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Community

First phase of infrastructure estimated at $5.8 million

On top of the city’s east side

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Pro Tempore Gerry Kuhl wants people to know; the city is addressing infrastructure needs in anticipation of the coming high school.

Blues & BBQ brings cold brews for all

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Blues & BBQ committee understands July is a great month to sit outside, eat delicious food and drink a cold beer. Blues & BBQ falls on July 12, and the festival will have brewed offerings to fit every taste: hop lovers, cider fanciers, beer snobs and those who just want a cold, refreshing pint.

School board reluctantly signs water, sewer deal with Tiffin

CCA “over a barrel” in agreement with city

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Superintendent Tim Kuehl prefaced the board of directors’ discussion of a proposed agreement with the City of Tiffin by saying it was not a dream agreement, but rather, “the best we’ve got.”
The agreement details how water and sewer lines will be extended to the new elementary school site at the corner of US Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue, and how the estimated cost will be split, with the City of Tiffin paying one-third and the remaining two-thirds becoming the school district’s responsibility.

Highway 965 construction begins, road closures to follow

NORTH LIBERTY– The next phase of improvements to Highway 965 between Penn Street and Pheasant Lane has begun.
Crews started work outside of the highway’s shoulder to add storm sewers. When detour signs and temporary traffic signals are in place, Highway 965 will close between Penn and Dubuque streets’ intersection. The closure is expected as early as June 30, but may not occur until after July 4.

Lane reduction on Zeller Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting this week, Zeller Street will be reduced to one lane between Front and Main streets so workers can complete sewer connections for newly constructed houses there. The lane is expected to reopen by Thursday, June 26.
During the lane reduction, Zeller will be open to two-way traffic, but traffic may be delayed by the work. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time or find alternative routes.

Road improvements needed to accommodate ICCSD schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Since the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) announced plans last year to construct a 1,500-capacity high school near the intersection of North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street, city and county officials have been moved to talk about how to get students there safely.
The North Liberty City Council heard from City Engineer Kevin Trom of Shive Hattery Engineering on May 27, with an overview of possible street improvements and estimated costs to upgrade portions of North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street.

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival to feature local, national touring acts

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty American Legion Post 1976 will be hosting a Red, White and Bluegrass Festival Thursday, July 3, featuring local and national touring acts, as well as a flag retirement ceremony and fireworks.
The festival runs from 4:30 p.m. until midnight. There will be a $10 admission. Featured bands include Fried Egg String Band (4:30 p.m.), Slew Grass (5:45 p.m.), Tallgrass (7 p.m.) Chicago Farmer (8:30 p.m.) and Evergreen Grass Band (10:30 p.m.). Food will be available from TC Bonez BBQ.

CCA lays groundwork for boundary committee

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz was blunt.
“Not everybody will be happy,” said Schwartz. The owner of consulting firm RSP and Associates (RSP) was referring to upcoming elementary school attendance area boundary changes for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Next special program July 9

TIFFIN– You may be hearing some strange noises coming from Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library these days, as young readers explore scientific concepts as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off June 4 with a visit from Sam Dunn, education specialist at Blank Park Zoo, and the friends she brought along induced some squeals, gasp and a lot of laughter from the kids in attendance.

For the health of it

CCA Middle School springs into wellness, physical activity

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Schools don’t just exercise young minds.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school offers physical education classes every day for every student, a somewhat unique model these days, said health instructor Ben Robison.
But even with daily physical education classes, reinforcement is helpful in developing good habits at any age.
That’s why Robison created CCA Middle School’s Spring into Wellness Day.

North Liberty adopts rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council finally settled on a plan for ensuring safety of rental housing in the community.
At its June 10 meeting, the council unanimously approved the third and final reading of a rental housing code, without much discussion.

City of Tiffin, school district come together on the sidewalk at last

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools and the City of Tiffin may finally be moving in the same direction on a proposed sidewalk, pending one more school board vote.
At its Wednesday, June 11, meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved an agreement with CCA for a new sidewalk.