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Doug Lindner

Gallery West decision “hopefully”

Council sets Dec. 13 work session for in-depth discussion

SOLON– The Solon City Council is expected to make a decision regarding Gallery Acres West’s request for water service at a Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed the issue briefly at a Dec. 6 meeting before setting a Dec. 13 work session for in-depth deliberation.
At the beginning of November, Stange asked council members to decide on the Gallery Acres West (GAW) extension by the end of December.
The topic appeared on the Dec. 6 agenda for discussion and possible action, but Stange quickly extinguished the hope of a decision.

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Finding lost water

New meters will allow city to track its own use

SOLON– How many water meters are there in the City of Solon?
Care to guess?
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe estimated somewhere around 1,200, but we’ll find out for sure pretty soon.
That’s because the city is looking to replace all of them next year in an attempt to further improve the efficiency of the municipal water system.
City council members discussed the pending project at an Oct. 4 meeting, and expect to follow up with action in the next month or two.

$2.15 million Mehaffey Trail bid awarded

Through traffic to be maintained

IOWA CITY– It’s been a while coming, but a two-mile, separated trail linking North Liberty to Mehaffey Bridge is finally on its way.
At a Nov. 2 meeting, the members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved a $2,150,912.55 bid from Peterson Contractors Inc. A public meeting on the project will be forthcoming.
The 10-foot concrete trail will link the intersection of Cedar Springs Drive and Mehaffey Bridge Road (North Liberty city limits) with the walking/biking lane on Mehaffey Bridge, and includes an underpass near the boat ramp.

Being of Service

Solon graduate Eric Munson veterans day featured speaker

SOLON– “The most important things that you will do in your life will come from being of service,” Eric Munson told the students.
Munson, a 2004 graduate of Solon High School, was the featured speaker at a Nov. 14 Veterans Day program at the Solon Center for the Arts, and he was passing on the greatest single lesson he learned from his military service.

Council chuckles at UPS golf cart delivery

Shipper sought use of city property for holiday delivery

SOLON– When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a UPS worker at the wheel of a golf cart laden with holiday packages, pulling into my driveway.
It sounded strange, but they talked about it anyway at the Wednesday, Nov. 15, Solon City Council meeting.
The sixth and final item under New Business on the agenda was discussion and possible action on a temporary storage site requested by United Parcel Service’s (UPS) Cedar Rapids office.

Solon community center progressing

Middle School may soon be open for public use.

SOLON– Within a few months, portions of the former Solon Middle School may be open for public use.
Solon city and school officials have been working behind the scenes to investigate a collaboration which may eventually offer residents something they haven’t had before– a community center.
“The public is extremely eager to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Solon City Council member Lauren Whitehead.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) has committed to maintaining ownership of the building, and will continue to utilize the oldest portion for administrative offices.

More time, more questions

Mayor gives council until December to decide water request for Gallery Acres

SOLON– They still don’t have answers to all their questions.
Members of the Solon City Council would like to keep looking at a request by rural subdivision Gallery Acres West to extend municipal water, but Mayor Steve Stange wants the issue resolved before the end of the year.
The decision to continue investigating rural water distribution came at a Nov. 1 regular council meeting.

Water we going to do now?

Packed house for Gallery Acres West meeting with DNR

SOLON– It was a long meeting.
So what comes next?
Members of the Solon City Council and a standing-room-only crowd packed into City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 24, to question representatives of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) about efforts to resolve water supply issues for a nearby rural subdivision.
No official action was taken from council members and it wasn’t clear whether the marathon meeting shed any new light on how best to deal with unacceptable levels of arsenic in Gallery Acres West’s (GAW) drinking water.

Linderbaum selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Solon football standout honored with assembly presentation

SOLON– The crowd roared.
U.S. Army SSG China Lee had announced Solon lineman Tyler Linderbaum’s selection to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to a crowd of family, friends and students during a special presentation in the Solon Center for the Arts auditorium Friday afternoon, Oct. 27.
Linderbaum, seated at a front dais with his parents and Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller, rose to the cheers of the audience, and the added fervor of thunderous music provided by the Solon High School Marching Spartans, to display and don an official jersey.

City doesn’t want to take lead on Gallery Acres West

City: DNR not helping with water issue

SOLON– The city can’t investigate providing rural water if it doesn’t know how many local subdivisions would be interested.
And the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is apparently not very interested in helping determine that number.
According to discussions at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Solon City Council, the DNR stepped back from its lead role in determining whether municipal water could help resolve arsenic issues in developments outside the city.
For the city’s elected officials, the news brought their interest in researching the problem to a screeching halt.

Revised site plan approved

Alley dining for new restaurant scaled back

SOLON– Everything’s okay now.
After two weeks to iron things out, two prospective Main Street neighbors have mended the fence.
As a result, the members of the Solon City Council, at an Oct. 18 meeting, unanimously approved a revised site plan for a new restaurant at 122 E. Main St., the former location of the Solon Station.
The site plan was tabled at an Oct. 4 session after Salt Fork Kitchen owners Jay Schworn and Eric Menzel said they had not been approached about a plan to use an alley between the two buildings as an outdoor dining area.

Salt Fork owners take issue with plan

Proposal for Beerburger relative tabled over alley

SOLON– A new restaurant is trying to squeeze into the Main Street landscape.
But prospective neighbors were concerned to find out about it through little league; and likewise disconcerted to find out the new eatery wanted exclusive use of a shared alley for outdoor dining.
Relations between tentative neighbors got off left foot first during a wild and wooly Oct. 4 Solon City Council meeting.