Q. Do city or county building codes regulate how many toilets need to be in a restaurant? In the past two weeks, I have been to restaurants in Bettendorf and Davenport, and both of these establishments have only one woman's and one men's stall for the entire restaurant. Both establishments look to seat more than 100 people. — Reader

A. We contacted the cities of Bettendorf and Davenport to find out. Bill Connors, Bettendorf community development director, responded:

"The number of fixture units are determined by Chapter 29 of the International Building Code based on the occupancy classification of the business and the design occupant load."

To view the full text of IBC Chapter 29, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.

Q. I'm just amazed when reading the Quad-City Times all the felons who stay on the streets somehow and just continue to commit crimes and get little more than a slap on the wrist or a time out. What would be very informative in an article such as this is an explanation as to why so many charges were dropped. Perhaps the prosecutor can explain. There are no consequences for committing crimes. Once again, a short explanation within the article as to the thought that went into the plea bargain.

A. We contacted Mike Walton, Scott County attorney, and John L. McGehee, Rock Island County state's attorney, for more information. Walton said, "There are many reasons why the state will enter into a plea agreement. It is important to remember an arrest is an allegation. For a conviction, the allegations have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Sometimes, this is difficult, especially if witnesses refuse to cooperate with the prosecution. The prosecution has to realistically evaluate the evidence that can be presented at trial. If the state proceeds with a weak case, then the defendant may be acquitted and get zero punishment. A plea agreement is a method to be sure a defendant gets some punishment, even though it may be less than the original charge. These decisions are made after a thorough evaluation of the evidence and after consultation with law enforcement and the victims. The County Attorney's office seeks to obtain the appropriate sentence for each case and continually obtains convictions in serious cases resulting in significant prison sentences."

The Rock Island County state's attorney's office has not responded. We will follow up with any additional comments once he replies.

Q. What is the name of the body of water in the middle of Credit Island? — Andy

A. We contacted the Davenport Parks and Recreation Department to find out. The department consulted the Richardson-Sloane Special Collection Center of the Davenport Public Library. Here is what they found:

"None of the maps in our collection labels the lagoon or lake on Credit Island.

"However, the Illustrated record of C.W.A. projects, Scott County, Iowa, 1933-1934, p. 53 (SC 352.7 Ill, Vol. 1) names projects #19 and #30 'Credit Island Lake.'"

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