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Community

Coralville man faces charges for assault with condiment bottle

NORTH LIBERTY– A bar fight at J&A Tap, 440 N. Dubuque St., over the weekend led to the arrest of a Coralville man, who now faces several charges that could result in prison time.
According to complaints filed by the North Liberty Police Department, Tyler J. Ratzlaff, 26, admitted to throwing a glass Heinz 57 bottle at another patron early Sunday morning, although he had no justification for why he committed the act.
Officers responded to the scene at 12:21 a.m. and initially met outside the bar with the victim, who suffered a serious laceration across her forehead down to the skull.

Council delays decision on mayoral vacancy

Special election automatically triggered by auditor’s office March 1

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is still without an official mayor.
At a regularly scheduled North Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, council members decided to again postpone the decision to either appoint a mayor or hold a special election.
“I would suggest we hold off and not take any action tonight, and review again at the next meeting,” said council member Jim Sayre.

2017 pet tags now available

NORTH LIBERTY– It is now time to purchase your pet tags for 2017. Cats and dogs are required to wear tags that may be purchased at city hall for $2. Owners must provide verification of their pet being spayed/neutered to receive this rate. A nonspayed/nonneutered pet requires a fee of $25.
A tag provides identification in the event a pet is lost. The registration of an animal helps the city to ensure that all animals in the city are up to date with vaccines.
Dogs and cats must be kept on their owners’ property or on a leash at all times. Pets found “at large” will be impounded.

Hockey night with the Rough Riders Jan. 20

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s a night to spend in Cedar Rapids cheering on the Rough Riders hockey team in a face-off with the Youngstown Phantoms.
Discounted tickets for Friday, Jan. 20, at 7:05 p.m. will be offered to all interested. Individuals must provide their own transportation.
Order tickets at 319-261-GOAL and mention “North Liberty” for the discount. Tickets are $10.75–$16.75, based on zone.

Citywide snowman contest Dec. 1-Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Build a snowman in any city park or your yard between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, take a photo and submit it to Jason Egly at jegly@northlibertyiowa.org along with your name, contact information and where the snowman was built. Entries will be displayed at the North Liberty Community Center and online to be judged by recreation staff.The winning family receives prize!

Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 37th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 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 30 Scouts.

Garner Elementary Waffle Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Class Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

Liberty High “Pack the Gym” event Saturday, Jan. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty Lightning Athletic Booster Club invites the public to a “Pack the Gym” event Saturday, Jan. 28, for the ninth grade boys’ basketball game against Duqubue Wahlert.
The game starts at 10 a.m. at North Central Junior High. More information is available on the booster club’s Facebook page.

NLYBS registration now open

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 25th Anniversary Season is open.
Sign-ups are due at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS by Friday, March 3. Leagues are available for boys and girls age 4 through eighth grade. Scholarships are available.
New this year is first grade baseball, and third grade rookie players will also have the opportunity to pitch. Umpires will also be needed and must be at least 14 years old. Training is provided.

City budgeting for 3% COLA

Public Works seeks to add position

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– After some lean years, the City of Solon is going to try and make up some lost ground for its employees.
At a Jan. 4 meeting, council members directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen to include a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for city staff in the upcoming fiscal year budget.
In addition, council members and Mayor Steve Stange spoke in favor of an added full-time position requested by Public Works Director Scott Kleppe for his department, and began planning for a future city hall staffer.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Open House for Solon Center for the Arts is Sunday, Jan. 15

SOLON– The wait is finally over. The Solon Fine Arts Department along with Solon Spotlight will host an Open House in the new Center for the Arts. The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2-4 p.m. Guided tours will be available throughout the afternoon, as well as light refreshments. Carve out some time in your busy schedules to stop in and say hello.