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Community

NL city offices close for mayor’s funeral, Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– City Hall and the North Liberty Community Library will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 23, so city staff can attend the funeral of Mayor Tom Salm, who died Sunday. Recreation and aquatics services will remain open.
City Hall and the Community Library will also be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. North Liberty’s Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Budget cuts solid, administration salaries frozen

By Paul Deaton
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Across Iowa, school districts are dealing with the end of one-time money provided by the federal government to support operations. The result has been dramatic budget cuts in school districts, including the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD).
Protests from students, faculty and community members over a $3.6 million budget cut for the 2014-2015 fiscal year have gone largely unaddressed by the school board since the decision to cut the budget was made last January.

NL Leader honored with awards at INA convention

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader again placed a close second as the best newspaper in its class over the weekend at the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contests.
The Leader was awarded second place in the overall General Excellence category, only three points behind the Westside Observer. The Leader placed in 11 writing and photography contests, capturing first place nine times.

Solon Public Library

Thank you, South Slope

We want to thank South Slope’s continued and generous support of the Solon Public Library. Through the years, they have offered the library free access to Internet, and recently, they bumped up the speed from five MBPS to 10 MBPS, allowing us to offer faster Internet capabilities to our patrons. Thanks again, South Slope. You help to make our library a success.

Teen summer reading kick-off party

Fine arts strike CCA’s board’s fancy

Choir, speech take center stage

OXFORD– After all of the performers and their families and friends left, the remainder of the evening was comparatively bland.
Third, fourth and fifth grade choir members at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) performed for the Clear Creek Amana school board during a regular meeting Wednesday, April 16, in the CCE library. Also on the venue were four CCA high school students who competed in the All-State Speech Contest at University of Northern Iowa on March 31.

Walking School Bus programs get local kids walking in May

IOWA CITY– Van Allen Elementary School will be piloting a walking school bus program for 12 days in May with the hopes to encourage more kids to walk to school with new and existing friends in their neighborhood.

Heavy boat traffic expected for Memorial Day holiday

DES MOINES– Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 24, and with it comes a reminder for boat owners to make sure they have a current boat registration sticker on the vessel and that Iowa has a .08 alcohol limit for boat operators.
“Going boating with friends is a fun way to spend a day and just like car drivers, boat operators are responsible for their passengers’ safety and for other boaters on the water,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Optimists to hold plant sale May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host a plant sale on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 412 N. McKenzie Ln. in North Liberty.
Perennials, lilacs, hostas, and much more.
All proceeds go to children with cancer.

Schools to hold 5K, 1 mile run May 17

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn, Garner and Van Allen PTOs will co-sponsor the second annual GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1 Mile Run on Saturday, May 17. This event will begin and end at Penn Elementary. The 1 mile run will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.
All proceeds from this event go to the North Liberty Family Resource Centers serving the students and families of Penn, Garner and Van Allen Elementary schools.
Register for the event at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=10205.

F. W. Kent Park beach opens May 24

TIFFIN– The F.W. Kent Park beach will open for the season on Saturday, May 24. Daily hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
No lifeguards are provided, swim at your own risk, swim only at designated beach, no alcohol allowed on beach.
Cans, bottles and food items are not permitted in the beach area.
For further information contact the Johnson County Conservation Board at 319-645-2315.

May 19 golf event benefits local nonprofits

IOWA CITY– The fourth annual “Charity Ball Drop” at the annual golf outing of the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) offers unique opportunities to fund nonprofit organizations.
The Community Foundation’s annual Tee Off for Charity-Team Up for Philanthropy golf outing will be held at Brown Deer Golf Course on Monday, May 19. The ball drop will be held at 6 p.m.

Former mayor to continue role as city administrator

City hires Rasmussen for one-year deal

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The City of Solon didn’t have to look very far for a new city administrator.
Former mayor Cami Rasmussen has entered into an employment agreement with the city to serve as city administrator for a term of one year.
According to acting mayor Steve Stange, the move assures continuity for city operations and stability for the city budget. At the end of the one-year agreement, the position will be advertised and a long term candidate will be sought, Stange said.
For now, however, the move buys the city some time.