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A mission of love

One veteran’s quest to help his fellow veterans win the battle against PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

ICCSD board discusses redistricting, phasing plan

Area schools over-crowded, board asks for action

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Members of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education agreed Tuesday night to make haste on plans and discussions for redistricting.
The district, one of the largest in the state, is experiencing growing pains in many of its aging schools and is in the process of creating a course of action for its $250 million facilities plan.
“Southeast [elementary] is bursting at the seams,” board member Jeff McGinnis said.

Volunteers needed to fill NL board vacancies

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty needs you. You can make a difference in many aspects of community development. You are invited to take this opportunity to volunteer your time to serve on the planning commission. Applications are available at the city administration building at 3 Quail Creek Cir. or on the city’s website, and must be turned in by Oct. 23. The city council will make appointments at their Nov. 12 meeting for a term that will begin immediately after appointment.

Mayor says no to Tiffin P&Z appointment

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– In a rare display of executive authority, Tiffin Mayor Steve Berner has decided to veto a recent council decision. The action prompted criticism during public comment at last week’s council meeting.
The Tiffin City Council voted 3-1 on Sept. 25 to appoint resident Matthew Klein to the city’s planning and zoning (P&Z) commission, after discussion on two of the three applicants and some back-and-forth jockeying of motions to appoint them.

Johnson County Democrats Annual Fall BBQ Fundraiser is back and better than ever

IOWA CITY– Join the Johnson County Democrats for their annual barbecue fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3-7 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Building C, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City.
Speakers will include Zach Wahls, as well as the following candidates: candidate for U.S. Senator, Congressman Bruce Braley; Congressman Dave Loebsack; candidates for governor, Jack Hatch, Bob Krause and Tyler Olson; and candidate for Secretary of State, Brad Anderson.

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.