Over the past few weeks, we’ve received comments and requests from citizens asking the City to do something about riders on the Mississippi River Trail – the bike path that runs through Riverdale from Bellingham to just past Valley Drive.
The concern is that these bike riders rarely stop at cross streets (like Manor Drive) and could cause or be involved in a traffic accident.
Adding to the concern are the facts that Manor Drive doesn’t intersect the bike trail at a 90-degree angle, making it difficult for cars and bikers to see oncoming traffic and the hill to the east of the intersection with the Scott Community College entrance limits sight lines for motorists.
To the casual observer, both situations seem dangerous.
The City of Riverdale has already posted “Yield” signs at these intersections, but bikers don’t seem to pay attention. The question asked at a recent Council Meeting raised the question of changing those signs to “Stop” signs, but similar signs on the bike trail in Bettendorf (along Devils Glen Road) seem to have no effect.
Would changing the “Yield” signs to “Stop” signs make a difference with regard to legal liability should there be an accident? The City is currently investigating that issue, but the initial research seems to indicate it won’t make a difference.
So, what to do?
What kind of signage would make a difference? Should the City be more aggressive in notifying, educating and possibly citing bike riders who don’t follow the traffic controls?
We’d like to know what you think. Contribute to the conversation on our discussion board by clicking here.
Congratulations to the nearly 30 volunteers in the Riverdale Fire Department. Last Monday’s training exercise pushed twenty of them past 50 hours of intense training this year and moved the balance of the department along the goal of doubling the a state-required standard of 24 hours’ training every calendar year.
According to the department’s Facebook Page, Monday night’s training was search and rescue and communication. The fire fighters we able to reach little over 12 feet by stretching as far as they could.
The firemen’s masks were covered with hoods so they couldn’t see and were forced to communicate with each other to coordinate their actions.
RFD fire fighters meet at City Hall on Monday nights at 6:30 for 2-3 hours of training every week of the year.
Check out the video and photos of our firefighters in action – albeit at floor level:
Fire Chief Floyd Bruns and others watch as RFD fire fighters train on the floor of the firehouse.
RFD fire fighters working as a team.
With hoods over their masks, RFD fire fighters had to talk each other through the training drill.
Kudos to the Riverdale Fire Department for the great job they did teaching kids and their families the essentials of fire safety at Hy-Vee last Sunday. Special thanks to all the volunteers.
Follow the Riverdale Fire Department on Facebook to keep up with everything they do!
Hosing down the fire with a little help from a little friend.
Freddy and a friend teach kids about fire safety.
Volunteers from the Riverdale Fire Department spent some time on Sunday teaching kids about fire safety. Thanks to our awesome volunteers!
Kids got to learn how to hose down a fire and shoot water through a window at in the Hy-Vee parking lot.
Nothing like a little sibling rivalry!
Firefighter Freddy looks a little pooped out after a full day of teaching kids about fire safety.
Even moms and dads got to learn how to operate a fire hose.
Good clean fun with a firehose at Hy-Vee courtesy of the Riverdale Fire Department.
Kids of all shapes and sizes learned about fire safety from the RFD volunteers.
The view from the RFD’s extended ladder.
Kudos to Chief Floyd Bruns, Assistant Chief Brian Ballard and the rest of the Riverdale Fire Department for maximizing the training opportunity afforded by burning down the old Welch farm house on State Street. Developer Seth Woods generously gave permission and access to the property for the training fire.
Firefighters from McCausland and LeClaire also participated in the exercise.
You can see video from the training fire as well as other pictures – and keep up on your favorite volunteer fire department – by following the RFD on Facebook.
UPDATE from 04/24 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Council Member Paul DCamp reported that he has begun the process of assembling a team to review the City’s emergency services needs and capabilities. As the member of the City Council tasked with moving forward on fire and public safety matters, Councilman DCamp has reached out to the Scott Emergency Management Agency (SCEMA) as part of his initial research on developing a needs assessment and – eventually – a plan for dealing with natural disasters, industrial accidents and other emergency situations that may occur within the city limits.
According to the advice provided by Mr. David Donovan, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Scott County, the first step in developing a community-wide plan would be to pull together a small, core planning team and meet to discuss a process and timeline for research and plan development. Mr. Donovan offered to meet with Riverdale’s core planning team once one was assembled.
Mr. Donovan’s suggestion was:
“In addition to the mayor/council, I would suggest a city hall staff [member], someone from fire (Brian Ballard might be good or whomever Floyd would suggest), and public works. This group would lead the effort. Others to consider pulling in would include Sheriff’s Office, local business (Arconic, MidAmerican, Schebler, etc.), one or two residents, Scott Community College and PV Schools. Those folks could be a larger steering committee that would provide input as the plan progresses.”
Councilman DCamp proposed moving ahead with the creation of a small core planning team. Formal action (if needed) will be taken at the next City Council meeting.
Interested in pitching in to help? Let us know.
Awesome job by the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) who, along with Bettendorf, LeClaire and Rock Island Arsenal departments provided a quick response to a fire at Arconic’s Davenport Works on Saturday, April 21st.
Asst. Fire Chief Brian Ballard received a note of thanks from the plant protection manager at Arconic’s Davenport Works, Dennis Graham, this past week:
“Thanks to the dedication and mutual response from local resources, we were able to minimize the damage to our facility and reduce interruption to production while ensuring employees were kept safe.”
Congratulations on a job well done!