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Community

Family, tradition, duty, and honor

Four Tiffin firefighters recognized as they retire

TIFFIN — The Tiffin Fire Department celebrated 76 years of combined service Monday, March 15 as Chief Brian Detert (24 years), 1st. Asst. Chief Randy Morgan (31 years), 2nd Asst. Chief Corey Donaldson (11 years), and 2nd Captain Steve Kick (10 years) retired from the all-volunteer department.

County tax levy continues to decrease

Supervisors discuss FY 22 budget, vote set for March 25

IOWA CITY– For the fifth consecutive year, the countywide tax levy for Johnson County will decrease. The levy, assessed to property owners, will be $6.30143 per $1,000 of taxable value according to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, beginning on July 1, and is down from the current rate of $6.34581. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday, March 16, and is scheduled for a final discussion and vote Thursday, March 25, at 9 a.m.

Terrorists for the greater good?

NL comedian and author Nathan Timmel enters the realm of fiction with “We Are 100”

NORTH LIBERTY– What happens when the common man gets pushed to his limits and finds a group of like-minded individuals? Nathan Timmel explores the possibilities in his new book We Are 100, which is now available on Amazon.com.
Timmel, a North Liberty-based comedian, has previously penned 11 non-fiction books ranging from an autobiography to collections of letters to his young children, Hillary and Truman, which were written in hotel rooms across the country; and even an exploration of life with a new baby in the house-written from the perspective of Kitty, his late miniature schnauzer.

Big news for a small business

A2Z Heating and Plumbing in North Liberty merges with the best in the area, and adds a new service while keeping the help wanted sign up

NORTH LIBERTY– The company motto for A2Z Heating and Plumbing, Inc. states, “Meeting all of your needs from A2Z,” and indeed, the staff of the North Liberty based business brainstormed and found services they provide for 25 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Only “X” was left out, as “Nothing begins with X.”
Since starting out in 2003, A2Z’s business has steadily grown and now they can add more items to their list under “L” and “T.”
“L” is for “Lift stations,” and now also for “Lawn irrigation systems.”

The trend continues

CCA can expect enrollment growth to continue through 202x

OXFORD– As the COVID-19 crisis seems to be fading, the school board of directors and administrative team of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will soon put the spotlight again on space needs.
The district received its latest enrollment forecast from RSP in January, and board members reviewed it during a Feb. 3 work session. RSP has provided enrollment analysis and projections for the district since 2014 and guided facilities planning committees and attendance area boundary discussions.

Spring Cleanup Day returns April 24 and other cleanup options

NORTH LIBERTY– After skipping the event in 2020 due to the pandemic, Spring Cleanup Day returns on Saturday, April 24, from 7 to 11 a.m., largely in its previous form. Participating residents are required to wear a mask and remain in vehicles during the collection to protect patrons and staff.
Spring Cleanup Day is held annually on the last Saturday in April and is for residents of North Liberty only. Be prepared to verify you are a North Liberty resident with a water bill stub or driver’s license.

Change is coming to Tiffin

New speed limit on Hwy. 6 to go into effect sooner than later

TIFFIN– If they haven’t already, drivers on Highway 6 through Tiffin will soon see a new speed limit in effect, dropping the speed from 55 entering town to 45.
The change is the result of a speed study conducted by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the request of the City of Tiffin. Cathy Cutler, transportation planner for the IDOT’s District 6 Office in Cedar Rapids, said such studies are justified after certain roadway improvements are completed.

You can still see what happened on Mulberry Street

Controversial to some, Dr. Seuss books still available in local libraries

IOWA CITY– Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), known to all as “Dr. Seuss,” was a prolific author and illustrator of children’s books who helped generations learn to read.
His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published in 1937. The book, a young boy’s whimsical fantasy tale building on having seen a horse and wagon on the street during his journey home from school, is now one of six, no longer be published due to images deemed to be racist and/or culturally insensitive.

Tax hike on the way for North Liberty

29-cent property tax levy increase will generate 6.9% more general fund dollars

NORTH LIBERTY– Property owners in North Liberty will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets after the city council approved a $0.29 increase in the tax levy.
A public hearing was held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with no comments received, for or against, and a 5-0 vote by the council approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (FY22) budget with the increase. The second and final public hearing and resolution approving the FY22 budget was scheduled for Tuesday, March 9 (after this edition’s deadline).

The shock that saves lives

Local law enforcement agencies benefit from $10.1 million grant to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators

IOWA CITY– A defibrillator is a device administering an electrical shock to the heart in an attempt to correct a life-threatening chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, or V-Fib. In this condition, the heart muscle quivers erratically, but does not pump blood. Essentially, without a heartbeat, the person is dead. The defibrillator’s shock literally jolts the heart, stopping it completely for an instant, in the hope natural pacemakers will kick in again in a normal, life-sustaining rhythm restoring heartbeat and breathing.

2.4 percent more for school districts

Governor Kim Reynolds signs funding package for fiscal year 2022

DES MOINES– School administrators and boards of education have a degree of certainty as they put together their budgets for the next fiscal year (FY). Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an education funding package on Tuesday, Feb. 23, which sets a 2.4 percent increase over last year’s amount of state supplemental aid for the state’s 327 school districts. The state’s school aid funding formula provides dollars to districts and Area Education Agencies (AEAs) by combining state aid with property tax revenue on a per-student basis.
Per-student funding will increase from $7,048 to $7,227.

Shots fired, no injuries in North Liberty standoff

Maryland man flees from police, shoots at them, barricades himself

NORTH LIBERTY– An incident, beginning in Coralville, ended in North Liberty with a Maryland man taken into custody after shooting at officers and barricading himself.