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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT WarTen ..... t ..... .... -.-. " i, = "/" {2 ::7 C.;)T::.. ;:&apos;_,- . ...... , <, i!i ,, i' Town and "County 4 ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 11 . Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, August 1,2013 Norwalk All-School Reunion The annual Norwalk All-School Reunion will be helcF'Sunda Aug. 11, in the Eastview School caf- eteria, 1600 North Ave. Open House will be from 1 to 4 p.m. with a program at 2 p.m. The cost is $2 per person payable at the door. For more information, call Becky Barkley, 244- 8046. Boy Scouts To Hold Car Wash Members of Norwalk Cub Scout Pack 103 will have two car washes. The first one is Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fareway grocery store. Sunda3 Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. they will have a car wash at Scott's Foods. Boy Scouts will wash and dry cars for a free-will donation. The proceeds will be directed toward purchasing new bikes for the less fortunate. Norwalk Community Infrastructure Study Update Recently, the City completed the Norwalk Commu- nity Infrastructure Study (NCIS). The study focused on infrastrqt needs in the Lakewood neighborhood and also looked at Holly Drive on the west side of Norwalk. The total cost of infrastructure needs identified in the study was $17.5 million, of which nearly $11.3 million would be paid for by the city and the remainder through property assessments. (A full copy of the study is avail- able on the City's website at www.norwalk.iowa.gov.) In the study, projects are prioritized based on the con- dition of the infrastructure. City staff evaluated the con- dition of the infrastructure and married that informa- tion with usage of the street to develop a five-year plan to begin addressing the needs. At the July 25 Council work session, city staff presented the plan to the City Council, who had the consensus to move forward. Initially, it was thought the City would not be able to begin construction on any projects until the summer of 2015, but staff members worked with the City's bond financial advisor to develop a bond repayment sched- ule that would enable work to begin in the summer of 2014. Following is the revised schedule: *Street Projects Section Cost Construction 14 (FY 14/15) #3 Holly Drive - #7 Wakonda Drive 02, 03" Construction 15 (FY 15/16) #8 Wakonda Drive --8 Beardsley/HWY 28 Intersection Improvement Construction 16 (FY 16/17) Colonial Circle (TIF) #5 Lakewood Drive 2 $918,836 $1,326,143 $2,244,979 $740,632 $250,000 TIF $990,632 $334,000 TIF $1,272,767 $1,606,767 Construction 17 (FY 17/18) #6 Lakewood Drive 3 $627,521 W of Hwy 28 to Lakewood Elem. Beardsley expansion $255,000 $882,521 *Please note that the section numbers and the project numbers to the left refer back to how projects are iden- tiffed in the original study. This is the five-year street schedule for reconstruc- tion or major rehabilitation projects. This is in addition to the City's capital improvement plan schedule and the ongoing street maintenance program that is already in place. It is important to remember that if there are is- Concluded p. 10 Notes from NORWALK : / norwalk / CITY HALL I. Marketa Oliver, ICMA-CM,.SPHR, MPA [ Norwalk City Manager I , 981-0228 ext. 234 City of Norwalk - A Year in Review I have been with the City of Norwalk for a year and wanted to share some accomplishments for that time frame. It is important to remember that none of these accomplishments are achieved as an individual. They are completed with the direction of the City Council, the work of many talented staff members at all levels of the organization, the partnership of community orga- nizations and our citizen volunteers. The following accomplishments are broken down into four main categories. They include the City's finan- cial health, community outreach, economic develop- ment and Beautification. Financial Health Maintained or expanded services to the community while maintaining a steady levy rate. Employee Health Insurance Plan Savings - Identi- fied health insurance plan design changes to reduce health care costs for an actual premium reduction of $36,000. By going through the design plan changes, we avoided a $90,000 increase. General Fund Savings - Saved approximately $235,000 to the general fund in fiscal year 2013 and nearly $200,000 in fiscal year 2014 by reapportioning expenses related to development. Capital Improvement Plan - Created a five year capital improvement plan that includes identified fund- ing sources. Gran. ts and Cost Savings- Saved more than $26,000 in interest costs by refinancing a bond through the WRA (Wastewater Reclamation Authority). Brought in more than $13,000 in miscellaneous grants. Community Outreach City Boards and Commissions - Modernized the structure of the Parks and Recreation Commission, en- hancing representation from the broader community and a more diverse age group, including a youth repre- sentative. Expanded Communication - Started the monthly "Community Chat" events allowing residents the op- portunity to visit informally with city representatives. A bi-weekly electronic City newsletter was created to keep residents informed. Economic Development Partnership Opportunities - Partnered with War- ren County Economic Development Corporation to host the Commercial Real Estate Forum Trends and Issues Breakfast, which brought nearly 200 key development players into Norwalk. This was the first time this event was held in Warren County. Home Show 2014 - Landed the 2014 Home Show, which will bring up to 15,000 people to Norwalk. This is the first time this event is being held in Norwalk. Beautification Nuisance Enforcement - Placed a greater emphasis on nuisance enforcement and abatement, which repre- sents a coordinated effort from many departments. City Entrances - Working with the Public Works Department to produce better maintained entrances in all directions to the community. Cherry Parkaay- Created a beautification plan for Cherry Parkway. The list above is only a brief snapshot of what we Cherry Parkway have been able to accomplish at the City of Norwalk in just one year. Staff and Leadership are actively working to create goals for the next fiscal year, which includes significant reconstruction on Wakonda Drive and Holly Drive; planning for the replacement of the City's pool; additional commercial growth; entryway beautification planning; city entryway sign construction and expanded trail connections. I am impressed with the vision for the community and by the enthusiasm of staff members to tackle these ambitious goals. If you have questions about these or any of the City's accomplishments or goals, please do not hesitate to call on me. Thank you. f n00r00alk Mayor's Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce .J ! am a member of the Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit national security organization of more than 375 retired General Officers and Admirals. This organization is very concerned about the alarming DOD figures that show that 75% of young Americans between the age of 17-24 are unable to join the military for three main reasons: Education, Physical Fitness (Obesity) and Crime. Ap- proximately 25% of students today do not graduate from high school and 80% of those non-graduates end up in- carcerated costing taxpayers money ($2.5 million per inmate) rather than being "taxpayers" themselves. This Concluded p. 9