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Government

County seeks justice center input

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County officials will continue to seek ways to address its need for space within the county’s justice system, in a series of upcoming public meetings.

State auditor releases City of Solon audit report for 2011-12 fiscal year

DES MOINES– The state auditor’s office has released the results of a City of Solon audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

Council approves city hall construction bid

Council sets to find enough money for metal roof

SOLON– The design is set for the new Solon City Hall.
Now the city just needs to find a way to pay for it.
At a July 2 meeting, the Solon City Council approved a bid from Garling Construction of Belle Plaine and Cedar Rapids for the building of the new city offices.
At last week’s July 17 session, the council members started gathering fund balances together to deal with about $120,000 in cost overruns for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
And to find about $17,000 for a metal roof.

JECC passes emergency communications test

Center functions well during June’s severe weather

JOHNSON COUNTY– County residents should be glad to hear that at least one return on their investment equals better safety for everyone.
North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm is a member of the policy board for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), the central facility that dispatches emergency resources and personnel from fire departments, law enforcement agencies and medical responders countywide.
Salm told the North Liberty City Council earlier this month that June’s severe weather incidents put the JECC facility and its personnel to the test, and all passed with flying colors.

Board accepts internal report on SBG

Board and administration continue to plug away on best implementation

SOLON– Lianne Westcot, Dick Schwab and Matt Townsley left smiling after the latest Solon school board meeting on July 8. The school board unanimously approved the group’s report on Standards Based Grading (SBG).
The trio had spent hours in meetings over the last weeks synthesizing recent public comments (including the June 3 public hearing), as well as information from throughout the school year. Board member Dan Coons shared his appreciation during the short, 35-minute meeting, held at the central office conference room, 301 S. Iowa St.

School pledges assistance for drainage

City asks for use of soccer fields during joint session

SOLON– Everyone appreciated the update.
The Solon City Council and the Solon school board met in joint session last week, discussing the long-term potential for shared services and facilities as well as more immediate concerns like raging surface water running through a residential subdivision.

Public speaks out against possible school closures for ICCSD

Presentation by facilities committee sparks remarks

IOWA CITY– The message from the public at the July 9 Iowa City Community School District ICCSD) board meeting can be summed up with these resounding words.
“Don’t close neighborhood schools.”

Coralville; ailing finances, or healthy debt?

A recent downgrade for the city’s bond rating is just part of the picture, say city officials

Since the mid-2000s, the City of Coralville has been engaged in significant economic development projects that have been both hailed as visionary and necessary for the community’s growth, and criticized as unfair and irresponsible to taxpayers. In more recent years, the city has fallen under scrutiny for its TIF practices and continued participation in providing financial incentives to private enterprise. This is the first of a three-part series examining the city’s current fiscal status, its economic decision making and the concerns of area citizens who question both.

City of Solon announces vacancies on Library, Park & Rec, P&Z and Board of Adjustments

SOLON– The City of Solon is now accepting applications for membership on the Library Board of Trustees, Park & Recreation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustments. The Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The Park & Recreation Commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The Planning & Zoning Commission meets, when needed, on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The Board of Adjustments meets on an “as needed” basis. Applicants must reside within the city limits of Solon.

Tiffin issues boil advisory

TIFFIN – The city of Tiffin in Johnson County issued a boil advisory Friday after shutting off water to the older part of town and Deer View Estates, a newer section on the west side,.
The city was installing a new pipe connection Friday afternoon when they needed to shut off the water to complete the work. About 500 to 600 residents and businesses are affected.
The city expects to complete repairs, restore water pressure and flush the lines Friday evening. However, the boil advisory will remain in effect until the city can collect and test water samples.

Carry on: No change in NL gun rules

NL councilor lacks support for changing firearms rules

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– People who lawfully possess guns will still be able to carry them onto city property in North Liberty without violating any city laws.
A resolution to prohibit firearms on city-owned property came before the North Liberty City Council on May 28, brought by request from council member Coleen Chipman. After moderate discussion, Chipman’s motion to disallow weapons on city-owned property failed 2-3, with Chipman and council member Gerry Kuhl voting in favor.

Residents to pay more for water usage

Water, sewer consumption rates to rise July 1, bigger jump coming next year

NORTH LIBERTY– The river is not the only thing on the rise.
North Liberty residents will likely see their water and sewer rates increase beginning July 1.
Last Tuesday, May 28, the North Liberty City Council approved the first reading of ordinance amendments to increase the rates people pay on their water and sewer usage.