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Lori Lindner

Lobbying group grounded

Washington appeal held via conference call

NORTH LIBERTY– In an ironic twist, local officials were unable to catch a plane to Washington, D.C., to talk with elected officials about transportation problems in the Corridor.

Tiffin to hire search firm for administrator’s position

Discussion on filling council seat likely to be held Feb. 11

TIFFIN – The City of Tiffin will hire a headhunter to replace a departing city administrator.
Michon Jackson tendered her resignation in early January, giving notice that her last day with the city would be this week. Jackson has served as the city’s administrator for three years. She accepted a position as a utilities department supervisor in Marco Island, Florida.
At the council’s Wednesday, Jan. 27, meeting, the group voted to hire the Callahan Municipal Consultants LLC, a firm based in Anamosa, to do an executive search for Jackson’s replacement.

NL City tax rate will likely stay the same for fifth year running

Council to approve final budget in late February

NORTH LIBERTY– Once again, in the face of major street and infrastructure projects, the City of North Liberty is expecting to keep the city’s overall tax rate the same.
If the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) budget is approved, property owners living in North Liberty will continue to see a rate of $11.03 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the fifth year running. The same rate has been levied since Fiscal Year 2012, when it dropped from $11.20.

“Fitness On Demand”

Your kind of workout, right at your fingertips

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine customizing your workouts at the gym: choosing your favorite instructor, requesting your own intensity level, setting a time limit on your workout and even picking your own workout partners (and coincidentally, leaving your least favorite out).
Would it motivate you to exercise more?
The staff at the North Liberty Recreation Center hope so.
It’s called Fitness On Demand, and it is now available at everyone’s fingertips.
For the next month, it’s absolutely free.

Tiffin councilor resigns

Petersen bows out after nine years of service

TIFFIN– Tiffin City Council has a new vacancy.
Council member Mark Petersen tendered a letter of resignation to Mayor Steve Berner on Thursday, Jan. 22, citing personal reasons in an email dated Jan. 26.
“Over the past years I have been dedicated to the city of Tiffin and have reached a point that I need to turn the page and move on, as I pursue other adventures,” Petersen wrote. His resignation took effect immediately.

Dollars for Scholars there for students all four years of college

Continuing to fund education

SOLON– High school students may not set their minds on college scholarships until their last semester, but Solon Dollars for Scholars partners with the community year ‘round to provide financial assistance to those who seek it.

Tools to weather the gales of life

Solon’s Dan Kramer wants to help people find their way

I’m an includer, who values input and individualization.
I gained this insight after taking a strength finder assessment, one of my homework assignments while working with life coach Dan Kramer. Kramer, of Solon, has been guiding clients through some of life’s most difficult transitions for about 10 years. He offered to let me go through his newly-developed program in exchange for offering my insights, real-time critique, and a write-up to let others know how the Dan Kramer Life Coach experience might help them.

Ice fishing clinic lures outdoor crowd

JOHNSON COUNTY– It was a great day for fishing, even if the fish didn’t catch on.
About 22 participants joined Johnson County Conservation Program Director Brad Freidhof at F.W. Kent Park near Tiffin on Sunday, Jan. 11, to learn the basics of ice fishing and try their hands at catching the big one.
“We have phenomenal weather,” said Freidhof of the above-freezing temperatures and sunshine. “I was hoping that would turn the fish on today, but so far I’m not seeing that.”

Tiffin Administrator Jackson resigns

Office will be vacated Feb. 6

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Tiffin City Administrator Michon Jackson is heading out.
The last day Jackson will sit at the helm of the city will be Feb. 6. She has resigned her position in order to take a new job on Marco Island off the coast of southwest Florida.
“Ever since I was 15 years old, I wanted to live near the ocean,” said Jackson. “I decided that by the time I turned 50, that’s where I would live.”

“I love this ground”

Local property owner fights City of North Liberty against eminent domain

CORALVILLE– Gary Weinman’s three children grew up on a pristine Johnson County acreage surrounded by farm fields. The family hiked and played in the timber among stands of mature trees where deer, foxes and wild turkeys still roamed unmolested. They waded barefoot in Muddy Creek for reprieve from the hot summer and skated across its frozen surface in winter. They worked to return five acres of row crops, through reseeding and restoration efforts, back into a rolling prairie landscape, ripe with native Iowa grasses and flowers as beautiful as they are ecologically important.

Take THAT, cancer

Five junior high boys help two friends fight life-threatening illness

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NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wanted to punch cancer in the nose, knock its teeth out or even give cancer a swift knee to the groin?
Five young men from North Central Junior High (NCJH) have made it possible, on their crowd fund website “KILL CANCER for Flash and Avery.”
The group of seventh and eighth graders– Carson Baldes, Sam Rechkemmer, Kaleb Williams, Drake Woody and Ben Vander Leest– together with mentor B.C. Tweedt of North Liberty created a web-based video to help two young friends fight cancer.

Project Holiday gives more reason to celebrate

Crisis Center helps feed families during holiday season

NORTH LIBERTY– Could you buy groceries for a family of three on a budget of just over $100 each month?
It’s the difficult reality for North Liberty resident Michael Plummer and many others like him who must stretch every dollar just to get by.
But Plummer and about 1,500 other families will have a brighter holiday this year, thanks to Project Holiday 2014, a collaborative effort of the Crisis Center of Johnson County and its partners that distributes holiday meals to area families.