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Community

Hwy. 965 phase 1 to re-open

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather depending, the first stage of Highway 965 construction is expected to reopen by Monday, Oct. 13. Work will then begin on a 600-foot section of the highway north of the current work zone through the railroad crossing near the Dubuque Street intersection.
This work is expected to last into November. No construction or detours are expected for the winter months.

ICCSD board backs physical plant director after contractor damage at City High

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, discussed damage caused by D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids while executing a contract to paint the cupola of City High School.
Director Patti Fields pulled the accounts payable item from the consent agenda.
Fields noted D.A. Bunch Company of Cedar Rapids had been paid $23,885 for a contract to paint the City High School cupola. While doing the work, Bunch damaged the sidewalk and turf at the high school, something Fields had noticed during a recent visit.

Water, sewer projects move forward to design

SOLON– The city of Solon is considering an interest-free loan option from the state to help jump-start two substantial water and sewer projects.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen initiated a discussion with the city council regarding the north trunk sewer line and water storage systems for the city at its Sept. 17 meeting.
No action was taken, but Mayor Steve Stange encouraged councilors to clarify their views on moving forward with the projects. Rasmussen indicated she received sufficient direction to move the projects forward.

Low attendance 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.
“It’s been pretty steady at about three or four people per event,” Sullivan said.

Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, Oct. 5

ELY– The Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Ely Public Park on the trail at 1 p.m.
To take steps against local and world-wide hunger issues, the Ely and Shueyville CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 participating walkers. They also hope to raise $2,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised here will go to local food programs.

Solon Public Library

New books

“Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb. Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death.

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.