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Community

A day of rest, and a day of work

ICCSD students get a day off as staff prepares to welcome them back on the 15th

IOWA CITY– Students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) will have a three-day weekend starting Friday, Feb. 12, as district staff make the final preparations to a return to 100 percent onsite learning on Monday, Feb. 15.
The move follows legislation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday, Jan. 29, requiring school districts to provide a 100 percent onsite option. Parents can still choose a 100 percent virtual (online) learning option if they so desire, but the hybrid model: 50 percent in school and 50 percent online, is gone in the ICCSD.

Mitigation for COVID-19, including mask orders, still in effect in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– As COVID-19 cases remain above their levels from last fall, North Liberty’s mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place, its public health initiative has not changed, and a county-wide mask mandate remains in effect.
“The thoughtful efforts of community members and businesses have helped ease the holiday surge of hospitalizations and deaths. But even with this good news, it is premature to let up now,” said Mayor Terry Donahue.

Closing loopholes in the law

Sen. Kinney introduces legislation brought about by the disappearance and death of Tiffin teen

DES MOINES The purpose of legislation is to either restrict or promote a set of habits in our society, and throughout this case, I just saw a glaring gap in our law, and certain things that are seen as socially unacceptable and wrong. So said Sergeant Alissa Schuerer to an Iowa Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Monday, Jan. 25.

Making it work, safely

Local school districts scramble to comply with new state law

DES MOINES Plans are afoot in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) and Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) in the wake of a new law signed into effect on Friday, Jan. 29, by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The law, SF160, requires school districts to provide an option for 100 percent onsite learning.

Making a good thing even better

Tiffin Fire Association and City of Tiffin discuss new organizational structure

TIFFIN– In 1954, the Tiffin Fire Association was formed with the mission of protecting life and property in the city of Tiffin as well as Clear Creek and Union townships; an area of 58 square miles. Over the years the mission has expanded to provide emergency medical services (EMS) as well as fire protection. The all-volunteer force has provided fire protection, disaster response, hazardous materials response, and EMS to the city on a contracted basis.
However, discussions have begun about potentially restructuring the association to a city-operated department.

Matt Degner named ICCSD district superintendent

Unanimous vote by school board approves change from interim supt.

IOWA CITY The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has voted to remove the interim tag from Interim Superintendent Matt Degners title. Degner served as the interim superintendent for the district since July 1, 2020, following the resignation of former Superintendent Stephen Murley. The board of directors voted unanimously during the Jan. 26 board meeting to make the role permanent for Degner.

Weekend recreation hours resume, registration opens for swim lessons and more City of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Department again offers weekend hours for members beginning Feb. 6, at the North Liberty Community Center. The recreation center operates weekdays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Use continues to require appointments and is subject to COVID-19 protocols, including a health screening.

NL council approves new city hall

Action paves the way for design work to begin

NORTH LIBERTY– Talk about whether to build a new city hall in North Liberty or extensively renovate the current facility turned into action late last month.
North Liberty City Council members approved moving forward with design work for a new building during their Dec. 22 regular meeting.

Budget woes ahead for ICCSD

A decrease in enrollment could mean an increase for taxpayers

IOWA CITY– The continuing pandemic has reached into seemingly almost every aspect of our lives. And for the taxpayers of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), it may well reach into their wallets once the district’s school board of education sets the budget for the next school year.

Kinney to work helping rebuild Iowa, boost Iowa education and expand quality of life in rural Iowa

DES MOINES– State Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford is looking forward to a productive next two years as a member of the Iowa State Senate.
“Iowa has had a rough time during the pandemic,” said Kinney. “We need to learn from that and focus on moving Iowa forward. A good start would be fully supporting Iowa’s mental health system, improving water quality across the state, and expanding job training opportunities.”
Kinney represents all of Keokuk County, almost all of Washington County and the southwestern half of Johnson County in the Iowa Senate.

Rep. Nielsen: COVID-19 relief focus of 2021 legislative session

DES MOINES– The 2021 Iowa Legislative Session started Jan. 11 at the State Capitol and State Representative Amy Nielsen of North Liberty said her top priority is providing relief to Iowans due to COVID-19.

No good deed goes unpunished

Regulators spring sudden $14k fee on Cedar Ridge and other distillers for making hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

SWISHER– Jeff Quint called it “The final kick in the pants from 2020.” Quint, owner of Cedar Ridge Distillery, was referring to news of a $14,060 fee the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was demanding for producing hand sanitizer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.