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Community

Ned L. Allen

Ned L. Allen, 82, a lifelong Tiffin area farmer, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City of pancreatic cancer.
Friends gathered with family Sept. 24, at Gay and Ciha Funeral Home in Iowa City. He asked for a private family burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin, which will take place later.

Ely Road to close beginning Oct. 5 for culvert replacement project

ELY– Due to a culvert replacement, Ely Road will be closed starting on Monday, Oct. 5. The closure will be from Wright Brothers to Fuhrmeister Street in Ely and is expected to last seven to 10 days.
Ely Road will be closed to through traffic, but local residents will maintain access to their properties. There will be a posted detour.

Solon Retirement Village to host VNA flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 7

SOLON– Flu protection is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. The Solon Retirement Village will hold a flu vaccination clinic provided by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The clinic will offer flu shots QIV, flu mist QIV, high dose flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23 and PCV13 – available upon prior request). Call the VNA at 319-337-9686 to reserve a dose.

Lots to sift through after auditor review

Hazy bookkeeping practices to be improved

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon will work with its independent auditor to determine how to respond to concerns raised by the state after an accounting review of the local fire department.
The Solon City Council held a brief special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23, to discuss the report, which evaluated the bookkeeping of the Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association.
But there was little discussion at the 10-minute meeting.

New school board members take their seats

Last for Martin, Coons; first for Haluska, Hauer

By Nora Heaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The torch has been passed.
The Solon Community School District bid farewell to outgoing school board directors Dean Martin and Dan Coons, and welcomed its new directors, Adam Haluska and Jim Hauer, at the Sept. 21 board meeting.
Haluska and Hauer were elected during the Sept. 8 election, in which four candidates vied for two open seats. Haluska earned 237 votes, or 62 percent. Hauer pulled in 168 votes to defeat incumbent Coons’ 165 votes, in a narrow victory.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Solon FD to ‘Battery Up’ Oct. 24

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country, and the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Raise or no raise?

Plans to discuss county’s minimum wage ordinance North Liberty Oct. 8 Tiffin Oct. 14

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– In the aftermath of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors’ approval of a new minimum wage ordinance, the county’s municipalities are working fast to catch up.
But the North Liberty City Council is slowing things down a bit, feeling the need for more public discussion on the matter. The council will meet Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in a work session devoted to the topic.

Ordinance seeks to mitigate lack of good topsoil in new construction sites

NL to address dirt-poor development

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Modern construction has negated the usefulness of the idiom “cheaper than dirt.”
When it comes to developing land in urban areas, dirt has become quite pricey. Earth moving and grading is one of the higher expenses involved in construction projects. And in new residential developments, dirt plays a crucial role in storm water management, protecting the local watershed from contaminants and getting that high-dollar landscaping to grow.
Now, the City of North Liberty is taking steps to preserve its valuable dirt.

Migrating to Mexico

Project documents butterflies

KENT PARK— Every fall, monarch butterflies pass through Johnson County on their way to their winter home in Mexico, a journey of over 2,000 miles. Scientifically inclined minds have often pondered where the little wonders come from, where they go and what, if anything, affects their journey. During an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 12, at F. W. Kent Park, 65 of the colorful fliers were tagged and documented as they headed south.
Kristen Morrow, a Naturalist with Johnson County Conservation, led the event for 80 people.

Special census count to begin today, Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, workers with the U.S. Census Bureau will begin counting North Liberty residents. Enumerators will be wearing official US Census Bureau badges for identification.
This special census count is important to a town growing as quickly as North Liberty, since the actual population has outpaced the official once-every-decade count required of the federal government. In 2010, North Liberty’s official population was 13,374. Five years later, city officials estimate the population to be above 17,000.

North Liberty Growing Together Garden announces Oct. 11 Taste and Tour harvest celebration

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host a Taste and Tour at the Growing Together Garden, located at 89 N. Jones Blvd., to celebrate the initiative’s first successful growing year. The event, scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, is free and open to the public. Tours of the Garden and Pantry will be held from 1-2 p.m., family activities and snacks will start at 2 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.