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Community

Solon softball team collecting cans Nov. 1; also selling take-and-bake 

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball team is holding a can drive and fall fundraising event. The can drive will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. until noon. Drop off your cans at the softball field. The Lady Spartans will also drive around Solon to collect cans. Team members will be selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and apple crisp, which are great for holiday guests and gatherings. An 8x8 apple crisp pan can be purchased for $12 (take-and-bake) and a 9x13 pan lasagna will be $15 (take-and-bake).

Ely church hosts Czechoslovak Genealogical Society this week

ELY– The First Presbyterian Church near Ely is a special stop for visitors this week. Tour buses filled with attendees of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference will visit the historical First Presbyterian Church near Ely on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. both days.

No contests in November Solon city elections

Stange, Prentice, Snipes to run unopposed

SOLON– There shouldn’t be too many surprises in store for Solon during this year’s city elections.
Mayor Steve Stange and council members Mark Prentice and Dale Snipes are running unopposed in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election.
All three were appointees to their respective positions, although Stange was elected to his position in the 2014 general election after replacing former mayor Cami Rasmussen in May of 2014.

NL will require builders to obtain licenses

New ordinance passes first reading; changes expected

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Like electricians and plumbers, North Liberty plans to have general contractors working within the city to be licensed.

Following threat at West, ICCSD reconsiders policy

School staff will immediately report to law enforcement, parents

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) decided it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to school threats.
At an Oct. 13 meeting, the district’s Board of Directors discussed changes to how threats are handled and communicated within the district.
Board President Chris Lynch recommended a three-part plan of action, and all three motions were passed at the meeting:
• Direct all staff to immediately report any threats, substantiated or unsubstantiated, to law enforcement with parent communication as soon as possible.

Tiffin council split on new wage ordinance

Two businesses oppose increase

TIFFIN– Tiffin needs more information before taking action on the county’s new minimum wage ordinance.
The Tiffin City Council had a spirited discussion on the issue at its Oct. 14 pre-meeting work session, with two councilors expressing support of an increase, two councilors expressing opposition and one who wondered if a compromise setting age classifications and commensurate wages for workers would be legal.

Extra helping for NL senior dining

Council grants $1,500 in funding

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is helping those who serve.
Literally.
In response to the city’s new budgetary policy to set aside funds to accommodate mid-fiscal year requests from service organizations, volunteers with North Liberty’s Senior Dining program submitted an application for $1,500 to pay a part-time staff person to coordinate the weekly meal effort.
In its Oct. 13 meeting, the council readily said yes.

Scouting for Food pick-up will be Oct. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Scouting for Food is a yearly event supported by local Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs in the community. North Liberty Boy Scouts from Troop 216 and Cub Scouts from North Bend Pack 279, Garner and Van Allen Pack 275, and Penn Pack 216 began distribution of Scouting for Food Bags throughout North Liberty on Oct. 17. 

Four candidates will appear on NL’s council ballot Nov. 3

Four to vie for three seats in Swisher; races are uncontested in Shueyville, Tiffin and Oxford

NORTH LIBERTY– Regardless of the outcome, at least one new face will be sitting at the North Liberty City Council table in January.
Current two-term council member Coleen Chipman is not a candidate for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, city elections.
However, two other incumbents still have their hats in the ring.
Chris Hoffman and Terry Donahue will seek re-election to their positions, challenged by Jay Johnson and Jim Sayre. Three four-year terms will be decided in the election.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Thursday, Nov. 26

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available, to residents of North Liberty, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, from 12-4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available, free of charge, for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.
“We have been getting such positive feedback from the community about this Thanksgiving meal,” said Amanda Engstrom, chair of the Thanksgiving dinner committee.

Smooth sailing for new Clear Creek Amana school

Tiffin Elementary launches its inaugural year

TIFFIN— It’s anchors aweigh for Tiffin Elementary, the newest building in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District. The approximately $14 million structure was constructed as part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in February of last year. Other projects included in the bond were an addition to the middle school, which is still under construction, and a high school addition slated for construction in the spring. A groundbreaking ceremony was held three months after the bond was approved, and site work commenced almost immediately at the corner of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue.

Domestic violence awareness is prevention

Solon joins other cities in proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SOLON– Along with cities and counties across the country, the Solon City Council declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its Oct. 7 meeting.