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Community

New city administrator finds paradise and potential in Ely

A destination island

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
ELY– The City of Ely has a new city administrator in Denise Hoy, a veteran of more than 29 years of small town government. Hoy started her job in Ely Jan. 3, after falling in love with the southeast Linn County community and its main street.
With three grown children out in their careers, Hoy said she felt maybe a time for change was afoot.

SOLON NEWS by Lenna See

Lenna See

Allen Shima, son of Kevin and Sherri Shima, was honored on his ninth birthday on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, with dinner at the Huhot Mongolian Grill in Coralville. Those attending were his grandparents, Leo and Elaine Shima, of Solon; Jerry and Lou Adair, of Oxford; and Nathan, Missy , Logan and Leigha Pacha, of Oxford.

Kevin and Sherri Shima entertained with a party in honor of their son, Allen, for his ninth birthday on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the United Methodist Church Family Life Center. About 25 classmates, friends and relatives attended.

ELY NEWS by Lenna See

The Ely Town and Country Club met at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at Gwen’s Restaurant, in Lisbon, for dinner and a meeting. There were 28 members and two guests present. The event was postponed for a week due to the ice on Jan. 16. Hostess was Bonnie Fencl. Guest speaker was Ed St. John, of Solon, a beekeeper. He gave a interesting talk about the bees.

Second annual Beat the Bitter

Winter games and good cheer focus on the family

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Wind chills in the teens didn’t stop thousands from enjoying another year of North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter the weekend of Feb. 3 at Penn Meadows Park.
“It’s nice to have something to do in the winter,” said Sarah Espy, of North Liberty.
She and her husband Matt Espy, along with their two children, agreed the cold temperatures were worth the festivities.
“It could be a lot worse,” said Matt.

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Methodist church offers support group Feb. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Are you struggling with losing someone in your life from death or divorce or separation? Do you wish you could talk to someone else that has gone through hard times in their life? If so, please come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the library to meet with others who are struggling. Anyone over 18 is welcome to attend. Free to all.
There will also be meetings on March 22 and April 26.

Good Neighbor meeting Feb. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a rezoning and subdivision plat for property and the public is invited to an open house-style meeting being held to explain the proposal Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Liberty City Administrative Office Building, 3 Quail Creek Cir.
The property is north of 240th Street on the west side of North Jones Boulevard. The proposal is to replat several lots, adding to an existing multi-family lot, so that four additional townhome-style units can be constructed.

School board green lights $190 million to complete FMP

It’s a GO!

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It’s official: Next September, Iowa City school district voters will get the chance to decide if they want to commit nearly $190 million toward a general obligation (GO) bond to complete the 10-year facilities master plan (FMP) initiated in 2012.
At a special meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 31, the school board directors voted 5-2 to go “all in” on a bond proposal that would ensure funding for ongoing and future building upgrades, additions and new construction projects throughout the district.

Financial aid and scholarship night Feb. 23 at CCA

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Feb. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Night.
Why is this event held now? The federal government has ruled that you may file your application for federal aid starting in October of your child’s senior year. Therefore, district staff wants CCA parents and students to have every opportunity to apply in time to get their college financial aid in a timely manner.

North Liberty Leader’s Chris Umscheid takes a first in Iowa’s outstanding newspapers honors

DES MOINES– The 2017 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests announced, on Feb. 3, The North Liberty Leader’s Chris Umscheid took first place in the Best Sports Feature Photo division.
The Des Moines Register was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2017 “Newspaper of the Year.”
The awards were announced at the association’s Awards Banquet, Feb. 3, during the INA 2017 Convention held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Umscheid won first place in the Best Sports Feature Photo competition for Weekly Class 1 newspapers.

City mulls impact of TIF rebate for Main Street project

HPR applies for $350,00 to help build “121 on Main”

SOLON– They didn’t say yes, but they didn’t say no.
At a regular meeting Feb. 1, members of the Solon City Council directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to project the impact of between $125,000 and $200,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) rebates over the span of five budget years for a proposed Main Street development.
The move was in response to a TIF application by HPR Investments LLC seeking $350,000, or 10 percent of the $3.5 million project cost, in assistance for “121 on Main,” a mixed-use two-story building slated to replace three Main Street residences.

Their aim is true

Spartan team takes 2nd at home tournament, 1st at Hawkeye Downs

Solon Economist
SOLON– Their aim is true.
The Solon Spartan Archery team hosted its second annual tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Solon High School gymnasium, finishing a strong second place and missing first place by only 12 points. Several individual archers were awarded medals in different divisions.