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Doug Lindner

Johnson County Refuse program

New automated curbside service to begin July 1

SOLON– The City of Solon has officially adopted a new, automated curbside garbage and recycling system proposed by Johnson County Refuse of North Liberty.
Residents will receive two carts, one for recycling and one for garbage, to be used beginning in July. The new carts will eliminate the need for Johnson County Refuse employees to lift bags, limiting workplace injuries for the company.

There’s a lot of recreation news, folks

More advisory members named, farmers market to Mushroom Park

SOLON– There’s a lot of recreation news, folks.
The agenda for the Solon City Council last week was dominated by decisions about new recreation programs and projects, including continued appointments to a new recreation advisory team, the dissolution of the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, an application to Iowa Great Places for the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) in support of a splash pad and the selection of Mushroom Park as the location of a new farmers market.
Whew.

Official farmers market in the works

Council, parks and rec discuss public, private locations

SOLON– A new city-sponsored farmers market is in the works.
Details surrounding the program were discussed during a joint session of the Solon City Council and the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission April 4, although a location for the market is still up in the air.
The city previously allowed private vendors to set up in a portion of Mushroom Park seasonally, but has not provided direct supervision.

City to tackle Kingston and Short

Council dips into road use reserves for three projects

SOLON– The big bump is going bye-bye.
A section of Short Street between West Street and Iowa Street will be reconstructed this year to add parking and address a hump in the road where an alley intersects.
The project, along with two others, was approved by Solon City Council members at an April 4 meeting as part of the city’s proposed 2018 street improvements.
Also included for this season will be an asphalt overlay for a part of Kingston Drive, and another section of Short Street between Iowa and Dubuque streets.

City looks to rebuild Parks and Rec.

Council creates new advisory board with rural representation

SOLON– More big changes are coming.
The conversion of the former middle school into a community center has prompted the city to shake up its structure regarding parks and recreation programs.
At an April 4 meeting, council members took the first step in dismantling the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, replacing it instead with an advisory team which will include rural representatives.

Quilt of Valor

Navy vet and dinosaur guy wrapped in honor

SOLON– Jack Neuzil and his wife Fran were wrapped in his new Quilt of Valor, standing in front of a crowd in the lobby of the Solon Center for the Arts.
“You don’t know how important this is,” Neuzil quipped. “Up until recently I used to do a lot of projects. They kept me warm.
“I haven’t been able to do them for the last year, and this is going to save me.””
Neuzil, a longtime contributor to a vast number of Solon community projects and best known for his wooden dinosaurs, was presented his Quilt of Valor at a ceremony March 25.

Next step for Solon community center

Council approves lease for former middle school

SOLON– For $1 a year and the cost of staffing and utilities, the City of Solon now has a community center.
At a special Wednesday, March 28, meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a lease with the Solon Community School District for the use of the former middle school building.
But there are still a lot of details to work out.
Representatives of the city and school district have been meeting since fall to discuss the possibility, and the lease was on the agenda for the council’s March 21 meeting.

City applies for second traffic signal

Traffic study shows warrant met for stoplights

SOLON– The vehicle counts are growing.
Time for another traffic light.
At a March 21 meeting, Solon City Council members authorized City Engineer Dave Schechinger to proceed with an application for state funds to assist with the construction of stoplights at the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street.
The intersection was the subject of a recent study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which measured traffic flow in April and again in September of 2017.

Hall of fame

Brad Randall honored March 9

SOLON– In 2009, Solon Head Basketball Coach Brad Randall and his team finished a perfect 28-0 season with a 55-41 win over Pella Christian in the Class 2A final to claim the school’s first boys basketball championship.
Nine years later, almost to the day, the former coach was back on the hardwood at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Randall, accompanied by his family, and with former assistant coaches and friends in attendance, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame prior to the Class 3A championship game Friday, March 9.

"Take that lift as long as you want"

From hospice room, Malatek thanks Divoky

CEDAR RAPIDS– Tom Malatek just wanted to say thank you.
Malatek, 67, a lifelong resident of Ely and a longtime member of the Ely Fire Department and Solon American Legion, was having trouble with his right leg as he underwent treatment for multiple myeloma at area hospitals.
Mark Divoky, owner and operator of Mark’s Auto Body in Solon, heard of Malatek’s difficulty and offered the use of a wheelchair-accessible van he had recently purchased.

Choir members to back Foreigner

SHS runs away with online contest through KRNA

CEDAR RAPIDS– How cool is that?
For a group Solon High School choir students, it may be the memory of a lifetime– performing “I Want To Know What Love Is” on stage with Foreigner.
Solon’s choir was one of six finalists in a local promotion facilitated by radio stations KRNA and KDAT on behalf of the rock band Foreigner, which brings a local vocal group on stage for every performance.
In online balloting, Solon ran away with the vote.
Out of the 29,799 votes cast, Solon captured 14,088, or 47.28 percent.

Basketball Seniors reflect

Senior basketball players have learned life lessons

SOLON–Ben Krutzfeldt, Luke Ira and Jack Stahle spent part of their Solon childhood in the back of the end zone at the old high school football field.
There was one athlete they looked up to with awe.
“James Morris,” the three seniors said in unison.
Morris led the Solon Spartans to three consecutive Class 2A football championships and continued as a linebacker with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Whatever sport he was playing, he was dominating,” Stahle said.