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Community

Council moving ahead on water storage

City planning for ground storage reservoir next to SRNA well

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City of Solon has been aware that it needs additional water storage for some time.
Now a solution has risen to the top.
At a regular meeting Dec. 3, Solon City Council members voted to pursue a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir to be located adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).

Solon Public Library

Friends of the Library book donations accepted at library

If you’re cleaning for the holidays and find that you have an abundance of gently used books, DVDs, and/or puzzles, you should consider donating them to the library. All donations are tax-deductible and are either added to the library’s collection or given to the Friends of the Solon Public Library to be sold at their yearly book sale. The proceeds of their book sale go towards providing programming at the library.

Monthly drawing winner

Junior Post Prom Spartan Rummage Sale Saturday, Dec. 15

SOLON– Junior Post Prom Committee will be hosting a Spartan Rummage Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the Solon Middle School commons. This clothing sale will include used Spartan clothing and sports equipment.

Shrek - The SHS Musical Production

SOLON– What happens when you put a couple dozen dancing dolls, three blind mice, two jaded ogres and one narcissistic lord all together in a magical kingdom where fairy tale creatures come to life and a brassy dragon falls in love with a sassy donkey?
Another fantastic musical presented by the Solon High School music and drama departments.
“Shrek the Musical,” a theater adaptation of the DreamWorks film, was directed by Solon Middle School vocal music instructor Jessica Frerich and performed by a slew of Solon’s middle school and high school students on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

One step closer to eminent domain procedure

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council in its Dec. 9 meeting took action that moves the city one step closer toward exercising eminent domain to obtain private property for a public purpose.
On Tuesday, the council unanimously voted to proceed with obtaining sewer easements on eight private properties. In one case, the council did so in the face of litigation against it.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen to open in 2016

Coming soon to NL: new options for senior living

NORTH LIBERTY– A high demand for senior living options in North Liberty will soon be met.
Developers and investors in the planned Keystone Place at Forevergreen gathered Nov. 21 at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd., formerly the Colony Country RV Park, to break ground for the new senior living center.

Weather delays could spell trouble for CCA construction projects

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD — They’re not ready to push the panic button just yet, but administrators and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) board members are concerned about progress on the new middle school addition, and weather-related delays.

Small change making a big difference

United Way of Johnson County, MidWestOne partner for financial literacy program

NORTH LIBERTY– Banking and saving; debit cards and credit cards; paying bills and paying off debt; insurance, taxes and investing…
Regardless of income, navigating the maze of financial decision-making is never simple. Yet money management is more often learned through the school of hard knocks than through any educational institution or formal curriculum.
Fortunately, a new financial literacy program is now helping guide the way for some Johnson County residents.

NL to sponsor holiday lighting contest

NORTH LIBERTY– Nothing says happy holidays like competition over the best holiday lights display.
The North Liberty Recreation Department is sponsoring a holiday decorating contest with prizes for the top three displays based on public and recreation center staff voting.

Tiffin to hold house decoration contest

TIFFIN– Deck the halls in December for Tiffin’s holiday decorating contest. City officials will judge the best-dressed homes for the holidays, with prizes awarded for first, second and third place. All dwellings– single family, multi-family homes and mobile homes– will be viewed and are eligible to win.

Finding compromise on a new school calendar

Committee recommendation coming at Dec. 8 meeting

SOLON– Different things are important to different people.
When it comes to the Solon school calendar, students, parents and school staff differ on which has the most impact– the starting date for the school year or ending the first semester before winter break.
The school district’s calendar committee has been working to develop the landmark dates for the 2015-16 school year, and a formal recommendation is expected at the school board’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Kunkel resigns from city council

SOLON– Solon City Council member Brad Kunkel has resigned from his position effective Dec. 1.
Kunkel has purchased a residence outside the city limits. He made the announcement at the Wednesday, Nov. 19, meeting of the city council. Mayor Steve Stange indicated at that meeting he would prefer to appoint a replacement after taking applications from the community.
The council vacancy was on the agenda for discussion at the regular city council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3.