WB City Council News from Last Night
The West Burlington City Council decided last night to go with a 7-year payback plan for it’s new $3.3 million Public Works Building.
Mayor Hans Trousil says in his mind, it’s all about saving interest. Bi-State Contracting submitted the low bid.
Speaking of construction, the four new housing lots at the site of the old junior high and middle school sold at auction yesterday in two parcels, at $30,000 per parcel.
Also, the council voted last night to give it’s non-union employees 3% raises beginning July 1st. The two exceptions are building inspector and fire chief, Mike Heim, who’ll get 3.5% and Public Works Director Randy Fry, who thanks to Councilwoman Therese Lees, will receive a 4.5% increase. Fry has been with the city for 32 years and Public Works Director for 13.
David Toyer and Sheila Newman of the Greater Burlington Partnership gave the West Burlington City Council a summary of their latest small business survey last night. Newman says a number of local merchants and industries are hoping to expand this year and hire more people, but that often presents a problem– finding enough skilled workers to fill the available positions.
Also last night, the West Burlington Council gave final approval to increase the city’s water, sewer, trash pickup, and recycling rates.