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Archive - 2014

Date

June 26th

Road improvements needed to accommodate ICCSD schools

NORTH LIBERTY– Since the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) announced plans last year to construct a 1,500-capacity high school near the intersection of North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street, city and county officials have been moved to talk about how to get students there safely.
The North Liberty City Council heard from City Engineer Kevin Trom of Shive Hattery Engineering on May 27, with an overview of possible street improvements and estimated costs to upgrade portions of North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street.

Lane reduction on Zeller Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting this week, Zeller Street will be reduced to one lane between Front and Main streets so workers can complete sewer connections for newly constructed houses there. The lane is expected to reopen by Thursday, June 26.
During the lane reduction, Zeller will be open to two-way traffic, but traffic may be delayed by the work. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time or find alternative routes.

Highway 965 construction begins, road closures to follow

NORTH LIBERTY– The next phase of improvements to Highway 965 between Penn Street and Pheasant Lane has begun.
Crews started work outside of the highway’s shoulder to add storm sewers. When detour signs and temporary traffic signals are in place, Highway 965 will close between Penn and Dubuque streets’ intersection. The closure is expected as early as June 30, but may not occur until after July 4.

School board reluctantly signs water, sewer deal with Tiffin

CCA “over a barrel” in agreement with city

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Superintendent Tim Kuehl prefaced the board of directors’ discussion of a proposed agreement with the City of Tiffin by saying it was not a dream agreement, but rather, “the best we’ve got.”
The agreement details how water and sewer lines will be extended to the new elementary school site at the corner of US Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue, and how the estimated cost will be split, with the City of Tiffin paying one-third and the remaining two-thirds becoming the school district’s responsibility.

Blues & BBQ brings cold brews for all

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Blues & BBQ committee understands July is a great month to sit outside, eat delicious food and drink a cold beer. Blues & BBQ falls on July 12, and the festival will have brewed offerings to fit every taste: hop lovers, cider fanciers, beer snobs and those who just want a cold, refreshing pint.

First phase of infrastructure estimated at $5.8 million

On top of the city’s east side

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Pro Tempore Gerry Kuhl wants people to know; the city is addressing infrastructure needs in anticipation of the coming high school.

Parade, family event honors Mayor Salm

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a joyful event to honor a somber occasion.
When the news spread that North Liberty Fun Days– the community’s long-standing three-day June event that served as a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations and ushered in the summer for the last 30 years– was cancelled this year, city staff and administration pitched in with a substitute celebration to honor the late Mayor Tom Salm, who passed away May 18.

No. 2 Solon picks up first loss

Lady Spartans run gauntlet of ranked foes

SOLON– In the span of a single week, Solon’s varsity softball team took on five separate ranked opponents.
And out of the eight games the Lady Spartans played, only one team was able to put a blemish on Solon’s perfect record.
Fort Dodge (ranked No. 4 in 4A) defeated Solon 6-5 in a five-inning game Saturday, June 21, in Fort Dodge to provide the first loss of the season for the Lady Spartans.
But by then, Solon had already taken down the second- and seventh-ranked teams in Class 5A– West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny– as well as unranked Emmetsburg.

Solon homebuilder meets DOE energy efficiency challenge

SOLON– A recently constructed home in Solon is really pushing the envelope.
The home constructed by Legacy GreenBuilders at 3978 Macbride Place in west of Solon has earned certification under the US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home® (ZERH) program. The home is the first of its kind in Iowa to achieve certification under this prestigious program, and Legacy GreenBuilders is the first homebuilder in the state to build to this standard.

Solon Community Fitness Club hosting trail runs Wednesday nights

SOLON– Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., the Solon Community Fitness Club is hosting community run/walks at the Timber DOME Lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy summer weather with friends and neighbors and train for any road races you are doing this summer. For more information, contact Brian Fitzpatrick at 319-624-5145 or on Facebook.