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Community

Road Closure: Walnut and Front

NORTH LIBERTY– Weather depending, the intersection of Walnut and Front streets will be closed on Jan. 15 and 16. The closure is necessary so a contractor can remove two large trees. The closures will only last during the day, while the crew is working.
This work was previously scheduled to occur earlier in January, but was delayed due to the severely low temperatures.

Troop 216 chili supper Feb. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 38th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

Christmas tree collection Jan. 10 and 17.

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County Refuse will collect discarded Christmas trees on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.
Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. with all decorations removed. Please remove the tree from any bag or container. This service is free of charge.

MPO seeks ECICOG representative

East Central Iowa Council of Governments Board of Directors seeks citizen representative

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County is seeking a representative to participate on the East Central Iowa Council of Governments Board of Directors. ECICOG is an intergovernmental council established in 1973 and is governed by a board of directors comprised of elected officials and private citizens. The appointment is for one year.

Tiffin Hypnotist comedy show Jan. 25

TIFFIN– The Fine Arts and Music Enhancers (F.A.M.E.) will be hosting Clear Creek Amana (CCA) alumnus Steve Meade as he performs his comedy hypnosis show “The Virtual Reality Tour” Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. Volunteers from the audience will be taken on a spellbound lifelike mental vacation using the power of hypnosis.

Transit Desert

Corridor public transit systems need connectivity

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Residents of North Liberty and rural Johnson County inhabit areas that transportation planners sometimes refer to as “transit deserts,” locales where substantial numbers of people without cars rely on public transit services that stop short of providing access to the outermost pick-up and drop-off points of larger metropolitan bus and passenger rail systems. It’s an issue that has caught the attention of state-level representatives of Corridor communities.

NLFD responds in 7 minutes to home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department responded to a manufactured home fire on at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 149 Golfview Ct. for a report of a manufactured home on fire.
Firefighters arrived within seven minutes after dispatch and found smoke and fire coming from the rear of the residence. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire, which originated in a back bedroom and was determined to be accidental as a result of a 5-year-old child playing with a lighter. There were no working smoke detectors in the residence.

Indivisible 37/73 to host meeting Jan. 13, in Tipton

TIPTON– Indivisible 37/73 (our Iowa Senate and House Districts) is a non-partisan political action group whose purpose is defined in its mission statement, “Being the voice of democracy, inclusion, respect and fairness through information and effective action.” Anyone interested in supporting this mission is welcome to join.

City prepares for community center

Council looks to budget for Iowa Street facility staff

SOLON– It’s the next step for Solon.
The city and the school district have worked for months to develop a partnership to operate the former middle school on Iowa Street as a community center.
At a Jan. 3 meeting, Solon City Council members and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen discussed how to staff it in the upcoming fiscal year.
“This is I think a transition plan to get us from where we are to where we need to go to get this building functioning for the community,” Rasmussen told council members.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

“Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner

Sons of the American Legion host annual Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Christmas tree pick-up Friday, Jan. 12

SOLON– Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.