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Burn Ban Continues for Des Moines County

Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator, Gina Hardin, announce this morning that the county’s outdoor burning ban will remain in effect through this coming weekend, at least. The burn ban for Lee County remains in effect until further notice as well.   Continue Reading

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Lobesack Tours West Burlington Schools

Iowa Congressman Dave Lobesack made a stop in West Burlington this afternoon to tour their junior high and high school building. Lobesack told us that one of the reasons for touring schools in the area is to talk with school officials about the No Child Left Behind legislation…. He also discussed the major issues with No Child Left Behind… Lobesack says there are growth models that have been put into place at some schools, but it’s not everywhere, which is what he wants to see changed. He also toured the Fort Madison Hospital today. Continue Reading

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Burlington Schools Hire New Activities Director

The Burlington School Board welcomed a former Burlington graduate back to their district last night. Tim Goodwin was working in the Muscatine School District but will now be an Associate Principal and Activities Director for Burlington High School. Goodwin spoke to the board at last night’s meeting to express his gratitude… Goodwin is replacing Tom Plein who is retiring. He will start July 1st making 99,000.00. Continue Reading

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Skies Clear for Last Night’s Blood Moon

This photo was taken by KBUR fan Paul Votaw from Peoria at around 2:30am. With rainy and snowy conditions yesterday in southeast Iowa, many residents were beginning to give up hope that they would see the first lunar eclipse of 2014. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the “blood moon” was captured by many residents on their cameras. The effect lasted about 3.5 hours.   Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Debates Abatements for Residential Development

Last night was a work session, so there is no “done deal,” but several local developers (Scott Peck, Don Sheedy and Mike Pierson among them) urged the Burlington City Council to expand a proposed 10-year tax abatement program to the entire city, to make it more consistent and less divisive.  

Jason Hutcheson of the Greater Burlington Partnership says the City lost population for 40 years, but a turnaround has begun, and he’d like to keep it going, with as many affordable incentives as possible.  

One proposal calls for a 100% tax abatement for seven years, followed by 75 percent for the 8th year…50% for the 9th year…and 25% for the 10th…but that program is for the downtown and its surrounding area only. Those who are redeveloping lder property like that, but others who are building new houses and apartments on the city’s outlying areas would like the same benefits. The council agreed to vote on a lesser program separately. Continue Reading

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Burlington’s City Wide Cleanup Has Begun

Burlington’s annual city-wide cleanup is underway, with items picked up according to your trash route. The good news, is that if you forgot to put out your throw-aways by 7 o’clock this morning, it usually takes the crews three or four days to cover an entire route. Tuesday’s route will begin next week, Tuesday, the 22nd. Wednesday’s on April 30th, Thursday’s collection will start May 8th, and Friday’s on May 16th. There’s a whole list of things that WON’T be picked up, so check the City web site or call Sandy Levine at 753-8157 for more information. Continue Reading

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Iowa Weather Includes Twisters

At least one tornado…possibly two…were reported early last(Sun) nite in eastern Iowa.  

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department says a twister was spotted near Lone Tree around 6 o’clock. No damage nor injuries were reported. About half-an-hour before that…around 5:30 yesterday afternoon…deputies in Washington County saw a tornado about a mile east of Richmond. Again, no injuries or property damage. Continue Reading

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Hearing on School Bd. Budget

The Burlington School Board meets tonight(Mon) at 7 and will hold a public hearing on…before adopting…its budget, which shows a 21-cent increase in the tax rate.  

The Board is also expected to hire BHS alum Tim Goodwin as an Associate Principal and Activities Director there.   Members will also consider a $20 increase in the high school textbook fee and a continuation of the joint athletic agreement with Notre Dame for swimming. Continue Reading

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Developer Rebates on Burlington Council Agenda Again

The Burlington City Council will hold a 4:30 work session today(Mon) and there’s plenty to talk about,

 

including additional tax abatements for residential developers…the Fire Department’s annual report…and the use of air guns in the city and internships at City Hall.   Also up for possible discussion…in preparation for next week’s regular meeting…are this year’s (hot-mix-asphalt) street resurfacing program…the upcoming final adoption of the rezoning request by Dial Realty (of Omaha) for the former Flint Hills Manor property…and a number of proposed fee increases.  

This(Mon) afternoon’s meeting is open to the public and…since it’s a work session…no formal action can be taken. Continue Reading