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Waterloo approves truck purchase

January 23, 2019

WATERLOO -- A city of Waterloo Department of Public Works patrol truck purchase was approved by the Waterloo Common Council during Thursday’s brief regular council meeting held at Waterloo City Hall.

The $80,209 patrol truck will be purchased from Lakeside International Trucks in Madison and will include an $18,000 trade allowance bringing the net total price to $62,209.

In other business, a public hearing regarding a conditional use permit to allow for the installation of a 190-foot cell tower in Waterloo Firemen’s Park will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Waterloo City Hall.

During the Dec. 6, 2018, regular council meeting, AT&T representative Daniel Kalina spoke to the council on the telecommunications tower.

The proposed 190-foot telecommunications tower would be a “monopole” tower, which is considered the thinnest, most discreet tower available. It would be placed near Anna Court and Henry Street and would require a conditional use permit for construction/installation. The placement choice was based on the best location that would be functional for the city of Waterloo population and is part of a green space in Waterloo Firemen’s Park.

“The (tower) is going to be 190 feet high in the air, it is not going to be pointed down at the street, it is going to be pointed in the line of sight and will be ‘looking’ at the other towers in the area. When you go on your cell phone, the signal will go up and then out basically to the network that is floating hundreds of feet above our heads,” Kalina had stated during the Dec. 6, 2018, regular council meeting.

The recurring lease revenue involved with the telecommunications tower would benefit the Waterloo Parks Department and a lease payment of $790 per month would apply.

In other business, the council:

-- Approved the Dec. 20, 2018, and Jan. 3 regular meeting minutes.

-- Approved a payroll of $87,235.16 for the month of December.

-- Approved general distributions for the month of December in the amount of $872,675.12.

-- Approved the treasurer and budget reports for the month of December.

-- Approved the mayoral appointment of Randie Lange to the Waterloo Water and Light Commission. Lange will fill the vacated term set to expire in 2020.

-- Approved operator’s licenses to Hannah Stone and Morgan Stone for the period ending June 30, 2019.

With the exception of Alderman Ron Griffin, all council members were present. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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