Waterloo McDonald’s relocating

The Waterloo City Council on Monday night gave the green light for a relocation of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in town.

The council approved a final plat and site plan for a new McDonald’s to be located on land off Route 3 at Marketplace Drive that sits between Dairy Queen and Schnucks.

No timetable for the move from the restaurant’s current location at 736 North Market Street has been made known at this point, nor have future plans for the building currently being occupied by the fast-food chain.

Attempts to reach Burris Management, who operates the Waterloo restaurant, for comment were unsuccessful on Tuesday.

In other action from the council meeting, aldermen approved the purchase of 15 Panasonic Toughbook 31 mobile computers for the police department at a cost of nearly $60,000. Waterloo Police Chief Jim Trantham said these new computers will replace the current ones used by officers in their patrol cars and should improve overall service.

The council also approved CK Power as low bidder in the amount of $48,435 for standby generators at the Legion and South Library lift stations.

The purchase of a new outdoor warning siren at the sewer plant from Blue Valley Public Safety in the amount of $16,798 was also approved.

City public works director Tim Birk explained to aldermen that the direct lightning strike to a metering point near the ambulance garage at 901 Illinois Avenue on Friday afternoon resulting in only a 41-minute power outage thanks to the city going to generated power.

The town would have been without power for about three hours otherwise, he said.

Mayor Tom Smith read a proclamation recognizing May 17-23 as National EMS Week in Waterloo, thanking emergency personnel for all they’ve done to keep the community safe.

Monroe County Ambulance Director Carla Heise showed a video highlighting the value of Monroe County EMS in the community as part of this proclamation.

The city partnered with the American Red Cross, Monroe County EMS, Waterloo Fire Department and Waterloo Police Department to present a

“Home Alone” program with information for children on Saturday. Heise said 45 kids attended the safety program.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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