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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT No=.k Wor.or, Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 2 Vol. 46 No. 48 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 16, 2015 Schmidt Attends Bill Signing Katherine Schmidt, Norwalk school board member, recently attended when Governor Branstad signed a bill which limits liability for cities, municipalities and schools. The April I bill signing was attended by over 70 representatives of various organizations. Governor Branstad announced at the bill signing that the vote on the bill in both the Senate and the House had both been unanimous and commented that he could not recall having so many people attend a bill signing at one time before. Photo submitted. Spring Cleanup Is that ugl green chair from the '90s still taking up space in your basement? If you haven't made that trip to the landfill, or if you keep forgetting to buy a Large Item sticker at the grocery store, then you're in luck! Spring Cleanup is right around the corner. To ensure collection, all small items must be contained in a bag or box. The following items are examples of items NOT accepted: *Appliances Vehicles or major auto parts Building materials Concrete (any size) Hazardous Waste Tires What to do with NOT accepted items? Please Note: For the following events, Norwalk resi- dents must show proof of residency. Please have a photo ID AND your City Utility Bill. Appliances -Anytime throughout the year, residents can purchase Large Item Stickers from participating stores or City Hall and schedule a curbside pick-up with the hauler ASI - 964-5229. Residents can also dispose of appliances at Public Works Saturday, April 25, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Hazardous Waste - Drop these items off at our Household Hazardous Waste Event at Public Works Saturda May 2, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Tires- Residents are allowed to drop off UP TO FWE (5) tires at Public Works Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Non-Accepted Tire Items include: tires with rims still attached, solid tires, bike tires, semi, large truck, farm or tractor tires. Additional information regarding the Spring Cleanup Events is included in your City water/trash bill. KC's Made Grief Support Group To Order The monthly grief sup- Omelets port group will meet Mon- da} April 20, from 7 - 8 The Knights of Colum- p.m. at O'Leary Celebra- bus will be serving made tion of Life Center, 1020 to order omelets from 8 to Main St. 11 a.m. Sunda May 3, at This grief support St. John the Apostle Catho- group meets the third lic Church, 720 Orchard Monday of each month. It Hills Dr. Options for the is free of charge and open omelets include onions, to any individual grieving peppers, ham, bacon, the loss of a family mere- mushrooms and cheese, ber or friend. Everyone is They are served with sides welcome. of fruit and hash browns. Contact O'Leary Cel- Cost for the breakfast is a ebration of Life Center at free-will donation. 981-0700 for more infor- All proceeds go to marion. Chuck and Dawn Minson to help offset medical bills due to recent cancer sur- gery and treatment. NHS to Present Florence, David, and Art for Spring Play By Margo Murillo When nine American high school students enroll themselves in art school in Florence, Ital little do they realize their perspectives on life, love and art will be changed forever. Battling culture shock, bidets and homesickness is difficult enough, but add in summer romances, striking train workers and a chaperone that disappeared five minutes into the trip, and you have all the ingredients of a summer to remember. Not only will audiences get caught up in the plot, but this play also takes a look into the humanities and Italian culture. The audience will walk away with an appreciation for some of the world's greatest artwork and additionally, our own Norwalk High School's cre- ative works. In conjunction with the play production, the art department will be displaying student work in the lobby and display cases. This event will take place Frida April 17, and Sat- urda April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. Admission will be collected at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Come en- joy an evening of storytelling and art! Legal Notices Inside This Issue CITY OF NORWALK Minutes of April 2, 2015 Regular Council Meeting CITY OF CUMMING Notice of Public Hearing 7 p.m. April 27, 2015 in re: New Comprehensive Plan and Land Use NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Notice of Public Hearing 6 p.m. April 27, 2015 Amendment of Current Budget Notice of Public Hearing 6 p.m. April 27, 2015 Concerning CIPA Compliance WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF Three Sheriff Sales - 10 aan. May 7, 2015 Three Sheriff Sales - 10 a.m. May: 14, 2015 Save the Date The Norwalk Athletic Booster Club annual Golf Out- ing Fundraiser will be Saturda Aug. 22, at Warrior Run Golf Course. Morning and afternoon tee times will be available. More details to follow. r By Tom Phillips Construction season is upon us and there's a lot go- ing on in Norwalk. March 30, a project to replace a sec- tion of Holly Drive, from Shady Lane to Knoll Drive has begun. This is going to be a complete replacement of the street and the sanitary sewer that runs underneath this street. This section of Holly Drive will be closed for quite some time, and if all goes well, the street should re-open by the end of August. We are working with the homeowners along this section to minimize the incon- venience of the construction. The city will also start the resurfacing of Wakonda Drive in April. If all goes ac- cording to plan, homeowners along Wakonda Drive will only be inconvenienced for a few days as they will not have access to their driveways during this project. I have not heard what the anticipated completion date is yet for this project, but when I do, I'll let you know. With both of these projects, homeowners can expect regular updates on the progress of this project. For this year's budget, the City was able to release approximately $24,000,000 in TIF valuati.on, which means that the City no longer reserves its right to col- lect the revenue on this valuation and releases it to other taxing entities to be able to collect their general levies from the valuation. This is going to be of big value to the city, the school district and the county. This should add an additional $337,000 to the school district's prop- erty tax revenue and $138,000 to the county's property tax revenue. The City does not receive "additional" rev- enue because we actually forego $798,745.75 in TIF, but I think it is worth highlighting that we do receive an additional $195,692 into our general fund. The Council made those funds available in the City's general fund in order to be able to provide additional nighttime EMS staffing on the weekend evenings and add to the gen- eral fund reserve levels. I think this is a positive step in the long-term financial health of the City, as well as a great benefit to school and county. We have had many complaints regarding the shop- per that is delivered by the Des Moines Register. The shoppers get thrown onto peoples' lawns and in their driveways and people have had them caught in snow blowers and they have been washed into our storm drains. If you do not wish to receive the shopper, call the Des Moines Register at 515-777-7041 to have the shopper delivery stopped. Don't forget about cleanup days that are coming up. This is a good opportunity to get rid of any junk items that you might have lying around. Check the green flyer in your City water/trash bill. It's nice to finally see spring and enjoy the warmer weather. It's also time to lace up your tennis shoes, get out and enjoy Norwalk's many parks and trails. Don't forget to get registered for RUNorwalk Saturday, May 9! It's a 5K run/walk and an 8K run. That's it for this month. Have a great rest of your April and early May.