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Doug Lindner

Cost of sheriff’s contract to increase

Pulkrabek makes annual visit to city council

SOLON– The cost of the city’s contract with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is going up by about $3,500.
The sheriff’s office currently provides 34 hours of weekly law enforcement to the City of Solon at a cost of $41 per hour. That hourly cost will increase $2 an hour, to $43, beginning in July 2017.
It was not unexpected news.
The sheriff’s office instituted a policy of increasing its hourly rates every other year and, with that understanding, the city upped the number of contract hours from 32 to 34 last year.

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“It can happen again.”

Survivor Gideon Frieder defines Holocaust for Solon students

SOLON– “My generation is dying,” Gideon Frieder said to the Solon students gathered in the middle school auditorium. “Twenty years from now, you will have no opportunity to talk to a Holocaust survivor. We will all be dead.”

Council moves ahead with water storage project

Work on 400,000- gallon ground storage reservoir to start in spring

SOLON– It will take Solon to a whole new level.
Bids for the construction of a 400,000-gallon water tank at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area will be awarded next month.
The project, originally expected to start in the spring of 2016, will now get underway a year later, with completion sometime in the fall of 2017.
The ground storage reservoir (GSR) will triple the capacity of the city’s municipal water storage, currently limited to a single 200,000-gallon water tower.

Winter sports Soup and Hoops Nov. 18

Basketball programs raising funds with soup supper Nov. 18

SOLON– Blizzard conditions put a damper on attendance at last year’s inaugural Soup and Hoops.
Second-year varsity girls basketball coach Lisa Bishop is hoping for better weather Friday, Nov. 18, when the Solon High School winter teams reach out to the community with the kickoff event.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with scrimmages for the freshman and sophomore boys’ and girls’ basketball teams beginning at 5:30 p.m.

City rearranges parking in busy Fox Ridge neighborhood

New stop signs coming to Windflower Lane

SOLON– Growth means more people and more people means more vehicles.
And in the Fox Ridge subdivision on the city’s south side, vehicle parking has become an issue.
Council member Steve Duncan, a resident of the subdivision, has consistently expressed concern about the parking habits of contractors and of some businesses in the neighborhood.
At an Oct. 19 council meeting, small changes in the subdivision’s street layout were approved in hopes of providing a solution.

Developers unveil plan for St. Mary auditorium

Commercial, residential mix planned for former church building

SOLON– There may be a new use on the horizon for an old Solon building.
The former St. Mary auditorium and an adjoining property were the subject of a mixed-use concept plan before the members of the Solon City Council Oct. 19.
Prairie Equity Group, LLC, of Iowa City, is proposing to renovate the 1915 building into commercial storefronts and 16 upper-level condominiums, with the conversion of a separate lot into a gated parking area.

Snipes running write-in campaign

Former council member running unofficially for seat

SOLON– Dale Snipes didn’t realize how much he missed being on the Solon City Council.
Snipes, 59, was appointed to the council in February 2015 and stood for election in November of that year. But when the hours of his employment changed, he made the decision to step down, and his letter of resignation was accepted July 7.
Afterward, he received comments from citizens expressing regret about his move, something he called “humbling.”

Solon fire department continues decades-old tradition of education

Lakeview students still learning the basics of fire safety

SOLON– One by one, kindergarten students at Lakeview Elementary got up on their hands and knees and crawled out of the small gymnasium to the lobby where a fire engine was waiting outside.
It’s the same thing they should be doing if there’s smoke in their home– it’s a lesson taught every year by members of the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department.
Stay low and go.
“We try to touch on some key points every time,” explained Capt. Tim Bell.

Council passes cell tower site to BOA

Verizon designate seeks to site tower on south side

SOLON– It will be left to the Board of Adjustment to decide whether or not a cellular tower can be constructed within the city limits of Solon.
The Solon City Council informally declined to consider adding cell towers as an acceptable use in the municipal zoning code at a meeting Oct. 5.
The city was asked to amend the zoning code to allow for the siting of a tower for Verizon Wireless, represented at the meeting by Brian Kabat of Buell Consulting Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.
The 130-foot tower is planned for a light commercial district on Stinocher Street adjacent to F.J. Krob Co.

Reach out. Cook out.

No-pressure events lead effort to share with the community

SOLON– It’s a bridge to the community.
As part of a prescription for a healthy congregation, the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) has been reaching out this year.
In April, the church kicked off a series of events aimed at bringing residents together in a no-pressure atmosphere. The first was the environmentally themed Kick Off to Earth Day at the Timber DOME Lodge; the second, a family movie night in August.

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Macbride alcohol ban takes legislative twist

Administrative rules committee sends amendment to legislature

DES MOINES– It’s up to the Iowa Legislature now.
The implementation of an alcohol ban at Lake Macbride State Park’s beach was delayed by a legislative review committee, and the Iowa House and Senate will have their chance to fix the problem.
A ban on “alcoholic liquor, beer, and wine” from beaches at Lake Macbride State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County was approved by the Iowa Natural Resources Commission at an Aug. 11 meeting and the amended rule was to go into effect Wednesday, Oct. 5.