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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NOr! AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 14!/.,Y9 ,DC )902  !4 P I t l g V.)t.. P P,t : !!: R S \\;,' i.i }t; : I. t (}i"! It,)    c:" 4 " 9 9'6 '; ll,l,,l,,l,,l'l'h'l"l"h'l'l"l'l'll .... II,,,,III,,,I'I'I'I Warren Town and County WS Vol. 43 No. 21 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspapencom Thursday, October 13, 2011 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TOWN HALL MEETING The City of Norwalk began the exciting process of conducting a complete overhaul of its Comprehensive Plan earlier this year. A quality Comprehensive Plan is a vital document for the city because it presents the community's vision for the future, with long-term goals and objectives for all activities that affect growth and development such as the future location of roads, schools, parks and employment centers. The plan will guide and help to shape the future of Norwalk. We need your ideas and input about the physical footprint of Norwalk in the future. Where do YOU want to see new houses and schools? Where do YOU think is the best location for industry, for employment centers and for shopping and restaurants? And, how do YOU want to get arotmd Norwalk--by car, bybike, on foot, or by Segway? The City will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesda Oct. 25, at City Hall. The meeting will give residents of the community a chance to share their thoughts and ideas on the future development and growth in Norwalk. At the meeting, Norwalk citizens will learn about the comprehensive plan--where we have been and where we are going-- and provide input related future land use and development scenarios. So, put on your thinking caps and join your fellow Norwalkians at the Town Hall meeting. If you have questions, contact Mike Johnson, City Planner at 515-981-0228 ext 225. Free Clinic Begins In November Crossroads Church, in conjunction with area churches and individuals, will begin offering a free medical clinic starting Thursda Nov. 3. This free medi- cal clinic will be offered each Thursday at Crossroads Church, 2601 Border St. Patient registration begins at 5:45 p.m. The last patient registration will be at 7 p.m. Clinic hours are 6-8 p.m. Services available include Illness/Minor Injur Well Child Exams (no vaccines), School/Sports Physicals, Employment Physicals, Lead Testing, Adult tetanus shots, Chiropractic, Patient Assistance Program Enroll- ment, Diabetes-Blood Glucose Testing and High Blood Pressure Testing. The clinic follows the "Free ai.mcs of Iowa" model. To learn more about "Free Clinics of Iowa", use the fol- lowing link http://www.freeclinicsofiowa.org/ There is room for doctors and nurses willing to use their gifts on a rotating schedule at the free clinic. If in- terested in volunteering, contact Brenda Schwechel, Clinic Manager, at brendaschwechel@yahoo.com. Latham Staff in Inflianola Iowa Congressman Tom Latham's Traveling Help Desk makes its monthly visit to Warren County Friday, Oct. 14, providing an opportunity for constituents to meet one-on-one with a member of Congressman Latham's staff to ask questions and voice concems. No appointment is necessary. The Help Desk meet- ing takes place from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Warren County Administration Building, Conference Room 1 located at 301 N. Buxton in Indianola. The Congressman's staff can answer questions and offer help to individuals who have problems with a range of federal programs, including Social Security and benefits for veterans. Staff members can help Iowa stu- dents interested in attending one of the prestigious U.S. Military Academics; discuss agricultural programs with farmers or help constituents work with the Internal Rev- enue Service or any other federal agency. Latham's staff will also make sure to pass along any concems to Con- gressman Latham. City Administrator Announces Retirement Plans Mark Miller, Norwalk City Administrator since Linn Grove Fall Bazaar, Dinner This Saturday Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Women will host their annual Fall Bazaar and Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the church, 7483 50th, south of Norwalk. The menu will feature homemade chicken and noodles, ham bails, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and a variety of salads and pie. Cost for the meal is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and those under 5, free. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual fundraiser for the women's August 1988, announced to the Council at its regu- lar meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, his plans to retire effec- tive June 30, 2012. During Miller's tenure Norwalk has grown from around 3,000 residents to now moving towards 10,000 and a large increase in retail and commercial growth. The City is well positioned as well with vi- tal infrastructure (water, sanitary sewer and trans- portation) and that devel- opment over this time pe- riod leaves Norwalk in a very viable, attractive spot for continued future growth. The City Council will begin meeting Thursday, Oct. 13, to determine its procedures to succeed Miller. group. OES Dinner This Sunday Members of Good Will Chapter, Order of the East- em Star will host the monthly dinner Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The menu includes lasagna, salad and homemade pies. The cost is $6 for adults. Norwalk Wrestling And High Altitude Wrestling Club Presenting Camp in Norwalk Norwalk Wrestling and High Altitude Wrestling club will be hosting wrestling camps in Norwalk and Martensdale. Saturda)4 Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a camp at the Martensdale-St. Marys wrestling room. The event is open for K-12 wrestlers. The cost is $35. Sunda3 Nov. 6, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Norwalk High School, wrestling staff will feature a World Cham- pion Jordan Burroughs Wrestling Camp. The camp is open toK-12 wrestlers and the cost is $45. This event is limited to 150 wrestlers. Schedule for the November 6 camp is Session 1:1-3 p.m., break from 3-3:30 p.m. and Session 2:3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration and fees for the November 6 camp must be received by Thursday, Nov. 3. Checks are payable to High Altitude Wrestling Club. Registration must be mailed to High Altitude Wrestling Club, 601 SE 13th SG Grimes, IA 50111. For more information call Chad Tunink at 515-986- 1184 or 641-757-1287. You may also go to chad@highaltitudewrestling.com. Jordan Burroughs is the 2011 World Champion. His accomplishments include 2011 World Team Trials Champion, 2011 US Open Champion, 2 x NCAA Na- tional Champion, 2011 Hodge Trophy Winner, 201t Intermat Wrestler of the Year, 2011 Midlands Champion (and OW), 4 x NCAA Qualifier, 3 x NCAA All-Ameri- can and 3 x Big 12 Champion. Hot News F o from the ' " Norwalk Fire R p Department By Dustin Huston Fire Chief With this being Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, the Norwalk Fire Department is happy to announce that with the help of the State Fire Marshal's Office and Com- monwealth Electric we have installed a new smoke de- tection system in a local apartment building that in- cludes a strobe light to help alert a tenant that is hard of hearing. These systems were donated by United Ser- vices of Grimes in the hopes of increasing fire detection safety for everyone, especially those with hearing issues. You will see a number of fire prevention activities this week and we hope that you will participate with your children as education truly is our best tool to fight fires with. We at the Fire Department would also like to take some time to.remind you of the following tips and tricks: Always replace your smoke detector batteries at least once a year. Pick a birthday or holiday that every- one remembers to help make it easy. We recommend that you replace them twice a year for the best results. Electrical fires cause 50,000 home fires a year. Re- member to only use extension cords for temporary con- nections, don't overload receptacles and replace dam- aged cords and receptacles. Make sure that you and your family have an escape plan and a safe meeting place should you have a fire alarm or fire. This may seem obvious but everyone needs to know where to meet and make sure to get a head count. Legislative News I By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Education Reform Plan Released You probably know that the Govemor has released his plan for reforming education in Iowa. The proposal is a lengthy document and will no doubt be the subject of much debate in the legislature. I think it would be safe to say there will be changes made as it goes through the process. The plan is very ambitious and it looks like it will be costly. I see that it is to be phased in over a period of time. This could help absorb the costs. A top priority is to have great teachers and princi- Continued p.6