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Doug Lindner

Another connection planned along Hoover Trail

Funding will determine whether construction starts in spring

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

The vision is developing for Hoover Nature Trail link

Improvements to Ely Road intersection with Hwy. 382 still undetermined

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

No Solon council support for minimum wage increase

Council members, business reps split with county on hike

SOLON– Count Solon out.
Not a single public speaker at the Sept. 2 Solon City Council meeting supported adopting Johnson County’s proposal for an increased minimum wage.
They all spoke against it.
The mayor, all five council members and four Solon business representatives expressed their concern regarding the ordinance, which is scheduled for a third and final reading before the Johnson County Supervisors Thursday, Sept. 10.

Roll the rock

39,000-pound boulder finds new home at Legion Park

SOLON– As a two-man crew from Holiday Wrecker & Crane prepared to move the 39,000-pound Solon Freedom Rock to its new home, a bald eagle flew overhead north of the Legion Veterans Memorial.
The small crowd of Solon Area Community Foundation and Solon American Legion members in attendance took that as a good sign.
The boulder, donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families, was relocated from a ditch near 140th Street off Polk Avenue to the Legion ballpark Thursday morning, Aug. 21.
The rock was tipped up its end and placed on a gravel base adjacent to the veterans memorial.

Council approves water tower paint job

SOLON– This new paint job will cost $62,500.
The members of the Solon City Council approved a bid of that amount from Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin for painting the city’s water tower.
The city received two quotes for the project, reported Public Works Director Scott Kleppe at a regular Aug. 5 council meeting. The other bid, for $76,780, came from the company with which the city had a long-standing relationship, Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., said Kleppe.

City, school to cooperate on upgrades

8-foot sidewalks to serve as trail connection

SOLON– The school and city have forged an agreement to hopefully provide 8-foot sidewalks linking the new middle school with the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
Members of both the Solon school board and the Solon City Council unanimously approved a 28E agreement last week addressing sidewalks, utilities, signage and other infrastructure improvements relating to the new middle school.

Council approves land purchase for ground storage water reservoir

Site near SRNA will be home to 400,000 gallons of water

SOLON– The City of Solon is close to acquiring the land it needs for more water storage.
At a July 1 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a purchase agreement with St. Mary Catholic Church for 0.6 acres of land adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) at a price of $25,000. The cost includes a permanent easement for another 0.6 acres of ground owned by the church.
The land will serve as the site of a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir (GSR), which the city expects to build in the spring of 2016.

City, developer discuss affordable housing options

Council still not sold on 60-foot lots

SOLON– Maybe later.
The members of the Solon City Council aren’t opposed to the idea of allowing reduced-width lots in single-family residential areas, but they want to wait until the city’s comprehensive plan is updated before moving forward.
That message was relayed to developer Corey Hodapp at a July 1 council meeting when the subject of a possible R1(B) zoning district was again discussed.

Second well in need of shock therapy

Council authorizes cost of treatment

SOLON– Solon hasn’t had the best of luck with its city wells.
So it might just start planning for bad luck.
In an attempt to get the municipal water supply back to full strength prior to painting the water tower, city council members last week authorized a $15,650 chemical treatment for city well No. 2.

Lake Macbride State Park beach to close daily at 6 p.m.

Recent fights, rowdy behavior prompt action by DNR officials

SOLON– The beach at Lake Macbride State Park will be closing daily at 6 p.m. until further notice.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week the new hours would take effect Friday, June 19.
The reduced hours come in the wake of two large fights that occurred at the beach Monday, June 8, and Sunday, June 14.
According to DNR Public Information Officer Kevin Baskins, Sunday’s incident apparently started at about 6 p.m. between two men in the beach restroom. The altercation spilled out onto the grass outside where 15 to 20 people became involved.

Solon council extends interim administrator

Rasmussen to stay at least until August

SOLON– The Solon City Council needed more time.
Back in April 2014, council members approved a one-year contract for Cami Rasmussen to serve as city administrator, with the idea of eventually finding a long-term candidate for the post. Rasmussen stepped down from her job as mayor to assume the position, which was vacated by Cassandra Lippincott.
But the city has yet to interview a candidate for the permanent position, and Rasmussen’s year was set to expire April 28.
At a brief special session April 22, council members approved extending her contract to Aug. 1.

City to consider utility vehicle ordinance

Council members concerned about enforcement

SOLON– Despite concerns over enforcement, Solon City Council members voted last week to move ahead with drafting an ordinance to allow utility vehicles on city streets.
Council member Casey Grover introduced the subject during the April 15 regular session, saying residents had approached him with the idea. He presented the council with a sample ordinance from the city of Knoxville, and reported the community of about 7,000 located southeast of Des Moines has not had significant issues with its enactment.