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Government

Sayre resigns from NL City Council

Effective Feb. 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Effective Friday, Feb. 1, North Liberty City Council member Jim Sayre will resign his seat.

Sayre provided his official notice of resignation Friday, Dec. 28, after accepting a new job with the University of Arizona in Tucson. His term was scheduled to continue through December this year.

“North Liberty has been incredible to me and my family and we’re grateful for having had the opportunity to live, play and work in such a great place,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

Council approves NLPD facility cuts

Excessive bid leads to $700,548 in cost reduction

NORTH LIBERTY– Faced with necessary cuts, plans are moving forward on North Liberty’s police facility. During its Jan. 8 session, the North Liberty City Council unanimously accepted the project bid and authorized execution of the contract, as well as a change order, for the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) future station, to be located at 340 N. Main St., north of the fire department.

A plan for the future

NLFD’s Chief Platz lays out a Strategic Plan to the city council

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) has been grappling with how best to meet the challenges of a constantly growing community, while also facing recruiting and retention issues coupled with an increased demand for services, for several years. Chief Brian Platz presented a five-year strategic plan for the department to the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 11, outlining how the predominantly volunteer department is addressing the challenges it faces, and is changing to meet the projected demands of the future.

Study and recommendations

North Liberty joins economic protocol

Tiffin a potential future participant

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has joined Iowa City and Coralville in signing an economic development protocol vowing to play fair.

The mayors of Johnson County’s three largest cities came together to sign the agreement Friday, Jan. 11, at the IC CoLab MERGE, the headquarters of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD).

Cab service program takes shape

Transit Committee anticipates roll out in early February

NORTH LIBERTY– Among the many introductions North Liberty residents can expect in 2019 will be a demand-response cab service for its transit-dependent population.

Cost cuts necessary for NLPD facility plans

Bid exceeded project estimate by over $1 million

NORTH LIBERTY– Enthusiasm for the future station of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) has been hampered by its construction bid, which has exceeded the project cost estimate by over $1 million. Parties directly involved in the project are looking for measures to cut $700,000, with additional funds necessary to fulfill the construction.

Project background

The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved initial plans, specifications and estimated cost for the Police Department Building Project during its Aug. 28 session.

Democrat Royceann Porter wins county supervisor seat

Topples Hemingway in special election

JOHNSON COUNTY– In a historic victory, Democrat Royceann Porter will assume the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Porter won decidedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, capturing 56 percent of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Phil Hemingway, who took 43 percent of a total 9,658 votes. Voter turnout was 9.98 percent.

The county special election was scheduled to decide the remaining two years of the late Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, a Democrat, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 in October.

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.