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Thursday, November 21, 2013 N/Warren Town and County N(ws Page Seven TRAINING AND RECERTIFICATION In order to qualify for recertification by training, pri- vate applicators must attend a private continuing-in- structional course. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach ~ Warren County will be presenting the course at the Farm Bureau Friday, Dec. 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and again Thursday, Feb. 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. "Certified private applicator" means a certified ap- plicator who uses or supervises the use of any pesticide which is classified for restricted use on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator's employer O r , if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person. Memorial Basketball Tournament Registrations are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Tom Guessford Memorial Basketball Tourna- ment, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22, at the South Suburban YMCA. Tom Guessford was born and raised on the Des Moines Southside and was a member of the South Sub- urban YMCA, where he served as a board member. Pro- ceeds from this event will go to the YMCAAnnual cam- paign. Divisions are for boys and girls, 4th through 8th grade. Each player will receive a tournament t-shirt. Medals will be awarded to championship and runner- up teams in each division. There is a three-game guar- antee. Games will be officiated by certified referees. Registrations are due by Frida Dec. 6. The fee is $175. For more information, contact the South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Rd, or call 285-0444. Windsor Wonderland Windsor Wonderland will be a two-day celebration at the Windsor Heights Community & Events Center in Colby Park, located at the end of 69th Street, south of University. The event will kick off with "Windsor Polar Express Movie Night" Frida}9 Dec. 6, from 6:30-9 p.m. The Po- lar Express film will be featured along with a myriad of art activities including mitten making and other fun surprises. A toy train will be on display. The cost is $3 per person/S10 per family and includes activities, film, hotdog, hot chocolate and popcorn. The following da3 Saturday Dec. 7, will be "Windsor Breakfast with Santa" beginning at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come enjoy a great, made-to-order break- fast, take a picture with Santa and listen to the beautiful music performed by area musicians. The breakfast goes to 11 a.m. Children and pets may have their photo with Santa till 11:30 a.m. The cost of $6 per person includes all-you-can eat pancake breakfast. No ticket needed for photos with Santa. ( BUSINESS REVIEW Understanding the City Budget For the average person, reading a city's budget can be a bit daunting if not thoroughly confusing. The goal with this series of articles is to break down the City's budget into smaller and easier to understand sections. We have also compared the City of Norwalk's spending and budget with area communities and communities of compa- rable size and budgets. The first article in this series will break down Public Safety Expenditures. The following graph not only com- pares Norwalk to other Warren County cities, but it also compares Norwalk to metro area cities with populations ranging from 4,000 to 20,000 people. Norwalk currently spends $280.02 per capita for Public Safety. The most comparable community to Norwalk is Pleasant Hill, because of their population, location and valuation. Pleasant Hill spends $319.73 per capita and is currently moving towards providing their residents with a similar level of service as Norwalk. Compared to other Warren County cities, Norwalk spends the least amount per capita for public safety. It appears from these com- parisons that Norwalk meets its goal of providing residents with Fire and Police protection for a low cost. Staff members are always looking for ways to reduce costs, particularly those that are recurring. For example, this year the City reduced health insurance costs by approximately $115,000. Not all of this is in the Public Safety category, but a significant portion is. This helps reduce the bottom line and achieve the overall goal of minimizing the taxes residents are asked to pay. W i4 Per Coplto Public .$ofety pendlte (Excluding TcansferQ 00 $3OO $2OO :$1o0 $0 Norwalk Indianola Carlisle Waukee *Grimes Norwalk Johnston Altoona Pleasant Clive Hill Cities in Warren County Metro Cities 4K to 20K Ave. $291.86 Ave. $325.33 W Hts Definitions Per Capita - this is the dollar amount spent per resident based on the 2010 Census. Valuation - this can mean the total assessed value or the taxable value of all of the properties in the community. Public Safety Expenditures - expenses inclu.de police, fire, ambulance, building inspections, animal control and other public safety. *Grimes - this denotes that this community does not have a full-time Police Department. The City of Grimes contracts with the Polk County Sheriff's Department for services. SHERIFF'S REPORT Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. October 30 Parkwa) 13-year-old male dianola, was at complete struck a deer. Passenger MINE DTF Narcotics from Des Moines cited stopatafour-wayintersec- Malori Swenson was investigation in Norwalk. into juvenile court for As- tion of R63 Hwy & G24 checked out by Norwalk Teren Overbeck, 24, Des sault Causing BodilyInju- Hwy facing soutbound. Fire on scene and refused Moines, was arrested for ry to 32-year-old male Kimberly Smothers, 48, medical transport. No oth- FOR SALE Drug TaxStamp Violation, family member. Indianola, was also er injuries reported on Possession of Controlled Warren County dis- stopped behind Andrea scene. BY BLACK GOLDREALTY Substance with Intent to patch received a telephone Goodrich, 23, West Des 14 Acres, 2 mi. south of Norwalk Deliver. call that there were two Moines, at the intersection. November I intoxicated people on the Goodrich was traveling on the SW comer of Hwy 28 and 8000 block of Suncrest second floor of the court southbound, approaches Elkhorn St., 4 Acres buildable, Drive, deputies responded house. Both people were the intersection and fails to 10 Acres in Flood Plain, $106,000. to a noise complaint in the arrested and charged with stop behind Smothers. 8000 block of Suncrest Public Intoxication. Goodrich rear-ends Smo- Larry Hughes 515-681-6310 Drive and located Under- A female appeared at thers vehicle causing air- (NAPS)-=Popcornlovers age Drinking, Marijuana the Warren County court bags to deploy in Goo- can snack better with new  -- Jolly Tame Ittr and Butter and Drug Paraphernalia; house for court intoxicat- drich vehicle, disabling Light Microwave Pop Corn investigation Continues. ed. She was arrested for damage to the front of made with the Smart Bal- November 2 Public Intoxication. Goodrich vehicle and mi- w---- .,,.2" 'i'i1 4000 block of North. ACCIDENTS nor damage to rear of Ill '1'I I Birch Avenue, Cumming, October 24-4:15 p.m.: Smothers vehicle and mi- I l !, It I i Ryan Catron, Des MoiRes, Geoffrey Armstrong, 25, nor rear damage to Cole's '* .ouTsoa,sei. reported an impact Carlisle, was facing north- vehicle.  []] rude: [ wrench was stolen from a bound waifing to turn into November 9 - 6:06 1i  ! job site in Cumming; $150 the driveway of 2642 R63 p.m.: Nora Struthers, 45,   November 3 Norwalk, was driving southbound in the 21000 " car,m,',la ' Ioss. Hwy. Timothy Diebel, 57, Collins, was traveling * '..be/ou niter 6000 block of Hwy 65/ northbound, became dis- block of Highway 65. A aa unique blend ofmlB, zero T@W  *turnip *l grams of trans fat and no AvaeeMel . Shocks/Suts 69, Jonathon Benavidez, tracted and took his eyes deer was in the center of hydrogenated or partially [  -" m'ecgntat& 1 43, Norwalk, was arrested off the road. Diebel at- thelane and Struthers was hydgenated ls. 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