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Lori Lindner

On the bus

NL officials, task force hope to test drive options for intra-city transit

NORTH LIBERTY– For 10 years, certain North Liberty representatives advocated for transportation options for residents.
Behind the scenes, a committee is still working toward that end.

A visit from Capitol Hill

Clinton visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Two weekends, two former U.S. Secretaries of State.
That’s the recent dignitary count for North Liberty.
Many in the community welcomed former Secretary Madeleine Albright on Sunday, Jan. 17, and former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday, Jan. 24. Both women were here to stump for Clinton as she campaigns to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election.
A crowd of about 700 people gathered in the gym at Garner Elementary School to hear Clinton’s speech.

Former U.S. Secretary of State visits North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus status has brought many prestigious guests from the political arena to Eastern Iowa.
Last Sunday, it was North Liberty’s turn to host one of the nation’s– and the world’s– most influential.

NL council votes to help fund Community ID

Four new social services grants also approved

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is well on board with doing good.
The city council doled out contributions to several social service projects, as well as the county-wide Community ID program, at its Jan. 12 meeting.
As city staff works on a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the council was asked again about its willingness to help foot the bill for Johnson County’s Community ID program out of this year’s budget.

Flushable wipes: bad reputation is no bum rap

NL resident, public works want people to know what’s behind clogged sewer line

NORTH LIBERTY– The claims that personal hygiene cloths are “flushable” and “septic and sewer safe” may be a load of crap.
Flushable wipes were the apparent cause of a sewer backup that occurred in two homes in Arlington Ridge subdivision in North Liberty two weeks ago.

Alcohol ban discussion still floating around at state level

No decision regarding Macbride Beach rules

SOLON– Iowa Representative Bobby Kaufmann held a town hall meeting at the Solon Public Library Saturday, Jan. 9, to answer questions and update county residents on several issues with local impact.
A top priority for the Republican legislator from Wilton was to report on his communications with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff regarding Lake Macbride Beach.

Tiffin property valuations rise, levies likely to remain stable

TIFFIN– Thanks to consistent growth, the City of Tiffin will have a little more breathing room at budget time.
Each year, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office provides a report of each city’s taxable values on all properties within the city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt told the council at its Jan. 5 meeting that Tiffin’s valuation went from $78,015,306 in January 2014 to $93,821,928 in January 2015, an increase of about $15.8 million.
That equates to roughly $130,000 more in the city’s general fund balance this year, estimated Boldt.

Stepping out

Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil leaves Iowa for Kalamazoo County

IOWA CITY– Last month, Johnson County bid farewell to one of the area’s most well-known citizens.
Terrence Neuzil served on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for 15 years. He resigned his position to take a job as the County Administrator of Kalamazoo County, Mich.
Dec. 20 was Neuzil’s last day serving his hometown constituents.

Rocca learned the ropes as an intern at Lake Macbride

SOLON– There’s a new ranger in town.
Lake Macbride State Park near Solon recently welcomed Park Ranger Nick Rocca. Rocca replaced Ranger Gwen Prentice, who transferred her position to Wildcat Den State Park, near Muscatine, late in the summer.

The art of peace

Local club supports international poster contest

NORTH LIBERTY– These are peaceful lions.
The North Liberty branch of the Lions Club recognized 13 area children who participated in the international organization’s Peace Poster contest at the local club’s meeting Dec. 10, at the North Liberty Community Library.

City tags dog park as high priority

Revised parks plan under review

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty will officially join the hunt for land on which to place a dog park.
North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board members and the North Liberty City Council met in a joint work session Dec. 3 to review a draft of an updated Parks Comprehensive Plan, and informally added an off-leash dog park as a priority.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.