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Solon Economist

Voters say yes to Bond Issue

71% support for $25.5 million bond issue for middle school, auditorium

SOLON– In September 2000, 71 percent of district voters approved a $7.6 million school bond issue to build a new high school.
In September 2014, 71 percent of district voters approved a $25.5 million school bond issue to build a new middle school and performing arts center.
Seventy-one percent approval.
Both times.

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.

Sts. Peter & Paul to host annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 21

SOLON– The Sts. Peter & Paul Historical Foundation will host its annual Fall Fun Auction Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church hall and chapel, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, rural Solon.
A grilled pork sandwich luncheon, kolache sale and the silent auction will begin at 11 a.m., with a live auction starting at 1 p.m. Raffle drawings will be held after the live auction, including the quilt raffle, which this year will feature a 73” by 64” daisy chain created and sewn by Kylie Holubar.

Legion Auxiliary to host spaghetti supper fundraiser Sept. 24

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Sept. 24, serving from 4:30 until 7 p.m., at the Legion hall.
The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and children under 5 eat free.
The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade.
Proceeds are for merit awards for Solon 2015 graduating seniors.

St. Mary selling raffle tickets for UI/Northwestern football suite

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church of Solon will be selling raffle tickets in advance of the Harvest Festival on Sept. 28.
The grand prize is a Kinnick Stadium suite for the Iowa-Northwestern football game on Nov. 1. The package includes 18 tickets, three parking passes, food and drink. Second prize will be $500 cash and third prize will be $250 cash. Drawing for the prizes will be held during St. Mary’s annual Harvest Festival on Sept. 28. Tickets will be sold for $5 per ticket or five for $20. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Archery Club open house Sept. 22

SOLON– The Solon Archery Club would like to invite the public to an open house to be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 133 N. West St. in Solon. Information packets will be handed out at that time. Club members and coaches will offer demonstrations and address any questions from interested parties. For further information, contact Gary Mechtensimer at 319-624-5027.

Lake Macbride park harvest and replanting meeting set for Sept. 29

SOLON– Interested neighbors and park users of Lake Macbride State Park have the opportunity to comment on the proposed tree harvest and replanting project scheduled for 2015. A public meeting will be Monday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon Public Library.
In the winter of 2013, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) foresters walked 933 acres of forest cover in Lake Macbride State Park, recording data to help classify and describe the woodlands which they then used to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for the park.

Xavier delivers 28-0 loss to Spartans

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon head football coach Kevin Miller hopes his team will respond in a positive manner.
No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier handed No. 3 Solon its first loss of the season Friday at Saints Field in Cedar Rapids, a convincing 28-0 shut-out in a Class 3A match-up.
Xavier held the Spartan offense in check, limiting Solon to just 40 yards of rushing and 121 yards of total offense.
On the flip side, the Saints, fueled by 172 rushing yards by senior running back Jay Kortemeyer, generated 369 total yards on the evening.

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

The Solon Varsity Football team toured the Solon Veterans Memorial Sunday, Sept. 14, as part of the Salute to Armed Forces game being held  Friday, Sept. 19, against Marion. The team learned about the history of the Memorial and discussed duty, honor, sacrifice, responsibility, patriotism and citizenship.

Recreation Dept. Newa

SOLON– An adult recreation activity interest survey has been emailed to those who participated in an activity the last three years. If you didn’t receive one and would like to respond, the website of the survey is “https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GdbE9zbLx5jsKlsaH2c-7msiH1eU4-Hga5XKvv2c8Nc/viewform?usp=send_form” or you can use the link located on the Parks and Recreation section of the City of Solon website. Thank you for your feedback.

Solon library display honors railroads and railroaders

All aboard at the Whistle Stop

SOLON– In May of 1869 the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minneapolis Railway Company began construction of a railroad in Burlington. By 1871 the line had extended to Cedar Rapids via West Branch, Elmira, Oasis, Solon and Ely. In 1875 the railroad went into receivership and was sold to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1876 before being purchased by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1885.
100 years later, in 1985, the Rock Island Railroad, better known as “The Rock,” was gone, it’s line through Solon completely abandoned and later pulled up.

Solon schools, staff take the challenge for ALS Association

Bucket brigade

SOLON– It was two buckets of fun for the students and staff at Lakeview Elementary Aug. 28.
Both Solon Schools Superintendent Sam Miller and Lakeview Principal Jodi Rickels undertook the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as the culmination of a weeklong fundraiser to help fight Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
Lakeview students had raised the most money among the district’s three attendance centers, and their prize was to host Miller’s ice water bath.
The goal had been to raise $1,000 district wide.
The total was closer to $4,000.