Judge Rules in R.U.S.S. Dispute

KBUR News has learned that Regional Utility Service Systems…RUSS, for short…has won its lawsuit against Mahaska County, which wanted to leave the organization.  

The 10-county cooperative…formed in 1999 to design, build and service sewer systems in small, unincorporated communities within its boundaries…has had its problems with finances and public relations…and Mahaska had refused to pay its dues and threatened to leave the group, even though it was organized legally under a 28E agreement.  

But a Mahaska County judge ruled that the agreement is binding and Mahaska must pay its share plus court costs. Continue Reading


School Board Approves SRO for Burl. Middle Schools

For the first time, the Burlington middle schools will have their own SRO or School Resource Officer. The Burlington school board voted tonight to approve their current contract with the city for the high school SRO and add another officer for the middle schools. Superintendent Jane Evans says that although they have security cameras and locked doors, having an officer in the building is always a plus… Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird wrote a grant to provide an SRO for the middle schools but it was denied. The city has agreed to pay 55% of the cost to have an officer in the middle schools. Continue Reading


Burlington Council Meets Today at 5:30

The Burlington City Council meets today(Mon) at 5:30(the new starting time for regular meetings) and is expected to approve a pair of subdivision final plats (for Lavender Lane and Wisteria Way).  

Members will also be asked to waive the building permit fees for the renovation of Bracewell Stadium.  

The Council will set July 7th public hearings for two ordinance changes and an amendment to the Urban Revitalization plan. One ordinance would forbid the carrying of air guns and other realistic-looking toy weapons…the second one will require a posted permit placard at all rental properties. The third amendment would extend, from three years to five, the citywide tax abatement available to home-builders. Continue Reading

Burlington & WB School Boards Meet Tonight

The Burlington and West Burlington School Boards meet tonight (mon), both at 7 o’clock. On the Burlington agenda is an update on the Master Plan for Burlington High School, but no action will be taken. Members will discuss and take action on their School Resource Officer situation. Police Chief Doug Beaird wrote a grant application to provide an SRO be shared by the middle schools but the grant was denied. The City is offering to pick up 55% of the cost of the middle school SRO. Continue Reading


Oakville Burn Victim I-D’ed

The victim of a Saturday morning van fire near Oakville has been identified as a Burlington man.  

48-year old Kurt Downs (of 510 Gunnison Street) was discovered inside the burning vehicle at the 4th Pumping Station campground around 3 am; he was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  

On Friday, police had charged Downs with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, for allegedly taking sexual pictures of a 13-year old girl. He was arrested, but later posted bond and was released. Continue Reading


Harkin Aides Begin Farewell Tour

Two of U-S Senator Tom Harkin’s aides will soon be making stops in southeast Iowa, part of a summer tour hilighting what the retiring lawmaker says has been his partnership with Iowa communities through the years.  

On Tuesday, June 24th, at 10:30 Jessica Border will meet with administrators at Van Buren County’s Hospital & Child Care Center in Keosauqua. That same day, at 1:30, she’ll visit with staff at Lock & Dam 19 in Keokuk. On Wednesday, the 25th, Harkin aide Alison Hart will make a 10 am stop at Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa in West Burlington…and at 1 o’clock on the 25th Hart will pay a visit to the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading


Van fully engulfed; Man burnt and flown to Iowa City

At around 3am this morning, Des Moines County Sheriff deputies and the Mediapolis Fire Department were sent to the 4th pumping station campground in Oakville about a fire. When they arrived they found a van fully engulfed and a man who was burnt and unconscious. They haven’t released a name yet, but he was airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. The van was completely destroyed. The cause of fire is under investigation. Continue Reading


Man flown to hospital after Hancock Co. Crash

A Basco Illinois man was seriously injured yesterday night when he drove into the path of a semi. 34-year-old Heath Marmion was southbound on 1600E in Hancock County. After stopping at a stop sign he failed to yield the right of way and drove into the path of the semi that was driven by 37-year-old Michael Coon of Kahoka, Missouri. Marmion was not wearing a seatbelt and was hit on the passenger side. He received serious injuries and was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Continue Reading