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Q: When Waterloo removes the sludge from its sewage treatment plant it is trucked to an outbuilding on the north edge of Washburn. What do they do with this sludge?

A: Nutri-Ject Systems Inc. collects it and applies the treated sludge to land.

Q: Since Country View is owned and operated by Black Hawk County, why do they accept residents from other counties who do not contribute and pay for their citizen’s care? Why don’t they limit it to only Black Hawk County residents or require other counties to pay for their residents to live there?

A: Country View is a nursing home just like any other nursing home in the community except for the fact it is publicly owned and not privately owned. Nursing homes accept residents who have a variety of methods of paying for their care, whether it is government Medicaid or private insurance. The counties don’t directly pay for clients who go into nursing homes. Black Hawk County is subsidizing the operating losses at a nursing home it operates. Black Hawk County can’t require other counties to subsidize its money-losing asset.

Q: Regarding the Feb. 6 Courier article “New council rejects previous council’s hire”: Had Jonathan Oehlerich already quit his other job?

A: He had resigned after giving two weeks’ notice and was fired the next day.

Q: What’s the reason for the big drop-off at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls line on University Avenue? Don’t they know how to make the road level?

A: The change in elevation is due to the fact Cedar Falls has reconstructed its portion of University and Waterloo has not. The two sides will match up when Waterloo reconstructs its portion of University in the future. On a side note, a Courier reporter drove out to the so-called “big” drop-off and found the transition to be very smooth, especially compared to the horribly bumpy ride on the portion of the road yet to be redone.

Q: How do I get a school voucher in Iowa so I can send my kids to a private school?

A: The voucher bill introduced in the Legislature is dead, at least for this year. So, at this point you can’t get one.

Q: At the Waterloo City Council proceedings Feb. 5 I hear the city took sewage from some other city and it appeared it got dumped in the river. Did this other city pay Waterloo? If so, who got the money? Was it reported to the DNR and were there any fines against Waterloo?

A: From Nov. 29, 2016, through Dec. 1, 2016, the city of Waterloo Waste Management Services Department agreed to receive waste hauled in by Nutri-ject Systems Inc. from the city of Aplington’s lagoon wastewater facility. Analysis of the waste was provided to Waterloo staff, which determined the Waterloo plant could satisfactorily process this waste. The city analyzed the incoming waste and billed Nutri-ject at the industrial billing rate. The waste was treated and not dumped into the Cedar River. Nutri-ject paid $18,795 to the city’s sanitary sewer fund. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources office in Manchester was aware of the transaction and there were no fines.

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