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Community

Old Gold Diner presents A Red, White and Blue Celebration July 1

SOLON– On Friday, July 1, Old Gold Diner will be having a special meal and entertainment to honor the birth of our nation. Mark your calendars to come enjoy an All-American lunch and great entertainment by Larry Fountain of West Branch. Come celebrate with your friends and neighbors.
Call 319-624-2251 for reservations by 1 p.m. June 30.

Operation Dry Water starts June 24

DES MOINES– A group of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies will partner to focus enforcement of Iowa’s boating while intoxicated law as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence.

Council kicks in $500 for splash pad promotion

Fundraising committee to recruit help at June 29 Music on Main

SOLON– City council members agreed to prime the pump.
A splash pad committee is seeking to raise over a half-million dollars for a municipal water playground at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and the city has agreed to contribute $500 to help boost upcoming fundraising efforts.
The decision was made at the city council’s June 15 meeting.
The volunteer effort dates back to a 2012 survey of residents conducted by the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission seeking guidance for possible capital park improvements.

Solon water and sewer rates to increase effective July 1

SOLON– Solon’s water and sewer rates are set for their annual increase.
The third and final reading of two ordinances establishing new rates for water and sewer services passed unanimously at a Solon City Council meeting June 1.
The city has undertaken a policy of adjusting the rates annually. With the adoption of the two ordinances, municipal utility rates will increase by two percent effective July 1.
For water service, the base charge will jump to $11.42 for the first 1,500 gallons and $5.42 for each additional 1,000 gallons used in a month.

Outdoor Movie Night at Randall Park Thursday, June 23

SOLON– Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and join the Solon United Methodist Church at Randall Park the evening on June 23, for a showing of “*batteries not included.” The 1987 Steven Spielberg film stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy as owners and residents of a run-down apartment building and café in New York City’s East Village. They are befriended by extraterrestrial “flying saucers” who breathe new life into the struggle of the tenants in the building to save it from demolition. Film critic Roger Ebert described this movie as “sweet, cheerful, fun family entertainment.”

Macbride makes Top Ten list

Lake Macbride State Park named to Take Me Fishing™ 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, has been recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing™, whose Top 100 list was released recently.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca has talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

Three Johnson County veterans added to Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

North Liberty council withholds funding for passenger rail study

THE ISSUE
A passenger rail study by the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CRANDIC) in 2006 deemed service between Iowa City and the Eastern Iowa Airport too costly. Ten years later, CRANDIC is hoping to revisit the study and determine whether population growth and transportation needs could fuel passenger rail service in the Eastern Iowa Corridor.

WHAT WE KNEW

NL Community Fund seeks grant applications

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF), an affiliate of the Community Fund of Johnson County, is growing its endowment fund to support the community’s needs. Up to five percent of the endowment fund balance can be made available each year for those projects and programs.
This year, the NLCF is able to make $1,100 available for local projects or programs. Funds from the Community Fund of Johnson County are available for larger projects. Applications must be filed online by July 8 by using the application form on the Community Fund of Johnson County website.

Proposed utilities rate increases to take effect July 1

The North Liberty City Council will likely vote to implement a five-percent increase to water and sewer rates at its June 28 meeting.

What do I pay now?
Dependent on your household size, you could be spending anywhere from $25-$100 per month on water alone. The current base rate (first 1,000 gallons) for water is $14.12 and $27.24 for sewer. The proposed increase is $14.83 for water and $28.60 for sewer.

Is five percent a lot?
Yearly increases to utilities rates are not uncommon. Last year, there was a similar increase to water rates and a seven percent increase to sewer rates. Rates are expected to level off starting in FY18.

How much more can I expect to pay?

Cutting costs, increasing controversy

New vehicle maintenance facility for CCA sparks discussion, ends with a walk out

OXFORD– With a tight budget to work with, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District administration and school board directors have explored a variety of ways to save scarce dollars.
The most recent cost-saving opportunity has arisen due to a change in where and how the district maintains its vehicle fleet, sparking some controversy during discussion at the board’s June 15 meeting at the Clear Creek Elementary School in Oxford.

New trailside picnic table commemorates 60 years of residency

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Walkers, joggers, bladers and bikers can now enjoy a new picnic table along the North Liberty Recreation Trail thanks to a generous family memorial fund.