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Page Two N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 2, 2012 NORTH WARREN TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS P.O. Box 325, 727 Main St., Norwalk, IA 50211 515-981-0406 A weekly publication of Klein Publications, Inc. Published every Thursday in Norwalk, Iowa Official newspaper for Norwalk, Cumming, Norwalk Community School District and Warren County. Member of Iowa Press Association and National Newspaper Association Steven F. Klein Publisher Sally Huntoon Advertising/Managing Editor Mary Lou Gray Reporter/Proofer/Computers Arlene Knust Typesetter/Office Lori Ford Proofer/Office Established May 1968 by Dorothy L. Graham Subscription Rates: $18 per year - Single Copy 50 cents Senior Citizens and College Students $15 per year Residents outside Warren, Madison & Polk Co. - $24 per year Periodicals Postage Paid at Norwalk, Iowa and Additional Mailing Offices ALL COPY/ADS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12 NOON FRIDAY TO INSURE PUBLICATION IN NEXT ISSUE We reserve the right to accept or refuse all advertising. We reserve the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to P.O. Box 325, Norwalk, IA50211 Member of: National Newspaper Association Iowa Newspaper Association Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, August 2, 2012 6:30 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hallat least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. I. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. - Roll call of members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-July 19, 2012 Regular Council Meeting IV. Public Presentations A. Presentations of Certificates by the Mayor g. 2807 Windsor Drive request to have May usage sewer charges waived C. 2120 Shady Lane Drive request to waive liens due to the City of Norwalk V. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action VI. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. MPO Appointment VII. Hearings, Resolutions and Ordinances A. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the official zoning map of the City of Norwalk, Iowa by rezoning certain property from R-l, single family resi- dential to R-3, medium density multiple faro- fly residential in the 700-800 Blocks of West North Avenue (tabled 7-5-12) VIII. Current Business A. Approval of the request for Paramedic Spe- cialist training for the City of Norwalk Fire Chief (tabled 6-21-12) B. Discussion / approval of entering into a mo- bile speed camera agreement for the City of Norwalk C. Discussion and possible direction regarding franchise fee exemption for schools IX. Reports-Mayor; Councilmembers-Murillo, Curtis, Delker, Leto and Sylvester; City Mana- ger; Department Heads-Public Works Director, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Library Di- rector and Parks & Recreation Director X. Adjournment Start the day off right[ matters 515-223-1150 EO. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwlo/.com OBITUARY JOYCE M. "JO" BENNETT Services were held Saturday, July 28, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Des Moines for Joyce M. "Jo" Bennett, 86, Norwalk, who died Tuesday, July 24, at her daughter's home due to emphysema and pneumonia. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her daughter and best friend, Penni Larson of Norwalk; son, Kirby Bennett of Salyer, CA; sister, Jeanne Marshall-Pryde of Mesa, AZ; four grand- sons, Michael Wiley of Des Moines, David (Leann) Larson of West Des Moines, John Larson of Des Moines and Alan Danver of Atascadero, CA; niece, Vicki (Gene) Jebsen of LeClaire; nephew, Jon (Bonny) Dittmer of Davenport; nephews, Shaun Marshall-Pryde of Bozeman, MT, Scot Marshall-Pryde of Boston, MA; five great-grandchildren; one step-daughter, Evelyn Brookhart; several step-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her hus- band; daughter; Ardyth Wiley; grandson, Ryan Bennett; sister, Darlene Dittmer; two step-sons; a step-daughter, a nephew and a niece. Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Iowa Last in Improving Education A recent study conducted by Harvard University says that Iowa has shown the least growth of any state in math, reading and science scores between 1992 and 2011. The study is called "chievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance." The U.S. information was based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Iowa was right at the top in 1992. The study examined national and international assessment tests. Nine states did not have enough in- tormation to be included in the study. Internationally, the U.S. ranked 25th out of the 49 countries studied. I was interested to see that there was no correlation between increased spending per pupil and improved performance. Iowa was in the middle of the group in increased spending of almost $3,000 per pupil, but was last in improved performance. Nebraska increased spending by the same $3,000 per pupil, but ranked 36th in improvement. Florida ranked second in achievement growth and was last in increased spending at $1,000 per pupil. New York led the nation in increased spending at $6,000 per pupil but was 19th in improvement. Keep in mind that this study measured improvement. Iowa's test scores are presently in the middle of the pack. I must point out, however, that starting on top makes it harder to improve than it is for states that were ranked lower in 1992. Even so, the study should add to the urgency for education reform in Iowa. I would like to see Iowa back on top. Being only average is not good enough. Hay Transportation Rules Relaxed You may have heard that Governor Branstad has sus- pended restrictions on hauling ha3 straw and leaves of corn and soybeans in order to help livestock producers combat the drought. The suspension will last 60 days. It allows loads weighing up to 90,000 pounds and 12 feet 5 inches wide to be moved without a permit, The drought has created emergency situations for some live- stock producers who have run out of grass on their farms. Some truckers have been reluctant to haul large loads because of the requirement that they obtain a per- mit before hauling large bales that are now the most common way of harvesting and feeding hay. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us, or by calling 515-281-3221. 00Mon ument 1514 North Lincoln, Suite C Knoxville, IA 641-828-7172 (Knoxville Insurance Building) Custom Memorials of granite and Bronze visit us at bertrandmnument'cm and online monument design Marion County's only locally owned Monument Shop SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Worship at these Norwalk Area Churches NORWALK Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 515 Sunset Dr. 981-0226 Steven Klawonn, Pastor 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Sunday School/Bible Study Wednesday Confirmation 6:30 pm-7!45 pm Crossroads Church 260l Border St. www.2thecrossroads.com Glen Blumer, Pastor 515-287-8580 9:30 am Worship Nursery & Children's Programming 3 years old through 5 th grade Wed. 6:30 pm K-12 th grades *** Fellowship Community Church 225 North Ave. www.fccnorwalk.org Rob Jones, Pastor 981-0699 8:30 & 10:30 am Worship Disciple City Classes 18 mo.-5 ' grade Nursery also provided. 6 pm Sun. Sr. High 6:30 pm Wed. Prayer Service 6:30 pm Jr. High First Baptist Church Sunset Dr. & Marred - 981-439l Justin Lundberg, Pastor 9 am Worship DES MOINES Christian Life Assembly of God Church Fleur Drive and Hwy 5 Warren Hunsberger, Pastor 515-953-0322 10 am Worship Children's Ministry, 0-5 Kids' Church 6 years & up Nursery ages 0-2 6:30 pm - Wed. Elevate Youth Grace Baptist Church 9936 County Line Rd. 285-8871 www.gracecares.net Doug VanWey, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 am Worship Jr. & Sr. High, Men's and Women's Ministry Nursery Provided. Mr. Zion Church of God 8383 Ridgeview Dr. David Chu, Pastor 664-2828 *** MARTENSDALE Martensdale Community (An Evangelical Free Church) 1 Mile North of Martensdale on Hwy 28 Gary Crandall, Pastor 641-764-2491 Worship: 9 am Bible Study: 10:30 am Jr. High & Sr. High Youth: 6 pm Sunday St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church 10:15 am Sunday School ..... Class for all ages Nursery Provided 6 pm Evening Service " 7 pm - Wednesdays Bible Study &Youth Hour *** New Life Lutheran Church 4380 Wakonda Dr. - 285-5965 www.newlifenorwalk.org Nate Liedtke, Pastor 8:15 am Traditional 9:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Nursery Provided 7 pm Youth-led Worship *** Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples) 701 Main St. - 981-0176 Dayna Kinkade, Pastor 8:30 am Informal Worship 9:15 am Church School 10:30 am Worship 6 pm The Gathering Service Nursery Provided Wed. pm CYF & Chi Rho *** Norwalk United Methodist Church 1801 Sunset Dr. - 981-4251 Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko 8:15 & 10:45 am Worship 9:30 am Sunday School Nursery Provided St. John the Apostle Catholic Church 720 Orchard Hills Dr. 981-4855 FAX 981-9475 Father John Ludwig Sacrament of Reconciliation 4 pm Saturday Masses: 5 pm Saturday 9 am Sunday Nursery, Sunday School CUMMING Harvest Church (Evangelical Free) 4225 N. Birch Ave. PO Box 115 Laine Wilder, Pastor 981-4321 www.harvestchurchiowa.com 10 am Worship Nursery, newborn to 3 years Groups Thurs. & Fri. 6:30 pm in America) 641-764-2752 Meeting at Church of the Assumption in Churchville Keith Lingwall, Pastor, 971-0504 Ron Mohr, Pastor, 770-1286 9:30 am Worship Call for times on Adult and Children Bible Studies PROLE Linn Grove United Methodist Church 7483 50th, Prole- 981-4062 Cindy Hickman, Pastor 9:45 am Sunday School 11 am Worship INDIANOLA Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELS) 202 N. Kenwood - 962-0351 Robert Harting, Pastor 9 am Worship 10:15 Sunday School The above free listings are to Help newcomers know the Regular worship schedules of Norwalk-area churches. Special Events and services will not be listed here. Policy: Churches must be in the Norwalk Area and in Warren County for this free listing. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-Labor Day)