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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR J Warren Town and County ws 50 AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ,,,i? , ii/I i ii: :iii( ," 'y'il  ;L! ;i I ii : ::: /i::ii iiii i i::i! ,,i Vol. 42 No. 22 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, October 21,2010 Meet the Candidates Meet the Candidates Nights are scheduled for the Norwalk area during the month of October. The events are sponsored by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Com- merce and the Indianola Chamber. Meet the Candidates will be Saturda) Oct. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Indianola Activity Center. Another meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues- day, Oct. 26, at Fellowship Community Church in Norwalk, 225 North Ave. Coffee, water, lemonade and snacks will be provided. Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk Easter Public Library Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 6 p.m. This is a tentative agenda only, which is subject to change. The final City Council agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. The agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall. I. Call to order at 6 p.m. - Roll Call of Members II. Approval of Agenda III. Approval of Minutes- October 7, 2010 Regular Council Meeting IV. Mayor - Welcome of Guests and Public Comment, 3 minute limit, no action V. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Disposal of City Property VI. Ordinances, Resolutions and Hearings A. Second reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the City of Norwalk Municipal Code concern- ing the OrChard Hills Planning and Development agree- ment B. Resolution to approve final plat of Legacy Business Park Plat 2 C. Resolution approving contract and bond for bid package No. 62 General Carpentry Work for the Public Works Maintenance Facility Project D. Resolution approving contract and bond for bid package No. 92 Drywall, Acoustical Ceilings & Paint- ing for the Public Works Maintenance Facility Project E. Resolution approving contract and bond for bid package No. 139 Fire Protection for the Public Works Maintenance Facility Project F.:Resolution approving contract and bopd for bid package No. 151 Plumbing & Mechanical for the Public Works Maintenance Facility Project G. Resolution approving contract and bond for bid package No. 161 Electrical & Communications Work for the Public Works Maintenance Facility Project H. Public Hearing and Resolution authorizing a public improvement project to construct Southeast Trtmk Sewer, acquisition of agricultural land and other land for the project and acquisition of property by emi- nent domain VII. Current Business A. Review / discussion concerning the desig- nation of a communication center in relation to the ap- proved communications study B. Approval to secure professional fund-rais- ing services for the Norwalk Community Recreation Center project (Tabled 6-3-10) VIII. Reports Mayor; Council members-Murillo, Putbrese, Curtis, Delker, Leto; City Administrator; Department Heads-Development Services Director, Public Works Director, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Library Director, Parks & Recreation Director IX. Adjournment NHS Class of '70 Reunion Members of Norwalk High School Class of 1970 will have a class reunion Saturday, Oct. 23, at Bambino's Restaurant. The group will gather at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. To make reservations, or for more information, call Peggy Wood-Myer at 981-4945 or 515-681-9446. Halloween Parties Set For Saturday The Lakewood Hallow- een Party will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Norwalk Middle School. The event is for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Admission is $4. Participants are invited to wear their favorite Hal- loween costume and join the dancing, fun, food, games, contests and prizes. The annual Monster Mash Bash for students in grades 6 and 7 will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Satur- day, Oct. 23, at the Norwalk Middle School. Admission is $4 and par- ticipants may wear their favorite Halloween cos- tume. There will be danc- ing, fun, food, games, con- tests and prizes. Both events are spon- sored by the Norwalk High School Dance Team. Trick or Treat At Norwalk Nursing & Rehab Members of the Norwalk community are invited to a Community Trick-or-Treat Night and Chili Soup Supper Thurs- day, Oct. 28, at the Norwalk Nursing and Re- hab Center, 921 Sunset Dr. The event starts at 7 p.m. Participants are invited to enter the Costume Con- test with prizes awarded for each age group. For more information, call Ben at 515-981-0604. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! TREES FOR KIDS Oviatt Elementary School has 33 new trees for its playground. Tom McLaughiin, Grounds Director and Josie Innis, K-1 teacher, co-wrote a grant funded through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for Trees for Kids. They had to show the need for the trees at Oviatt, the impact on the local environment and how they will be used to meet the district's life science standards in Kindergarten through 2 nd grade. The grant enabled the school to purchase the trees and planting supplies from Bedwell Gardens. There are 15 different varieties of trees. Bedwell Gardens donated their labor to dig the holes around the playground and help place the trees in their assigned locations. One of the expectationsof the grant was that the children would be a part of the planting and ongoing care of the trees. You can imagine the excitement as each class was given the task of filling the hole with the remaining dirt on planting day. Stu- dents proudly stood by their trees anxious to share all they have already learned about their specific variety. They will be watering their trees until the ground freezes. The students are very eager to watch their tree grow over the years to come. One student commented, "I wonder how tall our tree will be when we are in 12  grade." Indeed, the Oviatt playground will certainly have a much different appearance at that future date than it does now. MORE PHOTOS PAGE 19 Watoto Children's Choir in Concert On Wednesday The Watoto Children's Choir will present a "Concert of Hope" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Norwalk United Methodist Church. Watoto means "The Chil- dren". Since 1994, Watoto Children's Choirs have toured internationally spreading a message of hope for Africa's children. The group presents Watoto'svision and mis- sion through their music and dance whiCh includes con- temporary gospel and traditional African rhythm. The children are among 1.8 million boys and girls in Uganda who have lost one or both parents to AIDS or war. "Concerts of Hope" are colorful and lively dem- onstrations of the life-changing love of God experienced by the children of Watoto. Audiences are informed of the plight of Africa's needy children and given an op- portunity to support the vital work of Watoto in Uganda. The group's Mission Statement includes, "Our pur- pose is to provide spiritual, physical, educational and emotional care for every child so that each one will be- come a responsible Christian and productive citizen of uganda..Ourgoal is to care for 10,000 children." Clean Up at Norwalk Cemetery Mike Myer has an- nounced that he began the annual fall cleanup at the  Norwalk Cemetery the week of Monda) Oct. 18. Cleanup includes the re- moval of deteriorated and out-of-season floral and other decorations which have been placed on the grave sites Myer likes to alert fami- lies that the cleanup is to begin so that if there are special decorations they want to retrieve for the winter that they have time to do so. If someone has , questions, they may con- tact Myer at 515-707-5252. I IT- I , T T