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North Liberty Leader

Solon trapshooting team to hold can drive at NL American Legion Feb. 23

SOLON– The Solon trapshooting team will hold a can drive on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the drop-off point will again be the North Liberty American Legion (Club 76), one mile out of North Liberty.
Contacts for pick up or questions will be Scott Rath, 319-626-6809, Gerald Chaloupka, 319-624-2825, or Al Ziskovsky, 319-350-5362 The team will accept all 5¢ Iowa deposit containers and will be happy to pick them up from either North Liberty or Solon or anywhere in between. They may also be dropped off at the Legion (by the storage units).

Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board to host public meeting in Coralville Feb. 28

CORALVILLE– The Clear Creek Watershed Enhancement Board public meeting to be held at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville, IA 52241 at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to the public concerning the accomplishments of the watershed board to make Clear Creek clear again and to welcome input for further priorities in the watershed.
The featured speaker will be James Martin of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, who is regional basin coordinator for southeast Iowa.

Wine tasting at the NL library Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library is hosting a wine tasting with the Brick Arch Winery of West Branch on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 8 until 9:30 p.m. Adults 21 years and older may attend and must have valid photo ID to participate in the wine tasting. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase. Come join the fun, taste new wines and enjoy an evening out. Contact adult services staff, Elaine or Laura, at 319-626-5701 with questions.

Create centennial ice cream now

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is having an ice-cream recipe contest to celebrate the community’s 100th birthday. Submit your own ice-cream recipe for a chance to have it featured for all your friends and neighbors to enjoy at Isaac’s Creamery. Pick amazing base, sweet swirl-in, and a great mix-in and email your recipe by March 1 to: northliberty100@gmail.com, or send it to: Ice Cream Contest, c/o Tracey Mulcahey, City of North Liberty, 3 Quail Creek Cr., North Liberty, IA, 52317. For more information, visit the centennial website at northliberty100.org.

North Liberty Optimists’ annual pancake breakfast to be March 2

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Optimists will hold their 40th Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 2, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the North Liberty Community Center.
All proceeds go to the youth of North Liberty. Some of what they support includes:
• North Liberty baseball and softball leagues.
• Scouting programs and 4-H.
• North Liberty library, parks and community center.
• North Liberty schools and family resource center.
• Kid friendly holiday food baskets.
• North Liberty Food Pantry.
• Heart Connection (send kids with cancer to camp).
• Youth scholarships.

To a festive Fat Tuesday and five great years

Augusta Restaurant co-owner Jeri Halperin and Ben Black raise a toast to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, during the New Orleans-themed restaurant’s sixth annual Mardi Gras party. For more photos of the event, see page 20.

Severance package approved for North Liberty’s former police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s former police chief has accepted a severance package after his abrupt departure from the city’s employ Feb. 1.
The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved a resignation agreement between the city and former North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin at the council’s Feb. 12 meeting. The agreement grants Warkentin $37,647.46 for severance pay, overtime and paid time off due as of his departure date of Feb. 1, as well as providing insurance benefits until March 31, 2013.

Delays ahead

Construction on Mehaffey Bridge to begin in April

JOHNSON COUNTY– Travelers between North Liberty and Solon, prepare for delays ahead. Mehaffey Bridge will be under construction for the next two years.
At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a bid for replacement of the aging structure spanning the Coralville Reservoir between the two communities. The wining base bid of $8,865,974 was offered by Iowa Bridge & Culvert of Washington, Iowa. Lookouts along the bridge’s separate multi-use trail will also be included, for an estimated total project cost of $8,904,245.

JECC presents county with 11.3 percent increase

Radio system maintenance boosts center’s bottom line

IOWA CITY– Maintenance contracts have pushed the FY 2014 Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC) budget request up about $356,000, an increase of 11.3 percent over last year.
JECC director Tom Jones said he had a “pretty level budget, but for one item,” the estimated contract for upkeep on the facility’s Harris radio system. When the center first opened, three-year maintenance contracts for the E911 center were pre-negotiated to September, but the cost will now be budgeted annually.

ICCSD diversity policy sets stage for redrawn district

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Students who receive free and reduced lunch will be redistributed across the Iowa City school district, according to a new diversity policy passed after its third reading at a Feb. 5 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting. The plan is to also check high school capacity and will set another trigger for building a secondary school.
The policy will guide the district in its bid toward equity in the schools.

Revenues repurposed with district-wide vote

Passage means accelerated revenues, tight timeline for construction

IOWA CITY– The Yes votes were out in force for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) revenue purpose statement (RPS) vote on Feb. 5, easily passing the language written to inject some cash into school facilities in a district-wide vote.
Superintendent Stephen Murley sounded ready to go to work when results of the revenue purpose statement vote were announced at the school board meeting.
“We have a tight timeline,” he said, for working out construction projects before the start of the building season.

City releases “mutual statement” on police chief’s sudden resignation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty City Attorney Scott Peterson released the following Wednesday, Feb. 6, regarding the departure of North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin.
“Jim Warkentin has tendered his resignation as chief of police effective Feb. 1. The city council will consider Jim’s resignation at its next meeting. The City of North Liberty would like to thank Jim for his service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The release included this statement from Warkentin: