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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR F-"ILoclth norl NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT O00AL00TOW,00APE00S 2.,,WES00COTAST. SHF_.LTON WA 98584-2263 '"hl11"'llql Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 51 Norwalk, Iowa 5021 ! USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, May 9, 2013 Ill RUNorwalk This Weekend Area residents are reminded that the 13th Annual RUNorwalk will be held this 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 h3tersections in a safe manner. The run will be held rain or shine. Concluded p. 7 Firefighters Memorial Announced The Norwalk Firefight- er's Association is con- structing a memorial to honor past and present members of the Norwalk Fire Department, as well as all firefighters. The me- morial will sit on the west side of the Public Safety Building. A limited amount of bricks are being sold for engraving. The engraved bricks will be used to build the side- walks leading up to the memorial from both the north and south sides. The bricks ar6 being sold for $50 per brick with the funds raised being used to offset the cost .of the con- struction. Brick engrav- ings can consist of three lines with up to 14 charac- ters per line. If you would like to purchase a brick to honor, remember, or pay tribute to someone or somering close and dear to your heart, contact Brian Onstot for details and order forms. Contact informa- tion is as follows: Fire- Medic Brian Onst0t, bonstot@norwalkfire.com, or 515-210-7528. Community Picnic May 16 To Honor Dr. Laura Sivadge A community picnic is planned for Thursday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to honor Dr. Laura Si- vadge, who is retiring from the Norwalk Com- munity School District. Dr. Sivadge has held many positions within the Nor- walk schools, her lategt as Principal of Oviatt Ele- mentary. The picnic will be held at the Starkweather Shelter at Billy O Phillips Park, 2500 Lexington Dr. Food is provided for the.event. NALC FOOD DRIVE By Pat Wahl Don't forget, this Satur- day, May 11, is the date for the 21st 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 or at New Life Lutheran Church. The food pantry Marts getting low at this time of year and all dona- tions are welcome. If you have an extra large dona- tion, let me know and I will be glad to come to your house or business to pick it up. Any and all do- nations are welcome. Also, if you would rather donate cash you can do so by leav- ing a check made out to North Warren Ministerial Association. I have had phone calls from people asking what they should donate. Here is a short list: any non-per- ishable item, canned goods, pastas, boxed meals, dental and hygiene products, paper goods, baby food, canned juices and just about anything you can eat or drink. We are trying to reach our goal of 3,000 pounds this year; when you real- ize that the Norwalk Post Office delivers to over 4,000 homes that is really not asking much. With the Concluded p. 7 School Board Issues Resolution on Casino By Mary Lou Gray The Norwalk Community School District held a spe- cial meeting Monda)9 April 29, at the Lakewood Elemen- tary Cafeteria, School Board President Katherine Schmidt called the meeting to order with all board mem- bers present. There was discussion from board mem- bers about whether to take a position or issue a resolu- tion regarding the casino. Receive visitors: isitors were offered the option to speak on any issues with a three minute limit. Agenda Item 3: Warren County Special Election, May 7-Board member Rick Kaul presented to the members posters with information for and against the casino. He summarized all the information he obtained from websites of both organizations. After Kaul's presenta- tion each board member shared their thoughts. Board member George Mienecke said to be truthful with ourselves and our mission-it's all about the kids. It's (gambling) just not good for kids. Tom Phillips-Stated he is disappointed in the city's (Norwalk) leadership about information on the casino. May be neat to have an entertainment center and a ho- tel might be great, but if someone coming to town is looking for hotels, it's other than a casino hotel loca- tion. If the area the casino will be located in a TIF'd (Tax Increment Financing) it will be detrimental to the school. The negative affects have most impact on children. Teachers will spend hours dealing with problems chil- Concluded p. 7 I ' YOUR CITY 1 GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray Council approves first reading of an ordinance concerning peddling/peddlers in the City of Norwalk. The City of Norwalk council meeting was held Thurs- day, May 2. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meeting to order. Councilmembers Eric Delker and Frank Curtis were absent. Council approved the agenda. Preserltation-McClure Regarding NCIS-Information regarding N0rwalk's sanitary sewer, streets and water was presented. Two of the areas in the study included Holly Drive and Lakewood. The study indicated $8,750 was needed for repairs to the water systems. Storm Sewer system was inspected and three areas were high- lighted: Inlets/outlets needed repairs in the amount of $6,000; Intakes, $72,500 for repairs and Manhole repairs in the amount of $3,000. The other area of storm sewer pipes recommended repair would be $156,250. Sanitary Sewer System-Manholes defects/repair $21,000. The study found four with defects, seven with root problems and 20,500 feet of pipe lining was recom- mended. Total cost $884,000. Under Pavement Condi- tion Index report, streets were inspected and the study identified 33 projects. Five streets for full reconstruc- tion; 22 needed sealing and six no action. Total for these repairs $16,329,000. Public Comment-No public comments. Consent Agenda-Expenditures were approved. Tax Abatements were approved for KRM Development, Single family residence, 205 Hawthorne Dr., $314,788; Showcase Homes LTE), 550 Legacy Ct. Unit 36 and 37, Phctos submitted. Concluded p. 7