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Doug Lindner

Earth moved for new playground location

City not waiting for permission to divert FEMA funds

SOLON– It’s time to put Randall Park back together.
At last week’s meeting, members of the Solon City Council voted to finance the relocation of playground equipment at Randall Park with the expectation that federal funds will cover much of the cost.
The park has been inactive most of the year after spring floods wiped out the sand volleyball court and scoured away playground surfaces.

Spartans to face No. 1 Decorah

Solon defeats West Delaware 49-20

SOLON– Solon put the hurt on the West Delaware Hawks Monday night, setting up a date with No. 1 Decorah Friday, Nov. 8, in a Class 3A football quarterfinal at a site yet to be announced.
In a physically dominating performance, Solon defeated West Delaware 49-20 in a second round match-up that saw the Spartans leading 35-0 at half.
Both the Hawks and the Spartans came into the game ranked and with 9-1 records, but Solon controlled the game from the onset, blocking a punt, knocking out the West Delaware quarterback and putting the clamps on one of the leading rushers in the state.

Yellow doesn’t mean stop

DOT agrees to removal of flashing yellow at Highway 1 and Main Street

SOLON– A yellow traffic signal means to proceed with caution.
Not enough people traveling Highway 1 through Solon have been able to grasp the concept.
The Solon City Council last week agreed to proceed with a project funded by an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) grant which will remove the flashing yellow lights which stretch across the Highway 1 intersection of with Main Street.

Gimme shelter

Parks & Rec. request to build shelter caught in scramble for funds

SOLON– A splash pad was out of the question– too expensive.
Ball diamonds would cost $25,000 each.
So with donations in hand, the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission went before the Solon City Council last week to ask for permission to spend $16,200 on a modest, open-air park shelter at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
It wasn’t as easy as it might have sounded.

Council approves city hall construction bid

Council sets to find enough money for metal roof

SOLON– The design is set for the new Solon City Hall.
Now the city just needs to find a way to pay for it.
At a July 2 meeting, the Solon City Council approved a bid from Garling Construction of Belle Plaine and Cedar Rapids for the building of the new city offices.
At last week’s July 17 session, the council members started gathering fund balances together to deal with about $120,000 in cost overruns for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
And to find about $17,000 for a metal roof.

School pledges assistance for drainage

City asks for use of soccer fields during joint session

SOLON– Everyone appreciated the update.
The Solon City Council and the Solon school board met in joint session last week, discussing the long-term potential for shared services and facilities as well as more immediate concerns like raging surface water running through a residential subdivision.

Marshek residents still bailing water

Neighbors claim school trail has made things worse

SOLON– The residents of Marshek Court are waterlogged once more.
The beleaguered neighborhood off Sovers Street is again experiencing drainage issues, and homeowners shared their grievances with the Solon City Council last week.
It’s been six years since the city agreed to help maintain the detention pond and intakes that serve the area, but according to residents, things are as bad as ever.
“There’s so much water that comes off the school grounds, we’re trying to push so much water through such a small pipe, it’s unreal,” resident Randy Cline told council members Tuesday night.

Eight in a row

Four doubleheader sweeps get Solon’s baseball team moving in the right direction

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team is on a roll.

What can be done to protect Randall park?

Council hesitant to repeat flood damage

SOLON– What will happen to Randall Park?
Damage caused by the flooding of Mill Creek in April has rendered Randall Park unusable, and council members began considering options at a meeting last week.
The tone was not hopeful for a short-term solution.
Facing a minimum of $25,000 in repairs and the possibility of a $100,000 project to protect the vulnerable area, council members recommended the cancelation of June events at the park and its shelter.

MS schedule works- if you’re in band or choir

Administrators lament lack of flexibility for non-music students

SOLON– Sixty-four percent of Solon’s middle school students participate in either band or choir.
But for the remaining 35 percent, there are no options except study hall.
The scheduling dilemma was discussed at the April 8 meeting of the Solon school board and options will be explored in the coming months as administrators attempt to align possible academic changes with a long-range facilities plan.
The Solon Middle School operates on an eight-period day, but the periods are now arranged in a adjusted block to allow for a transition to the high school’s block schedule.

Heavy rain threatens Solon sewer plant, closes roads

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
But by Thursday morning, things were looking up.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported Mill Creek had withdrawn to its banks after being as close as 3 feet from a building at the wastewater treatment facility.

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.