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Matt Lesan returns to Spartan sideline

Solon, Upper Iowa standout to lead varsity basketball team

SOLON– When the current Solon High School opened, Matt Lesan was an eighth grader.
He was there the day crews put up the basketball hoops in the new gymnasium and he snuck in to sink the first shot in the west side basket.
Former coach Ed Hansen had beat him to the east side.
Lesan went on to become Solon’s most prolific scorer, and now he’s back on the sidelines as the head coach for the varsity Spartan basketball team.

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Council approves two tax relief requests

$60,000 total for two businesses

SOLON– They were similar requests.
At a Nov. 20 meeting, Solon City Council members approved two Tax Increment Finance (TIF) applications for two separate buildings on the city’s south side.
Both requests sought an amount equal to three years of property taxes. Both failed to qualify for the city’s existing tax abatement program.
Both were approved by council members.
But there were some significant differences.

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Six lanes for I-380? Yes, they will IDOT lays out plans for increasing traffic with additional lanes

NORTH LIBERTY– If you’ve grown sick of seeing the orange cones, “Jersey barriers,” and tall cranes at the Interstates 80 and 380 interchange, once that massive project is done, construction will move roughly four miles to the north.
And start a new multi-year project.

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It’s wait and see for farmers on the UDO’s final wording

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

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Sold!

Council approves deal with Pattison for 120 W. Main St. City approves first of competing offers

SOLON– City council members selected the proposal that was ready to roll.
Citing financial and legal readiness, the city approved selling an empty lot next door to City Hall to developer Mark Pattison during a Nov. 20 council meeting.
North Corridor Properites Investments will take possession of 120 W. Main St. in December and begin construction on a two-story mixed-use building with two commercial units on the ground level and a single, upper-level residence.
The city considered a competing offer from Uptown Main LLC, represented by developer Al Wells.

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5th Annual Solon Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Family Life Center

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and Solon Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the 5th Annual Christmas Tree Walk and Festival Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
SEDG and Solon Parks and Recreation invite the public to start or continue a Solon Christmas tradition with family and friends by strolling through a winter wonderland of Christmas trees and beautiful lights while listening to live music.

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“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is tale as old as time

SOLON– It was a classic story of love and redemption.
The Solon High School Drama Department’s fall musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was presented to the public in the Center for the Arts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.
Director Sami McAtee reported all three shows were almost sold out. “The kids worked so hard to make the magic come to life and we cannot wait until the spring show, to share the magic again,” she said.

Council approves Brotherton Ridge plat

Three lots on Racine south of high school

SOLON– Three new acre-sized residential lots will need city water service, but not city sewer.
At a Nov. 6 meeting, Solon City Council members approved a developer’s agreement and preliminary plat for Brotherton Ridge Part Two, a small subdivision located along the gravel on Racine Avenue south of Solon High School.
The city will extend water service to the subdivision, but the new homes will have individual septic systems because of the need for a lift station to reach the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Thank you is all most veterans need

Montgomery shares Vietnam experience: “These kids were my friends.”

SOLON– We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.
The heartfelt message from Solon graduate and Vietnam veteran Mike Montgomery was delivered to Solon High School students Tuesday, Nov. 12,
during the district’s annual Veterans Appreciation Program.
Montgomery was a member of the 1963 football team and a 1964 graduate of Solon High School. Three months after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam with numerous commendations and medals.
After his service, he obtained a doctorate in business administration with a minor in management.

U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon will be open to traffic on Nov. 22

MOUNT VERNON– The U.S. 30 bypass of Mount Vernon/Lisbon from west of Wilcox Road in Linn County to Charles Avenue in Cedar County will be open to traffic late Friday afternoon, Nov. 22, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Davenport construction office.
Drivers should still be aware of temporary lane closures as additional work is done during the 2020 construction season.
Manatt’s, Inc. of Brooklyn was the main contractor for this $28,825,766 project.

City to buy North Street house for $140k

House to be demolished, lot resold as commercial

SOLON The City of Solon has gone from selling to buying.
The city, which announced its intention of selling the lot next door to City Hall, is taking ownership of a residential property located in a projected downtown growth area.
At a Nov. 6 regular session, Solon City Council members unanimously approved purchasing 123 East North Street for $140,000.
Mayor Steve Stange said during the meeting the city would raze the existing one-story structure and leave the 60-by-100-foot lot as green space until resold for development as commercial property.

Flaherty leaves rec. coordinator position

McIlrath to fill in while city searches for replacement

SOLON– The City of Solon needs a new recreation activities coordinator.
Ben Flaherty, who joined the city in September of 2018, accepted a new position with the City of Ames. His last day was Thursday, Nov. 7.
Recreation Administrative Assistant McKenzie McIlrath will serve as an interim coordinator until the position is filled.
Flaherty, a native of Van Meter and a 2018 graduate of the University of Iowa, was initially hired on an interim basis but was elevated to a permanent employee in January.