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Community

Solon Lofts and Commons moves ahead

City to discuss rental plan with developers

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council has given the official OK for a plan to renovate the former St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The site plan for Solon Lofts and Commons was approved on a 3-0 vote at a June 21 city council meeting. (Council members absent?)
But there are still some details to work out.

Meeting Thursday, July 13, to assess interest in dog park

SOLON– An organizational meeting will be held Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon Public Library to form a steering committee to assess community interest in, and feasibility of, a dog park for the Solon community. The committee will be in charge of circulating a petition/survey to dog owners in Solon, research other area dog parks, identify potential locations and present their findings to city officials.

City considering secondary roads shed

City to seek appraisal on Johnson County maintenance building

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council will mull over an offer to purchase Johnson County’s maintenance building off Highway 1 on Sutliff Road.
The city will seek an appraisal for property owned by Johnson County Secondary Roads just north of town and may consider purchasing the site for use by the Solon Public Works Department.
The potential purchase was discussed at a June 21 city council meeting.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roy and Jennie Rambo of Vinton entertained with a graduation party for their son, Dalton, on Sunday, June 11, at the park in Vinton. Dalton recently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School and is employed by Frazier’s Nursery in Vinton. Following the graduation party David and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a party in honor of their daughter, Eliza, for her fourth birthday. Family and friends attended. Dalton and Eliza are the grandchildren of Shirley Worley.

Cedar Rapids man charged with attempted murder

NORTH LIBERTY– On Thursday afternoon, June 29, at 12:14 p.m., the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call from a man reporting he had been stabbed multiple times. At the time of the call, he did not know where he was located. 911 mapping was utilized to pinpoint the area north of Kent Park.
The victim was located a short time later in the Hawkeye Wildlife area, near the intersection of Swan Lake Rd and Greencastle Ave.

Woman, baby injured by fireworks

SWISHER– On Saturday, July 1, at 9:50 p.m. the Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of two people injured by fireworks at 1455 Curtis Bridge Rd. NE, in Swisher. The victims were identified as 36-year-old Margaret Limkemann and her 1-month-old daughter Aria. The victims were injured after a firework launched sideways instead of upward. The projectile struck Limkemann and exploded after impact. Limkemann was holding her daughter at the time and attempted to remove the child from the impact area before the explosion.

New garbage stickers required July 5

NORTH LIBERTY– Annual garbage stickers expire on June 30, and new annual stickers will be required for pickup beginning Wednesday, July 5. Garbage pickup will remain on schedule for July 5 regardless of the holiday on Tuesday.
Stickers are available for purchase at City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Cir., or over the phone with a credit card. Each sticker costs $62.40 and is valid until June 30, 2018. City Hall is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

North Liberty Blues & BBQ July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– Attend the 11th year of live music, children’s activities, mouth-watering barbecue, and Iowa craft beer on Saturday, July 8, in Centennial Park in North Liberty. As always, admission is free. A full schedule is available at northlibertyblues.org.
Admission to the festival is free, thanks to the support of hundreds of community volunteers and local businesses and organizations.

Bourbon & Blues at Cedar Ridge July 7-9

SWISHER– Join Cedar Ridge Windery & Distillery July 7-9 for its 8th Annual Bourbon & Blues Festival, celebrating the anniversary of Iowa's first bourbon since Prohibition! This three-day festival features live blues music, a specialty BBQ menu, and a new bourbon cocktail menu.

Informational meetings for voters throughout July on CCA $36 million bond referendum

TIFFIN– On Sept. 12, the voters in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District will be voting on a bond referendum of $36 million.
According to Superintendent Tim Kuehl, projects to be completed by this bond include a new elementary building; addition to the high school; gymnasium at Clear Creek Elementary; HVAC upgrade at Amana Elementary; security upgrades at Amana Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary and North Bend Elementary; an additional drive on the west end of the middle school; and additional parking at the high school.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.