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Early Approval for Waterloo Mosque

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- The Waterloo City Council has unanimously approved a site plan for a proposed mosque, cemetery and soccer field.
   The council voted Monday night to approve the plan by the Bosnian Islamic Association of Waterloo for a 15-acre site.
   Last October, the council opted not to act on the proposal because of concerns the city could be liable if the planned cemetery failed. Iowa law requires cities to oversee cemeteries that fail financially.
   Community Planning and Development Director Noel Anderson says the association agreed to post a $25,000 irrevocable trust to pay for future cemetery operations.
   The association will later return to the zoning commission and council for approval of a more detailed site plan.

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