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Lori Lindner

No new taxes

NL council previews FY14 budget

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty officials had a first look at the fiscal year 2014 draft budget, and the city’s property tax levy is expected to remain the same.
However, proposed increases in water and sewer rates and an increased rollback from the state likely means more will come out of residents’ pockets anyway.

Stepping it up on the sidewalk

Council moves forward to design walk to CCA

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is taking steps to fulfill its end of a bargain that would provide safer routes for kids walking to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools.
At a Wednesday, Jan. 9, regular meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved having engineering firm c design and prepare a cost estimate to construct a sidewalk along Highway 6 from Deer View Avenue east toward the district’s middle school property. The sidewalk will lead to a pedestrian tunnel underneath the highway so pedestrians do not have to cross the busy road.
It’s been a while in coming.

Tiffin council considers housing density concerns

TIFFIN– Given a chance to air their concerns, several Tiffin residents made it clear; they are not keen on high-density housing.

Cities feel squeeze of 2011 tax law

Change in commercial assessments bites into city’s general fund

NORTH LIBERTY– An amendment passed by the Iowa legislature 18 months ago is now beginning to squeeze city budgets.
North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the North Liberty City Council last Tuesday, Jan. 8, that the city will collect less in property taxes for the general fund than anticipated in 2013-2014.
About $150,000 less, in fact.

NL council climbing out of a watering hole

Irrigation meters to incur fees year-round if NL ordinance passes

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents who like a lush, green lawn may have to pay more for it in upcoming seasons.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 8, the North Liberty City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amendment to change the way the city bills for irrigation meters.

NL Planning & Zoning considers future of multifamily housing… again

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s long-standing debate on multifamily housing is still on the table.
North Liberty’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission reopened the topic during an informal work session at its Jan. 2 meeting. No action was proposed or considered, but City Planner Dean Wheatley said the commission informally discussed reasons behind its recent votes to deny multifamily development proposals, and to try to establish guidance staff can give developers for future proposals.
“Ultimately that guidance will need to be endorsed and refined by city council,” Wheatley added.

2012 in Review

At the beginning of each new year, the Leader traditionally takes a look back at the previous year’s stories and events as chronicled within our pages. As time goes by so quickly, the annual year-in-review is a chance to reflect back on all that 2012 brought us in the way of new commerce, exciting education and interesting people in our communities.

A tall drink of water

NL officials warn residents to beware of water quality scam

A perfect fit

Décolletage boutique in Grand Rail to hold January open house

CORALVILLE– Everything about Décolletage is a perfect fit.
From its inviting decor and unique merchandise to its warm and experienced staff, the boutique exudes comfort. Open since October, the shop specializes in post-mastectomy breast forms and garments for women who have undergone mastectomy, lumpectomy or reconstruction surgery. Décolletage also offers services and products for women simply in need of a decent bra fitting.

NL's diamonds under pressure

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s comprehensive plan for developing its city parks has been in place since 2009, but increasing demand for organized recreation has kicked it into high gear.
The North Liberty City Council and the city’s parks and recreation commission met jointly last Thursday, Dec. 6, to talk about plans for two of the city’s major park spaces: one of the oldest of the community’s parks, and the newest to date.

Exercise equipment to handle the crunch in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– When North Liberty residents resolve to get in shape this coming New Years Day, the North Liberty Recreation Center will be ready for them.

Rural outdoor wedding venue granted year-long permit

JOHNSON COUNTY– A popular outdoor wedding venue in rural Johnson County will be allowed to march on through 2013.
Mary Ellen Hill, owner of Gazebo on the Green, was granted a Conditional Use Permit to host 12 events in 2013 at her 33-acre prairie and flower garden business located south of Solon on Newport Road.