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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR norwatk NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OM/,LL I r.I)WN PAPERS Vl:, WkST O. ...... k I. ST SE!.3 ON VvA 98584-2253 ., 00'll00,,ll,ij,!,q00ll,00jll ,uil,,hjl!!!,u,l! I I00,l.I Warren Town and CounLy ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 31 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, December 20, 2012 ,mgC Domonick Cimino, Norwalk.Hardware Store, has an- nounced Peyton Flinn is the winner of the Christmas Bear drawing held at the hardware store, Saturday, Dec. 8, during the Customer Appreciation Day. Peyton is the daughte r of Kelly and Mandy Flinn of Cumming. Photo submitted. NORWALK SCHOOL BOARD New Home 'for Norwalk School District Central Office We hope everyone has had the opportunity to learn of the Norwalk Schools Central Office issues we have been reviewing the last year. If you have not read one of the articles in this paper, perhaps you have talked to one of the many people involved with the School Im- provement Advisory Committee (SIAC), or attended a School Board meeting. If this is news to you, we offer a brief recap of the issues with the Central Office, at 906 School Avenue: Life Safety issue #1. The existing fire escape is no longer structurally sound and the District is required to replace it with a new "fire escape" to meet current build- ing codes. Life Safety issue #2. The existing water service is not adequate for fire safety of a three-story building. The existing roof has reached its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. Heating and air-conditioning equipment has reached its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. Electrical and data systems need to be upgraded. This is a portion of the items needing to be addressed in the Central Office. When performing replacement work of this scope, building codes and regulations re- quire the entire building be brought up to current build- ing codes. This adds substantial replacement/renovation costs to the Central Office. These issues initiated several meetings, along with a thorough review of Central Office options. The School District involved staff, School Board, architects, engi- neers, Norwalk City personnel, parents and citizens in addressing this issue. Much data was obtained and the options that evolved were: Relocate Central Office to an existing facility (school). Renovate the existing Central Office structure. Build a new Central Office, but at a different loca- tion due to zoning. Purchase an existing building in the Norwalk area. In reviewing options, we found existing facilities in Concluded p. 2 City of Norwalk Community Chats January 12, the City of Norwalk will begin the year with a "Community Chat" at the Maid-Rite, 1031 Sun- set Dr. Mayor Doug Pierce, a council member and City Administrator Marketa Oliver will be at the Maid-Rite from 9-10:30 a.m. Depending on what issues may be the hot topic of the time, a particular department head would also be asked to attend. This would be an oppor- tunity for members of the public to stop by and visit about whatever they wish in a very informal manner. Oliver advises,the city plans to promote the Commu- nity Chat through the newsletter and on Facebook/Twit- ter and with press releases. The first "Chat" will focus on the comprehensive plan. Agenda REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Norwalk City Hall Thursda36 December 20, 2012 6:30 P.M. This is a tentative Agenda onl) which is subject to change. The final City Council Agenda will be posted at the Norwalk City Hall at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting. 1. Call to order at 6:30 p.m. 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Presentation - Hank Spoery 4. Approval of Minutes - December 6, 2012 Regular Council Meeting 5. Mayor - Welcome of guests and public comment, 3 minute limit, no action 6. Consent Agenda A. Expenditures B. Tax Abatements C. Receive and file for Audit the State 2012 TIF/ Urban Renewal Report D. 2013 Appointments of Council/Mayoral and staff representatives 7. Hearings, Ordinances and Resolutions A. Public Hearing - Goodwill Industries Bond B. Public Hearing and consideration of the first reading an Ordinance adding Section 17.041370 - "Con- version to Condominium or Multiple Housing Coop- erative," to the Norwalk Zoning Code of Ordinances (first of three readings) C. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code to include capital improvements plan and financ- ing stream per the NCIS recommendations (second of three readings) D. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code providing for parking restrictions on the north side of School Avenue from Main Street to Lane Avenue in and for the City of Norwalk, Iowa (second of three readings) E. Consideration and second reading of a pro- posed Ordinance amending the Norwalk Municipal Code maRing changes to the Norwalk Parks and Recre- ation Commission representation (second of three read- ings) F. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the execution of an updated Motorola Equipment Contract (Change order 003) G. Consideration of a Resolution authorizing the execution of an updated Motorola Equipment Con- tract (Change order 001) H. Consideration of a Resolution approving the Final Plat of the Brownstones at the Legacy - Plat 6 8. Current Business Concluded p. 2 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 p.m. Monda)9 Dec. 24. You are invited to celebrate the birth of our Sav- ior. Fellowship Community Church, 225 North Ave., will have identical services entitled "Let There Be Light" Monday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Harvest Evangelical Free Church, 4225 N. Birch Ave., Cumming, will have a Christmas Musical, "Silent Night, Holy Night" at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 23. A Christmas Eve service will be Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. Linn Grove United Methodist Church, Prole, will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Martensdale St. Paul Lutheran Church, meeting at Church of the Assumption in Churchville, will follow the regular schedule Sunday, Dec. 23, with Sunday School and Confirmation Class at 9:30 a.m. and wor- ship with communion at 10:30 a.m. A special Christmas Eve worship service is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr., Christmas Eve worship services are set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St., will have three services on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. A family Christmas Eve worship service is at 5 p.m., with two cmdlelight communion services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Norwalk United Methodist Church, 1801 Sunset Dr., will have a Blue Christmas Service Friday, Dec. 21, at noon. Christmas Eve Candlelight worship services at 7 and 11 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24. St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., will have Christmas Eve Masses at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Christmas Morning Mass, Tues- day, Dec. 25, will be held at 9 a.m. Merry Christmas from the Staff at Norwalk News