To Elect or Appoint a New Council Member: Vote is Tied

It looks like the Burlington City Council will have trouble deciding whether to appoint or elect someone to fill Becky Shockley’s empty seat. Shockley resigned earier this month and Councilman Bob Fleming says a special election…at an estimated cost of $15,000…is not called for. ┬áBecky Anderson also feels someone should be appointed to serve another year, but Mayor Shane McCampbell wants an election and Councilman Tim Scott said he doesn’t want to be a part of the “good ol’ boys” network. Members will┬ábe asked to vote on the matter next Monday. Continue Reading

Council Votes Quickly to Pay for Flood Prevention Study

There was very little discussion yesterday(Mon), before the Burlington City Council voted unanimously to hire a Des Moines area firm to do a flood mitigation study of the riverfront. The Council is seeking millions-of-dollars in state funding for construction of the as-yet-unknown project and the Council agreed to pay Veenstra and Kimm up to $128,777 and the study has to be done by December 1st. Continue Reading


First-Half Tax Payments Due Tomorrow in Des Moines County

If you own property in Des Moines County, your first-half payment is due tomorrow(Tues). You can pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the courthouse until 4:30 tomorrow afternoon or on-line at “” until 11:59 tomorrow night. There are fees for on-line payments. If you’d like to mail your payment, be sure it’s postmarked no later than September 30th; 1 1/2% per month interest will be added to your bill beginning Wednesday. Continue Reading


LeeCo Task Force Busts Two

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force arrested a Ft. Madison man today(Mon) on cocaine charges. 54-year old Kevin Shavers (of 102 18th Street) is facing a felony count of possession and a misdemeanor charges of possessing drug paraphernalia. If he’s found guilty of both, he could go to prison for more than five years. In an unrelated bust yesterday(Sun), 20-year old Dalton Meyers of (14-27 Missouri Avenue) Keokuk was picked up for Possession of Meth…Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug…and Possession of Paraphernalia. Continue Reading

Single Vehicle Crashes Injure 4

A rural Mediapolis girl was seriously injured late yesterday(Sun) afternoon in a single-car accident on Highway 99, just north of the Mediapolis blacktop. The 17-year old driver and only occupant of the vehicle had to be cut out of the wreckage; she was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Her name was not immediately released. Des Moines County deputies say the car was apparently headed south on 99, when the driver left the shoulder…overcorrected…lost control and entered the ditch, where the car rolled over. It happened around 4:20 yesterday(Sun) afternoon. Continue Reading


Discolored Water Safe to Drink — Burlington Waterworks

Burlington Waterworks will be flushing fire hydrants, beginning today(Mon). Over the next three weeks or so, your water may be discolored and your pressure may be low. There’s not much they can do about the pressure, but if the discoloration continues, you’re advised to let the cold water run in a sink or bathtub for up to 20 minutes…and if that doesn’t work, call the Municipal Waterworks office at 754-6501 or the treatment plant after-hours at 752-7611. Continue Reading


Local School Boards Meet Tonight; Bond Issue on Table in WB

The Burlington School Board meets tonight(Mon) at 7 to reorganize…as required by law…and at some point will consider the sudden resignation of new Aldo Leopold Middle School Associate Principal Matt Murray. The West Burlington School Board also meets tonight(Mon) at 7, but instead of the usual location, 607 Ramsey Street, members will convene in the High School auditorium. The reason for the change of venue is to give the community room to sit, as school officials discuss some proposed building additions, renovations and upgrades…and a proposed December 2nd referendum to pay for them. Continue Reading

Riverfront Flood-Prevention Study to be Done if Council Says Yes

The Burlington City Council meets in special session today(Mon) at 4:30 and will be asked to hire a West Des Moines company…Veenstra and Kimm…to do a quick-but-comprehensive flood mitigation study of the downtown riverfront. If the contract is approved, the City will pay the firm up to $128,777…but the study must be done by December 1st. The City’s applying for some state flood-prevention money…based on this year’s sales tax revenue…and they’re trying to get the paperwork done a-s-a-p so they can get the available funds before they go to other cities. Also at this(Mon) afternoon’s special meeting, the council will be asked to hire an outside contractor to fix the growing sinkhole near the corner of Main & Valley…and another firm to repair the City Hall roof and garage. The every-other-week work session will follow the special meeting and on the discussion portion of the agenda are presentations by the Convention & Visitors Bureau…the Alternative Energy Committee…the Treasurer…and the PRIDE Team. Continue Reading

Burlington Trio Caught Meddling with Metal

Three Burlington men are charged with 2nd Degree Theft, after a Danville area man’s neighbor spotted them stealing metal from a storage building they didn’t own. 44-year old John Helmick, 18-year old Jason Hatton and 66-year old Archie Allen were stopped with the steel and other metal in their truck, and even though they offered to put it back, they were arrested and taken to the Des Moines County jail. If convicted, each could go to prison for up to five years. Continue Reading