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Doug Lindner

Prentice joins city council

Herdliska resigns to create another opening

SOLON­– Just as quickly as one vacancy was filled, another opened up for the Solon City Council.
The council welcomed new member Mark Prentice, who was appointed at the Jan. 7 regular session to fill the vacancy created when council member Brad Kunkel moved outside the city limits.
At the end of the meeting, it was announced that council member Ron Herdliska had resigned effective Jan. 1.
The city accepted applications from the community to fill Kunkel’s spot, and received four: from Prentice, Dale Snipes, Steve Lee and Kristina Bevans.

Sheriff contract to increase in Solon

Increased patrol hours in the future?

SOLON– The cost of law enforcement for the City of Solon will increase beginning in July.
The city knew the $2-per-hour hike was coming, and has been planning accordingly heading into budget time. In the future, the city may even look at adding to the hours of coverage provided by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek made his annual pilgrimage to Solon Jan. 7 to meet with the Solon City Council about the city’s contract for law enforcement services.

Lady Spartans hit winter break undefeated

Solon moves to No. 11 in 3A with wins over West Delaware and Central DeWitt

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans finished the first half of the season without a loss.
The Solon girls basketball team moved to 8-0 Friday with a road win over West Delaware in Manchester, handing the Hawks their second loss of the year.
Likewise, earlier in the week, Solon halted a six-game winning streak for Central DeWitt. Against DeWitt, senior Ali Herdliska led Solon with 18 points and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line.
At Manchester Friday night, it was junior Dakota Doyle’s turn.

SHS preparing for classes at new Kirkwood center

Johnson County site to open in fall 2015

SOLON– Preparations are in the works for a project that will have a big impact on Solon High School in the fall of 2015, and it’s not an auditorium.
The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa is scheduled to open in Johnson County next fall, and Solon school staff is working to develop a plan for the long-range partnership.

Finding compromise on a new school calendar

Committee recommendation coming at Dec. 8 meeting

SOLON– Different things are important to different people.
When it comes to the Solon school calendar, students, parents and school staff differ on which has the most impact– the starting date for the school year or ending the first semester before winter break.
The school district’s calendar committee has been working to develop the landmark dates for the 2015-16 school year, and a formal recommendation is expected at the school board’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Bump in bond rating saves district interest

SOLON– When you’re borrowing millions of dollars, a single tenth of a percentage point on interest rates can make a big difference.
A bump in bond rating and a favorable market helped the Solon Community School District sell close to $10 million in general obligations bonds at an attractive 2.8412 percent interest rate to Raymond James & Associates Inc. at a Nov. 10 school board meeting.
The sale was authorized by district voters when they approved a $25.5 million school bond issue to build a new middle school and performing arts center in the Tuesday, Sept. 9, school election.

Council OKs $3,000 for Macbride watershed grant

SOLON– It was the neighborly thing to do.
The Solon City Council voted last week to pledge $3,000 in support of a Johnson County Soil and Water District (JCSWD) grant application aimed at improving the Lake Macbride Watershed.
At a Nov. 19 meeting, JCSWD Technician Breanna Zimmerman and intern Laura Waldo Semken presented council members with information regarding their application for a Watershed Development Planning Assistance grant through the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

Back to the drawing board for E&J Electric’s expansion plan?

Proposal for apartments above storage units

SOLON– “We’ve got a disagreement,” said City Attorney Jim Martinek.
“But we disagree on what, though?” asked E&J Electric owner John Schmidt.
Apparently, what constitutes a commercial garage.
Schmidt went before the Solon City Council Nov. 5, seeking input on his concept plan to combine storage for his business with upper-level apartments adjacent to the E&J Electric location on East Main Street.
He came away from the meeting uncertain.
“I have no clue what I’m supposed to do next,” Schmidt told council members.

Board tweaks early retirement

Revised incentive program to be offered this school year

SOLON– It’s a fiscal management tool first, and a reward for service second.
The Solon school board has tweaked its early retirement policy and plans to offer the incentive again for the 2014-2015 school year.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, board members unanimously approved revisions to the district’s voluntary early retirement program for certified staff, creating a set $40,000 benefit for qualifying employees who are at least 55 years of age and have completed 10 consecutive years of service to the schools.

Schwab re-elected board president

District to try online waiting list

SOLON– The waiting list for the Solon school district will soon move online.
At a reorganizational meeting Monday, Sept. 8, members of the Solon school board continued discussions on revised guidelines for the district’s open enrollment policy.
Part of that discussion included a demonstration of an online intake program for prospective open enrollees by Director of Instruction and Technology Matt Townsley.

Vote on $25.5 million bond Sept. 9

District emphasizes long term plan for four buildings;

SOLON– Let’s try to explain the vision for addressing growth in the Solon Community School District in less than 100 words:

Volunteer efforts fuel new shelter

Parks and Recreation Commission makes the most of a tight budget

SOLON– Sometimes the kids don’t get along with the parents, and vice versa. In the end, however, time adds perspective.
At a joint meeting of the Solon City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission, some of the members of the municipal family got together to see how things were going.