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Community

NL to consider water, sewer rate increases

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As North Liberty’s population continues to rise, increasing the number of customers for which the city provides sewer and water services, it’s not enough to keep up with demand.
At least, not when the demand is for new or expanded facilities for both utilities.

Front Street, Mehaffey Bridge roadwork underway

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge Road is getting a facelift, and road officials want the public to be prepared.
North Liberty and Johnson County staff members and project engineers hosted an open house at South Slope in North Liberty on Tuesday, May 13, to answer questions about the upcoming roadwork.

Highway 965 work to begin after Memorial Day

NORTH LIBERTY– The first stage of major improvements to Highway 965 is set to begin as early as next week. To facilitate the first stage of construction, Highway 965 will be closed north of Penn Street past Pasha Parkway. This stage is expected to last into August, when a second stage, expected to last into November, will begin.
During the first stage, Highway 965 traffic will be detoured along Penn Street to Alexander Way, where there will be temporary traffic signals throughout the project, back to Highway 965 via 240th Street.

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.