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Community

Tiffin takes first swing at draft of parks plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin hopes all residents will find it desirable to park it.
Rob Decker, of HBK Engineering in Iowa City, presented to the Tiffin City Council a draft master plan containing recommendations for improving the city’s eight public parks at the council’s pre-meeting work session on Wednesday, July 22.

New candidates emerge in IC school board race

One week after Baruah resigns, list of candidates is finalized

IOWA CITY – The ballot is complete for the upcoming school board election on Sept. 8.
Voters in the Iowa City Community School District will elect five new members to the district’s Board of Directors.
The fifth open seat was revealed on July 22, when Director Tuyet Baruah announced her resignation from the board in a YouTube video. She was serving her second term, set to expire in 2017. With her resignation, effective in September, she will continue on the board until a new director is elected to complete her term.

Country concert to kick off Friday Night Lights for CCA football

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football organizing committee is excited to announce that country singer Jake McVey will perform at the CCA High School Athletic Stadium– the first concert to be held in the stadium– on Friday, Aug 7, as part of the Kick-off to Friday Night Lights event.
McVey said performing for fans all across the country is the fulfillment of a dream he has been preparing for most of his life. “My mom played piano and my dad was a drummer, so music was always going around the house,” said McVey, who grew up working on his parents’ Iowa farm.

Buy a Brick

NLYBS seeking donations for Penn Meadows Park improvements

NORTH LIBERTY– For 23 years, North Liberty children have been learning good sportsmanship, respect for authority and teamwork while having fun playing ball at Penn Meadows Park. This spring, 924 kids had the opportunity to continue this North Liberty tradition. However, the facilities at the park are in need of a long overdue update and expansion.
Plans for the new facility include two seven-stall restrooms, an expanded built-in concession stand and a covered picnic area. The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) still needs to raise 60 percent of the funds.

NL Recreation Center to have short, long-term closures in different areas

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to the Just Tri youth triathlon, the swimming pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center will be closed to the public on Sunday, Aug. 2, until 11 a.m.
Organizers are still seeking additional volunteers to help with the event from 7:30-10 a.m. that morning. If interested, contact pool director Katie Gerot at 319-626-5716.

Upper level closures

NL’s Eyestone to run for Iowa City school board

NORTH LIBERTY– Shawn Eyestone of North Liberty has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Education.
There are five open seats on the board to fill this fall. “I believe strongly that every student in our district deserves to have their specific needs addressed to the best of our ability,” Eyestone said. “Whether they are performing below grade level, above grade level, or have any other special needs, the students are the reason I am entering the race.”

call the dive team

When Johnson County law enforcement needs to get to the bottom– literally– they

IOWA CITY— Johnson County citizens have a variety of public safety agencies on duty around the clock to protect them, ranging from traditional fire departments and law enforcement agencies to the county’s ambulance service. Specialty units such as the Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response Team, the Sheriff’s SWAT team, County Rescue 52 and the bomb squad supplement these organizations.
But one such unit operates literally in the murky shadows most of us never see.

Begging for a Park

NL organizers hope to make a case for off-leash dog park

NORTH LIBERTY— In 2009, a North Liberty resident had an idea for an off-leash dog park where her canine companion could run freely and play with other four-legged friends. In 2012 that vision faded, but a new group is picking up where she left off.

Sun shines on NL’s 2015 festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The barbecue pits and jamming musicians weren’t the only hot things at North Liberty’s annual Blues & BBQ festival this year.
Finally; the sun was warm, too.
It’s been awhile since the annual community celebration of summer– and all things barbecue, blues and family-friendly fun– has enjoyed a day without stormy weather. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, storms and heavy rains interfered enough with the grounds and equipment to cause the festival to be cancelled or called off early.

CCA school board takes its first look at high school expansion

OXFORD— With Tiffin Elementary nearly done and the first phase of the middle school expansion and renovation in progress, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board turned its attention to the high school and a planned expansion scheduled to start next spring.
All three projects, along with HVAC and other improvements at Amana Elementary, are part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in 2014.

ICCSD board declines to hear Appendix 6 complaint

Concern to be reviewed by Iowa Dept. of Ed

By Nora Heaton
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District opted not to hear an Appendix 6 complaint that had landed on the Board of Directors’ July 14 meeting agenda. Since the complaint filed was private, President Chris Lynch cautioned directors to discuss the matter using only general or hypothetical terms.

City, school to cooperate on upgrades

8-foot sidewalks to serve as trail connection

SOLON– The school and city have forged an agreement to hopefully provide 8-foot sidewalks linking the new middle school with the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA).
Members of both the Solon school board and the Solon City Council unanimously approved a 28E agreement last week addressing sidewalks, utilities, signage and other infrastructure improvements relating to the new middle school.