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Community

CCA Student Assistance Team/Interact Club hosts 55 and older dinner Nov. 7

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Clear Creek Amana Student Assistance Team/ Interact Club will host its annual supper for those 55 years of age or older. The club will serve a main course of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes and gravy along with other side dishes. Service will start promptly at 6 p.m. The members of the club enjoy the evening, getting to know the senior community members. Please spend some time with club, visit with the kids, see the high school and enjoy the evening. Card games such as hearts, euchre, or rummy will be played after dinner.

Smart money: NL gets good news in borrowing scenario

NORTH LIBERTY– Even while borrowing $9.995 million, the City of North Liberty is saving its taxpayers money.
Tionna Pooler, of Independent Public Advisors, LLC, the city’s financial advisory firm, told the council at its Sept. 22 meeting that when it comes to issuing bonds, “there is nothing but good news to tell you.”

Another connection planned along Hoover Trail

Funding will determine whether construction starts in spring

SOLON– If you like to ride bicycles, there’s nothing but good news.
The 5.8-mile missing link between two extensive Iowa trail systems might be completed as soon as 2018.
The plans to extend the Hoover Trail from Ely to Solon are progressing and Johnson County Conservation Department Program Manager Brad Friedhof thinks if all goes well, the first phase of the project could go out to potential bidders next spring.
The Conservation Department hosted a second informational meeting on the project at Solon City Hall Aug. 26 and there was a lot to share.

Special meeting to review fire dept. audit

State auditor’s report finds improper accounting practices

SOLON– The release of a report which found improper bookkeeping practices within the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and its benevolent association will be discussed at a special meeting of the Solon City Council Sept. 23.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman issued a report Sept. 22 after reviewing accounts and transactions of the City of Solon Volunteer Fire Department, the Tri-Township Fire Department, and the Solon Firefighters Benevolent Association for the period Jan. 1, 2011, through May 6, 2014.

Solon American Legion Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper Sept. 30

SOLON– Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host its annual spaghetti supper Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Solon American Legion Hall. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, garlic bread, green tossed salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade. Cost for adults will be $7, children $4 and under age 5 eat free. Proceeds will be used for Merit Awards for Solon 2016 graduating seniors.

Troop 120 hosts outdoor event for prospective Scouts Sept. 27

SOLON– Interested in Scouting, but don’t know where to turn? Solon’s own Boy Scout Troop 120 will be camping in the primitive campground at Lake Macbride State Park from Friday evening, Sept. 25, through Sunday morning, Sept. 27. Adult leaders and Scouts will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate skills. Dutch oven cooking, a long-standing tradition in Scouting, will be a highlight of this campout. 

Solon council rejects county minimum wage

Full house attends condensed readings of city ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– “Shame on you,” the female voice said as a roomful of interested citizens exited the Solon City Council chambers Wednesday night.
The standing-room-only crowd had just witnessed council members unanimously condensing and approving three readings of an ordinance rejecting Johnson County’s increase in the minimum wage.
Activists, residents and business representatives spoke politely but passionately Sept. 16 for and against the council’s bypass of the hike passed by Johnson County Supervisors earlier in the month.
There was no council discussion.

SMS welcomes international performance group on Sept. 28

SOLON– Solon Middle School will welcome an international performance group on Monday, Sept. 28. The group comprises 21 university students from Capital Normal University in Beijing, who will do two 45-minute performances for middle school students in grades 3-6. The performance will include a variety of dance, instrumental, vocal and other performance pieces designed to acquaint students with elements of Chinese culture.

Strumming away the road work blues

Jeffrey C. Capps performed his roots/rock music for the crowd gathered at Penn Landing Aug. 30 for a party to celebrate the end of construction on Highway 965 in North Liberty. The event featured live music, activities for children and the regular farmers’ market. For more photos of the event, see page A8. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Forevergreen Road now on the fast track

IDOT needs NL’s participation in building new I-380 interchange

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials would like to see the City of North Liberty pave the western portion of Forevergreen Road.
Sooner than later.

Educating a school board

ICCSD, other area school boards to orient new members

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– A few local school boards are experiencing a great deal of change since last Tuesday.
In Iowa City, the Sept. 8 school board elections brought five new members to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board, as directors Patti Fields, Jeff McGinness, Marla Swesey and Orville Townsend declined to seek reelection, and director Tuyet Baruah stepped down with two years remaining in her term