Rain this morning and afternoon mixed with melting snow has proved to be too much for Burlington area storm drains to handle. Here’s a quick look at some flooding throughout the area. If you’ve got pictures of flooding around town, email them to email@example.com, or post them on our Facebook page. //
West Burlington isn’t the only school district in our area looking at a balanced calendar. Danville has already held a couple informational meetings with the community to get their input on the change of schedule. Danville’s Superintendent Gary LeLacy told us that the school improvement advisory committee, which consists of parents, students, teachers, and school board members, have been talking about a balanced calendar for over a year now… “We talked about student achievement, how much we’re losing during the summer, and starting to explore a better use of our calendar.” DeLacy is working on a new calendar that would start August 11th this year. Continue Reading
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
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