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Community

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.

Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club to mark 70 years Oct. 12

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club invites the public to join them for a 70 years of memories Sunday Night Supper (Frank Zaspal, chef) on Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at their club on, 11818 Club Road. There will be a Social Hour at 5 p.m., with a short program following supper.
Supper reservations needed by Oct. 1. Call Marilyn at 319-396-9366. Complimentary supper. Please bring your memories or pictures to share.

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.

Flying Colors

OXFORD– It’s a colorful way to make some green.
Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) will host the second annual CCE Color Fun Run/Walk 5K Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m., and the public is invited.
The race/walk is open to anyone who wants to have fun and is up for helping a good cause.
CCE’s Parent Teacher Group (PTG) was searching for a way to involve more families in its annual school-wide fundraisers. PTG members often heard similar comments from parents when it came time for kids to sell wrapping paper, magazines, chocolate or other traditional fundraising products door-to-door.

Diversity dream meets attendance area reality

ICCSD board sends controversial policy back to committee

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) paused at its Sept. 9 school board meeting, as it prepared to implement the district’s diversity policy approved in 2013.
During a lengthy discussion of the policy and related attendance zone changes for the 2015-2016 school year, the board responded to Superintendent Steve Murley’s request for relief from diversity policy mandates. The board sent the diversity policy back to the policy and engagement committee for revision on a 6-1 vote, with Director Orville Townsend Sr. dissenting.

CCA board set to receive boundary recommendation

TIFFIN– Their work is done, a recommendation has been formed.

NL council questioned about city’s sign regulations

NORTH LIBERTY– “You may have noticed North Liberty is tough on signs.”
North Liberty City Planner Dean Wheatley offers this initial statement in a website tutorial on the improper display of signs around town.
People have noticed, in fact, and some think the city is even a bit extreme.
Rob Hajek, owner of North Liberty remodeling business Home Repair Team and HRT Building, came before the council last Tuesday to ask if the city would consider changes to its sign ordinance to accommodate businesses like his that use yard signs as a promotional tool.