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Q: They are remodeling the Black Hawk County Courthouse and are taking down the old ceiling tiles. Are they checking that for asbestos? If not, why not? Isn’t it harmful to employees and the public?

A: Black Hawk County had a contract in 1998 to remove the asbestos ceiling tiles and replace it with non-asbestos tiles. Those are the ceiling tiles being replaced during the current project.

Q: Will the power generated from the Washburn turbines be used in Black Hawk County or sent to other states?

A: RPM Access has not yet identified a builder or buyer for the power generated by the Washburn Wind Energy project. Company officials said the power will be added to the power grid at Waterloo, so the actual electricity will be consumed in the Waterloo area.

Q: Is there a law for what “quiet time” is in Waterloo, such as between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.?

A: Waterloo City Ordinance 4-5-4 covers noise nuisances and is based on decibel levels measured at property lines in different zoning districts. The decibel limits are lower between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The full ordinance is too long to print here but is available on the city’s website or in the clerk’s office in City Hall.

Q: Are they keeping Kingbard Boulevard open when they are redoing the street?

A: At the time this question was received, Kingbard was closed from Fletcher Avenue to 432/433 Kingbard but open to West Fourth Street. When that section is complete and open, the section from 432/433 Kingbard to 306 Kingbard will be closed and the sections on either side will be open. Once this section is finished and open, the section from 306 Kingbard to West Fourth will be closed and the first two sections will be open.

Q: What is the time frame for the reconstruction of Baltimore Street?

A: Baltimore Street is scheduled to start on June 11, weather permitting.

Q: Who is replacing retiring city engineer Eric Thorson and what is his background?

A: Jamie Knutson has been appointed as Waterloo’s interim city engineer. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa and obtained his professional engineering license in 2002. He has worked for the city since 1994.

Q: When does the city plan to fix the big bump by the credit union on Ansborough?

A: If you want to report a pothole or bump and request a repair, contact the Street Department directly or use the “report a problem” link on the city website.

Q: On Highway 218 between Washburn and Waterloo are three postings of a unique yellow sign, such as before Orange Road. It has a sideways T intersection on top, a street sign in the middle and 45 mph sign at the bottom. What is the intent of these signs?

A: The top sign tells you a T-intersection is approaching; the middle sign tells you the name of the cross street; and the bottom sign tells you to slow down to 45 mph. The signs are for traffic safety because there are sight distance issues at those intersections if the U.S. 218 traffic is going too fast.

Calls 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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