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Coralville Truck service moving to Solon

The Solon City Council has approved the site plan for an addition to the former TePoel Trucking building on Highway 1 on Solon’s north side. The property has been sold to a new owner and will become the home of The Truck Shop, a truck service repair business relocating from Coralville. (photo by Doug Lindner)

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A 30-year-old Coralville truck repair center will be relocating to Solon later this summer.
At a July 2 meeting, the members of the Solon City Council approved the site plan for an addition to the former TePoel Trucking building at 507 N. Market St.
The building will serve as the new home for The Truck Shop, a business which has been located in Coralville for 29 years.
Owner Joe Schrock of Tiffin has purchased the TePoel property and expects to relocate his business to the new site by the end of August.
Schrock and his contractor, Keith Phelps, were present for the council meeting, although there were few questions and the site plan was unanimously approved.
Schrock was seeking to add a 742 square-foot addition to the existing building.
The site plan was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at its June meeting, with the requirement that all necessary Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permits are obtained.
Because the elevation of the building is two feet lower than the adjacent sewer line, two tanks and a pump will be added to collect and treat wastewater and then pump gray water into the city’s sewer system. A catch basin will also be built.
When the city constructs its North Trunk sewer line, the tanks and pump will be abandoned, Phelps said at the meeting.
According to Schrock, The Truck Shop location at 120 E. 9th St. in Coralville, adjacent to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa River Landing, has been sold to the university.
The Truck Shop is a full service repair center specializing in all sizes of trucks. According to the business’ website, some services include tractor, trailer, and engine repair, suspension, air brakes, air conditioning, electrical and hydraulic brakes.

Public Works department “pretty busy”
The city’s public works staff has had their hands full lately.
Along with the significant storm that passed through town June 30, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe and his crew have had to deal with a couple of sinkholes and some clogged drain tile.
But not the flooding of Randall Park.
At the July 2 council meeting, Kleppe reported on his department’s recent activities.
“Congratulations everybody with the improvements we did to Randall Park, the playground survived,” he noted. “This was a milestone. Many years, every time it flooded, we lost Randall Park and the surfacing materials.”
The park was dormant for much of 2013 after spring flooding ravaged the park’s sand volleyball court and the playground’s cover materials.
The playground equipment was subsequently moved south to the area previously occupied by the park’s western parking lot. The driveway was removed, leaving only the east parking area for vehicle traffic.
The move seemed to work, because Kleppe reported a record level of water going through the area.
“I can’t tell you exactly how much of an elevation increase it was with the flooding, but we did notice it did reach a new level from what we’ve experienced,” he said.
The road to the wastewater treatment plant also escaped damage, he said, but cleanup from the June 30-July 1 storm was expected to take more than a week.
Kleppe said the city’s waster water plant operated well during the storms, although he indicated public works staff pulled an overnight at the plant to monitor the situation.
Sinkholes on the side of East Main Street heading into the Windmill Estates subdivision alerted the city to a nearly-two-foot void underneath the road, Kleppe said. Failed joints allowed water under the concrete, washing out the fine sand, he reported.
The void was filled with a mixture of Portland concrete and limestone, and the joints will be resealed from the base of the hill into the residential development.
The total cost for the repair is estimated at $12,000.
Meanwhile, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, an eight-inch tile clogged by tree roots caused flooding into the high school’s baseball diamond.
“When we cut the tile it actually looked like somebody had stuck a sponge inside– it was that packed with roots for 18 feet,” Kleppe said. “It was kind of weird to see a 10-inch caliber tree with tree roots over 8 feet deep.”
The tree had been transplanted many years ago, and had to be removed, he said, along with 25 feet of pipe.