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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALKCOMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren SIviALLTOWNPAPERS 2i7 WEST COTA ST. \\; / SHELTON WA 008584-22e3 \\;v,j !, !!,ll !,liili,l!.i,II !1,,11 li.IM,I,i,l,l,l'.l"'l!q Town and County ws 50 Vol. 45 No. 17 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No, 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, September 12, 2013 Homecoming Court Pictured, left to right: Sebastian Capp (junior), Elly Hofmaier (junior), Tyler French (senior), Paige Dickel (senior), Austin LaVelle (senior), Rachel Johnson (seni6r), Caleb Klocko (senior), Jordyn Marvelli (senior), Tom Scallon (senior), Julia Sheber (senior), Drake Hagar (senior), Katie Elliott (senior), Will Frase r (sophomore) and Ellen Wines (sophomore). See Homecoming week activities page 8. Photo by Toni ohnson Photography. YOUR CI-I-Y 1 Amore GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Pet Fair By Mary Lou Gray Sundav Mayor Doug Pierce announced Councilmember Area residents are re- Frank Curtis has resigned from the Norwalk City Council effective September 1 due to personal reasons. The Norwalk City Council meeting was held Thurs- day, Sept. 5, at cit E hall. Councilmembers Jamie Sylvester, Mike Leto and Dave Murillo were present and Councilmember Eric Delker was absent. Presentation-Mitch Phipps was recognized by Mayor Pierce for his efforts toward a fundraiser for a commu- nity center for the city. Phipps planned a Grill Out/Swim event at the Norwalk City Pool. Proceeds from the event will go for a recreation center and to show the commu- nities' appreciation to the fire and police departments. Consent Agenda-Tax abatements were approved for the following: KRM Development, 10640 Justin Dr., single family residence (SFR), $200,000; Hubbell Homes, L.C., 701 and 705 Sawgrass Dr., SFR, each for $120,000, 203 High Road, SFR, $225,000, 1708 Bristol St., SFR, $175,000, 1713 and 1805 Bristol, SFR, $270,000 and 1719 Bristol St., SFR, $200,000; WIbit Homes, 1711 Dorchester, SFR, $350,000; B. Hildreth, 1310 Misty Lane Dr., SFR; $388,0OO. Council approved liquor license, applications for Casey's, Echo Valley Country Club, St. John's Fall Festi- val and Square Bat Association. Special events application was approved and waiver of the $50 permit fee for St. John's Fall Festival. Approval of the job descriptions for the Police Chief position and the City Planner were approved by coun- cil. Item 7 on the agenda regarding Warren County Eco- nomic Development (WCEDC) was tabled for a future council meeting. Questions concerning the $200,000 payment to WCEDC as to whether it is an annual pay- ment; clarification was requested. City Manager Marketa Oliver advised this is a 5-year resolution and averages around $37,000 per year. Questions arose concerning if the funds to pay for this were from the General Fund or Tax Increment Financing (TIF). This item will be on the September 19 council meeting. Rem8 regarding amending the Zoning Code of Or- Concluded p. 11 minded of the Pet Fair Sunday, Sept: 15, from I to 5 p.m. at Amore Pet Bou- "tique and Day Spa, 1409 Sunset Dr. Owner Lori Boyd says, "This will feel just like the county fair, but smaller." Activities will include contests, shopping with local craft vendors, free classes, talent show and mini-pet fashion show. Admission for the family fun event is free. There will be contests for Cutest Puppy, Cutest Kitten, Cutest Pet, Coolest Trick, Best Costume/Outfit and Best Pet Art. The cut- est pet, coolest trick and best costumes divisions are open to any pet, such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc. The art division is open to any medium such as photography, painting, pencil drawings etc., that feature pets as the subject. Entry fee is $1 for each contest entered with prizes awarded for first, second and third, as well as a People's Choice award. Prizes are gift cer- tificates for Amore Pet Boutique and Day Spa. Vendors will be avail- able for holiday shopping, there will be free classes, make 'h takes, raffle draw - ings and free parking. OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- ern Star will host the monthly dinner Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The meal is open to the public. The menu will feature a ham dinner. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for chil- dren 10 and under. All proceeds are used for com- munity service projects. Journey Toward Optimal" Health Are you ready to start your journey toward Op- timal Health? Join us and our Mayor, Doug Pierce at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, for a one mile walk. Meet at th Norwalk Methodist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr. Walk with your family and friends before school and work! Then join us again at 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Chris- tian Church, 701 Main St., for a Community Healthy Happy Hour. For questions, contact Connie Garrison at 515- 238-3540 or Jane Sesker at 515-783-6463. - Linn Grove Free-Will Offering Meal Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering" dinner Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine- in or carry out. The menu includes a Cavatelli dinner, salads and dessert. There is no cost for the meal, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Proceeds from this dinner will be donated to a local charity. Also, the Sunday Wor- ship hour has changed. It is now 10 a.m. with Adult Sunday School'at 11 a.m. A free-will-offering break- fast is served Sundays from 8 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 981-4062 or go to www.gbgm-umc.org/ linngrove. Norwalk City Council Election Update During'last week's Norwalk City Council meeting, Mayor Doug Pierce informed the Council that Councilmember Frank Curtis has tendered his resigna- tion effective September 1. This council seat will now be included on the ballot of the November 5 City Coun- cil Election. According to the Warren County Auditor and the Iowa Secretary of State's offices, when filling out candi- dacy papers, candidates will need to select whether they are running for one of the two four-year seats or if they are running to fill the vacancy. The vacant seat has two years and two months remaining on its term. Before voters head to the polls on November 5, they will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with a sample ballot which will be printed in the newspaper toward the end of October. For more information, Norwalk residents are encouraged to conct City Hall at 981-0228"or the Warren County Auditor's office at  515-961-1020. To Run For City Council Erika Isley has an- nounced that she will seek election on the Norwalk City Council during the November General Elec- tion. Following is her an- nouncement. Name: Erika Isley Address: 3086 S. Orilla Rd Personal Information & Reason for Running I spent my early child- hood growing up in Grager, Iowa. Eventually I movdd to and graduated from Ankeny High School. After high school, I worked full-time and put myself through college. In 1998, I earned a B.S. in Business Management/Fi- nance minor from Upper Iowa University. I have worked for many years as a manager specialized in investing and trading fixed income securities. I met my husband, Jeff (life- long Norwalk/Cumming resident) and we married in 1999. We have two chil- dren, Jaeda (2001) and Tyler (2003). During that time I have continued my career while I also earned my Master's Degree in Fi- nance from Drake Univer- sity in 2007. With the support of my family, I decided to run for City Council because I care about the people of Nor- walk what goes on in our city and I am inspired to get involved. I have en- gaged with the people in Norwalk at the grassroots level for nearly two years. I have attended numerous . Ericka Isley City Council meetings, advocated for residents ar/d spoke in front of the City Council many times. I have proven that I will challenge city leadership and fight for a city govern- ment that is transparent, accountable, fiscally re- sponsible and does not disappoint. Please visit www.face book.com/IsleyFor Nor- walk for more about me, my commitment and what I support/oppose. Vote on November 5th to reclaim your city and be represented! Reception For Chief Kuhl A reception will be held for retiring Police Chief Ed Kuhl at 5:30 p.m. Thurs- day, Sept. 19, in the Norwalk City Council Chambers. The reception is just prior to the next city coun- cil meeting.