Waterloo Officials Seek Guidelines On Roadside Memorials

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo officials are considering limiting roadside memorials erected at the site of deadly car crashes.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports a majority of the City Council called last week for an ordinance that would set rules for the memorials, such as the allowable size and time they could remain.

Council member David Jones argued "at some point you have to draw the line somewhere."

However, some council members say the rules would be difficult to enforce. And Mayor Buck Clark says drawing up an ordinance would "open up a can of worms."

Waterloo and most other cities already make it illegal to erect signs or displays in public right of ways, but officials usually allow memorials to crash victims.

Council member Steve Schmitt says guidelines would ensure consistent enforcement.
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