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Community

IC board hears update on NL’s future schools

IOWA CITY– Duane Van Hemert, physical plant director for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), updated the operations committee on progress of the facilities capital improvement plan at a June 23 meeting.
Included were reports on Van Allen Elementary, Penn Elementary and the proposed high school in North Liberty.
There have been challenges; however, improvements and construction are expected to proceed on schedule, Van Hemert indicated.

IC school board president resigns

Murley’s contract ok’d, most administrators receive pay raise

IOWA CITY–The community came together on Tuesday, June 24, near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Daniel Place to turn symbolic shovels of dirt for the first new school in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) in more than 20 years. That would have been news enough.
However, it was part of a busy day that ended with the resignation of Sally Hoelscher as school board president.
Hoelscher’s unexpected resignation toward midnight capped the news.

Army Corps of Engineers to raise Iowa River output

IOWA CITY– Johnson County officials have signed a local disaster declaration and will ask for a State Disaster Declaration today to be eligible for state assistance.
Supervisor Chairperson Terrence Neuzil and Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Wilson signed the documents Tuesday, July 1.

July 12 Turkey Trot 5k, 1 Mile event to benefit local pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The Community Pantry will host its second annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family 1 Mile event on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 North Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. Registration through July 12 is $35 (T-shirt not guaranteed).
Registration is available online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot.
Not a runner? Volunteer to help at the race: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-2ndannual1.

NLFD responds to two fires at same address

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s fire department made two trips to the same house to battle a stubborn fire Sunday.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 35 E. Weston Dr. for a building fire at approximately 12:58 a.m. Sunday morning, although the first arriving units found the fire was out upon arrival.
The home was occupied at the time of the fire and did have working smoke detectors, which alerted residents, according to North Liberty Fire Department Lt. Mike Johnston.

Software error leads to inaccurately low sewer bills

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to a software error, North Liberty water and wastewater customers were sent inaccurate bills for June. For the average customer, the difference is between $15 to $22.
The software error, discovered by city staff on Monday, caused customers to be billed for only the minimum wastewater use, regardless of actual use. The error occurred when the software vendor failed to correctly input a rate table. City staff worked with the software vendor to correct the error and will spot check July bills for accuracy.

Miracles in Motions introduces new Equine Services for Heroes program to serve veterans

Making miracles possible for American heroes

SWISHER– When Miracles in Motion began in 1988, it operated with just a few borrowed horses. Today, the non-profit organization has its own 76-acre facility with indoor and outdoor arenas and twelve horses, the majority of which have been donated by generous horse owners.
Miracles in Motion provides equine therapy services to students with special physical, mental and emotional needs, and they are proud to be introducing a new program, Equine Services for Heroes, which caters to the needs of veterans.

Temporary or permanent? Council mulls Windmill sewer

SOLON– The developer is ready to proceed, but the city is not.
An additional phase for Windmill Estates is in a holding pattern as the city decides how best to address sewer needs for the subdivision.
The City Council discussed the constraints of a substantial debt repayment schedule last week when considering how to pay for a new wastewater lift station, trunk sewer line and water tower.
It is a challenge for any government to pay for the wants and needs of services and capital improvements, and the City of Solon proved to be no exception.

Lake Macbride fireworks July 4

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark. The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 5.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon FC soccer club seeks players

SOLON– Attention Middle School parents and students! Solon FC is a soccer club for Solon 5th-8th grade boys and girls. The club is currently accepting players for the 2014-2015 fall\spring seasons. This is an exciting opportunity for the youth of Solon to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn and improve their skills, and play in a competitive and fun atmosphere. Registration is now open.
More information about Solon FC can be found on the club’s Facebook page http://www.FaceBook.com/SolonIAFC or by emailing SolonIAFC@Gmail.com.

Solon Methodist Church to host community blood drive June 30

30 until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at 122 N. Iowa St., inside the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium.
To donate, please contact Rick Havel at 319-530-1596 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Solon Public Library

New books

“The Bones Beneath” by Mark Billingham;
“Vertigo 42” by Martha Grimes;
“Save the Date” by Mary Kay Andrews;
“Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich;
“The Smoke at Dawn” by Jeff Shaara;
“The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank;
“All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner.

Adult Summer Reading Program