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Carter Lays Out 5-Year Road Plan

Brian Carter laid out his 5-year vision for Des Moines County’s secondary roads yesterday(Tues).  

Included this summer is the improvement of a dangerous curve on Mediapolis Road, about two miles west of Mediapolis. Another 5 1/2 miles of Mediapolis Road, from Mediapolis to County Highway 99, will be paved, as will a 2 1/2 miles stretch of 99, from Mediapolis Road to Meeker’s Landing Road. Other roads expected to see work this construction season are Washington Road, north of Mt. Pleasant Street…Memorial Park and Plank Roads, both between Sunnyside and Roosevelt…and 140th Street, from Beaverdale Road to 190th Avenue. Continue Reading

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West Burlington Searching for New Football Coach

The West Burlington School District is on the hunt for a new head football coach. At Monday night’s board meeting, Jeff Housel’s resignation as head football coach was accepted. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says they’ve already started looking for someone to replace him and hope to make their decision soon…..  

The position is being advertised on the Teach Iowa website, and they have currently received 7 applications. Housel has been with West Burlington for 8 years now, and will continue to teach math courses and serve as the district’s athletic director. Continue Reading

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WB School Approves Budget and Lowers Levy

The West Burlington School District approved their budget at last night’s board meeting and reduced their overall levy by $2.00. Superintendent Dave Schmitt says a big reason they were able to reduce it, is due to the reduced debt service obligation… Schmitt also told us they haven’t had to make budget cuts in 4 years… Schmitt also wants West Burlington taxpayers to know that even though they reduced their overall levy by $2.00 this year, it may not always stay that way… Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Accepts SAFER grant

To the surprise of many in the audience, the Burlington City Council…without discussion…unanimously accepted a nearly-half-million-dollar federal Fire Department grant last(Mon) night. The comments came later…and although Fire Department Captain Eric Bollinger thanked the Council for its consideration, he was much more critical in his assessment of the overall budget process, saying life & death decisions were being made by people(Council members) who are more concerned with budgets than safety, and just because the City accepted the federal grant, does not mean the Fire Department is back to full strength. The grant will pay all salaries and benefits of three full-time firefighter-paramedics for two years. Continue Reading

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S. Main Home Invasion Second Violent Crime in Burlington Early Monday Morning

An armed robbery at the Lincolnville Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street was not the only serious crime committed early yesterday(Mon) morning in Burlington —

Police now say a 31-year old woman and a 19-year old man were the victims of a home invasion around 4 am in the 24-hundred block of South Main Street. The as-yet-unidentified residents told detectives they were subdued with duct tape while the intruder demanded money and stabbed and hit them in the process. The woman was taken to Great River Medical Center but the man declined treatment. A short time later…as police were following up on the crime…they picked up a Waukegan, Illinois man in the 200 block of South 8th Street on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole violation warrant. Continue Reading

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Robbery and Shooting at Lincolnville Motel

The owner of the Lincolnville Motel on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington was shot in the leg this morning at around 4 o’clock. The owner told authorities that three men requested a room and then forced their way in when he opened the door. He also says the men beat him up before they shot him and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center where he remains. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council to Move Ahead with Manor Project

The Burlington City Council meets tonight(Mon) at 6:30 and will give second reading to the proposed rezoning of the old Flint Hills Manor property (at Roosevelt and Agency) from Multi-and Two-Family Residential(R-4 and R-3) to General Commercial(C-2) with a Planned Unit Development Overlay Zone.  

Dial Realty of Omaha, Nebraska has named the proposed project “Burlington Crossing,” and the developer has plans for retail, senior housing and a hotel, among other things. Also up for second reading tonight(Mon) is a rezoning request for the former Perkins School (at 1621 Dodge Street), but the developer has withdrawn his request for an apartment complex, after neighbors voiced concerns. On tonight’s Consent agenda is a Resolution of Acceptance of a 493-thousand dollar federal grant for the Fire Department, and a sizeable crowd is expected to express its support for the funds, which would pay for three additional firefighters for two years.  

The West Burlington School Board meets tonight(Mon) at 7 and will kick things off with a public hearing on the budget, followed by adoption. Continue Reading

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Last Week for Leaf Pickup

The last week to get your leafs bagged up and put on the curb begins tomorrow. Remember that leaf collection is the work day after your trash collection day. For instance, if you trash was picked up Friday, make sure your leaves are put out by 7am this Monday. If your trash is picked up Monday, your leaves will be picked up Tuesday, and so on. There is a 50-pound weight limit per bag and if the bags has tape or staples, it will not be collected. Continue Reading

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Tri-State Rodeo Announces Lineup

Fort Madison’s Tri-State Rodeo Spokesman last night announced the musical entertainment for the 67th annual event. General Chairman Bob Huffman says Lee Brice is coming Friday night and Saturday will be Easton Corbin. He also mentioned that they’re building a permanent stage on the ground this year.. “In the past we’ve always had to pull out the stage after the rodeo performance, and there’s a little downtime there. This will allow that time to be reduced between the rodeo and when the national entertainment starts. Continue Reading