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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT i f:: { ;;; ; I4 i }i ii I r::': I)17: : q ': "" ";: s,i:'d ! 1[!t,!i", 'd,:i: ?,'.ii: | I1,1,,!,,I,,I,1,1,,I,,I,,1"1'1"1't'11'"'11""II1'"1'1'1'1 Warren Town and County 50.00 t Vol. 43 No. 7 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 7, 2011 (- Mayor's 5or00QLh Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce x., J The Fourth of July is behind us and I hope that you all had a good time celebrating with family and friends as to how fortunate we are to live in such a great nation!. However, with the Fourth of July behind us, that means the Iowa State Fair and new school year are just around the comer, I consider the Fourth as the halfway point of summer and that is sort of depressing since we have not had much decent weather to enjoy summer activi- ties as of this writing. I want to thank Pat and Mike Wahl for their superb efforts with orchestrating the Fourth of July parade and activities in the park. They do a lot of "behind the scenes" work to make this signature event for Norwalk happen. I, also, want tO thank the Lions Club for the outstanding fireworks display that they organize year in and year out. Fourth of July activities have become signature events for Norwalk...and when I say signa- ture events, I mean just that, as lots of folks from sur- rounding areas come to Norwalk because of the great parade and fireworks. Well Done and a huge Thank You to all those involved! As an update to two of our Construction Improvement Projects, Public Works has started operations out of their new facility and the City Hall renovation project is nearly complete. We will be moving back into City Hall during the week of 11-15 July...both of these facilities look great! We will have Open Houses for both in the near future to "show off" your tax dollars at work. Like the Fourth activities are signature events, I would argue that the City's upgrade of City Hall, Public Works and the School's new football stadium/auditorium are also "signature events" about Norwalk's dedication and commitment to its future. We should all take pride in the improvements to our "curb appeal" that makes such a strong statement as to the outstanding community that we are! State Fair Tickets New Print-At-Home Option Adds Convenience Save up to 30% off Iowa State Fair gate admission with advance admission tickets, on sale now through Augus t 10. The 2011 Fair is August 11-21. Adult admission tickets are just $7 in advance (regu- larly $10), and children's admission is only $3 in ad- vance (regularly $4). Children 5 and under are admit- ted free every day. Tickets are good any one Fair day. New this year, Fair-goers can print advance admis- sion tickets at home whe purchasing them online at www.iowastate fair.org. f i is fee-free option is easy and convenient. Beginning July 1, tickets may also be pur- chased at participating Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Drugstores, Dahl's Foods, Fareway Stores or, beginning July 11, the State Fair Ticket Office. Fair Play Packs, 11-day punch cards, food coupons and Midway tickets a also available at iowast atefair.org or, beginning jr, 11, at the State Fair Ticket Office, located in the Ad aistration Building on the Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 m.. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturd ;. Online orders will close July 29. Walk-up orders  .... !x: available until August 10. Cash, check, money or Visa, MasterCard or Dis- cover are accepted. Ali off, ood while supplies last. Fairgoers can enjoy an bigger benefit when buy- ing early: advance admissi. ickets have a coupon for a free small Potato Ok :F at : icipating Iowa-area Taco John's. Norwalk Firefighter's Car Wash The Norwalk Firefighter's Association will be hold- ing a car wash fundraiser Saturda July 16, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Fire Station, 1100 Chatham Ave. Cost is a free-will donation. A rain date of July 23 has been set during the same hours. Annual Booster Club Meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2011 The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. follow- ing the regular monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. All booster club members are welcome to attend the regular monthly meeting and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting where voting of 2011-2012 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Media Center. Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk Easter Public Library Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. The agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall. I. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. - Roll Call of Members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-June 1G 2011 Regular Coun- cil Meeting IV. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatement VI. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance providing for increased water rates and increased sewer rates, and amending section 13.18.050(B) and 13.04.391 of theNorwalk Municipal Code. (tabled 4-21-11) B. Consideration and third reading of proposed Ordinance amending The City of Norwalk Zoning Map by rezoning certain property from IC, C-0 and C-2 to P.U.D. and to adopt the Master Plan and establish rules and regulations and guidelines for the development of the Holland Planned Unit Development. C. Resolution approving the site plan for an accessory structure at New Life Lutheran Church at 4380 Wakonda Drive. D. Resolution approving change order for the North Avenue Water Main Extension project. VII. Current Business A. Approval of the new Public Works Foreman position job des@iption and pay rate. (tabled 3-3-11) B. Approval of an agreement between the City of Norwalk and Lund Fire Protection in relation to build- ing plan review. (tabled 6-16-11) C. Adoption of the updated City of Norwalk Hazard Mitigation Plan. VIII. Reports Mayor; Council Members-Murillo, Curtis, Delker, Leto, Thayer; City Administrator; Department Heads-Development Services Director, Public Works Director, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Library Director, Parks & Recreati()n Director IX. Adjournment I NORWALK POLICE CHIEF 1 By Ed Kuhl The City will be making a decision regarding the use of traffic cameras and has formed a committee to gather information and provide a recommendation to the Mayor and Council for their decision. The Police De- partment is hosting a town hall meeting at the Public Safety Center on July 14 at 7 p.m. to solicit input from our residents. Your thoughts and comments are impor- tant to us to consider and address concerns and relevant information. We will also host a representative from the City of Clive who will explain how those devices are used in their community. We know that any policing program must have the support of the public to be suc- cessful and that can only happen if their concerns are effectively addressed. On another note we have had a:rash of thefts from vehicles. The majority of the vehicles were left unlocked with property left visible in the passenger compartment. Though we have now arrested members of two differ- ent groups of thieves, these crimes continue. Apparent "round trip thefts," where vehicles are stolen from other cities, dropped off here, the thefts Occur in those areas, a vehicle is then stolen here and abandoned in the other community. Please remove items of value from sight, secure your vehicles and let us know at the time if you see or hear suspicious activity. SUMMER WRESTLING CAMPS The Iowa State Kevin Jackson's Summer Wrestling Camp will be held at the Norwalk High School Thurs- day, July 14, and Frida3 July 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The camp cost is $85 and includes a T-shirt. It is for all ages and for those living in the surrounding area. The 2011 camp clinicians are Kevin Jackson, Trent Paulson, Travis Paulson, Jon Reader, David Zabriskie and additional members of the Iowa State wrestling team and staff. Summer wrestling creates winter cham- pions. One or more of the clinicians willcome and pro- vide world-class technique and experience at an afford- able rate. Register with Norwalk High School Head Wrestling Coach Darin Schreck by Sunday, July 10, by calling 515- 865-2720 or email dschreck@norwalk.k12.ia.us. Athletic Booster Club Golf Benefit Planned The 4th Annual Norwalk Athletic Booster Club Golf Benefit has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Countryside Golf Course, 3089 North Ave., with a shot- gun start at noon. Cost for the four-person best shot 18 holes is $60 per person or $240 per foursome. The price includes din- ner, shirt and prizes. The fundraiser benefits the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club's General Fund. To register, or for more informa- tion, contact Stacy Rosonke at srosonke@your captive.com. Drive Carefully Children at Play ,4Ur_ 4I\