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Community

Solon Public Library

Puppet Theater Dec. 15

Failed courthouse referendum leaves supervisors scratching their heads, pondering next steps

What now?

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY- For the third time, Johnson County voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded the construction of an annex to the existing courthouse.
In the Nov. 4 election, the $33.4 million project received a majority approval at 57 percent; however a super majority of 60 percent was required.
The day after the election, frustrated supervisors met with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) for some guidance on what to do next.

Five revenue generators say no to LOST, smaller towns say yes

JOHNSON COUNTY– While the 2009 vote for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) marked the closest public measure election results in Johnson County history– with a margin of seven votes in Iowa City– last week’s outcome was more disparate.
Smaller communities in the county managed to pass the one-cent sales tax measure, but the contiguous cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights– which were combined into a single voting block– failed to reach a majority.

NL residents can compost food for curbside pickup

Curb your garbage

NORTH LIBERTY– Curbside composting is now available to all North Liberty residents interested in reducing waste.
The program, which began its test run last month with just seven households, has now expanded to the rest of the city, with over 70 families signed up to participate already.
Tracey Mulcahey, North Liberty Assistant City Administrator, feels the program is just a smart idea for those looking to be more eco-friendly.

Chamber’s ‘Buy Here Holiday Blitz’ promotes local spending, Small Business Saturday 2014

IOWA CITY– Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the holiday shopping season will soon be upon us. This year, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce’s new Buy Here Holiday Blitz is offering consumers six chances to win $500 cash. Starting today, consumers will earn ticket chances by dining and shopping locally at participating businesses.
Winning ticket numbers will be announced live on KXIC-AM 800 at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec.13. There will be two chances per Saturday for customers to win cash prizes.

Last weekend for outdoor burning

TIFFIN– Citywide burning will end Nov. 16. Burning is only allowed during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between now and then. Fires must be attended at all times, with a water supply nearby. Please help keep the community safe by abiding by the open burning rules.

Free turkey meal at South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY– A free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty on Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m.at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
To schedule transportation, call 319-530-0135. For more information about the dinner, contact Amanda at amanda@southslope.net.

Friends, family to host benefit for seven-year-old Tauke Nov. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Nov. 15, friends and family will host a benefit fundraiser for “Big G,” Griffin Tauke. Griffin, the son of Kelsey and Scott Tauke, is a seven year old diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma– a rare type of cancer. The fundraiser will assist with the family’s medical expenses and support Griffin’s treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Great Pumpkin

Owen Einwalter pauses to survey the surroundings at Solon Public Library’s Halloween Party Monday, Oct. 27. According to Youth Services Librarian Carey Major, 483 people attended the annual party, which featured trick-or-treating, crafts and games at stations throughout the library. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Middle School Show Choir can drive Saturday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon Middle School Show Choir is holding a can drive Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at Ruzicka’s Meat & Catering. Call 319-310-7031 to arrange pick-up.

Solon Middle School Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s (SMS) annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the SMS auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited.
Lieutenant Colonel Glen Winekauf is the guest speaker at the event. The American Legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth graders. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO. Please join the community in honoring our veterans.

Planning meeting for Chautauqua Wednesday Nov. 12 at Brosh

SOLON– Solon will be 175 years old in 2015 and a Chautauqua celebration is being planned for Sept. 18 through 20, 2015, in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Organizers are inviting representatives of all Solon groups and organizations to the 7 p.m. Chautauqua meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Brosh Community Center to assist with forming committees and helping with other organizational tasks.