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Community

Council passes first reading of new rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will add a new role, and a new employee to carry it out, if a proposed housing ordinance passes its next two readings by the City Council.
The ordinance is specific to rental units and the obligations of landlords and tenants. State law requires towns with populations of 15,000 or greater to adopt an ordinance to ensure regular inspections of rental housing and a process for dealing with complaints.

South Slope, CWA ratify agreement

NORTH LIBERTY– Representatives of South Slope Cooperative Communications and members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) announced Monday the two groups had reached a collective bargaining agreement effective until September 2015.
The CWA and South Slope management had been involved in a contentious dispute over contract terms since Oct. 31, when the workers’ previous contract expired. South Slope locked workers out based on the lack of an approved contract, and the union subsequently voted down a proposed new contract.

North Bend to host 5K/1M Color Run April 12

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Put on your white shirt, your tutu and your pumped-up kicks. Most importantly, wear your biggest smile; it’s time to run.

Clippers for the cure

TIFFIN– When Jami Tandy was diagnosed with breast cancer, she immediately received loads of support.
Her co-workers at South Slope Cooperative Communications and many friends began wearing Team Tandy buttons, complete with the requisite pink ribbon. Calls and cards and expressions of concern came pouring in. Prayers were said on her behalf.
But a completely unexpected show of solidarity came from Jami’s son and his basketball team, when they bounded onto the court sporting shaved heads and bright pink socks.

We Run second anniversary Lucky Run to be March 29

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, LLC, is celebrating its second anniversary with a Lucky Run. Register for the 1K, 5K or 10K run that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. at the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty. Participants will receive a finishing medal and T-shirt for their entry fee. Register at www.werunllc.com/Lucky_Run.php. Portions of the race proceeds will benefit local youth fitness and Soles4Souls. Direct questions to kris.tharp@werunllc.com or call 319-626-2426.

Solon salon to host March 30 book signing for NL author

SOLON– Solon resident Sue Randall will be hosting an open house at the Hair Styling Chalet, 401 W. Main St., Solon on Sunday, March 30, from 2 until 5 p.m. People can drop in and meet North Liberty author S.C. Sherman and learn more about his books.

Tiffinfest 2014 planning well underway

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The wheels are rolling for TiffinFest 2014.
City Council member Mark Petersen, co-chair of this year’s event, updated the council at last week’s meeting on the planning committee’s progress.
“All the contracts are in, which is way ahead of schedule,” said Petersen.

Board accepts $140 million proposed budget for FY2015

IOWA CITY– Support for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board’s recently-drafted public comment guidelines collapsed among board members at its March 11.
Though there is a lot to celebrate in the district, dissent about public participation at board meetings followed the reports of accomplishments.

First annual reuse-themed craft fair April 19

IOWA CITY– The Salvage Barn, operated by Friends of Historic Preservation, announced it is now accepting vendor applications for the First Annual Reuse-Themed Craft Fair, Craft Your Environment, which will be held Saturday, April 19, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE in Iowa City, from noon until 5 p.m. The signature event is part of the Earth Day Celebrations occurring throughout the month of April at the East Side Recycling Center.

See the forest for the trees?

DNR addresses Macbride forest management plan

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– When Anthony Sells built the first sawmill with an upright saw in Big Grove Township in 1839, there were a lot of nearby trees. Things changed as the land was cleared for development, to the extent that when the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently marked a number of mature trees in the state park, people noticed and wondered what was going on.

Old Gold Diner pulls out all the stops for Valentine’s Day luncheon

Be Mine

SOLON– Old Gold Diner Site Manager Duane McAtee modestly called it a pretty good turnout.
The fellowship hall of the Solon United Methodist Church was dressed up for a fine dining experience as the Old Gold Diner served up a sit-down dinner for Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb. 14.
Red tablecloths, red and white roses on every table, a Valentine’s Day bunting across the front of the hall, live music and a meal of prime rib, roasted asparagus and cheesecake awaited a capacity crowd.

Solon Public Library

Change in Scrabble night
Scrabble is still scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month but we are splitting kids and adults. Scrabble afternoon challenge for kids will be after school, from 3:30 until 5 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
Scrabble Night for adults will be 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. The next Scrabble Challenge will be Wednesday, March 26. Bring your own snacks.

And the winners are…

Congratulations to Mary Holubar, who is the winner of the Friends of the Library Oscar Contest.