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August 15, 2013

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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR KCtt*tla 'Jt,t t  NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Siv'ALLTOVvf4PAPER S 2t7 WEST COTA ST. SnEi..TOii WA 98584-2263 , ,Id, 11,11111 hili,,}l,ipl,fllll,|lti,|pl},,tllill}"Ptl!!! ! .... Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Wanom Vol. 45 No. 13 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, August 15, 2013 ,,all Agenda Aueust 15. 2013 City_ Council Meeting Business Agendii 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation- 4. Approval of Minutes - August 1, 2013 Regular Council Meeting 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda Expenditures Tax Abatements Liquor license renewal(s) - Rudy's and Rosco's Block party application(s) for- Balfour Drive and Lakewood Circle Monthly reports 7. Public hearing and consideration of a Resolution approving an Economic Development Support Agree- ment with Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce 8. Public hearing and consideration of' first reading (and possibly waiving of second and third readings) of an Ordinance amending the zoning Code of ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, Sections 17.04.040 defini- tions; 17.10.110 C-2, community commercial district; 17.10.110 C-3, highway service commercial district; C- 4, old town business district, by establishing a defini- tion for automotive repair and providing automotive repair as a principal permitted use in the C-2, C-3 and C-4 zoning districts 9. Consideration of first reading (and possibly waiv- ing of second and third readings) of a proposed Ordi- nance amending the Legacy Planned Unit Development, Parcel 10, by adopting the master plan for a 7 acre mfl portion of Parcel 10 to be developed as High Density Multiple-Family Residential (R-4) 10. Consideration of second reading of proposed Ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, by addition of Chapter 169 Rental Housing Code, regarding housing codes, pro- viding for regular rental inspections, rental inspections upon receipt of complaint, certification of inspected housing, issuance of rental permits and collection of inspection fees, and registration of all rental dwelling units within the corporate limits of the city of Norwalk, Iowa 11. Consideration of second reading of proposed Ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk,'Iowa, 2008, Chapter 177, by adopting pro- visions pertaining to rental conversion, registration, rental inspections and assessment of costs 12. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing McClure Engineering Company to submit application to the Iowa Department of Transportation for Traffic " 'SafetyFunding in connection with the Norwalk Traffic Signal and.Safety Audit Project 13[ Consideration of a Resolution approving a pro- fesi0nal engheering agreement for infrastructure im- provements for the Sunset Drive water main replace- i4 tion of a Relution approving engi- ,ar onal s ces related to . .'. ..... ...--," _ ::.  :. .. .;. , . ,.!-t:crvicesi ment with :" : . ? :00ooi :Starts AuguSt 21 NHS Fall Fest Set For Aug. 22 The annual Norwalk High School Fall Fest will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. The event kicks off the 2013-14 Athletic and Activity pro- gram for the season and is sponsored by the Norwalk Athletic Ambassador Club. Highlights will be a football scrimmage with ADM at Mineart Field and a volleyball scrimmage in the high school gym. Admission is a dona- tion of non-perishable foqd items for the Norwalk Food Pantry. Dive-In Movie City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation announces a FREE outdoor movie! The eent will be held at the Norwalk Aquatic Cen- ter, Sunda Aug. 18. The movie being shown is Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted (PG)! Come join the fun and cheek out the giant movie screen! Be sure to bring your own lawn chair or blanket! The movie is FREE for all and concessions will be available. Check out City of Norwalk Parks and Rec- reation on Facebook or the city website for more in- formation. Open swim will start at 6 p.m. with the -movie starting approxi- mately 8:15 p.m. (dusk). TED LARE'S TOMATO FESTIVAL Ted Lare Garden Center, 2701 Cumming Ave., Cumming, will hold a Tomato Festival Saturda Aug. 24, featuring demonstrations regarding tomatoes, plus contests for various "tomato" categories. At 10 a.m. there will be canning demonstration (RSVP 981-1075 for this one). From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. there will be cooking demonstration by Chef DJ Frank from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in West Des Moines show- casing heirloom tomatoes in hot and cold dishes. Samples will be available. At the same time there will be a tasting of local Iowa beers from Exile Brewing Co. and live music will be provided by the blues band, The Bobcats. Ryan Bates will "Talk Tomato" at 2 p.m. telling how to grow the best tomatoes. Throughout the day there will be tomato tastings of 20-plus different Heirloom varieties of tomatoes. Cus- tomers will vote for their favorite. Persons interested in the contests, may fill out the entry form located on the back page of the Tomato Fes- tival insert in this issue. Check for details of each con- test. Concluded p. 7 Norwalk to Begin Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Safe pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are a priority for the Norwalk community. An important component of this is the City's Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Program. This program has been developed to provide for the maintenance of sidewalks within the City. [Iowa State Code 364.12 d) and City Code 136.04] For the purposes of this program, Norwalk is divided into six geographical areas. Each year, the sidewalks in one of these six areas are thoroughly inspected in accordance with the criteria established by the Public Works Department and approved by the City Council, during the January 17, 2013 council meeting, to determine if sidewalk repairs are necessary. Only the sidewalks are inspected. The parkwa) driveway approaches, water stop boxes located outside the sidewalk, etc., are not inspected as part of this program. The area being inspected this year Js east of East 17th Street to 80th Avenue and Merle Huff Avenue south to North Avenue. A map of this area is available on the City of Norwalk website. Note that sidewalks are inspected outside the geographical area only if a complaint is received on the condi- tion of the sidewalk. Additional information on the inspection criteria, repair process and a map of the first geographical area is available on the City of Norwalk website at www.norwalk.iowa.gov. If you have questions about this program, you may stopin at City Hall or call Community Development at 981-0228 ext 222.