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March 21st, 2018

50 years of home rule

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty joined cities from across the State of Iowa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Home Rule Amendment to Iowa’s State Constitution by passing a proclamation stating, “Home Rule is essential to effective and responsive municipal governance in all cities in Iowa,” and that local control “continues to be vital to the health and prosperity of all cities in Iowa.”

March Good Neighbor meeting

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a subdivision plat for property, and the public is invited to an open house-style meeting being held to explain the proposal. The property is not within the corporate limits of North Liberty, but is within the fringe area around North Liberty in which the city provides input to Johnson County regarding county subdivisions. It is located east of Liberty High School, off Zackary Lane NE. The proposal is for a split of one large existing lot into two lots for residential purposes.

Volunteer Spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Rylee Johnson is a high school student who started volunteering with North Liberty Community Pantry in the summer of 2017. Despite her busy schedule with academics and activities, she continues to volunteer several times a month at the pantry. She enjoys volunteering while the pantry is open, so she can interact with shoppers, but also does off-shift activities, such as stocking shelves during evenings.

Tiffin FY 2018-2019 budget

TIFFIN– The FY 2018-2019 budget for the City of Tiffin was presented Tuesday, March 6.
The tax levy decreased slightly at $11.80. Tiffin City Adminstrator Doug Boldt pointed out, of the 107 Iowa communities between 1,500 and 4,000 population, Tiffin was ranked as having the 23rd lowest tax levy, with Denver being the lowest at $6.96 and Rockwell City the highest at $23.70.

Abduction Scare leads to public discussion

Sometimes, it’s OK to be Rude

AMANA– Sometimes it’s perfectly OK to be rude when you’re a kid.
That’s the message Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter gave to a packed audience Thursday, March 15, in the Amana Library. A recent unusual occurrence led to Sheriff Rotter meeting with parents and students to ease their concerns and share some tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Growing Pains

Community pantry seeks funds to match city expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With a growing population comes growing demands. And amidst the perpetual expansion of North Liberty, it’s easy to overlook a less fortunate segment of the community that could use a hand.
“We just had a really busy year,” said Executive Director of the North Liberty Community Pantry Kaila Rome. “It was an overall increase in every capacity, and we’re not seeing a sign of that stopping.”

Front Street Road closure

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, March 21, Front Street from Zeller to East Chestnut is be fully closed for construction, including the roadway and sidewalks. Detour routes are marked for north- and southbound Front Street traffic.
Also, pending weather, a lane reduction at Zeller Street and Front Street will occur from 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, to 7 a.m. Monday, March 26. This reduction will require reducing Zeller Street at Front Street to a single lane with alternating traffic.

Mehaffey trail extension open house

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction is underway on the Mehaffey Trail Extension Project. The North Liberty Community Center is hosting a project start-up open house Thursday, March 22, 4:30-6 p.m.

Prescribed burn planned for Solon Prairie

SOLON– The Johnson County Conservation (JCC) Department will conduct a prescribed burn at the Solon Prairie, at some point, between March and April, weather conditions permitting.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.