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2- OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR 00woth 1101'1 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRfCT SMALLTOWNPAPERS , 217 WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 N!",!!,h,!,qiq,it!.l!.!,,I.!!!!,,.It!.,I,l,!.ti,llql Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 47 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 11,2013 Community Chat at City Hall Norwalk residents are invited to attend the City of Norwalk's Community Chat Saturda3 April 13, at 9 a.m. The event will be held at Norwalk City Hall. (This is a change from previous month's location.) City officials will be available for questions from resi- dents and all are encouraged to attend. Public Meeting of the Greenfield Township Trustees Residents who live in the area served by the North- ern Warren Fire Department are encouraged to attend a meeting of the Greenfield Township Trustees Wednes- day, May I at 7 p.m. This special meeting is to discuss the possible re-alignment of the fire department's boun.d- aries. Many residents have expressed concerns about the coverage since the change of territory several years ago. The meeting will be held at the Northern Warren fire station, 2300 R63 Highway. I YOUR CITY ) GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray The next opportunity for residents to visit with city officials will be at the Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. Community Chat to be held at City Hall. The Norwalk City Council meeting was held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in council chambers with all members present, with the exception of councilmem- ber Frank Curtis. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meet- ing to order. Presentation-Norwalk resident Galen Bedwell pre- sented the council with information about Fire service and extending it to an area south and east of Norwalk. A Public Meeting with the Greenfield Township Trust- ees will be held Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at the North- ern Warren Fire Station located at 2300 R63 Highway in Norwalk. This meeting will discuss the possible re-align- ment of the fire department's boundaries. Welcome of Guests-More than 50 residents were present to address the council concerning the proposed casino. During this 3-minute limit residents may share with city officials their concerns. City attorney Jim Dougherty explained that no action or discussion could be held on comments/concerns at this council meeting, but could be on future agendas. Some comments were as follows: "How will Norwalk look in 10 years if a casino comes here? .... Will you or will you not follow the vote of the Norwalk citizens?" Also, "When is the city going to have an open forum so residents can ask city leaders questions about the casino?" "We are voting on this in May and are being asked to make a decision in 80 days, why the rush?" Kyle Jackson, Lakewood Village Association Presi- dent, stated fifty percent of Lakewood residents have been polled and 70% do not want a casino. He also Stat- ed Wild Rose was approached by Warren County about a possible casino. The qtkestion was asked who is payingfor the May 7, 2013 election on the casino? (It was stated later that Warren County pays for the election.) Another comment was the concern about crime and the effect on small businesses in Norwalk. Note: There were no public com- ments in support of the casino during the public com- ment time. Concluded p. 6 IDOT Project at Norwalk- Cumming Exit Work has begun on the Iowa Department of Transportation's (IDOT) plans to reconstruct the interchange at Hwy G-14 and 1-35. According to the IDOT, the plans are to re- construct 1-35 from 1.6 miles south of County Road G-14 (exit 65) north to IA 5 including recon- struction of the County Road G-14 interchange. All four ramps at the Cumming's interchange will be reconstructed to meet the current geomet- ric standards. The ramps will be 16 foot wide with four foot and six foot wide paved shoulders. The section of 1-35 road- way in Warren County was constructed in late 1958 and was resurfaced in 1969 and 1989. Blood Drive April 18 Be a contributor in your community and give your lifesaving gift at the next Norwalk Community Blood Drive Thursday, April 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John the Apostle Catho- lic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. For more information, or to schedule an appoint- ment to donate, contact Sandra Jennings at 515- 619-9174. You may also schedule an appointment online at www.lifeserve bloodcenter.org. Norwalk Spring Cleaning May 4 Electronic & Appliance Disposal June 8 2013 NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA This year's NHS play will be held Frida April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door only. Powerful millionaire Victor Winslow, producer of a popular TV soap opera, in- vites members of the cast and crew to his mansion for a party. Winstow informs his guests that he has assembled them to help him develop a new murder mystery game he's invented called "13 Past Midnight." But before the gam e begins, the host gives the players ample motives to want to kill him - for real! But the game becomes deadly when Victor is discovered stabbed in the neck with a dart and Pete Griffin, a private investigator hired to act as a con- sultant, must try to trap the murderer before he or she can strike again. Filled with laughs and chills, 13 Past Midnight will make you think twice before accepting an invitation to a murder mystery evening! Proposed Casino Location Boundaries for the proposed location are Hwy 5 Bypass on the north, Beardsley Street on the south, Hwy 28 to the east and 50th Avenue to the west. Photo submit- ted. .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Dear Patrons, Norwalk Turns 4A in many activities-Those of you who have shared this long journey toward 4A can mark another milestone for Norwalk. Activities Director A1 Lammers announced those sports and activities which will be moving to 4A. Several years ago, a former Warrior asked warned me to "watch out for 4A." After our recent success and facility upgrades, I think that "4A needs to watch out for Norwalk." In many activities, we have been competing against Iowa's 4A schools already and do- ing quite well. Read A1 Lammers' article in our school newsletter for more details. The School Levy is Reduced-The school board has been able to reduce the levy for Norwalk School District taxpayers for eight of the last nine years. The levy has dropped from $22.85 in 2005 to $19.65 for the coming year. That is a reduction of $3.20 over that time. We hope that our services and quality have simultaneously increased over that time. We have tried to focus on making good, efficient decisions for our students and our taxpayers. Catch Kate Baldwin's article on our website. The New Calendar is on the on school website: More professional develop- ment time for teachers-When the state began having conversations about increasing the number of contact minutes for students along with increases in the required pro- fessional development time, change was inevitable. Mark Crady has done an excel- lent job leading a School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) parent group, surveying parents, listening to our staff, examining state requirements from our last State of Iowa Site visit, doing comparability studies of other districts and much more. His report is found later in this newsletter. The new calendar will have early outs on each Wednesday beginning at 1 and 1:30 p.m. This time will be used to meet the Concluded p. 11 nff'J ,