Burlington’s non-union employees are in a “wait-and-see” mode when it comes to their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year.
The city’s union workers are in line for 3.5% raises as part of the budget that takes effect July 1. The raises are included in the current union contracts, which are in the fourth year of five.
In May, the city council signed off on a new employee manual for non-union workers. The manual includes wage increases that are similar to the union raises.
Burlington is in the market for a new police chief as Dan Luttenegger is calling it a career after 31 years in law enforcement.
He is retiring after spending almost his entire career with the Burlington Police Department, moving up the ranks from patrol officer to chief.
Luttenegger was appointed to the top spot in the department in 2007 following the death of former Police Chief Dave Wunnenberg.
He says the time is right for him to step aside as he reaches retirement age later this month.
Jason Parrott’s guests are Russ Brown and Scott Smith, who are members of the Burlington Steamboat Days Committee.
Brown is currently serving as President while Smith is the Vice President for Marketing.
Burlington Steamboat Days American Music Festival is a week-long event that takes place in the parking lot of Memorial Auditorium, along the Mississippi River.
The main stage will be open Tuesday-Sunday, which such artists as Blake Shelton, Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper.
Burlington will need to take out a very short-term loan to get through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30th.
The city council has authorized the borrowing of up to $2-million to cover payroll and operations through the end of the month.
City Manager Jim Ferneau says the city will need about $700,000 to cover the final payroll of the year, so he does not anticipate needing to borrow the full amount.
He says it is good to have the authority to do so, though, in case an ongoing capital project runs into trouble.
The Burlington School District is looking into a note left on multiple cars following the recent high school graduation ceremony.
It’s been reported that the note mentioned bullying, intimidation and miscommunication by teachers towards students at the high school.
The signature was from the “Graduating Class of 2012.”
Superintendent Jane Evans says similar concerns were recently raised by a student during a meeting of the School Improvement Advisory Committee.
She plans to meet with the high school administrative team about both incidents.