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Community

Nielsen sworn in as mayor

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city hall has officially installed a new mayor.
Assistant City Administrator Tracey Mulcahey conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Amy Nielsen on Thursday, Nov. 13, in council chambers. Present were friends and several members of Nielsen’s family and extended family.
After Nielsen took the oath of office, she posed for photographs with various relatives, and took a moment to reflect on her recent election to the office.

Snowmobiles stay for the winter in NL

Council decides to keep routes, tables action on ordinance

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will allow snowmobiles to continue to travel through town.
At least, for now.
At its Nov. 11 meeting, the council considered an ordinance amendment that would revoke recreational snowmobiling within city limits, change the existing routes and restrict the operation of snowmobiles to the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
City staff recommended the ordinance change as a result of safety concerns and citizen complaints, said North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar.

Tiffin: get countywide, local emergency notices via phone

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin is adopting an emergency alert system known as the Johnson County Emergency Notification System (JCENS). In the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, an alert will be sent to the phone number provided by voice, text, email and/or pager.

Clear Creek Amana Community School District recognized

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana School District (CCA) was honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams.
Since 2012, CCA has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher.
CCA is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Blues & BBQ gives back with donation to pantry’s garden project

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Betterment Group, organizers of the annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ festival, announced financial support for a community garden project of the North Liberty Community Pantry.
“Food is obviously near and dear to our hearts, and the pantry has been helping feed community members for nearly three decades,” said festival founder David Moore. “We saw an opportunity for us to aid an important local organization when it needed just a little bit of help of its own.”

Tiffin officials remind residents to register pets

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin reminds residents to stop by city hall to get all pets registered for the new year. Register in December and the fee is discounted to $4. After Jan.1, 2015 the pet registration fee will be $10. Remember to bring updated veterinarian records. The city receives numerous calls regarding dog and cats running loose. Contact city hall first, at 319-545-2572, if you have lost your pet. Pets are kept for 24 hours. If unclaimed, they will be taken to the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Thanksgiving meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 319-841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s churches. Come join and give thanks.

Solon voters support LOST cause

Big five say no; Solon and four others say yes

JOHNSON COUNTY– While the 2009 vote for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) marked the closest public measure election results in Johnson County history– with a margin of seven votes in Iowa City– last week’s outcome was more disparate.
Smaller communities in the county managed to pass the one-cent sales tax measure, but the contiguous cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin and University Heights– which were combined into a single voting block– failed to reach a majority.

Failed referendum leaves county supervisors scratching their heads,

IOWA CITY- For the third time, Johnson County voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded the construction of an annex to the existing courthouse.
In the Nov. 4 election, the $33.4 million project received a majority approval at 57 percent; however a super majority of 60 percent was required.
The day after the election, frustrated supervisors met with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) for some guidance on what to do next.

‘Chef’ to be screened at ‘Meal and a Movie’ Dec. 5 at library

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates Meal and a Movie for November and December will be Friday, Dec. 5, at the Solon Public Library. The movie, “Chef” is a recent release starring Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr., focusing on food and family. The Sam’s Main Street Market catering menu will be Mexican casserole, chips and salsa and dessert.
Sign up at Old Gold Dining or call 319-624-2710.

Solon Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving boxes Nov. 24

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry will provide Thanksgiving boxes with all the fixings for a meal again this year. Boxes may be picked up during regular hours Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 until 6 p.m. All those interested who have not registered, please visit the pantry Monday, Nov. 17, or call 319-430-8655 for more information.