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North Liberty Leader

A failure to communicate

Stalled labor negotiations lead to public dispute, rally

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– While workers have returned to their positions at South Slope Cooperative Communications, they have done so under a company-crafted contract that has not been adopted by the workers’ union.
The lack of a negotiated agreement has created mounting tensions between union bargaining representatives and management since the previous contract expired at midnight on Oct. 31, 2013.
Last Thursday, Jan. 23, employees organized a rally and press conference at the North Liberty Community Center, to bring public attention to the situation.

Committee announces big-haired entertainment for TiffinFest 2014

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Expect TiffinFest 2014 to be a bit bigger this year.
Bigger crowds; a bigger carnival.
Bigger hair.
Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala in Tiffin, and council member Mark Petersen announced last Wednesday that the headline act for this year’s TiffinFest will be Hairball, a 1980s rock tribute band.

New city hall to open inTiffin

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to move.
City offices will close at noon on Thursday, Feb. 6, and remain closed all day Feb. 7 in order for staff to move into the new city hall, located at 300 Railroad St. The new facility will be open for business to the public beginning Monday, Feb. 10.
The Tiffin City Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be held in the new city hall building.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Garner to host waffle breakfast Feb. 8

NORTH LIBERTY – Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with a basket auction and raffle on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-11 a.m. at the school.

Two men to square off for Swisher mayoral race

Hurlbert and Taylor on ballot for Tuesday, Feb. 4 election

North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– The abrupt resignation of Swisher mayor Tim Mason last November set into motion a special election set for Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Randy Hurlbert and Christopher Taylor are on the ballot for the open seat. The winner will serve for the remainder of Mason’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
The Swisher American Legion is the polling place, and it will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail from the Johnson County Auditor’s office.

Giant leap for local daycare

Frog Hollow to expand

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Frog Hollow Kid Campus is getting a new pad.
The child care center in North Liberty built its location on Dubuque Street in 2008. Growth in the community has warranted a second location, said owner Alan Arzu.
Arzu came to the Jan. 14 North Liberty City Council meeting to present a preliminary site plan for a new center to be built at the southeast corner of Jones Boulevard and Penn Street.

CCA Creek Squad makes computer-savvy request

School board informally approves 1:1 computers for middle school

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– They came, they asked, and they were heard.

Hope Church to host free community meal Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical Church will host North Liberty’s next Community Monthly Meal Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.  This meal is open to anyone who lives in the North Liberty community who wishes to get to know their neighbors better and share a meal together.

Community invited to Boy Scouts’ annual chili supper Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 34th annual chili supper from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

City of Tiffin offers $20,000 for school property

Public hearing scheduled for Feb. 19 at CCA

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will have the opportunity to weigh in on the sale of a small portion of the district’s land to the City of Tiffin during a public hearing next month.

NLYBS now accepting registrations for spring

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2014 season is open. Sign up at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by March 1. Leagues are available for boys and girls ages four to 13. Call the NLYBS hotline 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website.