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Community

Density rising: More units, more cars, more complaints

Developer agrees to more parking stalls, but site plan still tabled

SOLON– The site plan submitted by Mike Bails and Jeff Mekota for two eight-plexes in the Fox Ridge subdivision met all of Solon’s requirements and was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Spartan Structures developers had already scaled back from 24 to 16 residential units based on city input and the site plan was on the agenda for council consideration at an April 20 meeting.

Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Hello Spring! Potluck April 30

SOLON– The public is invited to Sundog Farm and Local Harvest Community Supported Agriculture’s (CSA) Hello Spring Potluck on Saturday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St., Solon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service and drinks. Come learn about a local community supported agriculture provider and connect with other farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts! Contact Carmen Black at localharvestcsa@southslope.net or 319-331-3957 for more information.

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Saving more of the grove

Bur Oak Land Trust launches capital campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.

May activities for Old Gold Diner

Thank you to an anonymous friend for providing the April sponsored meal. Thanks to Jeanne Erhart for providing an overview of what happens at the Old Gold Diner. And also thank you to Scott Keele Kober for giving an overview of the Solon United Methodist Church. The church has been the home of the Old Gold Diner since the very beginning of the program.
• Bingo is held every Tuesday and Thursday, with penny bingo at 11 a.m. and, following lunch, play is for prizes with a black-out scoring a free Old Gold Diner meal ticket as the prize.

Shueyville to host community blood drive Tuesday, May 3

SWISHER– Shueyville will host a community blood drive from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Shueyville Community Center, inside the gym.
To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1778 to locate the drive.

Spring cleaning and the city-wide garage sale

Get ready for city-wide garage sales, to be held June 3 and 4. Registration forms are now available on our website and in the library. Register online and pay your registration fee ($10 for in-town sales and $5 for out-of-town sales) at the library. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Friends of the Library organize this event, offering advertising and garage sale signs for up to 80 listings, which will be placed on a map made available to the public. The Friends also hold a sale with proceeds benefitting the library. We gratefully accept donations for that annual fundraiser.

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.