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Community

County to allow poultry processing on more agricultural parcels

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance amendment to allow for up to 999 birds to be raised, slaughtered and processed annually on agriculturally zoned parcels for sale to household consumers only. The change was made in response to a recommendation from the Johnson County Food Policy Council and research conducted by County Planning, Development and Sustainability staff.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

Neuzil’s replacement to be selected in Jan. 19 special election

Opponents worried about voter fatigue

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

City tightens TIF belt

Pending budget impacts cause caution for council

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city could handle $25,000 all at once, but it couldn’t handle $131,388 over five years.
The Solon City Council took no action on a request by the Solon Retirement Village to extend a five-year Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement for its assisted living facility, but it allowed Red Vespa Pizzeria to trade its 10-year tax abatement plan for a one-year kickback.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Lakeview fourth graders visiting Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Dec. 16

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.25 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4F (Mrs. Bogard).

County to hold Jan. 19 special election to fill supervisor vacancy

JOHNSON COUNTY– There will be a special election to fill a vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil resigned his position to take a job in Kalamazoo County, Mich., effective Dec. 20, leaving an unfulfilled term that expires Dec. 31, 2016. According to Iowa law, the decision to either appoint someone or hold a special election to fill the reminder of Neuzil’s term falls to a committee of three.

NL council to consider tax rebate requests

Public hearing to amend urban renewal plan Dec. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty may soon have its own bowling center– along with an arcade, laser tag arena, billiards room and sports bar, all under one roof.
At its Nov. 24 meeting, the North Liberty City Council heard a proposal from John Burchert to build a family entertainment center that would include all those amenities in a 37,000 square–foot building, located off Penn Street on Madison Avenue.

Holiday homicide hilarity takes center stage at CCA

New CCA director debuts with play’s first Iowa performance

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Murder isn’t usually a laughing matter, unless it’s a key element in a comedic thriller on the stage, as in Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Drama Department’s farce The Game’s Afoot or Holmes For The Holidays, which ran from Nov. 12 through Nov. 14 in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin.

IC school board approves online survey tool for gathering feedback

Directors hope Thoughtexchange will reach larger population than listening posts, meetings

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District will begin using a new tool to gather community feedback. The online tool, Thoughtexchange, acts as a survey with added features, such as a Star feature allowing respondents to “star,” or prioritize, the thoughts most meaningful to them.

CCA details timelines for next three projects

OXFORD– The end is in sight for completion of a two-story addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school in Tiffin.
District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby and Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk both told the school board they were optimistic the chronically-delayed project would finally be completed during winter break.
Willoughby gave the board a construction update during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at Clear Creek Elementary.

TIFFIN Notes

Holiday Decorating Contest
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is holding its Annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Help bring the spirit of the holiday season to Tiffin. Prizes will be given to first, second and third places for the best holiday decorations. The city is also looking for volunteers to be judges.
If interested in signing up to be a contest judge, please contact Ashley at Tiffin City Hall, 319-545-2572. Judging will take place a week before Christmas.
This is a great chance to take the family around town and make holiday memories to remember for a lifetime.

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