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Q. When will Waterloo start working on University Avenue?

A. The city of Waterloo hopes to open bids on the first phase of its University Avenue reconstruction project -- Midway Drive to Ansborough Avenue -- in January with construction to begin in the spring.

Q. How much does it cost for adults or seniors to get into Cattle Congress this year?

A. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and older and $6 for kids age 7 to 17.

Q. Who is responsible for the old falling down telephone poles between La Porte City and Washburn? Will they ever clean them up?

A. Those poles along the Iowa Northern Railroad were once used to hold up telegraph wires. The railroad intends to take them down when sufficient time and funding is available.

Q. Is it legal for UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital to refuse treatment for CBE Group employees who are fully insured?

A. As of Aug. 1, UnityPoint Health facilities, including Allen Hospital, and UnityPoint Clinic providers no longer accept employer insurance plans that use certain PHCS/Multiplan networks, said an Allen Hospital representative. "These networks never contracted to include UnityPoint Health facilities, resulting in confusion for our patients and the possibility of compromised continuity of care. CBE Group is utilizing the PHCS/Multiplan network that no longer includes UnityPoint Health providers. UnityPoint Health is not refusing treatment to any CBE Group employee, and will continue seeing those patients on a non-emergency basis provided they are registered as 'self-pay' because of the lack of contract with PCHS and UnityPoint Health. UnityPoint Health will also continue to treat patients who seek care in the emergency room. UnityPoint Health has communicated to CBE Group the negative effect to our patients regarding the lack of a health plan contract for the UnityPoint Health network. It is our hope to work together with them, other employers, insurers and local organizations to continue offering comprehensive, high-quality health care to the communities we serve."

Chad Benson, president/CEO of CBE Group, also responded: "CBE has always sought to provide to our employees a comprehensive health care and benefit package at a reasonable cost. This is a very unfortunate situation as it is limiting the opportunities in the community for our employees to receive services. Other providers are accepting our insurance and we continue to work with those providers who are."

Q. Do the Hudson Schools salaries run in the Courier? If so, what day was that?

A. No. You might what to check with the Hudson Herald newspaper.

Q. What is the range the Cedar Valley covers?

A. Definitions vary, but the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber says, "The Cedar Valley region consists of eight Northeast Iowa counties: Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, Grundy and Tama."

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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