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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ) SMALLTOWNPAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 HIh'!l'h,!,ll"!,lr!"h.!,,l!lJ!l!,,.hl.,...!.,l!lll Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 12 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, August 8, 2013 Council approves resolution to enter into a $4 million development agreement with Hy-Vee The City of Norwalk regular council meeting met at City Hall with Councilmember Dave Murillo presiding as Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Doug Pierce. Councilmembers Jamie Sylvester and Mike Leto were present. Absent from tonight's meeting were Council- members Eric Delker and Frank Curtis. Approval of Agenda-Item A under hearings, ordi- nances and resolutions was changed to discussion only for tonight's meeting. The Item pertained to an ordinance amending the Legacy Planned Unit Development Par- cel 10. Approval of Minutes-Council approved minutes from the July 18, 2013 council meeting and the July 25, 2013 work session. Public Comment-Woodmayr Drive resident Pat Ashbaugh addressed council on the condition of the street in front of her residence. She stated she has been asking for years for the street to be repaired. Woodmayr and Holly Drive are streets under consideration for re- pair. Consent Ageffda-Conncil approved the city expen- ditures for July. Council approved tax abatements for Orton Homes, 2006 Dorchester St., new single-family residence (SFR) for $353,087; RM Madden Const., Inc., 2880 and 2881 Jaflen Ln., SFR for $150,000 and $160,000 and Happe Homes, LLP, 410 Valencia Ct., SFR for $300,000. Liquor License-Council approved a liquor license application for Variety - The Children's Charity. Block Party Application-A block party application was approved for Parkhill Drive on September 7, 2013. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions-Item A-A public hearing and discussion was held on the ordinance amending the Legacy Planned Unit Development Par- cel 10, adopting the master plan for a sevdn acre mfl portion of Parcel 10 to be developed as High Density Multiple-Family Residential (R-4). Voting on this ordi- nance will be August 15. This area is at Colonial Park- way and Colonial Circle,' near the present UnityPoint Clinic. Item B-A public hearing and first reading of a pro- posed ordinance amending the rental housing code re- garding housing codes, providing for regular rental in- spections and collection of inspection fees. Fire Chief Dustin Huston stated the department can absorb the extra work along with commercial inspections his de- partment performs presently. City Manager Marketa Oliver stated the fees compare with other communities in the metro area. The first reading was approved by council. Item C-A public hearing and first reading of an ordi- nance adopting provisions pertaining to rental conver- sion, registration, rental inspections and assessment of costs. Rental registration: $75 for the first unit and $15 for each additional unit thereafter, with a maximum of $300 per property. The first reading was approved by council. Item D-Council approved the resolution for improve- ments for Colonial Parkway Rise Project to East of Sun- set Dr., 7,707 feet of sanitary sewer, 2,747 feet of sub- drain, 3,050 feet of water main, 13 valves, seven fire hydrants, 21 manholes and 20 intakes contracted for $2,091,221.82. Item E-Council approved a resolution expressing Concluded p. 9 Committee to Study New Aquatic Center Cities have a rich tradition of providing swimming pools for Iowa's hot summers. The current Norwalk swimming pool was constructed over 20 years ago when Norwalk had a population around 5,000 people. Toda Norwalk sits at nearly 10,000 people with a median age around 34, making Norwalk one of the youngest cities in Iowa. The current swimming pool can sometimes reach over 600 visitors on a hot summer resulting in a severe overcrowding problem. The Norwalk City Council has asked staff to form a citizen committee and report findings and recommen- dations back to the Council. The committee will review current issues with the pool gather public input, de- sign and possible features of a new aquatic center and financing options, etc. The .committee will be limited to 5-10 citizens. Two Candidates File for School Board Positions Two Norwalk residents have filed for the two open positions on the Norwalk Community School District School Board. According to Kate Baldwin, Norwalk school's business manager, Maribeth Wright and Justin Fletcher filed by the Thursday, Aug. 1 deadline. School board elections will take place TuesdaF Sept. 10. Board members Deb Hobbs and Tom Phillips did not seek re-election. NORWAEK EASTER PUBLIC LIBRARY Iowa Library Services has announced that the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary has met the condi- tions for state accreditation Meals On Wheels Needs Volunteers The Warren County Meals on Wheels is look- ing for a few volunteers to help with their program in Norwalk. They are in need of a couple volunteers to drive to Martensdale daily to pick up the freshly pre- pared meals around 10:30 a.m. and deliver them back to Norwalk. Additional volunteers to deliver the meals within Norwalk would be appre- ciated as well. Ideall3 the program coordinator would like to have two volunteers each day to pick up the meals and if you or your organization would like to volunteer one day a week or all week or would simply like more information, contact Vicki White, Warren County Nutrition Program Man- ager, at 515-961-1003. ACCREDITED as outlined in "In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Fifth Edition." Achieving accreditation requires a significant, on- going local commitment to high quality library ser- vices. Of Iowa's 544 public libraries, 348 - including the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary - are accredited. The Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access and facilities. The ac- creditation is valid through June 30, 2016. Iowa's accredited pub- lic libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services. More than two- thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e- government activities. Io- wans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, Concluded p. 4 .Sara Routh In Concert Sara Routh Norwalk native Sara Routh will be holding her Record Release Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Norwalk High School Performing Arts Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk High School Choral Department. The cost is a free will donation of food for the Norwalk Food Pantry. Joining Ro th on stage will be Norwalk alum, James Biehn. He will open the show with a solo set. In addition to the Norwalk concert, Routh will per- form three solo shows in Des Moines. Shows that are currently scheduled are Monda Aug. 12, 8 - 10 p.m. at The Star Bar and Tuesda Aug. 13, 7 p.m. at E1 Bait Shop. She will also sing at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 15, at The Budweiser Tent at 11:30 a.m. and I p.m. The Norw.alk High School Choral Department is sponsoring a Back to School concert featuring 1995 graduates, Sara Routh and James Biehn and 1993 gradu- - ate, Jason Smith. Routh, along with Biehn, Smith and their full band will be celebrating "going back to school" with live, original music and a Q&A forum at the Norwalk High School Auditorium, Saturda}; Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. This is an all ages concert and the auditorium doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The entry is free with a donation for the Norwalk Food Pantry. Join with these musically talented alumni for a night of incredible music and fun! SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211