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Community

Community input meeting for Comprehensive Plan May 11

SOLON– The public input session for the update of Solon’s Comprehensive Plan will be Monday, May 11.
The consulting firm MSA Professional Services Inc. has been hired by the City of Solon to complete all aspects of a comprehensive plan update. MSA will be facilitating the first of two public meetings at Solon City Hall May 11 at 6 p.m.
Give your input and insight regarding the issues and opportunities that you see in the City of Solon today and in the future.

Teaching leaders, Leading teachers

Solon schools utilizing state leadership funds

By Lori Lindner
and Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Three area school districts have received state funding geared toward improving delivery of education in the upcoming school year.
The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon Community School District (SCSD) were approved to participate in the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System (TLS), beginning last fall.
It’s an initiative, long in the planning, and one that educators hope will have longevity and a significant impact on Iowa’s public education system.

ICCSD plans more community engagement for boundary talks

Drawing the line, take five

IOWA CITY– The introduction of yet another set of secondary school attendance boundaries was met with disapproval and disappointment from ICCSD community members.
Administration presented the fifth round of boundary scenarios at the Tuesday, April 28, board meeting with three maps making the cut so far.
The first was 5B, previously referenced as 4B, which did not change from its last iteration. This map takes into account geographic areas while also balancing demographic distribution.

Something’s brewing in the Corridor

Kirkwood Community College, NL business capitalize on home brewing popularity

CEDAR RAPIDS– When Kirkwood Program Developer Matt Murphy first started brewing his own beer two years ago, he had a lot of questions.
In search of answers, he turned to YouTube, and found dozens upon dozens of videos produced by a young beer enthusiast who went by the handle, terpsichoreankid.
“He was one of my biggest resources starting out,” Murphy said.
“This one guy” turned out to be someone right in his own backyard; Joe Williams, a home brewing expert and owner of the Marion and North Liberty home brew supply stores, BIY (Brew It Yourself).

Highway 965 to experience detours now through July

NORTH LIBERTY– Pavement removal on Highway 965 necessitates closing Highway 965 south of the intersection with 230th Street and Pheasant Lane through the Dubuque Street intersection, including the intersection at 240th Street/Scales Bend Road.
This phase includes widening Highway 965, flattening the highway’s banked curve, adding traffic signals at Scales Bend Road, adding trails and sidewalks, and other safety and aesthetic improvements. The work is expected to last into July.

Science Café May 14 at Frida Kahlo

SOLON– A Science Café is a public event that takes place in a casual setting, such as a pub or coffee house, featuring an engaging conversation with scientists about a particular topic. On May 14, from 5-6 p.m., the first Solon Science Café will be held at Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant. Dr.

North Liberty’s citywide garage sales to be held June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty citywide garage sales will be held Saturday, June 13. A master list of sales will be distributed on June 11 via the City of North Liberty’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NorthLiberty, and at http://bit.ly/NL-Garage-Sale-List-2015. Those interested in adding a garage sale to the list should visit http://bit.ly/NL-add-a-garage-sale and fill out the online form or email lydiafine3@gmail.com with any further questions.

Solon's Ed Hadenfeldt set to retire

longtime coach and teacher Going,but won’t be gone

SOLON– Ed Hadenfeldt has been a fixture of the Solon Community School District for 36 years in the classroom, the wrestling room and on the gridiron sidelines. But now he says it’s time to try something else for a few years.

First phase of improvements for Ely Road coming

Johnson and Linn counties partnering on three-phase project

JOHNSON COUNTY– Commuters between Linn and Johnson counties have a while before they will see work on Ely Road.
It’s coming in late August.
The first phase of Johnson County’s plan to upgrade Ely Road (W6E) will begin at the Linn County border and extend just four-tenths of a mile southward. Phase 1 includes replacing a deteriorated culvert and grading and widening the roadway’s foreslopes– the ground that goes from the shoulder to the bottom of the ditch.

Solon council extends interim administrator

Rasmussen to stay at least until August

SOLON– The Solon City Council needed more time.
Back in April 2014, council members approved a one-year contract for Cami Rasmussen to serve as city administrator, with the idea of eventually finding a long-term candidate for the post. Rasmussen stepped down from her job as mayor to assume the position, which was vacated by Cassandra Lippincott.
But the city has yet to interview a candidate for the permanent position, and Rasmussen’s year was set to expire April 28.
At a brief special session April 22, council members approved extending her contract to Aug. 1.

“Spring into Nature!” May 3

Trees Forever, Bur Oak Land Trust team for “Spring into Nature!” field day near Solon to showcase native plants, spring flowers May 3

SOLON– A new partnership will highlight the beauty of spring with a nature walk.
“Spring into Nature!” is a free field day sponsored by Trees Forever and the Bur Oak Land Trust that will feature many varieties of native plants from trees to prairie to spring ephemerals- those short-lived woodland wildflowers that mark the start of spring. The free event will be Sunday, May 3, at Turkey Creek, a Bur Oak Land Trust property on 107 scenic acres of prairie and forest near Solon.

Solon Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast Saturday, May 2

SOLON– The GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club will be hosting a May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.