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Solon Economist

UDO passes first reading on split vote

Johnson County Supervisors approve controversial plan, 3-2

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors are on track to achieving a major goal for 2019: passing the updated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and having it in place to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
The 299-page document, which codifies the county’s comprehensive plan, was approved on a 3-2 vote in the first of three required readings Thursday, Dec. 5, during a regular meeting of the supervisors.

Williamsburg edges Solon

Spartans drop opening dual, 47-27

WILLIAMSBURG– It was too big of a hole.
Solon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t overcome an early 30-point deficit and dropped the opening dual of the season 47-27 to the Williamsburg Raiders Dec. 5 in a rockin’ Solon High School gymnasium.
“We knew going in this would be a very tough dual,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Williamsburg is a very solid team year in and year out. Overall, I thought we wrestled okay even though the final score might not reflect that. We split the 12 contested matches 6-6.”

Solon outlasts Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-47, in home opener

SOLON– The Lady Spartans basketball team claimed its first win of the season in their house, 51-47, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes in a crowded Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 6. The home stands were well populated as Solon hosted its home opener.

Spartans suffer two-point season-opening loss

Vinton-Shellsburg sends Solon home 0-1

VINTON– It’s two points they’ll have to make up down the road.
Solon’s varsity basketball team came up just shy in a season-opener on the road at Vinton-Shellsburg Dec. 6, falling to the Vikings 58-56.
The Spartans ran out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Vikings turned the tables, holding Solon to six points in the second.
Although Solon led 17-16 at halftime, Vinton-Shellsburg took the lead in the third and held the Spartans at bay until time expired.

Solon Spartans recognized as Gazette 2019 All-Area players

Cam-Coons Connection, Broghammer and Andregg continue to receive recognition for football performance

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based daily print newspaper and online news source, recognized several Solon Spartan football players as members of its 2019 Gazette All-Area Football Team in a Friday, Dec. 6, publication.

Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

Council approves two tax relief requests

$60,000 total for two businesses

SOLON– They were similar requests.
At a Nov. 20 meeting, Solon City Council members approved two Tax Increment Finance (TIF) applications for two separate buildings on the city’s south side.
Both requests sought an amount equal to three years of property taxes. Both failed to qualify for the city’s existing tax abatement program.
Both were approved by council members.
But there were some significant differences.

Six lanes for I-380? Yes, they will IDOT lays out plans for increasing traffic with additional lanes

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’ve grown sick of seeing the orange cones, “Jersey barriers,” and tall cranes at the Interstates 80 and 380 interchange, once that massive project is done, construction will move roughly four miles to the north.
And start a new multi-year project.

Four Spartan football players named All-State First Team selections

Cam-Coons Connection named to All-State First Team Offense with Broghammer, Andregg named to First Team Defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018, named its All-State Team selections for Iowa High School Football.
Cam Miller, A.J. Coons, Michael Broghammer and Jace Andregg were named for their performances catapulting the Spartans to the Class 3A championship game against the Western Dubuque Bobcats earning them the state runner-up title and a 12-1 season record.

CCA clips Lady Spartans, 58-43, in season opener on road

Lady Spartans basketball, young but experienced

TIFFIN– Lady Spartan Basketball Head Coach Jamie Smith, in his second season, is going to lean on the entire team, following a 3-18 showing last season.
“I think they all hold leadership capabilities,” Coach Smith commented.
Solon returns letter winners sophomores Makinley Levin (5-9), Kaia Holtkamp (5-7), Ava Stebral, (5-5), Jada Buffington (5-7), Emma Bock (5-6) and Elly Holubar (5-7). The lone returning senior is Jenna LaDage (5-9).
Newcomers to the varsity roster this season include senior Aira Foster (5-8), freshmen Hillary Wilson, (5-6) and Claire LaDage (5-8).

It’s wait and see for farmers on the UDO’s final wording

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.