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MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, October 13th at 7:00pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited to 15 people in-person, others can attend online.  If you choose to attend in-person, you will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to approve a professional services agreement with MSA for engineering services related to a proposed urban renewal plan for the Fenno Hill area
  • A Resolution to approve the change of some street names in the Woods Estates subdivision
  • A Resolution to establish a date for a public hearing to discuss the proposed urban renewal plan and TIF ordinance for the Fenno Hill area

Discussion of various items include:

    • Requests for key dates for meetings and events to include on a City calendar planned for a December publication
    • Changes made to the City’s Chart of Accounts
    • Work on the preparation of an urban renewal plan for the Fenno Hill area and what it means for the City
    • Details of the Citywide clean-up planned for October 17
    • Status of snow removal services for this coming winter
    • Holiday celebration plans for the City and residents
    • A proposed “spring fling” event in Woods Estates in 2021
    • Development of a long-term vision for the RFD and plans for the October 25 open house
    • Budget planning for FY22
    • Issues surrounding on-going concerns about the gate across the sidewalk extension at the south end of Kensington Street in Havens Acres

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (67 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

A copy of the City Engineer’s report from MSA can be found here.

Additional reports to Council include:

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on October 27, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding its regularly-scheduled public meeting Thursday evening, September 24, 2020 at 7pm..

Due to the Governor of Iowa’s recent declaration concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held online via GoToMeeting. More details on how to attend and participate will be added to this post shortly. Please check back or follow the City’s activities on social media for updates.

7ttending the Meeting Online

To attend the Planning & Zoning Public Hearing and Meeting on Thu, September 24, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 88:00 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 804-659-765

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call:(571) 317-3122 and use the access code (804-659-765) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/804659765 to download the app.

complecomplete Agenda 

CITY OF RIVERDALE
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA  

PLACE: The meeting will be held online via GoToMeeting.
Meeting To Be Held Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:  Thursday, September 24, 2020     TIME:  7:00 P.M.

This meeting of the Riverdale, Iowa Planning & Zoning Commission will be conducted according to the following order and actions will be considered on the items listed. The notice of this meeting is not considered final until 24 hours prior to the meeting and may be further modified if 24 hours notice is impossible or impractical for good cause. 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state laws, all public hearings and meetings held or sponsored by the city of Riverdale, IA will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Persons requiring auxiliary aids and services should contact City Hall at (563) 355-2511 five (5) days prior to the hearing or meeting to inform of their anticipated attendance.  

1. Welcome and Roll Call 

2. Review and Approval of the Agenda 

3. Approval of Minutes March 24, 2020 

4. Accept Resignation of Bill Briesch

5. Welcome New Member

6. Discussion of Proposed R3 Zoning

7. Discussion of Minor Plat Sketch Plan for Proposed Development on Belmont Road

8. Discussion of Proposed Street Name Change in Woods Estates Subdivision

9. Set Next Meeting for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (at 7pm)

10. Adjournment  

Documents

P&Z Commission Packet (includes complete agenda and updated minutes)

Revised Minutes for Consideration and Approval

Belmont Project Site Plan

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:15pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, September 8th at 7:15pm (following a public hearing scheduled for 7pm). Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited to 15 people in-person, others can attend online.  If you choose to attend in-person, you will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (from 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to approve fees and a process for permitting sanitary sewer work and rehabilitation
  • A Resolution to approve and adopt the annual street financial report to the Iowa DOT for FY 20
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to prepare for the expenditure of up to $55,000 for a mobile air compressor unit for the use of the Riverdale Fire Department

Discussion of various items include:

    • Suggestions of people to serve on an advisory committee to review issues surrounding the connection between the MRT and Duck Creek Bike Trail
    • Council member attendance at the upcoming Iowa league of Cities Conference
    • Production of a 2021 city calendar
    • Establishing an emergency fund for the City
    • Need for photography of damaged property from the August 10 storm
    • A review of the Parks & Trails Assessment report prepared by MSA
    • Fall Fest
    • The Purple Bull Run
    • Trick or Treat options
    • Bookmobile appearances
    • Next steps in the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • Possible joint project with Panorama Park

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (49 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

A copy of the City Engineer’s report from MSA can be found here.

The Parks & Trails Assessment presentation deck and report can be downloaded from the site as well (click on both hyperlinks).

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on September 22, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting set for September 24 at 7pm

MEETING NOTICE: Public Hearing called for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7pm.

A public hearing to review specific details of the “Meals-to-Go” program will be convened by the Riverdale City Council at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited to 15 people in-person, others can attend online.  If you choose to attend in-person, you will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the public hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Welcome:

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call

Discussion:

  • Need for the CDBG Project
  • Description of the CDBG-funded project and activities
  • The amount of CDBG funds for the project
  • Estimated amount of CDBG assistance that will benefit low and moderate income per person
  • The location of the project activities
  • Any relocation that will have to take place
  • Contact information if a resident has concerns or complaints regarding the project
  • Community development housing needs of low-to-moderate income persons in teh city and any planned or potential activities to address their needs
  • Other Community Development and Housing needs

Comments from Audience:

Adjournment

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

 

Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

(UPDATED 08-26-2020) Mayor Mike Bawden has issued an executive order changing the ground rules for public meetings to be held at City Hall for the foreseeable future.

Effective immediately, all public meetings of the City are to be held in a hybrid fashion (online and in-person) and all deliberative members of the body are asked to attend online so their comments and votes on matters can be properly recorded.

According to the executive order:

1) Public meetings should be held, whenever possible, in a hybrid fashion with the chair of the meeting present in the Community Room at City Hall along with up to fourteen other participants (residents, guests, consultants, etc.).

2) Deliberative participants (members of the City Council or commission members required to attend) and the remainder of the public body interested in attending the meeting, must do so online through the Virtual Community Room feature found on the City’s website.

3) In-person attendance at meetings cannot exceed fifteen people. If more than fifteen people come to the meeting, those who arrive after the fifteenth person will be asked to leave the building and attend online.

4) All meetings should be recorded so accurate meeting minutes can be constructed for the public record.

5) All in-person, meeting attendees are required to wear a face mask. It is not the City’s responsibility to provide face masks. If a person does not have a face mask or refuses to wear one, they are required to leave the building.

6) The order will remain in effect until the number of new COVID-19 cases in Scott County has returned to its pre-summer spike level (a total of 50 or fewer cases over a two-week period). The infection rate in the county will be checked monthly.

A copy of this order is available from the Deputy Clerk during regular office hours at City Hall (8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday) and is also posted on the public notice bulletin boards at either entrance to City Hall. Changes to or the termination of this executive order will be posted to City Hall and the website when it occurs.

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Mayor institutes a burn ban until August 28

Mayor institutes a burn ban until August 28

In a letter sent out via email to all residents, Mayor Mike Bawden implemented a ban on outdoor burning of materials until August 28, 2020.

In that letter, Mayor Bawden implemented a burn ban in the City of Riverdale until power can be restored to the City and most of the clean-up work has been completed. The City will be picking up debris from Monday’s storm this weekend and possibly next. Additionally, the City has placed dumpsters in three locations for residents to use to dispose of tree limbs, leaves and other organic matter as a result of the storm.

Burn Ban Specifics

The Mayor explained that the ban has been enacted at the request of several citizens:

At the request of several citizens, I am ordering a ban on burning leaves, wood and other materials outside until all the power is restored to the City and most of the clean-up work is done. We have several residents who are senior citizens and others with breathing conditions who have to leave their windows open in order to get air circulating in their house. Smoke from a fire in the
neighborhood makes it nearly impossible for them to breath comfortably.

This burn ban effectively suspends the open burning of “Disaster Rubbish” which is allowed under Chapter 105.5 (1) and the burning of “Landscape Waste” which is allowed under Chapter 105.5 (3) of the City’s code of ordinances.

Please be respectful of your neighbors and hold off burning until the burn ban is lifted at the end of the month.

Also, please note that the City’s ordinances about burning remain in effect at this time. That means the following acts are prohibited even after the burn ban is lifted:
• No burning in city streets, curbs or gutters or in alleys (Ch. 135.08)
• No burning of combustible materials except through a chimney or stack (Ch. 105.05)
• No burning of waste gases.
• Burn barrels are prohibited
• The burning of garbage is prohibited (Ch. 105.12)

If you have a question or see someone burning anything in their yard or driveway between now and August 28, please notify City Hall (563-355 2511).

How to respond to warnings from the National Weather Service

How to respond to warnings from the National Weather Service

Riverdale Council Member Anthony Heddlesten offers some great advice on what to do if you receive a warning from the NWS or hear the storm sirens go off. (Taken from Facebook)

Post-derecho I’ve seen several Facebook friends post about NWS warnings and sirens and their lack of understanding or maybe better understanding post disaster. I’ve been getting daily NWS briefings from 3 offices for about a decade now. I respond to disasters, and know some things, but I’m not a perfect fount of knowledge either – reach out to your local city, EMA, and NWS professionals for more (and probably better) ideas!

Here are some things I think you should know:

1) there’s a cool color coded warning system for severe thunderstorms (light green, green, yellow, orange, red, pink) after looking at these reports and responding to disasters for a decade, I have developed the following risk stance towards these colors (meh, better bring an umbrella, better know where a sturdy shelter is at all times, better be within walking distance of a sturdy shelter at all times, I’m not leaving the house today, I’m not leaving the basement today; respectively)

2) on literally every day that’s been orange, red, or pink in 10 years, a tornado has hit within that area listed. Often times I’m not effected, but someone is catastrophically impacted. Every. Single. Time. In. Ten. Years.

3) sirens blow for things that will ruin your month. Not your afternoon, not your event that you’re at, your month. Sirens are for catastrophic damages somewhere within earshot of you. They are meant to get you to a sturdy shelter ASAP.

4) you need to learn how to read NWS text write ups for storms – there is a ton of fast moving info that is very succinct and is constantly being field verified. Be particularly mindful for “spotter indicated” vs “radar indicated”. There is a ton more data that they provide than what a weather app has. Why doesn’t NWS have a weather app?! I’m completely baffled.

5) GOES-R came out a couple years ago and made everything better and smarter, but anyone who’s studied hydraulics of fluids (air is a fluid) knows how hard it is to categorize and define movement of fluids in a three dimensional system as robust and intricate as our atmosphere. Learn about GOES and what it does and ask that it continues to be funded. That’s not a guarantee.

6) find more ways to get notified – storm sirens aren’t meant to be heard in your home – NOAA weather radios are. Set your Facebook/social media feed to bring your local NWS and EMA office Messages front and center! See if your county has other sorts of emergency notification system like Nixle or reverse 911 and SIGN UP NOW. it will text you things you need to know. Go to iNWS and sign up for automated alerts for areas that are important to you – you literally can draw a polygon on a GIS server and select which watches and warnings you want to receive. It’s super easy.

These are simple things you can do to be safe(r) during an emergency situation. Good luck!

Storm Update: The Clean-up Continues!

Storm Update: The Clean-up Continues!

Neighbors, contractors and City staff are working together to help Riverdale recover following Monday’s fierce storm that saw winds in excess of 90 mph bring down trees and snap power poles, leaving most residents and businesses in the city without power and in some cases, phone and Internet service.

First Responders respond first

Special thanks to Riverdale’s maintenance man, George Miller and seven other members of the Riverdale Fire Department who worked into the night on Monday to make roads passable in the City. They worked on South Bellingham, Elmhurst Lane, South Kensington and at the site of a massive limb completely blocking Circle Drive.

What to do with all the tree limbs and debris?

Clearing the streets of debris was the first priority for the City who ordered the delivery of three dumpsters for resident use on Tuesday. Those dumpsters, located at Volunteer Square Park (in the parking lot), Peggy’s Park (next to the playground) and Fieldcrest Road (at the dead end) are there to collect yard and tree debris only, not for garbage. The dumpsters will be replaced with empty dumpsters on Friday or Saturday and remain through next week and are scheduled for pick-up on August 26.

On Wednesday, following emergency update phone calls between City Administrator Kent Royster, members of the City Council and Mayor, it was decided to engage a private contractor to pick up debris from resident yards this weekend (depending on rainfall on Saturday, pickup may not start until Sunday). The contractor, TJ Schwartz Excavating, will be going from neighborhood to neighborhood with a large dump truck to collect debris from their curbside locations.

Debris should be cut into 5-foot sections so they can be composted at the Scott County Compost Facility. All disposal fees are being waived, so making sure our material can be processed is essential. To make pick-up go as efficiently as possible, we are asking residents to stack the debris as neatly as possible.

Other yard waste can be put in paper bags and left at the curb for Monday pick-up by Republic Services.

Depending on an assessment of the amount of damage in the community on Monday, the City may engage the contractor to come back for another pick-up in the community the weekend of August 22. Please check this website and the Riverdale Resident’s Page on Facebook for further updates.

Cleaning Up the City’s Parks

There was some extensive limb loss in Volunteer Square Park and major tree damage in VanGundy Park. Quercus, the City’s landscape contractor sent an emergency crew to help clean up and care for/remove damaged trees. The Mayor and City Administrator will discuss the extent of the damage with Quercus next week and start formulating a plan to deal with the lost trees for Council review in September.

The playgrounds at Peggy’s Park and Bicentennial Park both appear to be in fairly good shape.

Additional Disaster Relief

City Hall has limited power (thanks to the emergency generator) and while the main office is not air conditioned while operating on emergency power, Council Chambers is. As a result, the City will keep Council Chambers open to the public from 8am – 5pm every week day until power is restored to the City. While in the City’s Council Chambers, residents can re-charge their electronic devices, use the public-access wi-fi and escape the heat. 

Occupancy is limited to seven people at a time and those who use the room will be asked to socially distance from one another. 

If you have any questions, please call Administrator Royster at 563-355-2511.

Also, for residents who have lost food as a result of the power being shut-off, there is some government assistance available through the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program can help recover the cost of car repairs, food replacement and temporary housing expenses.

You’ll find more about it in this press release from Governor Reynolds’ office. If you or anyone in your family needs help applying for any of these programs, please contact Administrator Royster at City Hall and he can help with the application process.

When Will the Power Come Back On?

Quite possibly the biggest frustration people are feeling at the moment relates to the lack of progress being made on restoring power to homes and businesses in Riverdale. Most residences and many businesses in the city remain without power as of Thursday and may not see power restored until the weekend.

According to Mid-American Energy, a little over 2/3rds of the residents in the Quad Cities who were knocked off the grid had their power restored by Thursday morning. Crews continue to work in 16-hour shifts and there are over 1,000 out-of-state utility and contract linemen and tree crews who have been brought in to deal with the situation statewide.

We have posted the full announcement from Mid-American on our website – it has a lot of important information that will help residents monitor progress on restoring power. And if you’re home suffered a direct tree-strike that may have dislodged a utility box or service entrance, please make sure you’ve notified Mid-American.

Mid-American provides update on power restoration work

Mid-American provides update on power restoration work

Mid-American Energy Company issued a comprehensive statement to city officials on the progress the company has been making to restore power to areas affected by Monday’s storm.

MidAmerican’s storm recovery and restoration efforts continue with substantial progress made Wednesday. In 24 hours, our crews, supported by utilities from across the Midwest and beyond, restored more than 63,000 customers’ power. Put another way, since the peak when we had 280,000 customers out, almost 200,000 customers have had power restored in 65 hours. Here is the latest breakdown by location:

Peak outages

Outages as of 11 AM Thurs

Restorations completed

DM

145,000

39,742

105,258

QC

106,000

30,927

75,073

IC

28,000

8,669

19,331

System-wide

279,000

82,000

199,662

MidAmerican linemen and tree crews, along with more than 1,000 out-of-state utility and contract linemen and tree crews on the ground assisting us, continue to work around the clock, 24/7. The crews are working 16 hour shifts, mostly 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, with some working 3:00 PM to 7:00 AM staggered shifts to support the all-day coverage.

As you may know, we prioritize restoring service starting with the parts of our system that serve the most customers and this includes the rebuild of the large transmission lines and substations. Additionally, facilities that are critical to communities, such as public safety communications, hospitals, water treatment facilities, etc. are at the top of the list. We then work our way down to medium-sized and smaller circuits along with the individual service lines.

Once the “backbone” of our system, which is the larger transmission and feeder lines, was repaired, we started working in the neighborhoods to focus on restoring local service. This work continues in earnest today and we anticipate restoring most customers by the end of the day. However, some customers may remain out into Friday and part of Saturday due to the sheer volume of incidents and extensive damage.

You may get questions from customers about why their neighbors nearby or even across the street are on but they don’t have power yet. There could be a number of reasons, including that they may be on separate circuits, there may be line damage on their property or somewhere nearby, or perhaps a line feeding into the neighborhood is damaged. As you are aware, our utility infrastructure is complicated and often times there are many sources into a neighborhood and community that allow for us to manage the safety and reliability of the system.

As you know, safety is our top priority for all of our customers and employees. If you see trucks in your neighborhoods, either driving by or idled, they are an integral part of our restoration process. These individuals are assisting with assessing and reporting damage, looking for situations where a simple repair will restore service, and in some cases physically watching downed wires that may be energized to ensure people in the area stay away and stay safe.

Please help us to share information regarding who is responsible for certain equipment and connections on their property. If the customer-owned “weatherhead” or “weathercap”, the service head or service entrance cap, is pulled away from the house or if there is damage to the meter box, an electrician may need to make repairs prior to our crews being able to restore power. We have posted a graphic on our website to help our customers understand their electric service connection.

We continue to encourage customers who are experiencing an outage to report them to us as quickly as possible so we can pinpoint areas of greatest need. Outages can be reported on our website, via private message on Facebook or Twitter, or by phone at 888-427-5632. For gas leak emergencies, call 800-595-5325.

Finally, but most importantly…THANK YOU!!! We so appreciate the countless ways you have stepped up to help…including your support, assistance, coordination, communicating information, and so much more.  We know we are in this together…as there are so many working to support the recovery efforts across all parts of the communities that were hit by this historic storm. This recovery is a monumental task…and in partnership we are strong and resilient.

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Online phone directory removed to prevent potential harassment.

Online phone directory removed to prevent potential harassment.

City Hall was notified that social media posts had started appearing on Facebook that shared the addresses and phone numbers of the mayor, at least one member of the City Council and several residents of the Havens Acres neighborhood. The posts were on a group page dedicated to fighting the closure of the connector path between the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and South Kensington Street in Riverdale.

The reason why the addresses and links to the online phone directory on the City’s website were shared isn’t stated, but several members of the online group objected to the sharing of information and reported the post. The City also contacted the Quad City Bicycle Club and requested they help remove the post – the club has been helpful in quelling disruptive behavior on social media in the past.

The posts have now been removed from Facebook and the online phone directory has been removed from the City’s website for the time being.

“The online phone directory was something we put on the website when we first launched it,” explained Mayor Mike Bawden. “It was provided as a convenience for residents so they could contact their friends and neighbors. Those residents who didn’t want their information on the website could ask for it to be removed – and did.”

“Given the actions of a few people who are very upset with the closure of the connector path between the MRT and Kensington Street, it’s probably best we remove the directory for the time being. If it comes back, it will probably need to come back behind in a secure/password protected section of the website.”

Members of the Facebook group who objected to the posting of private residential addresses and phone numbers contacted the City directly to make sure officials there were aware of what had happened and could take action.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, August 11th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited to 15 people in-person, others can attend online.  If you choose to attend in-person, you will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

DUE TO THE STORM ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10, THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN MOVED BACK ONE WEEK TO TUESDAY, AUGUST 18. THE AGENDA AND MATERIAL FOR PRESENTATION AT THE MEETING REMAINS THE SAME.

Please check our website and social media for further updates.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision
  • Presentation by Dave Ring, president of the Quad City Bike Club about concerns surrounding the closure of the connector path between the MRT and Kensington Street and the safety of the bike crossing at Bellingham Road and State Street

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to approve a proposal for park drawings from MSA (originally tabled at the July 28th meeting)
  • A Resolution to consider a proposed alternate connector route for bikers and pedestrians that connect the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and Duck Creek Bike Trail (DCBT) without crossing Hwy 67 (State Street)
  • A Resolution to re-consider and rescind Resolution 2020-49, adopted by the Riverdale City Council on June 9, 2020
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to negotiate terms of an economic development package for a prospective, multi-family, residential housing project in the City
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to search and engage a financial consultant to aid in long-term financial planning and reporting processes

Discussion of various items include:

    • A review of draft identity materials for the City to be sent to the printer
    • A discussion on the merits of switching the City from a cash basis accounting methodology to a modified accrual method
    • A timeline for closing out the last of the financial reports for FY20 between August and December
    • A timeline for preparation of the FY 22 budget
    • A summary report of the invasive species walk held on August 7
    • An update on the smoke testing work done on the interceptor sewer line running under Hwy 67
    • A review of safety concerns related to crossing Hwy 67 at Bellingham Road and creating alternate connector routes between the MRT and DCBT
    • An update on the fence and gate project on the State Street bridge crossing over Duck Creek
    • An update on plans for a fall event (Fall Fest/Purple Bull Run)
    • An update on the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • A report on the possibility of securing additional CDBG funding for the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • An update on the repair/replacement of the mobile air compressor for the Riverdale Fire Department

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (47 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

A copy of the City Engineer’s report from MSA can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on August 25, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, July 28th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall (maximum capacity is 25 people).

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to conditionally authorize an assessment of the storm water drainage and management under SCC Drive and the entrance to the college at Highway 67.
  • A Resolution to approve a proposal for park drawings from MSA.
  • A Resolution to approve a tree/brush removal proposal for Bicentennial Park from The Davey Tree Company.
  • A Resolution to approve changing the authorizing signatories on the City’s various bank accounts.
  • A Resolution approving the staff recommendation for an employee health benefit plan (for full-time employees).

Discussion of various items include:

    • A review of proposed identity materials for the City.
    • An update on the city’s plan to improve how it manages documents and archives material
    • A status report on the MRT/Havens Acres situation
    • A report on the City’s annual IPERS review
    • A schedule of required reports and deadlines for the City
    • Mid-Year updates on landscaping, mowing, invasive species controls, etc.
    • A report on smoke testing the interceptor sewer line under Hwy 67
    • A discussion about Fall Fest (scheduled for October 3)
    • A “Meals-to-Go” progress report
    • A review of the City’s COVID-19 protocols
    • Updates on the ventilation system installation and the repair of the fire department’s air compressor
    • An update on establishing playground “barriers” around the perimeter of the parks
    • An update on the proposed facade improvement program
    • An update on city entrance/landmark signage

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here. (70 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

A copy of the City Engineer’s report from MSA can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on August 11, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.