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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT !!,, I il ; i( ,,ii t911 :'i" t I,,,,l,,i,,,,li,,il,,il .... , II,,t,lll,,,f,,I ' Warren Town and County WS Vol. 42 No. 7 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, July 8, 2010 LETTERS !/Xd:fllA 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 necessanqy the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Letter to the Editor: The city of Norwalk has scheduled a public hearing on a pending bond issue: Thursda) July 8, 2010 6:00 p.m. in the church hall at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. (under the water tower) It was moved to St. Johns from the library in anticipation of a large crowd. I am sure there will be a notice elsewhere in this pa- per announcing the meeting..I am equally sure there will not be much detail, just another city meeting. Who cares? We should care. This is our city and our money and it is a lot of money - $11 million. The city officials will argue that everyone of these items is essential. They will tell us that we have waited way too long and we need to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. Some of the requests I agree with. Some have not enough detail yet to earn my support. That is the pur- pose of this meeting. We have an obligation to monitor and comment on what our elected officials are doing. This is our opportunity. A few examples: Ambulance replacement - $168,000.00, This unit is in good running c.ondition with approx. 60,000 miles. Es- sential? - I think not. How often are both units dis- patched at the same time? Police vehicle replacement- $96,000.00 for two units? Each unit should cost less than $30,000. Take the equip- ment off the old units and install it on the new vehicles. Basketball courts - $50,000.00. Again, is this really essential? Certainly we can do better than this. Police secure storage facility - $9,000.00. A secure room for ammo inside a secure police station. Essen- t[al? City hall - $1,400,000.00 for a building that already exists? Just exactly what is the plan here? Do we have bids on the $4,600,000.00 public works facility? How was this figure obtained? Several line items have no detail associated with them. A $300,000.00 block for water projects, another for sewer projects and another for streets. Trails - $250,000.00. This was reduced from $400,000.00. This certainly cannot be the final thirty (30) feet of bike trail could it? Or is this the giant slush fund we use for spending on anything and everything not in the budget? It appears many of these line items are bloated estimates with monies left over for projects not detailed. Do we need a policy which states all moneys not spent on the specific items requested must be returned to the general fund? Wright road overlay - Absolutely, years overdue. If I had my way, we would begin a program to re-pave our city streets. I have been here for twenty (20) years and other than new construction, I have not seen any streets re-paved. Lakewood streets are like driving in a third world country. North Ave. and Cherry Street are like washboards. We continue to patch our patches. How many man hours have been spent doing over what we have already done? These are but a few of the items I hope we will dis- cuss. I did not even mention the Public Building Sur- veillance and Wireless System or the Public Safety Digi- tal Surveillance System. No, they are not the same. There are twenty-five (25) items listed. I would hope every- one attending would receive a copy as they enter the meeting. I would hope these items would be detailed in the official public notice of the meeting elsewhere in this paper. If not, we should insist they are in all future meetings of this type. I promise to attend the meeting with an open mind. I have spoken to most of the council and I truly believe they are doing their best to position the city for our fu- ture. But, it is critical that they know we are paying at- tention to how our money is being spent. With the economy in the condition it is in; our unemployment rate as it is; the definition of "ESSENTIAL" is essential. Is this the time? They have already raised our water and sewer rates. Mark Miller will be pushing for a 5 percent tax on our electric rates and another 5 percent tax on our natural gas rates. The court just recently ruled these taxes are legal so guess what? We seem to have no con- trol over federal spending and you can bet the school will be asking for more after they spend our millions on new projects rather than paying down on the Lakewood and Oviatt school bonds. We must know beyond this bond issue, what other taxes to expect. Is there a good reason not to attend this meeting? /s/Domonick Cimino Norwalk Hardware & Auto 729 Main Street All School Reunion The annual All-School reunion will be held Sun- day, Aug. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the EastView Caf- eteria behind Norwalk High School. A program will begin at 2 p.m. The cost is two dol- lars at the door. For more information, call Becky Barkley at 244-8046. Farmer's Market This Friday Area residents are re- minded that the Norwalk Area Chamber of Com- merce will once again be hosting a Farmer's Market each lriday through Oct. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Dollar General Store in Sunset Plaza. Venders interested in participating may contact the Chamber Office at 981- 0619 or norwalkchamber @msn.com. NOTICE The Town Meeting scheduled for June 24th was postponed and will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Norwalk City Clerk Jeff Rosien advises that Capital Improvement Projects will be discussed and that there will be a Question and Answer period. This is an informational meeting only and no official action will be taken. D.A.R.E. Golf Fundraiser The eighth annual D.A.R.E. Golf Fundraiser will be held at Rolling Hills Golf Course on Hwy 28 south of Norwalk Friday, July 16, with a Shotgun Start at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Norwalk Police Department and Warren County Sheriff's Office for D.A.R.E. programs. The Four-Person Best Ball event is nine holes and costs $40 per person. The fee includes golf, cart and prizes. Registration forms are available at the Rolling Hills Golf Course, Norwalk Police Department, Warren County Sheriff's Office, as well as some local businesses. Registrations are due at either the Norwalk Police De- partment or the Warren County Sheriff's Office by 5 p.m. Monda July 12. Registrations are limited to the first 80 golfers. There will be prizes for the Closest to Pin, Longest Drive, Longest Putt and Hole-In-One. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100. For more information, contact Officer Brad Criswell at the Norwalk Police Department 981-0666, or Deputy Randy Spurr at the Warren County Sheriff's Office 961- 1122. Annual Booster Club Meeting The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held Wednesday, July 28, 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 2010-2011 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Media Center. Assistance For June Storm Damages d Governor Chet Culver has issued a disaster procla- mation for Cherokee, Mahaska, Polk and Warren coun- ties in response to recent severe weather. The procla- . mation allows state resources to be deployed to help individuals who reside in affected counties and need assistance. Mahala Cox, Director of Warren County Emergency Management, advised that with the Governor naming Warren County in the disaster proclamation, it opens a Department of Human Services recover grant for indi- vidual citizens. This is open for storm damage received during June, she noted. The grant is geared toward low income families and some may have income above the identified levels. For those citizens who do not meet the financial requirements of the state program, she will be checking with FEMA and their requirements in open- ing FEMA grants. The Governor's disaster proclamation authorizes the implementation of the State Individual Assistance Grant Program to assist eligible residents of the above coun- ties. The state monitors the needs of families after a storm or flooding occurs and then issues the disaster procla- mation on an as-needed basis. The Governor urges people impacted by recent flooding to contact their county emergency management coordinators to report damages so the state is aware of the needs of each county. The state's Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5,000 in reimbursements for damages incurred for individuals and families whose income is below 200 percent above the federal poverty level. That means in- dividuals making $21,660 or less may qualify and a fam- ily of four making $44,100 or less may qualify. Warren County residents may download application and instructions by going to http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/ index.html and then click on Storm Help! You may con- tact Mahala Cox at 515-961-1105.