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BFD Chief Says Supplemental Heating Requires Caution

AREA FIREFIGHTERS WERE BUSY OVER THE WEEKEND, KNOCKING DOWN HOUSE FIRES IN BURLINGTON…FORT MADISON…NEAR OQUAWKA AND IN LOUISA COUNTY.  

…..AND WHILE WINTER IS HISTORICALLY A BIG SEASON FOR FIRES, BURLINGTON CHIEF MATT TREXEL SAYS A LOT OF WHAT HE’S SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR HAS BEEN CAUSED BY SUPPLEMENTAL HEATING — LIKE STOVE-TOPS & OVENS. WOOD-STOVES HAVE BECOME VERY POPULAR…ESPECIALLY IN THE COUNTRY…AND TREXEL SAYS THEY TOO ARE OFTEN USED IN THE WRONG WAY. TREXEL…BY THE WAY…DOES NOT THINK THOSE CHIMNEY-CLEANING LOGS DO A VERY GOOD JOB; HE RECOMMENDS A CHIMNEY-SWEEP WITH A LONG BRUSH. AND LAST…BUT NOT LEAST…NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE USING FOR HEAT, PICK UP SOME SMOKE DETECTORS. Continue Reading

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Ash Borer Quarantine Expanded Statewide

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there’s evidence of the destructive emerald ash borer in Waterloo, a development that will restrict the transfer of wood materials out of Iowa.  

 

The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that the insect was positively located in a residential tree during routine maintenance. Additional trees within a 10-square block on the northeast side of Waterloo tested positive for infestation. A statewide quarantine that will restrict some movement of hardwood firewood and other similar materials coming out of Iowa will be issued Tuesday. State entomologist Robin Pruisner says communities throughout Iowa need to implement proactive measures to prepare for emerald ash borers, which kill ash trees. Continue Reading

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WB School Board Agrees to P-T Resource Officer

The decision has been made. The West Burlington School Board will look to hire a school resource officer.  

However, Superintendent Dave Schmitt says it will only be part time.   If the .4 FTE is approved by the city, it will cost the school district $30,000, unlike the full-time position which would cost close to $48,000.  

The West Burlington City Council meets tomorrow(Weds) night at 6. Continue Reading

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Part Time SRO Approved by WB School Board

The decision has been made. The West Burlington School Board will look to hire a school resource officer. However, Superintendent David Schmitt says it will only be part time… “When we set out on this, the board was interested in a part time position. We started having discussions with the city, and they started favoring a full time position. Continue Reading

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Lighthouse Memorial Stalled Due to Weather

The project keeps getting pushed back, and you can blame mother nature. Last year, the River Rat Safety Awareness Organization was able to purchase a lighthouse in memory of the four young Southeast Iowa adults who lost their lives in a 2012 boating accident. Louise Butherus, is the Vice President of the River Rat Group, and is also the mother of Matt House, one of the young adults who died in the accident. She says the organization has had the lighthouse for months now, but can’t catch a break with the weather… “We have the lighthouse and it’s ready to be set up. Continue Reading

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Final Decision Tonight on SRO in WB Schools

Tonight is the night that the West Burlington School Board decides to move forward, or scrap the idea of a School Resource Officer. Superintendent Dave Schmitt included a list of proactive measures the district has already taken to secure their buildings. A few examples include a “buzz-in” system, a surveillance system, and are currently working to install panic hardware. The board will first meet behind a closed door at 6:30pm to discuss negotiating strategy. The regular meeting begins at 7pm. Continue Reading

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Miss Burlington Crowned

22-year-old Abby Curtis is the new “Miss Burlington”. She was crowned yesterday at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Burlington. The Muscatine area woman won the talent competition with a song by country singer Martina McBride. She walked away with a $600 scholarship, which she plans to use at St. Ambrose University. Continue Reading

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Budget, Tree and Riverfront Talk at Tonight’s Burlington City Council Meeting

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WILL TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET SOME MORE AT TONITE’S(MON) MEETING.  

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER FINAL ADOPTION OF NEW REGULATIONS IN THE TREE ORDINANCE, REQUIRING A CITY PERMIT TO TREAT FOR THE EMERALD ASH BORER AND SPECIFYING WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT MAY BE USED. THE COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD AUTHORIZE THE RIVERFRONT ADVISORY COMMITTEE…ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COUNCIL, GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP AND A RIVERFRONT BUSINESS OWNER…TO TALK TO THE BURLINGTON-NORTHERN/SANTA FE RAILROAD ABOUT TURNING ADDITIONAL LAND SOUTH OF THE AUDITORIUM INTO PARK SPACE. AND THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE BURLINGTON APARTMENTS FOR 42 PARKING SPACES IN THE LOT AT MAIN AND VALLEY. TONITE’S(MON) MEETING IS AT 6:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. Continue Reading

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A Weekend of House Fires

IT WAS A NITE OF FIRES THROUGHOUT OUR LISTENING AREA. ABOUT 4 O’CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING, BURLINGTON AND WEST BURLINGTON CREWS WERE CALLED TO 18-16 AMELIA STREET IN THE CENTER OF TOWN FOR WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A CHIMNEY FIRE….. AROUND 3:30 SUNDAY MORNING, OQUAWKA, KEITHSBURG, BIGGSVILLE,GLADSTONE,JOY…AND THE MEDIA-STRONGHURST-TERRE HAUTE DEPARTMENTS BEGAN BATTLING A HOUSE FIRE AT KEITHSBURG & BALD BLUFF ROADS IN HENDERSON COUNTY….. AND FROM ABOUT 9:15 SATURDAY NITE TIL ALMOST ONE O’CLOCK THIS(SUN) MORNING, WAPELLO…COLUMBUS JUNCTION…GRANDVIEW…AND FRUITLAND FIREFIGHTERS KNOCKED DOWN ANOTHER HOUSE FIRE, THIS ONE AT 176-95 COUNTY ROAD G-44X IN LOUISA COUNTY. ON SATURDAY MORNING, EIGHT PETS (5 DOGS & 3 CATS) DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE AT 15-34 AVENUE F IN FORT MADISON. Continue Reading