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Community

In-person voting for school elections begins Sept. 10

IOWA CITY– Voting in person at the Johnson County Auditor’s office will begin August 14 at 7:45 a.m. and will continue during regular Auditor’s office hours through Monday, September 9. Absentee ballots by mail will also be sent out on August 14. Call the Auditor’s Office at 319-356-6004 or email elections@co.johnson.ia.us with any questions.
The following are deadlines for the upcoming school board election:
August 1: Deadline for candidate filing. Terms four years unless noted.
August 6: Deadline for candidates to withdraw, 5 p.m.

Online license renewal goes live

DOT lets you renew in your pajamas

DES MOINES– You can do your banking online. You can pay your bills online. It is even possible in some places to order a pizza via your computer.
And now, you can also renew your Iowa Drivers License.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 355 into law on May 15 authorizing electronic renewal for standard operator (Class C) licenses and identification cards with a few restrictions. Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Division said, “We are looking forward to making the driver’s license renewal process as easy as possible.”

Seventh and eighth grade football equipment handouts Aug. 15, 19

SOLON– Students interested in playing seventh and eighth grade football will have equipment handouts on the following dates and times:
Eighth grade, Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.
Seventh grade, Monday, Aug. 19, starting at 4 p.m. in the athletic hallway at the middle school.

Solon Public Library

Summer Reading prize winners drawn

The Summer Reading Program has concluded for the year and all of the winner’s names have been drawn. Watch this column next week for the listing of all the lucky winners. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the many generous sponsors who donate prizes and money earmarked for the event. Please visit the library and see the full list of our generous sponsors.

Storytime continues

Chickens still on the table

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is still trying to lay out the rules for keeping chickens inside city limits.
An ordinance proposed and considered at the July 23 council meeting was tabled after gathering additional feedback from the public.

What a greedy kid!

Audrey Meyers is a little surprised by the piggishness of the goat that ate her cup of corn , plastic and all, at Tiffin Fest on Saturday, July 13. The farm animal experience was provided by Millers’ Petting Zoo of Illinois, one of many activities for children and families at Tiffin’s annual community celebration. For more information and photos of the event, see page 20. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Low water tower bids paint better fiscal picture

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Bids on a city painting project have come in significantly lower than expected.
At their July 23 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a bid of $186,250 from Central Tank Coatings of Elgin, to repaint one of the city’s two water towers. The project was originally estimated to cost over $300,000.

ICCSD school eRegistration now open

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District has opened eRegistration for the 2013-2014 school year. Parents and guardians are asked to register their students through Power School at www.iowacityschools.org. Assistance with this process will be available at elementary registration day on Friday, Aug. 9. Elementary students who complete eRegistration before Aug. 9 do not need to attend the registration at their school. Secondary students must attend their designated registration day, but completing eRegistration beforehand will make the process shorter.

Should Coralville funnel funds to private business?

Since the mid-2000s, the City of Coralville has been engaged in significant economic development projects that have been both hailed as visionary and necessary for the community’s growth, and criticized as unfair and irresponsible to taxpayers. In more recent years, the city has fallen under greater scrutiny for its TIF practices and continued participation in providing financial incentives to private enterprise. This is the third in a three-part series examining the city’s current fiscal status, its economic decision making and the concerns of area citizens who question both.

Solon youth football camp Aug. 5 through 8

SOLON– The 2013 Spartan Youth Football Camp for students entering second through eighth grade will be held Aug. 5 through 8 at Spartan Stadium.
Second through fifth graders will attend from 9 until 10:30 a.m., and sixth through eighth graders will attend from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The fee is $50, with checks payable to Solon Football.
This camp will allow each camper to learn and apply the various skills and techniques applicable to football.

Solon Food Pantry needs donations of cash, food

SOLON– The Solon Community Food Pantry needs your help. The shelves are becoming bare over the summer.
If people working the Beef Days luncheon, eating there, or attending church next weekend could bring a food item to the Solon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, it would be very much appreciated. Starred items below are especially needed along with other listed items:

Solon Retirement Village 40th anniversary carnival set for Saturday, July 27

SOLON– The Solon Retirement Village (SRV), home to a full continuum of care for seniors in Solon, plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a free community carnival on Saturday, July 27.