New local

eatery opens

WATERLOO -- A grand opening is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at R & B Soulfood City, which has opened at 427 Sullivan Ave.

The location is at the corner of Sullivan and West Third streets, behind Jim's Foods.

According to William Caston Sr. on Facebook, the hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Featured items include wings, burgers and several other types of sandwiches.

Property tax

installment due

WATERLOO -- The deadline is April 2 for paying the second installment of real estate and mobile home taxes.

Payments for the current tax year must be postmarked by April 2 and sent to the Black Hawk County Treasurer; 316 E. Fifth St.; Waterloo, IA 50703. Include the payment stubs from the tax bill with the payment. For a receipt, include the entire bill and stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The office also accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover or debit card payments, which require a nonrefundable service delivery fee of 2.25 percent. A fee of $1.50 for credit card transaction and $2 debit card transaction also applies.

Real estate and mobile home taxes may be paid online utilizing Visa, MasterCard, Discover or electronic check at Same fees apply if using credit card. Electronic check is $.40 per transaction. A recurring payment plan can be set up at that website too.

Interest for the March 2018 installment will accrue at the rate of 1.5 percent per month beginning April 3.

Payment by guaranteed funds for redemption from tax sale must be in the Treasurer's office by 4 p.m. April 2. Guaranteed funds are cash, certified check, cashier's check or money order. A March/April postmark cannot be accepted for redemptions.

Property owners who are older than 65 or totally disabled with an income of less than $22,855 per year or mobile home owners older than 23 with an income less than $22,855 may be eligible for help on the taxes due for September 2018/March 2019. If filing due to a disability, proof of disability is required and must be attached to the form when returning to the Treasurer's Office by June 1.

The Treasurer's Office in the Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Treasurer's Office in the Crossroads Mall is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Payments also may be deposited in the secured drop boxes located at the northeast corner of the Courthouse or in the Crossroads Mall outside of the Iowa Department of Transportation Office.

For further information, call 833-3013.

Weather spotter

training planned

WATERLOO -- The Black Hawk County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa and in cooperation with the National Weather Service will offer free severe weather spotter training from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 26 at Hawkeye Community College, Tama Hall.

The training is open to the public and all agencies that respond to emergencies. Participants will be instructed on how and what to report along with personal safety.

Additional information is available on the National Weather Web Site at

The training is free and no prior registration is required.