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Community

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.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale, 50/50 bingo and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults; $7 at the door. Kids 5 and under eat free.

Advocates to promote the shoveling of sidewalks for seniors

SOLON– Solon Senior Advocates plan to coordinate with another concerned group to promote the shoveling of sidewalks following a snowstorm. The group hopes to help eliminate the possibility of serious falls for seniors and others walking in the community. Many seniors and others walk to the library, the banks, Sam’s Main Street Market and other locations or just walk for exercise. Several senior residence sidewalks have been selected for shoveling.

Coralville Lake Bald Eagle Watch and Expo Feb. 6

IOWA CITY– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will co-host a Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, located at 180 E. Forevergreen Road in North Liberty. The watch site is at Coralville Lake, below the dam in Tailwater West. Co-hosts are the Iowa City Bird Club and Iowa Audubon. The event is free to the public and will be held at the two different locations simultaneously.
At the indoor site
The speakers, exhibitors, and vendor will be located at the indoor venue at North Central Junior High in North Liberty.

Kindergarten Roundup March 24

SOLON– Solon Community School District’s Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Thursday, March 24. There will be two sessions to choose from. The first session will be 2:00-3:25 p.m. and the second will be from 4-5:25 p.m. Sign up for Kindergarten Roundup will be done online beginning Monday, Feb. 15. Children must turn 5 years old by Sept. 15, 2016, to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate to the Kindergarten Roundup.

North Liberty bids au revoir to old reservoir

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– A rented crane, a few blow torches wielded by several fearless people and $16,800.
That’s all it took to erase a 39-year-old piece of history in North Liberty.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, Iseler Demolition Inc., of Michigan, began tearing down the city’s old water tower on Cherry Street next to the fire station. Iseler’s personnel started with demolition on Tuesday, but windy conditions caused safety concerns, and the overall-clad crew began again at 4:30 Thursday morning.
By 8:30 a.m., half the structure was gone.

Roundabout best option for school intersection, say engineers

The road to Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) is not the only entity needing to get ready for school.
Liberty High, a new comprehensive high school, will open in the fall of 2017. It is located near the intersection of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, formerly farm ground on the outskirts of North Liberty. When the school district purchased the property in 2013, the city began working quickly to bring utilities and upgraded streets to the site and surrounding development areas.

CCA’s Nature Trail crew

Students from Clear Creek Amana Middle School propose trail enhancements to Tiffin council

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– When the City of Tiffin needed help in developing a plan for the city’s parks and trails, the council hired professional consultants at HBK Engineering to provide it.
Then, they learned they had a partner right next door with an equally strong vision.
Students from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School’s STEM group came to the council’s Jan. 19 meeting to present their ideas for developing about 1,100 feet of trail near the Timber Ridge housing development.

Apply now for CCA school district preschool 2016-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The Clear Creek Amana Community School District is now accepting preschool applications for the 2016 - 2017 school year.
The district will provide Pre-K preschool services at Amana Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary (Oxford), North Bend Elementary (North Liberty) and Tiffin Elementary attendance centers. Pre-K students must be four years old by Sept. 15.

Boy Scout Troop 216 to host chili supper Feb. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 36th annual Chili Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5; children five 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.
Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Scoutmaster Kevin Kurka at 319-665-9076.

Johnson County Sheriff seeks public assistance in locating tire thief

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the help of anyone who may have been traveling on Highway 218 on Jan. 17. A citizen driving a Chevy Lumina broke down at the 86-mile marker. The car was left on the side of the road until 3:30 p.m. Upon the owner’s return to the car, it was discovered all four tires were stolen. Anyone traveling on Highway 218 on Jan. 17 between the hours of 12:40 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., who may have witnessed the theft are urged to call 319-356-6020, ext. 8949, with any information regarding the incident.

Lynn Morris appointed to Solon City Council

City quickly fills seat vacated by Grover

SOLON– The “No Vacancy” sign has been turned back on.
At a Jan. 6 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange read a letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
By the Jan. 20 meeting, newly-appointed member Lynn Morris was sworn into office.
Morris, 52, has been a resident of Solon since 2003, and recently served a term on the city’s Board of Adjustment.
During the same Jan. 6 meeting in which Grover’s resignation was announced, council members approved a motion to appoint a replacement.