Waterloo adds policemen, drops modular homes

From left, Waterloo city clerk Barb Pace administers the oath of office to new Waterloo police officers Joshua Wirth, Andrew Potter and Nicholas Elliott. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The Waterloo City Council saw three new police officers sworn into duty and approved a zoning change regarding modular homes during Monday’s meeting.

New officers joining the Waterloo Police Department are Nicholas Elliott, Andrew Potter and Joshua Wirth. Elliott is a Highland native and Potter is from Collinsville. Wirth previously worked for the Red Bud and St. Louis County police departments.

Also at the meeting, the council voted in favor of amending city code to remove modular homes as a permitted use in R-3 single family residential zone districts.

The planning commission and zoning board of appeals gave their blessings to the amendment with positive recommendations on April 9 and April 19, respectively.

“We’re just trying to protect the values of our homes in R-3,” Mayor Tom Smith said of the change.

Mobile homes, which are separate from modular homes, have been removed as a permitted use in the city for some time, Smith said, with all mobile homes in existence prior to that change still allowed until they become uninhabitable.

In other meeting news, the council: 

• Approved the re-appointment of Allen Jacobs to the cemetery board for a three-year-term

• Approved Huebner Concrete Contractors as low bidder in the amount of $134,925 for the 2018 street, curb, sidewalk and curb ramp improvement program

• Gave the go-ahead for the Rotary Club of Monroe County to host a Bucket Brigade on June 15

• OK’d managerial raises of 2.75 percent for public works director Tim Birk, budget officer Shawn Kennedy, zoning administrator Jim Nagel, community relations coordinator Sarah Deutch, police chief Mike Douglas, and deputy police chief Jeff Promise.

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