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February 3rd, 2009

Court rules against Coralville in proposed annexation

JOHNSON COUNTY– The City of Coralville lost the first round in a much-disputed annexation case filed by rural Johnson County residents.
Judge Douglas S. Russell of Iowa’s Sixth Judicial District Court ruled Tuesday, Jan. 27, that the City of Coralville failed to follow the procedures required by Iowa Code to give adjacent residents proper notice in the annexation proceedings of 386.9 acres of land near the east edge of North Liberty, known as Scanlon Farms.

“No current plans” for changing Golfview Mobile Home Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of Golfview Mobile Home Park in North Liberty approached North Liberty’s city council last Tuesday with one very grave concern.
“There are rumors going around about Golfview association selling the land that we lease, and I’m kind of worried,” said Mollie Oakes of Golfview Drive. “The state of Iowa tells us if we get an eviction notice, we have 60 days to move our mobile homes.”
Oakes and a neighbor, Dean Wade, both told the council rumors are “flying” that the current owners of Golfview Mobile Home Park plan to sell or re-zone the land for commercial development.

New sports intern joins Hybrid Publications

NORTH LIBERTY– Sean Morgan, a senior Journalism student at the University of Iowa, has joined the staff of the Solon Economist and the North Liberty Leader newspapers as a sports writer/photographer intern.
Originally from Libertyville, Ill., Sean plans a career in sports writing and hopes to one day become an author of some sort.

Three points and a Coke

OXFORD — “As times change, so do our attitudes,” said CCA athletic director Gene Dietrich as he addressed the regular monthly school board meeting Jan. 21. Dietrich was referring to a time roughly two years ago when the subject of sponsorship and/or selling advertising to help pay for athletics was first brought up.
“This is something that I’ve fought tooth and nail for about a year,” he said. “With budget crunches and everything else, you look at every possible way to raise money.”

January 26th

CCA Voters go to the polls February 3

OXFORD — Should the Clear Creek Amana School District (CCA) continue to spend money from a one-cent sales tax? Voters will decide in a Feb. 3 special election.
Voters approved a Revenue Purpose Statement in 2007 authorizing the district to use funds raised from a one-cent sales tax for infrastructure improvements throughout the district.

Clear snow from your hydrants

NORTH LIBERTY — It’s become routine: dig out the driveway and shovel off the sidewalk. But what about the fire hydrant in your yard?
For firefighters, every second counts when responding to a fire. Traffic and slick or snow-covered roads make getting to the scene difficult enough. Add trying to find a fire hydrant to provide a water supply to the pumper, and you include a potentially deadly outcome for somebody trapped inside a burning structure.

Highway 965 still waiting for the green

NORTH LIBERTY– The trail on a sought-after $1.3 million has officially gone cold for this year, but North Liberty is still hoping for federal assistance in quelling its hot button traffic issue– congestion on Highway 965.
The city applied for an Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) grant this fall to help defray costs for a seven-year, $29.6 million widening and redesign project on the north-south corridor road, but was notified earlier this month that no money was awarded the project this time around.

Nostalgia and good food on the menu

SWISHER — “It’s hard to duplicate the feel of an old building,” Karen Vondracek said while sitting in the middle of the Kava House and Café in downtown Swisher.
Vondracek and co-owner (and sister in-law) Julie Popelka (along with their husbands Craig and Jim) know first-hand what an old building feels like, having taken possession of the former Holets’ General Store in November 2007. After a year of extensive renovation to the wooden building built in 1914, the foursome opened the door to their coffee house/café/ice cream parlor one year later.

Volunteer tutors wanted

NORTH LIBERTY– The Penn Elementary Third-Sixth Grade Tutoring Program is in need of volunteer tutors Tuesdays 4:30-5:45 p.m. and/or 6:00-7:15 p.m. Tutoring sessions are every Tuesday, Feb. 17-April 21 (excluding March 17). No experience is necessary (must have own transportation or be available to carpool).
An orientation meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Penn Elementary. If interested contact Andrea Pieper-Askelson before orientation through the North Liberty Family Resource Center at 688-1154 or e-mail pieper-askelson.andrea@iccsd.k12.ia.us.

NLYBS now taking registrations

NORTH LIBERTY– North Libery Youth Baseball and Softball is now taking registrations for the 2009 program. NLYBS offers a fun, learning baseball/softball experience for boys and girls at various levels from age 4 to 12. Parents can save $5.00 by registering online at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS
Registration forms are also available at the North Liberty Rec Center.
If you have questions about the registration form, call 319-248-1283. Registration deadline is March 9, 2009.
Coaches are also needed. This year’s NLYBS Field Enhancement Day and pre-season Coaches Meeting are scheduled for April 4.