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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty Fire Department responds to garage fire May 3

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, May 3, at 2:49 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 530 Penn Ct. for a building fire. First arriving North Liberty Police units reported smoke coming from the garage of a single family residential structure. Residents report smelling smoke and when they opened the garage door the garage was fully involved with fire. Residents evacuated the structure and the residence had working smoke detectors. North Liberty Fire Department units arrived and found heavy smoke coming from the structure and garage.

Tree planting rescheduled for May 18

North Liberty– The city’s planned Centennial Tree Planting event, which was rained out last Saturday, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at the city’s new, and unnamed, west side community park, 1565 St. Andrews Dr.
Presented by Heartland Express, the event is an opportunity to celebrate North Liberty’s 100th birthday, support the city’s environmental efforts and its Hometown Rewards program, and also help plant trees that beautify the community and learn more about the trees being planted.

Pantry’s best shot golf tournament to be May 10

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting the third annual four-person best shot tournament on Friday, May 10. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The tournament will take place a Saddleback Ridge Golf Course, 4646 180th St. NE, Solon. Cost is $80 per golfer or $300 per team; includes: green fees, cart, catered meal, team picture, T-shirt, and goody bag. All proceeds will go to the North Liberty Community Pantry. All skill levels welcome. Come out for a day of fun and prizes. A silent auction will take place during the tournament.

Name that park, North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– This spring, the City of North Liberty broke ground on a new 40-acre community park on the west side of town near North Bend Elementary School. The park has an address — 1565 St. Andrews Dr. — and will be the home of North Liberty Blues & BBQ in 2014 and other community events for years to come. But it still doesn’t have a name.

May 7 Special Election on County Justice Center Bond Referendum

Due to a scheduling conflict for the May 7 Special Election regarding the County Justice Center issue, North Liberty 03 voters will vote at a temporary polling location on Election Day, at South Slope Communications Video Conferencing Center at 655 Liberty Way, North Liberty. This is the polling place for North Liberty 03 voters ONLY for this election.
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office mailed postcards to all the registered voters in the precinct, but

Voters to decide on jail, courthouse revision

Special election to be May 7

JOHNSON COUNTY–Certain Johnson County officials hope $3.3 million in reductions to the design for a proposed justice center will be enough to swing public sentiment in their favor.
In the November 2012 general election, a $46.8 million bond issue for the project was defeated, receiving only 56 percent voter approval when 60 percent was required. Proponents went back to the drawing board almost immediately to revise the plan for a combined jail and improved Johnson County courthouse, and get it back in front of the public as soon as they thought feasible.

NL scratching out a chicken ordinance

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– As North Liberty continues to grow into a larger city, there are at least a few people who hope it will maintain at least one tie to its country roots.
A handful of residents have come forward to request and support a city ordinance to allow raising chickens within city limits.
The North Liberty City Council briefly discussed the request at the Tuesday, April 23, meeting, but no action was taken on the item.

CCA needs more time, more information

OXFORD– Recommendations from the district’s facility committee were presented to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors Wednesday, April 17, during a work session preceding the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary. Many of the board members had been in attendance at the Wednesday, April 10, facility committee meeting where the options had been determined, making a presentation by middle school principal Brad Fox something of a repeat.

Swisher Legion Junior Auxiliary garage sale to be May 4

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary is hosting a garage sale at the upper level of the Swisher American Legion Saturday, May 4. The proceeds from this sale will go to support the English River Outfitters. A non-profit organization that supports veterans in the town of Washington. If you have items to donate, please price them and contact Holly Ziegenmeyer hzieg@live.com for details on where and when to deliver your item(s) prior to May 3.

NL library to close one week for move

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library will be closed from Monday, May 6, through Sunday, May 12, so library staff and volunteers can move into the new addition. This will allow renovation of the existing space to begin. The library will operate with a limited collection until the entire project is complete.
The expansion and renovation project is expected to be completed by late summer or early fall. Then, the library will close for another week before a grand re-opening. The curbside drop box will also open at the main Library entrance in mid-May.

Giving something back

NLFD hosting blood drive to support long-time firefighter

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) is hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 6, at the fire station from 3:30 until 5 p.m. It’s a way for the volunteers to give something back, and at the same time, pay it forward while showing support for one of their own.

Trojans survive Saints: West boys 2, Xavier 1

IOWA CITY– As he looked out across the extra-wide pitch at West High, coach Brad Stiles realized something was missing.