Burlington could develop a new business in the new future that would create 80 jobs in the community.
Leisure Pools and Spas, a Tennessee-based company, has an interest in property at 2800 West Ave. announced to expand its activities to Burlington.
“At this point, 80 jobs would be welcome news for our community,” Jeremy Hess, director of economic development for the Greater Burlington Partnership, told Burlington City Council members during a working session Monday.
The prospect of a new employer in the area comes shortly after ABB announced it would close its West Burlington plant by the end of June, leaving around 300 workers out of work.
Leisure plans to manufacture automated pool covers under the company name Integra Pool Covers. Hess also said the company plans to expand into vinyl pool liners.
Not much has been announced about when the company will move to Burlington, but Hess said wages for at least half of the 80 jobs the move would bring will be above the average wage for Burlington, with some workers more than Earning $ 21 an hour.
The Burlington City Council also discussed supporting a grant application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a targeted employment grant that would help bring leisure to the area. The council will officially vote on Monday during its first meeting of the new year on whether to support the motion.
The city does not need to contribute a local match to the grant if it is granted as the company is not expected to increase the taxable value of the building. IEDA money is only given to the company if it creates the promised jobs at the promised wages.
Hess said it was too early to say for sure whether Leisure will move to Burlington, as that will largely depend on whether they will receive the IEDA grant. It is not known when the IEDA decision will be made.
New golf carts
The Flint Hills Municipal Golf Course will receive nearly two dozen new golf carts.
According to Eric Tysland, Director of Parks and Development, the current cars need to be repaired so it makes more tax sense to replace the old ones. The city has only budgeted more than $ 80,000 for the carts to be procured.
The cars to be replaced are approx. 10 years old. Tysland said the town has swapped carts more frequently in the past, but decided five years ago to keep carts around longer.
The city should receive offers on Tuesday and will vote at its meeting next week on whether to approve offers. Tysland said the city had already received an offer for the project on Monday evening.
The city will have to spend nearly $ 400,000 to protect part of the sewer that runs below Harrison Street.
Nick MacGregor, the city’s assistant public works manager, said damage to the area was caused by heavy rain and the city now needs to spend money to prevent the structure from suffering erosion-related damage.
“Storm currents in this area have eroded the dam and filled in material in the area, putting the existing structure at risk,” MacGregor said in a memo to the city council.
The project was valued at $ 360,000, but the lowest bid was $ 372,000. While the cost is unexpected, the city will use funds already earmarked for sewer repairs.