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Doug Lindner

New school facilites on track for 2018

Open house for new middle school Sept. 3

SOLON– It’s been a constant rumble of construction for the Solon Community School District.
But the end is just over a year away, if all goes according to plan.
The school system is in the midst of a substantial facilities upgrade which includes two new buildings and two additions to the high school. School officials provided an update on progress at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
It’s an annual get-together for the two local elected bodies to discuss current projects, anticipated growth and possible areas of cooperation.

Looking for ideas

District open to all options for middle school use

SOLON– What are you going to do with the vacated middle school?
It’s not a question the Solon Community School District is in a hurry to answer, but it’s been posed and was discussed at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
“We’ve been wrestling with that and discussing it as a board ever since a decision was made that we were going to build new,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told city council members. “Right now we’ve just been ears open and gathering suggestions for use of the facility we’re vacating portions of.”

Drainage concerns on Eastwood Dr.

Neighbors to meet with school engineers

SOLON– “We want to be good neighbors,” assured Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl.
He was speaking to residents of Eastwood Drive, a cul-de-sac sandwiched between Solon High School and the district’s new intermediate elementary, during a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
Several of the street’s residents, including Janet Udelhofen, of 612 Eastwood Dr., presented the joint session with a petition asking the city and school to reconsider how the new school site is draining while under construction.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

White named national softball coach of the year

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Solon’s Jim White coach of the year

Former Clear Creek Amana softball coach wins national honor

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Council to restrict "Citizen’s Speak"

Action expected on proposed guidelines for public input

SOLON– The Solon City Council is going to look at modifying the way it interacts with the public.
At a meeting June 7, council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed a resolution establishing guidelines for the Citizen’s Speak portion of regular council agendas.
The changes unsettled two residents, both former council members.
No action was taken, but the resolution is expected to appear again on a future agenda.

Wigle named principal for new Solon Intermediate

School district begins process for merging fourth and fifth grades

SOLON– The name of the school district’s new fourth- and fifth-grade center will be Solon Intermediate and its principal will be current activities director Zach Wigle.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl made the announcement to school staff and parents via email June 14.
Wigle came to the district at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, succeeding Keith McSweeney, who stepped aside when the position was increased to full time.

Renovated St. Mary auditorium to feature two levels of residential

Added parking solves problems

Council informally approves revised Solon Lofts & Commons plan

SOLON– It’s all about the parking.
It was a decidedly different tone as members of the Solon City Council considered a revised plan to renovate the old St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
In January, after a terse exchange between developer Bill Wittig and Mayor Steve Stange, the council voted down a site plan for Solon Lofts & Commons citing the lack of off-street parking provided.
At a June 7 meeting, the differences were apparently all ironed out.

Bergamot drainage issue results in lawsuit

Solon couple seeks damages from builder, developer and city

SOLON– A Solon couple claims their residential lot was incorrectly graded and was serviced by an undersized storm water intake prior to a damaging 2016 flood, according to a civil suit filed in Johnson County District Court April 14.
Marty and Jessica Kelchen, of 716 Bergamot Ln., seek unspecified damages from North Corridor Custom Homes, Inc., Fox Run Development, Inc., MMS Consultants, Inc. and the City of Solon.

Whitehead to assume Solon council seat

Newcomer defeats appointee with 63% of special election votes

SOLON– Newcomer Lauren Whitehead defeated appointed incumbent Dale Snipes in the May 30 special city council election.
Whitehead won with 63 percent of the votes cast (139-81), according to final results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
She will fill the unexpired term of council member Mark Krall, which ends Dec. 31, and the seat will appear on the November city election ballot.
Whitehead was expected to be sworn into office for the June 7 council meeting after the final tally was canvassed by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors earlier in the day.