IT’S TAKEN SOME TIME, BUT THE FORT MADISON CITY COUNCIL HAS NOW AGREED ON A DIRECTION TO TAKE, TO BEGIN REHABBING “BUSINESS-61,” THE STRETCH THAT GOES THRU TOWN NOW THAT THE 61 BYPASS IS DONE.
CITY MANAGER BYRON SMITH SAYS THE FIRST STEP IS IMMINENT — A CONCEPTUAL STUDY, WHICH SHOULD GENERATE SOME PUBLIC INPUT…WHICH SHOULD, IN TURN, HELP DETERMINE “BUSINESS” 61’s FUTURE LOOK.
SMITH SAYS OPINIONS ABOUT THE BYPASS ARE STILL MIXED, WITH TRUCKERS & OTHERS HAPPY TO AVOID THE OLD 61’S WINDING PATH THRU TOWN…AND LOCAL MERCHANTS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE REDUCED TRAFFIC PAST THEIR BUSINESSES. Continue Reading
CENTRAL POINT OF COORDINATION DIRECTOR KEN HYNDMAN TOLD THE DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD YESTERDAY(TUES) THAT PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO ESTABLISH A 5-BED CRISIS HOME IN BURLINGTON BY JUNE.
THE JOINT EFFORT WITH HOPE HAVEN IS ALL PART OF THE NEW REGIONAL APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND WILL BE A WAY TO KEEP THOSE WITH CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OUT OF JAIL, WHICH IS WHERE MANY OF THEM END UP NOW. HYNDMAN ALSO TOLD SUPERVISORS THAT SOUTHEAST IOWA WILL SOON HAVE FIVE PSYCHIATRISTS SERVING THE AREA; TWO OF THEM ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE HERE IN AUGUST.
PERHAPS THE MOST COMPELLING BUSINESS AT YESTERDAY’S(TUES) DES MOINES COUNTY BOARD MEETING WAS THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS GETTING SOME OF THE NEW GENERATION OF TASERS…AND JAIL ADMINISTRATOR DUANE WORTHY DEMONSTRATED BY TAKING A HIT FROM SERGEANT MATT HERSCHMAN.
COUNTY AUDITOR CAROL COPELAND ANNOUNCED THAT PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS ARE DUE NEXT MONDAY AND TODAY(WED) IS THE DEADLINE FOR COUNTY OFFICE-SEEKERS TO FILE THEIR NOMINATING PETITIONS. Continue Reading
The statue of Nobel prize winner Norman Borlaug of Cresco was installed in a ceremony at the U-S Capitol yesterday(TUES).
Iowa’s Governor and members of the congressional delegation were also on hand for the unveiling on the 100 anniversary of Borlaug’s birth. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham talked about his background in the family seed business and Borlaug’s contribution. Latham says Borlaug’s accomplishments are much more impressive when you consider the way plant breeding is done today. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, says Iowa has long and proud line of people who have fed the world. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Borlaug’s work not only impacted developing countries, but his stamp can also be seen in developed countries. Continue Reading
Officials say a Burlington man is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting. The state Department of natural Resources says 31-year-old Dustin Guernsey was injured Saturday morning in Lee County. He was hunting for snow geese at the time. Officials say he was carrying equipment and his shotgun as he walked across a field. He stumbled and the weapon discharged into his left foot. Continue Reading
A Burlington man has been accused of selling drugs at 558 1/2 South Central Avenue as police waited for him outside. 27-year-old Monroe Walton of 539 South 8th Street will face three felony charges– Delivery of Crack Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Schedule-3 Pharmaceuticals. Authorities took Walton to the Des Moines County Jail to await a court hearing. A judge set his bond at $150,000. Police say more arrests are anticipated. Continue Reading
A pitbull puppy was found on the side of a Lee Co. Highway suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, and died this afternoon at a vet clinic near Fort Madison. It got many residents talking about Lee County’s stray dog policies. Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl explained what their rules are…. “Lee County does not have a humane society or an animal control officer. Continue Reading
Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa has been declared dead this session, but lawmakers are continuing with efforts to raise awareness about benefits associated with the drug. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, invited current and former Iowa residents to the Capitol today to share how marijuana has helped them medically and explain why they have left or are considering leaving the state. A mother from Waterloo says she uprooted her family to get her epileptic daughter medical marijuana in Colorado. A veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says he plans to move to Colorado, too. Gov. Terry Branstad has said he fears there would be unintended consequences if medical marijuana were legalized. Continue Reading
Des Moines County deputies are investigating close to a dozen reports of vehicle burglaries in Mediapolis over the weekend. Authorities say the break-in’s were committed Saturday night and Sunday morning in the areas of the 1300 block of Pine Street, 900 blocks of North and Main Streets, 100 block of Centennial, the 300 block of North Northfield, and the 200 and 300 blocks of South Northfield. Continue Reading
THERE’S NO BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONITE(MON) BECAUSE OF THE EXTRA MONDAY THIS MONTH…BUT IN TWO WEEKS…AT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING…THE CITY FIREFIGHTERS UNION IS URGING SUPPORTERS OF A NEARLY 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS QUALIFIED, TO SHOW UP IN-FORCE AND DEMONSTRATE THEIR ENDORSEMENT.
IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING ON THE 7TH AT 6:30, LOCAL 301 IS ASKING THAT YOU CONTACT CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SHANE MCCAMPBELL…BECKY ANDERSON…TIM SCOTT…BOB FLEMING…AND BECKY SHOCKLEY BY E-MAIL…AVAILABLE ON THE BURLINGTON WEBSITE AT “firstname.lastname@example.org.” THE COUNCIL HAS TO OFFICIALLY ACCEPT THE GRANT BEFORE THE CHECK WILL BE SENT.
MEANWHILE, THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD ANOTHER WORK SESSION THIS(MON) AFTERNOON TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE BUDGET. THE DISTRICT IS IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING STAFF REDUCTIONS. Continue Reading