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Community

A unique housing option for seniors in NL

Vintage Estates housing cooperative announces plans for a 55+ community

NORTH LIBERTY– A 30-unit housing development being built in North Liberty isn’t typically unusual or out of the ordinary. However, A 30-unit development slated for construction this year is unusual in it will be a housing cooperative.
Vintage Estates of North Liberty, a Cooperative Community, will build the 30 single-family homes, and a community center, on a parcel of land along S. Jones Blvd.

Johnson County issues spark legislation discussion

Legislators look to protect renters, and rein in County Supervisors

DES MOINES — Johnson County’s legislative delegation has introduced bills this session addressing local concerns related to tenants in manufactured housing communities/mobile home parks, and the actions of the Board of Supervisors relating to animal agriculture.
Senators Kevin Kinney (D-39), Zach Wahls (D-37) and Joe Bolkcom (D-43), joined 27 other senators in sponsoring Senate File (SF) 2238, “An act relating to property law by modifying provisions relating to rental properties, manufactured home communities, mobile home parks, and manufactured mobile home communities.”

7-on-7 football gains in popularity

A new football option for 3rd grade through high school exists in Tiffin

TIFFIN– What is 7-on-7 football you ask? The answer is, the game that has grown for 20 years around the state of Iowa, but has not caught hold until now.
“There have been pockets of groups that play 7v7 or, High Schools that will get groups together to practice the passing game against each other, but that is really it. There is not a lot of competitive or youth 7v7 football being played,” said Trevor Bollers Director of Iowa 7v7 football, a non-profit organization he created along with his wife Jennifer.

An afternoon of basketball gets even more exciting at CCA

Faulty motor produces smoke scare

TIFFIN– A small electric motor led to a big disruption Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
The motor, part of the ventilation system for the building, and located above a hallway between the main gymnasium and the band room, failed and burned up a little before 2 p.m. Smoke from the motor set off the building’s fire alarms, which prompted the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center to page out the Tiffin and Oxford fire departments for the alarm activation.

Trump and Warren win JoCo Caucus

Lots of participants, slim margins and a technical glitch make Caucus 2020 memorable

NORTH LIBERTY– The 2020 Caucus will be remembered for a number of reasons, including a glitch with a software application which delayed the Democratic results for several days.
Several precincts, for both the Democrats and Republicans, filled rooms at the North Liberty Community Center and clogged the parking lots. Overflow parking migrated to other nearby lots with Recreation Center staff fielding several angry phone calls from businesses whose lots were filled with caucus goers, preventing customers from parking.

CCA hires new associate superintendent

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School district has announced the hiring of Matt Leeman as Associate Superintendent/Director of Secondary Curriculum.
The new position will primarily oversee instructional programming for the district, working closely with directors and principals, but will also collaborate in other areas, according to a district press release.
The district interviewed four candidates for the position.

So many projects, but only so much money

NL Council discusses capital projects and spending surplus funds

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council continued its discussion on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget Tuesday, Jan. 28, during a work session preceding a regular meeting. Council members looked at potential allocations using surplus general fund dollars from FY19 as well as proposed capital projects for the new fiscal year.
General Fund Allocations from FY19 Surplus

The dogs have their day during Beat the Bitter

NL’s weeklong winter festival wraps up with winter games

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter winter festival, a weeklong effort to break people out of their wintertime hibernation, wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 1, with adult kickball and the Run the I“Bitter”Rod 1k doggie fun run/walk at Penn Meadows Park, along with several other events around North Liberty, including the Snuggie Crawl and Boy Scout Troop 216’s annual Chili Supper.

NL Community Pantry welcomes Iowa State Senators Wahls and Kinney Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa State Senators Zach Wahls and Kevin Kinney will visit the North Liberty Community Pantry Friday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.
The senators will tour the facility and talk with pantry staff about services, the recent increase in pantry traffic, and news surrounding area mobile home residents. Zach Wahls has been a vocal advocate for tenants’ rights, attending and speaking at rallies for Golf View Mobile Home Park last summer.

35th Annual Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol

DES MOINES– Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across Iowa converged on the Iowa State Capitol, in Des Moines, to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. Approximately 300 high school students wearing blue corduroy from 51 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building on Jan. 28. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. It was all part of the 35th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the capitol.

Bigger, but not as Bitter

North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter concludes this weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Beat the Bitter, a weeklong winter festival, opened on Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1. The annual event started in 2016 and has continued to expand its offerings as a way to get families out of their homes in the middle of winter for fun and community fellowship. With only a slight breeze and temperatures in the low 30s, the weather was far less “bitter” than it was during last year’s Polar Vortex.

CCA approves 2020-21 calendar

MLK Day to remain as a potential snow makeup day, despite controversy

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the 2020-21 academic calendar at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The calendar provides for 179 school days with 1,102.5 hours of instruction, down from 180 days and 1,111 days in the current school year. Under state law, schools need to be in session either 180 days or 1,080 hours.