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Q: On Oct. 15 there was a question about how long trains can block a street crossing. You included every roadway but East Fourth Street. What about it?

A: Here again is the first line of the answer the caller referenced: Waterloo ordinance states a train cannot block a roadway for more than 10 minutes. East Fourth Street is a roadway.

Q: What happens to the water that builds up in a sump pump if you don’t have a battery operated sump pump or a generator if the electricity goes out?

A: If your sump pump fails or loses power while the footing drains around your home continue to put water into the sump pit, it may very well start flooding your basement.

Q: Did the Cedar Valley SportsPlex make a profit this year?

A: On a cash basis, the SportsPlex had revenue in excess of expenses of $86,302 for the year ended June 30, 2017, said Waterloo Chief Financial Officer Michelle Weidner.

Q: Why aren’t Ally Crutcher and Jerry Gallagher doing the morning news together lately on KWWL?

A: Gallagher has been working on special assignment lately, according to the station news director.

Q: How old was Charo when she appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” last season?

A: She was 66.

Q: How many grandchildren and great-grandchildren does Queen Elizabeth have?

A: She has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Q: Where did Michaela from the HLN news channel go?

A: It looks as if her show has just moved to a later time slot.

Q: What is the song and lyrics Notre Dame sings at the end of all their football games?

A: It’s the “Notre Dame Victory March”:

“Rally, sons of Notre Dame:

Sing her glory and sound her fame,

Raise her Gold and Blue,

And cheer with voices true:

Rah, rah, for Notre Dame.

We will fight in every game,

Strong of heart and true to her name.

We will ne’er forget her

And will cheer her ever,

Loyal to Notre Dame.

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,

Wake up the echoes cheering her name,

Send a volley cheer on high,

Shake down the thunder from the sky.

What though the odds be great or small,

Old Notre Dame will win over all,

While her loyal sons are marching

Onward to victory.”

Q: How much money can a person be gifted before they have to pay tax on it?

A: According to the IRS website: “The annual exclusion for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 is $14,000. For 2018, the annual exclusion is $15,000. ... The donor is generally responsible for paying the gift tax.”

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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