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August 21st, 2020

Picking up the pieces

Backup generators do their job for city

NORTH LIBERTY– Council member Raquisha Harrington summed it up during an Aug. 11 meeting.
“2020 has not been nice to anyone at all,” she observed.
Harrington was echoing comments from other North Liberty City Council members who voiced support for city employees after an inland hurricane known as a derecho tore a path across the state and into Illinois Monday, Aug. 11, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days.
Power was restored to most North Liberty residents by Tuesday afternoon, allowing council members to continue with a regularly scheduled virtual meeting.

August 18th

Iowa State Fair Hosts Virtual State Fair, Aug. 13-23

DES MOINES– Even though we can't be together for the Iowa State Fair this year, we can safely join together for some of our Fair favorites virtually. For the 11 days that would have been the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13-23, you will find fair videos, competitions, facts, memories, classes, history, trivia and games on the fair’s website and Facebook page.

What to do with tree limbs and bulky debris

NORTH LIBERTY– Monday’s storm created a tremendous amount of debris and cleanup will be a lengthy process. City crews will begin picking up tree limbs from curbs Aug. 11, and a debris site has been established for residents who are able to haul their own limbs down.
Tree limbs can be piled between the street and sidewalk. Please place them parallel to the curb in sections of 10 feet or less and take care not to push trees and limbs into the street. City crews will start picking up as early as possible.

A smoother ride is coming soon

Ireland railroad crossing to be replaced starting Aug. 17

TIFFIN– At least 100 feet away from the railroad tracks crossing Ireland Avenue in Tiffin is a round advanced warning sign: the familiar yellow circle with a large black “X” and “R R” markings on it. Below that is another warning sign, one which will no longer be required soon, that states “Rough Crossing.”

Good Neighbor Meeting Aug. 18 for property located at the SW corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty may soon consider a zoning map amendment (rezoning) for the property located at the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and Oak Terrace Avenue. The developer has indicated that the proposed zoning would be RS-4 PAD Single-Unit Residence District Planned Area Development and the development would be 27 detached single-family homes on one lot.
The purpose of the Good Neighbor Meeting is to allow the applicant(s) to describe the proposed development, answer any questions and hear any concerns about the proposed development.

CCA has sights set on Aug. 24

Board receives an update on district’s Return to Learn plan

OXFORD– While some school districts, such as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) have pushed back the first day of the 2020-21 school year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District is still planning on returning students to their buildings on Monday, Aug. 24.
CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl and Associate Superintendent Matt Leeman updated the school board of education on the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regularly scheduled work session on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the district administrative offices near Oxford.

It’s the law… sort-of

JoCo Supervisors pass face covering ordinance

IOWA CITY– They’ve asked nicely. They’ve pleaded, appealing to your concern for your fellow man. Now, they’ve made it a regulation.
The Johnson County Supervisors unanimously approved a face covering regulation during their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 6.

Uncertainty, suspicion, distrust and a long wait for change

Life experiences are shared at North Liberty Social Justice and Racial Equity listening posts

NORTH LIBERTY– The death, in police custody, of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., earlier this summer sparked protests, riots and a new awareness of racial inequalities.
Following demonstrations in Iowa City, Coralville and Solon, the City of North Liberty embarked on a proactive approach to address issues related to its minority communities.
According to data from 2015, whites make up 88.2 percent (16,134) of the residents of North Liberty with blacks comprising 4.7 percent (867), and Hispanics totaling 4.4 percent (806).

Clear Creek Amana FFA Fair fun

IOWA CITY– Several Clear Creek Amana Future Farmers of America (FFA) members participated in the Johnson County Fair. Although many fair events were canceled this year and closed to the public, Johnson County still provided an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members and their families to exhibit their projects.
Kayla Jiras and Lillie Haman both participated in the photography division at the county fair. The students brought their photos in for judging on Monday, July 20, and picked them up on Thursday, July 23. Kayla and Lillie earned blue ribbons for each of their photography exhibits.

Auditorium Lofts plan approved again

Second story slated for hotel/motel

SOLON– It’s been a long time since Solon had a hotel.
One is potentially in the works as Solon City Council members approved a new site plan for Auditorium Lofts & Commons at an Aug. 5 meeting.
Prairie Equity Group of Iowa City has proposed to renovate the 1915 former St. Mary auditorium at the corner of Dubuque and Short Streets into a mix of residential and commercial uses, including “The Literary Hotel,” a collection of 11 guest rooms on the second floor.