The Burlington City Council agreed by consensus last(Mon) night to seek more public input on whether to let developers offer their customers a 10-year property-tax abatement on new construction. Economic Development Director David Toyer (of the Greater Burlington Partnership) says Burlington is growing…albeit slowly…for the first time in almost 40 years…and he pleaded with the Council to help keep the momentum going. Toyer says potential employees are much more likely these days to take a job based on a city’s housing stock and other life-quality amenities than just for the position itself. The Council will schedule a public hearing on the abatement matter. Continue Reading
Just like many other community colleges and universities, tuition at Southeastern Community College is going up. One reason for the increase is declining enrollment, which can be attributed to a number of things like the economy, or as President Michael Ash mentioned at tonight’s board meeting, the Fertilizer Plant in Wever is offering around $22 an hour for construction work, so some students have dropped out. Ash does mention, that although tuition is being increased $8 per credit hour, it’s still a better deal vs. going to a university… Tuition was $145 per credit hour and will now be $153 for the upcoming fall semester. Continue Reading
Several street & road-repair projects to report today….. Burlington Municipal Waterworks says you should avoid…through Thursday…Howard Road, between West Avenue and Bauer Lane, while they install a new system at 34-60 Augusta Road. In addition, the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington will be narrowed to one lane in each direction through Wednesday, so some surface repairs can be done. In the county, 78th Avenue should still be closed through this(Mon) afternoon, north of its intersection with 260th Street, so a crew can finish up some culvert work. Continue Reading
The man who’ll oversee operations of the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison says it’s still not quite ready to house inmates. (Picture is from a tour of the new facility last year)
Warden Nick Ludwick says crews are still trying to fix a malfunctioning geothermal system in the new facility. The problem was first noticed back in late April. Ludwick says the new prison includes four housing units, plus many other large buildings, so it’s taking a long time to complete the repairs. In October of last year, reporters were given a tour of the new Iowa State Penitentiary. Continue Reading
The Burlington City Council holds a work session today(Mon) at 4:30 and will hear a presentation by departing Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Beth Nickel. (Later, the SCC Board’s expected to approve Nickel’s hiring as the local college’s new Sales & Marketing Director for its Center for Business…C-BIZ.) Also on the council’s agenda is a presentation by Economic Development Director David Toyer on the need for housing in the area and how that relates to local developers’ calls for a 10-year, citywide property-tax abatement on home building. The Council will talk some more about the possibility of removing more traffic lights from the downtown…residency requirements for the various city boards, committees and commissions…and an appointment to the Greater Burlington Sports Commission. Continue Reading
Yesterday’s(Sat) rainfall in this area was pretty substantial…and it lasted longer than some of the storms we’ve had lately.
Here are some of the amounts locally: at the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport in Burlington, just under an-inch-and-a-half…1.5 inches in Augusta, Iowa, but 2.6 inches of rain in Augusta, Illinois…1.7 inches southeast of Keosauqua…and an even two inches in Clark County, Missouri. Continue Reading
Lots going on in the area this weekend, including preparations in downtown Burlington for the upcoming Steamboat Days music festival and the last two days of the Snake Alley Festival of Film at the Capitol Theater. It’s National Trails Day, and Bike Burlington…the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission…and Des Moines County Conservation are hosting a Flint River Trail Bike Ride to celebrate. The long ride goes from Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness to Big Hollow; that’s 13 miles one way or 26 round-trip. The short ride is from the Flint River Trail South Rest Area off North Prairie Grove Road to Big Hollow; 7 miles one way and 14 round-trip. It’s Free Fishing Days in Iowa all weekend and Des Moines County Conservation is hosting its annual Fishing Derby today(Sat) at Big Hollow’s East Picnic Area. Continue Reading
An Iowa State University Professor of Entomology is encouraging Iowans in southern and central Iowa to enjoy an event that only happens once every 17 years, and it’s already begun.
If you’ve heard the loud Cicada buzzing, you’re witnessing something unique this year, according to Donald Lewis… Dr. Lewis says there are a couple different kinds of Cicadas, annuals (which come every year) and periodicals. He said that the first report he received this year of the Periodical Cicada came from the Burlington area… They only live for 4-6 weeks and then they will be gone again for another 17 years. Continue Reading
WEVER, Iowa (AP) — Lee County supervisors are meeting with a resident before moving forward with plans to let a company install a water main near his property. Ron Meller, of Wever, told supervisors during a meeting earlier this week that he wanted more input and information about the plans. He says he’s concerned the pipeline won’t be buried deep enough and would damage his property in the event of a break. The Daily Gate City in Keokuk reports Meller owns the road near where the Iowa Fertilizer Company wants to install a water main. The city has easement rights. Continue Reading