March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

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Q: Are they still working on getting cable in Waterloo like Cedar Falls has?

A: We assume the caller is asking whether Waterloo is working to start a municipal telecommunications utility similar to the one operated by Cedar Falls Utilities. The city of Waterloo has hired a consulting firm to look at whether such a system is feasible. The results of that review are not expected until late spring or summer.

Q: When is the rest of Waterloo going to get the sump pumps put in per federal regulations?

A: The city of Waterloo currently has no plans to require homeowners in other parts of Waterloo to disconnect footing drains from the sanitary sewer lines. Federal regulations do not require sump pumps. Engineering evaluations showed the program in service areas 15 and 16 was necessary to prevent overloading sewers and causing overflows. Similar studies of other service areas found the disconnections were not the best method to reduce overflows.

Q: Chris Schwartz has a travel request in. How much is it and does the city pay for it?

A: The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Feb. 13 to pay up to $3,020 for Schwartz to attend the National Association of Counties legislative conference in Washington, D.C. The city doesn’t pay anything for the trip because Schwartz is a county government official.

Q: I’d like to know the name of the trio that sings the KWWL theme song.

A: KWWL officials said the lyrics are courtesy of Stephen Arnold Music. They did not have the names of the trio who performed it.

Q: Is the city of Waterloo ever going to ever clean the sidewalk along Shaulis Road?

A: Snow is not removed from the recreational trail along Shaulis Road. Gravel is deposited on the trail as snowplows wing back snow from the roadway. Waterloo Leisure Services will sweep debris off of the recreational trail system throughout the city in the coming weeks as snow melts.

Q: When can people start looking for census forms in the mail?

A: The Census Bureau will start mailing out (and in some areas hand delivering) invitations to participate in the 2020 Census in mid-March. You should get yours by April 1.

Q: In the Feb. 19 debate, some of the politicians had flags on their lapels, but Sanders had a round button on his. What was it?

A: It’s a pin all U.S. members of Congress are given, this one identifying Bernie Sanders as a U.S. senator.

Q: Are the taxpayers paying for Terry Branstad’s family’s stay in China?

A: Branstad’s daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters had been living in a guest house that’s part of the U.S. Ambassador’s complex in Beijing. Alison Branstad Costa is a teacher and works at an international school in Beijing for the children of Americans living in China. Branstad’s family has returned to the U.S. due to the coronavirus outbreak, although he remains in China. Ambassadors are given special residences where they live free of charge. We could not determine if Branstad’s daughter and family pay rent on the guest house.

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