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The butterfly chairs were made possible by the gen- erosity of local residents. Funds donated in memory of Gale Wheeler handed the project, Iowa Metal Fabrica- tion of Indianola made the chairs and Jeff Miller of Miller Auto Body Paint in Cumming donated materials and labor to give the sculptures their yellow and blue color. Stop by and enjoy the sculptures, but leave the net at home. Special Traffic Enforcement Project Held Several area law enforcement agencies combined for a joint traffic enforcement project over the Labor Day weekend. Funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, of- ficers from the Carlisle and Norwalk Police Depart- ments, Polk and Warren County Sheriff's Offices, and the Iowa State Patrol, conducted a speed and OWI en- forcement campaign Saturday, Sept. 4, concentrating on the Highway 5 corridor through Warren County and Highway 65 north of Indianola and into Polk County. For Warren County, officers netted five OWI arrests, two additional OWI tests without charges, two driving on suspended license citations, two possession of con- trolled substance arrests, one citation for open container and one for possession of alcohol underage. One per- son was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant from Des Moines and an additional 53 warr gs or citations were issued for speed and equipment violations. The Warren County Sheriff's Office will continue to place additional officers out for traffic enforcement throughout the month at various spots in the county. Additional combined agency projects are planned for the rest of the year and into 2011. now has a Thursday Spe- cial of Prime Rib. Agenda Town Meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at 6 p.m. New Life Lutheran Church 4380 Wakonda Dr I. Review of the poten- tial City of Norwalk Rec- reation Center II. Update of the 2010- 2011 Capital Improve- ments Plan for the City of Norwalk III. Review of potential alternative revenue sources for the City of Norwalk IV. Other Lions Assist in Collecting Old. Medications Members of the Norwalk LioPs Club will be working with the Norwalk Medicap Phar- macy and the Norwalk Police department to offer a safe and environmen- tally friendly way to dis- pose of unused or expired medications. Controlled, Concluded p.4 associated with construction, upkeep and maintenance of the facility. It also identi- fies areas of use by each entity and obligations associated with each." The agreement came about when both the city and the schoo} district had out- dated maintenance facilities. Also, the City lost much of its storage and operating space with the sale of the wastewater treatment plant, according to Hoskins. .... notes from Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Thursday, Sept. 16 was an unusual day for the state of Iowa. The Norwalk City Council and the Norwalk School Board sat down and signed an agreement to share a facility for the school's busbarn and the city maintenance facility. I wish that I could tell you how unique this really is, but only people deeply involved in government can understand the red tape and complications that can hinder common sense. But, not this time. The city had a declining maintenance facility and the school had a declining busbarn. A block away from each other. Both facilities had served us well and loyally through many renovations and relocations. However, their time had come. Cherry is a beautiful boulevard road, spoiled by the nature of purposes of these facilities. The south entrance to our school campus did not reflect the pride we hold in constructing and maintaining our facilities. A large gas barrel sits toward the cen- ter of the heaviest concentration of people in town, Norwalk High School and our new sports stadium. The busbarn foils our desire to expand parking lots on the sec- ondary campus. The resulting detention area will hold water on school property rather than dumping it onto Cherry, keeping it out of the city system. The reasons for relocation are many, but the will must also be there. For years, the city and the schools have shared planning strategies and looked for ways to combine services. Relationships were not built between "entities", they were built between people. So, this project became a natural. We both have mechanics, fueling needs, parking needs, parts storage and dozens of other similar functions. But, as many of you know, government entities can be cumbersome. I would like to compliment the city council and the school board for adopting this move, at anop- portunistic moment. It took courage to bring this project to fruition. It also took the vision Of previous boards and councils to set the stage for this type of open dialogue and joint planning. So, my thanks also go to the leaders of each group who worked to create a collegial environment, enabling this improvement. My thanks to Mark Miller, Chris Nosbisch, Tim Hoskins, John Stoner and their staffs. You have done a great thing for the community and a great thing for kidS. Strangel sometimes com- mon sense seems uncommon. travelC°untYtoLinesouthR°adorillaand Pictured signing the 28E Agreement for the shared use of a new Public Works Road, then turn South Maintenance Facility between the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Community School District are Mayor Doug Pierce and School Board President Katherine If you drive by the Norwalk Easter Public Library (left) onto South Orilla Schmidt. The event occurred just prior to the Thursday, Sept. 16, regular City Coun- and see two extremely large butterflies in the yard-don't Road and travel to cil meeting held at the Norwalk Easter Public Library. Staffphoto by Mary Lou Gray. be alarmed. These bright colored metal sculptures are Bambino's at 4221 South chairs in disguise. Orilla Rd. Amap is located City and School District Sign 28E Agreement The chairs; butterfly design was selected to replicate in the ad, elsewhere in this the butterfly-shaped flower garden located in Brownie newspaper. C Thursday4 Sept. 16, history was made when the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk ! j Park, adjacent to the library. The chairs combine art and Vanessa Devine, ownerommunity School District signed a 28E Agreement in which both entities agreed to function, offering a bright, fun focal point and a place of the restaurant, has an- share the new Pubhc Works Maintenance Facility, which is being built near the inter- for individuals to relax or read. , nounced that in addition section of North Avenue and R57 Hwy. The construction is to be completed and The butterflies are the newest addition to the library s to Tuesday and Wednes- operational around the first of May 2011. outdoor reading area, "Pathway to Reading," which day Buffet Specials, she According to Tim Hoskins, Public Works Director, the agreement "identifies costs i