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Page Four N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, May 16, 2019 NEIGHBORHOOD NOTESI !!:i:~i! i'iliiii!:iili iliiilii i!ii iiiiii iiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiili i i! i i iili: ii]!!i Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Nursing Student Tiffany Hays of Norwalk poses with her Children, eight-year-old Lillian Hays (left) and six-year-old Shane Hays at the nursing pinning ceremony recently held on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. South Suburban YMCA Waterbabies, Preschool & Youth Swimming Lessons The South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Road, is offering summer swimming lessons for youth 6 months to 12 years and adults. New four-week sessions begin the week of June 4th for Waterbabies, Preschool, School-age children and Adults. You may sign up now by coming in, calling, or going to our website, www.dmymca.org. For specific information, including cost, contact Karissa Bohn Chavarria, 285-0444, or karissa. bohn@dmymca.org. Small Business Grant Contest Underway Entries are currently being accepted for the Warren County Small Business Grant Contest that will award $6,000 to an existing small business and $4,000 to a start-up business. All Warren County small businesses (less than 10 employees) and entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter. The deadline for entries isMidnight on Friday, May 31st, 2019. For more information or to enter your business, visit http://www.wcedc.com]news-and-photos/news/2019-grant-contest- information.html constructors &engineers CONSTRUCTION HELP NEE !! 61eeson is accepting applications for the following positions: Laborers starting at $17.00 Carpenters starting at $21.00 Ironworkers starting at $21.00 Concrete Finishers starting at $21.00 Please apply online: www.gleesonllc.com Email Resume Directly to: ptabbert@gleesonllc.com Apply in person at the jobsite trailer - Job site Trailer- (515) 344-8665 c/o: Michael Foods, Inc. 101 Delaware Street Norwalk, IA 50211 Must be able to pass pre-employment physical * Post Offer Pre-Employment Drug Testing & E-Verify Required Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Employer). $1.1 Million in Grants Spur Norwalk Changes More than $1 million in newly-awarded grants promise exciting changes ahead for Norwalk residents in the coming months, thanks to work by Norwalk City Departments and their leaders. The city has been awarded a total of $1,146,875 in grant funds for nine projects, covering completion of projects already under way or beginning soon. Granting organizations included Warren County Philanthropic Partnership, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Heart of Iowa Regional Transportation, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "Grant funding means some exciting projects will be moving ahead in Norwalk and we are proud that our city departments successfully achieved these grant awards," said city manager Luke Nelson, adding, "We're especially pleased that grants have a positive economic impact by freeing city funds to meet other necessary infrastructure and economic needs." The grants range in value from $4,875 to $700,000 and reflect community goals in public art, transportation, workforce development, traffic safety, and recreation as well as assure the completion of a memorial park honoring veterans, Nelson said. The largest grant is $700,000 from the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which will fund one third of a $2 million project to improve the intersection of Beardsley and Highway 28/Sunset Drive. Ideas are already being sought from residents through surveys and social media, Nelson said. Two grants totaling $225,000 will assist in helping fund the next phase of a long-awaited three mile and $3 million connection from Norwalk to the Great Western Trail. The Land & Water Conservation Fund of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources awarded the city $125,000 to assist in the funding of the trail link. This fund supplements a $100,000 grant received earlier from the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the trail project. The final connection will be another phase or two down the road. Workforce development is the ultimate goal of a $197,000 JobLink grant presented by the Heart of Iowa Regional Transportation Authority (HIRTA) to fund a shuttle service that will connect employees living in Des Moines with jobs at Norwalk-based employers. "Norwalk's business and industrial growth means companies are expanding their workforces and have told the city that lack of public transportation has been a barrier to hiring," Nelson said. "The grant will fund a pilot program that will help us and our employers learn more about how public transportation can benefit the community." The grant closest to the community's heart, Nelson said, may be the $10,000 awarded to Norwalk Hometown Pride for landscaping and benches to create the Warren County Veterans Memorial at Warrior Run Golf Course's Freedom Rock. "The Memorial will have a beautiful setting where visitors can honor the thousands of Americans over many generations who have served our country in the military," Nelson said. "We are honored that grant funding will make completion of this project possible. Diligent Development, LLC also donated the land for the memorial. Warren County Philanthropic Partnership granted funds to add enhancements at two city parks. The City's Economic Development Department earned a $4,875 grant to purchase 12 nature themed metallic sculpture bicycle racks for Elizabeth Holland Park and one at city hall. Norwalk Parks & Recreation Department won a $5,000 grant to install a wheelchair swing and poured-in-place rubber surface at Billy O. Phillips Park. The new surface will provide accessibility to the swing and existing playground equipment. Labor for the project will be donated. Another $5,000 grant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership will enable the Norwalk Police Department to purchase a speed trailer and message center to increase its focus on traffic safety, Nelson said. Two other projects funded by Warren County Philanthropic Partnership, which affect the city, are: Ackworth Garden Club was awarded $4,968 for beautification at Brownie Park and $4,441 was awarded to the Norwalk Parent Teacher Organization to build an all-weather bus shelter at Lakewood Elementary School.