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Marking time

North Liberty celebrates a century

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s 100th birthday came with some unexpected gifts that will keep on giving.
Throughout 2013, the community celebrated North Liberty’s centennial year with monthly events that both commemorated the past and reveled the present. A little more surprising were the plans and visions for an improved future that resulted from the conversations and planning that took place over the last 12 months, said Assistant City Administrator and Centennial Committee member Tracey Mulcahey.

A smooth move for new nutrition shop

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– A new North Liberty business gives patrons a unique opportunity to have a nutritious meal and shop at the same time.

Iowa City-area schools benefit from Mediacom’s ‘Shoes That Fit’ campaign

IOWA CITY– School age children from six Iowa City and North Liberty-area elementary schools will benefit this year from the annual “Shoes That Fit” campaign that supplies need-specific shoes and clothing to local children. The non-profit community outreach program is led by Mediacom, along with Iowa City business partner Scheels.

UI Recreational Services offers Snowy Owl Camp in December

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Recreational Services will offer their Snowy Owl Camp to first through sixth graders on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3, 2014. Camp days will begin supervision at 7:45 a.m. and will be provided until 4:15 p.m. Snowy Owl Camp will take place in three main facilities: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Macbride Nature Recreation Area and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The camp is broken down into three program areas:

How things change and stay the same

North Liberty City Council member and centennial committee chairman Terry Donahue (left) helps to unveil a new mural in the North Liberty Community Library. The piece was created by artist Bounnak Thammavong (right) to commemorate the city’s 100th year of incorporation, and revealed to the public Nov. 16 as part of the community’s centennial celebration finale. (photo by Lori Lindner)

$37 million in TIF debt

NL files annual report with state

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As per Iowa’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) law reforms, cities are required to file a comprehensive report each year outlining their TIF obligations, TIF revenues and how they spend them.
The City of North Liberty just filed its 2013 report, which indicates the city has $37,159,359 in outstanding TIF debt. That amount is down from the previous year, when North Liberty reported a total of $44,598,591 in outstanding TIF debt.

NL council approves design contract for eastward expansion of sewer, water

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is preparing to take its first steps eastward.
In its Nov. 26 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a $155,000 contract with Fox Engineering to create preliminary designs for expanding water and sanitary sewer services to the city’s designated growth area east of the current city limits.

ICCSD discusses changes that expedite new elementary

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCDS) Board of Directors met on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to discuss adjustments to the facilities master plan in a work session. Updates to the plan will be presented to the board and voted on at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting.
The biggest update to the plan was to accelerate the building of a new north elementary school by one year. The changes call for the new elementary to be open by 2019.

Candy drop replica brings back memories for mother

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– Things were tough in West Berlin in the summer of 1948. The Soviets blocked all roads and railroads leading to the three Western-held sectors of Berlin. To provide food and other necessities of life to the stranded people, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) began an aerial supply operation, which became known as the Berlin Airlift. For 462 days, planes flew to Tempelhof Airport in Berlin loaded with food, clothing, even coal. Local children flocked to the fence surrounding the airport to watch the planes land and take off again.

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Iowa City Aerohawks radio-controlled airplane club puts on an aerial display

IOWA CITY– Mother Nature is not always the friend of clubs and organizations hosting outdoor events, as was evidenced Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Iowa City Aerohawks’ field next to the Iowa City Landfill. Winds of 20-25 mph from the east created a dangerous crosswind across the main runway, leading to about half of the scheduled events for the Aerohawks’ annual radio-controlled airplane show to be scrubbed. The members still managed to fill three hours with a variety of flying exhibitions.