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Get ready to splash into late summer

Construction of the long-awaited splash pad at Penn Meadows Park is scheduled to start on July 5, with final completion of the project scheduled for Aug. 12. Included in plans for the splash pad are a baseball-themed water-spray feature (depicted in the photo at left alongside other features not included in the plans) and flush-mounted water […]

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North Liberty launches the state’s largest soil quality restoration grant program

Last month, the City of North Liberty launched what we believe is the largest soil quality restoration program in the state: $300,000 for grants up to $1,500 per household. Soil quality restoration involves deep-tine aeration of lawns, which then are covered with compost. The process returns nutrients to the soil, builds topsoil and helps soil […]

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NLPD attends Crisis Intervention Training

Last month Sgt. Olson and Officer Regenwether of the NLPD traveled to Texas for a week long Crisis Intervention Training session with the San Antonio Police Department. Crisis Intervention Training was developed to help police officers react appropriately to situations involving mental illness, drug psychosis or developmental disability. Sgt. Olson takes us through the different aspects […]

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Goats on the Go visits Penn Elementary

  In March the Iowa City School District signed a contract with Goats on the Go to handle some of their underbrush problems around Penn Elementary’s playground. Goats on the Go is an Ames-based targeted grazing company used to combat troublesome weeds, brush and other invasive plant species without the use of herbicides. The goats cleared […]

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Goats on the Go come to North Liberty

Per the Iowa City Community School District, Penn Elementary will be cleared of weeds and underbrush by some goats starting this weekend. The release from the school district: The Iowa City Community School District has contracted with a company called Goats on the Go to provide an alternate method of clearing weeds and underbrush on school […]

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Flying kites for child abuse prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and to raise awareness, the Johnson County Community Partnership for Protecting Children hosted their annual Kites for Kids festival at North Central last Saturday. The event provides free kites to families and encourages efforts that promote community responsibility for the safety and well-being of children throughout Johnson County.

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Muddy Creek Cleanup: Less trash, still lots of mud

North Liberty Boy Scouts, city staff, and elected officials came out to Muddy Creek last weekend in observance of this year’s Keep America Beautiful day. Keep America Beautiful leads efforts to end littering in America, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. Volunteers were able haul away two ton-truck loads of trash from Muddy Creek in less than two […]

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North Liberty looks for solar power

In a new sustainability initiative, the City of North Liberty is hoping solar power can provide at least 60 percent — but ideally 80 percent or more — of the electricity needed for a pair of city facilities. The city will assess proposals for both the North Liberty Fire Station and Streets and Parks departments’ campus, […]

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We’re looking for a community engagement coordinator

The city’s communications department has an opening for a new member (technically a “community engagement coordinator”). This position is responsible for leading special events (such as North Liberty Blues & BBQ and the growing Beat the Bitter) and developing and implementing new community engagement efforts, and assisting with public relations, communications, marketing and promotional activities for the city’s communications department.  Successful […]

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Meet new Aquatics Supervisor Ashley Kipp

. Aquatics Supervisor Ashley Kipp started with the city in March after a three-year stint as the Aquatics Manager at Lifetime Fitness in Overland Park, Kansas. Ashley is originally from New Lenox, Illinois and she previously lived in the area while attending the University of Iowa. We sat down with Ashley and she told us a little about her past pool experiences […]

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