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.J SMALLTOWN PAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST, SHELTON WA 98584-2263 1,!!l,,!!,iiq,i!11!,I!!1,1 111,,1111111,,1'ilh!'1'l'u111'llql OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK, COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT q Norwalk Warriors Vol. 45 No. 28 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, November 28, 2013 YOUR CITY GOVERNMENT IN ACTION/ By Mary Lou Gray ,) Highlights of the Council Meeting New Officials Given Oath of Office. Councilmember Kyle Jackson now on council in seat vacated by Frank C rtis. Norwalk has added $31 million in residential value for 2013. The Thursday, Nov. 21, council meeting was held in council chambers. The meeting was delayed until 6:45 for the arrival of councilmembers due to weather. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meeting to order with Councilmembers Mike Leto, Dave Murillo, Kyle Jack- son, Jamie Sylvester and Eric Delker present. Item 6 on the agenda was moved until the end of the meeting. Mayor Pierce swore in Jaki Livingston, new councilmember. Consent Agenda-Tax abatements were approved for Truview Enterprises, Inc., 9429 Cornflower Cir., New Single Family Residence (SFR), $435,000 and 9430 Fox- tail Cir., SFR, $375,000; Jack H. Easton Construction, 221 High Road, SFR, $280,000; K. Elsberg, 9450 Switchgrass Trail, SFR, $306,100. Liquor Licenses-Council approved license for The Burke Golf Academy at Warrior Run. This was formerly Countryside Golf Course. Item 6 and 7-A public hearing was held to consider an amendment to the city's official zoning map to re- zone certain property from Professional Commerce to Industrial Commerce. The property in question is the 2.5 acres owned by the city of Norwalk and the pro- posed building site for Loffredo Fresh Produce Com- pany. Council approved the first reading and waived the second and third reading of an Ordinance amending the zoning map for property from Professional Com- merce to Industrial Commerce in regard to the 2.5 acres. Loffredo Fresh Produce representatives were present to answer questions from councilmembers. Councilmember Kyle Jackson asked about the traffic flow on Hwy 28 to Colonial Parkway. Loffredo's CFO Mark Zimmerman stated the business will work in shifts; two to three large delivery trucks a week; shuttles from the company's 63rd Street facility and will have separate shipping and receiving bays. They will solely use Hwy 28 to Colonial Parkway to access the facility. Owners adjacent to the rezoned property is the Farms of Holland. Loffredo Fresh Produce plans to purchase additional land north of the city-owned property owned by Farms of Holland. Farms of Holland owners are in support of he request to rezoning. Capital City Fruit representative stated they are in full support of the Loffredo project. Coppola representative Scott McMurray voiced con- cerns as owners and developers of Echo Valley Coun- try Club. McMurray stated the development known as Echo Ridge located north of the proposed site for Loffredo is the Home Show 2014 site and is a partner- ship between Coppola, Vista Development and the City of Norwalk. While not opposed to Loffredo Fresh Pro- duce locating on Colonial Parkway and rezoning, he requested council to table the issue for two weeks. Item 8-Council approved a Resolution to adopt a li- cense agreement granting Loffredo Fresh Produce Co., Inc., a construction and grading license and plan. Loffredo representatives stated they would like to be- gin grading prior to the ground freezing and at their Concluded p. 13 A BOUNTIFUL SEASON TOALL Happy Holiday from the Newspaper Staff New Officials Given Oath of Office Mayor Doug Pierce performed the swearing in for newly-elected Councilmember Jaki Livingston at the Thursday, Nov. 21, council meeting held at City Hall. Newly-elected Councilmember Kyle Jackson was sworn in Monday, Nov. 18 at Norwalk City Hall. City Clerk/Finance Officer Jeff Rosien performed the swearing in procedure. Photos submitted. Sunday, Dec. 1 city Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Area residents are invited to kick off Holiday Shop- ping in Norwalk with Norwalk's third annual Christ- mas Tree Lighting Celebration Sunday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 28/Sunset Drive. Bring a canned food item for the Norwalk Food Pantry. Activities begin at 5 p.m. and include decorating your own cookie and making crafts such as candy cane rein- deer, pine cone bird feeders and popsicle stick orna.- ments. At 5:30 p.m. Norwalk High School Music Department will provide live entertainment, followed by the tree lighting and a visit from Santa at 6 p.m. Cookies will be provided by Scott's Foods, apple ci- der and hot cocoa by Fareway and candy canes by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce. Other sponsors are the City of Norwalk and City State Bank. Parking will be a cailable at Scott's Foods and across the street at the Dollar General Store parking lot. Christmas At The Library Santa and his reindeer will return to the Norwalk Easter Public Library, 1051 North Ave., Tuesda3 Dec. 3, from 4 - 8 p.m. This is an opportunity for photos with Santa and his crew and youngsters may tell Santa their Christmas wishes. There will be cra s, snacks and more fun. Join the holiday tradition at the Library. Boy and Girl-Scouts Joint Service Project Norwalk Boy Scout Troop 30 and Norwalk Girl Scout Troop 995 are conducting a joint service project this holiday season. Youth" leadership from both organiza- tions recently met to explore service project ideas that could be completed working together. After identifying many project ideas, they decided to first collect toys to donate to the Toys for Tots pro- gram, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. Girls and boys from both units are planning and orga- nizing the event. Toys and donations for toys will be collected at Scott's Foods, Fareway and the Public Safety Building (Fire Station). The boxes will be put out through Saturda35 Dec. 7. The toys will be taken to the Toys for Tots collection place December 11. Additional toys will be purchased with donated funds and all toys will then be delivered to the Marine Corp drop off site in time to be distrib- uted to deserving kids for Christmas. The Toys for Tots program requires that all toys must be new, in original packaging and unwrapped. Youth leadership from both units has a number of service project ideas that they may be working on throughout the next year. Boy Scout Can Drive This Weekend Members of Venture Crew 30 and Troop 30 will be sending 21 youth and advisors to Philmont Scout Ranch, near Cimmaron, NM in July 2014. In order to raise money for the trip, members are conducting a can drive Sunday, Dec. 1. They are asking for people to donate returnable cans to the cause. If you would like to donate cans, but some- how are missed December 1, call Greg Jones at 981-9691.