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Around The Region

Apr 12, 2012


West Burlington will soon be in need of a new police chief.  Current Chief Alex Oblein is stepping down effective June 22 to take a similar job in Piedmont, OK.

Oblein has served as West Burlington’s Police Chief since June 2003.

Mayor Hans Trousil says he will make an announcement about how the city will proceed with the search on Wednesday, April 18.



Assistant Lee County Attorney Bruce McDonald says it still feels like a program aimed at recovering unpaid court fees is just getting started, even though it began two years ago.

He says his private practice has collected nearly $125,000 since July 2010 with about $50,000 coming back to Lee County.

McDonald says it has reached the point where people call his office to create a payment plan because there are restrictions on their vehicle registrations.

The county’s current contract with McDonald runs out in just over two months.



Lee County plans to hold a public meeting in Wever in the near future to discuss a proposed sanitary sewer system. 

It would be similar to meetings recently held in Mooar/Powdertown and Croton in regard to their working relationships with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS).

Residents of Mooar/Powdertown want to continue working with RUSS on engineering for a proposed system while residents of Croton chose not to.

The meeting in Wever will determine whether the city continues to work with RUSS.



The Burlington Fire Department has received a $230,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The money will be used to continue to upgrade communications equipment.

The West Burlington Fire Department received a similar grant several years ago.



The latest round of signed petitions against the consolidation of several Lee County offices has been presented to the Board of Supervisors.

The signees want the supervisors to reverse their vote from last May to move the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s offices to Fort Madison and the Recorder’s and Assessor’s offices to Keokuk.

The supervisors accepted the latest round of petitions but did not indicate plans to take any action to reverse the consolidation.

It’s estimated that nearly 1,900 signatures have been presented the county in connection with this petition.