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News

Girls get dirty, too

Solon’s Jada Murphy tears up the motocross tracks

SOLON– She’s been called, “The Wild Child,” and “The Rabbit.” You can call her Jada.

Hall mark

TIFFIN– On Sept. 25, the Tiffin City Council awarded a buidling contract to City Construction Group of Iowa City in the amount of $382,700. The 2,560 square foot building will house city administrative offices and city council chambers. Additionally, space will be available to rent to the public as a community room for personal events like baby showers, Scout events, graduations, and other occasions. The project is slated for a February completion, weather permitting.

NL resident finds solar power a hot commodity

Jason Hall building his energy business across the state of Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Although solar power is not a novel idea, successfully harnessing the power of the sun requires sleek, cutting-edge equipment and software; and it’s not cheap. Markets in sunny California, Arizona, and Hawaii have become inundated with solar power industry, but the Midwest has yet to reach the same saturation.
North Liberty resident, and CEO of Moxie Solar, Jason Hall believes now is the time for his home state to begin utilizing the sun’s power for energy.
“We’re assuming now that Iowa is now ready to adopt this technology,” Hall said. “It makes sense.”

Tiffin officials bypass further delays on Ireland Avenue

Councilors’ conflict of interest concern provokes angry exchange

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has just one final step to take before it can complete the extension of Ireland Avenue.
And with a price tag of nearly $600,000, it’s kind of a doozey.
It has taken more than six years to get here, the project delayed at different points by stalled agreements with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, lengthy Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) review processes, council indecision over capital improvement funding methods and protracted right-of-way negotiations with businesses and residents.

Solon Homecoming Royalty crowned

Solon High School’s Homecoming festivities concluded over the weekend. Connor Wiseman (above) was selected by the student body to be the 2013 Homecoming King, a decision announced at the end of the parade and pep rally Wednesday evening. Connor is the son of Steven Wiseman and Cindy Keeley. Rylee Smith (right) was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime of the varsity football game against Clear Creek Amana Friday night. Rylee is the daughter of Anne and Aaron Smith. (photos by Doug Lindner)

High winds cause damage

Winds in excess of 60 miles an hour buffeted Johnson County last week, collapsing a grain bin and ripping the end off of the storage building (above) on the Gene Greazel property west of Solon on Highway 382. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Main street paving not acceptable

Terracon evaluation finds flaws with new asphalt

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– From the moment the dust settled, Solon Public Works director Scott Kleppe knew he wasn’t happy with the asphalt on Main Street.
Now the city has some ammunition to back him up.
At last week’s city council meeting, representatives from Terracon, an Iowa City engineering and consulting company, reported samples of asphalt from the Main Street paving failed to meet the project’s required specifications in a number of ways.
The report confirmed something the city had suspected for a long time.

Solon school board welcomes new members

Tim Brown, Rick Jedlicka, and president Dick Schwab take the oath of office

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon school board has welcomed some new but familiar faces.
At a Monday, Sept. 16, meeting, board president Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot retired from service, and the newly elected members filled the vacated seats.
In an emotional resignation, Asprey publicly thanked his peers, citizens of Solon, and most importantly, his family.

Reconfigured CCA board sets sail

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– While the majority of voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district did not call for change in the Sept. 10 school board election, the board of directors did undergo a roster change, and a change in leadership.

Venenga named North Liberty police chief

Diane Venenga has been named North Liberty’s police chief by the city’s mayor, Tom Salm. The North Liberty City Council will vote on the appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. Venenga, who has served as the interim chief since February, will take the post permanently following council’s approval.

Jedlicka, Schwab, Brown

Elected to Solon school board

SOLON– Voters in the Solon Community School District sided with experience in the Tuesday, Sept. 10, school board election.
Rick Jedlicka, Dick Schwab and Tim Brown were chosen to fill three seats on the board.
Schwab was the lone incumbent in the six-person field, while Brown had previously served as a school board member. Jedlicka spent over a decade as mayor of Solon. Board members Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot did not seek re-election.

Road tripping through county projects

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge improvements

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.