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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NON NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SMALL [ WHiAPL Rb 2i/ vVkLSi-COfASL Sii:L iOH VVA ::)8584-2263 i,iii,,ii,l,: . ,ii. J: .,ii'il'l, :"i! ..... Warren ./Town and County /News 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 49 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 25, 2013 Register To Vote For City Election Posting Norwalk Need Volunteers Pre-reistrations due May 3 All residents of the county must be registered by Fri- Council Agenda To Deliver day, April 26, 2013 at 5 p.m. to cast a ballot for the Spe- cial Election Tuesda May 7. Norwalk City Manager Meals on Wheels Marketa Oliver reminds Individuals may register in person at the County Two volunteers are Auditor's Office or register by mail. All registrations area residents that due to needed to assist with de- must be in the Warren County Auditor's Office no later time restraints with this livering Meals on Wheels than 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013. newspaper's Friday noon Monday through Friday A sample ballot is on page 6 of this paper, deadline, that when the for about one hour per day. temporary Agenda is One volunteer begins at Ballots are available for absentee voting for persons printed in the newspaper 10:15 a.m. and is done by who will be absent from the polls on May 7, 2013. The itmay not have all items 11:15 a.m. The other vol- ballots may be mailed to the voter upon a signed re- listed. quest no later tlaan Friday, May 3, 2013, or persons may unteer will work from 11 come into the Warren County Administration Building, The final Agenda for a.m. and will be done the Norwalk City Council around noon. They deliver 301 N. Buxton, Suite 101 and vote through May 6, 2013. will be posted at the "30 meals in the Norwalk Persons applying for absentee ballots should mail these Norwalk City Hall at least area and are paid mileage. ballots back to the Warren County Auditor's Office as 24 hours prior to corn- For more information, soon as possible, as the envelope must be postmarked mencement of the meet- or to volunteer, call Cathy no later than May 6, 2013. ing. It is also on the city Graves at the Norwalk website. Christian Church, 981- 0176. LETTERS 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 p0nted as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. People of Warren County: Regarding the proposed casino of Warren Co. Don't be fooled about the promises, myths, lies our leaders and the casino people are telling us. Common Sense should tell you the True downside of a gambling Casino. This certainly is not for the good of the people. It will hurt the established small businesses that are here. Think about it! Vote NO on May 7. /s/Geraldine Mayer Paid for by Geraldine Mayer Citizens for good jobs flyer insulting I recently received a flyer in the mail depicting War- ren County as an economically depressed area with crumbling infrastructure. Their image of Warren County is a crumbling road and the main street of Lacona. Their attempts to portray our communities as dismal and eco- nomically desperate, which can only be saved by a ca- sino, are insulting and just plain wrong. It makes one wonder if any of these people actually live in Warren County. I believe Warren County and its communities are vi- brant wonderful places to live and raise a family. We have low unemployment, great schools and strong econo'mies. We have wonderful family fri6ndly neigh- borhoods with low crime and great people. An article in the Indianola Record Herald stated the taxable valu- ation in the Norwalk school system has doubled in 10 years. Outstanding growth. Especially impressive when you consider the general economy the last four years. Warren County citizens for good jobs continue to point out the economic benefits of a casino without giving us any insight into what needs to occur to achieve these projections. Do you think Osceola is receiving the ben- efits they were promised? They also ignore the social ills that come with a casino. I think a casino in Warren County is a bad idea and will vote no. Those who support the casino should stop portraying our community as some dirt poor, backwa- Concluded p. 4 NALC FOOD DRIVE By Pat Wahl Saturda May 11, 2013 is the day set aside for the 21st annual NALC FOOD DRIVE. This is the largest one- day food drive in the nation. The National Association of Letter Carriers, the Na- tional Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, the United Way, Feed- ing America, Campbell's Soup, Valpak, AARP Drive to End Hunger, GLS Companies, Source Direct Plastics, Publix, Uncle Bob's Self Storage and Valassis jointly sponsor the food drive. Last year 70.7 million pounds of food was collected nationally on postal carrier routes! In 2012 more than 1,500 NALC Branches collected food along their routes in over 10,000 cities across America. The Norwalk Post Office is proud to be a part of that volunteer effort. This year most of the local NALC branches and Ru- ral Carrier branches in Iowa are participating. Here in Norwalk ALL employees of the Post Office help out in one way or another. Some will come in on that day to help pack and weigh the food even though it is their day off. The employees who are scheduled to work that day will pick up your donations along the route as they deliver your mail. Americans in food insecure households have had to decide between paying for food and paying for medi= cine. There are currently 50 million Americans living in food insecure households. This is a way Letter Carriers can show we care. Hunger does not discriminate- please help us in helping the hungry. This is one way you can reach out and help those less fortunate. Please put canned goods and non-perishable items on or by your mailbox Saturday, May 11, before your carrier arrives and they will be picked up and delivered to the local food pantry. Cash donations may also be made by writ- ing a check to North Warren Ministerial Association. All donations picked up in Norwalk stay here and are taken to the local food pantry maintained at the New Life Lutheran Church. Last year Norwalk carriers col- lected and delivered just over 2,900 pounds of food and non-perishable item& " At this time of year the food pantry is really low and in need of restocking. Any and all donations are wel- comed. Items needed are varied. Any non-perishable food such as canned fruits, meats and vegetables, pasta, cereal peanut butter, rice, boxed meals, etc., are wel- come. Paper goods and personal hygiene items are also Concluded p. 4 2013 RUNorwalk isMay 11 Area residents are reminded that the 13th Annual RUNorwalk will be held Saturday, May 11, starting at the Norwalk High School Track at 8:30 a.m. Runners will be racing through Norwalk neighborhoods and there will be some temporary street closings to allow the runners to cross busy intersections in a safe manner. The run will be held rain or shine. The event includes an 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk and a free Kids Fun Run. Chip timing is used for the main event. Cash prizes and medals are awarded to the top three overall winners. Medals will be awarded to first place winners in each age group. Registration forms are available at the Norwalk" Chamber office, 1017 Main St., or online at www.nor walkchamber.org or at www.GetMe Registered.com. Pre-registration and entry fees are due by Frida May 3, which includes a free T-shirt. Entry fees are as fol- lows: ages 12-65; $25 per person, ages 5-11, $15 per per- son; ages 4 and under, free with no T-shirt and ages 66 and over, free with no T-shirt. After May 3 or Race Day Registration, the fee is ages 12-65; $30 per person (no guarantee of a T-shirt); ages 5- 11, $20 per person with no guarantee of a T-shirt. Race Day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Norwalk High School Track. Race Packets may be picked up Friday; May 10, at the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce office, 1039 Sunset Dr., from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at the registration booth on Race Day. For safety precautions, no dogs or bikes are allowed. Participants are requested to brin&a canned non-per- ishable food item for the Norwalk Food Pantry. For more information, call the chamber office at 981- 0619 or go to NorwalkChamber@msn.com. i GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray. There was standing room only for the council meeting. Residents in favor and against the pro- posed casino were in attendance. Mayor Doug Pierce called the Thursday, April 18, 2013 meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. All council members were present with the exception of councilmember Eric Delker. Mayor advised the Presentation - McClure re- garding NCIS was pulled from the agenda. Consent Agenda-Expenditures were approved. Tax Abatements were approved for KRM Development, 509 Braeburn Dr., for new single family residence in the amount of $250,000; M. and J. capplG 1712 Dorchester, new single family residence for $300,000 and Happe Homes, LLP, 106 W. Pine, new single family residence for $249,900. Council approved special events permits for RuNorwalk, May 11 and Soap Box Derby for June 8. Also approved the $50 permit for RuNorwalk be waived. Open Discussion, Proposed Casino-Residents had the opportunity to speak about the proposed casino and have council answer questions. Susan Geddes, Indianola, spoke in favor of a casino and shared the ben- efits it would bring to Warren County. Former Mayor Newton Standridge spoke in favor of the casino and stated we have drug problems in Norwalk and bring- ing a casino would not in his opinion make it any worse. Norwalk resident Tom Coates asked the council if they Concluded p. 7 4; a