Q: What are they doing on Highway 218 that goes by the airport? They are redoing the ramps by John Deere.
A: The Iowa Department of Transportation was doing maintenance work and filling potholes in that area recently.
Q: How many chickens can a resident keep in the Waterloo city limits?
A: A zoning ordinance adopted in August 2017 allows residents to raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas only if certain conditions are met. The ordinance allows people with at least 10,000 square feet of fenced back yard to keep up to two small animals, like chickens, rabbits, minks and geese. Another small animal is allowed for each additional 2,500 square feet of fenced yard up to a maximum of eight. However, the property owner must also submit a petition of support signed by all abutting property owners and 60 percent of those within 250 feet of their property before keeping the chickens. Contact the Planning, Programming and Zoning Office if you have more questions about the ordinance.
Q: Is it legal for stores to sell one cigarette at a time and not in a pack?
A: No. Iowa law says cigarettes must be sold in packs of at least 20.
Q: How can I reach Hy-Vee’s headquarters regarding the closure of their store in Waterloo?
A: Write the corporate headquarters at Hy-Vee Inc., 5820 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines 50266-8223.
Q: In The Courier when printing the previous council meetings of Waterloo, what determines if you put it on page 1, 2 or 3 or even the comic section?
A: The classification number determines where it falls — legals classification number is 950 which is the smallest so it will always be the first to flow onto the Classified page. If it is a Display legal it will go on the first page with the legal liners.
Q: Would I be able to get a brick or two from the old Dunkerton school?
A: The school district is allowing people to reserve bricks. Contact Dunkerton Community School to make the request.
Q: When is Leah Remini’s Scientology TV show going to start again?
A: The show has been renewed by A&E, but a start date for the new season hasn’t been announced yet.
Q: The KWWL icon on my phone is sometimes red and sometimes blue. Is that my phone doing this or does KWWL change their icon color?
A: According to the station news director, “The KWWL icon on your phone should be red. But our old one was blue. So you might want to make sure you clear the cache on your phone so you’re always getting the right version.”
Q: Are the Waterloo School students going to get in trouble if they participate in the walk for the March for Our Lives movement?
A: A district spokesperson at the time of an April 20 school walkout said instruction would continue in the classrooms and those who leave would receive an unexcused absence based on the attendance policy.
Q: Now that Boy Scouts have changed their name and allow girls into their units will they also sell cookies? Do the Girl Scouts allow boys in their units?
A: Girls Scouts is not open to boys. We have not heard of any plans for Scouts BSA to sell cookies.
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