Safety, savings was key in decision switch dispatch, aldermen say

By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief The Burlington Common Council’s decision last week to switch to the county-run Communication Center for police and emergency dispatching came down to the belief the county has the equipment, staffing levels, training and financial resources to deliver better service for less money, according to […]


Local students exceed averages in state exam

BASD students fell short in two areas By Alex Johnson Correspondent The Burlington Area School District students scored above the state average in 15 of 17 grade and subject levels on the Wisconsin Forward exam last year, according to district officials. Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Connie Zinnen reported Monday […]


City to borrow for flood relief

Nearly $1.5 million still needed for infrastructure repairs By Jason Arndt Staff Writer       Faced with nearly $2 million in damages from July’s flood, and without any federal disaster aid, the Burlington Common Council authorized borrowing nearly $1.5 million at Tuesday’s meeting. According to City Finance Director Steve […]


A losing battle

A losing battle

Emerald ash borer changes city’s landscape By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief Although the emerald ash borer weighs just a fraction of an ounce, the collective weight of its local infestation will put a considerable strain on municipal budgets and create a void on the landscape for years to come, […]


City votes to join county dispatch center

Move to consortium will eliminate jobs of five dispatchers By Jason Arndt Staff Writer       The City of Burlington Common Council voted Tuesday to join Racine County’s consolidated dispatching consortium – a move that could save nearly $3 million over the next 12 years by eliminating the jobs […]


Dam repair nearly complete

Dam repair nearly complete

Recent rain had Echo Lake on the rise By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief Burlington’s Echo Lake rose to near-normal levels early this week thanks to about three inches of rain that fell on the area this month. But the rise was short lived as city crews fully opened the […]


City Council set to vote on dispatching contract Tuesday

City Council set to vote on dispatching contract Tuesday

Move would result in the loss of 5.5 local dispatching jobs The City of Burlington Common Council on Tuesday evening will consider approving a contract to join the Racine County Communications Center for dispatching of local police, fire and rescue services. The matter is on the agendas of both the […]


Plans to survey district residents on referendum options is still in limbo

By Alex Johnson Correspondent Whether the Burlington Area School District will proceed with a survey of district residents regarding options for a planned spring referendum remains in flux. School Board President Jim Bousman on Monday said the School Board had a clear “agreement” on the message going into the discussion […]


Burlington schools offer free breakfast

Burlington schools offer free breakfast

Grab-and-go program is popular at BHS By Alex Johnson Correspondent This school year, the Burlington Area School District has begun serving free breakfast to all students in every grade level. Specifically, at Burlington High School, students have the option of receiving breakfast in the food line before school, or at […]


City leaders honored for efforts during flood

County executive announces award with 2018 budget The City of Burlington’s top officials were honored Tuesday during Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave’s budget address for their leadership during the record flood that swamped the area in July. Delagrave presented his inaugural Community Impact Award to the city’s brain trust of […]


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