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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR Quolk mmeainr mm: NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren and News 50¢ Vol. 47 No. 31 Nomalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-1 20 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 10, 2015 Mayor's Moment By Tom Phillips norwaik '3 3m " A. Congratulations to Ed Kuhl, David Lester and Stephanie Riva on their election to the City Council. Ed Kuhl took his seat at the council table Thursday, Nov. 19. David and Stephanie will take their seats at the January 7 council meeting. I am looking forward to working with them OVer the next two years. Both of the street projects on Holly Drive and Wakonda Drive are substantially complete. The restoration work to the yards will wrap up this upcoming spring. Many residents were displaced from their driveways for much of the summer and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for their patience during this time. Winter is now upon us and temperatures are soon to be dropping. If you are suf— fering any hardships and find yourself unable to cover your utility bill, rent or mort- gages, please know that there are resources available to help you make it through a tough time. From United Way’s 211 program, to the Red Rock Area Community Action Program, Inc., to IowaMortgageHelp.com, there are many options available to you to help get assistance. We have quite a few brochures at Norwalk City Hall that will give you the information you need to get through the winter. Please stop by ., , front and ask for them. Our staff is very willing to help guide you through your options. Finally, my family and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Make sure you take a little time out to enjoy your loved ones during this holiday season. . United Way 21 1 www.21 1 iowa.og Red Rock Community Action Program - energy assistance, deposit help, 515.961.2543» Warren County General Assistance — rent. utilities, 515.962.5132 Iowa Mortgage Help wwwiowamortgagehelgcom 1.877.622.4866 2016 Dog Licenses Available December 15 Requirements for Annual Dog Licensing for the City of Norwalk City Code 57.01 0 All applications require proof of vaccination and spayed/neutered records. 0 Every owner of a dog six months of age or older is required to license their dog with the City of Norwalk. The licensing renewal period begins January 1 and runs through the end of March. 0 Starting on April 1, a late fee will be assessed on each dog license renewed after this date. 0 New Dogs - A license may be purchased at any time, without late penalty, for a dog which has come into the possession or ownership of the applicant or has reached the age of six months after said date. Rates are discounted to $5 and $10 after June 30. 0 All licenses expire on January 1 of the year following the date of issuance. Rates and Fees City Code 177.01 0 $10 per dog if spayed or neutered; $20 per dog if not spayed or neutered. O Late fee for renewing each license after March 31 is $10. 0 Impound Fee for the first impoundment is $75. Second and subsequent im- poundments are $150. 0 Unclaimed dogs will be transported to the Des Moines Animal Rescue League at NE 53rd in Des Moines. Phone: 515—473-9102 0 Dogs irnpounded that have not been licensed will also be assessed a first offense fee of $45. Subsequent offenses are $75. N orwalk Athletic Booster Club Minutes October Meeting Held November 4, 2015 Matt Leek called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. There were 10 people present at the meeting. Secretary’s Report Minutes from the September meeting were reviewed. Motion to accept the min- utes as written was made by Darin Hirl, seconded by Sara Neil. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report Troy Downs reported that concession profits were up $4,000 from last year. How— ever, cost of goods sold was also up. Continued p. 7 Swearing In Pictured is ayor Tom Phillips and Ed Kuhl at Kuhl’s City Council Swearing In. Photos submitted. Be Prepared: Snow Ordinance/Activation Winter Weather Reminder With winter upon us, the City of Norwalk would like to remind residents of the ordinances that pertain to snow and ice removal. If you have any questions 'or con- cems about the City’s snow ordinance, do not hesitate to call City Hall at 981-0228 ext. 2221. How do I know when the Snow Ordinance has been activated and deactivated? The Public Works Director activates the snow ordi- nance when the forecasts are indicating a snow event or they are preparing to dispatch snow plows. In an effort to give property owners the opportunity to get their vehicle(s) removed from the street, Public Works tries to give ample notice. Residents should check the City’s website (www.morwalkiowagov), Facebook page (City of Norwalk, Iowa — City Hall), sign up for the City’s e- newsletter on our website (Norwalk Notes) or call City Hall at 981—0228 option 6 to check if the snow ordinance has been activated. Make sure to check back periodi- cally to see if/when it has been lifted. Note: It does not matter how many times a snowplow has been down your street, police will continue to ticket and tow while the ordinance is activated. What are the rules regarding parking a vehicle on the street during the winter? City code states that it is unlawful to park on any street during the time of any snowfall (69.10). Any ve- hicle parked on the street during a snowfall faces the possibility of receiving a $35 parking ticket and/or im- poundment. It is important to remember the times when you cannot be parked on the street. By removing ve- hicles from the street the plows can work more quickly and efficiently and potential damage to personal prop- erty is eliminated. This also allows for our main thor— oughfares to get emergency response apparatus to resi- dential areas expeditiously. What about my sidewalks during or after it snows? It is the responsibility of the abutting property own— ers to remove snow and ice accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If the property owner does not remove snow and/or ice accumulations within a reasonable time, the City may do so and ultimately assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as property tax. For purposes of enforcement, a reasonable amount of time is generally 24 hours after the snow or ice accumulations end. While the City real- izes it can be frustrating to finish clearing your drive- way and then have the plow come by, the snow removal policy adopted by the City Council indicates that snow placed in driveways by City plows is the responsibility of the property owner to remove. Snow from a private driveway may not be placed on or pushed into or across a City street. Christmas Time at New Life Central Standard Time is an acoustic duo from Iowa City. Matt Hibbard and Charlie Rod have been performing together since 1996. They will be per- forming Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr. Also featuring guest mu— sicians Patrick McAlpine on cello and Catherine Kastens on piano. FCC Synchronized Lights and Live Nativity Fellowship Community Church, located at 225 North Avenue, will be hav- ing their Synchronized Lights & Live Nativity Program, December 12 and 13, 6 to 8 p.m. There will be 60,000+ LED lights synchronized to Christmas music on their property, live nativ- ity with animals and FREE cookies and cocoa brought to your car. It’s a FREE event; how— ever, donations will be ac- cepted and will be used to assist local families in need. Knights of Columbus Breakfast The Norwalk Knights of Columbus Council 7556 will be hosting a free-will donation and made—to-or— der Omelet Breakfast Sun- day, Dec. 13, beginning at 8 am. at St. John’s church hall, 720 Orchard Hills Drive. Proceeds of the break- fast will benefit the Norwalk Ministerial Association’s Project Santa Christmas to help local Norwalk area families during this holiday sea- son. This is a community- wide fundraiser and we encourage everyone to at- tend. Bring family, friends and neighbors. Help US to help Norwalk Families cel- ebrate Christmas this year.