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Q: Regarding the bands that perform at Lincoln Park — will there be any band there June 8? Is it the Brazilian 2wins?

A: There are several bands playing in Lincoln Park on June 8 as part of My Waterloo Days People in the Park. They are the Perry Miller Band, 4 p.m.; Rush Cleveland Trio, 4:40 p.m.; Brad & Kate, 5:20 p.m.; Brazilian 2wins, 7:30 p.m.; and the evening’s headliner, the Prince tribute band Chase & Ovation at 9:30 p.m.

Q: Where does Iowa rank in teacher pay? Can Iowa teachers strike?

A: When salaries are adjusted for cost of living, Iowa ranks eighth in the country, according to an NPR analysis. State law prohibits public school teachers or unions from striking.

Q: If I have a plastic bottle with a recycling triangle that has a plastic stripe on the side that gives directions plus a metal lid that has plastic inside the lid do I have to remove the plastic strip of instructions and the plastic insert in the lid before recycling them?

A: Please contact the Waterloo Sanitation Department at (319) 291-4445 as more clarification is needed to answer that question.

Q: On May 21 the Waterloo City Council meeting started its broadcast at 5:45 p.m. The council meeting started at 5:30 p.m. Why didn’t they start broadcasting the meeting on time?

A: There were technical difficulties that led to the broadcast starting 15 minutes into the meeting. Viewers can see a replay of the full meeting on the Waterloo Community TV Youtube page.

Q: How can we find the website for Iowa school ratings?

A: You can check through the state Department of Education. You also can check the national listings done by U.S. News and World Report, mentioned in a recent article, at

Q: How many other publications are under the umbrella of Lee Enterprises?

A: Lee has 49 daily newspapers, along with digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 21 states.

Q: When is Highway 3 going to be resurfaced between the Butler/Franklin county line and Shell Rock? Why are state highways resurfaced county by county?

A: Iowa Highway 3 from Iowa Highway 188 to 20th Street in Waverly is scheduled for resurfacing during the 2019 construction season. There are no current plans to resurface Iowa 3 from the Franklin/Butler county line to Iowa 188, but Iowa Department of Transportation officials said they will continue to monitor the roadway and weigh it with the rest of the priorities in that 19-county district. The starting and ending points of IDOT projects coincide with when sections of pavement were originally constructed. Many times, but not always, that falls on county lines.

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