- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Waterloo City Council has shown support for an ordinance that would crack down on roadside memorials.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1E6fw2b ) reports the council voted 5-1 Monday to approve the first reading of the ordinance, which would require the removal of memorials left on property maintained by the city as tributes to victims of traffic accidents.

Councilman Ron Welper voted against the reading because the ordinance says the city “can” and “may” dispose of the memorials rather than saying it “shall” remove them.

“I’m not real happy with the wording of the ordinance,” Welper said.

City Attorney Dave Zellhoefer said the use of “may” gives the city discretion in regards to enforcement of the ordinance.

“It gives people a little bit of the benefit of the doubt,” Zellhoefer said. “These are weird ordinances and difficult to enforce in some instances.”

Roadside memorials would be stored for up to 60 days, and could be thrown away if not claimed.

Ordinances require three readings before they can be adopted, so the proposal returns for approval next week.

There is already an ordinance in place banning the placement of items along roadsides, but the city has been reluctant to remove memorials. However, the members of the public have complained about the signs, citing their appearance and their interference with the city’s ability to maintain roadsides.

Mayor Buck Clark says the ordinance would be enforced if passed.

___

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide