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Q: Is Dr. Marietta Walsh of the Iowa Spine and Brain Institute neurosurgery department a neurosurgeon?

A: Yes. She completed a specialty rotation in neurotrauma and neurocritical care at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., a specialty rotation in pediatric neurosurgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, her neurological surgery residency at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., and recently completed a neuro-oncology and complex spine fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Q: Has the “Celebrity Name Game” show been canceled or airing on a different channel?

A: The show has been canceled.

Q: Why are there no painted lines on West Ninth Street to indicate it is a one-lane road?

A: What section of West Ninth Street? You would need to contact Waterloo Traffic Operations at 291-4440 with more information on the location needing paint.

Q: I see they put a warning light and walkway in front of the SportsPlex. When you push the button and the warning lights come on, are cars required by law in Iowa to stop for you?

A: No, they are not required to stop. This is a warning for drivers while pedestrians must wait for a gap in traffic to cross.

Q: Why are there no lights on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard going east and west of Idaho Street until getting to Mobile Street?

A: City of Waterloo lighting policy allows for conflict lights such as at intersections, bridges, etc.

Q: On San Marnan in front of VGM it appears the lines for the roadway were shifted 2 feet to the north with some added white lines just in front of VGM like it was for parking. Can someone explain what this was about?

A: The roadway was shifted for VGM parking as it was expanded. Pavement markings are to reduce merging conflicts.

Q: On Randolph Street next to Sacred Heart Church and School there is a one-way road where it says “Do No Enter” on one side. But on the other end of the street is a stop sign that wouldn’t be used unless you were driving the wrong way on the one way street. Why is that stop sign still at the intersection of Randolph and Fourth streets?

A: It has been removed.

Q: Does the city ever grind off bad humps on streets the way they used to?

A: Yes.

Q: With the law passing on traffic cameras would the city consider going back to flashing yellow/red lights after late hours in the evening so drivers will not have to wait at red lights with little or no cross traffic?

A: Years ago flashing lights were used as an energy saver, but since LEDs have been installed there is no energy savings. The intersections would be flashing all red due to safety concerns, city traffic operations officials said.

Q: Is there someone we can hire to drive us back and forth from Waverly to Waterloo for doctors’ appointments? Is there any agency to call?

A: Try calling the Cedar Valley United Way at 211 from a landline phone, or 1-866-469-2211.

Questions are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.


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