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Government

The sound of silence

Swisher's 6 p.m. siren falls silent

SWISHER– Small towns have a reputation as being quiet, and the little community of Swisher, in the northwest corner of Johnson County, is no exception. However, after recent actions by the city council, it’s gotten even quieter.
The council voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to discontinue sounding the town’s outdoor warning siren daily at 6 p.m., a tradition dating back to the 1970s.

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Cab service in the works for North Liberty

Transit Committee hoping for wheels on the ground by November

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is working quickly towards green-lighting a new demand-response cab service for the less mobile population.
“The voters of North Liberty have demanded that we do something about transit,” said Gerry Kuhl, former acting Mayor of North Liberty, 10-year member of the city council and current member of the Transit Committee. Kuhl is eager to get wheels turning on the project, first introducing an RFP (request for proposal) in September.

Service details

Development plans underway for The Preserve

Seventy-one acres of housing planned south of North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– The Preserve is on the path to join North Liberty’s rapid expansion in housing.

Tiffin’s first roundabout coming soon

Construction planned for spring 2019

TIFFIN– Looking to keep up with the demands of being the fastest growing city in the state, Tiffin is preparing to start development of its first roundabout.
To be constructed at the intersection of Marengo Street/Highway 6 and Park Road, the roundabout anticipates the new elementary school currently under construction, to be ready for classes August 2019, as well as growth at the adjacent Tiffin Elementary School.

Tiffin takes fire protection to new heights

A million dollar ladder truck tackles challenges of continued development

TIFFIN– As the City of Tiffin continues to grow, so too do the challenges faced by the volunteers of the Tiffin Fire Association.

A proper station for a growing department

NLPD facility to begin construction this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) is finally getting a proper facility to meet its growing needs.
During an Aug. 28 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously approved plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Police Department Building Project. Construction is estimated at $5 million with the use of a general obligation (GO) municipal bond, making it by far the largest project of the FY19 budget.

SIMBLI amazing

CCA Board Members obtain a new tool for greater efficiency

OXFORD– School board members have a plethora of documents to keep track of: everything from meeting agendas to “board packets” for those meetings, to the district’s library of policies and procedures. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, like many districts and businesses, utilized Google Docs for several years as a repository and means of distributing board documents while posting the policies on the district’s website. Thanks to a new tool, the board has a one-stop-shop on their Chromebook tablets to access it all.

Reception of retiring NL City Attorney Scott Peterson Tues, Aug. 28, at City Council Chambers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty City Attorney Scott Peterson is retiring, and a reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle. The public is invited to attend.
A native Iowan, Peterson graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1984 after serving in U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot. He joined the Linn County Attorney’s office before moving into private practice. He began as a city attorney, first for Mount Vernon, in 1996, and served in that role for several other municipalities.

Site plan for Liberty Executive Park takes shape

"Trendsetting" commercial-residential subdivision proposed west of Kansas Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven years after its rezoning, plans to develop the first lot of Liberty Executive Park are moving forward. During its July 24 session, the North Liberty City Council approved a site plan by A&M Development, which seeks to deliver a new approach for the city’s growing district.

Restoring Kent Park Lake

Anticipating completion next spring

OXFORD– Those who haven’t been out to Kent Park Lake in some time would certainly find it unrecognizable. Overlooking the dried-out lake bed, overgrown with vegetation and scattered with park remnants like uprooted tree stumps, it’s almost hard to imagine it was once the aquatic centerpiece to the Johnson County park. But the park’s most ambitious restoration project, which began in spring 2017, is moving at a persistent pace. Outdoor enthusiasts can rest assured, if all goes to plan, the lake with return to its previous glory by spring 2019.

A necessary measure

Tiffin a "growing community under development"

Population growth triggers revision to Tiffin’s Comprehensive Plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin commissioned a Comprehensive Plan, to serve as a guide toward managing future development and population growth over a 20-year span, in 2014. The 2014 edition took approximately two years to compile, craft and approve. In the short span since the plan was adopted, Tiffin’s growth continued seemingly unimpeded, and projections for future growth needed to be revised.

CCA's SAVE: An alternative to asking taxpayers for more

CCA explores funding options through SAVE dollars

OXFORD– SAVE: “Secure an Advanced Vision for Education,” is a funding stream many school districts in Iowa rely on for a multitude of projects without having to dip into an already strained general fund. SAVE was previously known as “SILO” or the School Infrastructure Local Option tax, or more formally, “the Statewide School Infrastructure Sales and Services Tax.”