Monmouth residents often see a bright flare in the north part of town. It's a burner that keeps excess methane from building up at the city's waste water pre-treatment facility. Someday, it might produce electricity.
City Administrator Eric Hanson said the 15 year-old burner had to be replaced recently. He said the city has installed one that could be part of an energy-generating system.
Former Fort Madison Police Officer William Bowker will not be returning to the department. He was fired by City Manager Byron Smith on Feb. 25, 2010.
Smith cited various acts of misconduct. They include falling asleep and/or missing phone calls while serving on the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and having an affair with the wife of Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer.
Bowker appealed the ruling to the Fort Madison Civil Service Commission. That panel sided with the city in mid-2010, prompting Bowker to sue the city and the commission in district court.