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Community

Back on the campaign trail

IOWA CITY– She wasn’t there for herself, but Amy Nielsen, North Liberty mayor and Iowa House District 77 hopeful, is nonetheless back on the campaign trail following a short hiatus after winning the Democratic nomination in June.
“We were kind of in first gear,” she said at a speaking event for Hillary Clinton last week. “Now we’ve gone straight to third.”

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Comply now, complain later

Officers share how to have positive interactions with police

NORTH LIBERTY– While police-involved shootings and subsequent public protests continue to pop up across the country, the atmosphere was relaxed inside one of the North Liberty Community Center meeting rooms during a special forum Aug. 21 between police and citizens.
Around 40 attendees, in addition to several North Liberty Police Department staff, met over pizza and drinks at the 90-minute “town hall” style meeting Sunday evening. A panel of about six officers answered participants’ questions, which they could either ask aloud or write down on index cards.

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Detour change: Oak Lane and North Liberty Road

NORTH LIBERTY– Early this week, crews began to pave North Liberty Road between Oak Lane and Dubuque Street, as well as the southern portion of the Oak Lane intersection. During this work, traffic to Oak Lane will continue to be detoured north on North Liberty Road, though there may be some delays at times.
Once this is completed, Oak Lane traffic will be detoured south on North Liberty Road to Dubuque Street so crews can pave the north side of the intersection. The contractor has not yet been able to provide an expected date for this change.

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Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9

NORTH LIBERTY–Bring your dog to the North Liberty Outdoor Pool for the 7th Annual Doggie Plunge Sept. 8 and 9 from 3-8 p.m.
Register online ($7 pre-registration or $10 day-of) at apm.activecommunities.com/northlibertycommctr/Activity_Search. Proceeds will be donated to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.
Please have proof of current rabies and vaccinations. If dogs are unable to "play nice" they may be asked to leave without a refund. One dog per person.
Contact Ashley Kipp, Aquatics Supervisor, at akipp@northlibertyiowa.org or by calling 319-626-5707 with questions.

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The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County (B.R.I.C.) Saturday, Aug. 20

AMANA– While RAGBRAI may be over, the bike riding season hasn’t ended just yet. The first annual Bike Ride of Iowa County, also known as “BRIC,” is scheduled for Aug. 20. The ride is a scenic 37-mile jaunt through Iowa County beginning in the village of Amana amid the brick buildings of the historic area. The route heads south from Amana to Williamsburg’s classic town square, with its brick paved streets, then past Fireside Winery, near Conroy, before returning to the Amana Colonies. BRIC is more than just a bike ride, there are special foods and events planned at each stop along the route.

Market After Dark returns for a second year on Aug. 27

CEDAR RAPIDS– Market After Dark returns for its second year on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-11 p.m. A variety of nearly 100 vendors and entertainment mixed with downtown nightlife, make up this unique community event.

Big Rain

Flash flood causes damage to Solon homes, facilities

SOLON– It was a pretty helpless feeling for Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level Kleppe had never seen before.
Coupled with a power outage, the flash flooding that followed caused extensive damage to a number of Solon homes and prompted the city to declare a local disaster declaration

New guidelines close SCSD open enrollment

Solon school board approves more space for local growth

SOLON– The Solon school board approved changes which should effectively muzzle open enrollment for at least the upcoming school year.
At a special meeting Aug. 15, board members agreed to new guidelines which lowered the number which triggers the closing of a grade level to open enrollment.
“The takeaway is the new policy would basically close open enrollment for all practical purposes unless we had a very small kindergarten class,” board member Tim Brown said.

City administrator leaving Ely in September

ELY– The man who helped the City of Ely manage a decade of growth is moving on.
City Administrator Aaron Anderson tendered his resignation Monday, Aug. 8. His last day with the city will be Sept. 16.
Anderson came to Ely when the city had a population of just over 1,000 residents. Current unofficial estimates put the number of citizens at around 2,000.
“It’s been a challenge to keep up with that growth,” Anderson said.
The transition from small town to active, growing community has been an enjoyable one for Anderson.

City imposes water use restrictions

Water tower painting prompts prohibition on lawn watering beginning Aug. 15

SOLON– The City of Solon water tower will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Aug. 15. The city has contracted Central Iowa Tank to clean and paint both the inside and outside of the tower. When completed, the water tower will have a new facelift with a different color, lettering and school logo. The entire process will require the to tower be taken offline for approximately four-six weeks.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 20

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event will be a 4-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $50 per golfer which includes greens fee, lunch and a drink ticket. There will be two sessions, one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served between the two groups starting at noon. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride golf course at 319-624-2500 or Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

Friday, Aug. 19, meeting to discuss Solon history

SOLON– Interested in history? How a town developed? Who the early people were?
Join us at the library Friday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. You don’t need to be a Solonite but just a person willing to discuss ideas and ways to further the history gathering of our town and surrounding countryside. For more information, call 624-2710.