Q. Is it legal to have chickens within Waterloo city limits? If yes, what are the guidelines? If not, what would be the best course of action to change this ordinance?
A. The Waterloo zoning ordinance allows a "hobby farm" and small farm animals, such as goats or chickens, in residential zoning districts but only if the property owner gets a special permit through the Board of Adjustment. Properties zoned "A-1" or "R-R" would not require special permit approval for a hobby farm. Any changes to those requirements would need to be approved by a majority vote of the City Council.
Q. Are there plans to put an overlay on Newell Street?
A. Newell Street from Idaho Street to 754 feet east of Spring View Street is slated to receive an asphalt overlay in 2014, subject to Waterloo City Council approval and award of a contract.
Q. Is it legal to duck or goose hunt on the lake at the new KOA Bamboo Ridge campground?
A. No. It is not legal to discharge a firearm there.
Q. Why are there so many city of Waterloo garbage trucks out on Saturdays? Are they getting paid overtime? Are they supposed to smoke inside the trucks?
A. Waste Management Services Superintendent Larry Smith said the department may have as many as four trucks out on various sanitation projects on a Saturday. The drivers' hours are Tuesday through Saturday, so no overtime is involved. Smoking is not allowed in city vehicles.
Q. Where did they get the pretty pink flowers displayed in downtown Waterloo on Fourth Street?
A. Main Street Waterloo gets the flowers from Kiefer Farms in Waterloo.
Q. Has it been discussed if people are on welfare or receive public assistance they won’t be allowed to get a permit for a dog license?
A. No. Nobody in city government has been callous enough to suggest poor and less fortunate residents should be barred from owning a pet.
Q. In The Courier on Sept. 8 they talked about the city doing dog and cat trapping. What will they do with the animals after they trap them?
A. The animals will be treated like any other dog or cat picked up at large. They will be held at the city's kennel for the required holding period and then sent to rescue or foster homes.
Q. Do you have any information on the Tunis Speedway Reunion coming in October?
A. The reunion, celebrating 35 years of racing at the former Tunis Speedway, is set for Oct. 5 at Performance Bodies, 225 Performance Drive, Cedar Falls, beginning at 9 a.m. The event, organized by Jim Volgarino, includes former drivers going back to 1948 when the track first raced motorcycles, then midgets and finally full size stocks.