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August 23rd

Higher minimum wage gets maximum support

Public hearing moves county closer to new wage ordinance

JOHNSON COUNTY– Though the Johnson County Board of Supervisors heard overwhelming support for an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage countywide, there are still many unanswered questions, pockets of uncertainty and details to be worked out before a final vote.
The board held a public forum Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building to allow the public to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would increase the minimum hourly wage for all workers in Johnson County from $7.25 to $10.10 by January 2017.

Meet school board candidate Shawn Eyestone

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone and his campaign cordially invite the public to attend “meet-and-greet” events. Eyestone is running for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District Board. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Eyestone about his areas of focus on the future of the school board and what action plans he’d like to set in motion when elected.
The following dates and locations have been set for the meet and greet events:
Sunday, Aug. 23. 10:30 a.m. Panera Bread located at 1646 Sycamore St. in Iowa City.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Rd. NE near Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

Meet-and-greet event for ICCSD candidates Aug. 29 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Building Community group has invited the 13 candidates on the Sept. 8 ballot for the Iowa City Community School District to a meet-and-greet event in North Liberty. 
The free, public event will be from at 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29, in the lower-level Gerdin Conference Room 2 at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. The North Liberty Building Community Group is nonpartisan, will not make endorsements, and is hosting this opportunity only for residents to meet the candidates in person and to gather information about them in one place.

Tiffin easements need to be re-signed

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is still working on improving the Inflow & Infiltrations (I & I) issues within the sanitary sewer system in the Original part of Tiffin. Within the last year Tiffin residents may have received a letter regarding a meeting to discuss this topic, followed up by further contact from the city’s engineers, Hart-Frederick Consultants, to get signatures for a temporary construction easement.

Stone walled

...floors and counters, too, at L&C Marble Granite Supply

NORTH LIBERTY– Cody Chen is used to serving up hot, delicious Chinese take-out cuisine.
Now, he and a family member can also create a beautiful kitchen counter on which to serve it.
Cody, owner of Yang Chow Wok, and his cousin, Lam Chen, have established a second business in the North Liberty area, L&C Marble Granite Supply.
Lam learned the trade of cutting and installing beautiful stone– primarily marble and granite– in Hong Kong, where Lam’s family has a long-established business in the industry.

In the not-so-hot seat

CCA school board candidates run unopposed, make their cases for election to an empty room

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will have an easy time deciding whom to vote for in the school board of education election on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Four of CCA’s five board candidates are incumbents, and all five are running unopposed on the official ballot.
The lack of challenges in the race could account for the lack of public attendance at the forum held Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

NL takes first look at possible city campus

Council ready to take concept to the public

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s civic campus is part of a plan nearly nine years in the making, and it won’t likely come to fruition for at least a couple more years.
The City of North Liberty has long anticipated a comprehensive city campus, since RDG Planning and Design conducted a study in 2006 evaluating the city’s existing facilities and space needs. That study concluded in 2007, with RDG presenting a long-range plan prioritizing recommended improvements including a centralized civic services center.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

Fall Soccer registration

Participants can still register for fall soccer by Aug. 21 without a late fee. Registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website, or can be picked up at city hall. The coaches meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon City Hall. Practices start the following week. Matches for pre-K thru third grade will be on Tuesday nights, starting Sept. 8, unless more teams require playing matches on Thursday evenings as well. Matches for fourth through sixth grade will be on Thursday evenings and will start Sept. 10.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Road NE south of Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.