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News

Let’s do it again

Solon COVID-19 clinic finishes second dose

SOLON– It went just as smoothly the second time around.
Over 1,100 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and local residents to host a vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

Rec programs rebound

City sticking with emphasis on outdoor activities

SOLON– Business is picking up for the Solon Recreation Department.
Recreation Director Tom Harder reported strong numbers for spring soccer and a full slate of expanded programs for summer during a Solon City Council meeting March 17.
“Our numbers are basically right where they were pre-COVID, which is great,” Harder said after the meeting.
Soccer registration closed with over 250 kids signed up for 33 teams across pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, he said. Practice begins soon with games in early April.

Here’s the mail

Eric Morgan celebrates a year as Solon’s postmaster

SOLON– You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone happier to see warmer temperatures than Solon Postmaster Eric Morgan.
“Very excited to see the snow gone, as is my staff,” he noted.
Morgan, 35, took up the post in Solon Jan. 19, 2020, and celebrated his anniversary in the middle of a prolonged deep freeze, but feels lucky to be here.
“My experience here has been fantastic,” he said. “It’s honestly just a great city filled with small town charm while still developing as the days pass.”

Small rural rezoning request passed to P&Z

Three-lot subdivide sought west of Solon

SOLON– City council members asked the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission to review a modest rezoning request within the two-mile fringe area.
In January, Jim and Julie Agne of rural Solon, made application to Johnson County seeking to rezone 7.5 acres of land west of Solon from a mix of residential and agricultural to just residential.
Because the property, located off Highway 382 and Polk Avenue, resides within two miles of the city limits, the application was sent to the City of Solon and considered by council members at a March 3 meeting.

Solon family wins $529 College Savings Iowa contribution

DES MOINES– State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald recently awarded a $529 College Savings Iowa contribution to the Hawkins family of Solon. Two-year-old Ella was randomly drawn as the Johnson County winner of the 2020 College Savings Iowa Year-End Giveaway.
"I'm happy to award this contribution as a way to help another family with their education savings journey," stated Fitzgerald. "College Savings Iowa giveaways are a great opportunity to reach individuals and families around the state and inform them about the benefits of saving with a 529 plan."

Solon Beef Days celebration seeks artists for T-shirt artwork

SOLON– Amateur and professional artists are being sought to create T-shirt artwork for the 2021 Solon Beef Days Celebration.
Original artwork is being accepted for the T-shirt design of the 2021 Solon Beef Days Celebration held Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Each artist may submit more than one design.
To qualify, designs need to meet the following guidelines:
• Artwork must be produced using a conventional media or desktop publishing software;
• Artwork must be 5 x 7 inches or larger;

New life for old home

120 W. Main site plan approved

SOLON– With a few more details worked out, commercial renovation can proceed on a former Main Street residence.
Solon City Council members approved a site plan submitted by North Corridor Properties Investment for 130 W. Main St. at a March 3 meeting.
Included were caveats regarding garbage, landscaping and signage to be resolved with city staff prior to the issuance of a building permit.
The house, on the corner of West and Main streets, will be converted to office use, according to developer Mark Pattison.

Solon fights COVID with clinic

Towncrest Pharmacy teams with community to deliver 1,100 vaccines

SOLON– With only four days to prepare, organizers and volunteers vaccinated more than 1,100 people over two days in Solon.
Towncrest Pharmacy, a participant in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, partnered with Solon Senior Advocates, Solon United Methodist Church, the City of Solon, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) and Public Health (JCPH) and dozens of local residents to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.
The by-appointment clinic was reserved for individuals 65 years of age or older.

Firehouse bid planned for May

June closing on $3 million financing

SOLON– If all goes smoothly, the Solon City Council will award the construction bid for a new firehouse at a May 19 meeting.
Council members reviewed a tentative timeline for financing the project through Tax Increment Finance (TIF) and Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) dollars at a Feb. 17 session.
According to a schedule presented by City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, $3 million in city bonds could be available by June 16 with groundbreaking some time that month.

Tabor to settle in at Lakeview

Floating between two buildings for the 2020-2021 school year

SOLON Jessica Tabor couldnt decide.
When Jodi Rickels retired as principal at Lakeview Elementary, Tabor was tabbed to replace her on an interim basis while the school district waited for the job market to rebound from the COIVD-19 pandemic.
Fresh off her first year as principal at Solon Intermediate School (SIS), Tabor assumed responsibility for both buildings in the 2020-2021 year.
But the Solon Community School District had to eventually fill the hole on its administrative team, and Tabor had to pick between the two elementary schools.

Beef Days seeking 50th anniversary design

SOLON Attention amateur and professional artists!
The Solon Beef Days Committee is seeking T-shirt artwork for the 50th Anniversary Beef Days Celebration in 2021.
Original artwork is currently being accepted for the T-shirt design of the 50th Anniversary of Beef Days to be held Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Each artist may submit more than one design. To qualify, designs need to meet the following guidelines:
Artwork must be produced using a conventional media or desktop publishing software;
Artwork must be 5 x 7 or larger;

A true role model

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson Countys GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual soft opening.
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO).