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Community

Solon Public Library

Big Library Read

The Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and their patrons unlimited access to a selected title creating a virtual, global book club. This Spring’s selection is “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates as she teaches about the playwright in supermax solitary confinement, developing a friendship with a brilliant, dangerous convict.

City chooses MSA to update Solon Comprehensive Plan

SOLON– The City of Solon has hired MSA Professional Services to help update the community’s Comprehensive Plan.
At a March 4 meeting, city council members voted to approve MSA’s proposal at a cost of $12,000.
The Solon Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008. The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions that includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

Living Last Supper performances in March

SOLON– Members of the Solon United Methodist Church and St. Mary Catholic Church will present five Living Last Supper performances during Lent, including the first performance at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon their life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. Local performances will be on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Care Center, on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Solon, and on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

North Liberty council fails to pass developer’s agreement, touches on efficacy of tabling

Quorum of three creates conundrum

NORTH LIBERTY– Miss a meeting, miss a lot.
With two councilors absent, the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, March 10, faced a situation that resulted in the failure of one and the tabling of two agenda items related to a planned new subdivision, as well as a discussion about tailoring future votes.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson reminded the three councilors present that while they constituted a quorum thereby allowing them to take action, resolutions would require unanimity in order to pass.

The $66,000 question

Responsibility for change in sewer project floats between City of Tiffin, school district

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Whether to blame poor design or poorly placed construction trailers?
The question almost doesn’t matter, as the answer will be the same either way: a sewer line needs to get to the new school in Tiffin, and quickly.
Still up in the air is who will pay the price.

Students continue to leave IC district

Board looks at open enrollment, demographic and class size data

IOWA CITY– The trend of students leaving the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has continued this past school year.
Total enrollment is 13,050 students for the 2014-15 school year, and although that number has increased 1.2 percent over the last year, more students are also choosing to attend school in other districts.
This year, 461 students open enrolled out of the district, as opposed to 117 open enrolling into ICCSD schools. This resulted in a net loss of 344 students, an 8.9 percent increase of loss over last year.

Mehaffey Bridge reduced to one lane beginning March 30

Expect lengthy delays through July

SOLON– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

NL Pantry seeks volunteers for Gardening for Health Project

Orientation meetings for public to be held March 31 and April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is excited to announce the spring launch of its Gardening for Health Project, and invites the public to participate in the very first growing season.
This year the project will include the installation of a patio and rainwater catchment system, the construction of raised beds, the planting of fruit trees and berry bushes and the growth of annual vegetables to stock the pantry shelves. The garden will become the location of hands-on educational events about gardening topics and cooking skills throughout the growing season.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

IOWA CITY– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Mini Dance Marathon gives kids a fighting chance

raises over $6,000 for cancer patients

TIFFIN– Students and community members got down and boogied to raise money to help kids fight life-threatening diseases on Friday, March 6.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s mini Dance Marathon, now in its second year, raised $3,417 to support children battling cancer and their families. Mini marathons held by area schools support the University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that raises millions of dollars to assist young patients treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
At CCA, this year’s total more than doubled the amount raised last year.

Stepdad in custody; 9-year-old returned

SOLON– A 9-year-old girl allegedly taken from a Solon residence over the weekend has been has been returned safely. The man accused of taking her has been placed in custody after a two-hour standoff in Davenport.
Law enforcement authorities issued an Amber Alert Saturday afternoon, March 7, after the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic situation in Solon. According to the Amber Alert, 9-year-old Brianna Crane had reportedly been abducted her stepfather, Kenneth E. Johns, and a gray Ford Focus was being sought in connection with the case.