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Thursday, June 13, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen rnment In Concluded from p. 1 sion for Party Before the Works and felt the fee should not be waived. Councilmembers Sylvester and Murillo agreed the fee should not be waived. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions Orchard View Planned Unit Development-Coun- Cil approved the first reading of an ordinance adopting the Master Plan and establishing additional rules, regu- lations and guidelines for the development of the Or- chard View Planned Unit Development. O'Leary Funeral Home &Cremation Services and Celebration of Life Center-Council approved the con- sideration of a resolution approving the Site Plan for the O'Leary Funeral Home at 1020 Main St. Mike Johnson, Director of Planning & Building, advised the council the building would essentially stay the same with a minor roof change. The existing building would be renovated and will include a flower shop located within the building as an accessory to the funeral home. Johnson advised cremations would not occur on this site, but elsewhere in Des Moines. Owners of the fu- neral home have requested additional parking, if needed, from Scott's Foods and Sunset Plaza owners. City's Application to Iowa State Recreational Trails Program-Josh Heggen, Community Development Di- rector, proposed applying for a grant for trail funding from the Iowa State Recreational Trails Program. The proposed trail along West North Avenue to the connec- tion on Orchard Hills Drive will be the first phase to connect the trail to McAninch Sports Complex and a long term goal of connecting Norwalk to the Great West- em Trail. The cost of this project is $169,103 and the city of Norwalk would have to match 25% of this amount. Heggen advised the city's 25% could come from Tax .Increment Financing (TIF) funds. Fiber Optic Conduit-Council approved a resolution to install fiber optic conduit and cable from 380 Wright Road to the Norwalk Sports Complex. Communication Innovators was the lowest bidder for the project. Norwalk Schools purchased the property at 380 Wright Road for administrative offices and will install fiber optic conduit to connect to all Schools in the district. Included in the bidding was the option to extend the system to the City's sports complex allowing for connectivity of that facility during operations which would be benefi- cial in monitoring weather, issuing "on time" results during sports tournaments as well as general commu- nication needs. The City's cost for this installation is $32,474. According to Tim Hoskins, Public Works Di- rector, the long-term benefit would be to provide a point to connect to the water tower once Orchard Hills is con- structed between West Pine and Wright Road and will enhance economic development capabilities in the area. Fire Protection-Council approved the 28E agreement for fire protection with the City of Cumming. The agree- ment will also provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to Cumming residents. Council also approved a 28E agreement with the City of Spring Hill. The agree, ment would allow Norwalk to continue to provide Fire and EMS to residents. Disposal Of Norwalk Fire Vehicle-Council approved the disposal of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. There is interest from the Decatur County Sheriff's Office to pur- chase the vehicle as a parts car. The vehicle was used in extrication training for the fire department and holds no retail value. The City will transfer the car to the Decatur County Sheriff's Office in exchange for removal of the vehicle. Curfew for Minors-Council discussed an ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code providing for a curfew for minors in and for the city of Norwalk. In the summary explanation provided in the City's packet for this council meeting stated the need for a curfew. This curfew would promote the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community and to reinforce responsibility of adults for minors and to pro- tect the public from illegal acts. This would cover mi- nors under the age of 18 years and movement from 12:30 a.m. until 5 a.m. This item will be on future agendas for more discus- sion and input. Legacy Circle Villas-Council approved the resolu- tion of the Final Plat for the Legacy Circle Villas. This plat covers a proposed 18 unit, two-unit per building, townhome development. Capital City Fruit-Council approved a resolution for the site plan for Capital City Fruit's parking lot expan- sion at 1850 Colonial Parkway. The expansion is to the existing parking lot and would create 50 addii:ional parkingspaces. R: orts 3, vor Pierce-Stated he vill be absent from the next :ou i meeting and Mayo: Pro Tem Frank Curtis will CtlVltles at the cover the council meeting. N O RWA L K Parks and Recreation Director Nancy Kuehl-Stated problems with the city pool have been resolved and the pool opened Monday, June 10. LIBRARY Public Works Director Tim Hoskins-City's appliance 1051 North Ave. 981-0217 .......... drop off was Saturday, June 8, and is the first time the city has offered this at the city facility. Dustin Huston, Fire Chief-Reported on the fire that occurred Thursday, June 6, on North Avenue. Chief Huston stated the fire involved a horse barn with no injuries. West Des Moines' ladder company assisted with the fire. Library Director Holly Sealine-Advised the council on activities at the library including a spray artist, David Siddens, son of former residents Bob and Lois Siddens, will be at the library Sunda3 June 16, from 1-5 p.m. LETTERS " We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Saturday, June 15 Early Literacy Saturdays Continue. Join us for early literacy storytime which includes lapsit stories, finger plays and songs, all designed for babies and wee-ones! Care providers should bring a soft blanket to lay their baby on during class. Parents and care providers: ex- pect full interaction with your little ones and some help- ful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for a one-one or two-one care pro- vider to child ratio. Registration is required and sign- up sheets are available at the Library. Baby Lapsit Storytime (for pre-walkers) 9-9:30 a.m. Wee Ones (for walkers up to 22 months) 9:30-10 a.m. ZomCom, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join us for the final adults- only film in the Zombie Comedy (ZomCom) Film Fes- tival, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (rated R). Participants must be 18 or older. This series is part of programming for the Adult Summer Read. Monday, June 17 Family Night, 6:30 p.m. Join us for stories, songs, flan- nel boards and a craft. All are welcome. Tuesday, June 18 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-5 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards. This storytime is also a good fit for parents at- tending with several children and for daycare groups. Teen Lego Club, 1-2 p.m. For 5th through 12th grade. If you love Legos, stop by the Library to build your own creation. We provide all Legos and no registration is required. Dear Friends: The Norwalk Lions Club is gearing up for the 2013 July 4th Celebration in Norwalk. Norwalk certainly is well-known for its wonderful display of fireworks, drawing people into our community from all Of the greater Des Moines area. Thursday, July 4th at McAninch Sports Complex at dusk is the fireworks display. The Norwalk Lions Club has put the preliminary or- der in for the fireworks and will begin a raffle ticket campaign in June to raise funds for the fireworks dis- History Club, 6:30-8 p.m. This group meets monthly play. The Norwalk fireworks show is one of the largest to share artifacts, stories and learn more about the his, in the state. To keep as one of the largest we are once tory of Norwalk and surrounding areas. Bring your own again asking for your help by providing us with a mon- photos, documents or artifacts to share. Additionally, etary gift and/or raffle prize. Monetary gifts help pay for the extensive fireworks we will have speakers about historical preservation and display. Any raffle prize that we receive will be awarded topics related to history. during a drawing after the July 4th celebration with Wednesday, June 19 Mammoth Excavation Program, 1 p.m. (Geared to- winners notified later that Week. We will publish ap- ward elementary school children.)Heard about the "Big predation for all donors in the North Warren Town and Dig" in Iowa? Representatives from the Museum of County Newspaper. We appreciate any gift that you can Natural History in Iowa City will be on hand to talk give. Monetary gifts and/or raffle prizes can be delivered/ about what they're doing, how they're doing it and what sent to Susan and Fred Leverman or Linda Bussanmas. they're finding. If you would like to schedule a pick up of a gift,(ontact Card Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Play cards! Learn and teach Susan, Fred or Linda at the pl one numbers below. If we new card games or form a foursome to play your favor- .ire game. This group meets monthly and tonight is Poker don't hear from you, we will be following up with a night! Cards provided. visit/call in the middle of June. For more than 34 years, monies generated by the Thursday, June 20 Norwalk Lions Club through several fundraisers have Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For children 18 months provided needed community services, including but not to 3 years. Join us for stories, finger plays, songs and limited to: fulfilling requests for eyeglasses for those in flannel boards, all to help develop critical early literacy skills. need, scholarships for Norwalk High School graduates, Kids Lego Club, 1-2:30 p.m. For kindergarten Norwalk Food Pantry, gift certificates to local grocery through 4th grade. If you love Legos, stop by the Li- stores for families in need, and support for Norwalk Community Schools programs and other community brary to build your own creation. The Library provides projects. In addition we provide: eye screening for chil- all Legos and no registration is required. dren 6 months to 5 years old in the Norwalk area through Craft Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Using guest presenters, this group explores all kinds of arts and crafts! For enthusi- Iowa KidSight; sponsor blood drives, support for Lions asts to share their hobby areas and for participants to Leader Dog project, support for the FreeStore and pro- socialize, try new areas or learn about arts/crafts. Con- vide volunteers for community projects and other ac- tivities in the community, tact Mary Kay Johnson at the Library if you want to lead If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give ei- a workshop or participate. Tonight, learn about wire jewelry with our guest teacher, Betty Lester of Eclectic ther of us a call. Artisans. Thank you. Friday, June 21 Susan & Fred Leverman Coffee & Books, 9-10:30 a.m. Drop in for coffee and Norwalk Lions Club to talk about books. 4810 Lakewood Drive Heart of a Hero, I p.m. Presented by Chasing4Life, learn about first responders and how they do their very Norwalk, Iowa 50211 important jobs. Come and check out the search and res- 515-771-2259 cue drone! All are welcome. Linda Bussanmas Zombie Apocalypse Program & Loci -in, 3-7 p.m, Norwalk Lions Club For 6th through 12th grade. 1119 Skylane Drive 3 p.m.: Zombie Apocalypse program, presented by Norwalk, Iowa 50211 Chasing4Life. Find out what to do and how to be pre- 515-979-8757 pared in the event of a zombie apocalypse! 4 p.m.: Zombie Iron Chef. Test out your skills in food creation in this creepy, crawly program. See if you have what it takes to be the next "Zombie Iron Chef." 5 p.m.: Movie, Warm Bodies (rated PG-13) and snacks. All participants must have a signed permission slip from SUBSCRIBE TODAY! a p ent or guardian in order to attend. Send 5! 8 check or money order Sometimes I just wish I had a day off. I really need to fo:: ;ear subscription to clean my room. P x _ 3, Norwalk, IA 50211 -Hilary Duff / /