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North Liberty Leader

A Real Deals Reboot

New owners remodel home décor store

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes you have to tear it down to build it back up again.
That was the case for Real Deals on Home Décor, which has spent the better part of January undergoing a major facelift. Located at 225 Beaver Kreek Centre, the business will host a grand re-opening Thursday, Feb. 1 through 3 to honor the occasion.
“We tore everything down,” said Dawn Lenth, who purchased Real Deals with her husband Brian on Dec. 29 last year. “All the walls came down, and we had to go through and do a full inventory and just start packing stuff up so we can start rebuilding.”

NL Library presents a History of Civil Rights

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Library will host a presentation on the History of Civil Rights in Iowa and the U.S. by the African American Museum of Iowa at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.
Civil rights and civil liberties are something the African American community spent hundreds of years fighting toward. Before much of today’s well known federal legislation was passed, state and local community members organized grassroots efforts that led to nationwide changes.

Watershed Coalition cost-sharing program

JOHNSON COUNTY– Clear Creek Watershed Coalition will be hosting two landowner meeting opportunities to learn about the Iowa Watershed Approach and sign up for technical assistance for conservation best management practice installation. Land from approximately Penn Street south and Jones Boulevard west drains into Clear Creek, and landowners are encouraged to attend to learn about eligible conservation practices, and the availability of grants to cover 75 percent of cost for storm water quality improvement projects.

Tell North Liberty rec

NORTH LIBERTY– The Parks and Recreation Commission of North Liberty is seeking public feedback about what recreation opportunities you and your family currently use, and what additional opportunities you and your family desire.
Take a brief survey by Jan. 31 to help the commission while it looks to plan for the future needs of North Liberty.

North Liberty city audit released

NORTH LIBERTY– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC recently released an audit report on the City of North Liberty, Iowa for the year ended June 30, 2018.
The City’s receipts totaled $29,980,354, an 11.8 percent increase from 2016. The receipts included $8,986,095 in property tax and commercial/industrial tax replacement, $4,389,642 in tax increment financing revenues, $11,123,529 from charges for service, $2,305,609 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest, $33,622 from unrestricted interest on cash investments, and $419,531 from other receipts.

Tiffin Good Neighbor Meeting Jan. 30

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin may soon consider a rezoning and subdivision plat, and invites the public to an open-house style meeting being held to explain the proposal.

CCA 2018-2019 academic calendar

Classes start Aug. 23 and end June 3

OXFORD– The School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved the 2018-19 academic year calendar Wednesday, Jan. 17, during its regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford. The calendar was reviewed and a public hearing held in December. Nobody from the public appeared at either the December or January meetings to discuss the calendar.

NL Commissions volunteer seat open

NORTH LIBERTY– Three of the City of North Liberty’s appointed boards have openings, and volunteers are needed to help lead and advise on those commissions. Applications are due Feb. 16, 2018.

Oxford/Cosgrove KC Spelling Bee results

OXFORD– The Spelling Bee was held Jan. 16 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford. Participants were from the Mid-Prairie and CCA School Districts.
1st and 2nd place winners advance onto the next level. Date and Place TBA

7th Grade
1st place: Alivia Poock, 2nd place: Peyton Freeman, Alternate: Mariyah Kron
6th Grade
1st Place: Madi Davidson, 2nd Place: Ava Pence, Alternate: Haydon Bailey
5th Grade
1st Place: Seth Smigel. 2nd Place: Logan McClellen, Alternate: Grace Skelton
4th Grade

Fine-tuning

Johnson County planners touch up language in the proposed comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– Johnson County’s first ever, and at times controversial, comprehensive plan is in its final phase of development, and should be in final draft form at the end of the month.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a work session on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the County Administrative Building in Iowa City where board members discussed changes to the current draft plan with Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff.

CCA nips Benton Community, 73-69

Creek Boys get third win upsetting Benton Bobcats

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys earned their third win of the 2017-18 season in a hard-fought upset against Benton Community Tuesday, Jan. 16, at home. The win improved the Creek Boys’ record to 3-9, while the Bobcats took a dip to 7-6.

Liberty Girls fall to ranked teams

A tough week for the Lightning

CASCADE– Liberty High’s varsity girls basketball team hit a rough patch in its inaugural season, going winless since the start of 2018 after a four-game winning streak to close out 2017.
The Lightning fell Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the road in Dubuque at Wahlert Catholic High School with the Golden Eagles flying high on a 60-38 win. Wahlert improved to 4-10, matching the “Bolts.”