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Aldermanic pay, zoning discussed

By on November 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Waterloo Alderman Vicki Koerber on Monday night took the opportunity to respond to a resident’s recent criticism that council members make more money compared to those in cities of the same size and larger.

During a city council meeting last month, Jim Duckwitz of 318 Mockingbird Lane presented council members an analysis of ongoing drainage issues at his home in the Westview Acres subdivision and a “potential action plan” to help pay for and fix the problem.

As part of this plan, Duckwitz suggested a change in pay structure for city officials to a base salary rather than the current system, which compensates them for additional meetings and hearings other than regular council meetings.

“Waterloo’s aldermen make more than most in the area, including towns that are larger than Waterloo,” Duckwitz stated in his report. He reiterated this and other points again during Monday’s council meeting at City Hall, and Koerber felt compelled to respond.

“Not everything is measurable in dollars and cents,” she told Duckwitz.

Koerber cited a list of added responsibilities that Waterloo aldermen take on as part of their service, including hours of research on issues affecting residents, meeting and working to represent their respective wards, community events, and generally going “above and beyond” just showing up at council meetings.

“All that stuff behind the scenes… we don’t get paid time and mileage for that,” she said.

“It’s because of the love of the community in which we live.”
Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith did express a desire to discuss a change in the current structure that would pay aldermen by month rather than per meeting. The issue may be taken up in the near future.

In other news from Monday night, city zoning administrator Jim Nagel told the Republic-Times that the former Dairy Queen on South Market Street may soon become a Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant. It is his understanding the proprietors are just waiting on approval for a liquor license.

No timetable is known in terms of an opening date.

Lastly, the Waterloo City Council is considering adding a new category to its zoning code, R-6. The current residential zoning code, R-5, allows only one residential structure per lot.

“A lot of areas zoned R-5 will stay that way,” Nagel explained. “But this would help some of those other projects trying to develop.”

Two developments in the city, Southview Villas and Northwinds, are finding construction financing difficult because the structures don’t fit into the current zoning code.

The proposed new code, which follows the current Illinois Condominium Property Act, would allow developers to construct two individual structures on a single residential lot in areas zoned the new R-6.

The new zoning measure will be brought before the city planning commission on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and before the city’s zoning board of appeals on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Each will present a recommendation to the full Waterloo City Council on whether or not to pass the ordinance change.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.