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North Liberty Leader

Challenges ahead at CCA

Kuehl assumes superintendent duties at Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– After three years as superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, Denise Schares announced her retirement in February, setting in motion a short but intense search for a replacement.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said at the time. Reluctantly the school board of directors launched the search, hiring G. Tryon and Associates and charging the firm with finding a highly qualified individual in two months’ time.

Staying on the island

Johnson County Fair Queen Cassidy Bringle awaits the crowd’s choice on the winner for the Family Survivor competition on July 23. The friendly contest was just one of dozens of entertainment opportunities for fair goers at the 2013 Johnson County Ag and 4H Fair, held July 22-25. The 17-year-old Bringle won the crown from among 16 other queen contestants this year, a record number in the fair’s 19-year history. (photo by Eric Hawkinson)

A feat for the century

Local pumpkin patch sends the community a 5-acre birthday card

NORTH LIBERTY– At Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty, you can walk through an entire century.
Literally.
The Colony farm at 2780 Front St. has been turned into a seasonal attraction for several years now, with a pick-out-your-own pumpkin patch started by the Dean and Katie Colony family in 2005. Last year, the Colonys added a weekend fall festival and corn maze to the fun.
This year, in honor of the community’s 100th birthday, the Colonys went the extra mile on the five-acre swatch of corn, and had the maze designed to replicate North Liberty’s Centennial Celebration logo.

In-person voting for school elections begins Sept. 10

IOWA CITY– Voting in person at the Johnson County Auditor’s office will begin August 14 at 7:45 a.m. and will continue during regular Auditor’s office hours through Monday, September 9. Absentee ballots by mail will also be sent out on August 14. Call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or email elections@co.johnson.ia.us with any questions.
The following are deadlines for the upcoming school board election:
August 1: Deadline for candidate filing. Terms four years unless noted.
August 6: Deadline for candidates to withdraw, 5 p.m.

DIY like an Eagle

Local Scout builds dugout for youth ball program

NORTH LIBERTY– After decades of protecting children from the sun and rain, the dugouts at Koser Park baseball field were showing their age. The wooden frames supporting the roofs were rotting, creating unsafe conditions for the youth using the field. The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball League (NLYBS) has wanted to help the city correct the problem for several years, but lacked the manpower to tackle the project. This summer, things came together to make the repairs possible.

Chickens still on the table

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is still trying to lay out the rules for keeping chickens inside city limits.
An ordinance proposed and considered at the July 23 council meeting was tabled after gathering additional feedback from the public.

What a greedy kid!

Audrey Meyers is a little surprised by the piggishness of the goat that ate her cup of corn , plastic and all, at Tiffin Fest on Saturday, July 13. The farm animal experience was provided by Millers’ Petting Zoo of Illinois, one of many activities for children and families at Tiffin’s annual community celebration. For more information and photos of the event, see page 20. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Officials vote to close Hoover Elementary, eventually

Iowa City school board officially adopts facilities scenario 1A

By Eric Hawkinson
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Despite significant support from resilient pro-Hoover Elementary School community members, the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education decided on a scenario that leads to the school’s closure by 2017.

Low water tower bids paint better fiscal picture

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Bids on a city painting project have come in significantly lower than expected.
At their July 23 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a bid of $186,250 from Central Tank Coatings of Elgin, to repaint one of the city’s two water towers. The project was originally estimated to cost over $300,000.

ICCSD school eRegistration now open

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District has opened eRegistration for the 2013-2014 school year. Parents and guardians are asked to register their students through Power School at www.iowacityschools.org. Assistance with this process will be available at elementary registration day on Friday, Aug. 9. Elementary students who complete eRegistration before Aug. 9 do not need to attend the registration at their school. Secondary students must attend their designated registration day, but completing eRegistration beforehand will make the process shorter.

Should Coralville funnel funds to private business?

Since the mid-2000s, the City of Coralville has been engaged in significant economic development projects that have been both hailed as visionary and necessary for the community’s growth, and criticized as unfair and irresponsible to taxpayers. In more recent years, the city has fallen under greater scrutiny for its TIF practices and continued participation in providing financial incentives to private enterprise. This is the third in a three-part series examining the city’s current fiscal status, its economic decision making and the concerns of area citizens who question both.

NLYBS continues to be a big hit for NL youth

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league (NLYBS) recently completed its 21st year of providing recreational level baseball and softball opportunities for nearly 900 boys and girls, ages four to 13. While the majority of kids playing in NLYBS are from North Liberty, the league also has participants from Coralville, Solon, Tiffin and other area communities. In the 2013 summer season, NLYBS had 72 teams playing from May through June, with junior and senior softball and baseball teams involved in tournament play to complete the season.