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News

Meet the future Mehaffey Bridge

Plans laid out for the public

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County Engineer Greg Parker has made a promise.
“Once we’re done, you’ll love it.”
Parker issued the vow Monday, April 15, at a public meeting held at South Slope Communications in North Liberty regarding the replacement of the aging Mehaffey Bridge. A packed crowd sat through a brief presentation, then directed over 20 questions at Parker, assistant engineer Ed Bartels and representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert about the nearly $9 million project.

Volunteers no longer needed to sandbag in Solon

wastewater plant out of jeopardy

Report To The Public Works Building

Industrial condo destroyed

Large dollar loss expected after Thursday fire

SOLON– The cause of last Thursday’s fire at an industrial condo in Solon is still under investigation, but assistant fire chief Scott Wolfe reported over the weekend the dollar loss will be huge.
Firefighters from around the area assisted Thursday morning when an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side became engulfed in flames.
The Solon Fire Department was called to the multiple-unit industrial condo located at 200 Windflower Ln. east of Highway 1 at 10:08 a.m. Thursday.
Wolfe said dispatchers could offer only that a paint booth was on fire.

Brannaman fights cancer coast to coast

Million dollar marathon stretches from Washington to Delaware this summer

SUTLIFF– When Sarah Brannaman of Sutliff competes in her first-ever marathon this summer, it will have special meaning.
Brannaman, 42, has survived multiple occurrences of cancer, and her run this summer is part of the Million Dollar Marathon Coast to Coast for Cancer event.
The run is presented by the Above and Beyond Cancer charity.
Brannaman is part of a team led by Kortney Moel of Lisbon. The two work together at ACT in Iowa City.

Solon school board sets date for start of 2014-15 classes

SOLON– The board was evenly split.
Solon school board members Dean Martin and Lianne Westcot favored a later start date for the 2014-2015 school year. Members Dan Coons and Dick Schwab supported starting a week earlier.
The decision was left to board president Dave Asprey.

UPDATED: Volunteers still needed to sandbag in Solon

Meet at public works building

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
Volunteers are still needed.
Report to the new Solon Public Works building on Stinocher Street. Bring gloves and wear a hat.
Severe thunderstorms with driving winds dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on the Solon area Wednesday, and by mid-afternoon, Randall Park was submerged by a swollen Mill Creek. The city’s wastewater treatment facility is located across the creek from the park.

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Council moving ahead with city hall design

SOLON– A Cedar Rapids engineering firm has been selected to design Solon’s new city hall.
At a March 20 meeting, city council members approved $3,050 in architectural services for Design Dynamics, Inc. for a design concept, and a full presentation was tentatively scheduled for special council meeting Monday, March 15.

Easter brunch

Eight-month-old Tannor Ostrander of Solon samples a plastic egg while taking a leisurely crawl through the toddler field of the Solon Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt Sunday. The event was rescheduled to April 7 after inclement weather wiped out the original date, and as a result the turnout was a little light.

NLFD responds to structure fire April 2

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday April 2, at 6:38 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 1625 Grizzly Trail, North Liberty, for a structure fire. North Liberty Engine Company, the first unit to arrive at the scene, reportedly found a vehicle fully-engulfed by fire, with the fire having spread to the attached garage. The fire was under control within 26 minutes of arrival.
Early property damage estimate is $10,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Two North Liberty residents charged with drug possession, child endangerment

NORTH LIBERTY– Two North Liberty residents are now facing multiple drug charges after North Liberty police officers conducted a search of their home.

Dealing with a drug problem

NLPD assigns officer to Johnson County drug task force

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– If you are thinking of using, making or selling illegal drugs in North Liberty, be advised that the men and women in blue are going to be out looking for you.
Since 2001, the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) has been a participating member of the Johnson County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force. While the department has had officers assisting the task force, it has been a goal to have an officer assigned fulltime to the mission of battling drug crime.
In January, that goal was achieved.