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Community

Supervisors’ public hearing on comprehensive plan May 10

P&Z’s 24 recommended changes under consideration

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. The hearing is the latest step in what has been a nearly two-year process in crafting the document; the first of it’s kind for the county.
The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted 5-0 on Monday, April 9, to approve a draft of the plan with 24 recommended changes.

Brewing with Dunn Brothers

Cafe opens south of Forevergreen Road

CORALVILLE– Between the morning rush to get out the door and the push to get through traffic, there are few greater needs than to be fully caffeinated. With a new coffee shop in town, those needs are being fully taken care of. Alexandra and DeAngelo Seay moved to the Corridor to pursue their goal of creating a place to bring family and friends together over a delicious cup of coffee. They achieved this goal by opening their own franchise location for Dunn Brothers Coffee.

Cherry and Front streets get a four-way stop

NORTH LIBERTY– For years, the intersection of Cherry and Front streets has been the subject of much discussion, debate – and frustration – with regular requests to turn it into a four-way stop.
However, a past study by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), which the City of North Liberty relies on for help analyzing and planning for traffic, found that accident rates and traffic volumes were both low and the intersection didn’t justify changes. This study is available on northlibertyiowa.org.

Intersection closure: Cherry Street east of Ranshaw Way

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Wednesday, May 9, Cherry Street is closed just east of Ranshaw Way. The closure is required so crews can reconstruct the east side of the intersection.
The contractor is required to limit the length of the closure, and expects the work to last about three weeks.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured along Penn and Stewart streets. All businesses will remain open.
The Cherry Street underpass will remain open until Monday, May 14, when it is expected to close for four days.

Be a Hunger Hero, May 12

4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser Saturday, May 12
SOLON– The 4th Annual Be a Hunger Hero Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The 5K run will start at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration can be done online at GetMeRegistered.com, or onsite starting at 7:15 a.m. Strollers and dogs are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper Saturday, May 12

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall. The cost is a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous sauce will be available for purchase at $5 a quart.

Townsley departs SCSD for UNI role

District announces replacement, changes in scope

SOLON– The Solon Community School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction/Technology and former math teacher at the regularly scheduled April 9 meeting.
After 14 years with the Solon School district in which he proved instrumental in many key reforms, Townsley will head this fall to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he has accepted a teaching position in the Leadership Department. Townsley will instruct future principals and superintendents.

May Day Breakfast May 5

SOLON– Meet your friends or members of your family at the Solon United Methodist Church for the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast on Saturday, May 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. Enjoy egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.
Adult tickets are $6 each or five tickets for $25. Children aged 5 to 12 are $3 each or five for $12. Children under the age of 5 are free.

No hydrants? No problem

Firefighters practice moving big water

LAKE MACBRIDE– Fire hydrants.
Most towns have them strategically placed on street corners and other easily accessed locations, so firefighters can quickly find them, connect their pumpers to them and assure a steady and uninterrupted water supply.
However out in the rural areas and in towns without a municipal water system, those familiar fireplugs are nowhere to be seen.
Firefighters have utilized tank trucks, or tankers, to haul water to fire scenes for as long as there has been motorized fire apparatus.

Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop historic site in Haverhill update

HAVERHILL– On March 26, Solon resident Pat Ikan traveled to the State Historical Society office in Des Moines to meet with Historic Sites Manager Jennifer Bancescu to get an update on the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop (MEBS) in Haverhill.
Ikan, a great-granddaughter of Matthew Edel and retired educator, is committed to raise awareness of the family’s unique historic site and its place in Iowa’s history.
Ikan provided the following updates:

Solon Parks & Rec Department

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL UMPIRES NEEDED. You must be in at least ninth grade and have either played or umpired softball or baseball previously. Pay is $20/solo, $15/behind the plate; $10 on the bases. Games will be on Monday and Thursday evenings in May and June, starting at 6 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area diamonds. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

Dance for a Difference fundraiser scores big

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a vivacious scene in Liberty High School’s auxiliary gym on the afternoon of Sunday, April 22.
About 100 dancers signed up for Dance for a Difference, which ran from noon to 4 p.m. The event featured a DJ, face painting, food, a costume dance raffle, a silent auction and a teacher dance at 3 p.m.
“Dance for a Difference was amazing. Everyone was dancing, singing and just sharing their love with one another,” remarked Liberty High senior and Difference Maker Madi Barta, following the event.