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"Old Red" is a 1950's vintage Ford fire engine that has long been a cherished part of Norwalk Fire Department's history. The restoration of the engine will allow it to be used in parades and other symbolic events such as firefighter funerals. Several citizens with auto- OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- ern Star will host the monthly dinner Sunday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The menu includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, salad, green beans and homemade pie. The cost is $6 per person. Money raised at the dinners is used for scholarships and communitv events. Agenda Regular City Council Meeting Norwalk Easter Public Library Thursday, April 15, 2010, 6 p.m. .This is a tentative agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. The agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall. I. Call to order at 6 p.m. - Roll Call of Members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-April 1, 2010 Regular Coun- cil Meeting motive talents have offered to assist in the restoration; IV. Mayor-Welcome of Guests and Public Comment, however, we still are in need of a safe locationto stor e .... 3 minute limit, no action the vehicle while it's being restored. If you can help with V. Presentation from Strategic America storage or the restoration in any way; contact Associa- tion President Jennifer Vetterick at 515-981-4316. The Association is an incorporated non-profit orga- nization comprised of firefighters and medics with a common goal to the betterment of the department and its employees. All the funds raised and donations re- ceived by the association are applied toward training, safety materials, public awareness items and equipment for the department. These are items that were not bud- geted for and would not have been possible without additional financing. We thank you for your continued support. LETTERS OUR POLICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. I read the articles last week [April 1 issue] in this a- per by Kate Baldwin and Katherine Schmidt discussing the financial "state" of our school system. I could not be more pleased and proud of the job our school board, staff and administration have done with our school fi- nances. They have done an incredible job of managing our money, and for that, we are in a much better posi- tion than many other districts. And how did they do this? They have worked diligently for the past eight years bringing us out of a deficit position to a point we have a reserve for exactly the situation we're in. Simply said, they have been fiscally responsible with our money. They have made tough choices, and they saved for our future, again, unlike many other districts. For that, I am truly thankful and grateful for their dedication. Please take a moment to thank our school board, staff, and administration for all of their hard work. Respectfully submitted, /s/Deb Baker 3628 Prairie Sage Drive VI. Consent Agenda A. Tax Abatements B. Approval of Expenditures C. Liquor license renewal - Cal's Fine Foods & Spirits II D. Liquor license renewal - Villaggios LLC E. Approval of funding request in the amount of $11,500 for the July 4, 2010 Fireworks Display VII. Ordinances, Resolutions and Hearings A. Consideration and first reading of proposed Ordinance amending the City of Norwalk Municipal Code by adding a new section limiting the number of animals allowed in any residentially-zoned lot (Tabled 4-1-10) B. Resolution establishing a Public Hearing date to adopt the proposed Code of Ordinances for the City of Nolwalk C. Resolution authorizing the City of Norwalk to enter into an agreement with Foth Infrastructure for survey services for the new Public Works facility site .... VIII. Current Business , A. Approval of the fo_llowing job descriptions: ....... Fire Fighter, Fire Medic, EMT (Tabled 4-1-10) B. Approval of the proposed City of Norwalk Personnel Manual C. Acceptance of the 2008 - 2009 Audit for the City of Norwalk D. Approval of a reimbursement request for 1110 Cherry Parkway E. Approval of a. City of Norwalk Vehicle Use Policy F. Approval of proposed plat of survey waiver for 6262 73  Avenue IX. Reports Mayor; Council members-Murillo, Putbrese, Curtis, Delker, Leto; City Administrator; Department Heads-Development Services Director; Public Works Director, City Clerk Police Chief, Fire Chief, Library Director, Parks & Recreation Director X. Adjournment May 1 is Clean Up Day! Dean Yordi is Candidate for Warren County Supervisor Dean Yordi, of Norwalk, has announced he is coming out of retire- ment and seeking a seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Since Yordi retired as a city employee June 30, 2009, he has felt the desire to again serve his community and War- ren County. Yordi started his adult life serving four years in the US Navy. After an hon- orable discharge, he re- turned home to Riverside and joined his father in a business adventure, own- ing and operating a full- service filling station and repair shop located in North Liberty. After being in business for 15 years, he sold the station. Yordi then sold cook- ware, owned a backhoe service and farmed in the 1980's. In 1984, he went to work for the City of North Liberty in the public works department. After five years, he came to Norwalk in 1989, as Public Works Director serving 20 years and then was named Norwalk Community Ser- vices Director. It was in this position, that Yordi Dean Yordi was a strong advocate of Community, State and Na- tion. The Norwalk man has received the award of community leader of the year, has been recognized for his service to the school and has held many offices in the American Legion. With his strong work ethic and his being known and respected in the metro area and surrounding communities, Yordi ad- vises he is now ready to serve area residents as a County Supervisor. "I have the time to commit to the job, the desire to do the job and the knowledge to get the job done," he said. Norwalk School in 1921 A newphoto of the Norwalk School dated 1921 has been acquired by Norwalk resident Steve Thomas. At the time the photo was taken the school housed all grades, K-12. The building, located at 906 School Av- enue, is currently being used as the District Office for the Norwalk Community School District. Photo sub- mitted. INFORMATION ON RUNorwalk LOCATED ON PAGE 15. ,a .