Last week, the unofficial consensus was 3-2 against the proposal…and last(Mon) night the Burlington City Council voted officially to affirm that call, turning thumbs down on a 5-year, citywide property tax abatement for residential development.
Councilman Tim Scott says 3 of his colleagues have blinders on but Councilwoman Becky Anderson…who’s done a lot of downtown re-development…says the incentives should go to the developer, not the homebuyer, as the 3-year abatement does now.
Anderson, Becky Shockley and Mayor Shane McCampbell voted against the extension, while Scott and Bob Fleming were in favor of it. Continue Reading
Crime in the Burlington area is an issue that has many people talking and concerned. Tomorrow night is an opportunity to express those concerns at the “Community Crime Prevention Round Table”. We asked organizer of the event, Andrea Horton, why she’s taken it upon herself to gather officials and citizens for a discussion… Horton says a couple police officers and the Mayor will be present… The meeting is open to the public tomorrow night and starts at 6:30 at the Free Methodist Church located at 916 Pine Street. Continue Reading
A 64-year-old Wapello man is dead after a head-on collision that occurred about 5 miles north of Grandview on Highway 61 Sunday afternoon. 22-year-old Daniel Johnson of Naperville, Illinois was driving north and crossed the center line. Richard Byrant of Wapello and Johnson both steered toward the southbound shoulder, trying to avoid each other, and collided head-on. Both died in the crash. Authorities believe Johnson was trying to pass another vehicle on the highway. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council meets later today(Mon) and will hold three public hearings. One is on a proposal to offer residential developers longer property-tax abatements, no matter where in the city they build…another that would require landlords to post rental permits in each one of their apartments…and a third that would put restrictions on the display of realistic-looking air-guns and other “hobby”-type firearms.
Council members tonight(Mon) will also recognize Battalion Chief Ken Morris of the Burlington Fire Department, who’s retiring. The meeting begins at 5:30 and is open to the public. Continue Reading
The sound of many sump-pump motors in downtown Burlington is something you’ll hear in the coming days, as the flood-water begins to recede and the Market Street pumping station returns to normal operations. The station stopped pumping wastewater Saturday night as the Mississippi River continued its steady rise…but meteorologist Rich Kinney of the National Weather Service in Davenport says the crest yesterday(Sun) was not as high as expected. 23.65-feet is about 1/2-foot lower than predicted. Kinney says it’s possible we could see some heavy rainfall and surface flooding tonight(Mon), but it’s not expected to be everywhere. A number of businesses near the riverfront experienced sewage backups and have their sump-pumps going, including Frank Millard and Company…Camera Land…the Preservation Station…and the 9-story Burlington Apartments, which are without elevator or cable-TV service due to water in the basement. Continue Reading
As predicted, the flood protection around the Market Street Sewage Pumping Station failed. It happened at around 8:40 last night. Because the station is flooded, all the sewage that is normally pumped by the station to the Wastewater Plant is being bypassed. According to a press release, sewage backup is possible for some downtown properties. The Mississippi River in Burlington is expected to crest today at around 23.7 feet. Continue Reading
Because of the rain and thunderstorms yesterday, several firework displays around our area were cancelled. A big event was the Symphonic Blast in Burlington’s Crapo Park which was cancelled at around 5pm. There’s been no information about a make-up date. Another celebration that was cut short was one in Nauvoo and Montrose, but they’ll make theirs up tonight at 9:30pm. Continue Reading
Three cars were on fire early Friday morning in Burlington and remain under investigation. The first fire was at the corner of 14th Street and Barrett and the second on the 1500 Block of Airline Drive, both fires were started within 30 minutes of each other. The third vehicle fire was near the 2100 block of South 13th Street. Continue Reading
Broadway Street in West Burlington was packed with people yesterday as they awaited the annual fireworks show, which took place at about 10pm. When asking younger kids at yesterday’s celebration what they loved about the 4th of July, their answers all had one thing in common; fireworks…. Some had a little extra to add… For other kids, like Zach Hoffman, who is a little bit older, Fourth of July had a somewhat different meaning… Continue Reading