The West Burlington-Notre Dame girls softball team is in Ft. Dodge, preparing mentally to face defending 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar at 1 o’clock today. At yesterday afternoon’s send-off, WB Athletic Director Jeff Housel spoke first….. Head Coach Jim Oleson talked about the Falcons’ competition….. The Lady Falcons are 23-12. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council tonight(Mon) will be asked to censure one of its members, Tim Scott, for comments he made at a meeting two weeks ago, and later, to a Des Moines TV reporter. Scott says the racial comments he made to the television station were taken out of context and those he made at the recent council meeting didn’t contain any racial references. He told us this(Mon) morning that he plans to set the record straight tonight(Mon). Mayor Shane McCampbell, who pushed the censure resolution, said at last week’s meeting that crime occurs in every community. The Council will also give second reading to one ordinance that would mandate carrying cases for all BB and other hobby-type firearms in public, and another that would direct landlords to post city-issued rental permits in all individual apartments and rental houses. Continue Reading
Flood cleanup in Downtown Burlington is underway and has reached a point where a decision has been made to perform a trial start-up of the individual sewage pumps at the Market Street Lift Station, as well as the mechanical bar rake which normally screens solids from the sewage. The trial start-up will begin today at 11am. If it goes well, the station will be put on-line and the sewage within the Valley Street/Hawkeye Seperated Sanitary Sewer System, and the basements of those customers connected to that system, should begin draining to the station. If everything works, or if there are issues today, nothing will be completely back to normal until they receive the replacement actuator, which needs to be installed for the station to function properly. It could be until the first week in August until the part arrives and is connected. Continue Reading
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