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Community

Tiffin easements need to be re-signed

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is still working on improving the Inflow & Infiltrations (I & I) issues within the sanitary sewer system in the Original part of Tiffin. Within the last year Tiffin residents may have received a letter regarding a meeting to discuss this topic, followed up by further contact from the city’s engineers, Hart-Frederick Consultants, to get signatures for a temporary construction easement.

Meet-and-greet event for ICCSD candidates Aug. 29 in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Building Community group has invited the 13 candidates on the Sept. 8 ballot for the Iowa City Community School District to a meet-and-greet event in North Liberty. 
The free, public event will be from at 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29, in the lower-level Gerdin Conference Room 2 at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. The North Liberty Building Community Group is nonpartisan, will not make endorsements, and is hosting this opportunity only for residents to meet the candidates in person and to gather information about them in one place.

Construction to begin on Curtis Bridge Rd. NE near Shueyville Aug. 24

SHUEYVILLE– Weather permitting, construction will start on Curtis Bridge Road NE from Shueyville’s corporate limit south to the dead end of Curtis Bridge Road NE on Monday, Aug. 24. Although Curtis Bridge Road will remain open to traffic, travelers should expect lane closures using pilot cars and flaggers with the potential for somewhat lengthy traffic delays. Construction should be complete by the end of October 2015.

Meet school board candidate Shawn Eyestone

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone and his campaign cordially invite the public to attend “meet-and-greet” events. Eyestone is running for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District Board. Guests will have an opportunity to speak with Eyestone about his areas of focus on the future of the school board and what action plans he’d like to set in motion when elected.
The following dates and locations have been set for the meet and greet events:
Sunday, Aug. 23. 10:30 a.m. Panera Bread located at 1646 Sycamore St. in Iowa City.

Higher minimum wage gets maximum support

Public hearing moves county closer to new wage ordinance

JOHNSON COUNTY– Though the Johnson County Board of Supervisors heard overwhelming support for an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage countywide, there are still many unanswered questions, pockets of uncertainty and details to be worked out before a final vote.
The board held a public forum Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building to allow the public to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would increase the minimum hourly wage for all workers in Johnson County from $7.25 to $10.10 by January 2017.

Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will partner with Iowa Audubon for the Fifth Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located across the road from the IDNR headquarters at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road N.W.
This is a free family event and there will be guest speakers on a variety of topics. Prime pelican viewing will be enhanced with spotting scopes provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

City elections to be held Nov. 3: Filing deadline for most cities is Sept. 17

JOHNSON COUNTY– City government elections will be held Thursday, Nov. 3. Below are important deadlines for anyone considering running for office. Beginning this year, city election candidates should file their nomination papers with the Johnson County Auditor’s office, not with their respective cities.
Vacancies in this area include:
· North Liberty: Three council seats (four-year terms)
· Oxford: Mayor (two-year term), three council seats (four-year terms)
· Shueyville: Mayor (two-year term), three council seats (four-year terms)

6-year-old drowns at Macbride

Hiawatha child was at beach with daycare field trip

SOLON– On Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m., the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC) received a report of a missing child at Lake MacBride State Park and a deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene.
At 2:13 p.m., the JECC received another 911 call from a group of teens who found an unresponsive child in the water at the beach. The teens removed the child from the water and immediately began performing CPR. The child was pronounced dead at the scene by a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) AirCare physician.

School board candidate forum set for Aug. 19 at library

SOLON– There will be four candidates running for two seats on the Solon school board, and all are scheduled to appear at a candidate forum Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Solon Public Library.
School elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Incumbent Dan Coons will be seeking re-election to the Solon board, but two-term member Dean Martin will not.
Instead, three other residents have thrown their hat in the ring.
Adam Haluska, Jim Hauer and Amber Marty all filed candidate petitions that included at least 47 signatures with the district office by the July 30 deadline, as did Coons.

Goodbye, Mrs. Sandersfeld

Lakeview first grade teacher Rosann Sandersfeld settles into retired life

SOLON– Three months after her retirement from teaching first grade at Lakeview Elementary School, Rosann Sandersfeld leafed through a book of student letters.
Printed painstakingly in pencil, the children thanked Mrs. Sandersfeld for her teaching career and urged her to enjoy retirement in the simplest of ways. Some hoped she’d be able to sleep in more and watch TV. Some, in a throwback to their first grade nutrition unit, implored their teacher to eat nuts and drink milk. All agreed, she must spend as many days as possible in pajamas.

Council approves water tower paint job

SOLON– This new paint job will cost $62,500.
The members of the Solon City Council approved a bid of that amount from Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin for painting the city’s water tower.
The city received two quotes for the project, reported Public Works Director Scott Kleppe at a regular Aug. 5 council meeting. The other bid, for $76,780, came from the company with which the city had a long-standing relationship, Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., said Kleppe.

Solon school news

Middle School football equipment handout Aug. 19 and Aug. 30
SOLON– Eighth grade football players will receive their equipment on Wednesday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway. Seventh grade football players will receive their equipment on Thursday, Aug. 30, starting at 4 p.m. in the middle school athletic hallway.