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Community

Appreciating value

Bill Greazel retires from Johnson County Assessor’s Office

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The tax man cometh, and stayed for 42 years.
Johnson County Assessor Bill Greazel celebrated his retirement from more than four decades of service with a reception on Friday, Sept. 25. Those years brought many changes, innovations and advancements to the assessor’s office, as well as many lessons to the man himself.
First, life is full of happy accidents.

Solon High School presents musical “Annie” Nov. 13, 14, and 15

SOLON– Solon High School now presents “Annie, The Musical!” Performance dates are Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium Lobby.
Gold seating is $12, silver seating is $9 and Bronze seating is $6. Checks may be made payable to Solon Drama Department.

City Loop Bus Tour Nov. 14

SOLON– The City Loop Bus Tours, conducted during Solon’s 175th Anniversary for returning alumni, were so popular the Senior Advocates are planning a city loop tour Saturday, Nov. 14, for anyone interested. The tour will originate at 10 a.m. at the Family Life Center parking lot across the street from the Solon United Methodist Church. Please call 318-624-2710 for reservations. A minimum of eight passengers is required. There is no cost for the tour, however donations are welcomed.

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.

NL contractor licensing on hold

NORTH LIBERTY– Lack of a full council halted North Liberty’s action on a new rule requiring builders to be licensed to build in the city.

No middle ground for Tiffin minimum wage

TIFFIN– What was proposed as a compromise in Tiffin’s minimum wage debate failed to bring two opposing views together.

NL Fire Department responds to deck fire extinguished by building’s fire sprinkler system

NORTH LIBERTY– At 3:10 a.m. last Friday, Oct. 30, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 280 Sadler Ln. in North Liberty for a building fire alarm. While responding to the location, the North Liberty Police Department advised that water was flowing from the rear deck of a condominium with a smell of smoke in the area. The first-arriving North Liberty units found a three-story, 12-unit condo building with no smoke or fire visible from the exterior but did find an activated sprinkler head on the third-story deck.

Proposed interchange to be discussed Nov. 18 in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18, to discuss the proposed interchange at West Forevergreen Road and Interstate 380 near North Liberty, in Johnson County. This includes proposed improvements along West Forevergreen Road from Jasper Avenue Northwest, east to Highway 965. 

NL boy to be Kid Captain when Hawks take on Indiana Nov. 7

IOWA CITY– Lincoln Ortman, 5, son of Chris and Missy Ortman of North Liberty, will serve as Kid Captain when the Hawkeyes take on Indiana on Nov. 7.
Lincoln was born with a hemangioma– a non-cancerous growth caused by an abnormal collection of blood vessels– that started on his leg. By the time he was 5 months old, it had become segmented and spread up his leg and into his diaper area. When his parents grew concerned about the birthmark bleeding, they took him to their dermatologist.

Equipment damage slows North Liberty leaf collection

NORTH LIBERTY– Leaf collection in North Liberty will be slowed due to the destruction of one of the city’s vacuum trucks. The damage was caused when a piece of concrete, obscured by leaves at the curb for collection, was sucked into the truck’s impeller. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Repair will require the truck to be out of service through the end of leaf collection, limiting collection to a single crew working with older, less efficient equipment.

West High swimmers qualify for state meet

Six girls will compete Saturday in Marshalltown

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Six West High swimming and diving team members will compete in the 2015 state meet Saturday, Nov. 7, in Marshalltown.

First phase of Hoover Trail funding approved

State trail fund, conservation bond to cover cost

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It’s a go.
The first phase of the Hoover Trail project has received $679,699 in funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) State Recreational Trails Programs.
The state funding, coupled with money from the county’s Conservation Bond Fund, will enable construction of the first segment of a dedicated recreational trail between Solon and Ely, according to Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof.