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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.

Fate of SCSD orchestra pit waiting in the wings

Board continues to work with architect, construction manager to find savings

SOLON– Solon school board members are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.
Board members met again with the district’s architectural firm and construction manager during a March 10 meeting to continue the search for alternates and possible cost savings to bring a $25.5 million bond issue project in on budget.
Preliminary cost estimates indicate the two projects to be funded by the September 2014 bond issue– the construction of a new middle school and a performing arts center addition to the high school– are trending towards the high side.

Solon Public Library

Big Library Read

The Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and their patrons unlimited access to a selected title creating a virtual, global book club. This Spring’s selection is “Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates. This is a riveting true-life tale of Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates as she teaches about the playwright in supermax solitary confinement, developing a friendship with a brilliant, dangerous convict.

City chooses MSA to update Solon Comprehensive Plan

SOLON– The City of Solon has hired MSA Professional Services to help update the community’s Comprehensive Plan.
At a March 4 meeting, city council members voted to approve MSA’s proposal at a cost of $12,000.
The Solon Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2008. The plan serves as a guide for future development decisions that includes demographic information as well as planning recommendations.

Living Last Supper performances in March

SOLON– Members of the Solon United Methodist Church and St. Mary Catholic Church will present five Living Last Supper performances during Lent, including the first performance at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon their life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting. Local performances will be on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Care Center, on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Solon, and on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

North Liberty council fails to pass developer’s agreement, touches on efficacy of tabling

Quorum of three creates conundrum

NORTH LIBERTY– Miss a meeting, miss a lot.
With two councilors absent, the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, March 10, faced a situation that resulted in the failure of one and the tabling of two agenda items related to a planned new subdivision, as well as a discussion about tailoring future votes.
At the beginning of the meeting, City Attorney Scott Peterson reminded the three councilors present that while they constituted a quorum thereby allowing them to take action, resolutions would require unanimity in order to pass.

The $66,000 question

Responsibility for change in sewer project floats between City of Tiffin, school district

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Whether to blame poor design or poorly placed construction trailers?
The question almost doesn’t matter, as the answer will be the same either way: a sewer line needs to get to the new school in Tiffin, and quickly.
Still up in the air is who will pay the price.

Students continue to leave IC district

Board looks at open enrollment, demographic and class size data

IOWA CITY– The trend of students leaving the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has continued this past school year.
Total enrollment is 13,050 students for the 2014-15 school year, and although that number has increased 1.2 percent over the last year, more students are also choosing to attend school in other districts.
This year, 461 students open enrolled out of the district, as opposed to 117 open enrolling into ICCSD schools. This resulted in a net loss of 344 students, an 8.9 percent increase of loss over last year.

Mehaffey Bridge reduced to one lane beginning March 30

Expect lengthy delays through July

SOLON– Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stoplight control at the Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County beginning Monday, March 30. A maximum vehicle width restriction of 9’6” will be in place at the bridge location during this phase of the construction. 
The road will remain open to traffic, but travelers should expect potentially lengthy traffic delays, especially during the morning and afternoon peak travel hours.
The contractor hopes to complete this phase of construction in July.

NL Pantry seeks volunteers for Gardening for Health Project

Orientation meetings for public to be held March 31 and April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is excited to announce the spring launch of its Gardening for Health Project, and invites the public to participate in the very first growing season.
This year the project will include the installation of a patio and rainwater catchment system, the construction of raised beds, the planting of fruit trees and berry bushes and the growth of annual vegetables to stock the pantry shelves. The garden will become the location of hands-on educational events about gardening topics and cooking skills throughout the growing season.