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Paul Deaton

City to borrow against future TIF funds for Main Street property

Villas of Jordan Creek site plan approved

SOLON– The City Council is going to borrow from itself to buy the property at 120 W. Main St., and then tear it down.
At its regular business meeting on Sept. 3, council members and Mayor Steve Stange explained why.
The price of the property could go up, and the site is ideally located to make parking for a potential expansion of the fire station. Council members moved to purchase it now.
Council members also gave contingent approval to a site plan for Villas of Jordan Creek Part 2.
The action began with a public hearing on the Main Street property adjacent to Solon City Hall.

Diversity dream meets attendance area reality

ICCSD board sends controversial policy back to committee

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) paused at its Sept. 9 school board meeting, as it prepared to implement the district’s diversity policy approved in 2013.
During a lengthy discussion of the policy and related attendance zone changes for the 2015-2016 school year, the board responded to Superintendent Steve Murley’s request for relief from diversity policy mandates. The board sent the diversity policy back to the policy and engagement committee for revision on a 6-1 vote, with Director Orville Townsend Sr. dissenting.

Connecting Solon with trail system

Construction on missing link to Linn County begins in 2015

SOLON– Runners, walkers, bicyclists and snowmobilers in Solon will soon be connected to the Cedar Valley Trail in Linn County by a new multi-use trail, said Supervisor John Etheredge at the Aug. 20 joint meeting between the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and the Solon City Council.
“We’re working on land acquisition and trail planning to bring that trail down from Linn County all the way into the City of Solon,” he said.

Speed limit to 20 mph on Main St.

Solon slowing down

Council holds joint session with county

SOLON– Progress is slowing at city hall, and it’s not just the reduction of the speed limit from 25 to 20 miles per hour on Main Street approved by the city council at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting.
The public hearing on the fire station addition was delayed due to emerging requirements for publication of the notice, and a resolution outlining payment terms for a temporary lift station for Windmill Estates Part 6 was passed without buy-in from the developer, extending the discussion.

Solon City Hall dedicated

SOLON– During a recess from the regular city council meeting Wednesday, Aug. 20, Mayor Steve Stange led a dedication ceremony for the new city hall.

Council forgives portion of sod watering bill

Former council member questions use of impact fee

SOLON– A brief agenda belied the diverse topics discussed by the Solon City Council at their regular meeting on Aug. 6.
Council heard comments from a former city council member on two topics, they forgave a sewer bill for a developer watering sod on newly-built homes, and the fire chief reported that Dennis Hansen has retired from firefighting.
Former city council member Kevin Samek addressed council during the citizen’s speak segment of the meeting.
“I’m a little concerned about the north sewer trunk,” said Samek.