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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT "qL:" / Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 4 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.om Thursday, June 12, 2014 J CING ON THE HILL The Thursday, June. 5, Regular Norwalk City Coun- cil Meeting was held in council chambers. Mayor Tom Phillips called'the n eeting to order with all councilmeml ers present. Presentations-Dean Yordi and Ross Harri gave a ./. presentation to the council regarding future plans for the SW Connector/Veterans Parkway. According to Yordi and Harris; the plans are to connect Hwy 80 to the SW Connector over the next 10 years. Consent Agenda-Council approved expenditures for the city and tax abatements. The abatements included Orton Homes LLC, 2023 Dorchester, new single-family residence (SFR) for $220,000; Showcase Homes Ltd., 550 Legacy Ct. Unit 31 and Unit 32, new SFR, each for $310,910 and B. Schultz, 3147 Prairie Rose Dr., new SFR for $500,000. Council set a date of june 19 at 6 p.m. for a public hearing on an annexation moratorium agreement with the City of Des Moines. Liquor licenses were renewed for Kum & Go Stores #28 and #240. By Pat Wahl Don't forget the 9th Annual Soap Box Derby Street Race Saturday, June 14. Come support the local youth in their race down the hill. The race starts in front of the Christian Church on Main Street and will go south. Thes youth have put a lot of time and effort into their cars and have really enjoyed it. Cheer on your favorite driver. Don't forget to buy a raffle ticket while you are there. Many prizes donated from local businesses. Raffle pro- ceeds go to help pay for the race. Remember, the winner of this race goes to Akron, OH for the 77th Annual World Championship race on July 26. Let's make sure the racers have our support. Norwalk Christian Church will be serving food throughout the day. Grab a lawn chair and come out and enjoy. Race starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until we have a winner in Stock and Super Stock. For more information, call Pat Nigon at 515-991-8206 or Lowell Kleen at 515-285-9900. Girl Scout Day Camp Girl Scout Day Camp is planned for 8 to 11:30 a.m. tions guidelines for the Legacy Planned Unit Develop- ment. The amendment specifies that land uses shall be prohibited with the following permitted exceptions: Assisted living residential facilities and mixed use build- ings that include a mixture of commercial office and residential uses. The first reading of the ordinance was approved by council. Item 8-Council approved 3-2 the final reading of an ordinance amending the zoning map regarding land located at Countryside Golf Course/Warrior Run Estates Item 7-Council held a public hearing regarding an Wednesday, June 18 through Friday, June 20, at Billy O. Ordinance amending the master planand rules, regula- Phillips Park (in the Legacy neighborhood). Cost for Girl Scouts for all three days is $20 and for non-Gift Scouts, it is $35. Girls who have completed the for Diligent Development. Item 9-The third and final reading of an ordinance amending the Legacy Planned Unit Development. Item 10-Council approved an Ordinance amending regulations concerning sidewalks. Updated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires sidewalks be a minimum of five feet in width. Currently, the width is required to be four feet. The second and third readings were waived by council. Item 11-The repairs to Redwood Street due to a ma- jor water main break will cost around $45,000. In March the water main broke and 700,000 gallons'of water was lost. According to Tim Hoskins, Public Works Director, a significant amount of subgrade under the street has eroded away and and will need to be replaced. A bid fifth grade and who would like to help, their cost is $10. If not a registered Girl Scout, the cost is $25. Participants should wear sneakers and clothes that can get dirty. Snacks and drink Will be provided. There is a minimum of 12 girls per site with a maxi- mum number depending on the number of adult vol- unteers. For more information, go to www.NGSday camp.Webs.com. Annual Booster Club Meeting The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held Wednesday, July 30, at 8 p.m. follow- ing the regular monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. All booster club members are welcome to attend the regu- lar monthly meeting and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting where voting of 2014-2015 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Media Center. has been secured from Jensen Builders and work should f take around six weeks start to finish. Item 12-Council approved 4-1 to proceed with the Streetscaping Project for Highway 28. Staff Reports. P irks & Rec DirectorNancY Kuehl reported repairs are being done to the pool and it should be open by Monday, June 9. Reported graffiti to the skate park and also stated graffiti painted on the Tropical Sno business. Chief of Police Greg Staples reported Zena, the drug dog and her handler, Officer Phil Parker, passed certifi- cation. He also stated the police department will be present at the city park for the lunch served by the Norwalk Methodist Church. Mayor Tom Phillips stated,the Community Chat will be Saturday, June 14, in council chambers. Also, he may drive a derby car in the upcoming Soap Box Derby. It seems the city owns a derby car and it would be avail- able for a celebrity race SALLY SPEAKS By Sally Huntoon INTRODUCING NORWALK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY "Discipling the next generation toknow God, trust God and obey God, for the fame of His name." Since February 2014, a group of interested parents and educators has been meeting and diligently praying about the opening of a Christian school in Norwalk. Since that time, thi group of believers have witnessed God putting into place the pieces necessary for the suc- cessful launch of such a school. As a result, they are pleased to announce the formation of Norwalk Chris- tian Academy, Inc. Norwalk Christian Academy (NCA) has been estab- lished as a non-denominational school existing for the purpose of discipling the next generation to know God, trust God and obey God for the fame of His name. NCA believes this is achieved by: Fostering a Love for the Lord in response to his Love for us and a reverence for the Lord in children. Partnering with Parents to nurture the God Given Gifts and Talents specific to each child. Providing a Biblically Focused and God-centered culture. Promoting Educational Excellence. Crea "th3g a unified student body through Worship, prayer and the Word of God. Utilizing Teachers who reflect the Love of Jesus Christ inside and outside the classroom. Providing h Loving and Safe Atmosphere for all of God's children. Instilling in our students a Heart for Serving others in their church and community. Unveiling God's Heart For the Nations and equip- ping our students to join His Mission. Maintaining an Inviting Physical Environment which stimulates the minds of our students. At this time, the founders of NCA are prayfully con- sidering whether or not to open the doors of Norwalk ChristianAcademy for the 2014/2015 academic year or to wait to open NCA until the 2015/2016 academic year. It is their desire at NCA that all interested families in Norwalk and its surrounding communities have the option of a faith-based education for their children. Thus, we at NCA have put together a survey for those who may be interested in the opening of a Christian school in Norwalk. The survey can be found and taken at: https://www.surveymonkey, com/s/PJQPV8G. Interested families can also visit NCA's website at NorwalkChristian.org where they will find the survey. It is important that we receive all survey results from interested families by June 20, 2014. NCA is also looking for families or individuals who would be interested in helping with the launching of t this new Christian school. We understand that the en- tire body of Christ must come together in His name and for His purpose in order for NCA to complete its Mis- sion. If you have an interest in being involved, email your interest to: NCAforChrist@NorwalkChristian.org. Last week. was the annual Norwalk High School graduation issue. Senior pictures and awards are given to us by the Norwalk High School staff. We especially appreciate the work of Greg Rivers for the senior pic- tures and Becky Anthony for giving us a list of all the awards that were given to the students. " Staff member Mary Lou Gray put together the gradu- ation pages and put in a lot of extra time and effort. Our newspaper proofer, Lori Ford, also put in a lot of extra time proofing all of the awards, graduation list and ads. Extra copies of the June 5, 2014 issue, which includes the special graduation section, are available at the news- paper office. The cost is 50 cents. Keep NCA in your prayers as they humbly move for-- ward with the purpose of glorifying God and His King- dom. Blood Drive The Norwalk Community Blood Drive is Thursday, June 1% from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 720 O chard Hills Dr. Schedule an appointment online at www.life servebloodcenter.org or contact Sandra Jennings at 515- 619-9174. This blood drive is sponsored by Nor- all< Christian Church. Bring a valid form of identifi .don, such as a donor ID card or driver's license. ~k~ .