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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Vol. 41 No. 50 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, May 6, 2010 NALC FOOD DRIVE By Pat Wahl Letter Carrier Don't forget, this Satur- da)4 May 8, is the date for the 18th Annual NALC Food Drive. Remember to put food items on or by your mailbox. Your Letter Carrier will pick them up when they deliver your mail. You may also drop any donations off at the Norwalk Post Office, Martensdale Post Office or New Life Lutheran Church. By Mayor Doug Pierce J This article is very similar to the one that I put in the City Newsletter, but the subject matter is so important, I wanted to get it in the paper as well as to re-enforce the criticality of it. The City Council recently has had two work sessions which involved, primaril) a "Discussion/Review of the City of Norwalk 2010-2011 Fiscal Year Capital Improve- ment Plan (CIP)". We looked at the next three year's projects/items that are proposed on this list and dis- cussed the impacts of moving forward with these projects or waiting for sometime in the future to ad- The food pantry starts dress them. Right now, there are approximately $38 getting low at this time of Million worth of CIP requirements requested over the year and all donations are next five years. As the City Department Directors keep welcomed. If you have an pointing out to the Council and me, if we wait any longer extra large donation please : to start working on these projects, not only will the cost i let me know and I will be ~-~'~:~. 727 Main Street of doing these projects incrementally increase, but more :! glad to come to your house projects will be added to the list which makes me very or business to pick it up. I concerned about Norwalk from an infrastructure stand- Any and all donations are SALW SPEAKS point. welcome. Also, if you As I mentioned in a previous article, Norwalk can- would rather donate cash By Sally Huntoon not keep delaying projects until "next year" as we must you can do so by leaving a have a disciplined approach to accomplishing these re' i check made out to North i Warren Ministerial Asso- ciation. I have had phone calls from people asking what f they should donate. Here is a short list: any non-per- ishable items, canned goods, pastas, boxed meals, dental and hygiene products, paper goods, baby food, canned juices and just about anything i you can eat or drink. We are trying iv reach our goal of 3,000 pounds this year. When you realize that the Norwalk Post Office deliv- ers to over 4,000 homes, that is really not asking much. With the economy the way it is now there are many people unemployed or working only part-time jobs to support their fami- lies. Others in the active military service also need your help. Remember that all do- nations picked up here in Norwalk and Martensdale go to our local food pan- try at New Life Lutheran Church to serve local resi- dents. Please help us to help someone in r eed, place your donation by your mailbox Saturday, May 8. If you should have any questions, call Pat Wahl at 981-4928. The office of the N/Warren Town and County News has movedto 727 Main Street. We are in the same building as Norwalk Hardware. The move began the morning of Monda35 April 26, when Mother Nature and her weekend rain played havoc to the north part of our building causing us to have water damage. John Phillips and D0m0nick Cimin0 came to our rescue and with the help of employees Mary LOu Gray and Arlene Knust andmy family, Eric, David and Kris, everything was in our new location by the end of Tuesday afternoon. Arlene's husband, Rich, also assisted. Abig thank you.to Mike Leto for-letting us use his large horse trailer to haul all of the heavy desks, computers, etc. The move would not have been done in one day without the trailer. Due to the sudden move, we were without telephone and fax service for a couple of days, using cell phones for emergency calls. We will get a locked box in front of the office again for customers to drop off news items, ads, photos, etc. Until we get a larger drop box, use the one to the right of the door. Please place items in zip-lock bags in order to keep them dry. A number of people have stopped by already to "welcome" us to the neighbor- hood. I think this will be a very good move for all of us. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Street Closures for RUNorwalk The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, City State Bhnk and Anytime Fitness have announced street closings for the 104 annual RUNorwalk event (8K run/5K walk) that will be held Saturday, May 8. Because of the size of this event, some of the adjacent streets will be closed that will make access in and out of your home a bit challenging for a short period of time. Sections of Cherry Parkway, Lexington Drive, Colonial Circle, Old Orchard Drive, Chatham Avenue, part of Beardsley-between Old Orchard Drive & Lexington and Hwy 28 will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be barricades and/or cones and some intersections will have volunteers watching for traffic. If you need to get in or out, plan accordingly: This is a wonderful event that draws people from all over the state of Iowa to Norwalk for the morning. It allows us to showcase our great community! Sponsors ask that you show your community pride by standing along the race route and cheer- ing on the runners and walkers or better yet, come to the Norwalk High School track and watch the excitement as they cross the Finish Line! If you have any questions, call the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce at 981- 0619 or Ed Kuhl, Norwalk Police Chief at 981-0666. The organizers appreciate your understanding and patience. quirements if we are to be responsible stewards of this community. If we don't start working on this list, then the Council, Staff and I are doing the city a disservice by being reactive versus proactive to issues which, in most cases, costs the taxpayers a 10t more money by waiting. By wanting to keep taxes nearly the same as we have for several years, it is very easy to postpone addressing these infrastructure issues until they become a must do now/emergency situation. What this does is create a back log of projects and if you do that long enough, pretty soon you are faced with a multitude of projects that cannot wait any longer which could cause disruption in the services the city provides. And then the only way we can pay for this is by raising taxes dra- matically that causes a heavier financial impact to prop- erty owners. The Council and I will be having Public Hearings as well as a "Town Hall Meeting" in the near future to address the Capital Improvements Projects and their impact on tax rates. As I have stated earlier in this ar- ticle, a disciplined approach is required to meet the CIP challenges, but we sure want to explain/educate the citi- zens of Norwalk on the pros and cons of moving for- ward or waiting with these projects. See Map of Routes Page 11 2010 RUNorwalk This Weekend The 10th Annual RUNorwalk, will be held Saturday, May 8, starting at the Norwalk High School Track at 8:30 a.m. The event includes an 8K Run, 5K Walk and a free Kids" Fun Run. Chip timing is used for the main event. Cash and other prizes will be awarded. Registration forms are available at the Norwalk Chamber 0ffice, 1017 Main St., or online at www. norwalkchamber.org or at www.GetMe Registered.com. For credit card orders, call the Chamber at 981-0619. Race Day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Norwalk High School Track. The cost for ages 5 - 65 is $25 with no guarantee of a T-shirt. Norwalk Family Dentistry is sponsoring the Kids' 8 and Under Fun Run after the main race. No registration is required for this event and prizes will be awarded.