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OFFIC AL NEWSPAPER FOR 000000rwath AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT L l,l.l,,l,,l,l,h,l,,I,,I,,I,l.,l'l'll .... II .... IIl,,,I,l,l,i Warren Town and County w$ 50 Vol. 43 No. 22 Norwalk, iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, October 20, 2011 Annual Wine Harvest Celebration is Nov. 18 The 5th Annual Wine Harvest Celebration is set for Friday, Nov. 18, at The Wright Place, 340 Wright Rd., in Norwalk. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for wine sampling and bid- ding begins on Silent Auction Baskets. Social hour and appetizers of crustinis with goat/mascarpone cheese, spinach and pesto dip and carmelized onion dip is from 6 - 6:30 p.m. The meal will be served from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featured this year will be three salads to chose from plus a carving station with turkey or porkloin. Andy Mogle's Norwalk High School Culinary Arts Class will prepare and serve the meal. Dinner music and dessert sampling of assorted trifles, mini cupcakes and cheesecake bites is from 7:30 - 9 p.m. with bidding for auction items closing at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available Nov. 1, at City State Bank, Norwalk Physical Therapy, Scott's Foods, Fareway or the Chamber Office, 1039 Sunset Dr. Prior to Nov. 18, tickets are $20 per person. On Nov. 18 or at the door, the cost is $25 per person. You must be at least 21 to attend. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Norwalk High School Scholarships. The first 100 patrons will receive a commemorative wine glass. Admittance is limited to the first 250 people. Sponsoring the event are Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Norwalk, City State Bank and McClure Engineering Company. Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursday, October 20, 2011 7 p.m. This is a tentative Agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. I. Call to order at 7:00P.M. - Roll call of members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes-October 6, 2011 Regular Council Meeting October 13, 2011 Special Council Meeting IV. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Liquor license renewals - Casey's Marketing Company Echo Valley Country Club D. Approval of water utility bad debt write offs VI. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance providing for increased water rates and increased sewer rates, and amending section 13.18.050(B) and 13.04.391 of the Norwalk Municipal Code. (tabled 4-21-11) B. Consideration and first reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the City of Norwalk Municipal Code by adding a new section automated traffic enforce- ment C. Public Hearing for the vacation of a portion of public property at 705 North Avenue D. Consideration and first reading of a pro- posed Ordinance vacating and selling a portion of pub- lic property at 705 North Avenue E. Public Hearing for the sale of public prop- erty - Lot I of CCF Industrial Commerce Park Concluded p.2 Lakewood Elementary Halloween Party A Halloween Party for Lakewood third, fourth and fifth grade students will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Middle School. Admission is $4. Those attending are invited to wear their favorite Hal- loween costume and join the dancing, fun, food, games, contests and prizes. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk High School Dance Team. Monster Mash Bash Oct. 29 The annual Monster Mash Bash for students in sixth and seventh grade will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Middle School. Admission is $4. Those attending are invited to wear their favorite Hal- loween costume and join the dancing, fun, food, games, contests and prizes. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk High School Dance Team. Trick-or-Treat Night Oct. 30 The Norwalk City Council has set Sunday, Oct. 30, as Trick-or-Treat Night. Youngsters will observe the annual event from 6 to 8 p.m. Drivers are re- minded to drive carefully as the children are excited and they do not always pay attention as they dart across streets. Trunk or Treat At New Life Members of New Life Lutheran Church will host Trunk or Treat to celebrate All Hallows Eve Sunda Oct. 30, in the church park- ing lot, 4380 Wakonda Dr. The group will decorate their car trunks and wear costumes as they pass out candy, hot dogs and cider to the trick-or-treaters. The event will be held during Norwalk Beggar's Night hours, 6 - 8 p.m. Community Blood Drive The Norwalk Commu- nity Blood Drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call Jerry McNeley at 981- 4694. Lions Club Pancake Breakfast The annual Norwalk Lions Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held Saturda Nov. 5, with serving from 6 to 11 a.m. It will be held at the Norwalk Masonic Lodge, 808 Main St. The cost is a free-will donation. Please consider bringing non-perishable items to be donated to the Norwalk Food Pantry. Proceeds are used for Norwalk High School Scholarships and other community service pro- jects. Family Bingo November 6 The monthly Family Bingo Night, sponsored by Norwalk Parks and Recre- ation and Norwalk Lions Club, is held the first Sun- day of the month from 6 - 8 p.m. at Norwalk Easter Public Library, 1051 North Ave. The next Bingo night is Sunday, Nov. 6. Bingo cards are one for 25 or 3 for 50 per game. Bring a snack to share. Future Bingo nights are Decem- ber 4, February 5 and March 4. For more information, contact Linda Bussanmas at 979-8757. I NORWALK POLICE CHIEF 1 By Ed Kuhl The Norwalk Police Department in cooperation with our Fire Department and the Drug Enforcement Admin- istration will be conducting a "Drug Drop Off" Site at the Norwalk Public Safety Building. This will occur Sat- urday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Officers will be on hand to receive both prescription and non-prescription drugs from the public. The im- proper disposal of drugs, outdated prescriptions and extras in the medicine cabinet all pose unintended risks to our families and our communitv. With your help we can make our community safer and you can visit with the officer(s) while you check out the Public Safety Fa- cility. The traffic plan for Warrior Stadium has worked out well and we want to thank the public for cooperation and the school staff for their help. My family and I have enjoyed those facilities and they make us so proud of our School District and community. It is the perfect venue to showcase our talented athletes and coaches. The weather is turning and our leaves are falling. We want to remind our residents that the City prohibits the burning of such items. The Public Works Director and I will be meeting later this month with representatives from the Iowa Depart- ment of Transportation to determine possible improve- ments to traffic control for the Highway 28 corridor through Norwalk. If you have thoughts on this please don't hesitate to share them with us. Among the topics, we plan to request speed zone changes and safety barri- ers on the curve north of Columbine. The City is also working with the Norwalk Public Schools, the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce and the Norwalk Ministerial Association to conduct a com- munity celebration and official lighting of our commu- nity Christmas tree at Main and Sunset, Sunda3 Nov. 27. There will be more details as we get closer to that event. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TOWN HALL MEETING The City will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 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. High Altitude Wrestling Camp Norwalk Wrestling and High Altitude Wrestling club will be hosting wrestling camps in Norwalk and Martensdale. Saturda Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to I 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. Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Norwalk High School, wrestling staff will feature a World Champion Jordan Burroughs Wrestling Camp. The camp is open to K-12 wrestlers and the cost is $45. This event is limited to 150 wrestlers. 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 St., 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.