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Document To Be Finished By November
7:29 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Burlington Updating Comprehensive Plan

Burlington residents still have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on a new “blue-print” for the city.

Development and Parks Director Eric Tysland says it has been at least 15 years since Burlington updated its comprehensive plan.  He says this type of document is crucial to future planning and development.

“It looks at all aspects of the city,” says Tysland, “from land-use to streets to infrastructure and public services (police & fire).  Basically every aspect of the city is addressed in the plan in one way or another.”

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Pay Raises in Each Deal
12:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Two Schools Finalize Teacher Contracts

BURLINGTON, IA

The Burlington School District has wrapped up contract negotiations with its teachers.

The school board and the Burlington Education Association have each ratified a new one-year contract for the 2012-2013 school year.

The agreement calls for a $1,006 increase in the base pay.  The result is that entry-level teachers will start out at around $31,000/year.

Teachers are also in line for pay raises based on their experience and education.

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Prison is next step
2:34 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Drug Court Offers Offenders Last Chance

McDonough County courthouse

The McDonough County Drug Court has begun operation. It's goal is to keep habitual drug users from going to prison by offering intense monitoring and support to help them beat their addiction.

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Ferneau Comes From Sergeant Bluff
10:41 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

New Burlington City Manager In Place

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau

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.

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Switches monitoring firm
2:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Carthage Hopes to find Landfill Solution

Carthage City Hall

Carthage is hopeful a switch of contractors will lead to the end of its responsibility for the old municipal landfill.

Indianapolis-based American Environment will take over monitoring the site. The company was the low bidder at $43,000 per year. It will also try to find a way to bring groundwater pollution levels into compliance with federal EPA regulations

Mayor Jim Nightingale hopes the firm brings " some new ideas out there that down the road we can present them to the EPA and get us out of the landfill business.”

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