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Doug Lindner

"Take that lift as long as you want"

From hospice room, Malatek thanks Divoky

CEDAR RAPIDS– Tom Malatek just wanted to say thank you.
Malatek, 67, a lifelong resident of Ely and a longtime member of the Ely Fire Department and Solon American Legion, was having trouble with his right leg as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma at area hospitals.
Mark Divoky, owner and operator of Mark’s Auto Body in Solon, heard of Malatek’s difficulty and offered the use of a wheelchair-accessible van he had recently purchased.

Choir members to back Foreigner

SHS runs away with online contest through KRNA

CEDAR RAPIDS– How cool is that?
For a group Solon High School choir students, it may be the memory of a lifetime– performing “I Want To Know What Love Is” on stage with Foreigner.
Solon’s choir was one of six finalists in a local promotion facilitated by radio stations KRNA and KDAT on behalf of the rock band Foreigner, which brings a local vocal group on stage for every performance.
In online balloting, Solon ran away with the vote.
Out of the 29,799 votes cast, Solon captured 14,088, or 47.28 percent.

Basketball Seniors reflect

Senior basketball players have learned life lessons

SOLON–Ben Krutzfeldt, Luke Ira and Jack Stahle spent part of their Solon childhood in the back of the end zone at the old high school football field.
There was one athlete they looked up to with awe.
“James Morris,” the three seniors said in unison.
Morris led the Solon Spartans to three consecutive Class 2A football championships and continued as a linebacker with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Whatever sport he was playing, he was dominating,” Stahle said.

Hoover Trail construction gets underway

Contractors will have to negotiate sensitive areas

SOLON– Everyone’s excited to see the Hoover Trail completed.
But it’s going to be a difficult project for contractors, who gathered at Solon City Hall for a preconstruction meeting Friday, Feb. 23.
Work on the first two phases of a 5.8-mile missing trail link between Ely and Solon has commenced with the third and final phase expected in 2019.

$48k TIF funds for Monk’s

Lukewarm response to leased public parking proposal

SOLON– Tax incentive, yes. Parking lot?
Maybe.
Solon City Council members approved close to $50,000 in tax breaks for the redevelopment of an existing Main Street building, but were cautious regarding a proposal by the developer to lease an adjacent property for public parking.
At a Feb. 22 meeting, council members considered a request from Ryan Wade seeking $147,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding from the city to help offset $719,550 spent remodeling the former Solon Station into a new restaurant.

Council approves townhomes

HPR unveils 2nd downtown development

SOLON– Another new building is going up on Main Street.
At a Feb. 7 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a site plan for four townhouses to occupy the former Brosh Chapel parking lot.
The proposal was put forward by HPR Investments, the same group completing construction of a mixed-use, two-story structure west of Big Grove Brewery, known as 121 on Main.
Mark Pattison, representing HPR Investments, told council members the 1,500-square-foot units would feature slab patios in front and two-car garages in back list priced between $275,000 and $290,000.

Facelift on North Iowa Street

Council considers concept for remodel across from City Hall

SOLON– “There’s a lot going on on Main Street right now,” City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said, introducing a concept plan to remodel 112 N. Iowa St., the third different downtown development on the agenda for city council members at a Feb. 7 meeting.
Al Wells, representing UpTown Main, LLC, proposed rehabilitating the building, a two-story structure directly east of City Hall, and reopening a ground level commercial space.

Eatery embraces history

City council approves site plan, alley lease for revived Monk’s Place

SOLON– “Monk” Meyers is returning to downtown Solon.
The previous owner of a bar at 122 E. Main St., the former Solon Station, will be invoked in the moniker for a new Prohibition-inspired eatery planned for the building.
Details surrounding the new venture were unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the members of the Solon City Council considered a site plan for the building submitted by John Burchert of MAiNGREDIENT.

Priming the pump

Splash pad committee seeking county, state funds

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad committee is still not close to its goal of raising approximately $400,000.
But it’s much closer than it was two years ago.
Melissa Tiedemann, chair of the splash pad committee, told council members at a Dec. 20 meeting about $80,000 has been collected for the project.
The committee had $5,000 in March of 2016.
Tiedemann joined the committee after receiving an initial mailer from Solon Activities Director Mike Reeve and has spent the last year as chair of the committee.

City, SCSD, fire dept. to share fuel depot

3,000 gallon diesel tank installed at public works

SOLON– It should be a win-win all the way around.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD), the City of Solon and the Solon Tri-Township Fire Department have entered into an agreement for the joint operation of a diesel fuel depot outside the city’s public works facility.
The 3,000-gallon tank was installed and is expected to be operational in February.
The idea originated with the school district last year.

Four-way stop at Main and West dies for lack of a second

Council shoots down Main Street stop sign

SOLON– Council members heard there are too many stop signs on Main Street.
Solon Public Works Director Scott Kleppe proposed making the intersection of West and Main streets a four-way stop, but the motion to approve it died for lack of a second at a Jan. 3 city council meeting.
A year ago, Kleppe said, the city created a four-way stop at the intersection of Main and Dubuque streets to help control traffic.

City prepares for community center

Council looks to budget for Iowa Street facility staff

SOLON– It’s the next step for Solon.
The city and the school district have worked for months to develop a partnership to operate the former middle school on Iowa Street as a community center.
At a Jan. 3 meeting, Solon City Council members and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen discussed how to staff it in the upcoming fiscal year.
“This is I think a transition plan to get us from where we are to where we need to go to get this building functioning for the community,” Rasmussen told council members.