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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, December 23, 2010 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal Limiting Your Child's Online Access With Parental Controls We all know that, as much as technology has opened new worlds to our children, it has also put them at risk of predators and of growing up too soon through expo- sure to things.they should not see at their ages. It is im- portant for parents and caregivers to do all we can to help our children use technology safely and wisely. Here are some very important suggestions to put to work in your home: Be in control. Parental controls are available for ev- ery make and model of computer and it is important to make sure they are in place. Use the "search" feature on your computer to locate where the parental controls fea- ture is. Make sure you, with your own password, are the only one who can change the control settings. Each user of the family computer should be given access to the computer only through his or her own password. For each child, determine what type of content you want him or her to be able to see and what you want blocked. Check with your provider. Make sure to find out what services your Intemet Service Provider (ISP) of- fers to help protect your children online. Many ISPs have invested heavily in ways to make sure that children can use the Intemet safely. Be picky. You can use parental controls to make sure your children visit only sites that are age-appropriate, or can make sure they cannot download any files from the Web. You also can filter out content you do not want them to see and prevent them from running certain pro- grams. Watch the clock. Parental controls often allow you to determine when, by hours of the day and days of the week, your children can access the'Web and when they will be blocked. This keeps kids .from spending too much time on the computer aridfrom getting on when no one's home to supervise. Sharing is bad. Although it is important for you to always know their passwords, do not let your older and younger children share passwords and do not divulge yours to them. If they sign on under your user name/ password, they will not be protected through the pa- rental controls you have set. Get extra protection. Several excellent products go further than your computer's built-in parental controls and give you more confidence that your child's Web experiences will be safe. For those who are really con- oerned, a program such as the highly rated Web Watcher can track everything that happens on your child's or your family's computer, including who is using it,. when, for how long and on which sites. Check their history. It is always a good idea to log onto the computer using your child's password and user name after your child has finished surfing the Web, whether it is for homework, to be on MySpace, or to play games. Log in as them, open the Intemet browser and then view the sites they have just visited by simply clicking the little down pointing arrow at the right hand side of the box where you type in a Web address. When you click on the down-arrow, all the recently visited sites will be displayed in a list. Check to see if there are sites that your child visited that he or she should not have. Sneaky tricks. Unfortunately, older children, who are most likely to want to visit "off limits" sites, are also able to learn how to delete their history of visited sites. Fortunately, you can use an .empty history as a clue. Make sure your children .know that they will be disci- plined if you see that they have deleted their history (which is done by going to the "tools" menu and click- ing on "Internet options"or "options" and choosing to "delete"). Remember, experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that children spend no more than two hours a day using a computer, espe- cially when on the Internet. It is up to you to.help them make sure that they're spending that time wisely and safely. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION- SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING 12/09/10 The Special City Council Meeting of the Norwalk City Council was held at Norwalk Easter Public Library, 706 North Avenue, on Thursday, December 9, 2010. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Mayor, Doug Pierce. Those present at roll call were Dave Murillo, John Putbrese, Frank Curtis and Mike Leto. ab- sent: Eric Delker. 10-333 Motion by Putbrese and seconded by Murillo to approve the Agenda. Approved 4-0. Ayes: Murillo, Putbrese, Curtis and Leto. Nayes: none. Absent: Delker. 10-334 Motion by MudUo and seconded by Putbrese to adopt a Resolution granting an underground electric easement to MidAmerican Energy at the new Public Works facility. Approved 4-0. Ayes: Mudllo, Putbrese, Curtis and Leto. Nayes: none. Absent: Delker. (Resolution #1209-10-115) 10-335 Motion by Putbrese and seconded by Leto to approve reimbursement to Norwalk Hardware in the amount of $2801.49 for replacement light bulbs used in municipal Christmas decorations. Approved 4-0. Ayes: Mudllo, Putbrese, Curtis and Leto. Nayes: none. Absent: Delker. The next item on the Agenda was potential traffic cameras for the City of Norwalk. The City would have the options of a traffic signal camera and a speed monitor camera. The expense and maintenance of the cameras would be covered by the vendor. The City would split the ticket revenues with the vendor at a percent- age to be determined. Council consensus is to do a study on the potential cameras. Police Chief, Ed Kuhl, will do an assessment and report back to Coun- cil. The next item on the Agenda was a potential cell tower lease. City of Norwalk Zoning Board of Adjustments approved the request to put the tower at Billy O. Phillips park. Residents spoke against this decision. If located in Billy O. Phillips park, Council is not inclined to approve the contract between the City of Norwalk and the cell company. Council members Murillo and Leto left at this time. The next item on the Agenda was the Rolling Green drainage project. With only two council members remaining, there is not a quorum and no business can be decided. The item will be carried over to a later meeting. Mayor Pierce announced meeting adjournment. Doug Pierce, Mayor Jeff Rosien, City Clerk Season's Greetings I OUR HOLIDAY HOURS 1 Dec. 24, Open 8 a.m. - Noon; Closed Dec. 25 Dec. 31, Open 8 a.m. - Noon; Closed Jan. 1 We ask that if you are needing any medication refills, you contact your pharmacy. If you should need medical attention during these closures, call our office number, 285-3200, and the answering service will put you in contact with our physician on call. From all of us at ! NORWALK FAMILY PHYSICIANS] have a safe and happy holiday! Lori Miller, DO Patricia Newland, MD William Chase, MD Andrea Silvers, MD Jason Brehmer, DO 515-285-3200 801 Colonial Circle Our clinic participates with most major insurance carriers. R IOWA HEALTH Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! WARREN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Concluded from p.6 BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby ap- points Edward Woolsey to the South Central Sludge Appeals Board. Carried Unanimously. The next regular meeting will be held on December 21;2010 at 9:30 a.m. The meeting was recessed at 11:15 a.m. The meeting was reconvened at 2:05 p.m. with Supervisor's Middleswart and Shull present. Supervisor Grace was absent. The board met with the public to consider vacating a portion of 245 = Avenue at Jessup Street, and closing 245 t" Avenue just south of Jessup Street. The meeting was recessed at 3:15 p.m. The meeting was reconvened at 7:04 p.m. with all three Supervisors present as a continuance of the affemoon meeting with the public. A representative of Union Pacific Railroad was also present. Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. AI-rEST: Traci VanderLinden, AUDITOR G. Kevin Middleswarf, CHAIR OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NOTICE OF SALE The following described abandoned motor vehicle will be offered for sale, as is, to the highest cash bidder on Dec. 30th, 2010, at 10:00 A.M. at 4324 North Alice Ave., Cumming, IA.: 1987 Chev. Pk Trk TIN/1GCDR14HOHS130888 Inquiries may be directed to (515) 961-1102 during normal business hours. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regular Session December 13, 2010 The meeting was called to order at 5:03 p.m. Directors Present-Katherine Schmidt, Rick Kaul, George Meinecke, Tom Phillips, and Deb Hobbs. The following motions were made, seconded, and approved: • Approved the consent agenda • Approved the Lakewood Construction Project Budget Summary and Cer- tificates of Substantial Completion for the following Bid Packages: • Hockenbergs Des Moines - Bid Pkg #114 - Foedservice Equipment • Approved Final Payment for Contractor Work Performed for the following Lakewood Construction Project bid packages: • TK Concrete, Inc. - Bid Pkg #25 - Concrete Paving & Walks • ECO-TECH Construction, L.L.C. - Bid Pkg #33 - Concrete Foun- dations & Slabs • US Erectors, Inc. - Bid Pkg #51 - Vertical Structure. • Hockenbergs Des Moines - Bid Pkg #144 - Foodservice Equip- ment • O'Keefe Elevator Company, Inc. - Bid Pkg #142 - Elevator Equip-- ment • Approved the Auditodum, Stadium, Tennis Courts, & Parking Lots Con- struction Project Budget Summary and the following Change Orders: • CRS 027-Storm Sewer at North HS Parking Lot $7,000 • CRS 034-Iron Free Concrete at Tennis Courts $495 • CRS 045-Repair Water Main Break at Existing Stadium $1,630 • CRS 046-Add Reinforcing Steel at Back of House Risers $2,871 • CRS 047-Move Step at N. Ramp Footing in House $0 • CRS 048-Cut Precast to Match Footing Step Along Gddline to at Gridline J $0 • CRS 049-Fill a 4" void in low footing at Unit B $0 • CRS 051-Relocate UH-1 in Scene Shop 108D $251 • CRS 052-Remove Extra Foundations & Walls at Visitor Bleachers $570 • CRS 053-Move Excess Soils at Stadium $17,305 • CRS 054-Add Cyclorama $1,637 • CRS 055-Add Scenery Canvases $1,310 • CRS 059-Iron Free Concrete at Tennis Courts $816 The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m. Official minutes will be available following board approval. Kate Baldwin, Board Secretary Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends....Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. -Henry David Thoreau OFFICIAL PUBLICATION NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S LEVY AND SALE STATE OF IOWA Iowa District Court WARREN COUNTY } SS COURT CASE # EQCV032801 WARREN COUNTY US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION PLAINTIFF X Special Execution VS CORY DANKS; AMANDA LYNN SINGLETON; BECKY RENEE DANKS; STATE OF IOWA DEFENDANT (Judgment Debtor) As a result of the judgment rendered in the above referenced court case, an execution was issued by the court to the Sheriff of this county. The execution ordered the sale of defendant(s) X REAL ESTATE to satisfy the judgment. The property to be sold is X described below: Lot 36, Norwalk Trend Heights, an Official Plat in the Town of Norwalk, Warren County, Iowa. (Locally known as: 1007 Norwood Drive, Norwalk, Iowa) The described property will be offered for sale at public auction for cash only as follows: Date of Sale Time of Sale Place of Sale January 20,2011 10:00 AM Warren County Courthouse, East Doors, tndia,qo!a, iowa X This sale not subject to redemption. X Property exemption: Certain money or propedv may be exempt. Contact your attorney promptly io review specific provisions of the law and the appropriate notice, ,f acceptable. Judgment Amount Costs Accruing Costs Interest 4.51/o Attorney $161,122.93 PENDING PE_NDING 2000 Date: December 14, 2010 Sheriff: JAMES W. LEE, WARREN COUNTY, IOWA from 10-1-10 .JAMES V SARCONE JR $2205.00 666 WALNUT ST. STE DES MOINES, IA 50309 (515)243-7100