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Lakewood Drive Improvements Project Update:  8-4-2017
The Project is on track and over the course of the next fw weeks, the contractor will be installing storm sewer pipe, intakes, and secondary storm lines from the intersection of Candlewick to the west.  They will also be installing new curb and gutter. street pavement patches where there are failed sections, driveway approaches, and sidewalks from the west going east.  Please use caution when walking in the areas of construction as the construction work will leave areas a mess for awhile.
Other contractors on site are working on the relocation of gas mains and services over the entire length of the project.  Telecommunication contractors are now starting to relocate some of their lines and pedestals also.
There exist some residents on the project that are in need of special accomodations; and we are making every effort to assist them.  Due to this, you will see the contractor bouncing around a bit as they are completing some of the work, so as to make it easier for these residents to get in and out of their homes. If anyone knows of or have the need for special accomodations, please let us know so we can assist.
Even though the contractor has made a good attempt to keep the area clean, we see the dry conditions causing dust issues. As a result the City will be sending a street sweeper out to sweep the street a couple times a week.  At this point the contractor is done with most of the "tearing up" and we are nearing the "putting back together" phase of this project.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, hopefully this portion of the project will ble a little easier to deal with.
Staff is working hard to keep communications going out to AFFECTED residents with a variety of methods, including personal contacts, door hangers and email notifications. All information is posted on the City and Lakewood websites and Facebook pages, along with an email going out to all residents who have opted to be on the email list. For the general progress updates, there is a hard copy placed in the mail to Lakewood Drive residents. Please fee free to contact the Pubic Works Department at 981-9527; or Lakeood Office at 287-1804.
 
KEY FOBS:  A new electronic access system has been installed to enhance the privacy and security of our marina and lake.  Key Fobs have been issued and are User Specific  programmed and coded for tracking purposes. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM loaning out your Key Fob to anyone! 
 
 
 
BOAT REGISTRATIONS: 2017-2018
All watercraft on Lake Colchester must be identifiable with an LVA registration sticker. Registrations will begin on January 4, 2017 for the next two year registration period. Registrations are $10 per watercraft.  This includes boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, paddleboards, or other watercraft.  An electronic access gate key fob will be issued instead of a key. Key  access codes will be changed annually. 
 
 
ATTENTION:
Everyone knows that drinking or ingesting lake water is not a good idea. This is a reminder that there are many organisms, bacteria, little creatures and other chemicals (beyond our control) that populate any lake; and care should be taken to avoid drinking or swallowing the water should you choose to be in the water. If you or the family experience illness after swimming in the lake, you should immediately contact your health care provider and get checked out. It was recently brought to our attention that a resident suspects they became ill through inadvertently swallowing lake water. This emphasizes the need to both be careful, and contact your health care provider if you are not feeling well.
 
 
 
 
NCIS: Reprinted by Permission from Marketa Oliver - Norwalk City Manager on
 8-4-14 regarding the Norwalk Community Infrastructure project.)
 
INTENT TO ASSESS (Preliminary Assessment Schedule filed with Warren County for the NCIS Project)
Q: WHAT ARE THEY?  A: It is formal notification to anyone with interest in the property that there eventually will be a lien on the property for NCIS work.  The law requires the City to certify to the County after the Council adopts the Resolution of Necessity. The City is required by law to file the Resolution of Necessity and the preliminary plat and assessment schedule with the County. That then causes the County to make a note in the real property record so that if anyone is doing title searches, they can be aware that an assessment is forthcoming.  It protects the City and the potential purchasers of ground to let them know what is on the horizon (Iowa Code 384.51)
 
Q: WHEN WERE THE DOCUMENTS PLACED AND AT WHAT COST?  WHO BEARS THE COST? 
A: The preliminary assessment schedule was submitted to the County Treasurer. No fee was involved. There will likely be recording fees involved in recording the actual assessments when they occur.
 
Q: WHY ARE THEY PLACED?  A: State law requires the preliminary assessment schedule to be filed.  It is also a measure that protects the City and current and future property owners as it puts the current and any future owners on noticer of a future lien.
 
Q:  WHAT IS THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OF THE LIENS?  IF THEY ARE  NOT ACTUAL LIENS, WHAT IS THE POINT?  A:  Please note these are not "liens" as the property DOES NOT actually get assessed until the end of the project and all of the final costs have been documented. The point is to comply with State law and the point of the State is to protect all parties interested in the property by making everyone aware incuding potential buyers of the City's inten, so that no one can later say they were unaware.
 
Q:  WHEN WERE THE AFFECTED HOMEOWNERS INFORMED THESE WERE GOING TO BE PLACED?
A: They were informed throughout all of the pubic meetings we had, and through all the mailed notices that went to the property owners.
 
Q:  WHO DECIDED THESE WERE GOING TO BE PLACED IN THE TIMEFRAME THEY WERE FILED? COUNCIL, STAFF; WHO SPECIFICALLY MADE THIS DECISION?
A: These are filed after the Resolution of Necessity is adtoped, pursuant to State law and Council direction.  The NCIS documents adoped by the City Council on March 6, 2014 gave direction that, "...the City Clerk be directed to file certified copies of the Resolution of Necessity and Preliminary Pland and Schedule of Assessments with the Treasurer of Warren County, and that the resolution herinafter set out ordering the preparation of detailed plans and specifications and the preparation of the notice of hearing and notice to bidders and form of contract covering the 2014 Norwalk NCIS Improvements Project be adopted."
 
Q: IS THERE A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO CLEAR THESE IF SOMEONE DECIDES TO SELL THEIR HOME?
A:  No. While it could be a point of negotiation between the buyer and seller, it DOES NOT have to be satisfied before selling the home.
 
Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO REMOVE THESE?  WHAT IS THE COST?
A: These are removed if the City repeals the Resolution of Necessity or the project is completed and an actual lien is filed.
 
Q:  WHY WERE THESE PLACED WHEN THERE WAS NO ACTUAL WORK SCHEDULE TO BE DONE?
A:  The Resolution of Necessity and Preliminary  Assessment Schedule was filed pursuant to State law following the adoption of the Resolution of Necessity. This is not a choice on the City's behalf to do something extra. This is the process for special assessments.  Also, the work is planned to be done; the City simply does not have an exact timeline yet.  The City has not abandoned the project. Rebidding the project is in the works. The (affected) homeowners have all been sent correspondence updating them on the project's status.
 
 
PRESS RELEASE:  July 10, 2014
 
NORTH SHORE
 
Road Contractor's, Inc. announces that the 350-acre North Shore planned community project will be ready for developing to break ground in 2015 after the City of Norwalk has reviewed and approved the project's plans.
 
North Shore will be located on Lake Colchester adjacent to the interchange of Highway 5 and Highway 28 in Norwalk, Iowa.
 
Primarily a lakeside residential project, North Shore will include some commercial sites along Highway 28 and will feature over 500 lakeside home sites, about 500 townhome units, and a limited number of lake view apartments.
 
It is estimated that the total taxable value of the project will increase Norwalk's tax base by over $300,000,000.
 
North Shore will be sold directly to a developer for its improvement of vacant land for sale of developed lots and sites to individuals.
 
Offering details will be available late in 2014.
CBRE Hubbell Commercial will market the property on behalf of the Sellers.  For more infomation please contact - Craig King, ALC, at 515-314-6904.
 
FAQ:   Will the North Shore Development be a part of the Lakewood Village Association, Inc.
 
Answer:  Yes, the area has been established and   is governed by the LVA Homeowner's (association) Incorporation Documents, By-Laws, and the Covenants for that addition & by the established taxing entity, Lakewood Benefited Recreational Lake District.
 
 
 
PLEASE NOTE:   Lake Colchester is a private lake amenity built for the enjoyment of Lakewood residents. Trespassing charges will be filed against individuals accessing any of the Common Properties, including the lake,  without membership. Members should be able to provide identification and proof of residence or a Non-Resident Membership card when requested by police or patrol officers. Patrols are in affect at this time and will be requesting identification. A member must be present with a guest at all times.