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Government

Council approves city hall construction bid

Council sets to find enough money for metal roof

SOLON– The design is set for the new Solon City Hall.
Now the city just needs to find a way to pay for it.
At a July 2 meeting, the Solon City Council approved a bid from Garling Construction of Belle Plaine and Cedar Rapids for the building of the new city offices.
At last week’s July 17 session, the council members started gathering fund balances together to deal with about $120,000 in cost overruns for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
And to find about $17,000 for a metal roof.

JECC passes emergency communications test

Center functions well during June’s severe weather

JOHNSON COUNTY– County residents should be glad to hear that at least one return on their investment equals better safety for everyone.
North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm is a member of the policy board for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC), the central facility that dispatches emergency resources and personnel from fire departments, law enforcement agencies and medical responders countywide.
Salm told the North Liberty City Council earlier this month that June’s severe weather incidents put the JECC facility and its personnel to the test, and all passed with flying colors.

Board accepts internal report on SBG

Board and administration continue to plug away on best implementation

SOLON– Lianne Westcot, Dick Schwab and Matt Townsley left smiling after the latest Solon school board meeting on July 8. The school board unanimously approved the group’s report on Standards Based Grading (SBG).
The trio had spent hours in meetings over the last weeks synthesizing recent public comments (including the June 3 public hearing), as well as information from throughout the school year. Board member Dan Coons shared his appreciation during the short, 35-minute meeting, held at the central office conference room, 301 S. Iowa St.

School pledges assistance for drainage

City asks for use of soccer fields during joint session

SOLON– Everyone appreciated the update.
The Solon City Council and the Solon school board met in joint session last week, discussing the long-term potential for shared services and facilities as well as more immediate concerns like raging surface water running through a residential subdivision.

Public speaks out against possible school closures for ICCSD

Presentation by facilities committee sparks remarks

IOWA CITY– The message from the public at the July 9 Iowa City Community School District ICCSD) board meeting can be summed up with these resounding words.
“Don’t close neighborhood schools.”

Coralville; ailing finances, or healthy debt?

A recent downgrade for the city’s bond rating is just part of the picture, say city officials

Since the mid-2000s, the City of Coralville has been engaged in significant economic development projects that have been both hailed as visionary and necessary for the community’s growth, and criticized as unfair and irresponsible to taxpayers. In more recent years, the city has fallen under scrutiny for its TIF practices and continued participation in providing financial incentives to private enterprise. This is the first of a three-part series examining the city’s current fiscal status, its economic decision making and the concerns of area citizens who question both.