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North Liberty Leader

Gyms to close Monday, Aug. 14, for floor refinishing

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning as early as Monday, Aug. 14, the Robert and Jones gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed so their floors can be refinished. The closures are expected to last through Sunday, Aug. 20.
In addition to the closures, some patrons may find the vapors from the floor finishes unpleasant, though they are not harmful, particularly on the indoor track, cardio and weight areas.
This work is not expected to affect the recreation department’s hours of operation.

Road repainting will likely require road closures

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, city crews will be repainting street markings through Tuesday, Aug. 22.
During this work, some lanes may be closed for a short time to allow the paint to dry. Locations will vary by day. Drivers are asked to use caution around the work site, allow extra travel time, and find alternative routes when possible.

Just Tri!

Fun, fitness and a flashy medal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Eighty-eight kids swam, biked and ran in the sixth-annual Just Tri Youth Triathlon put on by the North Liberty Recreation Department on Sunday, July 30. The kids (divided by age group) swam in the rec center’s indoor pool then biked around the surrounding neighborhood, and finished by running around the pond at the Liberty Centre commercial development before being presented with a medal for their efforts. Last year 69 area kids participated in the non-competitive event.

Five Trojans, one Clipper make First Team picks

IHSBCA and INA recognizes West and CCA baseball players

North Liberty Leader
COUNCIL BLUFFS– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) announced its picks for 2017 All-District Teams with student athletes from Iowa City West High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) making the cut.

“Bolt” your driveway through Thursday, Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

North Liberty City News

Board of Supervisors seeks applicants for library board of trustees

NORTH LIBERTY– 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.

Women of Troy, Creek Girls honored by IGCA

All-State, All-District softball teams announced

North Liberty Leader
AMES­– The Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association (IGCA) recently announced its picks for 2017 All-State, Academic All-State and All-District Softball Teams with Iowa City West and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) players earning spots.
CCA’s Abbi Kinnaird was named to the Class 4A All-State Second Team and the 4A Northeast All-District Team. The senior started and played in 39 games and hit with a .433 batting average. She had 52 hits including six homeruns, one triple and eight doubles. She drove in 31 runs and scored 34 times. Kinnaird also stole five bases this year.

Swan Lake Road Bridge closed until further notice

IOWA CITY– Swan Lake Road Bridge F-3-1 will be closed until further notice due to accelerating structural deterioration. The bridge is located between James Avenue and Interstate 380 in Sections 3 and 34, Townships 79 and 80N, Range 07 West. Project plans are in development for inclusion in the Iowa Department of Transportation December 2017 letting. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2018 as part of the County’s Adopted Five-Year Road Construction Program.

Site plan approved for new GEICO building in North Liberty

Council members disagree on parking lot

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Terry Donahue said he was amazed at the number of parking spaces included in the GEICO site plan, approved at a North Liberty City Council meeting July 11.
The building, to be located east of Interstate 380 off Landon Road, has a parking requirement of 252 spaces, but the developer included 466 to accommodate expected shift work.
“They (GEICO) have a lot of employees,” explained Ben Mitchell of MMS Consultants. “They would take more if they could get it.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

Garden Grow & Pub Club at the NLCP Thursday, Aug. 10

NORTH LIBERTY– Want to help your community and have fun in the sun? Join the Empowered Professionals of the Iowa City area (EPIC) and others for the first Garden Grow & Pub Club on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4:30-7 p.m.
First, help care for the North Liberty Community Pantry’s Growing Together Garden– an outdoor learning space designed to teach basic gardening skills and encourage healthy eating. All gardening tools are provided, and no experience is necessary. Learning while you work is part of the goal. All volunteers can take home and enjoy a share of that day’s harvest.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.