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Community

Solon and North Liberty city candidates at forum Wednesday, Oct. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County League of Women Voters will host a candidates’ forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at North Liberty City Hall from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
The public is invited to hear from North Liberty mayoral candidates Gerry Kuhl and Amy Nielsen, as well as candidate for Solon City Council Steve Duncan. Duncan’s opponent, Kevin Samek, will not be attending.

Zabet NeuCollins to study energy sustainability in Denmark

BAR HARBOR, Maine– Zabet NeuCollins, a fourth-year student at College of the Atlantic, is heading to Europe in September as part of a ground-breaking undergraduate project to study and implement sustainable energy systems.
NeuCollins, of Solon, is enrolled in a unique class taught by COA faculty and led by COA students in a collaboration with the Rockland-based Island Institute under the auspices of a new philanthropic arm called The Fund for Maine Islands.

Fishing event catches kids outdoors

NORTH LIBERTY– Even little fish in a big pond can make a huge splash, when kids are involved.

NL council moves against P&Z, staff recommendations

NORTH LIBERTY– The City Council does not often deviate from staff recommendations.
But last week, they did just that in approving the preliminary plat for a new residential development that will contain a cul-de-sac street.
Property owner Tor Niklaus has proposed the construction of Liberty Farm, a 24-lot residential subdivision located along the east side of Highway 965 near its intersection with Pheasant Lane. The North Liberty city staff, including City Planner Dean Wheatley, recommended a condition to the plat’s approval.

Wastewater plant, highway turn lanes part of marathon Tiffin City Council meeting

TIFFIN– A reflection of the city’s rapid growth, the Tiffin City Council was bombarded with development issues at last week’s meeting.
It took nearly four hours to address them all.
Wastewater plant

Attendance low at courthouse annex information sessions

IOWA CITY– Attendance at public information meetings about a proposed $33.4 million bond issue to build a courthouse annex has been “steady,” according to Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan.
But that doesn’t mean they are drawing a crowd.

Progress and changes for CCA; some required, some desired

CCA board receives building projects update

OXFORD– Walls are going up now, and by next year, other walls may be coming down.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district’s construction manager Ray Willoughby delivered the monthly building projects report to the board of directors at its regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 18. Work is progressing at the new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin, with floor slabs in place and walls erected.

North Liberty launches curbside composting program

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is launching a program to help its residents divert food waste from the landfill.
The city and Johnson County Refuse are piloting the program for the next month with a small number of households and will expand the program in mid-October.
Participants will pay a refundable deposit for a curbside collection bin, which they’ll need to line with a yard waste bag, available for $1.65 at a variety of stores in North Liberty. The compost will be collected with their recycling and trash each week.

Schwab re-elected board president

District to try online waiting list

SOLON– The waiting list for the Solon school district will soon move online.
At a reorganizational meeting Monday, Sept. 8, members of the Solon school board continued discussions on revised guidelines for the district’s open enrollment policy.
Part of that discussion included a demonstration of an online intake program for prospective open enrollees by Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley.

Solon firefighters will help you change your smoke alarm batteries

Battery Up Saturday, Oct. 18

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department is urging 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 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Mary’s Meals provides food and education to help impoverished children around the globe

Just one good meal

SOLON– In the early 1990s, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow went to Romania with the simple goal of bringing food and clothing to children’s hospitals.
However, once he arrived, his mission changed drastically.
After wandering into a room where he admits he probably wasn’t supposed to be, he was greeted with the sullen, hopeless faces of about 50 children, long forgotten and abandoned by society. Some, even at the age of 12 or 13, couldn’t even walk, simply because no one had bothered to teach them.
At that moment, he knew he had to do more than just provide them basic aid.

Solon Homecoming royalty

The 2014 Solon Homecoming Court has been announced, with the coronation to take place this week during Homecoming festivities. Queen candidates include Haley Bell, Brandi Uhlenkamp, Katie Folkerts, Carlyn Haas, Shae Goldsberry and Reed McCarty. King candidates include Zach Nunemaker, Connor Ham, Logan Linderbaum, Brandon Kramer, Adam Nelson-Ockenfels and Chris Cass. (photo by Doug Lindner)