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Government

Major parties make their picks for supervisor’s race

Special election set for Tuesday, Dec. 18

IOWA CITY– The two major political parties have made their choices and now it will be up to the voters of Johnson County to decide who will fill a vacant seat on the board of supervisors.

Trying to fill the void

Johnson County to hold special election Dec. 18 for supervisor vacancy

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, 54, died on Friday, Oct. 26. His unexpected death sent shockwaves through the county, which have turned into a scramble to find a replacement to fill out the remaining two years of his term.

Supervisors close to finalizing land purchase for Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Multiple studies OK purchase and construction, Rettig still opposed due to flood risk

IOWA CITY– A long awaited comprehensive access center for behavioral emergencies and mental health crisis in Johnson County, the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), took another step toward becoming a reality as the board of supervisors received an update on the various studies being performed ahead of finalizing purchase of land for the facility.
Matt Miller, the project manager with Hart Frederick Consultants P.C., reported on the pre-purchase progress during a Wednesday, Oct. 31, work session of the supervisors.

Three battle for two Johnson County Supervisor seats

Supervisors race features an incumbent and a Republican

JOHNSON COUNTY– Three candidates are on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6, for two seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Janelle Rettig survived a primary election to defend her seat while Pat Heiden also won on primary night to fight for the seat being vacated by Supervisor Mike Carberry. Heiden defeated Carberry in the primary. Republican Phil Hemingway enters the fray as well, hoping to be the first Republican to be elected to the board since 2013 when John Etheredge of Kalona was elected to fill the seat vacated by Sally Stutsman when she left for the Iowa Senate.

Kinney faces Hora for Senate District 39

Republican challenges incumbent Democrat

NORTH LIBERTY– State Senator Kevin Kinney faces a challenger for his District 39 seat on the ballot for Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kinney, a Democrat, was first elected in 2014.
District 39 includes the towns of Swisher, Shueyville, North Liberty (Madison Twp.), Oxford, Tiffin, Frytown and Hills and the townships of Monroe, Jefferson, Oxford, Madison, Clear Creek, Hardin, Union, West Lucas, Washington, Sharon, Liberty, Pleasant Valley, Lincoln and Fremont. The district also includes portions of Washington and Keokuk counties.

City of North Liberty sues BlendCard

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty successfully filed suit against BlendCard in September for failure to pay a loan agreement, according to city officials and court documents.
The Iowa-based startup company developed a rewards program for small businesses lacking the marketing power of major companies, consolidating them into one card for consumer use and in exchange providing information on consumer habits to the enrolled businesses, allowing said businesses to engage in direct and targeted marketing strategies.

Tiffin in exploration phase for future rec complex

Evaluating possibilities with Diamond Dreams and Shive-Hattery

TIFFIN– A recreation complex could be in Tiffin’s near future. The city has begun the exploratory phase of shaping what is sure to be a fixture of the growing community.

A toilet paper "ribbon cutting"

NL wastewater treatment plant celebrates expansion

Photo: North Liberty City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore Chris Hoffman delivers remarks ahead of a toilet paper “ribbon cutting” Thursday, Oct. 18, at the North Liberty Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The sound of silence

Swisher's 6 p.m. siren falls silent

SWISHER– Small towns have a reputation as being quiet, and the little community of Swisher, in the northwest corner of Johnson County, is no exception. However, after recent actions by the city council, it’s gotten even quieter.
The council voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to discontinue sounding the town’s outdoor warning siren daily at 6 p.m., a tradition dating back to the 1970s.

Cab service in the works for North Liberty

Transit Committee hoping for wheels on the ground by November

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is working quickly towards green-lighting a new demand-response cab service for the less mobile population.
“The voters of North Liberty have demanded that we do something about transit,” said Gerry Kuhl, former acting Mayor of North Liberty, 10-year member of the city council and current member of the Transit Committee. Kuhl is eager to get wheels turning on the project, first introducing an RFP (request for proposal) in September.

Service details

Development plans underway for The Preserve

Seventy-one acres of housing planned south of North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– The Preserve is on the path to join North Liberty’s rapid expansion in housing.

Tiffin’s first roundabout coming soon

Construction planned for spring 2019

TIFFIN– Looking to keep up with the demands of being the fastest growing city in the state, Tiffin is preparing to start development of its first roundabout.
To be constructed at the intersection of Marengo Street/Highway 6 and Park Road, the roundabout anticipates the new elementary school currently under construction, to be ready for classes August 2019, as well as growth at the adjacent Tiffin Elementary School.