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North Liberty Leader

A financial boost for the Bolts

A look at how the Liberty Fund helps organizations and students

NORTH LIBERTY– Parents of high school kids, as well as co-workers, friends and neighbors of parents with high school kids are no stranger to fundraisers for various student activities; from candy bar and fruit sales to car washes and even painting the school logo on driveways, students spend time every academic year generating cash for a special trip, extra equipment or something else not provided for in the budget.

More roundabouts coming to North Liberty

$4 million project begins in spring

NORTH LIBERTY– A new elementary school in North Liberty means ambitious roadway improvements starting this spring.

With the opening of Christine Grant Elementary School in August, two roundabouts are planned for simultaneous construction on North Front Street, just before classes begin. Anticipated to start as soon as weather cooperates, the estimated $4.1 million project also includes water main and sanitary sewer replacement, improved intersection lighting and sight distance improvements on West Penn Street.

Front Street/Penn Street roundabout

A plan for the future

NLFD’s Chief Platz lays out a Strategic Plan to the city council

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) has been grappling with how best to meet the challenges of a constantly growing community, while also facing recruiting and retention issues coupled with an increased demand for services, for several years. Chief Brian Platz presented a five-year strategic plan for the department to the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 11, outlining how the predominantly volunteer department is addressing the challenges it faces, and is changing to meet the projected demands of the future.

Study and recommendations

Snowdrifters are America’s Snowmobile Club of the Year

Local group cited for volunteerism, community impact

SOLON– The snow came late, but it was still a banner year for the Iowa Snowdrifters.

The area snowmobile club was the 2018 Club of the Year for the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA).

“I just want to thank club members, landowners, our sponsors– everybody, in terms of the award, made that happen,” said Bill Hogan of rural Solon, the current club president. “I’m just happy to be part of the club.”

Hogan said the club was recognized for outstanding achievement in fundraising, community projects and the dedicated efforts of the members to manage and maintain the trails.

North Liberty joins economic protocol

Tiffin a potential future participant

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has joined Iowa City and Coralville in signing an economic development protocol vowing to play fair.

The mayors of Johnson County’s three largest cities came together to sign the agreement Friday, Jan. 11, at the IC CoLab MERGE, the headquarters of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD).

Stratton reaches 1,000 points

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) multi-sport standout, Karsyn Stratton, hit the 1,000-point mark Friday, Jan. 4, at home against the South Tama Trojans. Stratton, a junior, reached the milestone in the second period with 14 points already on the board, and finished the night with a game-high 22 as the Creek Girls disposed of South Tama 47-36.

Waves of uncertainty

Backlash prompts further discussion of CCA’s ’19-’20 preschool plan

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a significant change to the preschool program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently the district offers a full-day program with state grant money paying for the morning session (aka “Voluntary”) and families paying tuition for the afternoon (aka “Enterprise”). However, CCA has been accumulating a surplus balance on the state-funded portion while routinely running a deficit on the private pay.

DiVentures breaks ground on future site

Moving to dedicated facility this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– Water enthusiasts have something to look forward to this summer as DiVentures, the area’s premiere diving and aquatics center, gets a proper facility to best serve the community.

On the morning of Thursday, Jan 3, the North Liberty business celebrated its future home with a groundbreaking ceremony. Located at 1895 W. Penn St., the new facility will feature an expanded retail space and its own dedicated pool, and is anticipated for opening in June.

Fareway takes form in Tiffin

Anticipates late May opening

TIFFIN– Come spring, a hometown supermarket will finally become a reality for eager Tiffinites. Progress continues on the future home of Fareway. Located at 500 Croell Ave., the store is anticipated for a late May opening and will serve as the first supermarket for the fastest growing city in Iowa.

“We’re coming down the home stretch construction-wise,” noted Koby Pritchard, attorney of Fareway Stores, Inc.

Cab service program takes shape

Transit Committee anticipates roll out in early February

NORTH LIBERTY– Among the many introductions North Liberty residents can expect in 2019 will be a demand-response cab service for its transit-dependent population.

Cost cuts necessary for NLPD facility plans

Bid exceeded project estimate by over $1 million

NORTH LIBERTY– Enthusiasm for the future station of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) has been hampered by its construction bid, which has exceeded the project cost estimate by over $1 million. Parties directly involved in the project are looking for measures to cut $700,000, with additional funds necessary to fulfill the construction.

Project background

The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved initial plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Police Department Building Project during its Aug. 28 session.

Democrat Royceann Porter wins county supervisor seat

Topples Hemingway in special election

JOHNSON COUNTY– In a historic victory, Democrat Royceann Porter will assume the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Porter won decidedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, capturing 56 percent of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Phil Hemingway, who took 43 percent of a total 9,658 votes. Voter turnout was 9.98 percent.

The county special election was scheduled to decide the remaining two years of the late Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, a Democrat, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 in October.