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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty adopts rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council finally settled on a plan for ensuring safety of rental housing in the community.
At its June 10 meeting, the council unanimously approved the third and final reading of a rental housing code, without much discussion.

City of Tiffin, school district come together on the sidewalk at last

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools and the City of Tiffin may finally be moving in the same direction on a proposed sidewalk, pending one more school board vote.
At its Wednesday, June 11, meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved an agreement with CCA for a new sidewalk.

Council seeks to get ahead of future traffic congestion

Tiffin sees road block on temporary access

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is still looking for a way out.
With another planned development north of Highway 6 consisting of more than 100 residential lots, people who live off Deer View Avenue are concerned about future traffic.
The city council has discussed the issue in its recent meetings after hearing from citizens that anticipated increased traffic from new development Tiffin Heights will cause congestion, and that illegal parking– particularly from construction vehicles– on both sides of Deer View Avenue has created potential traffic and safety hazards.

Iowa City man drowns in Coralville Lake

NORTH LIBERTY– An Iowa City man drowned near Scales Point Campground on Coralville Lake Saturday.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, 36-year-old Somphaeng Syvixay of Iowa City was with a group of friends and family that had jumped from a pontoon and were swimming over to a diving rock on the shore when Syvixay and another swimmer began struggling in the water at approximately 4:54 p.m.

Johnson County 4-H pancake breakfast

IOWA CITY– The 13th Annual Johnson County 4-H pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, June 29, from 7:30 a.m. until noon on the Johnson County Fairgrounds Building C. Not only will you get the chance to enjoy some great food, but many silent auction items will be available for bidding. Local Rural Health and Safety staff will also be on hand for free Ag Risk Assessments. You never know what you may find that day.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Johnson County

Adult beetle submitted by resident, efforts still underway to locate infestation

DES MOINES– An adult Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) submitted by an Iowa City resident to the Iowa EAB Team has been positively identified as the destructive beetle by a federal identifier. A follow-up examination of ash trees growing in the vicinity of where the beetle was collected has failed to confirm an infestation.
A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was issued on Feb. 4, and remains in place.

The cross they bore for freedom

Members of the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary formed a cross as the Ely Presbyterian Choir performed “The Old Rugged Cross” during the Memorial Day observance in Swisher on Monday, May 26. The wreath on the cross memorializes those members of the nation’s armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms Americans still have. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Council plans to appoint Mayor Salm’s replacement

Citizens have chance to call for special election until July 8

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has decided to appoint a mayor to replace the late Tom Salm.
By unanimous vote Tuesday, June 10, the council’s action sets the stage for nominations and a vote for approval to fill the vacancy at its next meeting June 24.

Bid awarded for CCA’s new elementary

Building to be open fall 2015

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district has hired a contractor to build its new school.
Portzen Construction, Inc. of Dubuque was the winning bidder for building the new elementary on the northeast corner of the intersection of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue. Portzen’s bid of $14,403,700 was accepted at the school board’s regular meeting Wednesday, May 21, at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.
The amount includes four alternate features, such as a full-size gymnasium, additional parking spaces and casework cabinetry in the classrooms.

Close races in June 3 primary

IOWA CITY– There was drama in the results of the June 3 primary election in Johnson County, which featured a higher-than-normal turnout.
Just 126 votes separated Democrats Mike Carberry and Lisa Green-Douglas in a race to collect a second spot on the November ballot for the board of supervisors.

Learn the basics of photography in a flash

NL’s Christie offers group classes and private lessons

NORTH LIBERTY– To Charles Christie, owner of Tyme Photography, there is no wrong way to take a photograph. Instead, it’s about applying better techniques to the process. It is this philosophy that he is passing down to his students.
“The class is designed in a progression of steps,” explained Christie. “When you buy a book on photography, you really don’t know what you’re getting. It will cover one subject when you should be reading about that subject much later on, so you’re kind of skipping around.”

Salute to Salm parade and more planned for June 13 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The city will be honoring former Mayor Tom Salm with a parade Friday, June 13.
The city will host a variety of events, including a bicycle rodeo at 2 p.m., a community parade at 7 p.m., and a children’s fair following the parade around 8:30 p.m.