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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT S 'ALL O NpAp R W,, 9858,-22 3 Hl"'ll'll'l'll"l'llll'lllfl"l.llll,,i,afl.,..i..,lllll Norwalk Warriors Vol. 49 No. 8 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 14, 2016 WATER AND SEWER RATES On April 4, 2015, the Norwalk City Council adopted a plan, presented by the Utility Advisory Commission, to make incremental rate increases to the water and sewer rates over the next three years. This plan is an attempt to keep pace with the ongoing increases in costs of operation as well as funding for needed infrastruc- ture projects. The scheduled increase for water residential custom- ers, as of July 1, 2016, will go from $5.37 per 1000 gal- lons consumed to $5.64. The increase for residential sewer customers goes from $8.94 per 1000 gallons to $9.18. Questions may be directed to the Water Department at City Hall or by calling 515-981-0228 extension 2231. Remember Farmer's Market Remember, the Norwalk Farmer's Market is open for business every Friday through the second Friday in October. The market is open 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot at Cappel's ACE Hardware, 1120 Sunset Dr. Vendors may contact organizers Chris and Nichole Swisher at CNSWISH@MSN.COM Agenda City Council Regular Business Meeting Agenda Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. City Hall - 705 North Avenue 1. Call to order. 2. Approval of agenda. 3. Presentation(s)- Iowa Architectural Foundation - Claudia Cackler Wade Wagoner street design 4. Welcome of guests and public comment. (3 minute limit, no action) 5. Approval of minutes - June 16 Regular City Council meeting. June 30 Regular City Council meeting 6. Consent agenda - a) Expenditures b) Tax abatements. c) Liquor license applications for Variety Childrens Charity- Polo On the Green and Stag at Britts. d) Block party applications for 9390 Lakewood Circle, Aug 20; 2660 Vista Court, July 15 e) Utilizing Govdeals to dispose of items at public works, library and police department. 7. Consideration of a Resolution awarding contract for the Beardsley Regional Detention i Phase 2 Grading and Drainage. 8. Consideration of a Resolution approving the constrtrtion contract, bond and insurance for the Beardsley Regional Detention I Phase 2 Grading and Drainage. 9. Consideration of a resolution for Orchard View Plat 3 final plat. 10. Consideration of a resolution accepting the public infrastructure forOrchard View Plat 3 final plat. 11. Discussion and possible consideration of an ordinance on urban chickens. 12. Discussion on traffic control around Oviatt Elemen- tary. 13. Request from Scott Holt for outdoor display of utility sheds at 729 Main Street, Norwalk Hardware Store. 14. Gateway sign location 15. Discussion of potential ordinance to amend Chap- ter 21, City Manager, City of Norwalk, Iowa Munici- pal Code. 16. Council Inquiries and staff updates. 17. Adjournment Linn Grove Ice Cream Social July 16 Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their annual Ice Cream Social from 4 to 7 p.m. Sat- urday, July 16, at the church. The menu includes beef burgers, a variety of salads and pie, and homemade ice cream. A free-will offer- ing will be accepted. Craft Night- Brick Books Try saying "Brick Books Bric-a-brac" quickly! Teens and Adults: come and join us at the library Monda3 July 18, 6:30-8 p.m., to make old bricks look like your favorite books. Use them for book ends, door stops, or d6cor for the gar- den. Bricks are available, but participants can bring more (pavers, no holes). Make a reservation with a $2 deposit (refunded at the event), and register at the library. Iowa's Hidden Treasures Norwalk Easter Public Library, in partnership with Humanities Iowa, is excited to bring Dan Kaercher to the library Tuesday, July 19th, at 6:30 p.m. Dan acted as found- ing editor-in-chief for Midwest Living magazine and spent years traveling in almost every one of Iowa's 99 counties in search of close-to-home attractions and getaways to share with his loyal readers and viewers for Iowa Public Television show "Iowa Pleasures." Discover places to go and things to do (includ- ing historical sites, muse- ums and eateries) available in Iowa. Bring friends and family and begin to plan a day trip or excursion with- out leaving the state. Reg- ister by calling or stopping by the library for this free event! NABC Golf Benefit Just a few spots are open for the 9th Annual Norwalk Athletic Booster Club (NABC) fundraiser to be held Saturda3 Aug. 20, at Warrior Run Golf Course. The four-person best shot golf benefit is for men and women with a minimum of 21 years old to participate. Golf will be played on the nine holes twice through (18 total) from the White and Black tees. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome and in- cludes cart and a picnic dinner. Lunch will begin starting at noon. Registra- tion at 6:30 a.m. is for a 7:30 a.m. start and noon regis- tration is for a I p.m. start. Touraament is Iimited to the first 72 golfers per tee time. Awards will be given for Closest to the Pin, Hole in One, Longest Drive and Longest Putt, plus raffle drawing. Proceeds benefit the General Fund for Norwalk High School Athletics. For a registration form, contact Stacy Rosonke 515- 971-6523 or at SRosonke@ holmesmurphy.com or Darin Hir1515-360-9743 or at dhirl@hy-vee.com. Checks should be made payable to NABC Golf Benefit or pay the day of the outing. Mail form and/ or check to NABC Golf Benefit, 1705 Merle Huff Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211. Junk in Your Trunk Here is a great opportu- nity to clear out your clos- ets, basements and storage units!!! Don't have a space for a garage sale? Fill your vehicle with the items you wish to sell. Rent a space alongside of others and in no time you have a mini community garage sale. It will be a one-stop treasure hunt! Concessions will also be available. Location: Norwalk McAninch Sports Com- plex; Time: Set up at 8, open to public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration: July 18 to 29 for July 30. Cost: $10/ car/truck/van/suv/tent (space). Mayor's Moment By Tom Phillips I can't believe we're already half way through the summer. I hope you have been enjoying it. It's going to be over before you know it. We held interviews for our new City Manager on June 30 and had three excellent candidates. The process con- sisted of the three candidates rotating through the three interview committees. The first ~ommittee included the City Council and me. The second committee consisted of the City's department heads. The third interview committee was made up of several community mem- bers. After the interviews were complete, the three com- mittees convened, in closed session, to discuss the can- didates. Following a short Council meeting, the Coun- cil and I reconvened into a closed session to discuss which candidate to hire. At the time of publishing this article, we have not extended an offer to a candidate. I am hopeful that I will be able to introduce you to our new City Manager in my next Mayor's Moment. Rest assured, I will continue to keep you informed as we progress through this process. .... It took longer than anticipated, but work on the pool to get it opened for this summer, was finally complete and the pool officially opened June 24. Please note that this is just the first phase of several to make sure our current pool lasts for the next 10 years. As I indicated back in Ma) these repairs are being done to allow the city to get financially in a position to build an aquatic center when we have sufficient bonding capacity for a new facility. The second phase is expected to begin in September or October. Our goal is to give the contrac- tor ample time to get the work completed before we open up next year. I hope you are able to take some time to enjoy the rest of your summer. Before you know it, the Iowa State Fair will be here and the start of school is just around the comer. Norwalk Nexus! App The City of Norwalk, the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Norwalk Community School Dis- trict have worked together to make an app available to the community and its visitors. Norwalk Nexus is an app where communication about what is happening around Norwalk is made con- venient and in the palm of your hand! Visit NorwalkNexus.com and download the app today! Annual Booster Club Meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2016 The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at 8 p.m. fol- lowing 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 2016-2017 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Media Center. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 #