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Community

Eastern Iowa Brass Band Spirit of Christmas Saturday, Dec. 9

MOUNT VERNON– Eastern Iowa Brass Band shares its musical experience on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Middle School Auditorium, located at 525 Palisades Rd SW.
The 34 brass and percussion musicians perform favorites like “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride,” popular songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and traditional carols in “An English Christmas” with baritone David Raim.

Volunteers needed to lead and advise

Join a commission to help steer North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY— Two appointed boards have three openings, and volunteers are needed to help lead and advise on those commissions.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals for building permit approval when a permit has been denied because of non-compliance with certain requirements of the zoning code.  This board meets only when an appeal has been filed.
Appointment is to complete a term ending June 30, 2021.  Full appointments are for a five-year term.

Communications Advisory Commission

(two openings)

Feedback sought on rental property zoning

NORTH LIBERTY— The North Liberty City Council is currently considering amending its zoning ordinance to address changes in state law that affect its ability to limit rental units based on family units. The council would like public feedback—from landlords, tenants and other community members—about how to address the issue. Feedback submitted with the form will be shared with city officials as they shape a zoning ordinance amendment in the coming weeks.

The issue

City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey honored

NORTH LIBERTY—Tracey Mulcahey, Assistant City Administrator / City Clerk of North Liberty, has been awarded the prestigious designation of “Iowa Certified Municipal Clerk” from the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) for achieving its high educational, experience and service requirements. Mulcahey joins others in the state who currently hold this designation.

Iowa’s shotgun deer season gets underway Dec. 2

DES MOINES– The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2 to 6 when an expected 60,000 orange clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9 to 17 second shotgun season.
Each contingent will also pack along thousands of antlerless tags, to extend their time in the field.
Fans of cold weather purchase about 40,000 tags for the Dec. 18 to Jan. 10 late muzzleloader season.

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.

Roundabout substantially complete

IOWA CITY– The roundabout at the intersection of W6E (Ely Road NE) and F16 (Highway 382 NE) has been substantially completed. Ely Road, North of Highway 382, was open to traffic on Nov. 22. The contractor will continue to work on remaining project requirements until the spring of 2018, so watch for temporary traffic control changes in and around the intersection as things are touched up.

Surviving the Holidays grief support

seminar Tuesday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Sign up for “Surviving the Holidays,” a grief support seminar, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are not necessary to attend but would be helpful so there will be enough printed materials to hand out. Let us know you would like to attend the seminar by calling 319-624-2251. Pastor Scott Keele Kober, from the Solon United Methodist Church, will be leading the program. For a reservation for the program and an Old Gold Diner meal, call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas Party

Dec. 3

SOLON– The Annual Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at the historic church locate at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, in Solon. The doors open at noon for the 1 p.m. musical program with light refreshments and a visit from Santa to follow. All are welcome.

Gingerbread

Kaeden Hopp builds a frosting lane for she and her brother Zane’s gingerbread house.

$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.

December Old Gold Diner:

Jay and Helen Proffitt to sponsor Dec. 13 meal

November is past and it’s a downhill slide to December and Christmas. We were a little short on the fall colors, but there never seems to be a shortage of red and green in December for Christmas.

• Thanks to The Solon State Bank for sponsoring the November Meal and bringing well received messages about fraud and having things written down for your families. These are things we all should be thinking about now, and it never hurts to be reminded.