THE WEST BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING A 74-CENT HIKE IN PROPERTY TAXES.
DURING A WORK SESSION AFTER LAST(WED) NITE’S REGULAR MEETING, MEMBERS CHOSE THE INCREASE OVER TAPPING INTO THE RAINY DAY FUND…WHICH WOULD LOSE ABOUT 92-THOUSAND DOLLARS. IF THE CONSENSUS DECISION STICKS, WEST BURLINGTON’S RATE WILL RISE FROM 9-DOLLARS-AND-75-CENTS PER THOUSAND DOLLARS OF ASSESSED VALUE, TO 10-49. ONCE THE BUDGET IS PUBLISHED, THE CITY CAN LOWER THE RATE, BUT NOT RAISE IT. COUNCIL MEMBERS KARA STEWARD…DOUG ERVINE…AND THERESE LEES ARE IN FAVOR OF THE INCREASE, WHILE ROD CROWNER AND RICK RALEIGH ARE NOT. Continue Reading
The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the drug conviction of a Burlington woman that was the result of A noise ordinance violation. Officer Ryan Smith stopped Laura Loots in April of 2012, saying he could hear music coming from her car over 50 feet away and she had violated the noise ordinance. The officer found marijuana in the car and Loots was later convicted of violating the noise ordinance and possession of marijuana. Loots was given 30 days in jail, a 250-dollar fine and had her driver’s license suspended for 180 days. She appealed, saying the traffic stop was not justified. Continue Reading
Two people are dead after a trailer home went up in flames this evening in Salem, Iowa, a town just 40 minutes from Burlington. According to Salem’s Fire Chief, there appeared to have been some sort of explosion that caused the trailer, which was located at 3207 James Avenue, to go up in flames at around 4:45pm. An investigation is currently being conducted. The names of the victims are not being released yet so authorities can notify the family. We’ll have more information as soon as it’s available. Continue Reading
Legislators are making another attempt to relax state laws for “sexting” between teenagers who are dating. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Sherri Soich says, for example, a teenage girl who sends a racy photo to her boyfriend could be charged with a felony today. “Under the current law, it makes teenagers who are ‘sexting’ actually child pornographyers,” Soich says, “because under the definition of child pornography…if you produce a picture of a prohibited sex act involving a minor, then you are deemed a producer of child pornography.” Iowa’s attorney general began asking legislators in 2010 to change these laws, to make most cases of “sexting” a misdemeanor. Eric Tabor, another assistant attorney general, says young people sometimes do dumb things. Continue Reading
No actions were taken, there was just a lot of discussion about a potential balanced calendar for the West Burlington School District. Most people would call it “year-round-schooling” but Superintendent Dave Schmitt says that’s not the case. The only difference would be an earlier start date, a later end date, and more breaks in between. What the West Burlington Board did last night was discuss a timeline that would help them make a decision on the matter by this December. Schmitt says there is a purpose in making this change… Continue Reading
THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL…MINUS BECKY SHOCKLEY…SET MARCH THIRD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET AND ON THE REFINANCING OF 5.6-MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT FROM SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
BOND COUNSELOR TRAVIS SQUIRES OF PIPER-JAFFRAY SAYS THE PAYOFF WILL TAKE A BIT LONGER THAN HE HAD HOPED…TIL 2031…BUT HE DOESN’T THINK IT’LL NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE CITY’S BOND RATING…SOMETHING THAT COULD MEAN HIGHER INTEREST RATES IN THE FUTURE. THE PROJECTED RATE ON THESE BONDS IS ABOUT 1.5%, DOWN FROM 3.8 PERCENT. THE CITY IS SCHEDULED TO HAVE A CONFERENCE CALL WITH MOODY’S BOND-RATING OFFICIALS THIS(WED) AFTERNOON. Continue Reading
The Burlington Municipal Waterworks has announced that the Boil Order Advisory issued for the cities of Burlington and West Burlington has been cancelled and is no longer in effect. Required water testing by the Burlington Municipal Waterworks has been completed, with all samples indicating the water is safe for all uses without boiling first. Continue Reading
Several fire crews from around the area were called to Mount Union tonight to fight a fire that had fully engulfed a machine shed. The fire broke out at around 5:30pm at 22728 240th Street (a Mount Union address but a Yarmouth territory). There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is still undetermined. Yarmouth Fire Cheif John Crouch said they needed the extra help… “We needed them mainly for water.” Continue Reading
Autopsy results show that the cause of death of a 43-year-old Macomb man is consistent with a “cause of death by strangulation”. At around 8am Sunday Macomb Police received a call that Ramone Doyle was not breathing. The caller also stated he had been in a fight. Doyle was pronounced dead at McDonough District Hospital. Police are in the process of conducting interviews with witnesses. Continue Reading
As the temperatures go up, the snow piles are beginning to melt and flood the streets. Henderson County Sheriff, Steve Haynes, is warning drivers of hydroplaning and is urging people to drive with caution through those flooded streets. Des Moines County Engineer, Brian Carter, says the freeze-thaw cycle we’re seeing is a recipe for disaster… “Drainage doesn’t work very well when you have this much snow and no where for the water to go. And to top it off, because gravel roads stay cold longer, some of that rain could turn to ice on the gravel roads also. Continue Reading