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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR iiorWath AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ,r: [.r f.'!DC q ": ", ,S/"Y!.. L 70!4t,,tr:f'i,:E R S tt  v,-- . ... 0 ": 0.,: t.~ ,. . 21. 7 (,);: o I r.'.. OTr S T ,, i, .,- t :: L 1 (. N I/,/R 9 B :,,r,g. _. ,. 9 6 -z :"- Warren Town and County News Norwalk Cleanup This Weekend Vol. 43 No. 50 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, May 3, 2012 Rob Fernandez Named National Student D.O00 of the Year iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii;ii!iiii!!! iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Joaquin and Cheri Fernandez with their son Rob and his wife Jenna (Harbert) Fernandez. Photos submitted. Roberto (Rob) J. Fernandez, a 2013 D.O. student at Des Moines University, 'has ben named National Student D.O. of the Year. He is the son of Joaquin and Cheri Fernandez of Prole and is a graduate of Martensdale- St. Marys High School. He earned his bachelor and master of public health degrees from the Univer- sity of Iowa. His wife, Jenna (Harbert) Fernandez is from rural Norwalk. Fernandez received the honor during the Ameri- can Association of Col- leges of Osteopathic Medicine's (AACOM's) Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in Wash- ington, D.C. March 30. The National Student D.O. of the Year is selected from among the outstand- ing students designated by their schools as Student of the Year on the basis of their service to their col- lege, their community and the osteopathic profession. A third-year student at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fernandez cur- rently serves as the Na- tional Legislative Affairs Representative for the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), the National Student Repre- sentative to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Osteo- pathic Post Graduate Training Institutes (COPTI), his class repre- sentative to the DMU Alumni Association and as Roberto Fernandez the Founder and Chair of the COSGP Global Health Ad-Hoc Committee. He spent two years working as a Research As- sistant for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa and has traveled abroad to Eastern Europe to pursue teaching and research opportuni- ties in public health through the National Insti- tutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center's Minority Health and Health Disparities In- ternational Research Training (MHIRT) Pro- gram. Rob has dedicated his time to serving the student bod research and pursu- ing his passion for global health. He recently re- turned from a clinical re- search rotation in Geneva, Switzerland, where he served as an intern with the World Health Organi- zation (WHO) and assisted with the planning of World Health Day 2012 on Global Aging. He has also performed over 100 hours of commu- nity service in an academic school year. He has been guest lecturer to the World Food Prize and Iowa Hun- ger Summit._ Fernandez was named National Student for his "incredible achievements, combined with his dedica- tion to the advancement of the osteopathic profes- sion." Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, May 3, 2012 6:30 P.M. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. I. Call to order at 6:30 P.M. - Roll call of members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-April 19, 2012 Regular Council Meeting, April 23, 2012 Special Council Meeting IV. Mayor -Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda Concluded p.2 NALC FOOD DRIVE By Pat Wahl Saturday, May 12, is the day set aside for the 20th annual NALC Food Drive. This is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The National Associa- tion of Letter Carriers, the United States Postal Ser- vice, AFL-CIO, the United Way, Feeding America, Campbell's Soup and Valpak jointly sponsor the food drive. Last year 70.2 million pounds of food were col- lected nationally on postal carrier routes! In 2011 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 ef- fort. This year most of the local NALC branches in Iowa are participating. Here in Norwalk ALL em- ployees of the Post Office help out in one way or an- other. 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 do- nations along the route as they deliver your mail. Americans in food inse- cure households have had to decide between paying for food and paying for medicine. There are cur- rently 49.1 million Ameri- cans living in food inse- cure 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. Put canned goods and non-perishable items on or by your mailbox, Saturda34 May 12, before your carrier arrives and they will be picked up and delivered to the local food pantry. Cash donations may also be made by writing a check to North Warren Ministerial Association. All donations picked Concluded p.4 .... notes-from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools As you are aware from my newspaper articles and conversations, the state of Iowa has reduced funding for Iowa SchOols for several consecutive years. Tradi- tionall Iowa schools averaged between 3% and 4% al- lowable growth. Recentl a 10% across-the-board cut during the Culver Administration was followed by years of 0% allowable growth and 2% growth during the Branstad administration. Although Norwalk's financial situation has been strong over the last ten years, unchar- acteristically, Norwalk student growth has "flat-lined" for two years. As is the case with any business, we must adjust our business model throughout the economic downturn. During our last surve the majority of par- ents recommended "a mix of property tax increases and spending reductions" to deal with the economic down- turn. That advice shaped my recommendations. So, for 2012-13, we have identified over $500,000 in cuts. The following year, we must identify an additional $500,000. We will also be raising local property taxes by 50 cents ($200,000) to help offset this loss of state funding. Many of those cuts have already been identified for next year. Custodial supplies, grounds supplies, trans- portation secretary, curriculum, travel and technology equipment are examples of cuts for next year. These cuts were made as far from the classroom as possible. How- ever, auxiliary support programs cannot bear the entire burden. So, each staff resignation is considered an op- portunity for reduction by attrition. At the last session, I proposed that the board consider two additional re- ductions: Dave Oleson has resigned from his dean position at Lakewood to return to Texas. I have proposed that Dave's position be reduced. Coverage could be attained Concluded p.2 Mayor's 00-r00ujotl00 Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce This is my fourth article in a series talking about the impacts of a rapidly growing community on the differ- ent Norwalk Departments. This month I am writing about our Police Department which is headed by Chief Ed Kuhl and Assistant Police Chief Kirk Westvold who supervise 11 officers. In 2011, the Police Department responded to a total of 3,654 calls for service. Although this is a decrease over the 2010 numbers, it is still an 80% increase over the number received just ten years ago. A call is defined as notification of the department either in person or by phone where the department is requested to respond by sending officers to investigate, provide service or assist the public. During calendar year 2011, officers responded to103 accidents, made 180 arrests, investi- gated 54 assaults, 71 domestics, 139 burglary and thefts, stopped 34 drunk drivers and completed 37 drug cases. Among the 13 officers, we also have a High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) officer who performed 107 arrests, seized 49 pounds of cocaine, 300 doses of LSD, 179 pounds of brick marijuana, 119 pounds of hydro- Concluded p.2