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Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau is resigning. He submitted his two-month notice to the city on Friday, Aug. 4.

The Burlington City Council is trying to reduce what could be a hefty property tax increase next year.

Burlington has finally completed a private management contract for Memorial Auditorium.

The Burlington City Council has cleared the way for the hiring of a firm to manage Memorial Auditorium.

City of Burlington

Questions have begun to surface as to whether the city of Burlington will be able to move ahead with plans to relocate its police department on its own.

The Burlington City Council will have to account for a significant budget shortfall following this week's special election.

The Burlington City Council has agreed to lease a vacant building to a local preservation organization.

Burlington residents can have their voices heard about the potential sale of land that has sat vacant for years.

Burlington is working with a development firm out of Omaha, Nebraska interested in purchasing a piece of land the city has been trying to sell for years.

Burlington’s plan to create a pair of franchise fees has taken another step forward.

Burlington has received some good news and some bad news in regards to its credit rating.

A proposal to help Burlington’s budget could have a negative impact on its neighbors.

It appears Burlington will have to cut staff and raise taxes to balance the city's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Burlington Raising Service Fees

Dec 25, 2012

The Burlington City Council continues to increase fees in anticipation of 2013, with the latest covering Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course and facilities in Crapo, Perkins, Riverfront, and Dankwardt Parks.

New Burlington Fire Chief

Dec 17, 2012

The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Matt Trexel as the city’s new fire chief.

Vote on Burlington Fire Chief

Dec 1, 2012

City Manager Jim Ferneau says Interim Fire Chief Matt Trexel is his choice to lead the Burlington Fire Department.

Burlington City Council Approves Goals

Nov 26, 2012

The Burlington City Council has signed off on its goals for the next two years.

Burlington Updating Rental Inspections

Nov 23, 2012

The process of updating the rules for Burlington’s rental inspection program appears to be very fluid at this point.

Acting Burlington Fire Chief Lone Finalist

Nov 19, 2012

The man currently leading the Burlington Fire Department is in line to keep the job.

Burlington Addressing Finances

Nov 9, 2012

Burlington is taking steps to get its financial house in order.

Candidates have until 5:00 P.M. on Friday, Oct. 26 to apply to be Burlington’s next fire chief.

Burlington’s search for a new police chief has reached the “Final Four” as the Civil Service Commission has certified the eligibility of four finalists.

Two of the finalists are currently employed by the city of Burlington: Lt. Darren Grimshaw and Major Doug Beaird, who is currently serving as interim police chief.

The other two finalists are from outside of the region.

Zim Schwartze is a former emergency management and public safety coordinator in Missouri and Charlie Dennis is a former police chief in Arizona.

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 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.

Burlington continues to wait for information in regards to the future of Cascade Bridge, which has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years.

The city was ready to start building a new roughly $4-million bridge months ago.  The project was delayed, though, to allow for a new study to be done to determine if the roughly 120-year-old bridge could be repaired or if replacement is required.

The recommendation for the new study came from the State Historic Preservation Office and was supported by several local preservation groups.

Burlington’s new city manager says he will spend his first few weeks on the job getting to know as many people as possible.

Jim Ferneau comes to town via Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, where he served as city administrator.  He has been involved in city government for about 15 years.

Ferneau says he and his wife grew up in the Marshalltown area.  They have nine children and are in the process of moving to Burlington.