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Solon school board sets date for start of 2014-15 classes

SOLON– The board was evenly split.
Solon school board members Dean Martin and Lianne Westcot favored a later start date for the 2014-2015 school year. Members Dan Coons and Dick Schwab supported starting a week earlier.
The decision was left to board president Dave Asprey.

UPDATED: Volunteers still needed to sandbag in Solon

Meet at public works building

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
Volunteers are still needed.
Report to the new Solon Public Works building on Stinocher Street. Bring gloves and wear a hat.
Severe thunderstorms with driving winds dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on the Solon area Wednesday, and by mid-afternoon, Randall Park was submerged by a swollen Mill Creek. The city’s wastewater treatment facility is located across the creek from the park.

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Council moving ahead with city hall design

SOLON– A Cedar Rapids engineering firm has been selected to design Solon’s new city hall.
At a March 20 meeting, city council members approved $3,050 in architectural services for Design Dynamics, Inc. for a design concept, and a full presentation was tentatively scheduled for special council meeting Monday, March 15.

Solon district budget back on track

Upgrades: enhanced security planned for middle school

SOLON– Things are looking up for the Solon school district’s budget.
Even though the state has not yet set the allowable growth rate for Iowa schools, it appears the Solon district will be able to lower its tax levy and take on a half-million dollars in summer improvements.
At a meeting Monday, March 11, members of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education set an April 8 public hearing date for the $20 million 2013-2014 budget.

City tearing down candy store

<h3>Council votes for demolition and new construction for city hall</h3>

SOLON– The continuing story of Solon’s quest for a new city hall entered a new chapter last week as council members voted to demolish the building it purchased at 100 W. Main St.
Engineering estimates for the renovation of the former candy store had come in at $1.8 million, almost three times the $650,000 available for the project. And when city hall committee members asked for revised numbers that reflected the actual budget, they learned they couldn’t fully finish the main level.

City hall pricing goes through roof

Early pricing for concept plan causes sticker shock for Solon officials

SOLON– After a bout with sticker shock, it’s back to the drawing board for Solon’s proposed new city hall.
Early conceptual cost estimates for the renovation of 100 W. Main St. came in at nearly three times the amount the city expected to spend, according to city administrator Cassandra Lippincott.
That was a month ago, and now the city committee which has been working on the project has asked the engineering firm it hired to try to trim back the projected price tag.

Solon library closing for upgrade Feb. 8

New features, more interaction with new circulation software

SOLON– It’s time for an upgrade.
The Solon Public Library will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow for training on a new software system that will streamline and update the library experience for patrons and staff.
The current circulation and management software programming is almost a decade old, more like a century in terms of recent technology advances, and its replacement will provide a host of options.
“We’ve got a lot to learn yet,” library director Kris Brown said Friday. “I think overall it will be easier and users can interact more with it.”

Hacking away at budget

Used leaf vacuum to save city thousands

SOLON– Snip, snip, snip.
In just over a week, the members of the Solon City Council hacked approximately $170,000 from the projected 2013-2014 budget.
In a special meeting Jan. 9, and again during a regular session last week, the city took the scissors to non-essential budget requests, attempting to narrow the gap with an unanticipated drop in valuation for the upcoming fiscal year.

Spartans keep lid on Mustangs

Villagrana’s free throws lift boys at Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Spartans received a good growing experience courtesy of Dyersville Beckman Friday night.
Solon came out of Dyersville with a slim 57-55 win thanks to a pair of free throws by Solon point guard Emilio Villagrana.
“It was a very hard-fought, extremely physical game,” said head coach Brad Randall of the win. “You come out of there with a win, and you’ve really done something.”

Battling the budget crunch

Senior Advocates seek city funding for Old Gold Diner site manager

SOLON– Without senior dining, there’s no way to reach older residents of the community with needed programs.
The Old Gold Diner is the hub of the senior community.
When budget cuts forced the elimination of the site manager position and the introduction of packaged plastic meals, local supporters began rallying the troops.
As a result, representatives of Solon Senior Advocates met with Solon City Council members last week, seeking city funds to match county money for the site manager position.

Solon girls snap three-game skid

SOLON– Bouncing back from three straight road losses, the Lady Spartans needed a little home cooking.
They got it against Dyersville Beckman Friday night.
Solon’s girls defeated Beckman, 61-54, to snap a three game losing streak, all of them coming in visitor’s uniforms.
The Lady Spartans had chalked up narrow defeats to Western Dubuque and non-divisional WaMaC foe Clear Creek Amana before a 50-39 loss at Mount Vernon last Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Solon had some opportunities, but cold shooting put the Lady Spartans in a bit of a hole against the Mustangs.