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April 23rd

North Liberty plans history walk

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Centennial Committee is looking for information from anyone in North Liberty about houses or other structures that might be included on a historic tour of North Liberty. Historic can mean either an older, historic building or any structure in which something significant to North Liberty took place.

NLFD responds to apartment fire

NORTH LIBERTY– No injuries were reported after a fire in the laundry room of a North Liberty apartment building.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched Sunday April 21, at 2:28 p.m. to 20 Penn Oaks Dr. for a building fire. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found smoke throughout the structure and heavy smoke coming from an apartment on the third floor.
The apartment was occupied at the time of the fire and did have working smoke detectors which alerted residents.

North Liberty spring clean-up day is April 27

NORTH LIBERTY– Spring cleanup day for North Liberty residents will be held Saturday, April 27, from 7 until 11:30 a.m. at the Public Works Facility, 620 S. Calvin St. Miscellaneous large items can be brought to the Public Works facility. (Go south on Front Street to Golf View Drive. Turn right and go to Calvin Street. Turn right to Public Works facility).

North Liberty Development to host breakfast mixer

NORTH LIBERTY– In an effort to promote the city’s growing business community, North Liberty Development, a not-for-profit group of business owners and advocates, will host a breakfast business mixer on Tuesday, April 30, from 7:30 until 9 a.m. at Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St. in North Liberty.
At the event, local business people and city leaders will have the opportunity to mingle, network and meet one-on-one over breakfast. Learn about the 2013 North Liberty construction projects and a new business reference service by the North Liberty library.

Penn PTO bottle and can drive to be April 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Every nickel counts in the Penn Elementary Bottle and Can Drive, to be held Tuesday, April 30, from 3 until 6 p.m. at Penn Elementary, 230 N. Dubuque St. Just drive up and drop them off… they do the sorting. Pop cans, plastic and glass bottles…if it has an “IA 5-cent” deposit, they’ll take it.
Cans/bottles should be reasonably clean and dry. Flattened or crushed items cannot be accepted.
Contact Penn PTO at PennPTO@gmail.com or call 319-626-4964 with questions.

Some roads still closed due to heavy rains

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has posted a map and list on its website giving residents information about flood-related road closures.
A link to the map and list is available through the news section of the home page at www.johnson-county.com.
As of April 22, affected roads included:
• Sandy Beach Road by the beach;
• 140th Street west of Ely Road;
• 3000 Block of Calkins;
• Black Hawk between Black Diamond and 480th;
• Otter Creek Road;
• Cosgrove Road between Black Diamond and 480th Street;
• Tri County Bridge;
• Y Ave.

NLPD, DEA to help dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at local pharmacies April 27

NORTH LIBERTY– On April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring medications for disposal to either Liberty Pharmacy at 555 W. Cherry St. or Pharmacy Matters at 1765 Lininger Ln. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

City offers curbside collection of flood-damaged property

NORTH LIBERTY– Following last week’s torrential rains, the City of North Liberty will collect flood-damaged property curbside for its residents all week April 22 through 26. Residents need only place flood-damaged items at their curb.
Other items will not be collected at the curb, but can be brought to the public works facility on South Front Street from 7 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. Items that can be discarded at the facility are furniture and other bulky items, appliances, tires and auto batteries, metal and car parts, and electronics.

Investigation into fatal shooting clears NLPD officers

Report concludes police had “no lesser course of action available”

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty police officers placed on administrative leave after a fatal shooting on March 10, 2013, have been cleared through an investigation of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness issued a press release last Friday with the findings of the investigation. It stated the officers acted with reasonable force in returning fire after being shot, and that they had no lesser course of action available to them at the time.

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Petition pushes for district representation at county level

JOHNSON COUNTY– Petitioners pushing for a new way to elect county supervisors are getting closer to their goal.
According to Debra Thornton, chair of the Johnson County Republicans, members of the Committee for Fair Representation– the group that organized the petition drive– are “well on their way” to gathering the 7,619 valid signatures required to call for a public vote on the matter.