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Community

Council debates Gallery Acres

Connection fee, doubled water rate proposed

SOLON– There was good and bad, but it didn’t get ugly.
The pros and cons of extending residential water service to a rural subdivision three miles outside the city limits were extensively discussed Wednesday, Dec. 13, during a two-hour work session by the Solon City Council.
Council members were asked to submit any questions necessary to make a decision on Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) request by the end of the year, and they waded through staff responses, with follow-up questions, and listened to opinions from the city engineer and public works director.

Doc. Davis Joins Dr. Brian Huedepohl in new Pet Health Center of Solon

SOLON– Dr. Rob Davis and the Davis Vet Clinic announced a new veterinary clinic in Solon. On Jan. 1, the Davis Vet Clinic will join the Pet Health Center of Solon. Dr. Davis will continue to work at the new clinic. As Dr. Davis puts it, he is not ready to hang up his hat yet, but after 35 years of being the boss, he is ready to have somebody new take over management.
Dr. Brian Huedepohl, partner/owner of Pet Health Center, said “We feel with a veterinarian of Dr. Davis’ caliber and experience joining us, we can continue to provide excellent veterinary care in the Solon area.”

NLFD battles wind-driven house fire

One miserable day

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Chief Brian Platz was stunned.
“In 25 years in the fire service, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Platz was reacting to a wind-driven blaze that completely destroyed a house in the 2800-block of 270th Street NW on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 10 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from a residence at 2855 270th Street NW. The North Liberty Fire Department’s (NLFD) response was immediate.

City of North Liberty news

NL holiday hours

NORTH LIBERTY– Christmas and New Year’s will affect North Liberty city hours and services.
Trash and Recycling: collected Thursdays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
City Hall: closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1 and 2.
Library: closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1; on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 closing at 6 p.m.
Recreation: closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1; open limited hours on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NL garbage and recycling one day late for holidays

Makes hanging pictures easy

NL inventor makes A product to hang his hat on

NORTH LIBERTY– For those of us who struggle getting photos to hang on the wall straight (and who doesn’t?) a North Liberty inventor has the solution.
“Everybody is frustrated with hanging pictures; I don’t care who you talk to,” said Roger Miller, creator of PicGenie123. “I created the product out of my own frustration– bottom line.”
The Iowan developed a unique new approach to hanging wall objects using a simple set of hardware. His invention even gained the approval of The Home Depot, which recently started selling the product in over 2,000 stores across the U.S. and its territories.

K-9 stop nets eight pounds of meth in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Two non-Iowa residents have been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a weekend traffic stop in Tiffin.
After running a stop sign, Dawn M. Colunga, 38, of Indianapolis, was stopped by Coralville police on the 100 block of Village Drive at about 7:05 p.m. Friday. With the assistance of a K-9, police searched her Honda Civic and found out eight-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a small bag of heroin and a small portion of marijuana.

CCA seeks public input

School district held three public hearings on Dec. 20

CCA held three public hearings on Dec. 20
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors held three public hearings on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford, during its regular monthly meeting.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Monday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservation.

Distant dream nearing reality

One-stop-shop for crisis intervention moves forward

IOWA CITY– What once seemed like only a good idea, and a bit of a dream, is nearing realization in Johnson County as plans for a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” for addiction and behavioral short-term care recently took a giant step forward.

One man, many voices

Ben Carling channels Dickens with ‘A Christmas Carol’

NORTH LIBERTY– On Dec. 3, 1867, the New York Daily Tribune ran a review of Charles Dickens’ first reading of “A Christmas Carol” in Boston’s Tremont Temple the prior evening:
From first to last there is no trickery in it,—full of action, abounding in gesture, with a voice for every character in every mood; with a face for every man, woman, and child, reflecting every feeling. There is no straining for stage effect, no attitudizing, no affectation. The most effective reading we ever listened to—it was the most beautifully simple, straightforward, hearty piece of painting from life.

2018 hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Friday, Dec. 15

DES MOINES– Iowans may start buying 2018 resident hunting, fishing and other licenses on Dec. 15. Licenses purchased for 2017 expire on Jan. 10.
The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $47; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $53; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $86.

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.