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Community

Crest just under 2008

By Nathan Countryman
and Jake Krob
Mount Vernon Sun
SUTLIFF– Sutliff was one of the areas preparing for Cedar River flooding.
On Friday, Sept. 23, Rod Sullivan, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and a Lisbon native, was at the site to investigate the potential impact of floodwaters on the Sutliff Bridge.
“At 24.1 feet of water, the water level will touch some of the metal at the base of the bridge,” Sullivan said. “It won’t be as high as it was in 2008, though.”

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Change your smoke alarm batteries Oct. 29

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And, Solon Fire Department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Solon King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen McKenna Miller is flanked to her right by court members Makayla Lindeman and Alexis Sands, and to her left by Elizabeth Hand, Ali Dierson and Kylie Holubar on Friday, Sept. 23, following being crowned at halftime of Solon’s 34-3 defeat of the Oskaloosa Indians. (photo by Jeff Hess)
Liam Bell was announced as the 2016 Homecoming King at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Forevergreen Road Interchange and Local Roadway Improvements Timeline:

2016
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting Nov. 1 for property between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard
2017
Right of Way Design Public Information Meeting spring 2017 for property between Covered Bridge Boulevard and Jones Boulevard
Interchange bid letting proposed summer 2017
Local road bid letting proposed fall 2017 for Kansas Avenue through Covered Bridge Boulevard
Interchange construction fall 2017 through calendar year 2018
2018
Local road construction between Kansas Avenue and Covered Bridge Boulevard calendar year 2018, including closures and detours

Mayor Nielsen becomes Certified Elected Municipal Official

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen, mayor of North Liberty, is among seven elected city officials to be awarded the Certified Elected Municipal Official (CEMO) designation. The designation was created by the Iowa League of Cities as a way to recognize elected officials committed to continuing professional development while in office.
The recognition program allows attendees to build towards the CEMO designation while receiving meaningful, informative and useful information on topics that expand the elected official’s knowledge and capabilities. Participation in the program is 100 percent voluntary.

Annual fall festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch is located at 2780 Front St. NE. Pets are welcome at the farm but must remain leashed and be picked up after.

Free fall leaf pick-up to begin Monday, Oct. 3, at 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Open burning of leaves and yard waste is not permitted in North Liberty. The city will pick up leaves that property owners have raked to the curb Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21.
Leaves should be piled within two feet of the curb or edge of road. No sticks, branches or any other yard waste should be mixed with the leaves. Brush or garden waste may be bundled for pickup on your regular trash day.

North Liberty lends a helping hand

NORTH LIBERTY– Although unaffected by the late September flooding much of Eastern Iowa experienced, the City of North Liberty was able to assist those areas in need.
At the request of Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management Agency, the North Liberty Streets Department delivered materials to assist with flood mitigation and recovery Thursday, Sept. 22, as the Cedar River prepared to crest at near-record levels.

Solon High School Homecoming royalty

It’s Homecoming for the Solon Community School District. Members of the Homecoming Court gathered outside the high school for a photo Friday, Sept. 16. The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced this week as part of the Homecoming Parade Wednesday and the varsity football game against Oskaloosa Friday. Front: McKenna Miller, Kylie Holubar, Ali Diersen, Elizabeth Hand, Alexis Sands, MaKayla Lindemann. Back: Liam Bell, Graeson Dall, Bo Black, Justin Gibbs, Trevor Nelson, Ben Carr. (photo by Doug Lindner)