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Solon Economist

Another connection planned along Hoover Trail

Funding will determine whether construction starts in spring

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

Special meeting to review fire dept. audit

State auditor’s report finds improper accounting practices

SOLON– The release of a report which found improper bookkeeping practices within the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and its benevolent association will be discussed at a special meeting of the Solon City Council Sept. 23.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman issued a report Sept. 22 after reviewing accounts and transactions of the City of Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department, and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association for the period Jan. 1, 2011, through May 6, 2014.

Solon American Legion Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper Sept. 30

SOLON– Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual spaghetti supper Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Solon American Legion Hall. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade. Cost for adults will be $7, children $4 and under age 5 eat free. Proceeds will be used for Merit Awards for Solon 2016 graduating seniors.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and Scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

Solon council rejects county minimum wage

Full house attends condensed readings of city ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– “Shame on you,” the female voice said as a roomful of interested citizens exited the Solon City Council chambers Wednesday night.
The standing-room-only crowd had just witnessed council members unanimously condensing and approving three readings of an ordinance rejecting Johnson County’s increase in the minimum wage.
Activists, residents and business representatives spoke politely but passionately Sept. 16 for and against the council’s bypass of the hike passed by Johnson County Supervisors earlier in the month.
There was no council discussion.

SMS welcomes international performance group on Sept. 28

SOLON– Solon Middle School will welcome an international performance group on Monday, Sept. 28. The group comprises 21 university students from Capital Normal University in Beijing, who will do two 45-minute performances for middle school students in grades 3-6. The performance will include a variety of dance, instrumental, vocal and other performance pieces designed to acquaint students with elements of Chinese culture.

Spartans blank Indians 35-0 in another lightning-delayed game

And the heavens did pour

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.” – John Steinbeck.
Such was the case Friday, Sept. 18, when the Marion Indians fell like the rain to the Solon Spartans, 35-0, in a Class 3A District 4 struggle.
The sky was dark as Friday night’s game was moved to a 5 p.m. start due to a dour forecast.

Girls fourth, boys seventh at home meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Heading toward mid-season, Solon cross country runners have a clear look at their first few runners, and a lot of competition through the rest of the lineup. They’ll need some of those ‘next runners in’ to step up in the weeks ahead.
In cross country, a school’s first five runners determine the team score. Every couple years, the sixth runner breaks a tie. For the Spartan boys and girls, there’s a lot of movement between the varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams to grab one of the varsity spots.

Solon boys seventh at home

Lady Spartans earn sweep over Cardinals

MAQUOKETA– Just what the doctor ordered.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team swept Maquoketa (25-17, 25-17, 29-27) on the road Sept. 15.
The Lady Spartans welcomed Josey Hajek back into the lineup and she contributed two solo blocks and five kills.
Solon is still without Grace Keith, but Jessica Heick was there to help pick up the team with 10 kills and six service aces. The Lady Spartans as a team racked up 11 aces against the Cardinals. Grace McCarty added three while Mikayla Long and Rachel Nelson each added one. Nelson had 16 assists to lead the team, while McCarty had 23 digs.

Solon 175th Chautauqua this weekend

SOLON– The City of Solon will commemorate 175 years of incorporation Sept. 18 through Sept. 20.
Solon’s three-day anniversary celebration starts Friday, Sept. 18, with an all-alumni banquet at the Celebration Farm and then moves to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) for a full day of FREE events Saturday, Sept. 19. An ecumenical service caps off the celebration Sunday at the SRNA.

The vision is developing for Hoover Nature Trail link

Improvements to Ely Road intersection with Hwy. 382 still undetermined

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.