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C'iVI'~'L L [ (")'LqJN P"~PL RS ~. ~ GvES ; C,:_) FA ST \[] Si-ikLtUr~ VVA 96584-2263 1 'H I'lih,j.,,if,j,illli,lf!hly!!!,,i!!j!!!,,!,ilhl,hh, . , , iiIhlllli .... _- ... OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY; ,CH@,~T _ 50~ Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 2 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, May 30, 2013 r all June 8 Community Chat The monthly Commufiity Chat will be held Satur- June 8, at Norwalk City Hall. Topics include the city financial condition and eco- nomic development plans. City Notes Common nuisance complaints: Norwalk is a great place to live and we all value our property. From time to time though, some common issues arise that violate city code. According to Norwalk City Code, a vehicle must be parked on a hard surface and cannot be parked in a person's yard. Another common nuisance complaint is grass that is too long. The maximum allowed grass height is eight inches. Excessive garbage, debris and other waste is also not allowed under our nuisance code, In addition, the city requires that dead or diseased trees be removed as a public safety concern. Questions or comments about the nuisance code? Contact Alan Waugh at alanw@norwalk.iowa.gov or 981-0228 ext. 224. You may also complete our web-based nuisance com- plaint form if yot have seen a violation. - Tale the Norwalk Connectivity Survey: It is ex- tremey easy in Norwalk to get from point A to point B using a vehicle, but some areas of town aredisconnected from our system of trails and sidewalks, making it hard to walk, run or ride a bike to a neighborhood park, school or business. Think about the sidewalks and/or trails you normally use and where some additional connections:, could be made to improve the walkability in Norwalk. The results of this survey will be used to help create a connectivity plan for the City of Norwalk. ~b~bg- City of Norwalk Connectivity Survey Josh Heggen, City of Norwalk's Community Devel- opment Director, has issued the following survey for residents to share their ideas about easiness of moving about in Norwalk. Residents are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas via Facebook by entering City of Norwalk or by completing the questions below and mailing to: City of Norwalk, 705 North Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211. It is extremely easy in Norwalk to get from point A to point B using a vehicle, but some areas of town are disconnected from our system of trails and sidewalks, making it hard to walk, run or ride a bike to a neighbor- hood park, school or business. Think about the side- walks and/or trails you normally use and where some additional connections could be made to improve the walkability in Norwalk. The results of this survey will be used to help create a connectivity plan for the City of Norwalk. 1. How often do you use a sidewalk and/or trail in Norwalk? Circle One. Never; Nearly everyday; About once a week or About once a month Comment: The following questions will ask you to think about where you believe additional connections of sidewalks and/or trails should be added in Norwalk. 2. SHORT DISTANCE: While using the system of Sidewalks/trails in Norwalk, what specific areas have you noticed could be improved by adding a short 1-3 block sidewalk/trail? Please be as block section spe- cific as possible. Comment 3. MEDIUM DISTANCE: While using the system of sidewalks/trails in Norwalk, what specific areas have you noticed could be improved by adding a 4-10 Concluded p. 7 ATTENTION VETERANS This is to inform veter- ans and surviving spouses of veterans, that our office is available 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, to assist with Department of Veter- ans Affairs benefits and monetary aid to qualifying individuals needing assis- tance with rent, utilities and other needs. Services are free of charge and staff members look forward to assisting all qualifying individuals requiring assistance. For furfller information, call 515-961-1045, or drop by the office located at 105 W. 1st Ave., Indianola, in the American Legion building located east of the Indianola Post Office. County Eligible for Disaster Grant Low-income house- holds in 23 counties are now eligible for th state's disaster grant program to help recover from flooding caused by heavy rains in mid-April. , The program offers a maximum grant of $5,000 to families with incomes at or below twice the federal poverty index. For a fam- ily of two that would be gross income of about $31,000 a year. People who have enough.funds to make re- pairs may seek reimburse- ment via a grant applica- tion that is available on the "Disaster Assistance" link on the DHS homepage, dhs.iowa.gov. People who do not have enough money for repairs should contact local Com- munity Action Agencies for assistance. The agen- cies will determine eligi- bility and will issue vouch- ers to make eligible re- pairs. People have 45_ days from the declaration date of May 7, 2013 to apply. Call 911 for emergencies ! From Norwalk School District By Kate Baldwin, Business Manager for Norwalk Community Schools Norwalk Community Schools Announces Move-in Plans for "New" District Office and Sale of "Old" School Buildings and Property located at 906 School Avenue The Norwalk Community School District recently finalized the purchase of a com- mercial "flex" building and property at 380 Wright Road in Norwalk ("District Of- fice'), locatect at theSW comer of Highway 28 and Wright Road. The District will be relocating the administrative offices andmaintenance operations to this facility. This property was formerly the site of the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. The history of this purchase begins in August of 2012 when the School Board formed a committee of citizens (Task Force Committee) to do afacility needs analy- sis of the current Central Office and Maintenance facilities located at 906 School Ave. ("Old School" Building and Property). The Committee issued a report to the School Board in October of 2012 and recommended the District purchase the 380 Wright Road property for both central Office space and Maintenance operations. The Dis- trict entered into a purchase agreement in December 2012 and the property sale was finalized-in April 2013. The District is in the process of installing fiber optic cable between Oviatt Elemen- tary and the new District Office. The fiber will provide electronic connectivity to the District computer networks system. This project is scheduled to be completed in June. Office and maintenance staff are preparing for a move in mid-July. As part of the complete review of the old school building and maintenance facili- ties at 906 School Ave., several Task Force committee members expressed strong con- cems regarding the liabilities and risks for the City and neighbors which would re- sult with leaving the old school building standing and abandoned. During the Task Force review, information was discovered indicating the existing water lines to the old school are inadequate to provide file protection to a structure the size of the old school building, To upgrade the water lines would be very costly. In addition, the architect's analysis of the old school revealed numerous safety concerns that would need to be addressed for continued use for any purpose. The building has several ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or handicap accessibility issues. The City has zoned the block on which the old school building is located for single-family homes. This zoning allowed a school but would prevent a business, either profit or non- profit, from opening in the old school building or other buildings located on the property. Once the Task Force Committee was made aware of these safety concerns and restrictions, it recommended the Board raze the old school and metal buildings. School District officials have met with City officials on several occasions. The Dis- trict recognizes the City as the authority for approval of improvements and future developments on the old sch0ol buildings or property. The District and City have discussed possible ways the property could be used to benefit the community and adjacent neighbors. Uses for the old school property have been discussed, such as a public park with little kids' soccer fields. Uses for the one-story wood building (McLaughlin Center) have also been discussed, such as a community gathering room or shelter. The Board is well aware the old school building holds a sentimental value for many generations of Norwalk residents and respects these ties. The Board also rec- ognizes the property, despite its many issues, does have a monetary value. After months of consideration and contemplation, the Board has decided to offer the prop- erty for sale for a set period of time. The Board is currently accepting proposals from interested buyers. All proposals submitted must be accompanied by an approval letter from the City of Norwalk, verifying the future use meets the City's zoning and use requirements. The Board will be accepting proposals until July 1, 2013. Inter- ested parties can learn more about the property and the necessary steps to submit a proposal in the notice of sale published in the legal section of the North Warren Town and County News or on the Norwalk Community School District's website at www.norwalk.k12.ia.us: In the event the old school building cannot be sold for a future use that meets the City's zoning and use requirements, the Board intends to raze the old building and either sell the block for residential lots or enter into further discussions with the City for a community use of the old building property. ECLECTIC ARTISANS SUMMER HOURS.*.* Summer is a busy time for everyone, including all of the staff at Eclectic Artisans. There are numerous art shows and events throughout the summer that our artists attend. To allow all of us to have some summer free time, the shop will be closed Mondays for June, July and August. Be sure to shop with us and check out what's new 11:30-6:30 Tuesday through Friday and 10-5 Saturday.