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Community

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.

Youth football registration April 13

n Youth Football program will be held Sunday, April 13, from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Solon Middle School cafeteria. Players will be weighed and fitted for equipment. A parent or guardian must be present during registration. Questions? Contact coordinators Brad Gunnells at 319-624-3542, Brett Arduser at 319-624-5215, or see www.spartanyouthfootball.org.

Tree questions answered 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.
Mark will bring along the survey of Solon trees he completed last year, and answer questions about trees and their current project to restore the oak forest at Lake Macbride State Park. 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.

Solon Methodist Living Last Supper performances begin April 11

SOLON– Members of Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC) will be presenting five Living Last Supper performances in April, including their first interstate show and a Maundy Thursday performance at SUMC.
The Living Last Supper is a dramatic interpretation where each disciple reflects upon one’s life with Jesus in the setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting.

Solon Public Library

Are you new to Solon?

Please stop in and check out the services we offer at the Solon library! We have popular titles, large print, westerns, Christian fiction, science fiction and lots of non-fiction for gardeners, history buffs, financial tips, good health habits, and much more. We have a large audio book collection and DVDs for both children and adults. Also available for check out are puzzles, puppets, and cake pans. In our reading area, you will find four area newspapers and a variety of magazines.