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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NOr00 AND NORWALK COMMUNrI SCHOOL DISTRICT WsTTeH Town and County ws 50 Vol. 43 No. 43 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 15, 2012 OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- ern Star will host the monthly dinner Sunda March 18, from 11 a.m. to I p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The menu includes lasagna, salad, bread and home- made pies. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Money raised at the dinner will go to the University of Iowa for lung cancer research. Legislative Forum In Norwalk This Saturday Norwalk area citizens are invited to attend a public forum to be held at the Norwalk City Hall, 705 North Ave., beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturda3 March 17. Current Iowa legislative issues will be reported and questions and discussion by those in attendance will be welcome. The forum is open to the public and is spon- sored by the Warren County Farm Bureau. Some of the topics before the Iowa General Assem- bly to be discussed include State Budget, Road Fund- ing, Education Reform and School Bus Traffic Safety. Issues and legislative action change on a daily basis and the purpose of the forum is to give citizens a current update and an opportunity for input. Legislators invited to attend include State Senator Kent Sorenson, State Representative Julian Garrett and State Representative Glen Massie. They will be avail- able for individual questions following the meeting. Grounds Department By Tom McLaughlin, Director Norwalk Schools Pest Management Spraying Notification The Norwalk Schools implement an integrated pest management program for all school owned green space. This program includes aerating, dethatching, mowing, trimming, mulching and spraying for pests. Spraying for pests includes fertilization, pre-emergent &abgrass control, post and pre-emergent weed control and weed control along all fence lines and buildings. Any resi- dent that has property that is adjacent to school prop- erty and wishes to be notified 24 hours in advance of any pest control should contact Tom McLaughlin at tmclaughlin@norwalk.k12.ia.us or call 515-577-9181. All individuals or groups that might use school grounds for any function should watch for "keep off chemically treated" signs. These signs are placed on treated green space for 24 hours after treatment. If you see these signs you should stay off that particular green space until the signs are removed. We take this task seriously and have a commitment to keep our environment safe. The district has two li- censed pest treatment employees. Pest treatment is al- ways our last line of defense and we use it sparingly in our integrated pest management program. .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools So many things going on, it is hard to know where to start. First, we wish to thank the Greater Norwalk Cham- ber of Commerce for awarding us "Norwalk Business of the Year." We share a great relationship with the Chamber of Commerce. They support so many of our student events. Along with the District recognition, Monica Hegland will be recognized as Norwalk's 2012 candidate for Iowa Teacher of the Year. Also in atten- dance will be Dale Barnhill (Iowa Principal of the Year) and Tim Geyer (Iowa Technology Leader of the Year). It has been a great year for Norwalk staff. Another great opportunity for Norwalk students is being pursued with Des Moines Area Community Col- lege (DMACC). As you may have seen in my other ar- ticles, DMACC has been pursuing a "Warren County Career Center" for students interested in trades and the world of work. Similar DMACC centers exist in New- ton, Story Count}; Carroll, A p. keny and other locations. The Warren Count}, districb; have proactively looked for space big enough to ace modate such program- ming. When space at Sol  idge Mall became avail- able, DMACC moved ahea, They offered the WaCo scb.ools 200 of the availab' ':s at the center to serve our : /,:ts. Tic \\;,'\'rre nty prinipals are now exa' .. fle n, :d " V County : adents to de- terr de!; c _.s ..... offer, t the Career Ce outh dge , te tt ante1 rill be o D {. ;;oth_ ,: .ortu-; for?:,'rwalk Sttl " x :. i.: has :Ji G  >, : he t sci ,:} dis- tric ,! proa:ivei\\; e. ;-: h. : an! safety. Our ::itored and locke ,s help : cure our stu- denL ,;mnst intruders. C a syste monitor the hallv, : :s, parking.lots and : visible areas. A police liaison officer acts as an example of our great relation- ship with the Norwalk Police and Fire Departments. Our joint city maintenance garage and district bus" barn al- low good communications during weather events and other critical times. We host visits from our insurance companies, state fire marshals and other professionals on a regular basis to assess our practices and facilities. Regarding health and wellness initiatives, the testing for "radon gas" has become a topic in Iowa. You may have heard First Lady Christine Branstad championing this cause on radio and television. Radon testing is not presently required in Iowa schools. However, in an ef- fort to proactively assure the safety our staff and stu- dents, we ill begin testing our buildings for radon. We are scheduled to begin our testing with Oviatt in March. In addition to our safety and wellness activities, the Norwalk district will get a "academic physical" during February. Every five years, the state conducts an aca- demic audit of our progress and programming. We look forward to this opportunity to discuss our strengths and address our weaknesses. A critical friend with a "fresh set of eyes" can often be helpful. The site visit team will be composed by pr;fessionals from the Iowa Depart- ment of Educatior, tlc Area Education Association and 0dmini:tr0tors and u:lners from around Iowa. It is an : "e 'se e: '...o! v.. h examines our policies, hiring acio % ., .,. :era! iuirements, perceptions and con- t ua! i npro', .2m: process, Groups of teachers, par-  :is, paraprofessio als, students, board members and administrators will all be involved. As we did five years ago, we will make the results public. You need to see the areas of strength and areas of improvement to help understand whatwe need to keep doing, what we need Concluded p.9 Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:30 P.M. This is a tentative Agenda only, 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. I. Call to order at 6:30 P.M. - Roll call of members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-March 1, 2012 Regular Council Meeting and March 8, 2012 Special Council Meeting IV. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements VI. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Public Hearing and first reading of a proposed Ordinance adopting a gas and electric franchise fee B. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance providing for increased Water rates and increased sewer rates, and amending section 13.18.050(B) and 13.04.391 of the Norwalk Municipal Code C. Consideration and third reading of a pro- posed Ordinance approving the position of City Man- ager for the City of Norwalk D. Resolution approving a Loan Agreement and providing for the sale and issuance of $1,095,000 Gen- eral Obligation Emergency Equipment Bonds, Series 2012A, and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same E. Resolution approving a Loan Agreement, providing for the sale and issuance of $2,835,000 Gen- eral Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2012B, approv- ing an Escrow Agreement in connection with the issu- ance and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same t. Resolution ordering construction of certain public improvements, approving preliminary plans, fix- ing a" date for hearing thereon and taking of bids there- fore for improvements known as the City of Norwalk Fiber Optic Installation project VII. Current Business A. Discussion/approval of the purchase of a hydraulic chair lift for the Norwalk Aquatic Center -VIII. Reports-Mayor; Councilmembers-Murillo, Curtis, Delker, Leto and Sylvester; City Administrator; Department Heads-Development Services Director, Pub- lic Works Director, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Library Director and Parks & Recreation Director .IX. Adjournment Norwalk Spring Clean Up Days Saturday, May 5-Hazardous Household Waste and Tire drop off at Public Works Facility 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, May 7-Residential pickup begins. All items must be placed at curb before 6 a.m. Monday, May 7. 2012 Dog Licenses are now available at City Hall. Late penalties begin March 1.