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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR C'00ujol k NOI'1 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT- 21, 7 A!.c T , :,B I+tl "llllll"i+,l||| ..... i llll+ I' ,/Warren /Town and County /News 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 9 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 17, 2014 q Home Show Expo Starts in Norwalk Home Show Expo 2014 opened at The Ridge at Echo Valley in Norwalk Saturday, July 12. The month-long showcase of 11 luxury homes features the latestin de- sign and technology crafted by members of the Home Builders Assodatiori of Greater Des Moines. The Ridge at Echo Valley, developed by Vista. Real Estate Investment Corporation and Co.ppola Enterprises, is home to the first Home Show Expo in Norwalk. "The development overlooks Echo Valley Country Club and downtown Des Moines," said James von Gillern, event chair for Home Show Expo and Realtor at Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group. "Such great views are hard to come by and we think you'll appreci- ate the unique setting just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines." The event is open during three weekends this month: July 12-13,17-20 and 24-27. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages five to 12 and children under five are free. Parking is available at Norwalk High School with a free shuttle to and from the development. Builders of the new homes featured in Home Show Expo 2014 include American Heritage Homes, B3 Build- ers, Genesis Homes of Iowa, Ground Breaker Homes, Jerry Bussanmas Homebuilders, Marc Kris Modern Homes, Neighborhood Builders, Sundance Homes, Tyler Homes and Truview Enterprises. Home Show Expo homes are priced up'to $950,000. Details on the event and each home can be found at http:/ /www.dmhomeshow.com. The Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines is a nonprofit trade association representing more than 500 members who employ more than 20,000 people in the Des Moines metropolitan area. HBA mem- bers include residential builders, remodelers and busi- nesses related to the housing industry. Visit http:// www.desmoineshome builders.corn/for complete infor- marion. Fundraiser for Jacob MuriHo A fundraiser is planned Sunday, Aug. 3, at Wellman's Pub at 597 Mar- ket St., in West Des Moines starting at I p.m. At 23 years old, Jacob Murillo, Norwalk, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer found in less than one percent of all cancer patients. After seeing his doctor, he was scheduled to be seen immediately at Iowa City for evaluation. The evaluation was the cancer had progressed very quickly and the outcome had to be amputation of the lower left leg. Jacob has been an ath- lete all his life. He played football most of his life, excelled in track in high school and has'entered several body building con- tests. He most recently had his sights on entering in a power lifting meet, when advised about this. Every- one he knows, everyone he meets loves him. He al- ways has a smile on his face and always brings a positive and upbeat feel- ing to any room of people. Jacob Murillo Jacob underwent exten- sive surgery Friday, July 11, for removal of the lower leg. He will then be required to return every 30 days for two years to be scanned, then every six months for two years, then every year for the rest of his life. Each round trip requires traveling four hours. Aside from the expense of all the treatments and surgery, comes the pros- thetic limb. Insurance Will only cover so muc.h of all of this and will only cover a portion of a very "basic" prosthetic. This is hardly acceptable for a young man of 23 with his whole life ahead of him, who had just finished college, tak- ing classes with his sights on being a law enforce- ment officer. Party Before the Works A Success Party Before the Works had more than 675 people attend to listen to Abby Normal. THANK YOU Kelly Cortuml Due tothe Fire at Loving Care Pet Cemetery (Rolling Thunder), they did not have zi truck to haul the stage to Norwalk. So Corm jumped in and had one of his guys get the stage, had to wait because the stage got a flat tire on the way over here and then Corturn took time out on his 4th of July to make sure the stage got returned back to Rolling Thunder. We appreciate your help, Kelly Cortum, very much!! The stage was spon- sored by Community Bank. Other sponsors were City State Bank, Unity- Point Clinic, Norwalk. Family Dentistl3 Farewa Scott's Foods, City of Nor- walk and The Wright Story concluded p. 3 Party Before the Works bouncehouse Party Before the Works crowd. Another picture p. 4 ' Funding for the Fourth of July Fireworks By Mayor Tom Phillips I'd like to say thanks to the Norwalk Lions Club for the terrific fireworks display on Independence Day. It was a great show. There has also been a great deal of discussion centered around the financial support of the fireworks and I'd like to clarify a few things. Norwalk used to have a "Buck-a-Month" fee attached tO their water bill and the fees collected were used for the fireworks and for other park improvements and special events in the city. Due to judicial decisions, the city was no longer allowed to collect this fee unless a resident actively reaffirmed they wanted to participate. Last fall, the City of Norwalk sent letters to customers asking them to affirm their participation in what was previously known as the "Buck-a-Month" club and ex- plained the money was used to strpport special events, such as the Independence Day Fireworks and parks improvements. Sadl) the number of people choosing- to support these events was very low, leading to an 80% drop in anticipated revenue, from more than $28,000 annually to approximately $4,800. The city's contribution to the Lions Club for the In- dependence Day fireworks display comes directly from this funding source of resident contributions. Th City previously distributed $12,500 annually or the fire- works, which was approximately 45% of the revenue from this account. The 2015 contribution is anticipated to only be $2,400, due to this loss in revenue. The fire- works display in Norwalk is extremely popular and Norwalk is well-known for this display. Without sus- tained support, the size of the fireworks show could be significantly reduced or may not happen at all, depend- ing on what the Lions Club chooses. The City would like to be able to continue at least at the 2014 level. In order to do so, we need your support. How can you help? If you.would like to continue to support these efforts for $1 (or more if you prefer) per month, please email water@norwalk.iowa.gov and let us know that you would lilke to participate in the "Friends of the Park" program. You can also sign up in person at City Hall. Whatever choice you make, thank you for your con- sideration of supporting great events and great progress in Norwalk! Annual NABC Golf Benefit The 7th Annual Norwalk Athletic Booster Club (NABC) Golf Benefit will be held Saturda3 Aug. 23, at Warrior Run Golf Course with shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. or I p.m. (Select desired time of play.) Deadline is Mon- da Aug. 11. The event is 9 holes twice through, four-person best shot. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome. Price includes lunch, starting at noon. There also will be prizes. For a registration form, contact Stacy Rosonke at srosonke@yourcaptive.com. Proceeds are used for the general fund of the NABC. Agenda City Council Regular Business Meeting Agenda Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6 p.m. 1. Call to order at 6 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda. 3. Presentation(s) - Norwalk State Champion Soccer Team. 4. Welcome of guests and public comment (3 minute Concluded p. 6