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Thursday, May 9, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven SCHOOL BOARD Concluded from p. 1 .. dren have as a result of a casino. Casino will take jobs away from our kids. I think the casino will harm us and our kids." Debb Hobbs--"I don&apos;t feel like the city officials are being dishonest. I don't think it's (the casino) in the best interest of the families in Norwalk schools." Rick Kaul-Stated he could shoot holes in both sides of the argument for and against the casino. "No guar- antee Wild Rose has to live up to any commitments. The $1 million we receive from the state for being retail poor could be lost. Both sides, yes and no, brought their agenda to the school board to further their cause." He believes the school board should provide information on how the casino could impact schools, good and bad. "Warren County Economic Development requested a resolution from the school board on the casino. In a lose- lose situation in my opinion." Board President Schmidt-Stated "We shouldn't take a position on a moral issue and if I knew the city was to propose TIF I could oppose the casino. Too early for the board to take a position. I struggled with the data pre- sented from both sides. My job is to worry about stu- dent achievement." The board then went into discussion about a resolu- tion and George Meinecke made the motion that a reso- lution be 15repared. Voting in favor of a resolution were MeInecke, Phillips, Hobbs and Kaul with Schmidt the dissenting vote. See the Resolution below. Visitors were invited to address the board concern- ing the proposed casino and the Tuesda34 May 7 elec- tion. Board President Schmidt advised she could reserve the right to restrict the number of speakers. These are some Qf the partialcomments from Norwalk residents for and against the proposed casino: Tom Coates-"The casino is based on a faulty busi- ness model. Some of the manifestations of a casino are credit card debt and borrowing against your home to pay for these debts." He shared how one client at Con- sumer Counseling had an annual salary of $60,000 but because of gambling owed $100,000. Another client com- mitted suicide over the monies he owed from gambling. {Coates quoted a Des MoinesRegister article, Gambled to Death] Christi Fox-Asked the board to "take a stand to pro- tect the children." Did not believe the casino is benefi- cial. -Tom Greteman-'Tm sorry we have to be here tonight. That the city (Norwalk) didn't have the foresight like other cities in Des Moines on the casino. There is more to a community than money, revenue and taxes. What do you want for your community?" Newton Standridge-"We can be well afforded oppor- tunities that don't presently exist on voting yes for the casino." Newton shared letters from Doug Shull, War- ren County Supervisor and Chairman of the Warren County Citizens for Good Jobs, also a letter from the Superintendent of Schools, John Joynt, from Emmetsburg. Emmetsburg has a Wild Rose Casino and Resort. Linda Noble- Supporter for the casino said she would like to see a continuation in the excellence we have seen in education here in Norwalk. Erica Isley-"I don't think we should look at gambling as economic development." Robert Rice-"People don't know whole side of ev- erything (about the casino)." School board should have guarantee of funds. Don't know if everything I read is true or not." Rick Hardy-"Don't think it is something we need out here. Don't need it that bad." Julimma Huegerich, student-"Fairly sure kids will hang out by the casino and look cool to their friends. We need to have better places for kids to hang out." Jason Badger-"Your mission as school board should be to promote the good of the children of the neighbor- hood. Gambling is not compatible with family values. It is predatory in nature and inherently anti-family." a6 II,IJTION RAR1K TI BUIIJG OF A CASO wrmm m s OF mz NORWALI( COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISIICI' cmiromt   d of  di so carMbidul my ms a ixiw zfzihaion to tir c0mmty and im a lifvAong  and W'REAS, NCSD is not cxperivndng rapid growth in lin as implied m,,,at iscma and WIILREAS,  .ab,   lolozil gbI  o repcrssi0as on WCS9  ot apvcd   of  district name in  to any advefdsem pro or n, in regar to the buildi of a ca. wi Wanva Coupe  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by th Norwalk Communi School District Board of Educator, tha th beard does not vdorm or oppo the building of s casino within Warren Cotmly; and BE IT R]F, SOLV] ff ging in Wamm Coty is approval,  board will  supl't   o TI m bu-ild   minded to mmoa , fili, md B rr RIgSOLV]gD oua the Nolwslk CommmfiW Se.ool Didvt may nood t dloc.s fmdlng  aoma miagfi  t ,k-vdop ",i-y fao- f  smdm of  gmbRm ff a cwino is ImiR widm tho district IF/ASSED  APPROVED  2 day ofApci12013. ATIEST: GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Concluded from p. 1 new single family residences in the amount of $220,000 each. Hildreth Construction Svcs., 109 Orchard Trail, new single family residence for $350,000; Happe Homes, LLP, 510 Orchard Hills Dr., new single family residence for $235,000 and Barnett Construd:ion and Development LLC, 417 Valencia, new single family residence for $285,000. Liquor license renewed for Countryside Golf Course. Proclamations were issued by the council for National Police Week, May 12-18, EMS Week, May 19-25 and National Public Works Week May 19, 2013. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions-The third and final reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the EMS fees was approved. Third and final reading of the Ordinance pertaining to Building Department Per- mit Fees was approved. Peddler/Peddling Ordinance-The first reading of an Ordinance regarding peddler permit changes was read. The following is a summary of the proposed Ordinanc and will have all municipalities in the metro area with the same criteria for the regulating and licensing of ped- dlers. Under Section 1. 122.01 Purpose of this article is to protect residents of the city against fraud, and to en- sure the safety of the residents by protecting them from intrusion into the privacy of their homes by licensing and regulating peddlers. A peddler will have to obtain a license and a cash bond for $200 per license and $2,000 for an employer employing a group of five or more li- cense applicants. Exemptions to the Ordinance-Door to door sales for the purpose of community improvement or benefit ap- proved by the city council on behalf of nonprofit, tax- exempt corporations or persons licenses as a salvage dealer under the provisions of this code, persons deliv- ering and selling goods or merchandise to established customers and persofis having written permission from a special event permit holder to make sales within the street area closed for an event. City Attorney Jim Daugherty stated changes in wording to cover residents like boy and girl scouts and school fundraisers be in- cluded and the wording to reflect that change. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 RUNorwalk Concluded from p. 1 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. After May 3 or Race Day Registration, the registra- tion 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 former Norwalk Chamber of Commerce office, 1039 Sunset Dr., (Exit Realty) 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 bring 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. NALC FOOD DRIVE Concluded from p. 1 economy the way it is now there are many people un- employed or working only part-time jobs to suppoff their families and many others in the active military ser- vice that need your help. Remember that all donations picked up here in Norwalk go to our local food pantry at New Life Lutheran Church to serve local residents. Help us to help someone in need; place your donation by your mailbox Saturda7 May 11. If you should have any questions, call Pat Wahl at 981-4928. Activities " at the NORWALK LIBRARY 10.51 No Ave. 981-0217 Tuesday, May 14 (NO PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME. On break until June 4.) History Club, 6:30-8 p.m. This group meets monthly to share artifacts, stories and learn more about the his- tory of Norwalk and surrounding areas. Bring your own photos, documents or artifacts to share. Additionally, we will have speakers about historical preservation and topics related to history. Wednesday, May 15 (NO WEE O1NES STORY TIME. On break until June 5.) Lego Club. If you love Legos, join us for Lego Club on early-out Wednesdays to build your own creation! The Library will provide all Legos. Kids Leg0 Club (K-4): 1-2 p.m. Teen Lego Club (5-12): 2-3 p.m. Card Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Join us the third Wednes- day of each month to play cards! Learn and teach new card games or form a foursome to play your favorite game. Tonight, we're playing Hearts! (Cards provided.) Thursday, Mab 16 (NO TODDLER STORY TIME. On break until June 6.) American Girl Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for crafts, games and stories. 2nd grade and up. (I/articipants do not need an American Girl Doll to attend.) Craft Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Using guest presenters, this group explores all kinds of arts and crafts! For enthusi- asts to share their hobby areas and for participants to socialize, try new areas or learn about arts/crafts. Con- tact Mary Kay Johnson at the Library if you want to lead a workshop or participate. Friday, May 17 Breakfast & Books, 9-10:30 a.m. Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month for this fun activity. This is a chance to simply share what you have been reading, learn about new and upcoming titles or best-sellers and enjoy a breakfasf of d,.. ,:.-:. or nmffins on Js. SpeciaJ Note: June 1, we begin Early Literacy Satur- days. Regish:a:m is required and sign-up s!v=ets are available at the i ibrrv now. Baby Lapsi!: Stor 5 time-for pr,-walkers. Saturdays, lune 1 throug!: 22 from 9-9:30 a.m Join us for Baby LaF, sitearlylii:< ;-x -. :v.'.im, ',-};i ic, cludesi:;!Mtsto- ries. finger pL I. a  ,,.ngs a I de : , cd forbab<:s Care providers shou!d bring a soft bl.t,i<et to lay their baby Concluded v. S .*,,,