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Community

New Farmers Market opens May 29

SOLON– The Solon Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of Mushroom Park on Tuesdays, from 3-6 p.m., starting May 29. Other days the market will be open are Sunday, May 27 (Solon firefighters breakfast), and Saturday, June 2 (weekend of Solon garage sales). The hours those days are 8-11 a.m. For vendor information, go to the city website, www.solon-iowa.com and open the Solon Farmers Market page.

Early voting for June 5 primary

IOWA CITY– Early voting for the June 5 primary will be available weekdays 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, located at 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The office will be closed Memorial Day, May 28.
Voting will also be available at the auditor’s office the weekend before the election: Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, noon to 5 p.m.
Early voting will also be available at these satellite voting sites:
• Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.
- Friday, June 1, 2:30–6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

Johnson County P&Z’s recommended changes under consideration
By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking female teen

DAVENPORT– A Solon man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty April 30 to a federal charge of cyberstalking a 16-year-old female.
Daniel Lee Stone, 48, of Solon, appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. in U.S. District Court, in Davenport and entered a guilty plea, according to U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
In a plea agreement, Stone admitted to texting a minor female over 170 times from on or about Oct. 31, 2016, through Nov. 3, 2016.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary selects two Prairie girls to attend Girls State

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary has chosen two Prairie girls to attend Girls State this coming June at Drake University.

CRANDIC on the run

Inaugural marathon supports Corridor school districts

NORTH LIBERTY– In the calm morning hours of Sunday, April 29, a sea of over 1,200 people gathered on Landon Road in North Liberty, tightening their shoelaces and warming up in preparation for the journey ahead. The city served as host not only to residents of the Corridor area but also to people from across the U.S. as the RUN CRANDIC half marathon began.

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

P&Z’s 24 recommended changes under consideration

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Brewing with Dunn Brothers

Cafe opens south of Forevergreen Road

CORALVILLE– Between the morning rush to get out the door and the push to get through traffic, there are few greater needs than to be fully caffeinated. With a new coffee shop in town, those needs are being fully taken care of. Alexandra and DeAngelo Seay moved to the Corridor to pursue their goal of creating a place to bring family and friends together over a delicious cup of coffee. They achieved this goal by opening their own franchise location for Dunn Brothers Coffee.

Cherry and Front streets get a four-way stop

NORTH LIBERTY– For years, the intersection of Cherry and Front streets has been the subject of much discussion, debate – and frustration – with regular requests to turn it into a four-way stop.
However, a past study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which the City of North Liberty relies on for help analyzing and planning for traffic, found that accident rates and traffic volumes were both low and the intersection didn’t justify changes. This study is available on northlibertyiowa.org.

Intersection closure: Cherry Street east of Ranshaw Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, May 9, Cherry Street is closed just east of Ranshaw Way. The closure is required so crews can reconstruct the east side of the intersection.
The contractor is required to limit the length of the closure, and expects the work to last about three weeks.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured along Penn and Stewart streets. All businesses will remain open.
The Cherry Street underpass will remain open until Monday, May 14, when it is expected to close for four days.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser Saturday, May 12
SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.