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North Liberty Leader

Pedestrian tunnel revisited

Developments decrease cost, speed up the timeline

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– There’s a light at the end of the tunnel after all, and it could mean a significant decrease in cost for a long-awaited piece of infrastructure in Tiffin.
“This would be a game-changer for sure,” City Administrator Doug Boldt said about developments regarding the Highway 6 tunnel and pedestrian sidewalk project nearly a decade in the making.

Lightning Wrestling Club parent meeting Sept. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty Lightning Wrestling Club will host its first annual parent meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Liberty High School Wrestling Room. The club is open to athletes in grades pre-k to eighth. Parents should come and learn more about the upcoming season and about getting their kids involved in the opportunity. Questions may be directed to Joe Williams at 815-978-7636 or joe@williamstrainingacademy.com.

Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame Nominations due

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation Board is seeking nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame award. Application letters are due by Sept. 15 and should include, at the minimum, the following information: a) Name of nominee; b) Address of nominee; c) Year (if known) and school graduated from; d) Whether person is deceased; e) Why should the person be considered for the honor- provide as many details as possible (years of service, what was the service, offices held, etc.); f) Letter signed by nominator with address and phone number, if questions.

North Liberty Pantry to host Taste and Tour Open House Wednesday, Sept. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5-7 p.m. NLCP is located at 89 N. Jones Blvd. with Growing Together Garden on the west side of the building. This event is free and open to the entire community.
The Taste and Tour gives the community an opportunity to meet and greet staff members, learn about NLCP services and volunteer opportunities, and check out Growing Together Garden, a collaborative learning space.

North Liberty Community Library board of trustees vacancy

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for one vacancy on the North Liberty Community Library Board of Trustees for a person residing in unincorporated Johnson County to serve an unexpired term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020.

NLFD responds to Fareway fire

Store reopened Monday, Sept. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– A Sunday morning fire at the Fareway grocery store is believed to have been caused by a refrigerator motor.
Members of the North Liberty Fire Department were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, after receiving reports of alarms going off and smoke coming from the roof of the structure located at 615 Westwood Dr.

Lord’s Acre Sale

Saturday in Shueyville Lunch, auction, sales and activities for a good cause

SHUEYVILLE– Kitchens and craft rooms are humming with activity across the Shueyville United Methodist Church community, as members and friends of the church’s congregation prepare for the church’s 70th Annual Lord’s Acre Sale.
The sale is to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church, which is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Swisher.
The sale will feature a market, a chicken noodle soup lunch, a live auction, kids’ activities and fellowship, said Brenda Swanson, who has coordinated the past four sales.

North Liberty one of the 20 safest cities in Iowa

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah– North Liberty is one of the safest communities in Iowa, according to a report issued by a national home security company.
In its 4th annual Safest Cities in Iowa report, SafeWise ranked North Liberty as the 11th safest city in Iowa with a population of more than 3,000 people.
Eldridge ranked first, followed by Hampton and Waukon.
North Liberty improved its ranking from 21st the previous year.

Four candidates for three board seats

SOLON– Two incumbents and two challengers will face off for three seats on the Solon school board Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Incumbents Tim Brown and Rick Jedlicka are seeking re-election, while former school board member Dan Coons and newcomer Nicole Pizzini are also on the ballot for the three at-large, four-year terms.
Most district residents will cast ballots at Solon City Hall. Residents of Jefferson Township-East will vote at the Shueyville Community Center. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Platz selected as NLFD fire chief

Nov. 6 start date, pending city council approval

NORTH LIBERTY– As long as the city council agrees, North Liberty will have its first full-time fire chief on Nov. 6.
Brian Platz, a former assistant chief (and current firefighter) for the Solon-Tri Township Emergency Response Agency (volunteer) and current deputy chief for the Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD), was announced as the new chief Friday, Sept. 1, pending North Liberty City Council approval at a Tuesday, Sept. 12, regular meeting.

Looking Sharp

Helping families start school year

NORTH LIBERTY– Servolution, a revolution of service, came to Penn Meadows Park, in North Liberty, Friday, Aug. 18, to help families in need with preparations for sending kids back to school.
The event, spearheaded by Life Church of Coralville (formerly of North Liberty), was the second of three. The first took place Thursday, Aug. 17, at Clear Creek Amana High School, in Tiffin, and the third on Monday, Aug. 21, at Kirkwood Elementary, in Coralville.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Fun Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– NLYBS will be partnering with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers work with boys and girls who will be in first through eighth grade during the 2017/2018 school year.
The season consists of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or dark, beginning Sept. 11. The season ends on Oct. 9 unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 16.