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Community

Storm and high wind cause damage in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was here and gone quickly, but Eastern Iowa’s severe weather last Thursday, Sept. 19, left plenty of reminders in its wake.
People in several North Liberty neighborhoods were surveying and cleaning up after heavy wind and rain damaged homes, outdoor equipment and other structures Friday morning, including the Greer family.

CCA to kick off petition drive for bond issue

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district is ramping up its efforts to get the word out about its space woes, as a Feb. 4 bond issue referendum grows nearer.

City to host public open house for new police chief Oct. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Diane Venenga was named North Liberty’s police chief by mayor Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.
Venenga has been with the North Liberty Police Department for 14 years, serving as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant before her appointment as chief. Venenga is an Iowa native and holds degrees in criminology and political science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Fitness screening at North Liberty VNA flu clinic Sept. 27

NORTH LIBERTY– There will be a free fitness screening at the North Liberty Visiting Nurses Association flu clinic on Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. until noon at the North Liberty Recreation Center, 820 W. Cherry St., North Liberty.
Fitness screening can help assess balance and strength, both of which are extremely important in preventing falls. The free screening, taking approximately five minutes, will be conducted by trained volunteers with the oversight of a community expert.

Sign up now for North Liberty’s ‘Make A Difference Day’ Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Several North Liberty churches will be hosting “Make A Difference Day,” a service project on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Work teams from local churches will be fanning out all over North Liberty to perform community service.
Service projects will include yard work, small construction jobs, window washing, painting and many other projects at little or no cost, to improve lives in the North Liberty community.

NL will have county’s first vote center for Nov. 5 city election

NORTH LIBERTY– All North Liberty city election voters will be able to vote at Johnson County’s first ever vote center on Nov. 5. The vote center at South Slope Communications, 980 N. Front St., will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Recent changes in state law allow auditors to combine precincts into vote centers for all non-partisan elections to save costs and increase voter convenience.
The vote center will have five to eight workers, instead of the minimum 18 workers that would have been required at six polling places, for an estimated savings of from $2,000 to $2,500.