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Doug Lindner

Council to restrict "Citizen’s Speak"

Action expected on proposed guidelines for public input

SOLON– The Solon City Council is going to look at modifying the way it interacts with the public.
At a meeting June 7, council members and Mayor Steve Stange discussed a resolution establishing guidelines for the Citizen’s Speak portion of regular council agendas.
The changes unsettled two residents, both former council members.
No action was taken, but the resolution is expected to appear again on a future agenda.

Wigle named principal for new Solon Intermediate

School district begins process for merging fourth and fifth grades

SOLON– The name of the school district’s new fourth- and fifth-grade center will be Solon Intermediate and its principal will be current activities director Zach Wigle.
Solon Community School District Superintendent Davis Eidahl made the announcement to school staff and parents via email June 14.
Wigle came to the district at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, succeeding Keith McSweeney, who stepped aside when the position was increased to full time.

Renovated St. Mary auditorium to feature two levels of residential

Added parking solves problems

Council informally approves revised Solon Lofts & Commons plan

SOLON– It’s all about the parking.
It was a decidedly different tone as members of the Solon City Council considered a revised plan to renovate the old St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
In January, after a terse exchange between developer Bill Wittig and Mayor Steve Stange, the council voted down a site plan for Solon Lofts & Commons citing the lack of off-street parking provided.
At a June 7 meeting, the differences were apparently all ironed out.

Bergamot drainage issue results in lawsuit

Solon couple seeks damages from builder, developer and city

SOLON– A Solon couple claims their residential lot was incorrectly graded and was serviced by an undersized storm water intake prior to a damaging 2016 flood, according to a civil suit filed in Johnson County District Court April 14.
Marty and Jessica Kelchen, of 716 Bergamot Ln., seek unspecified damages from North Corridor Custom Homes, Inc., Fox Run Development, Inc., MMS Consultants, Inc. and the City of Solon.

Whitehead to assume Solon council seat

Newcomer defeats appointee with 63% of special election votes

SOLON– Newcomer Lauren Whitehead defeated appointed incumbent Dale Snipes in the May 30 special city council election.
Whitehead won with 63 percent of the votes cast (139-81), according to final results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
She will fill the unexpired term of council member Mark Krall, which ends Dec. 31, and the seat will appear on the November city election ballot.
Whitehead was expected to be sworn into office for the June 7 council meeting after the final tally was canvassed by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors earlier in the day.

County assessment center unveiled

SOLON– A county initiative to build a behavioral assessment center received positive responses from members of the Solon City Council.
“I can guarantee you the money that is saved by having these types of services for people that are mentally ill, versus throwing them into a jail or a prison system, is substantial,” council member Shawn Mercer said after a presentation during an April 19 meeting.

Spartans lose close one to Regals

Special council election set for May 30

Lauren Whitehead and Dale Snipes say they will run

SOLON– There will be at least two candidates for the special city council election Tuesday, May 30.
Both Dale Snipes, appointed April 5 to fill a seat vacated by longtime council member Mark Krall, and Lauren Whitehead, who had also applied for the position, plan to appear on the ballot.
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate has until Friday, May 5, to submit the appropriate paperwork to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. Ten signatures are required for the nomination petition.

Bad feelings bubble up as developer’s agreement passes

Council approves parking, rebate for 121 on Main

City to rebate an additional $20k for street work

SOLON– Mayor Pro Tempore Steve Duncan tried to wrap up what could generously be described as discussion over the developer’s agreement for 121 on Main, a commercial/residential development adjacent to Big Grove Brewery.
Duncan closed off comments from Solon resident and developer Al Wells, noting he appreciated the input.
“No, you don’t,” Wells replied.
“Yeah, I do,” Duncan responded.

Sixth title for 5th Street Jazz

5th Street Jazz wins its in Class 3A competition at the 2017 Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships

SOLON– Solon High School’s 5th Street Jazz vocal ensemble participated in the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships nine times and won the Class 3A title five times, but the group was not invited to participate in 2016.
It made this year’s competition special for Solon seniors.
“My sophomore year, I was in Blame It On Our Youth, and we got third at championships, so it was very hard last year, being in 5th Street and not qualifying,” Solon senior Elizabeth Hand said.

Snipes reappointed to fill council vacancy

Replacement for Mark Krall sworn in April 6

SOLON– For the second time, Dale Snipes has been appointed to the Solon City Council.
Snipes was originally selected in February of 2015 to replace former council member Ron Herdliska, and in a twist, Herdliska was tabbed to fill Snipes’ seat when he stepped down, in July of 2016, due a change in his employment.
This time, Snipes replaces longtime city councilor Mark Krall, who vacated his seat in March and will fill a term set to expire at the end of the year.
The decision was made at an April 5 city council meeting.

Ely Road construction to bring detours

Roundabout at Hwy. 382 intersection coming this season

SOLON– Everyone’s favorite route between Solon and Cedar Rapids will be the subject of extensive construction this year.
Two more phases of an Ely Road (W6E) overhaul are planned for this season, including the conversion of its intersection with Highway 382 into a three-way roundabout.
Following the completion of the roundabout, the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department plans to proceed with the paving of three-quarters of a mile of Ely Road from the intersection north to 140th Street NE, adjacent to the Lakeview OHV park.