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Thursday, July 22, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News I Page Seven The Appel Report [ By Staci Appel, State Senator Protecting and enhanc- ing Iowa's natural re- sources: Iowa's natural re- sources are the foundation for our state's wealth and well being. Our land, soil and water support Iowa's most important industries, including agriculture, re- newable fuels and tour- ism. A recent study by the Iowa Department of Natu- ral Resources found Iowa's natural resources are im- proving in a number of ar- eas, including water qual- ity and that more lowans are active in the outdoors. More than $100 million in state and federal fund- ing was invested in 2009 to stimulate the economy and boost employment. In addition to the immediate economic boost, we'll en- joy the environmental ben- efits for years to come. You can see the full State of the Environment report at www.iowadnr.gov/ status.html. Here are a cotlple ma- jor efforts we've been working on in the Legisla- ture that you may have heard about this year: **Preventing future flood damage and improv- ing water quality. A new Watershed Planning Advisory Coun- cil which includes a di- verse group of stakehold- ers, will make recommen- dations for water quality and flood damage preven- tion, while also monitor- ing existing watershed im- provement programs. Watershed boundaries decide whether to create a fund to conserve our natu- ral resources. If the Natu- ral Resources and Outdoor Restoration Act is ap- proved by voters, a consti- tutionally protected fund will be created to conserve Iowa's natural resources. Improve your land with the Conservation Reserve Program: Have you been thinking about what to do with land that is wet, has a steep side slope or is just unproduc- tive? Consider putting the land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CRP benefits all Io- wans by improving water quality, controlling ero- sion and runoff and ex- panding wildlife habitat. This year, you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of the first gen- eral CRP sign-up since 2006, but the available acreage is limited. Iowa' Farm Service Agency is encouraging all who are interested to be prepared when the sign up dates are announced. More information is available in county USDA service centers, at DNR wildlife and forestry of- fices or online at www. iowadnr.gov/forestry/ crp.html. To contact Senator Appel when the Legisla- ture is not in session, call Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 14% 2010. ~1: The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Tom Dunn. at 6:35 p.m. Clyde Sievers, Jolene Huen, Andrea Johnson, Tom Dunn, Donna Kitterman and Dick Schreiber was present., Library Director Julie Wells was in atten- dance. GAzes!s: Mayor Doug Pierce joined the meeting in progress at 7:05 p.m. Review and Change Agemda: Andrea Johnson made the motion to accept the agenda as written and Donna Kitterman sec- onded the motion, with the board passing it. Review Last Meeting Minutes: Andrea Johnson made the motion to accept the Trustee's minutes as written, Jolene Huen sec- onded and the motion passed. ~: Director Wells presented the slipof paper acknowledging each trustees vote regard- ing payment of the bills. This was circulated and the vote was in favor of payment of the current bills. Director's Report: Di- rector Julie Wells told of Summer Reading Program beginning on June 11th with 400 children already her at home at 515-961- registered. This year's 6982. Email her at theme is'Make a Splash at don't end at the city limits or county lines. That's why we also made it possible for local communities to create Watershed Manage- ment Authorities. These organizations will bring local governments to- gether to coordinate ef- forts in a watershed. To learn more, gc, to the Rebuild Iowa Office Website at www.rio. iowa.gov/resources/legis- lation, html and click on "2010 Watershed Legisla- tive Guide and Overview." **Establishing a dedi- cated fund to support parks, trails, fish, wildlife and agricultural lands. Iowans will go to the polls in November to staci.appel@legis.state.ia.us. Your Library' (Children) and "Make Waves at Your Library' (Teen). The Li- brary Staff is excited about this year's program. The lighting of the flag is completed and will look great for the July 4th festivi- ties. The mural in the children's area is almost finished. Patrons have en- joyed watching the artist andthe progress. OAdJhazdzlez~: Trea- surer's Report - Treasurer Andrea Johnson told of the The first compact discs appeared in stores in the early 1980s and could play 74 minutes of music on the insistence of Sony chief Akio.Morita. He felt a sin- gle disc should be able to carry Beethoven's Ninth Symphony the 'Million Penny Drive' to support the future of the Summer Reading Program __ with its variety of present- ers and activities. This con- sists of empty five-gallon water containers being placed around town for supporters to contribute the pennies they might have. The Schwan's Fund- Raising promotion will run again later this fall. Our Trustee vacancy is still very apparent and since this is Jolene Huen's last meeting (her term has expired) there will be two vacancies to fill. We will miss her wide smile. FYI- Anyone interested in be- coming a Library trustee can apply at City Hall and fill out a volunteer appli- cation. The long-awaited benches for the Outdoor Reading Area are being designed and the prices calculated for the desired look. The benches will be built by Iowa Metal Fabri- cators of Indianola and be in the shape of a butterfly (two) to sit on the cement pads already there. This will be an awesome addi- tion to the 'Pathway to Reading' area. ~: Director Wells made us aware of the upcoming holiday dates and asked for Mon- day, July 5th to be closed to Ad~: Chair- person Tom Dunn re- quested a motion for ad- journment, Andrea john- son motioned for adjourn- ment and Jolene Huen sec- onded. The motion passed and chairperson Mineart called the meeting ad- journed at 7:40 p.m. follow suit with the ................................... Norwalk city offices being closed. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 3 The Board thought that was the proper thing to do and approved her request with the under- standing notices would be posted beforehand for the public to be aware of the closing. Lastly, Director Wells mentioned patrons com- menting on the condition of the roses along the drive to the Library and general lack of upkeep of the grounds. The Board felt the City should address this grounds maintenance issue and comments should be sent to the City Manager. The above minutes were approved at the July 12, 2010 regular meeting of the Norwalk Easter Public Library Trustees. A motion from Clyde Sievers to ac- cept the minutes as writ- ten and seconded by An- drea Johnson was ap- proved. .................................. Dick Schreiber, Secre- tary for the Norwalk Eas- ter Public Library Trustees, respectfully submits the above minutes, July 15% 2010. /s/Dick Schreiber, Secre- tary, July 15, 2010 Norwalk Residents Participate In Carousel Theatre Production This Weekend Dave and Carol Knoblauch and Bethany Benes Three Norwalk residents are participating in the Carousel Theatre of Indianola year-end totals being on this weekend when the colorful production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be presented [fil /-,~/1~/~['..~[ . _ ~ target for budget purposes July 22-25 at the Indianola High School Auditorium. with a small surplus that Carol and Dave Knoblauch and Bethany Benes all play various parts, including will be spent in purchasing the famous munchkins. The play is based on an original script by L. Frank Baums in additional books. 1902. Foundation Report - Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.fn. and Saturday and Sunday Foundation Chairpersonat 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For tickets or Tom Dunn mentioned a information, go to www.carouseltheatreindianola.org or call 962-1045. fund-raising project called In music, a ~, note is'also called a "semiquaver." HEATING - COOLING - PLUMBING In-Floor -- Geothermal H eating~__~f{{} "Insured & Certified" BATHROOM REMODEL Clip a Save Her,tage Mechanical Company Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Home Maintenance AIR CONDITIONING Inspect & Clean Residential or Commercial SPECIAL Licensed & Insured Serving Central & Southern Iowa i8 24-Hour Emergency Clip & Save S T A N D R GROUP I_ DERg IN COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS N. NEWTON STANDRIDGE (515) 229-5310 WWW. STAN DRI DG E GROU P.COM 1304 Skylane Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 PRINTING AND PROMOTION providing solutions for print, design and specialties i 4~ d ,!!