WATERLOO | A fight that broke out as patrons left a downtown nightclub Sunday morning has led to a bill for police services.
Daniel Trelka, director of safety services for the City Waterloo, said the owner of Club 319, 229 E. Fourth St., was cited for maintaining a chronic nuisance property and billed $1,350.
The bill was tabulated at 27 officer hours on the fight call and follow-up investigation at $50 per hour.
“Almost every officer in the city responded to the call that night,” Trelka said.
According to Trelka, the establishment was first determined to be a nuisance under the city’s ordinance on Sept. 24 because of a number of calls including disturbances, fights and a stabbing. Club officials received a notice at that time. He said the owner submitted a plan to address the problems by adding security staff and installing cameras, but Trelka said he asked the owner to provide additional specifics and has yet to receive them.
Sunday morning’s fight started near closing time as people inside were leaving, according to police. About 60 people were involved, and officers on the scene said the patrons weren’t cooperative with police. Four people were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, interference, failure to disperse and assault on a police officer. One officer was slightly injured.
The Waterloo City Council approved the revised nuisance ordinance in May, and since then about a dozen properties have received notices. Trelka said all but one since then have worked with city officials to rectify the issues without continuing problems.
Owners of the remaining nuisance property, the former Club Candela on West Fifth Street, were billed $400 for police time in June. The owners, who had rented the building to another party, closed the operation. Still, Trelka said the bill hasn’t been paid and will likely be assessed against the property.