The Burlington City Council will be asked Monday to approve a resolution to censure member Tim Scott for some recent comments he made. The comments they are referring to include one he made to local media regarding the race of the youth involved in recent altercations with the Burlington Police, also his comments at a recent council meeting in which he referred in derogatory terms to certain youth in the community, and the combination of the two incidents, which gave the impression that certain races or ages of people may not be welcome in Burlington. In addition, the censure resolution refers to the fact that Scott threw some papers at fellow Council member Becky Anderson, an action described as intimidating and disrespectful. The dictionary defines “censure” as to severely criticize, disapprove of, or condemn publicly. Continue Reading
G.E.’s West Burlington plant celebrated the news with a picnic yesterday and a special visit. The company’s C-E-O of Industrial Solutions, Bob Gilligan, made the announcement right after lunch: 30 new jobs brought in from Chicago. That was a development G.E. management and employees had been working on for awhile. But that wasn’t all Gilligan had to say….. The West Burlington community has had its challenges with the huge corporation over the last few years. Continue Reading
Sheila Newman of the Greater Burlington Partnership has been sharing the results of the organization’s annual small business survey. Speaking before the West Burlington City Council Wednesday night, she mentioned that more-and-more local businesses are seeing customers from farther away. Another good sign from the survey is that many small businesses are looking to grow. On the other hand, many area manufacturers need employees with more skills. One area of concern that keeps floating to the top of the list is the deterioration of the local streets and roads. Continue Reading
About a dozen businesses in downtown Burlington suffered flood damage, but a number of others did not…and those figures prompted the Small Business Administration to say “no,” to Des Moines County’s request for SBA financial assistance. County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says the federal agency requires at least 25 businesses and/or individuals to be significantly impacted by the flooding or lift station failure and the County was at least 11 short of the cut-off. Residents still have the option of calling Community Action at 753-0193 if they need help paying for flood damage. Meanwhile, the push for funding assistance for public facilities…like the Market Street Lift Station…continues. Hardin says one thing we tend to forget is that a lot of improvements have been made in the last six years. Continue Reading
Burlington Police are investigating a shooting that took place around 8:20 last night near the corner of 4th and Vine on the City’s near south side.
If anyone was hit, authorities have not identified a victim. They did, however, find evidence of shots having been fired into a car, parked within a few blocks of the original location. Burlington detectives continue their investigation. Continue Reading
The so-called “Pacesetter” Division of the Burlington-West Burlington Area United Way kicked off its annual campaign at the Pzazz Conference Center yesterday(Weds).
Historically, the corporation-centered division contributes about 75% of the annual funds raised. This year’s goal is just over $612,000 and will help support 15 local human service and health-care agencies. The theme for the campaign is “Investing In Our Community…Through The United Way.” Continue Reading
The West Burlington City Council gave its nearly-unanimous…but only symbolic…support last(Weds) night to a proposed apartment complex just north of Huston Street on property owned by the Mall.
Matt Higdon is also part of the re-development of the old Ft. Madison Junior High into living space…and he and business partner Todd Schneider are seeking a $3,000,000 federal grant for the West Burlington project, just as they did in Ft. Madison. Higdon says the apartments will be “higher-end,” as he put it…but half of them will also be set aside for those with low-to-moderate incomes. Continue Reading
Bad news for those hoping for help from the Small Business Administration with their flood damage:
Des Moines County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says not enough businesses nor individuals were significantly impacted to trigger an SBA assessment. The federal government agency requires a minimum of 25 and Des Moines County is at least 11 short, based on what the state damage assessor was shown earlier this week.
Hardin urges anyone who’s had serious damage from flooding to contact her office at 753-8206. Continue Reading
It looks like the Burlington City Council will not pursue creation of a panhandling ordinance. Mayor Shane McCampbell brought it forward at Monday’s work session for discussion, but Police Chief Doug Beaird says the only local laws he’s been able to find in Iowa deal with the aggressive form of the phenomenon, like asking for money next to an ATM or repeatedly asking the same person for money. The consensus seemed to be to drop the proposal. Continue Reading