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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK GOMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Statewide Recognition Norwalk Warriors Vol.45 No. 30 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 12, 2013 ( YOUR CITY NHS HOLIDAY CHOIR CONCERT Norwalk Superintendent Receives /GOVERNMENT IN ACTION| By MaN Lou Gray lllll" The Norwalk City Council meeting was held Thurs- da3 Dec. 5, in council chambers. Mayor Doug Pierce called the meeting to order with councilmembers Dave Murillo, Mike Leto and Kyle Jackson present. Absent were councilmembers Jamie Sylvester and Eric Delker. The minutes from November 21, 2013 were approved by council along with the Consent Agenda. Approved were a liquor license for CHina Dragon and the annual finance report and TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Certi- fication to Warren County. Item 6. A public hearing was held concerning the The Norwalk High School Choirs will present their Holiday Concert in the Norwalk Performing Arts Cen- ter Tuesday, Dec. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. The choirs will present both holiday and general lit- erature including "Let it Snow" arranged by M. Weir, "Beethoven's Wig" arranged by M. Geiger, "Still, Still, Still" arranged by N. Luboff, "She Goes Shopping for Gucci" by M. Frier, "The Ground" by O. Gjeilo and "Christmas On Broadway" arranged by J. Higgins. As is the tradition, Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" will conclude the concert. All alumni and other singers who have performed this in their past will be invited to join in the finale. Consider helping those in need by bringing a food item or several for the Norwalk Food Pantry. The most authorization for providing the issuance of Revenue " requested items are cereal, peanut butter and jelly, mac Bonds, Series 2013, to the Bergman Academy. The acad- emy is now located at the old Science Center in Des Moines. Bergman Academy requested to use a portion of the City of Norwalk's conduit bonds. This will not affect the City's bonding capacity, nor would the City of Norwalk be liable for any of the bonds issued to the academy. According to City Attorney Jim Dougherty, the city is protected by Iowa Code so Bergman Academy's lender could not sue the city of Norwalk if Bergman defaults. Council approved the resolution authorizing issuance of the bond to Bergman Academy. Item 7. A public hearing for the disposal and devel- opment of city-owned real estate in the Norwalk Urban Renewal Area and consideration of resolution approv- ing disposition of Urban Renewal Property was held. The property in question is located in the city's busi- ness/industrial park. The City received a proposal for Loffredo Fresh Produce Co Inc to construct a new processing and manufacturing facility on the now city- owned property. It was stated the resolution to accept the proposal is pending on the development agreement with Loffredo Produce. Council approved the resolution and accepted the proposal from Loffredo Produce. Item 8, A public hearing was held on urban renewal plan amendment and consideration of resolution ap- proving urban renewal plan amendment. The amend- ment will add the Loffredo Fresh Produce project in the city's industrial park. After discussion, the council ap- proved the amendment. Item 9. Council considered a resolution to set a pub- lic hearing and meeting date of December 19 to approve the development agreement with Loffredo Fresh Pro- duce. Council will consider tax increment payments in an amount not to exceed $159,000 and the provision of economic development forgivable loans or grants in an amount not to exceed $830,000. The loan value of $830,000 includes rebating $700,000 from the purchase pr'ice of the property from the city of Norwalk and $100,000 from Warren County. The city of Norwalk origi- nally paid approximately $245,000 for the-ll acres be- Ing purchased by Loffredo Fresh Produce. Council ap- proved the public hearing date of December 19. Item 10. Council approved a resolution concerning the preliminary plat for the Legacy Plat 17 and 18. This is the second phase of Hubbell Realty's development of Legacy off High Road. Item 11. Council approved a resolution to participate in the Regional Governance Feasibility Study for a Metro Water Utility. Tim Hoskins, Public Works Director, ad- vised the cost to participate in the study is $4,970 and would be paid for in the 2014 budget for public works. Concluded p. 10 & cheese, hamburger helper meals, canned soups, canned veggies, canned fruit, canned meats and baking supplies (flour, sugar, salt). Christmas Festival At Linn Grove Methodist Church Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th Ave Prole, invite area residents to their Third Annual Christmas Festival Sunda)5 Dec. 15, starting at 6 p.m. This is a free ex;ent. "The Reason We Celebrate" will be performed by the children of the congregation. Music will be provided by Kay Pette.rson, Diana Tapps, Arminta, Harlan Gee, The Bloomfield Quartet, Luke and Jill Brown and Arianna Hastings. There will also be an appearance by Santa. FCC Presents Synchronized Lights and Live Nativity Usher in the Christmas season by visiting Fellowship Community Church at 225 North Ave. in Norwalk! FCC invites the public to a Synchronized Lights and Live Nativity event from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. More than 60,000 Christmas lights will cover the vari- ous trees and bushes on the church property and will be synchronized with Christmas music that can be heard from a vehicle. A live nativity with real animals will also be a part of the event. Take in the sights and sounds of this event from the comfort of your vehicle free cookies and hot choco- late will be brought to you! This is a FREE event, how- "ever donations will be accepted. All gifts received will be given to the Norx4alk Schools to assist local families at Christmas. In case of inclement weather, the event will be re- scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22. For more information, visit the website at fccnorwalk.org or call the office at 981-0699. HOLIDAY DEADLINES Deadline for the Thursday, Dec. 26, issue is noon Thursday, Dec. 19. The paper goes to the printer Friday, Dec. 20. We are closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25. Subscribers will receive their papers Thursday, Dec. 26. Deadline for the Thursday, Jan. 2, issue is noon Friday, Dec. 27. We will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. Dr. Denny Wulf, super- lence in the world of edu- intendent of the Norwalk cation by honoring top Community School Dis- educators around the trict, was a finalist for the country. 2013-14 Iowa Superinten- He received his dent of the Year award bachelor's degree in Biol- sponsored by the School ogy/Chemistry from the Administrators of Iowa. University of Iowa and his "SAI is pleased to rec- master's in Educational ognize leaders who are Administration and dedicated to advancing specialist's and doctorate student achievement by in Education Leadership providing students a qual- from Drake University. ity education," said Dan Nominated for the Smith, the association's award by his peers, Dr. executive director. Wulf will be recognized at Dr. Wulf has been su- SAI's awards reception perintendent for the dis- August 6, 2014, alongwith trict since 2004. Before be- Sioux City Superintendent coming superintendent, Paul Gausman who was he served as middle school selected as the recipient. principal at Norwalk dur- SAl, a statewide organi- ing which time he was se- zation founded in 1987, lected as Iowa Middle represents more than l,800 Level Principal of the Year. Iowa educational adminis- He was a National Milken trators. SAI's mission is to award winner in 1999, a support, encourage and recognition which re- develop Iowa's educa- wards and inspires excel- tionalleaders and learners. at the NORWALK 1081 Neath Ave. + 981-8217 Tuesday, Dec. 17 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. Novel Year Book Club, 6-8 p.m. This bi-monthly adult book club consists of three sessions, including a book discussion and extension activities such as films, speakers or social events related to the text. Tonight, we'll be watching the film Atonement. Wednesday, Dea 18 Take a Break, 10-11 a.m. This is an adult/youth col- laborative program. Once a week, drop by and talk with other adults, while the kids do age-appropriate play centers or activities. 2nd- 3rd Grade Book Club, 2-2:45 p.m. On the third Wednesday of each month, join us for book talks, ac- - tivities and snacks. Bring what you are currently read- ing or come to get some ideas for new reads. Thursday, Dec. 19 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For ages 18 months to three years, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. Card Games, 1-2:30 p.m. Meet other adults for an afternoon of cards! Cards are provided and the card game today will be Dealer's choice. ~g