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Government

Carry on: No change in NL gun rules

NL councilor lacks support for changing firearms rules

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– People who lawfully possess guns will still be able to carry them onto city property in North Liberty without violating any city laws.
A resolution to prohibit firearms on city-owned property came before the North Liberty City Council on May 28, brought by request from council member Coleen Chipman. After moderate discussion, Chipman’s motion to disallow weapons on city-owned property failed 2-3, with Chipman and council member Gerry Kuhl voting in favor.

Residents to pay more for water usage

Water, sewer consumption rates to rise July 1, bigger jump coming next year

NORTH LIBERTY– The river is not the only thing on the rise.
North Liberty residents will likely see their water and sewer rates increase beginning July 1.
Last Tuesday, May 28, the North Liberty City Council approved the first reading of ordinance amendments to increase the rates people pay on their water and sewer usage.

Highway 965 funding gets another lift

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty keeps chipping away at street improvements projects, and little by little, funding assistance keeps the wheels of progress turning.
At its May 29 meeting, the Urbanized Area Policy Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) voted to funnel another $1,948,000 to North Liberty for Highway 965. The portion of roadway approved for this round of funding, which stretches from Penn Street to Zeller Street, is considered the third of a planned seven-phase, comprehensive plan to widen and improve the thoroughfare.

NL will use firm to hire police chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will use a professional firm to hire its next chief of police.

CLOSED DOORS

After hours of discussion and deliberation by school board, Kim Blankenheim retains her job

SOLON– Dozens of parents and students paced through Solon High School’s darkened cafeteria, eyes peeled through the library windows to watch a dear friend fight for her job. They anxiously waited for the closed session to open, and the theatrics to cease. Most everyone that night was there for one reason, Kim Blankenheim.

Some council members still not sold on purchased site

Tiffin city hall location debated after land swap offer

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– At the beginning of last week’s meeting, the Tiffin City Council gave tacit approval on a design for a new city hall.
But by the end of the meeting, the building’s location was once again in question, and the heated debate raged on, taking the council’s May 22 meeting to the four-hour mark.

Statement on Jim Warkentin’s resignation

City, former chief release resignation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty City Attorney Scott Peterson released the following Wednesday, Feb. 6, regarding the departure of North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin.
“Jim Warkentin has tendered his resignation as chief of police effective February 1, 2013. The City Council will consider Jim’s resignation at its next meeting. The City of North Liberty would like to thank Jim for his service to the community and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The release included this statement from Warkentin:

Switching SEATS?

Supervisors hoping cities will help fund service

Tiffin council considers housing density concerns

TIFFIN– Given a chance to air their concerns, several Tiffin residents made it clear; they are not keen on high-density housing.

Cities feel squeeze of 2011 tax law

Change in commercial assessments bites into city’s general fund

NORTH LIBERTY– An amendment passed by the Iowa legislature 18 months ago is now beginning to squeeze city budgets.
North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar told the North Liberty City Council last Tuesday, Jan. 8, that the city will collect less in property taxes for the general fund than anticipated in 2013-2014.
About $150,000 less, in fact.

Battling the budget crunch

Senior Advocates seek city funding for Old Gold Diner site manager

SOLON– Without senior dining, there’s no way to reach older residents of the community with needed programs.
The Old Gold Diner is the hub of the senior community.
When budget cuts forced the elimination of the site manager position and the introduction of packaged plastic meals, local supporters began rallying the troops.
As a result, representatives of Solon Senior Advocates met with Solon City Council members last week, seeking city funds to match county money for the site manager position.

NL council climbing out of a watering hole

Irrigation meters to incur fees year-round if NL ordinance passes

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty residents who like a lush, green lawn may have to pay more for it in upcoming seasons.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 8, the North Liberty City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amendment to change the way the city bills for irrigation meters.