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North Liberty Leader

NL council votes to help fund Community ID

Four new social services grants also approved

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is well on board with doing good.
The city council doled out contributions to several social service projects, as well as the county-wide Community ID program, at its Jan. 12 meeting.
As city staff works on a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the council was asked again about its willingness to help foot the bill for Johnson County’s Community ID program out of this year’s budget.

Flushable wipes: bad reputation is no bum rap

NL resident, public works want people to know what’s behind clogged sewer line

NORTH LIBERTY– The claims that personal hygiene cloths are “flushable” and “septic and sewer safe” may be a load of crap.
Flushable wipes were the apparent cause of a sewer backup that occurred in two homes in Arlington Ridge subdivision in North Liberty two weeks ago.

District progress report shows disparity in test results between white, black students

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District’s Annual Progress Report showed numbers that concerned board members, particularly those that relate to black students’ proficiency and discipline experience in the district.
Among other data, the report for the 2014-15 showed less than half of black or African American students tested at a proficient level for reading, mathematics, and science in four out of six grade level subgroups tested. The numbers lag behind the averages of all students, and behind national proficiency rates as well.

City to host public open house for upcoming projects Thursday, Feb. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has projects coming up, including road improvements ahead of Liberty High School’s opening in the fall of 2017 which will start as early as March 1. The additional work is slated to reduce congestion on Penn Street.

Black Gowns and Bowties Gala to be held at CCA Jan. 30

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Jan. 30, Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) fine arts boosters, F.A.M.E., will sponsor a Black Gowns and Bowties Gala in the CCA High School’s Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Proceeds will be used to fund performance attire and supplies for growing fine arts programs.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area with a silent auction and piano music by some of the talented students, teachers and friends of the program. Students will serve hors d’oeuvres while guests peruse and bid on silent auction items.

Garner Elementary to host Waffle Breakfast Feb. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary all-you-can-eat breakfast to be Jan. 24

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Kids age five and under eat free. The public is invited to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Something to roar about at Penn Elementary

Penn staff, students celebrate new addition

NORTH LIBERTY– As a class of Penn Elementary School students file into their brand new media center, they set their books on the library tables and settle down on the polka-dotted area rug in front of a rocking chair, ready for story time.

Tiffin property valuations rise, levies likely to remain stable

TIFFIN– Thanks to consistent growth, the City of Tiffin will have a little more breathing room at budget time.
Each year, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office provides a report of each city’s taxable values on all properties within the city limits. Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt told the council at its Jan. 5 meeting that Tiffin’s valuation went from $78,015,306 in January 2014 to $93,821,928 in January 2015, an increase of about $15.8 million.
That equates to roughly $130,000 more in the city’s general fund balance this year, estimated Boldt.

North Liberty: population, 18,228

NORTH LIBERTY– Before undertaking a special census last fall, city officials estimated North Liberty’s population around 17,000.
They were wrong.
The US Census Bureau conducted the count in the latter months of 2015, and the results have put the population at 18,228, according to a letter detailing the preliminary figure. The information also noted that North Liberty has 7,548 housing units.
At the last official population count in 2010, North Liberty’s population was 13,374. The new number marks an increase of 36 percent in just five years.

Beat the Bitter and get better at winter

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowans can be pretty bad at winter. Unlike our Nordic brethren up north, we tend to hide and hibernate inside once Daylight Saving Time ends.
We’re vowing to get better.
To help, you’re invited to fight off the post-holiday winter malaise and join us for winter games, friendly competition and good cheer at the inaugural Beat the Bitter. Events are scheduled in North Liberty for Feb. 6 at Penn Meadows Park during daylight and at Reds Alehouse starting at 6 p.m.

Sign up now for youth baseball, softball

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website.