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/ SMALLTOWNPAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST. SHELTON WA 98584-2263 i,l!i,,il,Iv!,i!iiblt!l,imi,,I.I!l!,,vllhl,l,l,.llhlllll OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 16 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, September 5, 2013 Agenda City Council Meeting Business Agenda September 5, 2013 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation- Mitch Phipps, Rec Center Fundraiser 4. Approval of Minutes - August 15, 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) - Casey's, Echo Val- ley Country Club, St. John's Fall Festival and Square Bar Association Special Events application(s) - St. John's Fall Festival Approval, receipt and file of the Police Chief job announcement and job description Approval, receipt and file of the City Planner job announcement and job description 7. Public Hearing and Consideration of a Resolution approving an agreement with Warren County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC) 8. Public Hearing and consideration of first reading (and possibly waive the second and third readings) of an Ordinance amending the oning Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, Section 17.10.120 C-4, Old Town Business District, by providing automotive repair as a special use in the C-4 zoning district. 9. Consideration .of third and final reading of pro- posed 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, providing for regular rental inspections, rental inspec- tions upon receipt of complaint, certification of in- spected housing, issuance of rental permits,and collec- tion of inspection' fees, and registration of all rental dwelling units within the corporate limits of the city of Norwalk, Iowa 10. Consideration of third and final reading of pro- posed Ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapter 177, by adopt- ing provisions pertaining to rental conversion, registra- tion, rental inspections, and assessment of costs 11. Consideration of second reading (and possibly waive third reading) of an Ordinance amending the zoning Code of Ordinances 6f e City of Norwalk, Iowa, Sections 17.04.040 definiti0rtSi17.10.110 C-2, commu- nity commercial district 17.10.110 C-3, highway service commercial district; by establishing a definition for automotive repair and prodding automotive repair as a principal permitted use in the C-2 and C-3 zoning districts " 12. Consideration of a resolution authorizing the dis- posal of surplus library property. 13. C0nsi(ier tion oi a Re lution approving site plan for Phase II of Cedarbooke Place Apartments Complex. 14. ConsideratiOn of a Resolution approving final plat for the Ridge at Echo Valley Plat 3. 15. Consideration of a Resolution approving reim- bursement related to upcoming bonding for NCIS in- frastructure projects. 16. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the City of Norwalk, Iowa to make an application to the Iowa Department of Transportation for Iowa's Clean Air At- tainment Program for the partial funding of the High- way 28 and Beardsley intersection improvements and further approving the application which obligates the Concluded p. 6 Norwalk Couple Renews Vows in Afghanistan U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Rorebeck, right, a Norwalk, IA, native, and the operations officer for 3rd Battal- ion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Com- bat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and Capt. Crystal Rorebeck, a Breckenridge, TX, native, and the com- mander of Headquarters and Headquarters Compa- ny, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, renew their five year wedding vows, August 16, 2013, on For- ward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, while de- ployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Bailey, 703rd BSB, 4th IBCT, 3rd Inf. Div. Unit Public Affairs Representative) See story p. 5 Mayor's By Mayor Doug Pierce Hopefully, by the time you read this, the tempera- tures will have moderated and the Warriors will have a football victory to start their season. Maybe it is too much to hope for, but a good rain would really be welcome as well. It seems like all we do anymore is set records for temperature extremes and too much or too little rain. However, I would rather deal with our weather issues and not have to worry about fires and hurricanes. This month, I want to highlight the efforts of one of our Norwalk High School Seniors, Mitchell Phipps. Mitch has been very supportive of athletics in Norwalk, not only as a participant, but also, by becoming a mem- ber of the Parks and Recreation Board. He, most recently, organized a fundraising event to generate funds for a Recreation Center. There are not very many students who are willing to take on such a commitment because of all the activities they are already involved in. And that is what makes Mitch's efforts so appreciated in that he is willing to go "above and beyond" to make a dif- ference in Norwalk. On August 14, Mitch and some of his classmates or- ganized a BBQ with a free-will donation at the Norwalk Aquatic Center to honor our Police and Fire Depart- ments for what they do for the community. The funds generated totaled approximately $880 which Mitch pre- sented to City Clerk, Jeff Rosien, as "seed money" for a Rec Center. As long as I have been Mayor, we have been discussing the possibility of a Rec Center and now we have Mitch's efforts to build on. Thank you very much, Mitch, for taking advantage of your leadership abilities to enhance our community - Well Done!! School Elections Tuesday Eligible voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 10, to vote for two seats on the Norwalk Community School Board. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and are accessible to elderly and handicap voters. The following Precincts shall be combined and will vote at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Drive, Norwalk: City of Cumming, Greenfield 2, Jefferson and Linn townships, City of Norwalk and City of Spring Hill. Below are biographical sketches of the two candi- dates, Justin Fletcher and Maribeth Wright, who filed papers to be on the ballot. The ballot was published in the August 29 issue of this newspaper. Voters will also cast a ballot for DMACC Director District 4. Justin Fletcher Maribeth Wright First and Last Name: " First and Last Name: Justin Fletcher Age: 33 Maribeth Wright Address: 2710 Windsor Age: 48 Dr., Norwalk Address: 8239 Buchanan Occupation: Investment Trail, Norwalk Accounting Supervisor - Occupation: Executive Di- EMC Insurance rector of the Iowa Higher Name of Spouse: Amanda Education Loan Authority Children: Grant - Second - Assist members of Iowa's grade; Nolan and Karlin not-for-profit higher edu- attend Stepping Stones cation community in fi- Pre-School nancing various capital Educational Background: projects through tax-ex- BA-Central College; MBA emptbond financings. - Drake University Name of Spouse: Bill How long have you lived Wright Occupation: Se- in Norwalk? 6 years nior Vice President with Why do you wish to serve Terrus Real Estate (Com- on the School Board? I mercial Real Estate). have a vested interest in Children: Grant (17)- Se- the continued success of nior at Norwalk High this school district. My School, Jackson (15)- education, leadership Sophomore at Norwalk traits and professional ex- High School and Kennedi pertise make me a great (12)- 7 grade at Norwalk candidate for the Norwalk Middle School School Board. I believe in Educational Background: providing our children Doctor of Philosophy - with the-best education Educational Leadership while doing so in a sus- and Policy Studies, Iowa tainable manner. State University (2003) Is this your first time Master of Science- High- seeking election to the er Education Administra- School Board and have tion, Iowa State Universi- you attended meetings ty (1991) prior to your becoming a Bachelor of Arts, Manage- candidate? Yes and Yes. merit and Marketing, Sim- Do you serve on any city pson College (1987) or school committees and How long have you lived if so, which ones? SIAC in Norwalk? 15 years Concluded p. 10 Concluded p. 10