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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT /I lIT ', I ED: SN,A,.,., O'; NPAP .... ,_,7 ..... CO,A ,.,,. ", (:I IEI T I Q '3") " '\\; ...... ON WA 98,.,v4-,.,.6., hllMI,M,q.I,Nhlml,,itl ,, ,i" -d,h., I I ............... J.lllid, .J III WS No00=kWar,o. NHS Graduation 10 a.m., Blake Fieldhouse, Indianola, May 24, 2014 Vol. 46 No. 1 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, May 22, 2014 This newspaper office will be dosed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day. | eadline for the May 29 issue is noon I Thursday, May 22. No exceptions..) Norwalk's Vibrant Housing Growth Despite record cold temperatures seen in January and February, Norwalk continues to see new single-family home permits outpace previous years. The below graph highlights the number of permits taken out for new single family homes between January-April since 2011: Only five permits were taken out the first four months of the year in 2011, and this year 25 permits. Several new plats are expected to break ground later this year, opening up additional opportunities for single- family home growth. i I ...................................................................................... ii .................................................................. i .................................................................................. A big reason for the continued strong growth in hous- ing is the upcoming Homeshow Exp0. The Home Build- ers Association of Greater Des 19ioines, for the first time in Norwalk, will host the 2014 Homeshow Expo at The Ridge at Echo Valley Development, located on the north side of Beardsley and east of Highway 28. The show will be hosted the last three weekends in July. The Homeshow Expo gives home builders from throughout the Metro an opportunity to showcase the best of the best in new home construction. Tickets for the expo will be available later this summer. Up to 15,000 people are expected to tour the homes during the 2014 Homeshow Expo. Register by May 23 W. Vote. All new residents of the county must be pre-regis- tered by Frida May 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. Individuals may register in person at the Auditor's Office or register by mail. All pre-regisations must be in the Auditor's Office no later than 5 p.m. Frida36 May 23. Ballots are available for absentee voting for persons who will be absent from the polls on June 3. The ballots may be mailed to the voter upon a signed request or a person may come into the Administration Building and vote through June 2. Persons applying for absentee bal- lots should mail these ballots back to the Auditor's Of- fice as soon as possible, as the envelope must be post- marked no later than June 2. Election Workers The Auditor's office is looking for people to help staff our polling places on Election Day. It is a minimum wage position Training will be provided for all workers, so no previous experience is necessary. If you or someone you know would be interested in working at a polling place, contact the Warren County Auditor's office at 515-961-1020 or email to auditor@co.warren.ia.us. Memorial Day Services The Cumming American Legion Post. #562 will con- duct Memorial Day. Services Monda3 May 26, at area cemeteries. They will be at the Norwalk Cemetery at 11 a.m. Following is a schedule of services, including times and locations: Webb Cemetery - 8:15 a.m., Linn Grove Cemetery - 8:30 a.m., Churchville - 9 a.m., St. Patrick's Cemetery - 9:30 a.m., St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cumming - 10 a.m., Orilla Cemetery,- 10:30 a.m. and Norwalk Cemetery - 11 a.m. Vision Screening at Library Family Fun Day Members of the Nor- walk Lions Club Kidsight team will be at the Norwalk Easter Public Li- i brary celebration Saturda34 ! June 7. Iowa Kidsight is a vi- sion-screening project where Lions volunteers throughout Iowa organize and conduct vision screen- ing in local communities. The voluntary program is open to children between the age of six months to 48 months. Children who are older can be screened, but other tests are available for the verbal child who can communitate vision prob- lems. Children currently under the care and treat- ment of an eye doctor need not be screened. A child's vision should be checked for conditions such as misaligned eyes, cataracts and problems that need correction with eyeglasses. These prob- lems are not always evi- dent by simply looking at a child. The earlier these conditions are detected, the more easily and more successfully they can be treated. The screening is free and is available to all day care and pre-school programs in the Norwalk area: The screening is as simple as having the child's picture taken. Norwalk Lions Club vol- unteers are trained to use a special camera which takes a picture of their eyes only to detect any prob- lems in children who are too young to communicate possible problems. The results of the vision screening are evaluated by specialists in. the Depart- ment of Ophthalmoiogy and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospi- tals and Clinics. Parents will receive the results two to four weeks after the screening. A consent form must be completed and signed by the parent or legal guard- Jan at the time before the child's picture can be taken. These forms will be available the day of the screening. For additional informa- tion, contact Jim Cain, 981- 0432, or any member of the Norwalk Lions Club. Polling Places For June 3rd Primary Election Warren County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Traci Vander- Linden, has announced the Primary Election will be held Tuesda3 June 3, for the purpose of filling of- rices by the vote.of quali- fied voters. Polls will be open at 7 a.m.. and will close at 9 p.m. Following are the Pre- cincts and polling places for those ir Norwalk: Norwalk I - New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr.; Norwalk 2/ Greenfield - Norwalk Li- brary, 1051 North Ave'.; Norwalk 3/Linn - St. John Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hill Dr, and Norwalk 4 - Norwalk Po- lice Station, 1100 Chatham Ave. Also Jefferson- Martens- dale-St. Marys School, 390 Burlington Ave., Martens- dale and West Des Moines/ Cumming - Harvest Church, 4225 N Birch AVe., Cum- ming. I YOUR CITY ] GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray Council approves resolution regarding Iowa Economic Development Autliority (IEDA) certified site program. The Thursday, May 15, regular Cityof Norwalk coun- cil meeting met in council chambers. Mayor Tom Phillips called the meeting to order with all councilmembers present except councilmember Jamie Sylvester was ab- sent. Item  regarding the presentation by Regional St0rmwater Detention Project, Veenstra & Kimm, was pulled from the agenda for a future council meeting. Consent Agenda-Council approved tax abatements for K. and S. Freeman, 511 Apple Blossom, a new single- family residence for $290,00 and Happe Homes, LLP, 2949 Berkshire Dr., single-family residence for $275,000. Block party applications were approved for 1400-1700 Parkhill Dr., for Wednesday, June 4, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Council approved a special event permit applica- tion for the Soap Box Derby to be held Saturda June 14. Item 7-Council approved a resolution adopting the city's budget amendment for fiscal year 2013-2014. Item 8-A public hearing Was held regarding a pro- posed amendment to the zoning map for land at 8384 South Orilla Road. The amendment will rezone the land from A-R to C-2. Anthony Webb submitted the request and has plans to open a neighborhood bar at the loca- tion. This property is owned by Vanessa Devine, Bambino's, and previously an assembly hall for wed- dings, etc. Item 9-Council approved the third and final reading of fin Ordinance setting speed zones on Hwy 28 within Norwalk. Public Works Director Tim Hoskins advised the Iowa Department of Transportation should have the signs replaced with the new speed limit around June 22. Item lO-Council approved 3-1 the second reading of an ordinance amending the zoning map for land located at Warrior Run Estates/Countryside Golf Course(now Warrior Run Golf Course). At this time Diligent Devel- opment will begin the first stages of developing single family houses located on the golf course property. Item 11:The second readingof an ordinance amend- ing the Legacy Planned Unit Development was passed by council. This is in regard to the Brownstones at the Legacy ownhome complex. Item 12-Council approved the final reading of an ordinance amending the zoning map for land located off of 50 h Street from A-R (Agricultural Reserve) to R-1 (single-family residential). Item 13-Council approved an Engineering Agree- ment for the Northwest Service Area Trunk Sewer Ex- tension. This is due to the new residential development on 50 h Street which will require an extension of a sani- tary sewer. Item 14-A Resolution expressing intent to complete public infrastructure projects, Cedar Street, for the pur- pose of economic development was passed by council. The future PUD amendment will limit future residen- tial development in the undeveloped portions to assisted living and rffixed use type developments by Hubbell Realty. Commercial, retail, offices, would still be allowed as a use in this area. Item 15-A Resolution was approved 3-1 for Public Infrastrffcture in Legacy Point Plat 3. Th; Resolution approved the installation of improvem ,ts within this Concluded p: 2 $