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Community

LOST ballot language set

JOHNSON COUNTY– All the votes are in… except for those that really count.
All Johnson County voters will now determine the fate of a proposed Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) this Nov. 4.
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to set the election date and to limit the LOST to 10 years if it passes.

CCA public input meeting centers on question of division

TIFFIN — Two scenarios were laid out before attendees of a public input meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Creek High School in Tiffin.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district’s enrollment and boundary study committee hosted the event, seeking guidance from the district’s patrons on how best to realign the elementary school attendance areas ahead of the new elementary school in Tiffin. The unnamed school is currently under construction and is scheduled to open fall of 2015.

Schematic design for Liberty High School

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– A high school can be the heart of a community, and the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) is on pace to bring a new one to North Liberty.
As the school board heard reports on policy and progress at its Aug. 26 meeting, included was a schematic design proposal from SVPA Architects, Inc. (SVPA) for Liberty High School, a 250,000 square foot facility on 76 acres at the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road in North Liberty.

Nielsen to run for mayor of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen of North Liberty has announced her intent to run for the office of mayor.
Nielsen has been involved in numerous community activities, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the North Liberty Food Pantry and heading up the Garner Elementary Walking School Bus program. She also serves on two committees for the Iowa City Blue Zones Project, and the Iowa City Community School District Equity Advisory Committee.

NL council approves first small business incentive request

$25,000 to go to startup BlendCard

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Two years after its adoption, North Liberty’s economic development policy has been put to use.
The city council in its Aug. 26 meeting approved a $25,000, four-percent interest loan to business startup BlendCard, the brainchild of CEO Paul Kongshaug and his team of technology and development experts.

Pelican Festival is free fun for everyone

Iowa Audubon, Coralville Lake Host Pelican Festival
IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will co-host the fourth annual Pelican Festival at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Rd. N.W., Swisher, on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event and all activities are free to the public.

Work slowed, but still underway

Weather, floods delay Mehaffey Bridge replacement project

JOHNSON COUNTY– The bridge may take longer than expected.
Replacing Mehaffey Bridge over the Iowa River between Solon and North Liberty is a four-stage project that began last spring, with an anticipated completion date of November 2014. However, excessive rainfall earlier this season brought water levels under the bridge too high for construction to take place, delaying work by weeks.

Supervisors approve plat for rural Solon subdivision

Macbride Pointe set for additional development

SOLON– Prepare for more development west of Solon.
Developer Mark Pattison, of Fore Pattisons LLC, came before the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for approval of a preliminary plat to continue development of Macbride Pointe, a rural subdivision on the north side of Highway 382 near its intersection with Ely Road.

Spartan Fund Run Sept. 20

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin/end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Sign up by Sept. 1 to guarantee a race T-shirt. Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=11494.

Facilities usage meeting Sept. 10

SOLON–The facilities usage meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in room 403 at the middle school. Those present will discuss the upcoming facilities needs through December. Please make sure your team or group has a representative present and bring a schedule. You may call Jody McSweeney with any questions at 319-624-3401, ext. 1300.

Motongator Joe headlines Sutliff Authority Labor Day fund raiser

SUTLIFF– Michigan resident and Nashville recording artist Motongator Joe will be appearing in Sutliff from 1 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, to headline the Sutliff Bridge Authority’s annual Labor Day weekend fundraiser.
The events support the preservation of the historic Sutliff Bridge.

Solon Public Library

New audio books

“City of Bones” by Michael Connelly. When the bones of a 12-year-old boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up the darkest memories from his own haunted past. The bones have been buried for years, but the cold case doesn’t deter Bosch. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child’s identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he not be forgotten.