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North Liberty Leader

NL Planning & Zoning considers future of multifamily housing… again

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s long-standing debate on multifamily housing is still on the table.
North Liberty’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission reopened the topic during an informal work session at its Jan. 2 meeting. No action was proposed or considered, but City Planner Dean Wheatley said the commission informally discussed reasons behind its recent votes to deny multifamily development proposals, and to try to establish guidance staff can give developers for future proposals.
“Ultimately that guidance will need to be endorsed and refined by city council,” Wheatley added.

Report confirms more east side growth

OXFORD– The Facilities Committee of the Clear Creek Amana school district was formed last fall to explore the needs of the growing district, and propose solutions for consideration by the school board of directors. Since October, the volunteer members have poured over a plethora of enrollment figures and capacity data for the district’s buildings.

2012 in Review

At the beginning of each new year, the Leader traditionally takes a look back at the previous year’s stories and events as chronicled within our pages. As time goes by so quickly, the annual year-in-review is a chance to reflect back on all that 2012 brought us in the way of new commerce, exciting education and interesting people in our communities.

A tall drink of water

NL officials warn residents to beware of water quality scam

A perfect fit

Décolletage boutique in Grand Rail to hold January open house

CORALVILLE– Everything about Décolletage is a perfect fit.
From its inviting decor and unique merchandise to its warm and experienced staff, the boutique exudes comfort. Open since October, the shop specializes in post-mastectomy breast forms and garments for women who have undergone mastectomy, lumpectomy or reconstruction surgery. Décolletage also offers services and products for women simply in need of a decent bra fitting.

North Liberty to host One Book, Two Book events

NORTH LIBERTY– The second annual “One Book Two Book– A Celebration of Children’s Literature” festival will be held Jan. 11-13. Presented by the Pearson Foundation, This three-day event will feature book readings, author signings, puppet shows, arts and crafts, costumed characters, young writers’ workshops and more events, held in the cities of Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty.

‘Black Gowns and Bowties’ benefit at CCA Jan. 26

TIFFIN– On Saturday, Jan. 26, Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) fine arts boosters, F.A.M.E., will sponsor a benefit concert and silent auction event. “Black Gowns and Bowties” will take place in the CCA High School Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will be used to purchase concert attire for the high school band and choir.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the commons area with a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and piano music by Lynn Conway and friends.

Early voting now available for Feb. 5 Iowa City School District special election

IOWA CITY– Ballots for the Feb. 5 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) special election are now available for early voting. All voters in the ICCSD will be eligible to vote on the following issue (50 percent required):
“Summary: To adopt the revenue purpose statement to replace the current Revenue Purpose Statements and authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa secure an advanced vision for education fund received by the Iowa City Community School District.”

Clear Creek Amana Sports 2012

Tanner Bandy flies along with the third leg of the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay at the Tipton co-ed meet in late April. CCA put up a new school record of 217 team points to win the meet and lead the four-team field. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Clipper boys fall to Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the WaMaC Tuesday night after the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings came to town, sacking and looting for an 83-57 win.
A Tony Pederson 3-pointer gave CCA a 10-9 lead in the first period, the only Clipper lead of the night. The Vikings took the quarter 17-10 and never looked back as the Clippers struggled to maintain possession of the ball.
A salvo of 3-pointers by Mitch Stopko, Konrad Moore and Kam Kahler in the second period helped the Clipper cause, but the home team still lagged behind 38-21 at the half.

Warriors edge out Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– Maybe if they’d just had a few more minutes to play.
Time was not on the Women of Troy’s side Friday night as both the sophomore and varsity squads came up short despite fourth-quarter rallies. The sophomores trailed most of the game, put up a fierce fight in the fourth, and fell, 39-34. Jessie Harder led the sophs with an 18-point effort.

NL's diamonds under pressure

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s comprehensive plan for developing its city parks has been in place since 2009, but increasing demand for organized recreation has kicked it into high gear.
The North Liberty City Council and the city’s parks and recreation commission met jointly last Thursday, Dec. 6, to talk about plans for two of the city’s major park spaces: one of the oldest of the community’s parks, and the newest to date.