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August 21st, 2020

CCA FFA leaders attend district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, Southeast district and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conferences for FFA members in the Southeast district. Clear Creek Amana welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast district on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Haman Makes CCA FFA History

IOWA CITY– With the Iowa State Fair postponed until the 2021 fair season, organizers put on the Iowa State Fair Special Edition– a livestock show for Iowa’s youth. The livestock show was for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members only, with livestock nominated by May 15, to be shown at the Iowa State Fair.

Lake Macbride State Park closed after derecho damage

DNR continues to assess damage

DES MOINES– Lake Macbride and several other nearby state parks have been closed indefinitely as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to assess damage caused by a widespread derecho Monday, Aug. 10.
The inland hurricane, sporting winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, struck a large portion of Iowa and left several state parks with significant damage.
Lake Macbride State Park in Johnson County and Palisades-Kepler State Park and Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area in Linn County are completely closed until further notice due to unsafe conditions.

Picking up the pieces

Neighbors unite to clear storm damage Most power restored before weekend Take debris to SRNA

SOLON– Public Works Director Scott Kleppe had about a half hour warning.
But even then, the alert was for a line of severe thunderstorms producing winds up to 70 miles per hour (mph).
It was about noon and his staff just went home for lunch.
Kleppe contacted Central Cable, the contractor for South Slope Communication Cooperative’s fiber overbuild, and provided a warning for high winds.
By the time he finished a quick lunch, the storm arrived.
The city has no instruments to measure wind speed.

Picking up the pieces

Backup generators do their job for city

NORTH LIBERTY– Council member Raquisha Harrington summed it up during an Aug. 11 meeting.
“2020 has not been nice to anyone at all,” she observed.
Harrington was echoing comments from other North Liberty City Council members who voiced support for city employees after an inland hurricane known as a derecho tore a path across the state and into Illinois Monday, Aug. 11, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days.
Power was restored to most North Liberty residents by Tuesday afternoon, allowing council members to continue with a regularly scheduled virtual meeting.

August 18th

Iowa State Fair Hosts Virtual State Fair, Aug. 13-23

DES MOINES– Even though we can't be together for the Iowa State Fair this year, we can safely join together for some of our Fair favorites virtually. For the 11 days that would have been the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13-23, you will find fair videos, competitions, facts, memories, classes, history, trivia and games on the fair’s website and Facebook page.

What to do with tree limbs and bulky debris

NORTH LIBERTY– Monday’s storm created a tremendous amount of debris and cleanup will be a lengthy process. City crews will begin picking up tree limbs from curbs Aug. 11, and a debris site has been established for residents who are able to haul their own limbs down.
Tree limbs can be piled between the street and sidewalk. Please place them parallel to the curb in sections of 10 feet or less and take care not to push trees and limbs into the street. City crews will start picking up as early as possible.

A smoother ride is coming soon

Ireland railroad crossing to be replaced starting Aug. 17

TIFFIN– At least 100 feet away from the railroad tracks crossing Ireland Avenue in Tiffin is a round advanced warning sign: the familiar yellow circle with a large black “X” and “R R” markings on it. Below that is another warning sign, one which will no longer be required soon, that states “Rough Crossing.”

Good Neighbor Meeting Aug. 18 for property located at the SW corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a zoning map amendment (rezoning) for the property located at the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue. The developer has indicated that the proposed zoning would be RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development and the development would be 27 detached single-family homes on one lot.
The purpose of the Good Neighbor Meeting is to allow the applicant(s) to describe the proposed development, answer any questions and hear any concerns about the proposed development.

CCA has sights set on Aug. 24

Board receives an update on district’s Return to Learn plan

OXFORD– While some school districts, such as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) have pushed back the first day of the 2020-21 school year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District is still planning on returning students to their buildings on Monday, Aug. 24.
CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl and Associate Superintendent Matt Leeman updated the school board of education on the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regularly scheduled work session on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the district administrative offices near Oxford.