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Solon Economist

Solon council approves shelter estimate

Stebral to construct restrooms for splash pad

SOLON The City of Solon moved another step closer to building its first water amenity last week.
During an Oct. 21 meeting, city council members approved a $138,957 contract with Stebral Construction of Iowa City to build a shelter and restroom adjacent to a planned splash pad.
Its really been a group effort to get us to this point, noted City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
Before council members was a resolution approving the price estimate and construction contract prepared by City Attorney Kevin Olson.

Twice as nice! Solon boys and girls both head to state

Boys win regional Monticello meet; girls third

MONTICELLO Again, using a mix of veterans and freshmen and a pack of runners so close they could almost tag teammates around them, Solon is sending both boys and girls cross country teams to the 2020 state meet.
The Class 3A girls race is at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, on Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, in Fort Dodge. The boys hit the course at 4 p.m.

Spartans tether Huskies, 41-12

Solon faces Independence Oct. 30

SOLON Solon is on a streak, six straight wins following its 41-12 defeat of the Oelwein Huskies on Friday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium, in the second round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 2A football playoffs.
The victory puts the Spartans (6-2) on a collision course to host the Independence Mustangs (6-1) on Friday, Oct. 30, at Spartan Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Spartans bow out

Third time not the charm against Mustangs Solon falls in quarterfinal, 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– At the end of the first game, Mount Vernon had just dominated Solon for a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Jeff Walker didn’t have a particular message for his team.
“(I) just told them that game’s over and this is a new game,” he reported.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team responded and fought back gamely, but the Mustangs withstood the storm and took the second game, 25-23. Third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon rolled on to a 25-15 third-set win and ended the season for the Spartans in a Region 7 road quarterfinal Oct. 19.

Spartans are WaMaC champs

Boys and girls show depth at conference meet in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Another big meet? Another near sweep for Solon’s cross country program, and an individual championship for senior Kiersten Conway, at the Thursday, Oct. 15, WaMaC meet in Williamsburg.

Solon 2-2 at WaMaC tournament

Spartans push No. 13 Indee to brink

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team gave Independence a run for its money.
Facing the No. 13 (3A) Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the WaMaC Conference Tournament in Mount Vernon Oct. 15, the Spartans grabbed a thrilling 26-24 win in the first game, but couldn’t push past to the semifinals.
Independence rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and knocked Solon out of the tourney with a 15-8 third-set victory. The following semifinal pitted Mustang against Mustang, and Independence ran into the buzzsaw that is third-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon, the eventual conference champ.

Spartans host Oelwein Friday for 2nd round football playoff

Run-heavy Huskies to challenge Solon defense

SOLON– The Spartans’ Friday, Oct. 23, foe was determined Friday, Oct. 16, as the Oelwein Huskies smacked the South Tama Trojans, 42-28, advancing to compete against Solon following the Spartan’s first-round bye.
Oelwein, 3-5 following the victory, got a late start trailing in the first, 14-0, but came back scoring 14 in each of the three remaining quarters to wrest the victory from South Tama.

Derecho damage spurs safety improvements

School board considers parent proposal for varsity baseball field

SOLON– When the Aug. 10 derecho hit Solon, school board president Tim Brown was shocked the varsity baseball dugouts at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) weren’t blown over.
“There are posts that are rotted through and not connected to the ground,” Brown commented. “How that stood up, I have no idea.”
The baseball diamond did sustain damage, and school board members discussed piggybacking repairs with a parent-driven improvement project during an Oct. 15 board meeting.

Paving waived for Brotherton Ridge

Small subdivision on gravel can defer until further development

SOLON– Just one more thing.
An overlooked variance for Brotherton Ridge Part Two placed the small subdivision back on the agenda for the Solon City Council at an Oct. 7 meeting.
Council members approved a final plat for the proposed development and a conditional use request by Mike Bails for a shop house (“shouse”) at 1809 Racine Ave. during a Sept. 16 session.
Left out was consideration of a request to delay paving the driveways for the three residential lots.

City reluctantly broadens short-term rental law

Council Oks raft of changes to city code

SOLON– It was time for some fall housekeeping for Solon’s Code of Ordinances.
At an Oct. 7 meeting, Solon City Council members approved numerous updates to existing laws, added new regulations for solar energy users and adapted to recent mandates by the Iowa Legislature.
Specifically, the city adopted 2015 international building and fire codes, created new rules to allow for ground and roof solar arrays, and struck language limiting short-term rentals to commercially-zoned areas.

Solon Legion fundraiser feeds foundation

SOLON– It’s a gift that keeps giving.
Over the last two years, Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460’s annual golf outing raised $11,500 for the Iowa American Legion Foundation.
The local Legion presented a $6,000 check to the foundation during a Sunday, Sept. 27, ceremony in Solon, and the foundation used the occasion to hand out awards to District 1 recipients, including the Solon Firefighters Association.

Successful Solon Centennial Lions Shopping Days

SOLON¬– Using funds from a Lions Clubs International Emergency Relief Grant, the Solon Centennial Lions Club partnered with Sam’s Main Street Market to distribute $7,000 worth of perishable groceries to the Solon Community.