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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR F00.watk nor00 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren -K,Ai i Tq-'AiKiDADr-DQ ,.,, ,vT ,,., ,,-, , i I ii i i Iliii i- I I'I I " i I I II ii I,il,,lt,,iq.t,,tlitt-iill,,liilh qii,lqllt ' Town and County ws 50 Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 11 Vol. 46 No. 31 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 18, 2014 Mayor's Mome nt By Tom Phillips As I'm writing this, the forecasts are predicting that our first snowfall is on its way. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I get a real sense of peace watch- ing the snow fall, blizzards notwithstanding, and see- ing the nice blanket of snow on the ground. On the other hand, I really don't like getting up early to shovel the driveway and sidewalks, let alone drive in it. Winter/Snow Removal Last year, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) contracted with the City of Norwalk for snow removal along Highway 28 (Sunset Dr.) within the city limits. We have agreed to do so again this year and the Iowa DOT has increased their financial compensation for this service. The money from this contract will pro- vide approximately 75% of our snow removal budget. Please remember, though, this contract is ONLY for snow removal. The Iowa DOT is still responsible for the repairs and painting of Highway 28 (Sunset Dr.), not the City of Norwalk. It's that time of the year again and I want to remind everyone about the City's Snow Ordinance. When the snow ordinance is activated, there is absolutely NO PARKING on the street. It doesn't matter how many times the snow plow has been down your street, there is simply no parking on the street while the snow ordi- nance is active. The Norwalk Police Department will ticket and tow any vehicles left on the street during an active snow ordinance. City staff notifies the media, posts on the home page of their website (www.norwalk.iowa.gov), the City Facebook page (City of Norwalk, Iowa - City Hall) and the information op- tion on their phone system (515-981-0228 option 6) when the snow ordinance is going into effect and when it has been lifted. A good rule of thumb to follow is if the fore- cast calls for accumulation of snow greater than one inch, simply have your vehicles off the street. Hy-Vee Food Stores Agreement During the November 6 city council meeting, a de- velopment agreement was reached with Hy-Vee Food Stores. They are going to build both a grocery store and a convenience store at the southeast corner of High- way 28 (Sunset Dr.) and Colonial Parkway. Hy-Vee will make every effort to start construction by October 2017 and have their store open in 2018. Norwalk Watch Program Recently I've seen several messages on Facebook about creating neighborhood watch programs. I think this is a fantastic way to help the Norwalk Police De- partment (NPD) keep our neighborhoods safe. Through the COPS Grant the NPD was recently awarded, the officer, that they will now be able to hire, will be trained on setting up effective crime prevention programs such as a Norwalk Watch program. This officer can help you get started by providing your neighborhood with in- formation and training on how to effectively set up and operate this program. If you are interested in starting a Norwalk Watch program, contact the NPD. In the mean- time, if you have a police emergency, contact 911. If you need to report a non-emergency or contact an of- ricer, call Westcom dispatch at 222-3321. Happy Holidays Finally, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I do hope you get/take time to enjoy the holiday season with your family and J friends. We seem to say this every year, but 2014 really has gone by so quickly. My wish for Norwalk is for ev- eryone to have a prosperous, healthy and carefree year in 2015. Community Blood Drive Dec. 18 The Norwalk Community Blood Drive is Thursday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Schedule an appointment online at www.lifeserve bloodcenter.org or contact Sharon Bums at 515-981-4184. This blood drive is sponsored by Norwalk Lions Club. Bring a valid form of identification, such as your do- nor ID card or driver's license. Main Street Montessori Events For the past six years, Main Street Montessori and Middle School has held its annual fundraiser known as "The Art Thing.:' This year they are changing things up a bit! The event will be held the week before Valentine's Day, Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk. The Main Event - 'Pasta'bilities for Education, will include a pasta bar dinner, wine, musical entertainment and a gift basket silent auction. Tickets for the event will be available in January and can be purchased from school families, Main Street School, or at the door. Main Street School has been offering community education opportunities for the last two years. Two classes remain for the winter season. The January class will give those curious about the Montessori philoso- phy an introduction to purposeful activities which help youngsters develop independent learning. These activi- ties may be set up in your own home and used with infants through age 3. The February offering is Grant Writing 101. This class will give you the basics on find- ing and writing grants. You may sign up for these classes through the Norwalk Parks and Rec Department. Find These Legal Notices Inside This Issue. CITY OF NORWALK Minutes of Dec. 4, 2014 Council Meeting CITY OF CUMMING Minutes of Dec. 8, 2014 Council Meeting NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Minutes of Regular Session Dec. 8, 2014 WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF Seven Sheriff's Sales WARREN COUNTY SUPERVISORS Minutes of Dec. 2, 2014 Meeting Early Holiday Deadline Due to the Christmas Holiday, the deadline for the Thursday, Jan. 1, issue will be noon Wednesday, Dec. 24. This newspaper office will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. The January I issue will go to the printer the first thing Monday morning, Dec. 29. Christmas Worship At Area Churches Several Norwalk area churches have announced spe- cial worship services for the Christmas Holiday. Crossroads Church, 2601 Border St., will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. Wednes- day, Dec. 24. You are invited to come and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave., will have three identical Christmas Eve Candlelight ser- vices Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Included will be a Christmas Choir, Black Light Drama Team, Christmas gift for all the children and a "Celebration of Lights." Childcare is available for children age five and under. Harvest Church, 4225 N. Birch Ave., Cumming, will hold a traditional Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. You are invited for a time of re- flecting on the message that is good news of great joy for all peoples. More information can be found at www.harvestchurchcumming.com. Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th St., Prole, will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. Martensdale St. Paul Lutheran Church, 615 Iowa Ave., will follow the regular schedule Sunday, Dec. 21, with Sunday School and Confirmation Class at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. A special Christmas Eve wor- ship service is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr. As Christmas Eve falls on a Wednesday this year, worship- pers will gather under the theme of First Christmas: Stories from the birth of Christ. Christmas-theme ser- vices are Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. - Eliza- beth; Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 4 and 6 p.m. - The Innkeeper, Mary, Joseph and a Shepherd and Sun- day, Dec. 28, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. - Wise Men. Christmas Eve will include Candlelight and Holy Communion and Sunday services will also include Holy Communion. Childcare is available at the church during times of worship. Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St., will have two Candlelight and Communion Services on Christ- mas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7 and 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, a combined worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. Bring your Christmas leftovers to share in a potluck- style meal following the service, Norwalk United Methodist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr., will have Christmas Eve services Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 12 noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., will have Christmas Eve Masses Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christmas Morning Mass, Thursday, Dec. 25, will be held at 9 a.m. New Year's Eve Mass, Wednesday, Dec. 31, will be at 5:30 p.m. No Mass for New Year's Day is scheduled. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 m " '