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June 25th

Another STeP for Highway 965

NORTH LIBERTY– Another large donation has been dropped in North Liberty’s bucket.
At its May 23 meeting, the Urbanized Area Policy Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) voted to funnel another $735,000 to North Liberty for improving Highway 965.

All spaced out

IOWA CITY— In November, Johnson County voters will see a bond referendum on the ballot to fund a new criminal justice center to replace the existing sheriff’s office, jail and courthouse. The board of supervisors will be asking the taxpayers for $46.8 million while dipping into reserves for the balance of the $4.8 million (estimated) project.
As part of a campaign to make the case for the new combined facility, the board arranged a tour of the jail and courthouse for the quarterly meeting of local governments, held June 20 in Iowa City. Supervisor Rod Sullivan explained why.

The un-Dewey-ing of a library

NORTH LIBERTY– Before the North Liberty Community Library began making big changes with its expansion, staff was busy making some important changes to its content.
The library did away with the long-established Dewey Decimal system of shelving and cataloging books and other materials, changing to a system that organizes them by their subjects.
While the staff members say it will make it much easier for patrons to find things, it was not an easy undertaking to make such a huge transformation.
In fact, it took over a year to complete the change-over.

NL city attorney to go full time

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Starting July 1, the City of North Liberty will have its own full-time attorney.
Scott Peterson, who has been serving as North Liberty’s legal counsel since August 2006, was brought on as a North Liberty staff member in June 2011 in a three-quarter time position with full-time benefits. At that time, City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the North Liberty City Council hiring Peterson as a staff member would reduce the city’s legal budget by about $59,000 per year from when Peterson was paid as a contractual employee.

Motorcycle, vehicle collision results in fatality of Tiffin man

TIFFIN– A collision between a motorcycle and an SUV left a 20-year-old Tiffin man dead last Wednesday, June 20.

First youth triathalon at NL aquatic center to be held Aug. 4

NORTH LIBERTY— The North Liberty Aquatic Center is hosting its first ever Youth Triathlon Aug. 4 and is are looking for support. The Aquatic Center is in need of volunteers from 8:30 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, to help this event to get kids moving. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Please contact Katie Gerot at 319-626-5707 or kgerot@ci.north-liberty.ia.us for more details.

NL Pantry invites everyone to Thanksgiving in July

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) invites local businesses to participate in Thanksgiving in July.
The last two years, local financial institutions held food drives and competed for a traveling turkey trophy, awarded in 2011 to Hills Bank & Trust for amassing the most contributions. In total, the North Liberty Community Pantry received the equivalent of more than 10,000 pounds of food in July 2011.
This year the NLCP is opening the invitation to all businesses to compete in the Thanksgiving in July event.

Red’s sponsors poker run June 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Red’s Alehouse will sponsor its third annual Poker Run on Saturday, June 30, to benefit the North Liberty Fire Department. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty, with an entry fee of $15 per person or $25 for rider and passenger. The ride leaves at 10 a.m. with stops in West Branch, Riverside, Keota and Williamsburg. The ride ends at Red’s Alehouse around 4 p.m. There will be prizes for first, second and third place hands, raffle ticket prizes, and a 50/50 cash drawing.
For more information contact Keith Kjosa at 319-631-2811.

Council meetings now at 6:30 p.m.

NORTH LIBERTY–North Liberty City Council meetings have a new start time. Meetings will now begin at 6:30 p.m., and will still be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the North Liberty City Council chambers, 1 Quail Creek Cir., North Liberty.
The meetings will still be televised live and re-run during later dates on North Liberty Television (NLTV).

Holy Trinity to host Wildwood Forest VBS in July

NORTH LIBERTY– Holy Trinity Church invites area children to join in Vacation Bible School and Day Camp scheduled for July 23-27, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 240th St. NE, North Liberty.
Holy Trinity, a growing Lutheran church in North Liberty, is planning an action-packed week of summer fun for children.