Mayor's Moment

Mayor's Moment
Posted on 03/24/2020

COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 16, I declared a city-wide emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After actions taken by the State of Iowa and the City of Des Moines, staff and I decided this was a necessary measure to take to help slow the spread of the virus. I ordered all city related facilities to close to the public and all activities be shut down. We are still conducting business online, by phone and via email.  I appreciate your understanding of these actions during this unprecedented time.

  

At the time of writing this message, I feel some of the measures being taken across the country are extreme. However, I believe we’ve implemented a reasonable, informed approach to this pandemic for the City of Norwalk. At this point in time, it’s too early to tell if we went too far with our measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, but I’d rather be overly cautious in this situation. Going too far is the preferred alternative to sadly discovering we didn’t do enough.

 

Our hope is that we’re back to normal by April 16. I recommend checking for updates on the City’s website and in the North Warren Town and County newspaper. If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 515-981-0228.

 

Spring Clean Up

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Norwalk’s spring clean-up days! Its that one time of the year residents can set large items at their curb for free disposal. This is a great opportunity to get rid of any junk you might have lying around. Please Note: Construction materials and hazardous waste will not be accepted for curbside pick-up.  All accepted items must be at the curb no later than 7 a.m. Monday, May 4. The garbage haulers will only make one pass through Norwalk. They will not be able to come back to your address should you forget to set your items at the curb.

 

For more information on what you can place at the curb and other items you can dispose of during Spring CleanUp, please check the flyer in your city water/trash bill. If you signed up for electronic billing, a copy of the flyer should be in your email and is available on the City’s website at www.norwalk.iowa.gov. Appliances, tires, oil, batteries, e-waste, and scrap metal can be disposed of on Saturday, May 9, at the Public Works facility.  This clean up event is for Norwalk residents only. You will need to bring an ID or water bill that shows you live within Norwalk city limits

 

If you have any additional questions about what you can and cannot set at the curb, please call City Hall at 515-981-0228 or look for the Annual Spring Clean Up information on the City’s website.

 

Severe Weather Season

As we move into spring, it’s important to remember severe weather can happen at any time during this season. As a reminder, the outdoor warning sirens are meant to alert anyone who is outside to move indoors and seek shelter. These sirens are not meant to be heard indoors. I strongly encourage you to get a NOAA weather radio for use inside your home. This radio will alert you to severe weather at any time of the day. You can purchase a NOAA weather radio at any electronics store and some grocery stores. You can also check with Warren County Emergency Management, at 515-961-1108, to see if they have any available at a reduced cost. If you run a daycare or similar business, call Warren County Emergency Management and they will make sure you have a radio at no cost.

 

Please stay safe.

Mayor Tom Phillips

 

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Publishing of the April and May editions of CITYVIEW and the Iowa Living magazines are suspended.

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