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News

Neighbors oppose rural Solon development

Corps of Engineers, DNR and county recommend approval

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– A housing subdivision proposed for 20 acres just west of Solon has ruffled some feathers, and not just those of the thousands of pelicans that flock to the adjacent lakefront each migratory season.

Start date, end date an issue again

SOLON– Remember last year when the Solon school board was split over the start date for school?
Are you ready for round two?
At Monday night’s school board meeting, the start and end dates for the 2014-15 school year were discussed, but this time, an informal poll showed board members leaning the other way.
Last year, board president Dave Asprey broke a 2-2 tie, going against the recommendation of the district’s calendar committee and siding with board members in favor of a later start date for school.

Supervisors still lack conviction on future justice center

Board of supervisors hear from architects in on-going justice center discussion

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Supervisors still lack conviction on future of jail, courthouse

December meeting brings more discussion without direction

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Judge upholds Swenka’s two year sentence

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– The two-year prison sentence for 20-year-old Zachary Lee Swenka will stand.
On Monday, Dec. 16, Judge Stephen Gerard presided over the hearing of a motion for reconsideration of Swenka’s Oct. 24 sentencing to two years in custody for pleading guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Swisher special election set for February 4, 2014

Voters will elect new mayor, but implied controversy lingers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– A new chapter in the history of this small Johnson County community will be written Tuesday, Feb. 4, as residents go to the voting booth to elect a new mayor.
The vacancy was created when Tim Mason resigned suddenly during the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 11. City clerk Connie Meier also resigned.