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Community

Women’s Club to host May Day breakfast May 3

SOLON– Highlight May 3 on your calendar to remind you to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 until 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children (ages 5 through 12) tickets are available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 3. Bring your family and friends and receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

Tree questions April 24

SOLON– State of Iowa District 12 Forester Mark Vitosh and District 3 Forester Joe Herring will lunch with the seniors at Old Gold Diner on Thursday, April 24.
All are welcome to attend at the Solon United Methodist Church for lunch at 11:30 a.m., $3.25 per meal. Call Duane no later than 1 p.m. on April 23 to reserve your meal. Unable to attend? Ask a friend to attend with your tree question.

Council still dwelling on rental housing code

NORTH LIBERTY– A proposed code to regulate the condition of North Liberty’s rental housing and the behavior of rental tenants was put on hold last week.
The North Liberty City Council tabled the final vote on a new rental housing code after hearing comments from landlords who own rental units in the city’s two mobile home parks, Golf View and Holiday Lodge.

Short-term convenience long-term consequences

JOHNSON COUNTY– They billow on tree branches and tumble rampantly across otherwise pastoral terrain. Their creation consumes 12 million barrels of the country’s oil supply annually, only to be used once and stuffed en masse under kitchen sinks everywhere. They account for the deaths of 100,000 marine animals worldwide each year, according to the Surfrider Foundation. Each one will remain on earth for the next 200 to 1,000 years.

District to cut $3.6 million

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of directors certified the Fiscal Year 2015 budget at its April 8 business meeting, setting the tax levy and spending authority in compliance with state law.
Superintendent Steve Murley announced how administration planned to cut operating expenses by $3.6 million in response to overspending and reduced income.
Community concerns about the budget cuts, particularly in music and world language programs, persisted; however, the decision on FY2015 budget adjustments was final.

An eggs-tra special breakfast

North Liberty Optimists Club member Lori Meyer breaks a few eggs at the Optimists’ 41st annual Pancake Breakfast March 1. The event is one of the club’s major fundraisers, helping the Optimists sponsor and support many activities in the North Liberty community that benefit youth and families, including Scout events, youth baseball and softball, the DARE program and holiday meals for families in need. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Open burning prohibited in NL

Fire department reminds residents of city burn ordinance

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department reminds North Liberty residents that open burning is prohibited throughout the entire city. The burning of yard waste, household items and burn barrels is prohibited.
Due to the close proximity of factory-built homes, no open fires or burning shall be permitted at any time or place within a factory-built home park, unless specifically authorized by the North Liberty City Council. Charcoal in a charcoal broiler or grill for the purpose of cooking food shall be allowed, provided there is adequate supervision.

NLPD to offer disposal for unused prescription drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., for safe disposal.
This service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Liquid medications in their original containers will be accepted.

City to host public meeting on road projects April 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Highway 965 and North Front Street/Mehaffey Bridge Road will both see major improvements this year. The public is invited to an open house scheduled for Thursday, April 24, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in the North Liberty Community Library. Project engineers and city staff will be available to explain these projects, as well as plans to upgrade Penn Meadows Park, and answer questions about how they will affect the public.

Tiffin council approves splash pad design for City Park

Ready to make a splash

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is ready to make a splash.
During its April 9 meeting, the city council approved preliminary cost estimates for a new recreational splash pad to be built in City Park near the ball diamonds. The proposed splash pad has baseball-themed equipment and multiple water activities.

Backyard chickens, no; ACA and 1105 Project, yes

City chicken?

SOLON– There will be no egg-laying in Solon back yards, at least for now.
Members of the Solon City Council last week declined to move ahead with an ordinance which would allow chickens in residential areas, instead asking for a petition showing citywide support.
A new health insurance policy for city workers and a contribution to the 1105 Project were approved, however.

Time to nominate Solon’s outstanding seniors of the year

SOLON– May is “Older Americans Month” and once again it is time to submit your nominations for 2014 Senior of the Year. Nominate whom you feel has contributed to the betterment of the community and to the folks who live here. There are so many seniors who are eligible candidates that we are asking for two seniors to honor this year. This is a great opportunity to honor those who do so much good in our community. Please address your nomination to P.O. Box 99, Solon, IA 52333. The deadline is May 13.