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July 4, 2019

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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR norwolk wrecker! Watt NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren SMALL IOWN Hi—‘x'r‘lztxm 5.51 WES! RAILHUAIJAvt thLION WA. show-3M; IQ ‘IIHII‘I'IH'II'i"I'I“II‘HI‘I‘WI'I'IIIII'I'I"I'II‘II'I I l I! and News 50¢ Vol. 52 No. 5 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 g USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@ norwalknewspapemom Thursday, July 4, 2019 Way Back When.... 4th of July Celebrations From Years Past We’ve been looking through newspaper archives for some memorable events in Norwalk’s history. We hope you enjoy these memories of July 4th celebrations from previous years. Above, a photo from July 4th, 1969: a mus1c group called the Norwalk Five, consisting of Bob Riggs, piano; Bob Wright, trombone; Maurice Goode, bass fiddle; Keith Guthrie, guitar and banjo; and Tom Huddleston, trumpet. Below, Dr. and Mrs. Alan Raun in a parade photo from the July 4th, 1976 Norwalk parade. Above, a 4th of July frog race held near Norwalk High School on'July 4th, 1982. Pictured are former Norwalk police chief Bill McNamara, Cumming mayor Lew McKinney, and Norwalk mayor David Hoskins- ‘ ~ . ~ Below, the American Legion color guard led off the parade on July 4th, 1976. N orwalk City Street Parking Reminders The City of Norwalk would like to remind residents of some places where parking is always prohibited when parking your vehicle on the street: Fire Hydrant ~within five (5) feet of a fire hydrant. . I Mailboxes —Within twenty (20) feet on either side of a mailbox. ' Stop Sign or Signal —within ten (10) feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop or yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. - Intersection —within an intersection or within ten (10) feet of an intersection of any street. ' Crosswalks —on a crosswalk. . ' Driveway —in front of a public or private driveway. - Sidewalk —-on or across a sidewalk. . If you see a parking violation that is causing concern, please contact the Norwalk Police by calling (515) 222-3321. These violations and more can be found in Chapter 69 of our Code of Ordinances. Dedication of Warrior Park is July 8th Please join Norwalk Parks and Recreation staff for the dedication of Norwalk’s newest park, Warrior Park. The dedication will be held Monday, July 8th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Warrior Park is located at 51 1 Orchard Hills Drive. What’s Up in the Sky? Find out at Norwalk Easter Public Library, on Tuesday, ‘July' 16th, at an after-hours adult program, led by Greg Woolever, observatory director of the Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc. We will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a classroom presentation about astronomy, followed by direct observation through telescopes (as sky conditions allow). Telescopes will be provided and there is a per person reservation fee, which will be refunded at the event. Adults may bring supervised youth who are able to sit through the classroom session and understand the material. Youth will share the telescope with their adult and should be registered together as one telescope. Registration is limited. Please contact the library, if you have a question. Mayor’s Moment By Tom Phillips orwol ' seesaw Stateof the City Thank you to everyone who attended the State of the City address on June 1 1. Those in attendance had the opportunity to see a video that showcased all of the deVelopment and changes that have taken place in N orwalk over the past year. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, I strongly encourage you to go to the city’s website (www.norwalk. iowa.gov) and check it out. The link to the video is on the homepage. I think you will be surprised and impressed by all the work being done in our community. Water Rates I wanted to take the opportunity with this month’s Mayor’s Moment to address the water rates and to clear up some misinformation. The City of Norwalk buys its water from Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). This year, DMWW notified the City of Norwalk that it had decided to raise its wath rates by seven percent. Fortunately, the City wasable to absorb much of that increase, duetothe growth within Norwalk. Unfortunately, we still needed to pass along two percent of that increase to our residents. There is a misconception that Norwalk’s water rates are the highest in the metro area. Actually, out of 11 surveyed communities in the metro, Norwalk’s water rates are right in the middle. There are five communities with higher rates and five communities with lower rates. Out of those same 1 1 communities surveyed, Norwalk’s sanitary sewer rates were second highest. We know our sanitary sewer rates are high and, due’ to debt, our sewer rates are going to remain high for the time being. Please know, we’re always looking at ways to reduce those rates. If you recall last year, we had a hydrology engineering study performed. The study identified a few deficiencies in our drinking water system and we’re working to resolve them. One of those deficiencies identified is that we only have one water main coming into the city from DMWW. That water main is not going to be able to. continue to supply the city’s need for water and, in the unlikely event that water main would fail, NorWalk would have no tap water. Based on these results from the study, city staff was directed to start working a project to bring a second water main into the city. This water main comes from DMWW’s Maffitt Reservoir water treatment plant. The timeline on this project is to have it wrapped up before year-end. These types of capital expenditures are necessary to keep water flowing in the city. ‘ DMWW has already informed us of their intentions to raise their rates by 10 percent again next year. While the City will strive to absorb as much of that increase as we can, water customers will again see a small increase on their water bills. If you have questions about your water bill, I strongly encourage you to contact City Hall and speak to the water department. RAGBRAI RAGBRAI will be rolling through town on Tuesday, July 23rd and a majority of North Avenue will be closed all day. You will want to find analternative way in and out of the city if this is your main route. If you live directly off of North Avenue, you may be delayed but you will definitely be able to get to your home. We are expecting well over 10,000 people to roll through Norwalk for RAGBRAI. Please join us at N orwalk City Park to enjoy some good music, eat some good food and wash it down with something good to drink. It should be a fun time and a great opportunity to show everyone just how nice Norwalk can be.