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reading tonight(Mon) is a rezoning request for the former Perkins School (at 1621 Dodge Street), but the developer has withdrawn his request for an apartment complex, after neighbors voiced concerns.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


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


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


One Arrest Made in Mediapolis Burglary

One arrest was made for a burglary in Mediapolis yesterday. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office reports 16-year-old Andrew Rumley of Burlington was arrested and charged with Third Degree Burglary for one of the residential burglaries that had taken place in Mediapolis. This and other burglaries in the Mediapolis area in recent weeks remain under investigation. Continue Reading


Burlington Firefighter Grant to be Voted on Monday

Burlington’s Firefighter Union is urging residents to attend the city council meeting this coming Monday. They’re hoping that if there’s a large turnout, the council will accept a $493,000 Federal Grant to hire three new firefighters. Burlington’s Fire Chief, Matt Trexel says some communities have turned the grant down… “A lot of them don’t like the idea that we take on extra personnel, and then in two years, if we’re not going to be able to afford them, we’ll have to lay them off. No one likes to layoff firefighters.” Continue Reading


Smoke it, Eat it or Fry with it, It’s Still Pot

Local authorities have revealed the results of a major marijuana bust they made earlier this week north of Burlington. 58-year old Ray Smith of 126-73 Flint Bottom Road has been charged initially with Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Deliver and a drug tax-stamp violation.  A search of Smith’s home by the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Des Moines County deputies and investigators and Burlington Police detectives uncovered more than five pounds of harvested marijuana, over 550 marijuana cookies, three pounds of pot-laced lard, and a large amount of cash.  

Smith turned himself in yesterday and was booked on warrants.  A judge set his bond at $15,000, pending a first court appearance. Continue Reading


DMCo Assessor Says 57% of Residential Property Now Valued Higher, 37% Lower, No Change for the Rest

Des Moines County Assessor Matt Warner says more than 50 people have already requested informal hearings, after his office sent out close to 19,000 change notices to local property-tax payers. Warner says across-the-board, residential valuations are up about two percent from last year, 57% of the County’s residential property owners had higher valuations and 37% were assigned lower values.   For the remaining six percent, there was no change.    Warner has himself and a staff of three others to handle the informal disputes and we wondered whether four people could handle potentially many more objections.  He said he doesn’t know yet. Continue Reading


Campgrounds Open in Des Moines County

It may not feel like spring, but that hasn’t stopped people from taking advantage of Des Moines County Campgrounds. Conservation Director Chris Lee says they’ve already had their first camper at Big Hollow. The Campgrounds opened April 1st, with the exception of a couple, according to Lee… He says they made an improvement to Big Hollow last year that not many people got to take advantage of… Just recently they started taking reservations for their new primitive cabin at Big Hollow… Continue Reading


Talking Dog Visits Burlington Library

A very popular yellow dog made a stop at Burlington’s Public Library yesterday to surprise her fans. “Martha Speaks” is a popular children show on Iowa Public Television. Our own Savanna Evans asked 7-year-old Riley Villont to tell her about the tv show… Villont also told us what she likes most about the show… Dozens of young kids got the chance to hug, take pictures, and play rock paper scissors with the beloved talking dog. Continue Reading