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Community

NL man charged in IC robbery

IOWA CITY– A North Liberty man was charged with first-degree robbery after a November incident in Iowa City.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Iowa City Police Department, Ernest Allen, 35, of North Liberty, sought a ride from a victim and, upon arrival at the destination, asked for $10 in cash. When the victim retrieved his wallet, the complaint noted, he felt/saw a handgun pressed to his hip while the defendant stated, “You know what this is.” Allen stands accused of taking the victim’s money, then warning the victim not to follow.
First-degree robbery is a Class B felony.

NL woman charged in pepper spray incident

CORALVILLE– A North Liberty woman faces a felony burglary charge after allegedly pepper-spraying the residents of a Coralville apartment.
According to a criminal complaint, the Coralville Police Department responded Feb. 3, to 954 Boston Way, in Coralville, for a report of a fight in progress.

Public safety in the budgetary spotlight

Additional revenue is coming into NLs coffers, but a property tax increase hangs over the discussion of next years budget

NORTH LIBERTY Growth by a city can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, more housing and more businesses mean more tax revenue for the city. On the other, an increase in demand for city services quickly consumes revenue. And often, debt is incurred by the city to pay off new expenses over time.
For the City of North Liberty, the first discussion of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 (2021-2022) budget by the city council on Tuesday, Jan. 19, illustrated the effects of growth upon the community.

Focusing on local food

IA Secretary of Ag Mike Naig visits Iowa Citys Field to Family

IOWA CITY Iowa is well known as an agricultural state, however up to 90 percent of the states food supply comes from out of state. So says Field to Family, a non-profit organization based in Iowa City, which promotes the consumption of locally grown and produced food by providing education, and operating a food hub.

Corps seeks input on revised Coralville Lake Water Control Plan, plans virtual open house events

CORALVILLE– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District is finalizing the Coralville Lake Water Control Plan and is seeking public input. Two virtual open house events will be hosted to offer a question-and-answer opportunity for the public and gather feedback about the updated plan. The first virtual event will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. and the second will be Thursday, March 4, at 5 p.m.
A digital version of the plan and a video presentation outlining changes are available for review at:

A day of rest, and a day of work

ICCSD students get a day off as staff prepares to welcome them back on the 15th

IOWA CITY– Students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) will have a three-day weekend starting Friday, Feb. 12, as district staff make the final preparations to a return to 100 percent onsite learning on Monday, Feb. 15.
The move follows legislation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday, Jan. 29, requiring school districts to provide a 100 percent onsite option. Parents can still choose a 100 percent virtual (online) learning option if they so desire, but the hybrid model: 50 percent in school and 50 percent online, is gone in the ICCSD.

Mitigation for COVID-19, including mask orders, still in effect in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– As COVID-19 cases remain above their levels from last fall, North Liberty’s mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in place, its public health initiative has not changed, and a county-wide mask mandate remains in effect.
“The thoughtful efforts of community members and businesses have helped ease the holiday surge of hospitalizations and deaths. But even with this good news, it is premature to let up now,” said Mayor Terry Donahue.

Closing loopholes in the law

Sen. Kinney introduces legislation brought about by the disappearance and death of Tiffin teen

DES MOINES The purpose of legislation is to either restrict or promote a set of habits in our society, and throughout this case, I just saw a glaring gap in our law, and certain things that are seen as socially unacceptable and wrong. So said Sergeant Alissa Schuerer to an Iowa Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Monday, Jan. 25.

Making it work, safely

Local school districts scramble to comply with new state law

DES MOINES Plans are afoot in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) and Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) in the wake of a new law signed into effect on Friday, Jan. 29, by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The law, SF160, requires school districts to provide an option for 100 percent onsite learning.

Making a good thing even better

Tiffin Fire Association and City of Tiffin discuss new organizational structure

TIFFIN– In 1954, the Tiffin Fire Association was formed with the mission of protecting life and property in the city of Tiffin as well as Clear Creek and Union townships; an area of 58 square miles. Over the years the mission has expanded to provide emergency medical services (EMS) as well as fire protection. The all-volunteer force has provided fire protection, disaster response, hazardous materials response, and EMS to the city on a contracted basis.
However, discussions have begun about potentially restructuring the association to a city-operated department.

Matt Degner named ICCSD district superintendent

Unanimous vote by school board approves change from interim supt.

IOWA CITY The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors has voted to remove the interim tag from Interim Superintendent Matt Degners title. Degner served as the interim superintendent for the district since July 1, 2020, following the resignation of former Superintendent Stephen Murley. The board of directors voted unanimously during the Jan. 26 board meeting to make the role permanent for Degner.

Weekend recreation hours resume, registration opens for swim lessons and more City of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Department again offers weekend hours for members beginning Feb. 6, at the North Liberty Community Center. The recreation center operates weekdays from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Use continues to require appointments and is subject to COVID-19 protocols, including a health screening.