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qt. !'ll!'@Ii , , ,,, ' '"~ titl" !ij!}i~ a OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 47 No. 26 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 5, 2015 Agenda Holiday Linn Grove City. Council Regular Bus'mess Meeting Agenda Deadline Free-Will Thursday. Nov. 5. 20"15. 6 p.m. Offering Meal City. Hali- 705 North Avenue Noon Wednesday, Nov. 1. Call to order at 6 p.m. 25, is the deadline for the 2. Approval ofagenda. Thursday, Dec. 3, issue of 3. Presentation(s) - this newspaper. The office 4. Welcome of guests and public commenL will be closed Thursday (3 minute limit, no action) and Frida36 Nov. 26 and 27, 5. Approve minutes- in observance of Thanks- October 15, 2015 regular business meeting, giving. October 29, 2015 work session. The paper will be sent 6. Consent agenda, to the printer the first thing a) Expenditures. Monday morning, Nov. 30. b) Tax abat~nents. All legals, ads and articles c) Liquor license renewal for 804 Main. must be in the newspaper d) Insurance renewal rates for 2016. office before noon e) Resolution accepting public improvements for Wednesda)~ Nov. 25. Orchard View Plat 2. f) Resolution accepting public improvements for Orchard Trail Plat 4. g) Resolution accepting public improvements for Village on the Ridge. h) Resolution accepting publicimprovements of the Colonial Parkway Storm Sewer project. i) Resolution accepting public improvements of the Northwest Trunk Sewer No. 4 project. j) Resolution ordering construction, approving p~- liminary plans, and setting dates of public hearing and let- ting for the Cedar Street Extension project. k) Receive and file September Treasurer's report. 7. Public Hearing regarding proposed contract documents (plans, specifications and form of contract) and estimated cost for the Founders' District Water Main Replacement- Phase 1 project. 8. Consideration of a resolution approving a water main easement for the Founders' District Water Main Replacement - Phase I project. 9. Consideration of a resolution approving plans, specifi- cations, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Founders' District Water Main Replacement- Phase 1 project. 10. Consideration of a resolution awarding contract for the Founders' District Water Main- Phase I project. 11. Consideration of a resolution approving contract and bonds for the Founders'Dis~ct Water Main- Phase I project. 12. Consideration of the first, and possibly more, readings of a proposed ordinance amending the Accessory Structures and Fences Section of the City of Norwalk Zoning Code. 13. Consideration of the first, and possibly more, readings of a proposed ordinance amending the Archit~al Stan- dards, Definitions, Non-conforming Accessory Structures, Exceptions and Modifications, Privately Owned Improve- ments, Bulk Regulations Table, Multi-family Off-street Park- ing, Buffers and Zoning Districts sections of the City of Norwalk Zoning Code. 14. Consideration of a resolution authorizing and approv- ing a loan agreement and providing for the issuance of a General Obligation Library Improvements Note. 15. Consideration of a resolution approving the prelimi- nary plat of the Cort Landing Plat 1. 16. Consideration of a resolution approving the prelimi- nary plat of Timberview. 17. Consideration of a resolution approving final plat of The Village on the Ridge. 18. Consideration of a resolution approving the of a wheel loader and plow. 19. Discussion and possible consideration of a resolution approvingthe hiring of an additional public works employee. 20. NCLS project update. 21. Council Inquiries and staff updateg 2ZA' Serendipity Spaghetti Dinner Serendipity Preschool will host their Second An- nual Spaghetti Dinner Fri- day, Nov. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Norwalk United Methodist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr. Tickets are $5 for single or $20 for a fam- ily of five. You may eat-in or take-out. All proceeds benefit Serendipity Preschool, which has been serving the Norwalk Community since 1974. For more infor- marion call 981-0901. St. Paul Lutheran Trees, Tastes And Trimmings Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering" dinner Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine- in or carry out. The menu is meafloaf, baked potatoes, salads and desserts. There is no cost for the meal, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Proceeds will provide Thanksgiving dinner to underprivileged families in Martensdale. For more information, call 971-6303. HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF FASHION Norwalk PEO Chapters OR and PI will host a lun- cheon and style show at Echo Valley Country Club Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this event go to spon- sor PEO Projects and scholarships for high school seniors. A chicken taco bar, salad bar and desserts will be served by Echo Valley. Following the luncheon, a style show with the latest fashions from Mainstream Boutique in Valley Junc- tion will be modeled and participants can shop at vender tables for merchan- dise including jewelry and fashions by local designers and artists. Tickets for this event are $20 and can be pur- chased at Bedwell Gardens in Norwalk 515-981-4661 or Yam Junction Company in Valley Junction 515-277- 2770. Contact orangeless5@msn.com or 515-240-3970 for more in- formation. This is the third con- secutive year for this fun event. All women in the community are encour- aged to come enjoy lunch with friends, a style show and some holiday shop- ping! Advance Ticket Sales Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 615 Iowa Ave., Martensdale, will host their annual Trees, Tastes and Trim- mings Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be home- made cinnamon rolls in the morning and a chili and soup luncheon wilt be served.' Homemade Christmas cookies and candy will be sold by the pound. Instead of outside vendors this year, there will be a sale of holiday decorations and orna- ments along with crafts and bakedgoods made by church members. There will be a display of trees and free cookies and warm cider will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. . , Only. SCHOOL UPDATES By Kate Baldwin Business Manager Norwalk Community School District Norwalk Schools Update on Superintendent Search Process and Request Community Input In August, Norwalk Schools superintendent, Dr. Denny Wulf, announced his upcoming retirement at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. The Board of Direc- tors has been working with a search consultant (Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids) to prepare to advertise for a new superintendent and for the eventual interview and final selection process. The search consultants have designed a survey that lists 33 characteristics of school superintendent leadership. To assist the Board in the selection process, the consultants would like staff, par- ents, students, community members and business lead- ers to complete this survey. Each respondent will iden- tify the top 10 essential leadership characteristics from among the 33 listed. The survey participation is anony- mous and the data will be collected and analyzed by Ray and Associates. Board members will have access to the survey data and the individual comments that are offered by each survey respondent. The comments will be cut and pasted by the consultant without edits for the Board to consider. Your participation as a valued supporter of Norwalk Schools is critical to the effective- ness and success of the selection process. Please try to complete the survey by Monday, Nov. 16. Again, all sur- vey data will be received by Ray and Associates and will be presented to the Board. Your individual partici- pation will be anonymous. Please take this opportunity to provide your input. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ LXM56NG This survey link has been provided to all school em- ployees, parents, community members, Chamber, PTO, Booster members, school website, newspaper, etc. The Board wants to glean diverse input to determine the essential leadership characteristics. The more input the Board has the better. WCGS Research Retreat is Nov. 7 Join others researching their family history at the WCGS Research Retreat Saturday, Nov. 7, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Warren County Historical Society mu- seum and library on the Warren County Fairgrounds. The museum is located at 1400 W. Second Avenue in Indianola, Iowa. The popular Research Retreat is spon- sored by the Warren County Genealogical Society (WCGS). The noon-to-midnight Research Retreat gives attend- ees a chance to bring their own computers and family records and use the many resources of the historical li- brary. Another benefit is the valuable help of other ex- perienced genealogists who can assist with searches on Web sites such as Ancestry.com. WIFIis available. Cost of the WCGS Research Retreat is a $5 donation to cover the cost of renting the building. Attendees may also bring a snack to share. The museum-library complex offers plenty of Coom to spread out your materials. Take some time for your- self - an hour or half a day - and come to the .WCGS Research Retreat to enjoy the camaraderie of others in- terested in family history research. For more informa- tion, contact Brenda Morgan, WCGS president, at-515- 962-9261.