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Community

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.

Blues & BBQ Food vendor applications due April 24

Blues & BBQ invites pit masters, sauce slingers to this year’s event

NORTH LIBERTY– Grill maestros and other food vendors can apply to be part of the Adam Schechinger State Farm Food Vendor Alley at the ninth annual North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by South Slope Cooperative Communications, scheduled for Saturday, July 11, in North Liberty’s Centennial Park.

Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host annual pancake breakfast April 12

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fire and First Responders will host their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 12, at the Tiffin Fire Station. Pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, cinnamon rolls and Clear Creek Orchard jams will be served from 6 a.m. to noon. There is no cost associated; however, free-will donations are encouraged.
This year donations will be used to help pay off a Kubota unit, purchased as a quick response vehicle for hard to reach areas during fire and medical emergency situations.

Pantry to hold ribbon cutting, tree planting for new garden April 25

Volunteer orientation to be April 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Community Pantry for a ribbon cutting and tree planting event to open the new Garden for Health project on Saturday, April 25, from 1-3 p.m., at 89 Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. The community is invited to attend this event where organizers will unveil the winning garden name submission.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp to invade NL Rec. Center April 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Join local experts John Watson and Guy Cain of the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp (ZASC) on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center, as they demonstrate how to use survival skills during an impending zombie apocalypse. Training will be provided on survival gear, fire building, emergency shelter construction, water collection and water filtration. This class will be different from the one offered last fall, as participants will trek outdoors away from the recreation center in search of wild edibles.