City of Burlington officials touted a proposed stormwater utility as a way to maintain its storm sewer system without having to rely on the city’s limited tax levy.

However, several members of the business community saw the change as shifting a greater burden to businesses – and the majority of the Common Council agreed.

On Tuesday the council voted down the funding plan for the proposed utility.

The defeat of the stormwater utility is 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:


  • GIFT FROM THE HEART: A salesman at the Lynch GM Superstore decided to celebrate his good fortune by purchasing and awarding a used car to a woman in need.


  • FATAL CRASH: A 69-year-old Burlington woman died Friday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 20 and Britton Road in the Town of Dover.


  • ICE FESTIVAL: Sparkling ice sculptures will take center stage in downtown Burlington this weekend as the city hosts its annual Ice Festival. The event will again serve as the Wisconsin State Ice Carving Championships with competitors from different parts of the state participating.


  • DEMOLITION ADVANCES: The Burlington Common Council on Tuesday endorsed the next step in demolishing a blighted downtown property through one of three certificate of appropriateness applications presented to officials. The building is at 617/625 N. Pine Street.


  • DRIVEN TO SERVE: Members of the Burlington High School DRIVEN Leadership Team revived the group’s longstanding tradition to raise a record-shattering $4,126.96 in a single day and returned to the assisted living center for a slew of activities with residents.


  • COACH OF THE YEAR: Catholic Central High School girls volleyball coach Wayne Schultz, who has led the Toppers to a pair of state championships in recent years, has been named the Wisconsin Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.