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Community

Trapshooting can drive March 28

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information, contact Gerald Chaloupka at 319-624-2825.

Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Sale March 28

SOLON– The Junior Post Prom Committee will host a Spartan Clothing and Sports Equipment Rummage Sale to help fund the Post Prom Party for Solon High School students. The rummage sale will take place on Saturday, March 28, in the Solon High School commons from 8 a.m. until noon. If you would like to donate or have any questions, please contact Angi Shelangoski at ashelangoski@solon.k12.ia.us or 319-624-2007.

Legion Riders host annual Palm Sunday breakfast on March 29

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders will host the annual Palm Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 29, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Solon American Legion. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 eat free.

Solon Public Library

Library Foundation raffle winners

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Landowner continues to battle North Liberty

Earlier this month, about 40 trees were cut down on the property of Gary Weinman, a rural resident who is suing the City of North Liberty to halt condemnation of a portion of his prairie land for a public sewer project. The city prevailed in a court hearing to stay compensation proceedings, and was ordered to pay Weinman $80,000 for the easement. The city is appealing that award, and more recently communicated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about a permit process questioned by Weinman’s legal counsel. (photo by Tom Tau)

ICCSD proposes tax increase for 2016

Administration recommends raising rate by 25 cents

IOWA CITY- Though the Iowa legislature has yet to set state aid for schools, Iowa City Community School District officials remain hopeful that the amount will be higher than the governor’s recommended 1.25 percent.
Administrators and school board members met Tuesday, March 10, to discuss the administration’s budget recommendation for Fiscal Year 2016.
The budget is based on a two percent state aid budget scenario, leading to the proposed tax rate of $13.95 per $1,000 in taxed property value, an increase of 25 cents from Fiscal Year 2015.

A room to grow

NL CoLab offers innovative space for start-ups

NORTH LIBERTY– Google was started in a garage, Facebook in a college dorm room.
In the business world, the term “start-up,” conjures images of small, cramped quarters and slightly uninviting spaces.
But now that image is starting to change.
The North Liberty CoLab, located at 215 Hwy. 965, Ste. 1, is the newest collaboration space in the Iowa City area. It’s a place where start-up businesses and entrepreneurs can come together, network and bounce ideas off one another.

North Liberty to hold open house for 2015 projects

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has a number of projects planned for this year and invites the public to an open house to learn more about the plans, meet engineers and staff, and ask questions about the projects.
The open house will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the North Liberty Community Library’s meeting rooms.
Projects that will be presented include:
• Penn Meadows Park upgrades, including bathrooms, a concession stand, picnic shelter and splash pad;
• North Liberty recreation trail resurfacing, re-grading and upgrades;

Questions prompt more communication of a legal nature

Turtles, bats and a claim of improper consultation

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The disagreement about the City of North Liberty’s right to condemn private property for a public sewer project has grown beyond local boundaries.
Notification has been sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) suggesting the entities violated the national Endangered Species Act in issuing a permit for the project.

Volunteers asked to help end hunger Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids Against Hunger 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty. Volunteers will pack food for distribution by the international food relief organization, Kids Against Hunger.
In order to make this a great event, the church congregation must raise over $18,750, and needs hundreds of volunteers to do the actual packing.

NLYBS Field Enhancement Day to be Saturday, March 28

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) Field Enhancement will be Saturday, March 28, from 9-11 a.m. at Penn Meadows Park. NLYBS players, and their families, are asked to come out and help get the fields ready for the season.
The area for the new sports pavilion (bathrooms and concession stand) plus the brick courtyard will be marked off, with bricks that were purchased prior to Feb. 26 on display.

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
The money raised by the firefighters and first responders has been used to purchase protective safety equipment, medical gear and even fire trucks in the past.