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Community

Community garden plots available in Tiffin

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is offering community garden plots this spring. Plots 10 ft. x 30 ft. are $35 for residents and $40 for non-residents; 10 ft. x 15 ft. plots are $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Call or stop by Tiffin City Hall for an application. Questions can be directed to Jonas at 319-930-1692. To get an application by email, contact Ashley at ajay@tiffin-iowa.org.

Is the Highway 1 pedestrian crossing being used by young children?

Resident expresses concern to city council

SOLON– The City of Solon is urging local parents to educate their children on the use of the Highway 1 pedestrian crossing.
During the Citizen Speak portion of a March 18 meeting, Solon resident Pam Landgrebe expressed concern to city council members about the number of young children who disregard the pedestrian traffic signal on Highway 1 between Short and First streets.
Landgrebe, a resident of the Windmill Estates subdivision, said she frequently walks in the neighborhood where the pedestrian stoplight is located.

SHS to present “12 Angry Jurors” April 17-19

SOLON– The Solon Drama Department is proud to present “12 Angry Jurors” as its 2015 spring play. The show, renamed from the 1957 film “12 Angry Men,” is an American classic that explores our justice system, prejudice and the power of the individual. The show takes place over the course of one evening in the jury room as 12 jurors deliberate on their verdict. Tempers flare and each juror’s morality is tested. Did the 19-year old boy kill his father or is there room for reasonable doubt?

Create your own art at April 11 Art for the Arts Spotlight FUNraiser 

SOLON– On Saturday, April 11, local artist Lianne Westcot will host and provide step-by-step guidance in her studio in Swisher for the creation of a 16x20 canvas called Springtime Symphony. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in its creation.
There will be two sessions, both on Saturday, April 11, the first at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. No painting experience necessary.
Solon Spotlight will provide light snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring your favorite beverage– only non-alcoholic beverages at the 3:30 p.m. seating.

Golf carts generating complaints

SOLON– People have been driving their golf carts out of season, and it’s been brought to the attention of the Solon City Council and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
At the March 18 city council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange relayed complaints of out-of-season golf cart usage to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy present for the session.
Stange said he had received complaints about the use of golf carts in the Old Mill Creek subdivision. “Operating them at night, underage people operating them, possibly intoxicated people operating them,” Stange said.

Solon Public Library

Gardeners, take note

Local gardeners are urged to consider donating any unwanted plants to the library as they thin out perennial beds this spring. The library is switching the five circle beds in front of the library from annuals to perennials, and is seeking plants, especially those listed below. Please place any plant donations on the east side of the library by May 1 in the bins and boxes provided. Please label donations with the name and color, if possible. The Landscaping Committee extends its thanks for help in beautifying the library grounds.

Audit report for City of Solon’s 2013-14 fiscal year released

SOLON– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC today released an audit report on the City of Solon, Iowa, for the year ended June 30, 2014.

Hoover Trail extension meeting to be held in Solon April 7

SOLON– The public is invited to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County on Tuesday, April 7, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St. in Solon.
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely.

Salt Fork Kitchen chef and owner on IPTV’s Iowa Ingredient April 4

 JOHNSTON– Solon’s Eric Menze, a farmer and owner of Salt Fork Kitchen, and Chef Jay Schworn will be featured on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Ingredient” series on Friday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. The episode will feature Iowa-grown carrots.
Now in its fourth season, “Iowa Ingredient” profiles the farms, restaurants and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan. Each episode features a single Iowa ingredient and treats viewers to a spectacular trip from the farm to the table.

Sports pavilion, trail upgrade projects to begin this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– A couple of major construction projects to occur this summer will bring enhanced enjoyment of two of North Liberty’s main recreational features.
The North Liberty City Council on March 24 gave Parks Director Guy Goldsmith a nod to proceed with the design process for a new sports pavilion at Penn Meadows Park. The city is partnering with the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYSB) league for the construction of a building and adjoining picnic shelter, with NLYBS committing $250,000 of the project’s estimated $500,000 cost.

Tiffin’s property tax levy to decrease for Fiscal Year 2016

Council approves budget amounts

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Most Tiffin residents will see their tax obligations reduced in the upcoming fiscal year.

Plenty of challenges for CCA school board

Project delays and legislative inaction beset administrators and directors

AMANA– A troublesome sewer line, delays at the middle school and legislative impasses added up to a challenging agenda.
These were the issues the board of education of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District confronted at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11, in the Amana library.
The news started out well for the board, as District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby reported on progress at Tiffin Elementary.
“They say they’ll be ready for us on the first of August, that was the last report we had,” Willoughby said.