraid his home will be flooded if there is a heavy rainfall as the lots mentioned are elevated higher than his property. He also stated the safety issue if children play in the standing water. An engineer and attorney representing Hubbell and Legacy said they have studied the flow of water and are taking precautions to see that flooding surrounding homes does not occur. Planning and Zonihg for the city of Norwalk recommended approval for the development. Item 19-Council approved a resolution for an agree- ment with JLS Vending, Inc. to contract the Norwalk McAninch Sports Complex concession stand to provide food service for events held at the complex. According to the resolution they will pay the city 16% of net prof- its for the 2014 season and 17% net profit for the 2015 season. This is a two-year contract to be reevaluated af- ter the end of 2015 season. LEISURE LINE Concluded from p. 3 as you used to be. We invite you to try the game of Wii bowling. This game mimics actions performed in real life bowling without having to travel to a bowling alley. Each week teams will be assigned for those who show up and we will have a little competition. This program will start October 3 and continue until March. (Will take off during the holidays.) Place: Norwalk Public Safety Building; Time: Thursday's, 1:30-3 p.m. WELL-SEASONED POTLUCK (The meat as well as the people) All are invited, age 55 or older, to attend a potluck dinner to enjoy and socialize with the Parks and Recre- ation staff. Meat, tableware and coffee/beverage are pro- vided. Dust off the cookbooks and be creative to bring a side dish and/or dessert, to share with everyone. After the meal we will have some form of entertainment from local talent. Let us know your email address and we will send out reminders with what meat we plan to have on that day. Call the office to register two days before the event. Dates: April 4, May 2; Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Place: Norwalk Public Safety Building. Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. Agreement on Budget Targets House and Senate leaders have agreed on overall spending targets for the 2015 fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. The total figure agreed to is almost $6.972 bil- lion. Last December's revenue estimate was $6.983 bil- lion. This is the earliest agreement in memory accord- ing to legislators who have served in the legislature for many more years than I have. You might remember that in 2011 we did not get final passage of our budget until June 30, the last day of the fiscal year. It has become easier find easier to get an agreement now that we have established the principle that we will not spend more in ongoing expenses than we receive in revenue. This figure is slightly lower than the amount proposed by Governor Branstad. The work now begins for the bud- get subcommittees that will now decide the details of how the money will be spent in their respective parts of the budget. Part of the increases are due to the need to compen- sate cities and counties for revenue they will lose be- cause of the property tax cuts last year in the amount of $120 million. The largest amount, outside of K-12 education, goes to the Health and Human Services area. It will receive $1.858 billion, an increase of about $107.4 million, mostly because of the fact that the federal government cut its share of the Medicaid money we will receive, because the Iowa economy is doing better than most other states. There will also be increased spending because of Obamacare. Education, other than K-12, receives $986.1 million, an increase of $87.15 million. The regents have told us that this will allow them to freeze tuition at the Regents schools. The biggest share of the remaining part of the bud- get is $2.9 billion for K-12 education. The basic appro- priation for K-12 education is automatically appropri- ated each year. The legislature only decides how much, if an); to increase it: The education bill that we passed last year contains increased spending for K-12 educa- tion of $170 million or 4% and an additional $54 million to "cover the increases due to the education reform pro- visions in the bill. I am the ranking Republican on the Justice Systems Appropriation Subcommittee. Our part of the budget is $729 million, an increase of $12.54 million. We fund the prisons, the Highway Patrol, the Attorney General's office, the Courts and a few other agencies. Though our decisions will have to be approved by the: full Appro- priations Committees and on the floor of both the House and Senate and signed by the Governor, my experience is that the figures we agree to will probably be accepted by all. Most of us on our subcommittee believe that the area of government that we fund is performing the fun- damental functions of government. Without public safety and law and order, society cannot function well. News for Gun Owners I have been appointed to the Senate Subcommittee to consider House File 2381, the bill to allow the sale of silencers or sound suppressers for firearms. I understand that at least one other member of the three person sub- committee supports the bill. I don't know how the chair- man stands, however. He has been non-committal on whether we will meet. If we can get the bill through the subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee, I believe the full Senate will approve the bill. Town Hall My next Town Hall Meeting will be Saturda]6 March 15, at 10 a.m. at the Truro Library. Everyone is welcome. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. The stegosaurus was a large, plant-eating dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago in what is now the western United States. It had two rows of bony plates shaped like huge arrowheads sticking out of its back and tail. Call 911 for emergencies! ORDER BY APRIL 14. I May Delivery Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 The next funnel date is March 13, which is the dat, that a Bill must be voted out of the House and sent to the Senate. As you can imagine, it has been a busy week, as the House works to pass as many Bills as possible. We debated and passed 42 Bills this week. These tended to be non-controversial Bills. Twelve of the Bills had a companion Bill in the Senate with either identical lan- guage or very minor amendments to the House Bill. Some of the more controversial Bills are being held up so that Legislators in both Houses can get more infor- marion and/or try to reach more of a compromise on the Bill. You can check on the status of a particular Bill at: http://www.legis.iowa.gov.legislation. I was the Floor Manager for HF2174 which was passed out of the House with a 94 to 5 Vote. This Bill related to strip searches of detainees who are going into a county jail or municipal holding facility. Staff must have reasonable suspicion that the detainee may have weapons or other contraband which could be used in the general population to increase the chance of vio- lence against inmates or staff. Something as ordinary as an ink pen can be very dangerous in prison. It is the responsibility of our sheriffs and other jail personnel to insure the safety of all prisoners and the staff. House Republicans and Senate Democrats reached agreement this week on an overall general fund budget plan. Next year's general fund budget will spend $6.9718 billion of your tax dollars. This is a decrease of the amount asked for by the Governor. Included in the bud- get targets is an increase of 4 percent in supplemental state aid to schools. This is the first agreement on joint budget targets between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate in recent legislative history. The last time there were joint budget targets between the two chambers was during the 80th General Assembly (2003-2004), when both chambers were controlled by Republicans. Iowans do things dif- ferently than they do in Washington, D.C. Budget Sub Committees began meeting March 6 to begin transform- ing the budget targets into budget Bills. I serve on the Joint Justice Systems Sub Committee with Senator Garrett. I continue to receive emails and information from my. constituents regarding pending legislation and am greatly appreciative of this effort. I'm able to utilize this information when disctissing a particular piece of leg- islation with fellow Committee Members or the Spon- sors of the Bills. Frequentl I am presented with both sides of the is 2 sue from my constituents, which means I may end up disappointing some of them with my vote when the Bill is presented for debate and vote and those differences cannot be resolved. Sometimes a Bill contains provisions I cannot support, even though the issue is an important issue for Iowa citizens. Sometimes I think the issue is better handled by resources other than the State Legis- lature. The Iowa Code of Laws is in six Volumes. I am reluctant to continue to increase the size of the Code when the issue does not need to be addressed by the Legislature. Sometimes the Bill does not contain all the provisions that I think are needed regarding a particu- lar issue, but it is a start, so I will vote for the Bill any- way. I was pleased to be a member of a Forum presented by the three Des Moines Chambers of Commerce, along with Representative Koester, which addressed the needs of Veterans and covered some of the aspects of the Governor's Home Base Iowa program. I am committed to make Iowa a good place for Veterans to return or re- locate to and think that both Warren and Madison Coun- ties are ideally located to take advantage of the skills and talents of our Military men and women. I continue to enjoy meeting with constituents as they visit the Capitol. SWEET VIDALIA ONIONS 10 lbs. for $11 To place your order, call JACK LANE 981-4273 Za Ga Zig Shrine Fundraiser