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OFFICIAL ' NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors I / 047 .'1 T ,..,, ' E,.,, COTA ST. \\; l' '/ -'; c.'.'=z "r,"-, WA Warren Town and County ws 50 Vol. 45 No. 49 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 24, 2014 NORWALK POLICE CHIEF By Greg Staples Safety Tips for Walkers, Joggers and Bikers With the weather turning nice, Norwalk Public Safety would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few things to make sure they stay safe while enjoy- ing the outdoors: Wear a reflective vest or light colored clothes, espe- cially when outside in the dark or during low light con- ditions. Avoid dark colors-that may make it difficult to be seen. If you are riding a bike, scooter, etc., make sure you have a light on the front and rear. When riding a bike, scooter or other wheeled vehicle, remember to wear a helmet. This includes room and dad. We need to set a positive example for our children. Most preventable head injuries happen from heights no taller than the victim is normally standing. Always make eye contact with the driver of a vehicle when crossing the street or being passed. This will help ensure that they see you. When using the bike path, remember to follow the traffic signs on the bike path. These are legal signs which need to be observed. In a lot of the intersections we have that cross the bike path, vehicles need to pull out a little further, often into the crosswalk, so they can safely de- termine if they can pull out into traffic. If possible, carry a cell phone so that in an emergency you can call for assistance. Always notify a friend or a family member of your planned route and an approximate time of your return. We hope these quick reminders help you and your families have an accident-free summer. About Garage Sales The garage sale season is upon us and we have re- ceived a nmnber of calls wanting to know if we charge for garage sales. The answer is yes, the cost is 20 a word with a $3.50 minimum. They are payable in advance by either cash or check only. The past two years we have announced that we do not take garage sales by email. We have found that when . garage sales are placed by email, many customers for- get to come in and pay for the ad. Just know that if you do not pay for the ad prior tO the Friday noon deadline, your ad will not run. We do not call to remind you to pay. For your convenience, we have a mail slot in the back door'of the office for ytu to place your ads and checks when the office is closed. Remember, when submitting anything for publica- tion, we must have your full name and telephone num- ber for our records only; just an email address is not enough. NEWSPAPER MAILING ADDRESS .When mailing payments, ads, newspaper articles, etc. to this newspaper offide, please address them as follows: N/Warren Town and County News, P.O. Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211. If you do not use the post office box number instead of the street address, we may not re- ceive your envelope. Some have been returned for not using the P.O. Box 325. Christian Festival in Norwalk Crossroads Church in Norwalk will host the very first Connection Music Festival Sunday, June 8, in an outdoor event that will give all of central Iowa the opportunity to plug in to the power of Jesus Christ. Glen Blumer, senior pastor at Crossroads, says Con- nection will welcome national artists Bread of Stone, Kerrie Roberts, and 7eventh Time Down to the stage, as well as Norwalk native Jeff Arrandale. Headlining the festival is the Rhett Walker Band, whose debut album "Come To The River" has been nominated for a Grammy and three Dove awards. This isn't the first time Blumer has taken on a high- profile music festival. About 15 years ago as pastor at Good News Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, SD," Blumer helped lead an effort to host a similar event on the parish lawn. It featured one national band and drew 800 people. Toda the festival is known as LifeLight. Yes, that LifeLight the Labor Day weekend event that draws a quarter million fans each year. By the time LifeLight blossomed into the largest out- door Christian music festival in the United States, Blumer had moved on to shepherd the flock at Cross- roads Church in Norwalk. But his vision never died -- now it's about to take flight once again here in central Iowa. Like the LifeLight festival, Connection will be abso- lutely free to anyone who wants to attend. This is an important point with BlUmer. "Jesus ministered to everyone the sick, the bro- kenhearted, the rich, the poor," Blumer said. "Knowing the Lord isn't about how much money you have. It's about the desire to spend eternity with Him. That's not something to sell. It's our calling to give." Blumer has leveraged his contacts at LifeLight to form a productive partnership. LifeLight brokered deals to sign the national artists and has provided invaluable advice and experience to the Connection planning team. Another key to getting the festival off the ground is the unique relationshi  between Crossroads and two other churches in the area, Fellowship Community Church and Norwalk United Methodist. These three congregations form A.C.T.S. (Area Churches Together Serving) to meet the spiritual needs of Norwalk resi- dents. By joining forces, the churches can combine the ex- pertise of many volunteer leaders to handle the com- plex web of logistics associated with an event of this magnitude. "It's such a blessing to work with both LifeLight and our local church partners," Blumer said. "In fact, it wouldn't be possible without them." Of course, an event like this needs an army of volun- teers. While a number of needs have been met, Connec- tion will need much more help to propel the festival from vision to reality. The public can help here, as well. "Think of it this wa3" Blumer said. "Because of your help, a soul could be saved. A broken spirit could be healed. A life-could be reached perhaps even your own.That's what this is all about and I hope you'll be part of it." Those who wish to volunteer, should visit ConnectionIowa.com for a full list of the functions needed and an easy-to-complete form to submit con- tact information. Volunteers do not need to live in Norwalk or even attend a church. Mainly, though, Blumer and his team simply hope for marly people to come to the event and experience the living Lord. "Bring a lawn chair, bring the family and come en- joy," Blumer said. "God's going to show up. We hope you do, too." I YOUR CITY 1 GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray Speed Limit to change on Sunset Drive to 45 and 35 mph. Orchard Hills homeowners oppose development by Kading Properties. The Thursday, April 17, regular council meeting was held in council chambers. Mayor Tom Phillips called the meeting to order with all members present, with the exception of Council member Jamie Sylvester. ' Presentations-Bob Veenstra presented council with the proposed WRA 28E amended agreement. The amendments include extending capital projects from 2020 to 2035; Providing for financing new projects; up- dating schedule of projects andupdating the agreement based on 10 years of experience. This is an item to be voted on at a future date. Public Comment-Orchard Hills homeowners were present at the meeting to discuss the proposed building project by Kading Properties of Johnston. Resident Carl Morton of Angelo Circle is in opposition to the city al- lowing Kading Properties to construct residential hous- ing in the area Linda Fel, Aspen Drive, stated she is against the project hnd said more planning/research is needed. Marti Katzman, Sycamore Drive, stated he would like to know the impact of police, fire, water ser- vices if the company is allowed to build residential hous- ing. Katzman requested the city look into pending law- suits against Kading Properties and encouraged the council to "do a lot of real good due diligence." Consent Agenda-Council approved tax abatements for J. and C. Brichetto, 507 Apple Blossom Ct., new single- family residence (SFR), $299,000 and Tanzanite Homes, 401 and 405 Braebum Dr., SFR, for $250,000 each. Item 7-A public hearing was held regarding the Hy- Vee development agreement with the city. The vote on the resolution was moved to the May I or May 15 coun- cil meeting. Norwalk resident, Mike Wahl, spoke dur- ing the hearing in opposition to Hy-Vee building in Norwalk and spoke of the impact on Scott's Foods and Fareway. ...... Item 8-A public hearing regarding the change in the zoning map for Countryside Golf Course/Warrior Run Estates was held. The first reading of an ordinance to make the proposed changes was approved by council with a 3-1 vote with Council member Jaki Livingston casting the no vote. Diligent Development has pur- chased the property from Larry Hughes and the city's comprehensive plans calls for the area to be Low-Den- sity Residential. Some discussion included the chang- ing of zoning for the property when it wasn't dear what type of housing is being proposed for the area Paula Jolley, Vista Court, stated she would miss the view and there would be more traffic and congestion with the proposed building of homes. Item 9-A public hearing and first reading of an ordi- nance rezoning land located off 50th Street from A-R (agricultural) to R-1 (residential). Brad Cooper presented council with a layout of a proposed subdivision for the land. Item.10-The second and third reading of an ordinance addressing the selling of a portion of road No. IA 296 (formerly IA 28) This property is located north of the Lakewood subdivision and the road was redirected to the west when the bypass was constructed. Item 11-The second reading of an Ordinance amend- ing the code regarding sections of the Nuisance Code was approved by council. Concluded p, 15