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News

City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

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Flaherty leaves rec. coordinator position

McIlrath to fill in while city searches for replacement

SOLON– The City of Solon needs a new recreation activities coordinator.
Ben Flaherty, who joined the city in September of 2018, accepted a new position with the City of Ames. His last day was Thursday, Nov. 7.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath will serve as an interim coordinator until the position is filled.
Flaherty, a native of Van Meter and a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, was initially hired on an interim basis but was elevated to a permanent employee in January.

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ONeil, Farlinger added to council Haluska and Wolf join school board

SOLON– Only one of the two incumbents made it through.
But the votes were spread out amongst all the candidates.
According to unofficial results from the combined Nov. 5 city and school election, only city council candidate Dan O’Neil received a majority (68 percent) in a four-way race for two seats with 344 votes. The race for the second seat was much tighter, with John Farlinger (238 votes) edging our incumbent Shawn Mercer (217) and former council member Kevin Samek (213).

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Carson King slated for Corridor Market fundraiser

Solons Kelsey Swancutt organizing upscale holiday bazaar

TIFFIN– When Kelsey Swancutt decided the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital would be the beneficiary of Corridor Market’s annual fundraiser, there was one name that came to mind.
Carson King.
Swancutt, 31, of rural Solon, has been a primary organizer of the Corridor Market, which provides a shopping venue for local small businesses twice a year in the area.
“Every event, we try to do some sort of charity aspect,” she explained. “We use our market and the ability to get people together as an outlet for whatever charity we choose.”

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Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

Council OKs expanded safety training

Solon to join cost-share for regional coordinator

SOLON– It’s time to enhance safety training for city employees.
At an Oct. 16 meeting, Solon City Council members gave informal approval to join a pool of regional communities looking to hire a full-time safety instructor.
Currently, public works employees receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training through the Eastern Iowa Area Safety and Support Organization (EIASSO).

On the record

P&Z Commission makes its concerns with the UDO known

IOWA CITY– A number of items related to agriculture, in general, and animal agriculture, in particular, in the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Johnson County has brought forth a firestorm of criticism from the agricultural community.
During a Sept. 9 public hearing, conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), 20 spoke in objection to parts of Chapter 8 of the document, which has been in development since July 2018 as a follow up to the county’s comprehensive plan.

More blood!

Zombie face painting at the library

SOLON– It isn’t often you hear teenagers asking for head wounds.
But such calls were frequent at the Solon Public Library Oct. 10 as the organizer of the Iowa City Zombie March visited for a workshop on appearing undead.
Joshua Christain taught about a dozen Solon teenagers how to make their face paler and to darken their cheekbones and under their eyes as part of the library’s weekly Creative, Amazing Teens (C.A.T.S.) program for fifth through 12th graders.

Recreation Department trunk or treat at SRNA

SOLON– The rain went away just in time.
The Solon Recreation Department hosted its first-ever trunk or treat in the parking lot outside the Timber DOME Lodge at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Eleven vehicles representing local businesses and organizations handed out candy to a parade of children wearing costumes.
Solon Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath said an estimated 170 people attended and she hopes it will become an annual event.

Lot for sale

City to sell land next to City Hall

SOLON– The property next to Solon City Hall is for sale.
A developer approached the city with a plan to build a two-story mixed-use building on the former residential lot, and the city has given other interested parties until the morning of Nov. 19 to submit alternate plans.
At an Oct. 16 meeting, council members approved resolution 19-46, setting a Nov. 20 public hearing on the disposal of 120 W. Main Street, a property acquired by the city along with the current city hall site.

House Divided Brewery

Home brewer's dream come true

ELY– Cal Corrin has been brewing his own beer since the early 1990s.
There weren’t any craft beers around back then, but he found himself drawn to the imports.
“You’d find a stout maybe once in a while or a Guinness or some other import that’s different than domestic beer,” he explained.
He was residing in Quincy, Ill., at the time, which had a home brew supply store, so he started making his own.
“Even when I started, it was always in the back of my mind, wouldn’t it be great to do a brewery,” he said. “Always in my thoughts.”

Meet the candidates

Four candidates for two seats on Solon City Council

SOLON– Eligible voters in the City of Solon will have their choice of council representatives in November.
Four candidates, including one incumbent, are vying for four-year terms on the Solon City Council.
The two Solon City Council seats occupied by Mark Prentice and Shawn Mercer will have their terms come to an end at the end of the year. Mercer is seeking re-election, joined on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot by John D. Farlinger, Daniel P. O'Neil and Kevin Samek.