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Community

Watershed Coalition cost-sharing program

JOHNSON COUNTY– Clear Creek Watershed Coalition will be hosting two landowner meeting opportunities to learn about the Iowa Watershed Approach and sign up for technical assistance for conservation best management practice installation. Land from approximately Penn Street south and Jones Boulevard west drains into Clear Creek, and landowners are encouraged to attend to learn about eligible conservation practices, and the availability of grants to cover 75 percent of cost for storm water quality improvement projects.

Tell North Liberty rec

NORTH LIBERTY– The Parks and Recreation Commission of North Liberty is seeking public feedback about what recreation opportunities you and your family currently use, and what additional opportunities you and your family desire.
Take a brief survey by Jan. 31 to help the commission while it looks to plan for the future needs of North Liberty.

North Liberty city audit released

NORTH LIBERTY– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC recently released an audit report on the City of North Liberty, Iowa for the year ended June 30, 2018.
The City’s receipts totaled $29,980,354, an 11.8 percent increase from 2016. The receipts included $8,986,095 in property tax and commercial/industrial tax replacement, $4,389,642 in tax increment financing revenues, $11,123,529 from charges for service, $2,305,609 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest, $33,622 from unrestricted interest on cash investments, and $419,531 from other receipts.

Tiffin Good Neighbor Meeting Jan. 30

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin may soon consider a rezoning and subdivision plat, and invites the public to an open-house style meeting being held to explain the proposal.

CCA 2018-2019 academic calendar

Classes start Aug. 23 and end June 3

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved the 2018-19 academic year calendar Wednesday, Jan. 17, during its regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford. The calendar was reviewed and a public hearing held in December. Nobody from the public appeared at either the December or January meetings to discuss the calendar.

NL Commissions volunteer seat open

NORTH LIBERTY– Three of the City of North Liberty’s appointed boards have openings, and volunteers are needed to help lead and advise on those commissions. Applications are due Feb. 16, 2018.

Oxford/Cosgrove KC Spelling Bee results

OXFORD– The Spelling Bee was held Jan. 16 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Participants were from the Mid-Prairie and CCA School Districts.
1st and 2nd place winners advance onto the next level. Date and Place TBA

7th Grade
1st place: Alivia Poock, 2nd place: Peyton Freeman, Alternate: Mariyah Kron
6th Grade
1st Place: Madi Davidson, 2nd Place: Ava Pence, Alternate: Haydon Bailey
5th Grade
1st Place: Seth Smigel. 2nd Place: Logan McClellen, Alternate: Grace Skelton
4th Grade

Local outdoor skating rinks

Local communities’ outdoor skating rinks
By Trent Bowman
North Liberty Leader
“The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong on his 1959 single “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Rec activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.

Fine-tuning

Johnson County planners touch up language in the proposed comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– Johnson County’s first ever, and at times controversial, comprehensive plan is in its final phase of development, and should be in final draft form at the end of the month.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a work session on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the County Administrative Building in Iowa City where board members discussed changes to the current draft plan with Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff.

Dance "Spectacular 2018”

Solon annual dance team show Saturday, Jan. 27, at high school

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

School board members, superintendent, earn Awards

Board members and administrators from Iowa public school districts and AEAs recognized for commitment to learning and leadership

DES MOINES– The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) presented individual honors to Solon Community School District board members Tim Brown and Adam Haluska, and Superintendent Davis Eidahl, at the 2016-17 annual Better Boardsmanship Awards on Nov. 16 during the IASB Convention at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Four-way stop at Main and West dies for lack of a second

Council shoots down Main Street stop sign

SOLON– Council members heard there are too many stop signs on Main Street.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed making the intersection of West and Main streets a four-way stop, but the motion to approve it died for lack of a second at a Jan. 3 city council meeting.
A year ago, Kleppe said, the city created a four-way stop at the intersection of Main and Dubuque streets to help control traffic.