Waterloo Council Okays Block Party Concept for W. 4th Street Bar District

The Waterloo City Council approved virtually all of its business in short order last(mon) night…but not before two local developers, Mike and Harold Youngblut, presented Mayor Quentin Hart and council members with a photo and a sledgehammer, a symbol of thanks for their help in developing the old Greyhound Park.

On another front, Police Chief Dan Trelka says he’s now “neutral,” on the proposal, so the council unanimously approved a request from Main Street Waterloo to barricade West 4th Street, from Washington to Jefferson, on the six remaining Saturdays this month and next, between noon and 2 am, for a pedestrian mall and beer garden.  The idea is to attract more visitors to the West 4th Street “Bar District.”

And during a work session prior to the regular meeting, Public Works Manager Randy Bennett presented his proposal for a new…and mandatory…curbside recycling and yard waste program.  Under Bennett’s recommendation, the cost to the city’s 23,000 residential garbage customers would be $8-a-month.