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Community

Spill reaches Coralville Reservoir after Monday accident

SWISHER– Liquid runway deicer and diesel fuel spilled after a semi-truck owned by Cryotech Deicing Technology rolled over Monday, Feb. 15, along Interstate 380 about 14 miles south of Cedar Rapids.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assisted with recovery and cleanup of the deicer and diesel fuel that escaped from the semi and flowed into McAllister Creek. About 3,600 gallons of liquid runway deicer and an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel flowed downstream about four miles to the Coralville Reservoir.

Penn school will host Science Night Feb. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– Penn Elementary will be hosting a fun-filled evening of exciting science Friday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

NL Optimists to host pancake breakfast March 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 43rd annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”

Grease on down the road

Fats and oils clogging up in winter weather

SOLON– Have you heard?
Grease is the word.
And the City of Solon would like you to stop putting it down the drain.
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are accumulating in the city’s sewer system, and when they reach the treatment plant during cold spells, it’s causing difficulties.
As a result, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe is hoping to educate the public about alternate disposal methods.

DOT open house for Highway 1 sidewalks project March 3

SOLON– The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is proposing improvements to the sidewalks adjacent to the state highway in Solon. The project’s purpose is to make the sidewalks compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The DOT will need to acquire temporary easements from the properties along the project in order to construct the sidewalks. Construction is proposed for the summer of 2017. There will be no cost to the property owners for these improvements.

Solon American Legion Veteran’s Memorial Pancake Breakfast Feb. 21

SOLON– Solon American Legion will host the Veteran’s Memorial Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 21. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and milk served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults, children 6-12 $4, and children 5 and under eat free. All proceeds go toward the maintenance costs of the Veteran’s Memorial Monument at the Legion Ball Park. For questions or more information regarding the breakfast call Cliff Bohling after 3 p.m. at the Solon Legion, 319-624-2277.

Trapshooting can drive March 6

SOLON– The Solon Trapshooting Team will conduct a can drive fundraiser Sunday, March 6, from 1-3 p.m. at the Solon Fire Department. For more information regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Welcome to our new Youth Services Librarian

Welcome to Lori Lindner to the Solon Public Library. Lori, a writer and editor of the Solon Economist/North Liberty Leader and a community volunteer, will soon be joining the Solon Public Library staff as the new Youth Services Librarian. Lori possesses a strong background in education and will be a great fit working with kids of all ages.

Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner March 7

SOLON– Mark the calendar for Monday, March 7, for the annual Solon Spotlight Spaghetti Dinner and Musical Showcase. The dinner will be held in the Solon High School commons. The menu includes: spaghetti, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and student performers. Serving times are 4:45-7 p.m. Diners will enjoy the middle school jazz band and solos/ensembles from middle school and high school students.

Budget, wish list out of balance

CCA’s Kuehl laments state’s lack of commitment to education

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl prepared for the district’s upcoming budget talks by submitting a wish list for staffing.
It included increasing the number of elementary teachers, elementary art and music teachers; increasing the number of high school and middle school guidance counselors; and adding staff in the high school band and ELP (English Language Proficiency) programs.
Kuehl acknowledged it was an optimistic list.

Busing change win for some, loss for others

ICCSD eliminates current discretionary busing; will redistribute to at-risk students

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to make changes to discretionary busing at its Jan. 26 meeting, in order to maximize access for elementary-aged children with socioeconomic barriers in getting to school.

North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announces run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses Western and Southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.