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Solon Economist

City reluctantly broadens short-term rental law

Council Oks raft of changes to city code

SOLON– It was time for some fall housekeeping for Solon’s Code of Ordinances.
At an Oct. 7 meeting, Solon City Council members approved numerous updates to existing laws, added new regulations for solar energy users and adapted to recent mandates by the Iowa Legislature.
Specifically, the city adopted 2015 international building and fire codes, created new rules to allow for ground and roof solar arrays, and struck language limiting short-term rentals to commercially-zoned areas.

Solon Legion fundraiser feeds foundation

SOLON– It’s a gift that keeps giving.
Over the last two years, Solon American Legion Stinocher Post 460’s annual golf outing raised $11,500 for the Iowa American Legion Foundation.
The local Legion presented a $6,000 check to the foundation during a Sunday, Sept. 27, ceremony in Solon, and the foundation used the occasion to hand out awards to District 1 recipients, including the Solon Firefighters Association.

Successful Solon Centennial Lions Shopping Days

SOLON¬– Using funds from a Lions Clubs International Emergency Relief Grant, the Solon Centennial Lions Club partnered with Sam’s Main Street Market to distribute $7,000 worth of perishable groceries to the Solon Community.

Spartans take all four races at North Linn

Boys edge Marion with fifth runner Girls pack five scoring runners in the top 15

TROY MILLS– Twin wins– no, make that four– on Saturday sent Solon’s cross country teams into the postseason on a high note. In a battle of Class 3A leaders, No. 4 Solon’s boys edged No. 2 Marion 45-47 for the North Linn Invitational title Saturday, Oct. 10. Second-ranked (2A) Tipton was third, with sixth-ranked (2A) Williamsburg fourth.

Spartans score home conference win over Maquoketa, 3-0

Girls earn first win in three tries against CPU

SOLON– It was nip and tuck, but Solon’s varsity volleyball team took care of a pesky Maquoketa squad 3-0 at home Oct. 6.
The Spartans edged by the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25.
“We played good enough to win,” noted Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker. “The girls knew that and brought it up afterward, so they are seeing the level of their play and that they need to raise it.”

City addresses community center costs

COVID a drag on recreation revenue

Not a bright future

SOLON The city is committed to its recreation programing.
But deficit spending due to utility costs for the Solon Community Center cannot be allowed to eat holes in whats expected to be a tight upcoming budget.
Solons City Council sat down for a special work session Sept. 30 at the request of Mayor Steve Stange to discuss the future of the community center, and how to rein in costs over the next two years.

Counselors respond to COVID

Anxiety among students and staff a focus in pandemic school year

SOLON– Things are different, and that causes anxiety.
Recognizing stress and dedicating class time to talk about school in a pandemic world are some of the steps taken by guidance counselors to deal with the emotional well-being of students and staff in the Solon Community School District (SCSD).
If a student feels unwell emotionally or mentally, overall wellness will decrease and school performance goes down, observed elementary counselor Megan Amundson at a Sept. 17 board of education meeting.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
It was bad, said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. Theres probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of, he noted.

Team depth comes through again at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys were just a point out of first…. with the Lady Spartans running to the championship, in a battle of ranked Class 2A and 3A cross country rivals, in Williamsburg. Though still the regular season, runners and coaches know the postseason approaches soon.

Girls snag a game from Beckman

Solon falls 3-1 on the road to No. 6 Blazers

DYERSVILLE– Solon was poised to force a fifth and deciding game against No. 6 (2A) Beckman Catholic, but ran out of points.
The Blazers instead handed the Spartans a 3-1 WaMaC Conference East Division loss at Dyersville Sept. 29.
Beckman edged Solon 25-20 in game one, and held the Spartans at bay in game two, 25-17. But the Spartans turned the tables for a 25-21 win in the third game before narrowly falling 25-23 in the fourth and final set.

Mustangs broken by Spartans, 42-14

No. 8 Solon controls No. 6 Mt. Vernon, 42-14

SOLON – A fitting Senior Night victory as the eighth-ranked Solon Spartans lassoed, saddled and broke the sixth-ranked Mount Vernon Mustangs, 42-14, at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 2.

Twin thirds for Solon girls, boys XC

KALONA Three laps through the school grounds and nearby woods at Hillcrest Academy yielded third-place finishes for Solons boys and girls cross country teams, Monday, Oct. 5.