Our Town North Liberty: Growing Community
By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer
NORTH LIBERTY - Ryan Heiar is North Liberty's city administrator. Since the year 2000, Our Town North Liberty has seen its population grow by 86-percent. While its a good sign for the community, local leaders are trying to keep up. Traffic congestion is one of the problems the city is facing.
"I think we have a lot of homes that have two workers in it. In a lot of cases, North Liberty being centrally located you will have one spouse going to Cedar Rapids, and the other one going to Iowa City or Coralville," said Heiar. "The biggest thing I notice in the community is the traffic and the cars coming through town, especially during these peak hours in the morning and afternoon."
Young families contribute to much of the growth here in Our Town North Liberty. According to the 2-thousand census the average age in North Liberty is 29-years-old. While much of the development has been residential, the city has seen an increase in commercial construction permits.
"Its very difficult to keep up. Especially when we're trying to help the community grow, we also need to help city services grow. So we are trying to manage it all at one time," said Heiar.
The city has plans to build a new city hall and expand the police and fire departments. These improvements are expected to come within the next 2-years. By the time these improvements are made, the population is expected to grow by another 2-thousand people.
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