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Community

CCA Get-Ready-for-College Night to be held Feb. 23

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will host a Get Ready for College Night on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the CCA High School (location TBD). A representative from the University of Iowa (four-year public), Mount Mercy University (four-year private), and Kirkwood Community College will address what parents and students need to know about preparing for the senior year and what steps parents and students can take to be ready to start the college application process once the senior year gets going.

Solon, townships to form new fire agency

Audit leads to probable organizational changes for Solon Fire Dept.

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
SOLON– A new fire service agency will be created to serve the City of Solon and three townships surrounding it.
In September 2015, a state audit of the financial accounting of the Solon Fire Department raised some eyebrows; specifically, with the volunteers’ use of Benevolent Association donations.
The audit, triggered by a citizen complaint, had two sides, said Solon Mayor Steve Stange. One side involved the Benevolent Association, which he declined to comment on.

Enquiring minds want to know

Lakeview Elementary students dive into science projects

SOLON– Civilized humanity has always liked to put things on display.
The Great Expositions and World’s Fairs prominently displayed the latest in future thinking and scientific wonder.
That inquisitive spirit lived on, in part, at the Lakeview Elementary Science Fair, held Saturday, Jan. 30, in Lakeview’s large gym.
Inside the event, sponsored by Lakeview’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), 78 students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade manned nearly 60 exhibits.

Council says yes to golf cart changes

Carts to be allowed on city streets all year, weather permitting

SOLON– There was only one question remaining– whether or not to allow golf carts on Highway 382 (Main Street) in Solon.
Solon’s council members already verbally consented to two other major revisions to the city’s golf cart ordinance: a requirement for a city license plate, and the elimination of the seasonal April 1 to Oct. 31 operating period.
But questions regarding Highway 382 prompted a lengthy discussion at a Feb. 3 council meeting.

First reading of ordinance to lower minimum wage for minors

TIFFIN– They wondered why they were discussing it again.
Tiffin City Council members Jim Bartels and Mike Ryan both said Tiffin’s lack of action against Johnson County’s new minimum wage ordinance should have settled the issue in November.
However, the item was back on the council’s Feb. 2 agenda, after councilor Al Havens proposed a tiered wage to allow employers to pay people under age 18 the state minimum of $7.25 per hour.

NLFD: “rhino tough” is enough

NL firefighters to participate in charity stair climb

NORTH LIBERTY— For the fourth year, members of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will participate in the American Lung Association’s “Fight For Air Climb,” a fundraising event.
Ten NLFD firefighters will join their brothers and sisters from across the state, as well as law enforcement officers and the general public in climbing 86 floors and 1,796 stairs in four buildings in downtown Des Moines on Sunday, April 10.

On the bus

NL officials, task force hope to test drive options for intra-city transit

NORTH LIBERTY– For 10 years, certain North Liberty representatives advocated for transportation options for residents.
Behind the scenes, a committee is still working toward that end.

NLFD responds to garage fire

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 2:17 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 340 N. George St. for a report of smoke coming from a detached garage. The smoke was reported by a North Liberty City employee who called 911.
North Liberty police officers notified the residents, who were home at the time, and all escaped without injury. North Liberty engine 112 arrived first, in less than four minutes after being dispatched. The fire was quickly located and extinguished keeping fire damage to a minimum.

Garner Elementary to host Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Feb. 13

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Waffle Breakfast with Basket Auction and Raffle on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the school.

North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department logs record number of calls for service in 2015

NORTH LIBERTY– Volunteer firefighters in North Liberty responded to a record number of calls for service in 2015. The fire department consists of 45 volunteer firefighters and EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians), in a fire district that covers 55 square miles including the City of North Liberty, Penn and Madison townships, and 12 miles of shoreline and water on Coralville Lake.

City staff win Severson Challenge, coveted cup

IOWA CITY– Staff from the City of North Liberty won this year’s Severson Holiday Charity Challenge and, as a result, will display the engraved Severson Cup traveling trophy throughout 2016 for earning the greatest percentage growth in donations over last year.

The better to see you with

Solon council to consider golf cart license plates

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The City is looking to bring a little clarity to its golf cart ordinance.
Especially for law enforcement officers.
The members of the Solon City Council are scheduled to consider, at a Feb. 3 meeting, revisions to the city law which allows for the operation of golf carts as a street-legal means of transportation within the city limits.
The law has been on the books since 2011, but changes were discussed when council members considered and then defeated a similar municipal rule for utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets.