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N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 1, 2015 NORTH WARREN TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS P.O. Box 325, 1122 Main St. Ste. 1, Norwalk, IA 50211 515-981-0406 A weekly publication of Klein Publications, Inc. Published every Thursday in Norwalk, Iowa Official newspaper for Norwalk, Cumming, Norwalk Community School District and Warren County. Member of Iowa Press Association and National Newspaper Association Steven F. Klein Publisher Sally Huntoon Advertising/Managing Editor Arlene Knust Typesetter/Office Lori Ford Special Assignments Established May 1968 by Dorothy L. Graham Subscription Rates: $18 per year - Single Copy 50 cents Senior Citizens and College Students $15 per year Residents outside Warren, Madison 8: Polk Co. $24 per year Periodicals Postage Paid at Norwalk, Iowa and Additional Mailing Offices ALL COPY/ADS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12 NOON FRIDAY TO INSURE PUBLICATION IN NEXT ISSUE We reserve the right to accept or refuse all advertising. We reserve the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to PO. Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Member of: National Newspaper Association Iowa Newspaper Association 5%? Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. IPERS Orientation I have been appointed to represent Senate Republi- cans as a nonvoting member of the IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System) Board. I spent an after- noon last week with the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of the IPERS program getting an overview of the program. Nearly all public employ- ees in Iowa at the state or local level come under the IPERS system. Law enforcement employees have their own separate retirement plans administered by the IPERS Board and staff. IPERS is g0verned by a seven member voting board, with six members appointed by the Governor to represent different interests and the public, and the State Treasurer, and four nonvoting leg- islative members. The legislative members include a Senate Republican and Senate Democrat, and a House Republican and a House Democrat appointed by their respective leaders. The duty of the board is to adminis- ter the IPERS funds and to invest them to provide for the retirement benefits for retired employees. It meets quarterly. The program was established by the legisla- ture in 1953. I was told that historically the program has not quite been actuarially sound, though it has been in much bet- ter shape than many retirement programs in 'other states. It has about 80% of the assets needed to put it on a sound actuarial basis. Recent increases in the contributions by the employers and employees required by the legisla- ture have put us on a path where in time we can be- come actuarially sound. This is in spite of the fact‘that assumptions on life expectancy have recently been in- creased. I was told that fiscal year 2014, that just con- cluded last June 30, was the first time in many years when contributions roughly equaled the actuarially re- quired rate. The return on investments in fiscal 2014 was an impressive 14.88%, mostly due to appreciation in stock values. As you probably know, returns from divi- dends and interest are very modest at present. Projec- tions are that contributions may slightly exceed the needed amount in fiscal 2015. Even with slightly posi- tive ratios it will take many years to make the fund ac- tuarially sound. The duty of the IPERS Board and staff is to invest its assets to provide the best return for the members while keeping the risk of loss at a reasonable level. This is a very difficult task obviously. It requires a wide range of investments so that a poor performing asset will not unduly affect the system as a whole. This is the old "Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” principle. ThemERS assets are invested roughly 52% in stocks, 14% in real tstate, and 32% in fixed income investments, 7» - SUCh as bonds- Here is a small amount of cash. As always: £991 f1’he to contact me with your ideas or Concerns at I‘llian- Garrett@legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-3371. ' DEATH NOTICE DALE PILMER Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at O’ Leary Fu— neral and Celebration of Life Center for Dale Pilmer, 65. Mr. Pilmer died at his Norwalk home Saturday, Sept. 26. For more information, go to www.0’learyfunerals .com. Agenda Cigz Council Regglar Business Meeting Agenda Thursday Oct. 1I 6 pm. City Hall 705 North Avenue 1. Call to order at 6 pm. 2. Approval of agenda. 3. Presentation(s) — 4. Welcome of guests and public comment. (3 minute limit, no action) 5. Approve minutes — September 17, 2015 regular business meeting. 6. Consent agenda. a) Expenditures. b) Tax abatements. c) Liquor license(s) — Git N Go Convenience Store #20. Norwalk Chamber of Commerce at Wright Place. d) Resolution approving Memorandum‘ of Under- standing between Iowa DAS and the City of Norwalk for participation in the Iowa Income Offset program. e) Resolution approving a 28E with Spring Hill for Fire/EMS Services. f) Resolution approving disposal of workout room equipment. g) Accept audit proposal from Shull & Co. for FY 14/15 Audit in the amount of $8200. h) Receive and file Annual Finance Report, Out— standing Obligation Report and Continuing Disclosure Re- port for the audit. 7. Approval of the Norwalk Student Education Founda- tion liquor license. 8. Continuation of public hearing on the proposed re- zoning request from Kruse Development, DBAKruse Con- struction, to rezone land located north of Highway G14 and approximately 1,000 feet east of South Orilla Road from A- R to R-1 (70) & R—1(80). (continued from September 17, 2015 meeting) 9. Consideration of the first, of three, readings of pro— posed ordinance amending the City of N orwalk Zoning Map per the request from Kruse Development, DBAKruse Construction, to rezone land located north of Highway G14 and approximately 1,000 feet east of South Orilla Road from A-R to R-1(70) & R—1(80). .10. Public Hearing on the proposed rezoning request from Diligent Warrior Run LLC to Change the zoning of the clubhouse at Warrior Run Golf Course from R—1 (70) to C—2. 1 1. Consideration of the first and possibly more, of three, readings of proposed ordinance amending the City of Norwalk Zoning Map per the request from Diligent War- rior Run LLC to change the zoning of the clubhouse at War- rior Run Golf Course from R-1(70) to C-2. 12. Public Hearing related to amendments to the follow- ing secfions of the City of Norwalk Zoning Ordinance: Defi- nitions, Home Occupations, and Zoning Districts. 13. Consideration of a resolution approving request from Diligent Orchard Hills LLC to approve the Orchard Trail Plat 4 final plat. 14. Consideration of a resolution approving request from Hubbell Realty Company to approve the Brownstones at the Legacy Flat 8 final plat. 15. Consideration of a resolution approving request from Hubbell Realty Company to approve Legacy Commercial Flat finallplat. ‘ 16. Consideration of resolution accepting improvements known as Old School Plat 1. i 17. Discussion regarding organizational structure/recruit- ment for the City of Norwalk. 18. Update regarding NCIS project. 19. Council Inquiries and staff updates. 20. Adjournment. Eric E. O’Leury Owner {‘7 Director 0' Lear Funerai 8.: Cremation Servicesy (demo of Ufa Center We are a full service funeral home. Let us assist in your time of sorrow. Pre-Arrangements Monuments - Grief Support www.01earyfunerals.com 1020 Main Street Norwalk I (515) 981-0700 DEATH NOTICE GRETCHEN HAGEN Services are pending at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon for Gretchen Hagen, 92, who died at the Good Samaritan Home in lndianola Sunday, Sept. 27. Worship at these Norwalk Area Churches NORWALK Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 515 Sunset Dr. 515~897-4183 Steven Klawonn, Pastor 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Sunday School Wed. Family Education 6:30 pm Wed. Confirmation: 5th-8th grade 6:30 pm *irir Crossroads Church 2601 Border St. www.2thecrossroads.com Glen Blumer, Pastor 515-287-8580 9:30 am Worship Nursery & Children’s Programming 3 years old through 5th grade Wed. 6:30 pm K—izth grades #** Fellowship Community Church 225 North Ave. www.fccnorwalk.org Rob Jones, Pastor 981-0699 Sunday Morning Service: 10 am Disciple City for Children: (18 months-5th grade) Sunday Mornings, 10 am Quality childcare provided for children under 18 mo. ‘Unstoppable’ for Jr. High: (6th-8th grade) Sunday Evenings, 6-8 pm ‘Unshaken’ for Sr. High: (9th-12th grade) Sunday Evenings, 6-8 pm ##4‘ First Baptist Church Sunset Dr. & Mafi'ed 981-4391 Trey Perrott, Pastor 9:30 am Coffee Fellowship to am Morning Worship 5:30 pm Sunday Kids and Adult Ministries Class for all ages Nursery Provided Wednesday Night Link Groups *'k* New Life Lutheran Church 4380 Wakonda Dr. — 285-5965 www.newlifenorwalk.org Nate Liedtke, Pastor 8:15 am & 10:30 am Worship 9:30 am Sunday School Childcare Provided #tt Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 701 Main St. 981-0176 Norwalkccorg Travis Stanley, Pastor Marti Stanley, Pastor 8:30 am & 10:30 am Worship 9:30 am Sunday School and Fellowship Nursery Provided (birth — 5) All are Welcome! *** Norwalk United Methodist Church 1801 Sunset Dr. — 981-4251 Steve McElroy, Pastor 8:00 and 10:30 am Worship Sunday School 9:15 am Nursery Provided *#* St. John the Apostle Catholic Church 720 Orchard Hills Dr. 981—4855 FAX 981-9475 Father John Ludwig Sacrament of Reconciliation 4 pm Saturday Masses: 5 pm Saturday 9 am Sunday Nursery, Sunday School ;! IMMING Harvest Church (Evangelical Free) 4225 N. Birch Ave. PO Box 115 981-4321 harvestchurchcummingcom Thomas Cackler, Pastor Sunday 10 am Worship *** DE M lNES Christian Life Assembly of God Church Fleur Drive and Hwy 5 Warren Hunsberger, Pastor 515-953-0322 10 am Worship Children’s Ministry, 0-5 Kids’ Church 6 years & up Nursery ages 0-2 6:30 pm ~ Wed. Elevate Youth *** Grace Baptist Church 112 County Line Rd. 285-8871 www.gracecares.net Doug VanWey, Pastor 9:30 am. Sunday School 10:45 am Worship Jr. & Sr. High, Men’s and Women’s Ministry Nursery Provided. #181! Mt. Zion Church of God 8383 Ridgeview Dr. David Chu, Pastor 664-2828 *4"? Martensdale Community (An Evangelical Free Church) 1 Mile North of Manensdale on Hwy 28 Jeremy Kidder, Pastor 641-764-2491 Worship: 9 am Bible Study: 10:30 am Jr. High & Sr. High Youth: 6 pm Sunday *** St. Paul Lutheran Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) 615 Iowa Ave. 641-764-2752 Ron Mohr, Pastor, 770-1286 Don Rothweiler, Pastor 10:30 am SS/Worship Call for times on Adult and Children Bible Studies em Linn Grove United Methodist Church 7483 50th St. - 9814062 Ginni Otto, Pastor Free-will offering Breakfast 8-9:30 am 10 am Worship Adult Sunday School — 11 am *** Freedom Fellowship Churc (we 2604 N. Jefferson Way ‘ 515-961-5755 Pastor Jeff Rabc Pastor’s Cell 515—333-2458 9:30 am Sunday Worship 12:45—2 pm Wed. Adult Bible Study Tues-Thurs. is for Community Food Closet. (Please call for availability) *** Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELS) 202 N. Kenwood 962-0351 Robert Harting, Pastor 9 am Worship 10:15 Sunday School *** The above free listings are to Help newcomers know the Regular worship schedules of Norwalk-area churches. Special Events and services will not be listed here. *Ihk Policy: Churches must be in the Norwalk Area and in Warren County for this free listing.