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Community

Connecting Solon with trail system

Construction on missing link to Linn County begins in 2015

SOLON– Runners, walkers, bicyclists and snowmobilers in Solon will soon be connected to the Cedar Valley Trail in Linn County by a new multi-use trail, said Supervisor John Etheredge at the Aug. 20 joint meeting between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Solon City Council.
“We’re working on land acquisition and trail planning to bring that trail down from Linn County all the way into the City of Solon,” he said.

North Liberty: land to expand

$15.3 million wastewater expansion underway

NORTH LIBERTY– After just six years, North Liberty is facing another expansion of its wastewater treatment plant.
At its Aug. 12 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of 28.8 acres from Four D’s Acres, LLC. The $864,000 purchase– $30,000 per acre– of land east of the existing wastewater facility will accommodate the planned expansion, said North Liberty Wastewater Superintendent Dave Ramsey.

Tiffin begins planning for new waste- water facility

Planning ahead so sewer isn’t a drain

TIFFIN– As one of the fastest growing small towns in the state, it’s tricky to meet infrastructure needs without getting in debt too deep, too fast.
That’s why Tiffin administration and city council has already put in motion the process for addressing over-worked wastewater facilities.

NL reschedules rained-out fireworks for Sept. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The Eastern Iowa Airport Up-in-the-Sky Fireworks, originally scheduled for July 12 during Blues & BBQ, will be launched Friday, Sept. 12, in Penn Meadows Park.
The North Liberty Community Library will celebrate the first anniversary of its grand reopening with the fireworks display at about 9:30 p.m. It will follow the library’s free Redbox-presented outdoor showing of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on a 16-foot screen. Both are free.
The evening’s events will take place in Penn Meadows Park, with a rain date for the film and fireworks the following day, Saturday, Sept. 13.

Highway 965’s first stage of construction nears completion

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather permitting, Horsfield Construction, the Highway 965 project contractor, expects to begin paving next week, with the reopening of the stage one road closure as early as the week of Sept. 22.

North Liberty’s annual Fun Run/Walk to be held Sept. 21

IOWA CITY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual North Liberty Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at North Bend Elementary. Sponsored by MidWestOne Bank, the event features a 5K route and free kids’ race for children ages 12 and under.

Free child health and safety fair to be held Sept. 20

NORTH LIBERTY– The public is invited to First United Methodist Church of North Liberty to enjoy the annual free child health and safety fair Saturday, Sept. 20. First United Methodist Church is located at 85 N. Jones Blvd., about a block south of the corner of Penn Street and North Jones Boulevard.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club to celebrate 70 years Oct. 12

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club invite the public to join them for a 70 years of memories Sunday Night Supper (Frank Zaspal, chef) on Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at their club on, 11818 Club Road. There will be a Social Hour at 5 p.m., with a short program following supper.
Supper reservations needed by Oct. 1. Call Marilyn at 319-396-9366. Complimentary supper. Please bring your memories or pictures to share.

Heartland Community Church block party to be held Sept. 21

NORTH LIBERTY– The fourth Annual Heartland Block Party will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3 until 5 p.m.
The church, located at 70 S. Kansas Ave. will host a free, single-elimination bags tournament for teams of two with a great prize for the winner. The party this year will also bring back old favorites including bounce houses, popcorn and ice cream as well as hot dogs. A new offering will be a free raffle drawing for prizes donated by area merchants.

Speed limit to 20 mph on Main St.

Solon slowing down

Council holds joint session with county

SOLON– Progress is slowing at city hall, and it’s not just the reduction of the speed limit from 25 to 20 miles per hour on Main Street approved by the city council at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting.
The public hearing on the fire station addition was delayed due to emerging requirements for publication of the notice, and a resolution outlining payment terms for a temporary lift station for Windmill Estates Part 6 was passed without buy-in from the developer, extending the discussion.

Vote on $25.5 million bond Sept. 9

District emphasizes long term plan for four buildings;

SOLON– Let’s try to explain the vision for addressing growth in the Solon Community School District in less than 100 words:

Solon KCs breakfast Sept. 7

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages six through 11, and free for ages five and younger.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.