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Lori Lindner

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)

Finding balance in a kayak

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

North Liberty council fails to pass developer’s agreement, touches on efficacy of tabling

Quorum of three creates conundrum

NORTH LIBERTY– Miss a meeting, miss a lot.
With two councilors absent, the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, March 10, faced a situation that resulted in the failure of one and the tabling of two agenda items related to a planned new subdivision, as well as a discussion about tailoring future votes.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson reminded the three councilors present that while they constituted a quorum thereby allowing them to take action, resolutions would require unanimity in order to pass.

Just wondering….

Does anyone else marvel at the things many of us, as citizens of the United States and members of the work force, take for granted?
Nearly every day, I catch myself in a mindset of entitlement, expecting that my tap water should run clear, my toilets should flush away things to a place where I never have to see them again, my roads should be travelable and I should be able to publicly express personal beliefs without being caned.

Sewer bid, site plan for new school approved

High school will accommodate 1,000 students to start in 2017

NORTH LIBERTY– The school is taking shape, and the North Liberty City Council is all in.
At the council’s Feb. 23 meeting, Vitas Bering with SVPA Architects in West Des Moines, representing the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), presented the 70-acre site plan for the new high school that will be built near the intersection of North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street.

Growing pains, growing gains

Dear City of Tiffin; you’ve come a long way, baby.

County seeks towns’ support for Community ID program

NORTH LIBERTY– Will North Liberty be among the Johnson County cities that support a proposed Community ID program?
At the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting, Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert presented information and fielded questions about the program the county hopes to launch by June of this year.
Weipert also came seeking North Liberty’s financial support for the program’s start-up costs.
“That ship has sailed for us,” North Liberty councilor Chris Hoffman said. “We had a funding request last meeting that we had to turn down because the fund we pull from is depleted.”

Paying for progress

Tiffin approves five year CIP

TIFFIN– Make way for progress.
In January, the City of Tiffin adopted its most recent Capital Improvements Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, and the to-do list is born of necessity, said Mayor Steve Berner.
“It includes needed projects. I don’t see much for wants until you reach years four or five, and those are there more as placeholders than as specific projects,” Berner said.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.

A chance to be heard

Kaufmann stands strong on property rights

SOLON– It’s a waiting game for the Iowa legislature as new bills are brought into committee, refined and passed from one congressional body to the other and back again before final votes are tallied.
Iowa House Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) took the time to update the public on some of those bills currently in progress during a Jan. 31 listening post at the Solon Public Library.

$80K awarded in condemnation case

County commission decides condemnation case

IOWA CITY– The route toward land condemnation took a couple of unexpected turns before its conclusion last Friday.
Ultimately, the county’s Compensation Commission decided that Gary Weinman should be compensated a total of $80,000 for a permanent easement sought by the City of North Liberty.

It rolls downhill

Most recently, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about the way sanitary sewers are designed. But then again, everybody already knows the proverbial crap always flows downhill.
That’s what some saw happening with the lawsuit filed against the City of North Liberty and its plan to exercise eminent domain to access private property for a planned sewer project.
Of the basic tenets of Iowa’s eminent domain law, the most important and consistent across all states that allow it is this: it has to be for the public good.