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Waterloo votes to assume animal control duties

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The Waterloo City Council voted Monday to grant the city responsibility for animal control services.

Previously, these duties were handled by the Cedar Bend Humane Society. The vote passed 4-3. 

This change is effective July 1. A full-time position will be created at a yearly cost of approximately $57,000 to the city. Animals will be housed at the central garage on Black Hawk street.

Mayor Buck Clark said he estimates these measures will save the city between $20,000 and $25,000.

"The animal control budget from the Humane Society kept going up," Clark said. "I'm charged with doing the best I can in managing the city's finances."

However, some attending the meeting felt differently. As Waterloo resident Cheryl Pieters-Rammelsberg told Clark outside the council chambers, "I will not vote for you again! This is the stupidest gosh-darn thing I've ever seen in my entire life."

She also said that she thought the city would not save money with this venture once the considered facility costs, among others.

Representatives of the Humane Society say this loss of business will not be a financial burden.

"We don't make money on animal control," said Kristy Gardner, Co-Director of Cedar Bend. "We pretty much just break even. If that, sometimes."

She also stressed that they are still responsible for animal control in Cedar Falls and Black hawk county

Despite the pushback, Mayor Clark said he feels sure the city is up to the challenge.

"We have a lot of experience here and a lot of dedication to the city and our animals. I'm confident our citizens are going to see a very good product and I'm confident we're going to save money and it started immediately and is indefinite."

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