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Doug Lindner

Density rising: More units, more cars, more complaints

Developer agrees to more parking stalls, but site plan still tabled

SOLON– The site plan submitted by Mike Bails and Jeff Mekota for two eight-plexes in the Fox Ridge subdivision met all of Solon’s requirements and was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Spartan Structures developers had already scaled back from 24 to 16 residential units based on city input and the site plan was on the agenda for council consideration at an April 20 meeting.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

Council says yes to outdoor service

City to develop policy for eateries wanting to expand onto Main Street

SOLON– Evening parking is already a problem on Main Street.
Losing a couple of spots on a seasonal basis probably won’t make a difference, argued Solon City Council member Steve Duncan.
With that in mind, council members directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and City Attorney Jim Martinek, at an April 6 council meeting, to develop a set of guidelines which would allow Main Street restaurants to temporarily lease on-street parking spaces for use as outdoor dining areas.

Learning the ropes

Lakeview fourth graders promote heart-healthy life

SOLON– Being active can be fun.
For 90 minutes, Lakeview Elementary’s fourth graders were very active.
The entire class invaded the Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Feb. 26, to participate in Jump Rope for Heart, a community service program and fundraiser of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Stahle leads Spartans into 9th year

Junior varsity likely to have full schedule

SOLON– The numbers are up.
And that’s a good thing.
Adam Stahle, going into his ninth year of coaching the Solon boys’ golf team, has about 43 kids on his roster entering the spring season.
“This is the largest group that I’ve had,” Stahle said.
A sizable group of freshmen, for the second year in a row, and 30 returning players have swelled the ranks to the point a junior varsity (JV) coach, Scott Wolfe, will be officially added.

Red Vespa owners propose outdoor service for Main Street

Council members leery of losing parking

SOLON– Would the City be willing to take another step toward developing the culture of Main Street by temporarily sacrificing parking spots to allow for outdoor food service?
The owners of Red Vespa Pizzeria and Wine Bar were on the agenda for the March 16 Solon City Council meeting to find out.
Red Vespa owners Aziz and Angie Longou were at the council session with a proposal to provide seasonal outdoor service by leasing a single Main Street parking spot in front of their business.
“It makes people want to go there,” Aziz Longou told council members. “Just because of the atmosphere.”

Gustin changing from Spartan to Hawkeye

Volleyball head coach joining UI staff as volunteer assistant

SOLON– Solon’s loss will be the University of Iowa’s gain.
Peter Gustin, the head coach of Solon’s varsity volleyball program, has accepted a position as a volunteer assistant with the Hawkeyes.
Gustin became Solon’s head coach after the unexpected departure of coach Kurt Trout at the beginning of the 2012 season. Trout had led the Lady Spartans to their first-ever tournament appearance in 2011.
Under Gustin, the Solon girls reached the tournament final three straight years, winning the 3A championship in 2014.

Solon committee pitches $550,000 project to council

One percent-ish raised, 99 percent to go

SOLON– What at first was a trickle is now a babbling brook.
Armed with concept images, firmer cost estimates and plans for fundraising, members of a splash pad committee pitched all three to the Solon City Council at a March 2 meeting.
The group is looking to build momentum and compound the $5,000 already raised for the $550,000 potential project.

Third time the charm for Solon

Spartans earn state tournament berth with 49-42 substate win over Mustangs

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing doubled down and won big.
In the first two meetings of the regular season between the Solon and Mount Vernon basketball teams, Mustang senior Connor Herrmann scored 24 and 29 points. Both were lopsided losses for the Spartans, who were outscored by a combined 44 points in the two games.
“He destroyed us the first two games,” Pershing said.
In the Class 3A Substate 4 final Monday night at the U.S. Cellular Center, Pershing was determined not to let it happen again.

Spartans hitting the bullseye

Solon Archery Team heads to Des Moines this weekend for state tournament

SOLON– Another Solon team is heading to state.
A good portion of the Solon Archery Team will head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines this weekend to participate in the 2016 Iowa National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
“This is our third year and it’s really gone great,” enthused head coach Gary Mechtensimer. “These kids are fantastic.”

Enquiring minds want to know

Lakeview Elementary students dive into science projects

SOLON– Civilized humanity has always liked to put things on display.
The Great Expositions and World’s Fairs prominently displayed the latest in future thinking and scientific wonder.
That inquisitive spirit lived on, in part, at the Lakeview Elementary Science Fair, held Saturday, Jan. 30, in Lakeview’s large gym.
Inside the event, sponsored by Lakeview’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), 78 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade manned nearly 60 exhibits.

Council says yes to golf cart changes

Carts to be allowed on city streets all year, weather permitting

SOLON– There was only one question remaining– whether or not to allow golf carts on Highway 382 (Main Street) in Solon.
Solon’s council members already verbally consented to two other major revisions to the city’s golf cart ordinance: a requirement for a city license plate, and the elimination of the seasonal April 1 to Oct. 31 operating period.
But questions regarding Highway 382 prompted a lengthy discussion at a Feb. 3 council meeting.