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Community

Finalists selected for NLFD chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has selected five finalists for its newly-created fire chief position.
“We were very pleased with the deep pool of qualified candidates we had to choose from,” said Ryan Heiar, North Liberty City Administrator. “Getting the public’s input will be vital to the final decision on a role that is incredibly important to our community.”

A new type of neighborhood watch

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department is building a neighborhood watch for the 21st Century and is asking for community help. The program is built on voluntary inclusion of a list of residents with exterior security cameras that can record video.
Participation is strictly voluntary and would only be used for crime prevention. Residents who would like to participate can complete a short form and send it to the NLPD’s records division at records@northlibertyiowa.org.

County awarded conservation funds for historic poor farm

IOWA CITY— The Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District (JCSWCD) and Johnson County Board of Supervisors received a $50,000 Urban Agriculture Conservation Program award from the National Association of Conservation Districts. It is the first time a district in Iowa was awarded this grant. The grant will benefit the historic Johnson County Poor Farm.

Spartan Trapshooting Team can drive Saturday, July 29

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting Team will host a can drive to raise funds to support its 2017-2018 season.
The can drive will be Saturday, July 29, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Donations may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and noon. Team members will also be driving around town collecting donations during those time. Pickups can be scheduled by calling Kelly at 319-331-7962.

Advocates to tour Villages of Van Buren County Thursday, Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates have scheduled a trip Thursday, Aug. 17, to tour the Villages of Van Buren County. The trip leaves from the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 7 a.m., stops for the step-on guide to arrive at Morris Park. The tour begins with a view of an 1800 barn and a feast on homemade cinnamon rolls. Next a visit to Millard’s turtle farm, then on to Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum and the National Historic District.

New school facilites on track for 2018

Open house for new middle school Sept. 3

SOLON– It’s been a constant rumble of construction for the Solon Community School District.
But the end is just over a year away, if all goes according to plan.
The school system is in the midst of a substantial facilities upgrade which includes two new buildings and two additions to the high school. School officials provided an update on progress at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
It’s an annual get-together for the two local elected bodies to discuss current projects, anticipated growth and possible areas of cooperation.

Looking for ideas

District open to all options for middle school use

SOLON– What are you going to do with the vacated middle school?
It’s not a question the Solon Community School District is in a hurry to answer, but it’s been posed and was discussed at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
“We’ve been wrestling with that and discussing it as a board ever since a decision was made that we were going to build new,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told city council members. “Right now we’ve just been ears open and gathering suggestions for use of the facility we’re vacating portions of.”

Farewell from Youth Services Librarian Lori Lindner

Youth Services Librarian Lori Lindner took a teaching position in the College Community School District, and wishes to bid a fond farewell to all the wonderful patrons, teens, young children and their families who made her time at the library so enjoyable. She offers this message to all: “I will really miss seeing everyone’s friendly, smiling faces each week. It has been great getting to know so many Solon-area families, and I hope to see each of you whenever I come back to visit the library. Keep using the library, and I hope you will continue to support this fabulous community asset.”

Family Day at the Iowa Raptor Project Saturday, Aug. 5

SOLON– Join the Iowa Raptor Project for its monthly Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 5, form 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
August’s featured raptor is the Harris’s hawk. Learn about the bird and enjoy some arts and crafts and snacks. This event is free and open to the public.
The Iowa Raptor Project is located within the Macbride Nature Recreation Area at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE, Solon 52333.

CBJ Corporate Battle of the Bands

NORTH LIBERTY– The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) has unveiled the lineup for its second-annual Corporate Battle of the Bands, including an appearance by The Hopping Iguanas, which is comprised of Solon Community School District employees.
The event, which will showcase six company-sponsored bands, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City.

Riding high

You could hear Makayla Keller of Solon screaming a block away from the Rock Star ride at Solon Beef Days Saturday, July 22. Keller was among the throng of people who took to carnival rides, participated in contests like the bean bag tournament and the hay bale toss, or took in the free entertainment at the 2017 edition of Solon’s annual summer event. Look for parade photos and more in next week’s edition. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Conserving the heart of Tiffin

Consultant presents council members with an opportunity

TIFFIN– It could be dubbed Potterfield Park, if the City of Tiffin can procure the land in time.
At a Tiffin City Council work session Tuesday, July 18, a consultant explained a one-of-a-kind chance for the city: the acquisition of 11.13 acres for a future nature area.
“It’s pretty black and white that it should be a park,” said Sandy Steil, land planning and development consultant at Steil Consulting LLC.
Steil, a member of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s board of directors and its land acquisition committee, said she’s never seen a property so well maintained.