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Doug Lindner

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Solon house destroyed by fire

High winds hampered firefighters

SOLON– A Solon family lost its home to a fire fueled by high winds Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The Solon Tri-Township Fire Department and assisting mutual aid agencies responded to a call reporting a fire with flames showing at 330 Marshek Ct. shortly after 1 p.m., according to Asst. Chief Scott Wolfe.
Based on the call information, Wolfe activated a second tier call for mutual aid immediately.
Firefighters arrived at the Randy and Sandy Cline residence to find heavy fire and smoke showing from the back of the garage, he said.

Keep kids in school as long as possible

District watching for uptick after holidays

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) is keeping its eyes on the numbers.
Rising COVID-19 infection and quarantine numbers among students and staff came close to closing two buildings in recent weeks, and the district is already looking at possible impacts from the upcoming holiday season.
The school system remains poised to move classrooms, grade levels or even an entire building to online learning while instructing as many students as possible in-person, according to Superintendent Davis Eidahl.

Students happy to be in school

Public comments on in-person learning as COVID cases increase

SOLON– Solon High School students want to hang onto school for as long as they can.
A handful spoke to Solon Community School District board members during a Nov. 19 meeting, expressing appreciation for in-person learning and their desire to keep going.
Those sentiments were echoed by an almost equal number of parents present for the session, offset by the concerns of two others.
Speakers for the public comment portion of the agenda spilled into the adjacent room due to social distancing guidelines, with remarks held to a time limit.

Stories of sacrifice

Thank veterans and their families, too 1995 SHS grad featured speaker at Veterans Day program

SOLON Words matter.
Thank you for your service, is a common phrase that we hear as service members, observed United States Air Force Lt. Col. Karri (Hirl) Roman. It may seem simple, but there is so much meaning behind that phrase.
Roman, a 1995 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at the annual Veterans Day program hosted by the school in its Center For the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Sacrifices are made by all service members, Roman said, although those sacrifices may look different.

Stramel one to watch

Red Vespa manager honors by state restaurant association

SOLON Krista Stramel didnt know where her path was.
For me, the hospitality industry gave me a lot of stability and really allowed me to figure out where I wanted to go in life and what my purpose was, she explained.
Stramel, 32, celebrated her third year as the general manager of Red Vespa, in Solon, with a nomination as one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality announced by the Iowa Restaurant Association.
The honorees were recognized Nov. 16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines during the associations annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony.

SCSD confident measures are working

Quarantine numbers on the rise

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) continues to battle to keep its doors open and its students learning.
An increase in the number of student and staff quarantined prompted the district to post two notices from the administrative team to the community on its website Nov. 9 and Nov. 11.
The COVID-19 dashboard on the school website reported 146 students and eight staff quarantined Nov. 13, with three positive student cases.

Spartans fall

Waukon clamps down on Solon offense in 24-8 loss

WAUKON– It’s hard to win a football game without the offense scoring any points.
Despite opportunities, Solon’s varsity football team could only find the end zone once against Waukon, when Gage Marty picked up an Indian fumble and rumbled 25 yards across the goal line.
The Spartans were eliminated from the Class 2A football playoffs after a 24-8 loss to the Indians in Waukon Friday, Nov. 6.

Council hears appeal

Disagreement on code interpretation goes before council Lindemann didn’t want “rotten potato with new skin”

SOLON– City council members ended up siding with the official they hired to be the expert.
During a Nov. 4 meeting, the Solon’s City Council filled in as a board of appeals to decide a disagreement between the city’s building inspector and the remodeler of a building across from City Hall.
At issue was the building permit for 112 N. Iowa St. and whether code requirements for sprinkler systems and existing second-story openings applied.

Local election turnout tops 86%

Incumbent supervisors maintain seats

IOWA CITY– Most of the people have spoken.
A whopping 86.11 percent of Johnson County’s registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 General Election, according to updated information posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office Nov. 5.
A summary of the results reported 84,161 of the county’s 97,739 registered voters took part in the election.
Just over 72 percent of the votes were received as absentee ballots.
The auditor’s office handled 60,897 absentee ballots, while 23,264 people voted on election day, according to unofficial results.