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Community

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.

City of Solon to mark Main Street project with free ice cream

SOLON– To dedicate the completion of its Main Street improvement project, the City of Solon will be handing out free ice cream before the Wednesday, July 31, Music on Main Solon Idol performance.

Spitting image

Harrison Vanderhorst winds up for the spit; the young man was encouraged to participate in the sunflower seed spitting contest held at North Liberty’s Centennial Birthday Bash on July 13. The day was filled with games and food, a picnic and friendly competitions held at Penn Meadows Park and the North Liberty Recreation Center. The evening brought a Hairball concert at Liberty Centre Park, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. (photo by Lori Lindner)

North Liberty puts out call for bids on $400K water tower paint job

NORTH LIBERTY– Some North Liberty residents may soon notice a tangible shroud of mystery hanging over one northeast part of the city.
Literally.
The city’s water tower on 240th Street is scheduled to be repainted this year, and the process requires a large curtain to be draped over the entire structure in order to contain any debris it might create.

Highway 965 in NL to be reduced to a single lane on Friday for road work

NORTH LIBERTY– Workers are expected to pour road shoulders at the intersection of Pheasant Lane and Highway 965 on Friday, July 26. Highway 965 will be open to north and south bound traffic, but the highway will be down to a single lane with flaggers around the intersection. Residents should allow for extra travel time.