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Community

City seeks residents for Transit Committee

NORTH LIBERTY– As the City of North Liberty continues to assess options for public transit for residents, it seeks applicants to join its Transit Committee.
This committee’s mission is to help shape the transit plan for the City of North Liberty. Unlike other groups, this is a committee, not a board or commission, and includes residents, council members and staff liaisons.
To apply, submit the form– found at northlibertyiowa.org– by 5 p.m. on July 20. Applications will be considered at the city council’s meeting on July 25.

High-speed chase ends in arrest of Cedar Rapids man

NORTH LIBERTY– A Cedar Rapids man was found with drugs and a loaded handgun after being stopped Monday by an Iowa State Patrol trooper on Interstate 380 following a high-speed chase.
According to complaints filed by the Iowa State Patrol, a trooper spotted a black motorcycle merging onto I-380 north from Interstate 80 west at around 6:44 p.m. July 17. The trooper clocked the driver at 90 mph as it passed his patrol vehicle. Before catching up to the motorcycle near North Liberty, the trooper clocked it at 114 mph and again at 151 mph.

Big move for the littles

La Montessori Nutury to open new location, add preschool in August

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– For a childcare center founded on the idea of order and simplicity, La Montessori Nurtury was getting a bit too crowded. So, owner and director Lillian Myers jumped at the opportunity to expand.
“We’ve just always been full,” she explained. “It seemed like the natural next step to take.”

Kent Park Lake improvement meeting July 25

OXFORD– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) will host a public meeting Tuesday, July 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Kent Park Lake, in Johnson County.
An update on the progress of phase one will be presented at the meeting, along with preliminary plans for phase two of the lake restoration project. Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff, officials from Stanley Consultants and JCCB staff will be available to answer questions.

Electric transmission line to be installed along Penn Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Notices from the Central Iowa Power Cooperative will be arriving soon for property owners located near the West Penn Street right-of-way and utility easement area and east toward North Liberty Road regarding a future utility line that will be installed by Primoris Aevenia, a subcontractor of CIPCO, beginning in July.
This is not a City of North Liberty project, and questions about the project can be directed to Joe Feld, at 319-734-4333, or Chad Hildreth, at 319-734-4347.

TifFUN Creek Fest returns to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fest was rebranded to TifFUN Creek Fest and takes place Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at City Park.
The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at Bella Sala, with a balloon artist and bouncy houses for the kids and a bags tournament for the adults. Teams of two can register for $20. The Cedar Rapids-based country band Lonesome Road performs a free concert at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Fifth-annual Swisher Fun Days

SWISHER– The annual Swisher Fun Days will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, in Swisher.
Events include a kiddy tractor pull, bingo, human foosball tournament, photo contest, bags tournament, horseshoes, 5K run, parade and fireworks. The kids zone, including inflatables, will be open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

Wymers purchase ice suits for Solon fire department

Firefighers to keep memory of Tanner Wymer near their hearts

SOLON– On the outside of the new ice rescue suits, right in front of the heart, is the logo with Tanner Wymer’s initials and the hashtag #wymerstrong.
Six of the suits were purchased for the Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency by the Wymer family with the proceeds from the second annual poker run held in Tanner’s honor, April 22.
There were 78 motorcycles counted during the run, the same number Tanner wore as a member of the Solon High School football team.

Solon Lofts and Commons moves ahead

City to discuss rental plan with developers

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council has given the official OK for a plan to renovate the former St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The site plan for Solon Lofts and Commons was approved on a 3-0 vote at a June 21 city council meeting. (Council members absent?)
But there are still some details to work out.

Meeting Thursday, July 13, to assess interest in dog park

SOLON– An organizational meeting will be held Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon Public Library to form a steering committee to assess community interest in, and feasibility of, a dog park for the Solon community. The committee will be in charge of circulating a petition/survey to dog owners in Solon, research other area dog parks, identify potential locations and present their findings to city officials.

City considering secondary roads shed

City to seek appraisal on Johnson County maintenance building

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council will mull over an offer to purchase Johnson County’s maintenance building off Highway 1 on Sutliff Road.
The city will seek an appraisal for property owned by Johnson County Secondary Roads just north of town and may consider purchasing the site for use by the Solon Public Works Department.
The potential purchase was discussed at a June 21 city council meeting.