Whatever City of Burlington officials decide about the future of the Echo Lake Dam – improve the dam or remove it – the greatest cost going forward will be in dredging the lake or rehabilitating the drained lakebed.

Both options pose funding challenges for the city and fail to provide a slam-dunk reason to pick repair or removal. That’s the gist of a study prepared by a consulting engineer on the options for the dam.

In the meantime, city officials plan two public meetings to gather input from residents before making a decision ­– likely in February.

The engineer’s study and the costs associated with options for the dam’s future are the focus of the lead story in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Flight for Life emergency helicopter service officially landed in the City of Burlington earlier this month. But on Monday, in front of hundreds of community members, officials from Flight for Life and the City Burlington celebrated the new service with an open house at the Burlington Municipal Airport.


ROUNDABOUT EYED: The state Department of Transportation looks to construct a roundabout at a dangerous intersection nestled between the towns of Dover and Burlington on Highway 11, according to local officials.


CHAPEL REDEDICATED: The 100th anniversary of the chapel at Burlington Cemetery is so much more than a mere calendar milestone, according to Bev Gill. Gill, who is president of the association that oversees the cemetery, said the anniversary marks a triumph over the ravages of time and is a tribute to the determination of a caring community.


COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 for a Kansasville man charged with drunken driving for the eighth time after allegedly nearly “T-boning” a car in Mount Pleasant.


COVID CASES RISE: New confirmed cases of COVID-19 have surged in the county during the past week with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reporting 1,989 more residents have tested positive through Tuesday.


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lydia Biggin, a right side hitter for the Burlington High School girls volleyball team has been tabbed as the Player of the Year in the Southern Lakes Conference.