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Archive

June 6th, 2014

ICCSD board rejects attendance zone maps; sets tenuous timeline

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors discussed administration recommendations on attendance zone maps at their May 27 work session.
They didn’t like what they saw.
After almost two hours of discussion, the board directed Superintendent Steve Murley to return June 10 with clarifying information, after which his team would re-draw the maps. They delayed re-districting for secondary school attendance zones until the elementary schools were determined and matriculation could be gauged.

NLPD to host bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
A bike rodeo is a non-competitive, fun event for kids. During the rodeo, kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

Governor, North Liberty council declares Optimists Day June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Department as they celebrate Iowa’s free fishing weekend and the local Optimists’ contributions to the community.

North Liberty honored as a leader in kids’ play

NORTH LIBERTY– KaBoom and the Humana Foundation has named North Liberty, for the third straight year, a Playful City USA community as a leader in playability by making it easy for kids to get balanced and active play.
“We’re a young and active community,” said North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm. “Our parks and recreation staff work tirelessly on our community’s recreation trails, playgrounds, parks and pools so our children and families have access to the means to stay active year round. It’s exciting to see the work recognized nationally.”

DNR to host regional Fish Iowa! Games in North Liberty June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– The regional competition for the Fish Iowa! Games will be held Saturday, June 7, at Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty. The Iowa Games and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sponsor Fish Iowa! Games competitions through Iowa schools. Students learn to cast from three distances.

Spending plan

Tiffin hires V&K to help create CIP strategy

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is paying to learn how to spend its money.
At its May 14 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved a contract not to exceed $6,250 with engineering firm Veenstra & Kimm (V&K) Inc., to assist in crafting the city’s long-range capital improvements plan, or CIP.
Doug DeBolt and Bob Veenstra presented the proposal, outlining the services V&K provides to cities in comprehensive planning and strategies to pay for capital improvements.
“It’s a pretty methodical process with a heavy emphasis on the financial aspect,” said DeBolt.

NL storm sewer project brings costs overflows

Money in the drain

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s never good when a contractor’s bill is higher than original estimates.
It’s extra bad when the bill more than doubles.
That was the situation facing the North Liberty City Council at its May 27 meeting, when McClure Engineering project manager Kevin Bailey explained a change order to the city’s storm sewer improvements along Highway 965.

NRA names NLPD’s Shine Officer of the Year

Heroism under fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The date was March 10, 2013. North Liberty police officers Christopher Shine and Cody Jacobsen responded with Sergeant Adam Olson to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic fight in the Holiday Mobile Home Court. Upon their arrival, they found a female resident sitting outside the home at 238 Holiday Lodge. She was crying, red-faced and emotionally distressed. Inside the trailer was 28-year old Taleb Salameh.

Solon closes out regular season with loss to Regina

SOLON– The Solon girls hosted their last home soccer game Thursday, May 22, with a 4-1 win against Mid-Prairie.
The Lady Spartans scored three of the four goals in the first half and the fourth just minutes into the second half. Credit for the goals went to seniors Anna Seydel, Alyssa Stotler and Brianna Pike and sophomore Jade Flansberg, with assists by Allison Koffron, Pike and Seydel.

Reducing plasticity one grocery bag at a time

Local grocer is doing small part to save environment

SOLON– People might be surprised to learn that planet Earth has a local warrior fighting one of its biggest battles right here in little Solon, Iowa.
Former Solon resident Pam Landgrebe was surprised, at least, when she visited Sam’s Main Street Market a few weeks ago and found herself without a reusable bag. As an environmental advocate, it has become Landgrebe’s practice to forego single-use plastic bags when shopping, but she came to Sam’s unarmed with her own bags because this trip to the store was unexpected.
Equally unexpected was the offer of a free, reusable cloth bag instead.