Following Social Distancing rules, the City of Waterloo conducted their Monday council meeting on the parking lot. Each chair was at least 15 feet apart with two aldermen attending via phone lines. The city is working to do future meetings over a secure internet feed.
Seated in a folding chair with his papers set on a TV tray, Mayor Tom Smith gaveled in the April 6 proceedings promptly at 7:30 p.m. Everyone this stood for the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Set closest to the American flag were Smith and Budget Director Shawn Kennedy. Official placed on chairs laid out in an octagon were aldermen Kyle Buettner, Russ Row Jr., Russ Thomas, Jim Trantham, Steve Notheisen and Stan Darter (placed in the center). Aldermen Jim Hopkins and Clyde Heller attended in absentia; they stayed at home but were placed on speaker phones to participate in the meeting. Police Chief Jeff Prosise watched from a safe distance near the Overnight Drop Box, while reporters Ed Wienhoff and Kermit Constantine covered the proceedings from the wings.
After approving the minutes of the March 16 meeting, the aldermen adopted an amended Annual City Budget for the Fiscal Year of May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020. Their action was tempered by being unsure about future state and federal payments.
The aldermen approved a five-year agreement with Reliable Sanitation, through April 2025, for household trash and recycling pickup. The monthly charge will bump up a little to $16.18, which includes a 60-cent recycling surcharge.
Also getting ‘aye’ votes were a resolution establishing a Fair Housing Policy and cutting the checks for the previous month’s bills.
Reappointed to three-year terms with the Waterloo Cemetery Board were Dan Kennedy, the secretary / treasurer; and Jean Jung, trustee.
Smith wrapped up the meeting by thanking the police, EMS and fire personnel who are working on the front lines of the pandemic.
Smith gaveled out the meeting, everyone picked up their chairs, loaded them into their vehicles and headed out to go back to sheltering at home.