Do we have your phone number?

Do we have your phone number?

The City Phone Directory is now online (click here to access it) – but we need to make sure our information is current. Please take a look at our online directory and let us know if we have your phone number right, if you want your number removed or if you want your listing removed from the directory entirely.

The information shown (with one or two exceptions) is the same information published in the most recent printed phone directory.

 


 

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Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

The City Council passed a motion at its October 8, 2019 meeting setting the hours for trick-or-treating on Halloween evening.

The motion set the time for trick-or-treating from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Neighbors are encouraged to leave their front porch light on to signal their interest in hosting little goblins and ghosts during the event.

Before your favorite little demons march out the door in search of goodies, be sure to snap a picture and post it to the Riverdale Resident’s Facebook Page so we can all enjoy the “pre-candy” versions of their costumes.

For other tips on safe trick-or-treating, check out this post from the Modern Moms blog by clicking here.

Have questions about the nutritional value of all that chocolate and sugar and just how much work it is to burn all of those extra calories off? Check out this post from a local health expert and certified dietician on “Let’s Move Quad Cities”.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

In an October 17th memo to the City Council, mayor Mike Bawden, provided some initial thoughts on setting up a City Sewer Commission for 2020. The item is one of several slated for the COMMITTEE REPORTS section of next Tuesday’s City Council Meeting (to be held at 10/22/19).

Mike Bawden, Mayor of Riverdale

In the memo, Mayor Bawden, said the time was right to consider such a proposal, given the fact that the City of Riverdale is “fast approaching a point where we’ll have a good handle on the anticipated costs of infrastructure upgrades that will need to be made at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in West Davenport. That is the plant that services all of Riverdale’s sewage, which is conveyed to the plant through an extensive network of pipes running from Panorama Park through Riverdale and Bettendorf to Davenport.

The expected increase in costs to the City and the fact that rates have not been adjusted for quite some time mean sewer rates in Riverdale are likely to rise quickly and dramatically. The purpose of a City Sewer Commission, then, is to provide residents with an opportunity to participate in the conversations and decision-making process when it comes to building, maintaining and paying for the system.

Sewer Rates are Expected to Rise in 2020

With the memo specifically mentioning rates, Mayor Bawden provides the following information:

The City of Riverdale’s rates have not been adjusted in many years, resulting in on-going losses in the City’s Sewer Fund. Infrastructure repairs need to be paid from this fund, as well, and this past year, the Council had to move money from our General Fund to the Sewer Fund to cover that expense. While this is allowable (and we had the cash to do it), in the future, we may need to issue bonds to cover infrastructure repairs/enhancements deemed necessary by the Council.

Commission Structure and Responsibilities

According to Mayor Bawden, the Sewer Commission would be designed to operate in a manner very similar to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission:

Much like the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Sewer Commission would meet once a quarter in a public meeting (with a posted agenda and minutes) to hear presentations, conduct their deliberations, and vote on their recommendations. Official “actions” (e.g. authorizing expenditures, setting rates, etc.) would be taken by the City Council using the research and recommendations of the commission as an important source of information.

 

Every meeting held by the Sewer Commission would include, at a minimum, a financial report on the fiscal health of the sewer fund, a collections report identifying who is delinquent in paying their sewer fees, a projection of sewer fund viability at current/proposed rates, and appropriate monitoring reports on flow and other quality metrics deemed necessary by the commission.

 

The commission would be managed by a Sewer Commission Administrator (most likely the City Administrator) to make sure notices are posted and information is made available according to the State of Iowa’s Sunshine Laws. The chair of the commission would be expected to attend meetings of the Joint Sewerage Commission – the 28E that’s being formed by Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale and Panorama Park to oversee the operation of the 1973 Trunk Line, the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Compost Facility.

So, what do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments section, below …

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (10-22-19)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (10-22-19)

The agenda and supporting documents for the next regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council (scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening, October 22nd at 7pm) are now available.  

The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Cleaning up your yard? Don’t leave it in the street!

Cleaning up your yard? Don’t leave it in the street!

As homeowners all over Riverdale start to get ready for falling leaves and the final weekends in the yard before the snow flies, we’d like to offer a friendly reminder: please don’t leave your yard waste in the city’s streets this fall or you could be fined for violated Chapter 135.05 of the Riverdale City Code.

In past years, the City hasn’t said much to residents who rake their grass clippings, sticks and dead leaves into the street. But now that Riverdale doesn’t have its own street sweeper and is paying an outside contractor to clean our streets, we’re mindful of the additional expense created when too much debris is in the streets to give them a good cleaning. 

We don’t sweep the streets just to make them look pretty

Leaves and grass clippings on Circle Drive sometime last fall. Please make sure your yard clippings and leaves are either burned or bagged this season.

In fact, quarterly street sweeping and drain cleaning is part of the City’s obligation to retain its storm water management certification, required for metropolitan cities of all sizes – including Riverdale. By keeping our streets and gutters free of debris, stormwater (like rain or melted snow) has a place to go and won’t pool up and freeze at night. That can save the City loads of money down the road by reducing maintenance costs and reducing risks and damage from pooling water.

This fall, City personnel will be checking our streets regularly to make sure yard waste is being handled correctly. Residents who don’t seem to have a handle on their wayward leaves and grass clippings will get a reminder notice in the mail, first. Continued failings/code violations will result in fines.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comment area, below.

Don’t forget to get your bulky waste out to the street on Friday!

Don’t forget to get your bulky waste out to the street on Friday!

Don’t forget – the citywide clean-up starts Saturday morning at 7am. If you want to make sure your bulky waste gets picked up, have it to the curb Friday night!

You can learn more about what to do with your bulky waste on Friday by going here.

How to get rid of hazardous and electronic waste

Some items shouldn’t find their way to your bulky waste pile on Friday. Hazardous items, like household cleaners, oil-based paints, solvents and the rest should be handled by people who know how to recycle and dispose of unwanted materials like that. Fortunately, the Waste Commission of Scott County has those capabilities.

The same is true for electronic waste like TVs, stereos, computers and other devices that run on electricity. In many cases, those items can be refurbished, resold and re-used. If not the Waste Commission is able to take them a part (de-manufacture) and resell the components and metals used to make them.

If you have electronic waste or hazardous materials, you can take those items directly to the Waste Commission of Scott County’s recycling center (click here for a map) in Davenport anytime during the year.

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

City officials have been telling Riverdale residents their sewer rates are unrealistically low for over two years. And now, after years of discussion and planning, costs for the shared sewer line running from Panorama Park to West Davenport have been determined by a joint body representing all of those communities.

That means the City of Riverdale can now re-set its sewer rates for residents to reflect the actual costs of belonging to this common utility.

While rates are expected to be re-set significantly higher than they have been in Riverdale, it’s expected that the rates will still be at or below rates for homeowners in Bettendorf or Davenport. Rates in Riverdale are currently as much as 80% lower than costs experienced by some Davenport homeowners.

So why has it taken Riverdale so long to re-set its rates?

There are two big factors that affect Riverdale residents’ sewer rates: determining how much of Riverdale’s “flow” is the result of commercial activity from Arconic and finalizing the cost of improvements to the jointly-owned waste water treatment plant required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). That information now appears to be at-hand and negotiations with the IDNR to extend performance deadlines have also helped reduce costs to a degree.

The City’s plan, as it currently stands, is to start re-working calculations for sewer rates to reflect the current flow rates, planned improvements/upgrades to the City’s sewer lines (to reduce “inflow & infiltration” and, thereby decreasing flow to lower costs), and projected capital improvements at the waste water treatment plant in West Davenport. Ideally, that work will involve the new City Treasurer (assuming a satisfactory candidate can be found expeditiously).

Once preliminary calculations are done, the City will host an open meeting with the public to walk through the issues, process used to calculate the new sewer rates, projected effects of adding homes in the Woods Estates development and to solicit feedback.

There is no delay expected in first-quarter billing for 2020 at this time.

Should the City post audio files of its public meetings online?

Should the City post audio files of its public meetings online?

At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting (10/08/19), the mayor proposed the idea that recordings of the City’s public meetings should be available as audio files on its website. Members of the City Council didn’t all agree on whether or not that was something that should be done – and, once you look into the issue, you find there are a variety of issues that need to be addressed.

There are some technological considerations that have to be taken into account. Will transcripts have to be provided as well as the recordings? Are there any state guidelines about what needs to be made available with regard to files, online players, etc.?

And, of course, meetings will probably need to run a little differently, too. If an audio recording is made of a meeting, attendees (and the chair) will need to remember to allow only one person to speak at a time – and the amount of time allowed for people to opine (currently unrestricted except in the most extreme cases) will probably need to be limited.

Feelings on the Council ranged from: “If people really want to know what goes on in these meetings, they should be here” to “the more transparency, the better.”

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments section, below.

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

A great time was had by all at this year’s Pete the Purple Bull 5k and Fun Run – held in Riverdale. This is the second year in a row the event has been held in our city and, this time, the City of Riverdale provided a free pancake breakfast in the Community Room at City Hall and the Riverdale Fire Department displayed the  US Flag and gave kids a chance to check out the fire trucks.

Thanks to City Council Member Kelly Krell, incoming Council Member Kevin Adams and Caroline Bawden for cooking food. Thanks also to Chris Bernard, Adrian Castillo and other members of the RVFD who helped hoist the flag, roll out the trucks and keep a particularly attentive turkey away from the festivities.

Special thanks also go out to the HABLO (an employee resource group at Arconic) and to MY PLACE in Riverdale for being sponsors of the event which helps QC United raise money to deal with bullying in our schools.

Check out all the great pictures (provided by HABLO, Kelly Krell and Kevin Adams)!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Just a quick reminder … the Pete the Purple Bull 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run will be taking place in Riverdale tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:00 am. If you are driving through Riverdale, please be on the look out for guests who may not be aware of the traffic around them.

The race route will begin and end at City Hall and runners will be running on the MRT to the college drive, up the drive to Belmont Road, then turn around and return the same way.

Pancakes, sausages and other food will be available at 8:30 in the Community Room following race registration (which runs from 7:30 to 8:30am).

We look forward to seeing you there!

City Parks Planning Project

City Parks Planning Project

Kelly Krell, City Council Member

The City’s consulting engineer, MSA Professional Services, provided a draft of a parks planning proposal for City Council consideration. The initial draft had been reviewed with Council Member Kely Krell (who has helped drive the City’s parks and recreation projects for the past 18 month or so).

The current draft is under consideration by the Council who will discuss it in more detail at their 10/22 meeting. The cost for the consulting services is $12,600.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The proposal from MSA consists of three parts:

PART 1: Project kickoff and analysis of existing conditions; work will include development of maps of the existing parks and recreational facilities in the City of Riverdale; development of a map of the existing park service areas and the creation of a map showing existing trail and pedestrian systems.

PART II: Community engagement; work will include both face-to-face and online engagement of members of the community to gain their input and insights into what should be done with Riverdale’s natural assets.

PART III: Needs Assessment and Plan Development. 

Budget:

Consulting Services Budget = $12,600

Project Bid Date:

October 22, 2019

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

 

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(Updated) City begins search for a new City Clerk.

(Updated) City begins search for a new City Clerk.

(Updated 10-10-19) After reviewing preliminary discussions with a consultant to assist in the search and selection of a new City Clerk for Riverdale, the mayor and council have agreed to delay a formal search until after the start of the new calendar year.

Cheryl Channon, City Council

For now, the City will proceed with identifying and hiring someone to fill the role of Treasurer – another of the positions currently filled on a part-time basis by Mr. Fullerlove. On Tuesday, October 8, the City Council approved the placement of this ad for the position and City Administrator, Tim Long, suggested that he thought it was possible to have a preliminary slate of candidates for review and discussion by the Council at its next meeting on 10/22.

With the decision made by Finance Committee Chair, Council Member Cheryl Channon, to not run for re-election, the Council agreed that they hoped most of the difficult budget work could be completed before Cheryl’s departure at the end of the year. The person fulfilling the Treasurer duties will need to work extensively with Council Member Channon, City Administrator Long and the mayor/mayor elect to make sure this deadline gets met.

(Original Story: 09-15-19) City Administrator, Tim Long, laid out the city’s general plan for finding a replacement City Clerk (to replace Ron Fullerlove who resigned on August 22nd to become the county administrator in Mercer County, IL).

“Ron had been instrumental in helping the City get on top of its financial situation and establish a more proactive approach to managing our tax levies and expenditures,” said Mayor Mike Bawden. “We now need to find someone who will view the clerk’s position in Riverdale as an opportunity for growth – and that may require us to make some changes to the ways we’ve been doing things over past practices.”

After conducting some initial meetings with other city administrators and consultants with knowledge of the market, Mayor Bawden and Administrator Long intend to provide a more detailed breakdown of the search and hiring process to City Council members for their review and input.