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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR Ill -- ! I!H !1! !! ! ''; litJ  tll!!| ......... ..... Warren Town and County NORWALK COMMUNITY "SCHOOL DISTRIOT 50 Norwalk Warriors m Vol. 46 No. 5 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, June 19, 2014 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. (Editor's Note: Former Norwalk resident, Pam Johnson, has written a book and it is about to be released. Fol- lowing is a "Letter to the Community " answering ques- t-ions that she has received throughout the process of writing and publishing a book. She explains some of her thoughts and how she was able to produce the book without having to pay huge publishing fees.) literature or writing. I worked at the Norwalk Newspaper between 1989 and 1991 and really admired the writers on this staff for their skills. I had written numerous short stories and poems, but had never attempted a novel. .Where did you get the idea for the story, The Fe- male Factory? I was actu- Pamela Johnson ally researching my family tree and I was having a dif- ficult time finding any "in- formation regarding my great great-grandmother Concluded p. 10 I was always interested in writing from a young age, but I did not go to college and had no ..particular training in Agenda City Council Regular Business Meeting Agenda Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6 p.m. 1. Call to order at 6 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda. 3. Presentation(s) 4. Welcome of guests and public comment (3 minute limit, no action). 5. Approve Minutes- May 29, 2014 Work Session and June 5, 2014 Regular Council meeting. 6. Consent Agenda. Expenditures. Tax Abatements. Cigarette permits renewal(s) - Casey's, Dollar General Fareway, Git N Go, Kum & Go #28, Kum & Go #240 and Scott's Liquor license renewal(s) - Outskirtz/Better Life, Variety - the Children's Charity & Party Before the Works. Special Events permit(s) - Party before the Works, Fireworks displa36 Parade and activities at City Park. Approval of audit proposal from Shull & Co. for FY 13/14 audit -Receive and file May monthly reports. 7. Public Hearing and consideration of a Resolution approving Annexation Moratorium Agreement and 28E Agreement with the City of Des Moines. 8. Public Hearing on applications for. the voluntary annexation of property into the City of Norwalk. 9. Consideration of second, of three, readings of an Ordinance amending the master plan and rules, regula- Concluded p. 2 Flag Disposal Ceremony Members of Cumming American Legion Post #562 will hold a flag dis- posal ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Post in Cumming, weather permitting. The event is to show the proper way to dispose of the American Flag by burning. The public is in- vited to attend. Blood Drive At EXIT Realty A blood drive will be held Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to noon at the EXIT Realty North Star Conference Room, 1039 Sunset Dr. To schedule a blood do- nation appointment, go to www.EXITRealtyNorth Star.com or call 515-981- 5131. Walk-ins are also welcome. Ghostbusters At Library Friday, June 20, the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary will host an event for adults and teens at 6:30 p.m. Ghostbusters interac- tive movie will be fea- tured. Reservations are re- quired at mkjohns0n@n orwalk.iowa.gov. Participants will engage with the 1980s movie clas- sic. Props for interacting with the movie will be pro- vided or you may attend dressed as your favorite Ghostbusters character. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. NorwalkFarmer's Market Open Norwalk Farmer's Mar- ket is now open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays in the park- ing lot of Scott's Foods, 1120 Sunset Dr. For more information about being a vendor, con- tact Jim Dixon, 515-975- 4348. POLICE REPORT i Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until - proven guilty in a court of law. Domestic Assault. Subject Criminal Mischief 4th, Devlin Drive/Old Orchard Drive. Informatic;n taken and a report was made. Iune 9 Burglary Report, 700 block Kitterman Circle; re- port made. June 10 Harassment Report, 700 block Kitterman Circle; re- port made. Motor Vehicle Crash, South Avenue/Center Street. Vehicle driven by Janell Ward-Schaefer, Norwalk, was struck by a juvenile riding a bicycle. Minor injuries were sus- tained by the bicyclist and there was damage to the vehicle. A report was made and submitted to the Iowa Department of Transporta- tion. Domestic Disturbance, 1200 block Holly Drive. Information was taken and a report made. Derek Baier, Norwalk, was ar- rested and charged with was processed and trans- ported to the Warren County Jail. Annual Booster Club Meeting The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held Wednesday, July 30, at 8 p.m. following the regular monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. All booster club members are welcome to attend the regular monthly meeting and are encour- aged to attend the annual meeting wnere voting of 2014-2015 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Me- dia Center. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! .Salem Hildebrandt Named Iowa Eagle Scout of the Year Salem Hildebrandt, 17, son of Scott and Connie Hildebrandt of Norwalk, has been named 2014 American Legion of Iowa Eagle Scout of the Year and as such will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Nominated by the Cumming American Le- gion Post #562, Hilde- brandt will be honored during an award cer- emony Saturda) July '12, at the Marriott in Coralville. He also will participate in a parade later that day. As the 2014 Eagle Scout of the Year in Iowa, Hildebrandt's nomination has been forwarded to the national organization to be Salem Hildebrandt considered for an addi- tional $10,000 scholarship. He is a 2014 graduate of Norwalk High School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 30. Chamber's Party Before the Works- The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce annual Party Before The Works will be held Thursday, July 3, in the parking lot of The Wright Place, 340 Wright Road. There will be a Kids Fun Zone from 7 to 8 p.m. fol- lowed with a live band, Abby Normal, from 7:45 to11:45 p.m. Activities include a bounce house. Bring your lawn chairs. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. No coolers are allowed. The cost is 55 at the door, children 10 alad under, $3. Sponsorships are available. Send your check for $200 to the chamber at P.O. Box 173, Norwalk, IA 50211. The deadline is July 1. Speed Limit Along Hwy 28 to Change In November of 2012, a road safety audit, conducted by Iowa State University in conjunction with City staff, was completed along Hwy 28/Sunset Drive within Norwalk city limits. The study, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), was commis- sioned to review traffic crash frequencies within the corridor and to propose remedies to reduce these crashes. The study identified the inconsistent speeds along Hwy 28 as a potential factor for many'of the acci- dents. Based upon the conclusions in the stud the City approached IDOT to have the speed limits changed on Hwy 28 within the city limits. The proposal sets the speed limits at 45 mph at the north and south ends of town and 35 mph in the middle along the business ar- eas. The request was granted by 1DOT and the Norwalk ; City Council passed this resolution during the May 15, 2014 Council meeting. The speed limit change will go into effect approximately June 21, 2014.