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Doug Lindner

Salt Fork owners take issue with plan

Proposal for Beerburger relative tabled over alley

SOLON– A new restaurant is trying to squeeze into the Main Street landscape.
But prospective neighbors were concerned to find out about it through little league; and likewise disconcerted to find out the new eatery wanted exclusive use of a shared alley for outdoor dining.
Relations between tentative neighbors got off left foot first during a wild and wooly Oct. 4 Solon City Council meeting.

Drake dives into Korea

Summer abroad includes trip to the Demilitarized Zone

SOLON– Valerie Drake was lost in Seoul, South Korea.
She had flown from Cedar Rapids to Detroit to South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and taken the bus to Seoul, but despite researching in advance, she took the wrong turn and couldn’t find her hotel.
It was night, she was exhausted and she didn’t have international service on her cellular phone.
But she planned it that way.
Drake, a 2014 graduate of Solon High School, traveled to South Korea for a summer program at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, to help complete her minor in Korean at the University of Iowa (UI).

City Water to lake area homes?

Golf course subdivision approaches council for assistance in dealing with arsenic

SOLON– The City of Solon is going to investigate the possibility of becoming a rural water supplier.
Residents of a rural subdivision adjacent to the Lake MacBride Golf Course asked the city to consider extending water service three miles to their 14 homes, and at a July 26 meeting, council members authorized city staff to continue working on the proposal.

Longtime attorney to consult with city, maintain private practice

Martinek retires (sort of) from city attorney post

SOLON– Jim Martinek saw his fair share of city council meetings and courtrooms.
He’s ready to let that part go.
Martinek, Solon’s city attorney on-and-off since 1979, is pulling back from some of his obligations as both a public and private lawyer, although it’s not quite retirement.
Maybe semi-retirement.
“After 30-plus years, it’s been a pleasure to remain with the city in a reduced capacity as assistant city attorney, and turn the reins of the legal department over to the new city attorney Kevin Olson,” Martinek said.
Olson started a contract with the city beginning July 1.

Roundabout detour

Construction of 382/Ely Road intersection to begin Aug. 7

SOLON– Construction is set to begin on a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road, west of Solon.
According to Assistant Johnson County Engineer Ed Bartels, Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) will begin work on the project Monday, Aug. 7, with completion in mid-November. PCI’s winning bid of $982,202.55 was approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a July 13 meeting.
Regular users of Highway 382 can expect several months of construction traffic and a detour of Ely Road.

New school facilites on track for 2018

Open house for new middle school Sept. 3

SOLON– It’s been a constant rumble of construction for the Solon Community School District.
But the end is just over a year away, if all goes according to plan.
The school system is in the midst of a substantial facilities upgrade which includes two new buildings and two additions to the high school. School officials provided an update on progress at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
It’s an annual get-together for the two local elected bodies to discuss current projects, anticipated growth and possible areas of cooperation.

Looking for ideas

District open to all options for middle school use

SOLON– What are you going to do with the vacated middle school?
It’s not a question the Solon Community School District is in a hurry to answer, but it’s been posed and was discussed at a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
“We’ve been wrestling with that and discussing it as a board ever since a decision was made that we were going to build new,” Superintendent Davis Eidahl told city council members. “Right now we’ve just been ears open and gathering suggestions for use of the facility we’re vacating portions of.”

Drainage concerns on Eastwood Dr.

Neighbors to meet with school engineers

SOLON– “We want to be good neighbors,” assured Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl.
He was speaking to residents of Eastwood Drive, a cul-de-sac sandwiched between Solon High School and the district’s new intermediate elementary, during a joint meeting of the city council and school board July 10.
Several of the street’s residents, including Janet Udelhofen, of 612 Eastwood Dr., presented the joint session with a petition asking the city and school to reconsider how the new school site is draining while under construction.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

White named national softball coach of the year

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Solon’s Jim White coach of the year

Former Clear Creek Amana softball coach wins national honor

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.