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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors SMALLTOWNPAPERS " 217 WEST COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ..... w! I ...... ,lllll.l!!,}!!}!j,,l!jbl,hi,. ,il,llhi hidlhl,hd",,d jV Warren. Town and County ws 50 ¢ c .41 Vol. 45 No. 21 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, October 10, 2013 . .... notes from Dr. Denny Wulf Superintendent of Norwalk Schools Simon Estes Sings with Warren County Students Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. will be a special time for all citizens of Warren County. Vocadist Simon Estes brings his "Roots and Wings" concert to the Norwalk Performing Arts Center at 1500 North Ave. in Norwalk. Parking will be available on the west and east side of the high school. This tour has been performed in 34 counties in Iowa, with a goal of performing in all 99 counties. Estes will perfora the songs that propelled his inter- national career. As a special treat, over 600 students from Indianola, Carlisle, Southeast Warren, Martensdale and Norwalk will also perform throughout the concert and accompany Estes in a stirring grand finale. Profits will be used to defer expenses of the program ald $4,000 will be awarded as competitive scholarships to Warren County students through the Simon Estes Foundation. Select students from Warren County will be invited to perf%rm with Estes at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University Sunda)6 Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. What an exciting time for Warren County Schools! Tickets are available only through: https://tikly.co/ NACC/RootsWings. So, I suggest that all parents get your tickets early. We are anticipating a full house! I YOUR CITY ] GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray Councilmember Leto leaves council meeting and with no quorum present, meeting was cancelled. The City of Norwalk regular council meeting was held Thursda Oct. 3, at City Hall with Councilmember Dave Murillo presiding as Mayor Pro Tem in the ab- sence of Mayor Doug Pierce. Councilmembers Jamie Sylvester and Mike Leto were present. Absent from the meeting was Councilmember Eric Delker. Mayor Pro Tem Murillo moved item 10 to the begin- ning of the council meeting. The resolution was ap- proved for a 28E Agreement between the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Community School District for Building Management and Consulting Services. Public Comment-Resident Erika Isley addressed the council on open meetings laws of the state of Iowa con- cerning items 12 and 13 on the agenda. During the pub- lic comment, Councilmember Mike Leto left the meet- ing and did not retum. ' Mayor Pro Tern Murillo called a 10 minute recess. Councilmember Leto did not return to the meeting. Under city requirements there must be a quorum present to continue city business and with the departure of Councilmember Leto, there was not a quorum. Mayor Pro Tern Murillo cancelled the meeting. It was resched- uled for Monday, Oct. 7. MORWALK Triek-or-Troat NiKht Meet The Candidates Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce will host two Meet the Candidates Nights for residents to meet and greet those who are seeking election as either Norwalk Mayor or members of the Norwalk City Council. Dr. Denny Wulf will be the moderator for the ques- tion and answer forum Monda3 Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Dr. Jimmy DeMatteis will moderate the question and answer forum Thursda3 Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave. Vote in One Location Nov. 5 As Norwalk residents prepare to go to the polls this November, the City wants to make sure its residents know that there will only be ONE voting location. All precincts will vote in one location. The Warren County Auditor, in coordination with the City, has identified St. John the Apostle Catholic Church at 720 Orchard Hills Dr., as the official polling place Tuesday.Nov=. 5. The polling location will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Ordinance on Political Signs Election season is upon us and soon residents will start seeing candidate signs popping up all over the com- munity. While there is no restriction on the amount of time a sign can be posted, there are restrictions on where signs can be placed. The Norwalk City Council amended the zoning code for political signs in November of 2012. (The Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Section 17.70.040 Subsection I, Chapter 175 -- Sign Regulations) The code now. reads "Political campaign signs of not greater than twelve (12) square feet in an YR" district and thirty-two (32) square feet in all other zoning dis- tricts and shall not belocated on public right-of-way. (ORD. 12-11)." "R" stands for residential district. Remember that when you place a campaign sign in your yard, it cannot be placed in the grass between the street and the sidewalk. The sign must be placed in your yard and if you are in a residential area, the sign must be no more than 12 square feet. Democrats Annual Fall Dinner Former Iowa State Senator Staci Appel will be the keynote speaker at the Warren County Democratic Party's Annual Fall Dinner Sunday, Oct. 13, at Warren County Historical Museum, 1400 West Second Ave., Indianola. Social Time starts at 5:30 p.m., Smoked Pork Loin and Turkey dinner prepared by Steve Heaberlin will be served at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for Democrats to get ac- quainted and share their concerns with federal, State and local elected officials and candidates. There will be food, entertainment by Don VanRyswyk and some auction items. The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased by calling 515-360-5947 or at the door or visit the website at www.warren democrats.com or on Facebook at Warren County Iowa Democrats for ticket information. KC Pancake Breakfast Sunday Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- 6    cake Breakfast Sunday, Oct. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. " • r[r • John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills I w d d u I Dr" The menu includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, sau- 'J   f sage, juice, milk and coffee for a free-will donation. OCt. O Dirve Carefully! Apostl ePr°ceedsthism°nthwillbed°natedt°St'J°hntheCatholic Church. SCHOOL UPDATES J By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Update on Future of School Property Located • at 906 School Avenue The board of directors of the Norwalk Community School District received bids for the demolition and dis- posal of all the buildings and site restoration at the school property located at 906 School Avenue, Norwalk, Iowa. The buildings located on the property are the origi- nal 3-storr old school brick building ("Old School"), two metal storage buildings and a one-story wooden multi-purpose classroom building. The project was re- leased for public bids and the District received bids from three contractors. The low bid was $156,400 submitted by DeCarlo Demolition Company of Des Moines. After considering the bids and the proposed project, the school board took action to approve demolition of all build- ings located on the property. The Old School had been utilized by the school dis- trict for several years as office and storage space and the metal storage buildings were-utilized for school maintenance services and storage. The District relocated these services to a new location at 380 Wright Road in July. The one-stor wooden multi-purpose building had been constructed in 1999 to provide extra classroom space for a multi-age (MAC) elementary program that was housed at the Old School. This program was relo- cated to Oviatt Elementary in 2004. When the school board ficted on the recommenda- tion of the 2012 SIAC committee to relocate the offices and maintenance services to a new site, they began con- versations with the City of Norwalk about options for the future of the Old School and other buildings. The property is zoned for single famil36 residential housing. Due to restrictions and limitation of the utility infra- structure serving this area of town, City officials were unable to approve a new building project that would involve a lfirge renovation of the existing building for new commercial uses, such as an apartment complex, museum, etc. The existing water and storm sewer utili- ties are inadequate to meet the fire protection and wa- ter runoff needs for a commercial type building. In ad- dition to the utility restrictions, the O!d School contains hazardous asbestos materials that will need to be abated out of the building before the demolition can commence. All of these factors severely limited the school board options to repurpose the existing buildings for future use. To ensure that all opportunities and options were explored, the District offered a time period in May and Junewhere citizens, organizations, or businesses could submit a proposal to the school board for purchasing the property "as is" for a new purpose. The board re- ceived one proposal from the City of Norwalk, request-• ing to acquire the property for $1 if the school board agreed to demolish all of the buildings with the excep- tion of the one-story wooden building. The City pro- posal included the development of a community park. The school board considered this proposal at a meeting on July 8. The board estimated demolition and asbestos abatement costs to be in excess of $150,000. The school board had also commissioned a professional appraiser to appraise the current value of the property. The ap- praisal report stated that the highest and best use of the property would be for residential housing. The ap- praiser recommended that if the District wanted to re- alize any income from the sale of the property the Dis- Concluded p. 11