Some residents were pleased by the ruling. Dennis Harrison, President of the Waterloo Kiwanis Club
Annabelle Gleason, the Special Events Coordinator for the City of
Later than evening, an emergency meeting of the Waterloo City Council was called and leading officials brainstormed possible alternative contests to entertain the residents.
Councilmember Stevenson suggesting an apple bobbing contest or an Iowa three bean chili making contest, but then it was pointed out that most agricultural workers are undocumented.
Councilmember Gerry at one point exclaimed, "How about a pinata breaking cont. . .crap. . .please erase that from the record."
After hours of deliberation, the City Council finally settled on the one contest they could think of that did not involve illegal immigrants: a xeroxing contest to be held in the copy room in the back of City Hall."The person who can make perfectly centered, enlarged at 175%, double sided copies of all the contents in my wallet in the least number of tries will win a $50 gift certificate to Cracker Barrel Restaurant," explained Mayor Andy Johnson at the end of the meeting.
The announcement was met with loud boisterous cheering from members of the Administrative Assistants Association.
The City now has two days to prepare for the contest that will probably draw somewhere between 50-75 participants. When asked if he thinks the copy machine will be able to withstand such rigorous use, the copy machine maintenance worker commented, "No se, la maquina es muy viejo y pienso que la oficina va a necesitar a comprar mas tinta."