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October 8th

Tiffin officials bypass further delays on Ireland Avenue

Councilors’ conflict of interest concern provokes angry exchange

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has just one final step to take before it can complete the extension of Ireland Avenue.
And with a price tag of nearly $600,000, it’s kind of a doozey.
It has taken more than six years to get here, the project delayed at different points by stalled agreements with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, lengthy Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) review processes, council indecision over capital improvement funding methods and protracted right-of-way negotiations with businesses and residents.

CCA to host Senior Supper Oct. 19

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/Interact club will host its annual Senior Supper. Any district patron over the age of 55 is welcome to come and eat a supper provided by the students. They will have ham, turkey and mashed potatoes along with a great potluck provided by the students. They will show off the new high school and provide tours of the building. Please call the high school at 319-545-5623 by Oct. 15 if you wish to attend.

Victory 4-H Club to host new member potluck Oct. 13

TIFFIN– Fourth graders and older are being invited to check out the Victory 4-H Club to learn how 4-H can help develop life skills, responsibility, family oriented, community service and leadership.

Tiffin holds Halloween decorating contest

TIFFIN– On Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6 until 8 p.m., judges will tour the Tiffin community to determine the best overall Halloween decoration displays.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best home display. Citizens are encouraged to start planning those outstanding displays this Halloween season. Anyone within Tiffin city limits is eligible for the competition.

Oct. 27 soup supper, silent auction to benefit NL pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry will host its fifth Annual Stone Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the South Slope Community Room, 980 N. Front St., North Liberty. Event sponsors are Hills Bank and Trust Company, South Slope Cooperative Communications, JM Swank, and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

NL resident finds solar power a hot commodity

Jason Hall building his energy business across the state of Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Although solar power is not a novel idea, successfully harnessing the power of the sun requires sleek, cutting-edge equipment and software; and it’s not cheap. Markets in sunny California, Arizona, and Hawaii have become inundated with solar power industry, but the Midwest has yet to reach the same saturation.
North Liberty resident, and CEO of Moxie Solar, Jason Hall believes now is the time for his home state to begin utilizing the sun’s power for energy.
“We’re assuming now that Iowa is now ready to adopt this technology,” Hall said. “It makes sense.”

Hall mark

TIFFIN– On Sept. 25, the Tiffin City Council awarded a buidling contract to City Construction Group of Iowa City in the amount of $382,700. The 2,560 square foot building will house city administrative offices and city council chambers. Additionally, space will be available to rent to the public as a community room for personal events like baby showers, Scout events, graduations, and other occasions. The project is slated for a February completion, weather permitting.

CCA clarifies vision for expansion, remodeling to accommodate growth

Board finalizes facilities proposal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Officials at Clear Creek Amana school district hope $48 million dollars will purchase a lot of much-needed space
They also hope that voters in the district will approve a bond issue to finance the various projects that will provide it.
At yet another special meeting, held Monday, Sept. 30, the board toured the middle school in Tiffin to clarify a proposal for expanding and renovating the building.

Girls first, boys second at Williamsburg invite

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls scored a team and individual title at the Williamsburg invitational cross country meet Sept. 30.

Big score

Spartans roll up 64-3 win over Anamosa Raiders

SOLON– It didn’t take long to see where this game was going.
Solon’s Jordan Wymer took the opening kickoff 97 yards down the Spartan sideline for a touchdown, and it was off to the races.
Moments later, Solon intercepted Anamosa quarterback Austin Seehusen deep in Raider territory. Two passes to Nathan Hawkins later, there was less than a minute elapsed on the clock, and Solon had taken a 14-0 lead over the winless Anamosa Raiders.
The Spartans rumbled to a 64-3 win Friday night, moving their record to 5-1 on the season, and an unblemished 3-0 in conference play.