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Archive - 2020

October 15th

City reluctantly broadens short-term rental law

Council Oks raft of changes to city code

SOLON– It was time for some fall housekeeping for Solon’s Code of Ordinances.
At an Oct. 7 meeting, Solon City Council members approved numerous updates to existing laws, added new regulations for solar energy users and adapted to recent mandates by the Iowa Legislature.
Specifically, the city adopted 2015 international building and fire codes, created new rules to allow for ground and roof solar arrays, and struck language limiting short-term rentals to commercially-zoned areas.

Mercy Iowa City debuts state of the art technology to dramatically improve capacity for COVID-19 testing

IOWA CITY– Mercy Iowa City acquired and implemented a highly accurate, state of the art laboratory instrument doctors say provides the best and most accurate tests available to the community, making it the only community hospital in Johnson County with this new technology. The machine known as “Panther Fusion” provides rapid testing for COVID-19. Mercy Iowa City plans to make the testing available to other health care institutions, local businesses and to the community at large in conjunction with local health care providers.

Mailed ballots begin arriving in Johnson County mailboxes

IOWA CITY– Voters do not have to send voted ballots back by mail, and can return them to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 913 S. Dubuque St.
Two drive-up drop boxes were installed along the driveway south of the administration building, according to the auditor’s office. Walk-up voters may use the drop slot at the front door of the Administration Building.
The office delivered 32,000 ballots to the Cedar Rapids regional mail center. Those who requested a mailed ballot are encouraged to wait a couple days for the ballot.

A legacy of care for others

Linda Herring honored for 35-plus years of service as a Tiffin First Responder

TIFFIN– In 1985 the Tiffin Fire Department went looking for volunteers for a brand new first responder unit.
Until fairly recently, the term “First Responder” meant “A person trained to provide initial care for patients suffering injury or sudden illness. The typical first responder can assess patients, provide basic life support and render the care that is necessary to prevent medical and injury-related problems from becoming a threat to survival,” according to “First Responder, Third Edition (Update)” by J. David Bergeron, Gloria Bizjak and David M. Wall.

Refilling and reigning in P&Z

New commissioners appointed on Oct. 15, with training to follow

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission was a topic of discussion during a work session of the County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, Sept. 30. Legislation passed earlier this year required P&Z commissioners and board of adjustment members to live in unincorporated areas created two vacancies on P&Z, which have gone unfilled.
According to Assistant County Attorney Ryan Maas, three or more votes are required to approve applications, and with only three commissioners (out of five seats) left, if one member cannot attend a meeting, then P&Z cannot function.

October 8th

Twin thirds for Solon girls, boys XC

KALONA Three laps through the school grounds and nearby woods at Hillcrest Academy yielded third-place finishes for Solons boys and girls cross country teams, Monday, Oct. 5.

Mustangs broken by Spartans, 42-14

No. 8 Solon controls No. 6 Mt. Vernon, 42-14

SOLON – A fitting Senior Night victory as the eighth-ranked Solon Spartans lassoed, saddled and broke the sixth-ranked Mount Vernon Mustangs, 42-14, at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2.

Girls snag a game from Beckman

Solon falls 3-1 on the road to No. 6 Blazers

DYERSVILLE– Solon was poised to force a fifth and deciding game against No. 6 (2A) Beckman Catholic, but ran out of points.
The Blazers instead handed the Spartans a 3-1 WaMaC Conference East Division loss at Dyersville Sept. 29.
Beckman edged Solon 25-20 in game one, and held the Spartans at bay in game two, 25-17. But the Spartans turned the tables for a 25-21 win in the third game before narrowly falling 25-23 in the fourth and final set.

Team depth comes through again at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys were just a point out of first…. with the Lady Spartans running to the championship, in a battle of ranked Class 2A and 3A cross country rivals, in Williamsburg. Though still the regular season, runners and coaches know the postseason approaches soon.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
It was bad, said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. Theres probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of, he noted.