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Are you ready for a new city hall?

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Are the residents of Solon ready to support the vision of the current city council?
We’ll find out Tuesday, Nov. 8, when voters will be asked to authorize the purchase of the Brosh Chapel and Community Center for use as a new city hall.
It’s the $1.35 million question of the year, and if recent city election turnouts are any indication, it will be decided by less than 200 people.

Tough questions



Shall the City of Solon, in Johnson County, Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and borrow money in an amount not to exceed $1,350,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of acquiring, improving, furnishing and equipping land and facilities located at 100 South Cedar Street, commonly known as the Brosh Chapel and Community Center, for use as a City Hall and Community Center?

The city has been promoting its vision for a new city hall, and while there’s no formal opposition to the Nov. 8 bond issue, there have been some questions from the public.

Meet the candidates

SOLON– There’s only one contested race in the Solon city election scheduled for Nov. 8.
Appointed incumbent Mark Krall and challenger Chuck Panzer are both seeking to fill an unexpired term on the Solon City Council. One of the two will finish out a two-year term replacing former council member Brad Randall.
There should be another seat to fill after the beginning of the year, because council member Cami Rasmussen is the only candidate to replace Rick Jedlicka as mayor.

Input session for Outdoor Events Center - Nov. 10

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Education will host a public forum on the Solon Outdoor Event Center (OEC) during a special board meeting Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Solon High School media center. The public is invited to attend and provide input to board members and school administration.

Nov. 8 City Elections and City Hall Bond Issue

New poster helps raise funds for library

“I can’t imagine that any other library in the state, region or even the country has a rotation of display case shows like the one at Solon Public Library. And this one is UN-BE-LIEVABLE! The display pulls in a series of visual literary references and spectacularly realistic props. It is a must-see to appreciate.”

Of Time And Place:

SOLON– Two talented artists, seven dedicated Friends and 18 beautiful images add up to one big vision for the Solon Public Library.
It’s a vision now permanent and abiding, and the Friends of the Solon Public Library are excited to share it with the entire community.
The Friends have sponsored the creation of a wall poster detailing 18 alluring images from library window displays arranged by Solon’s Antonia Russo. The poster’s photography and design work were donated
by nationally-renowned photographer and artist Bob Campagna, formerly of Mt. Vernon.

Early out Thursday

The next early out program will be Thursday, Nov. 3, with the showing of the movie “Rango” (rated PG). Movie time will be from 1:15-3:15 p.m. Fun and free early-out activities are for all Solon students. There is no registration. Children under the age of 10 attending the movie need to be picked up by parents or caregivers at 3:15 p.m.

Book Club selection for November

The Book Club selection for November is “Any Bitter Thing” by Monica Wood. Raised by a Maine priest, her uncle Mike, since the age of two, Lizzy Mitchell grew up surrounded by his devotion to his ministry. By age nine, her world was shattered again when her uncle was accused of molestation. After being sent to live with relatives, Lizzy is told that Uncle Mike passed away from the weak family heart and died. Now a high-school counselor and trying to make sense of her life at age 30, Lizzy becomes a victim of a hit-and-run driver and is left, injured and stunned, in the middle of the median.

Upcoming holiday events

• The Gingerbread House Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at the circulation desk at the library. Registration will be one gingerbread house per family to decorate with space available for 30 families. Registration will begin Oct. 18.