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Government

An Iowan for Iowans

Nielsen to stress Midwest belief system, public education if elected

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen thinks North Liberty is the best place to live in Iowa, but she’s willing to make Des Moines “home” part of the year if voters choose her to represent Iowa House District 77 at the polls on Nov. 8.
“We have just about anything you could want or need right here,” said Nielsen. “I’m sure there are other places where people are proud of their community, but I just feel it so strongly here in North Liberty.”

Soft heart, strong faith

Phillips pushes amendment rights, economy in bid for state house

CORALVILLE– Royce Phillips didn’t always want to be a pastor.
Growing up in Forth Worth, Texas, he possessed a knack for math and science and had every intention of being a physicist at NASA.
“If I wasn’t going to be a physicist, I was going to teach math at the University of Texas system somewhere,” he said. “That was just the assumption.”

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann town hall meeting Jan. 9 at Solon library

SOLON– Representative Bobby Kaufmann will hold a town hall meeting in Solon on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Solon Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. A special update on Lake Macbride will be provided regarding the hours of operation and proposed alcohol ban.

Fifteen years later, Neuzil is stepping out

Supervisor Terrence Neuzil leaves Iowa for Kalamazoo Co.

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
IOWA CITY– Last month, Johnson County bid farewell to one of the area’s most well-known citizens.
Terrence Neuzil served on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for 15 years. He resigned his position to take a job as the County Administrator of Kalamazoo County, Mich.
Dec. 20 was Neuzil’s last day serving his hometown constituents.

Diverted funds to help pay for parking lot paving, SRNA shelter

New city hall, new spending

By Paul Deaton
Solon Economist

SOLON– The new city hall is open for business at 101 N. Iowa Ave., where the city council held its first meeting on May 21.
But it still needs a parking lot.
Diverting budgeted funds to pay for parks and recreation projects and paving the city hall parking lot were discussed, along with a report on an addition to the fire station.
The meeting began with a moment of silence in remembrance of North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm, who died suddenly on Sunday, May 18.

Rettig looks toward another county term

JOHNSON COUNTY– While Janelle Rettig already believes she lives in the best place on earth, she won’t stop trying to make it better.
Rettig has announced her intent to run for re-election to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors this November. Appointed in 2009 to fill the vacancy left by the passing of supervisor Larry Meyer, Rettig was then elected to the seat in a 2010 special election, and re-elected in November of the same year.
“Some people think I’ve already served two terms because I’ve been through two elections,” she joked.

Joni Ernst to greet voters in Coralville

CORALVILLE– U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Republican, will be in Coralville on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Press Coffee Company, 2201 E. Grantview Dr. in Coralville. Everyone is welcome.

Supes wrestle with with options for justice center

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– It could be back to the drawing table, literally, for some area architects. While the Johnson County Board of Supervisors continues to grapple with how to move forward in addressing courthouse and jail space needs, the possibility of dividing the proposed justice center into two separate projects appears more likely.

City elections Tuesday, Nov. 5

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Municipal elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters in Johnson County will be asked to choose city council members to fill any vacant seats. There is only one public measure on any municipal ballots this time around; Iowa City residents will be asked if the age for entry to a bar that serves alcohol should be changed back to 19 years, instead of 21. Iowa City, University Heights and Coralville all have strongly contested races for council positions, and Coralville has four candidates running for its mayor’s seat.

Jedlicka, Schwab and Brown elected to school board

Highest turnout in county

SOLON– Voters in the Solon Community School District sided with experience in the Tuesday, Sept. 10 school board elections.
Rick Jedlicka, Dick Schwab and Tim Brown were chosen to fill three seats on the board.
Schwab was the lone incumbent in the six-person field, while Brown had previously served as a school board member, Jedlicka spent over a decade as mayor of Solon. Board members Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot did not seek re-election.

Geerdes hosting listening post Aug. 24 in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa City Community School District school board candidate Gregg Geerdes will be hosting a listening post Saturday, Aug. 24, at the North Liberty Community Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room C.
Geerdes also welcomes phone calls at his home phone number of 319-354-2375.

Boat storage proposal resisted by neighbors

Supervisors approve first reading of Scales Bend Road rezoning

JOHNSON COUNTY– One local developer has proposed a plan for an outdoor boat storage facility close to North Liberty, and the idea has taken on water with disapproving neighbors.
However, in its formal meeting of Aug. 8, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a rezoning request by Duane Kunkel of Solon that would allow him to stay on that course.