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News

Solon Homecoming Royalty crowned

Solon High School’s Homecoming festivities concluded over the weekend. Connor Wiseman (above) was selected by the student body to be the 2013 Homecoming King, a decision announced at the end of the parade and pep rally Wednesday evening. Connor is the son of Steven Wiseman and Cindy Keeley. Rylee Smith (right) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the varsity football game against Clear Creek Amana Friday night. Rylee is the daughter of Anne and Aaron Smith. (photos by Doug Lindner)

High winds cause damage

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour buffeted Johnson County last week, collapsing a grain bin and ripping the end off of the storage building (above) on the Gene Greazel property west of Solon on Highway 382. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Main street paving not acceptable

Terracon evaluation finds flaws with new asphalt

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– From the moment the dust settled, Solon Public Works director Scott Kleppe knew he wasn’t happy with the asphalt on Main Street.
Now the city has some ammunition to back him up.
At last week’s city council meeting, representatives from Terracon, an Iowa City engineering and consulting company, reported samples of asphalt from the Main Street paving failed to meet the project’s required specifications in a number of ways.
The report confirmed something the city had suspected for a long time.

Solon school board welcomes new members

Tim Brown, Rick Jedlicka, and president Dick Schwab take the oath of office

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon school board has welcomed some new but familiar faces.
At a Monday, Sept. 16, meeting, board president Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot retired from service, and the newly elected members filled the vacated seats.
In an emotional resignation, Asprey publicly thanked his peers, citizens of Solon, and most importantly, his family.

Reconfigured CCA board sets sail

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– While the majority of voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district did not call for change in the Sept. 10 school board election, the board of directors did undergo a roster change, and a change in leadership.

Venenga named North Liberty police chief

Diane Venenga has been named North Liberty’s police chief by the city’s mayor, Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.

Jedlicka, Schwab, Brown

Elected to Solon school board

SOLON– Voters in the Solon Community School District sided with experience in the Tuesday, Sept. 10, school board election.
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.

Road tripping through county projects

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge improvements

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.

Black and white

County trying to deal with racial disparity in arrest rates

Five county residents to attend Juvenile Justice Reform program

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

NORTH LIBERTY– The subject of minorities being arrested and incarcerated at a higher percentage than white people has been an on-going discussion topic in Johnson County, and was cited during debates over the county’s proposed new justice center. However that discussion focused on adult contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice center, and not necessarily on juvenile offenders.

Have you been taxed too much?

Local option tax expired, but some retailers have still been charging

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– Maybe they didn’t get the memo. Perhaps they couldn’t believe that a tax could actually expire.

Aw, shucks!

Solon schools lunchrooms to serve local farm food

SOLON– Corn means something more to us here in Iowa, and nothing shows it off better than events like the corn-shucking party at Solon High School Aug. 25.
The party, which ended when the work was done, was expected to take place from 2 until 5 p.m. Surprisingly, though, it finished an hour and a half after the fun started. The corn was served to students during the first week of school during lunch.
“It was great to see everybody working together,” Laurie Broghammer said as she cleaned up the last bits of corn from the cafeteria kitchen.

Is Solon ready to start laying eggs?

City council asked by youth to consider urban chicken ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Other towns are doing it.
Why not Solon?
Ethan Kober, accompanied by his father Scott, posed the question to the Solon City Council at an Aug. 21 meeting.
“I’ve raised chickens the last four years, and I’d like to continue to do that in Solon,” Kober told council members. He asked what could possibly be done to allow backyard chickens within the Solon city limits.