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SMALLTOWNPAPERS 2 i 7 WEST COT 4 ST / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 i,iii,ii,l ,i, . : ilii'idt,imi, :: ,: 1!!! hl,!!!U,llqI . OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 26 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 14, 2013 r ou C,T .] |GOVERNMENT IN ACTION| By Mary Lou Gray Annual Fall Celebration Special Mee .t g Monday, Nov. 4 A Special Meeting was held in council chambers Monday, Nov. 4. Councilmember Jamie Sylvester was absent; councilmembers Mike Leto, Eric Delker and Dave Murillo were present. Mayor Doug Pierce called the special meeting to order. Item 3-Council approved a public hearil g date of Thursda36 Dec. 5, for an Urban Renewal Plan amend- ment for Norwalk's Urban Renewal Area. The public hearing is for the disposal of City-owned property in the industrial park area. Loffredo Fresh Produce Com- pany is interested in building a $6-$7 million project creating 250 jobs within two years. Regular Meeting Thursday, Nov. 7 The City of Norwalk November 7, 2013 council meet- ing was held in council chambers. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meeting to order. Councilmember Jamie Sylvester was absent; councilmembers Mike Leto, Eric Delker and Dave Murillo were present for the meeting. Mayor Pierce removed Item 7 .concerning a public hearing for vacating public ground in the Industrial Park on Colonial Parkway. Consent Agenda-Council approved tax abatements "for the following applications: TruView, Inc 3603 Bluestem Road, new single family residence (SFR), $480,000; Hubbell Homes, LC, 1712 Bristol Street, SFR, $230,000; J. Sawyers, 1909 Dorchester Street, SFR, $225,000; R. Farquhar, 9415 Foxtail Circle, SFR, $250,000; J. Ried, 9421 Foxtafl Circle, SFR, $300,000; Neighborhood Builder, 3141 Prairie Rose Drive, SFR, $600,000; Hildreth Construction Svc. LLC, 3240 Prairie Rose Drive, SFR, $420,000; D. Johnson, 9415 Switchgrass Trail, SFR, $430,000; Classic Builders, Inc 401 Sycamore Drive, SFR, $140,000 and Homes b~z "G", Inc, 409 Sycamore Drive, SFR, $300,000. Item 6-Council held a public hearing and approved the first reading of an ordinance vacating a public al- leyway and conveyance of the property to the Norwalk School District. Item 7-Council approved the second reading of an ordinance amending speed regulations on North Av- enue westbound and eastbound at the intersection of North Avenue and R57 (27th Street). This ordinance also includes an amendment reducing the speed limit on Beardsley from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour between Sunset Drive and 80th Street. Item 8-Council approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the placement of stop signs at the intersection of North Avenue and R-57 Highway and multiple locations in newly-developed subdivisions. Item 9-A public hearing has been set for December 5 to consider a resolution regarding the issuance of $5,000,000 in aggregate bonds to Bergrnan Academy Project. The series 2013 bonds are issued at no cost to the city Or any liability. This funding mechanism is used by non-profit institutions or organizations under Iowa State Code. The City of Norwalk approved requests in the past for the Science Center and the Boy Scouts Item 10-Council approved a 28E agreement for snow removal on 18 miles of DOT Hwy 28 in the corporate limits of the City of Norwalk. The agre.ement is for win- ter 2013-2014 only. The DOT will compensate the city in the amount of $19,800.00. Public Works Director Tim Hoskins advised the council the city's equipment could perform the snow removal and the city has equipment Concluded p. 6 Release Parties For New CD Debbie Doo Wop and Dynamite Dan, local mu- sic educators and enter- tainers, have completed their second CD called "Party!" and will hold a series of CD release par- ties. They are free and open to the public. Debbie Doo Wop is Deb Paul of Pleasant Hill who teaches Tiny Tot classes throughout the metro area. Dynamite Dan is Dan Trilk of Norwalk, who also teaches music classes at Main Street Monte~sori in Norwalk as well as per- forming throughout cen- tral Iowa. Prior to the first release party, the entertainers will be on KCCI TV (Channel 8) Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8:50 a.m. They will talk and perform. The first release pfirty is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Rieman Music, 6501 Douglas Ave. in Urban- dale. (The doors open at 10 a.m.) The second party is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre in Des Moines. The thud par- ty is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at West Des Moines Li- brary. The CDs cost $15 and are available at iTunes, CDbab3 Amazon and Pay Pal at www.debbiedoowo panddynamitedan.com. National Adoption Month There will be a special presentation honoring National Adoption Month during all three worship services the weekend o~f November 16and 17 atthe Norwalk United Method- ist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr. Worship times indude 5:30 p.m. vespers Satur- daN Nov. 16, and 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Nov. 17. All are welcome to at- tend. Community Blood Drive Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the Norwalk Lions Club, with chairperson Sharon Burns, is planned for Thursday, Dec. 19, from 3-7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. in Norwalk Needed are 75+ volun- teer blood donors. It is a busy time of the year, but register online ASAP for a convenient time that will fit into your busy sched- ule. Go to www.lifeserve blood center.org. Friends, neighbors, college stu- dents and family are wel- come to register." This Friday Area residents are re- minded of the annual Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce Fall Celebra- tion Frida36 Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 9 p:m. at The Wright Place, 340 Wright Rd Ste. A. Tickets are $25. Members of Norwalk High School Culinary Arts class will prepare the lasa- gna dinner, appetizers and desserts. Two dollars of every ticket sold will be donated to the Norwalk Student Education Foun- dation. In addition to the meal, there will be casino games, live music featuring Chris Ranallo, raffle drawings and wine tasting. Every- . one will receive $200 in play money when they enter the event. The play money may be used to purchase two raffle tickets for a chance to win a door prize or it may be used to play the casino games. The City of Norwalk, City State Bank and McClure Engineering are assisting the Norwalk Area Chamber of Com- merce with the celebra- tion. NSEF Fall Grant Winners The Norwalk Student Education Foundation has announced its Fall Grant win- ners! Pictured with Dr. Lori Miller are teachers Erik Fisher, left, and Nathan Sleyster, right, with their new iPad minis. They will also be integrating other Apple tech- nology in their classrooms. Not pictured, Ashley Prieksat, who was also a grant winner. Congratulations to all! Photo submitted. PhillipsVoted Norwalk Mayor Following are the unof- ficial restilts of the Tues- daN Nov. 5, city election Tom Phillips was elected to serve as mayor for the City of Norwalk. Phillips received 1,082 votes and defeated David Murillo, who received 232 votes. Filling two seats for a four-year council term of office are Erika Isley with 850 votes and Jaki Livingston with 1,030 votes. They defeated Herman Riva, who re- ceived 438 and incumbent Mike Leto, who received 180 votes. Kyle Jackson was elected to fill the vacant seat on the council which was vacated when Frank Curtis resigned. Jackson received 515 votes over David Lester's 426. Pat Wahl received 246 and Bryan Nelson 89. Warren County Super- visors were scheduled to canvas city elections Tues- da)~ Nov. 12. Cumming Re-elects Becker as Mayor Unofficial results for the Cumming City elec- tion show incumbent Tom Becker was re-elected Mayor. He was unopposed in his bid for Mayor. Two-year coundl terms were also unopposed for incumbents Larry Dino Goode Jr. and Edward F. Harkin. KC Pancake Breakfast Sunday Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- cake Breakfast Sunday, Nov. 17, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Dr. The menu includes pan- cakes, eggs, French toast, sausage, juice, milk and coffee for a free-will dona- tion. Proceeds will be do- nated to Iowa Catholic Ra- dio, 1150 AM. V