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Community

An opportunity for somebody to step up Tackaberry resigns from CCA school board

OXFORD– Residents of Tiffin and parts of the surrounding area have the opportunity to join the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Education. Jeff Tackaberry, the District 3 representative, resigned his seat, creating the vacancy.

A week of many changes

ICCSD asks the state for a waiver from having on-site schooling this fall

IOWA CITY– Uncertainty as to what the 2020-21 academic year will look like continued for families (and staff) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) in the wake of proclamations by Governor Kim Reynolds related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Fareway declines to redeem cans and bottles

BOONE– Effective with the expiration of the Iowa Governor’s Emergency Declaration on July 25, Fareway grocery stores will not be accepting containers for redemption in its Iowa stores, according to a press release by the company.
The company cited health authorities “continue to advise that COVID-19 and other viruses are transmitted through respiratory droplets,” the release stated. “Accepting potentially contaminated containers inside our stores presents a great risk of harm to the health and safety of our employees and customers.”

North Liberty schedules listening posts on racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty city leaders will engage the community to discuss social justice and racial equity through a series of listening posts.
The listening post sessions will be held online and in person, at a variety of times, between July 29 through Aug. 9. Each listening post will be a public-comment format, with commenters able to attend the session as they are available. Face masks or face shields are required at in-person outdoor sessions. Register for online sessions through the city’s website, northlibertyiowa.org. Attendees will be asked for their name and city of residence.

Reynolds’ proclamation calls for schools to reopen next month

ICCSD and CCA to revise and finalize their Return to Learn plans

VAN METER– Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation directing the state’s school districts to facilitate on-site, in-person learning when the 2020-21 school year begins next month. Reynolds signed the proclamation on Friday, July 17, and held a press conference in Van Meter.

Special election set for Sept. 1 in Tiffin

Winner will fill city council vacancy

TIFFIN– A special election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Tiffin to fill a vacant seat on the city council.
Council member Rodney Walls resigned on May 28 with the council accepting his resignation on June 9. Six residents submitted applications for possible appointment to the council, which took up discussion of appointment or election during a work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, July 14.
Councilman Eric Schnedler moved and Councilman Al Havens seconded a motion to fill the appointment by special election which was approved unanimously.

Reconciling the sins of the past

Johnson County Supervisors discuss the origins of Johnson County

IOWA CITY– In his play “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In Johnson County, Iowa, however, some are hoping the county will still smell as sweet under a new namesake.
Recent social unrest fueled by protests against racism has led to statues and monuments, mostly related to the Civil War, being damaged, destroyed or taken down. Several national food products are seeing changes to their branding, eliminating trademark personas such as Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima due to connections with slavery.

Opportunities to get moving on tap for Tiffin starting this fall

New rec. director lays out plans for the city’s first ever recreational programming

TIFFIN– He had high hopes.
When Frank Haege packed up his family in Minnesota and moved to Solon (where his wife is from and has extended family), it was with the intention of starting a first-ever recreation department for the City of Tiffin. Haege’s first day on the job was Monday, April 13, and shortly after arriving in Tiffin, he said “I am really looking forward to working with all of the existing recreational groups in the area.”
And, he had a simple goal for the residents of Tiffin, “Get people moving.”

New restaurant Table opens in North Liberty

Table is open in North Liberty and features rustic, farmhouse-inspired cuisine, premium cocktails and an all-Iowa beer list.

NORTH LIBERTY– A new restaurant has opened on North Liberty’s west side.
The Table restaurant offers many classics, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, while frequently sourcing from local producers. The ownership is made up of seven local entrepreneurs.
Many safety measures were implemented to ensure the safety of guests, staff, and community members, according to a press release.
Table opened July 7 at 575 Cameron Way in North Liberty, the former location of Beerburger, and patrons may visit the website at www.tableiowa.com.

Supervisors return to UDO amendment proposals

Farm Bureau gets three out of seven changes approved

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved three out of seven amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Thursday, July 9, during its regular meeting.
The amendments were proposed by the Johnson County Farm Bureau to address concerns of the agricultural community regarding wording and policies the UDO codified in support of the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The 300-page UDO was approved by the supervisors last December and took effect Jan. 15 after roughly a year-and-a-half of discussion and debate.

Blues and BBQ 2020: A Virtual Summer Festival

NORTH LIBERTY– In April, the planning committee announced a decision to cancel the 2020 in-person edition of North Liberty Blues and BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
But fans of the festival still have the opportunity to have a taste of Blues and BBQ at home. This year, the 14th annual event is built for the backyard.
Full details were announced late in June, but we wanted to give you a sampling to chew on.

A little longer, but also a little shorter

Celebrating Independence Day in the COVID-19 era in Oxford

OXFORD– The annual Fourth of July Parade was both a little longer, and also a little shorter this year. The parade, held on Saturday, July 4, followed a different route, and also had noticeably fewer entries than in some previous years.
In June, a city council member, and a member of the Oxford First Responders, created the new and longer parade route in the hopes of spreading out the crowds for social distancing; a concern during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.