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) Thursday, December 19, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen Norwalk Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes for the Regular Meeting of November 11, 2013. Roll Call The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. An- drea Johnson, Judith Corcoran, Jordyn Hill,. Diana Duffy and Tom Dunn were present. Li- brary Director Holly Sealine was present. Public Comments/ Guests Review/Change of Agenda Review of Last Meeting Minutes Director's Report Library usage steadied during the month of Octo- ber with 5,942 visitors. We circulated 6,782 items throughout the month within the library and through our digital collec- tion. We have continued to add approximately 60 new card members each i BUSINESS REVIEW Easter Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes month, including October. Director Sealine fo- cused this month on con- tinuing with the staffing re-organization plan which has been discussed since May 2013 and is part of our five-year strategic plan. Over the next year, we are looking to add an additional full-time librar- ian to help provide profes- sional services necessary to serve the Norwalk com- munity at the level "ex- pected from a 21st century library. The Library Board of Trustees approved a new job description dur- ing the November meeting for a future Assistant Li- brary Director position at Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary. Programming contin- ues to increase for adults and kids, but is struggling for our Norwalk teens. We will continue to brain- storm on how to serve the teen community over the next few months, this past month we had one event for teens, but only on  in- dividual showed up. We sponsored 12 adult pro- grams reaching over 71 participants. Deb Hobbs was able to visit Regency Assisted Living / Care Center in Norwalk four different times and served 36 participants. We are thrilled with the increase in adult services for Norwalk over the last few years. There were eighteen children's programs with 314 participants. This in- cluded our very successful Trick or Treat at your li- brary held Thursday Octo- ber 24, 2013. As always, we look for- ward to continuing to serve the library commu- nity to the best of our abil- ity. If anyone has any sug- gestions or ideas, do not hesitate to contact us at 515-981-0217. Unfinished Business A. Assistant Library Di- rector job description B. Assistant Library Di- rector position New Business None Meeting Activity Record Motion 1: Agenda Ap- proval: Motion by Andrea Johnson, seconded Judith Corcoran. Motion passed. Motion 2: Approval of October Minutes: Motion by Jordyn Hill, seconded by Andrea Johnson. Mo- tion passed. Motion 3: Approval of bills to be paid: Motion by Tom Dunn, seconded by Diana Duffy. Motion passed. Motion 4: Approval of Job Description for Assis- tant Library Director: Mo- tion by Andrea Johnson, seconded by Diana Duffy. Motion passed. Adjournment Chairperson Tom Dunn requested a motion for ad- journment. Motion by Diana Duffy, seconded by Judith Corcoran. Motion passed. Adjournment at 7:12 p.m. Respectfully submitted by: Diana Duffy, Secretary n0000H00,owA WELLNESS (NAPS)--You can help yourself to good feelings and others to what they need and deserve by giving some time to the nation's largest vol- unteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. For more informa- tion, visit www.aarp.org/ taxvolunteer. CHALLENGE Kick-start your healthy lifestyle! Team up and join the challenge at livehealthyiowa.org *** Fall on the island of Aruba is the best time to experience "Arubapalooz---the island's seasonal extravaganza en- compassing countless cul- tural, culinary, music and fashion-oriented events and festivals. To learn more, visit www.aruba.com. *** According to Mortgage Insurance Companies of America, 90 percent of bor- rowers cancel their mortgage insurance within 60 months. Check with your lender about all your financing options. Private mortgage insurance is available with down pay- ments as low as 3 percent. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Mcmo Dy-rabo Day) LIVE HEALTHY IOWA IS PROUD TO SUPPORT healthiest -- state -- initiative Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. Newly-elected Senator Julian Garrett of rural Indianola, signing his Oath of Office at the Statehouse, after being sworn in as the state's newest State Sena- tor Friday, Dec. 6. Garrett was elected to represent Sen- ate District 13, made up of Madison County and most of Warren County, in a special election held Novem- ber 19. Photo submitted. Iowa Health and Wellness Plan Waiver At the end of the legislative session last spring we passed a compromise version of the Governor's Health and Wellness Plan. It covers all Iowans from ages 19-64 with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Medicaid is expanded to cover single adults in that age group with incomes 100% of FPL, $11,490, or less. Single adults with incomes 101% to 138% of FPL, $15,856, will get private insurance through the new Health Benefits Exchange (Obamacare). The premiums would be paid by the government, except a small fee of up to 3?/o of income for those making more than 50?/o of the FPL. That fee would be waived for those who en- gage in specified "healthy behaviors." The plan required a waiver from the federal government. The federal government has now agreed to the waiver. The waiver allows the fee to be charged to those making more than 50% FPL, but they cannot be dropped from coverage if they do not pay it. The existing pro- gram, IowaCare, provides coverage to Iowans from age 19-64, with incomes up to 200% FPL, who are not eli- gible for Medicaid. It comes to an end on December 31. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Candidate For State House District 25 Pare Deichmann, a long-time Winterset resident, has announced that she is a candidate for State House Dis- trict 25. The Democrat is a wife and mother who worked as a full-time nurse and public health official for the past 30 years in southwest and central Iowa. Her roles include local public health nurse administrator, managing staff and programs and clinical services for both county and a large homecare facility. She has been active in imple- menting statewide prevention programs within the state health department. In addition, she spent ten years as a Bureau Chief for the Center for Acute Disease Epide- miology managing programs that conducted surveil- lance of. infectious diseases and food borne outbreak investigations. Deichmann recently spent time exploring the option to run for the office. She decided Madison and Warren Counties were ready for a change in leadership and pledges a balanced ethical and open door approach to solve issues and problems facing the two counties she . hopes to represent. Since taking an early retirement, Deichmann says she now has time to run for office. She volunteers for the First United Presbyterian Church, Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners and Central Iowa Red Cross. Her hobbies include reading, walking and photography. Her email is Deich mannforHouse@gmail.com or pam.deichmann@gmail .com. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211