Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale’s new city administrator, Kent Royster, announced that he was moving forward with the Council-approved plan to hire part-time, summer help – but rather than lending a hand in the office, “Kent’s Crew” will be taking on a long list of projects outside.

City Administrator, Kent Royster

“While we’ve got contractors working on a variety of large projects related to sewers and streets, Riverdale’s go-to maintenance guy, George Miller, has a huge To-Do list of projects and isn’t able to get a lot of smaller things done to help keep our gardens and parks vibrant and city grounds picked up,” explains Mr. Royster.

“We’re looking for two or three people who are willing to work around twenty hours a week (weather permitting) on a variety of projects that will keep them outside and making Riverdale look great,” he continued. “The jobs are entry-level and will pay $7.50/hour – so, great for teenagers or kids home from college.”

The City will be accepting applications from anyone over the age of 16 (with a valid driver’s license) and the jobs will run through the month of August – allowing for the start of school and other activities. You can click here to download an application.

And if you see something you think needs to be cleaned up or fixed in town, let us know by filling out our online form for Maintenance Work Orders.

We need your input on Riverdale’s parks and trails

We need your input on Riverdale’s parks and trails

Riverdale needs to hear from residents about what they feel is needed when it comes to parks, trails and wild spaces owned and cared for by the City. For the past few months, an ad hoc group of residents have been working with Council Member Anthony Heddlesten and representatives from MSA Professional Services to conduct a comprehensive review of the natural assets of the community.

A survey has been developed to collect the thoughts of residents on how the City should use its natural assets and further develop the parks and trails in the City. MSA has prepared an overview of the project that explains the processes used and the long-term vision and goals the process is intended to define.

The hope is that the City and MSA will be able to conduct a virtual community input session sometime this summer. The public’s participation in the survey is necessary, though, to make sure that input session is worthwhile.

Please click here to take the survey right now.

Don’t forget: new fireworks regulations are in effect

Don’t forget: new fireworks regulations are in effect

Last year, the Riverdale City Council passed some revisions to the City Code about the use of fireworks. While fireworks are not prohibited for celebrations like the 4th of July, there are some rules you need to know.

Please keep in mind that people are restricted from having “Display Fireworks” which includes fireworks “containing any explosive or flammable compound” which are not considered to be “Consumer” or “Novelty” fireworks (e.g. firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, sparklers, spinners, etc.). In short, to commercial-grade fireworks.

It is against the law for people under the age of eighteen to discharge a firework without parental supervision. And you can only discharge a firework at your own premises or at another premises where you’ve been given permission. Finally, it’s important to understand that if you discharge a firework, you assume all responsibility for what happens when it goes off.

With specific regard to this weekend’s activities, fireworks can only be discharged during July 3rd and July 4pm between the hours of 2pm and 11pm.

Please be safe, have fun and post photos and videos of your fireworks display to the Riverdale Residents page on Facebook.

 

Hours to change at City Hall

Hours to change at City Hall

Effective Monday, July 6, Riverdale City Hall will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. The change in hours corresponds with the recent hiring of a new City Administrator and Deputy Clerk for the City, both of whom will be working full-time with the start of the new fiscal year.

Although staff will be working at City Hall from 8am to 5pm, the building will be open to the general public starting at 10am each day. This allows staff to meet and organize their work-days accordingly. The public is able to meet with staff before 10am, but must call ahead and make an appointment to do so.

The general number for City Hall is: 563-355-2511.

Water fighting in Riverdale

Water fighting in Riverdale

On June 13, the Riverdale Fire Department hosted their annual water fight competition. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was the first water fight that many of the departments invited were actually able to attend, so it was an impressive turnout of firefighters and their friends and families having a good time.

The competition was re-named this year as the “Analiese Chapman Memorial Waterfight.” In addition to naming the competition after Analiese, who passed away earlier this year from Cystic Fibrosis, the department also unveiled new #TeamAnaliese decals that will be on all RFD apparatuses.

The event was also covered by WHBF and KLJB TV:

The Bookmobile is coming … to Riverdale!

The Bookmobile is coming … to Riverdale!

The Scott County Library’s Bookmobile will be making its next stop in Riverdale on July 2nd from 3pm to 5:45pm, and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. The Bookmobile will be at City Hall and people can browse through the collection (one person at a time, please).

According to the Scott County Library’s web page for the Bookmobile …

In June 1947, Edna Spies founded the Scott County Bookmobile to bring library service to rural children, and in 1950, the Scott County bookmobile organization became the Scott County Library System.

The bookmobile remains an important element of our outreach services and partners with elementary schools and brings library service to the residents of Scott County. 

Riverdale residents pay around $16,000 a year to the Scott County Library system which operates a branch library system in Eldridge, Blue Grass, Walcott, Park View, Durant, Princeton and other small towns in Scott County outside of the metro area.  You can check out their published schedule to find out when the bookmobile will be back to Riverdale.

With the return of the Bookmobile, Riverdale residents will be able to return books to the county library system or pick-up books they’ve pre-ordered from the library. Although entry into the mobile library won’t be possible on this trip, it is possible to check material out directly from the bookmobile while it is in our neck of the woods.

For more information, contact Catherine Zimmerman at the Scott County Library – 563-285-4794

Want to learn more about COVID-19? Join in on tonight’s Community Conversation in our Virtual Community Room.

Want to learn more about COVID-19? Join in on tonight’s Community Conversation in our Virtual Community Room.

Join Council Member Kelly Krell and local public health expert Rebecca McMeekan Heick in the City of Riverdale’s Online Community Room on Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm for a discussion on COVID-19 facts vs. fiction and local status update.
 
Dr. Heick is an epidemiologist and full-time faculty member at Augustana College, and this is sure to be an insightful and entertaining opportunity to have your questions answered and learn more about what’s going on in our community.
 

Just click here to go to our Online Community Room

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 569-793-517

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
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Not able to attend our community conversation? Don’t worry, an edited video recording of the session held on May 14 can be found below. And remember, many of the tips offered by our guest are still valid and worth keeping in mind today.

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for Sunday, June 21st at 2pm.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall and online.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Meeting To Be Held in the Community Room at City Hall and Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:    Sunday June 21st, 2020
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

THE MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING IS A PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION FOR THE MAYOR, RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO INFORM RESIDENTS, ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO GATHER INPUT ABOUT CITY ISSUES AFFECTING THE RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE.

Agenda:

1. Welcome

2. Current Issues:

A. MRT/DCBT Connector Route Discussion
B. Erosion Problems on Manor Drive Hill
C. Sanitary Sewer Rates
D. Wood Estates Phase II
E. Meals-To-Go Program

3. Comments/Questions from the Public

4. Adjourn

An official version of the agenda can be viewed on the public notice bulletin boards in the City or in staff offices at City Hall during regular business hours.

Please come with your thoughts, comments and fresh ideas!

See you then!

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on Sun, June 21, 2020 (from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) online, 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 go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/569793517 to download the app.

For the first time in two and a half years, we had no one attend the town hall meeting, so Mayor Mike Bawden created a video update regarding each item in the agenda.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, June 23rd 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, June 23, 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:

  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development

New Ordinance to the Riverdale City Code:

  • Second Reading of new sections to the Code for the City of Riverdale (Sections 95.301 – 95.307) establishing a Sewer/Utility Review Committee.

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution approving the employment agreement for the position of Deputy Clerk for the City of Riverdale.
  • A Resolution authorizing the engagement of MSA Engineering Services to oversee the installation of a gate on the fence along the south sidewalk of the walking path attached to the Hwy 67 bridge over Duck Creek.
  • A Resolution authorizing the engagement of MSA Engineering Services to assess the state of the storm water sewer running on the west side of Manor Drive hill.

Discussion of various items include:

    • Staffing plan considerations once full-time staff is on-board by July 6, 2020
    • Changing operating hours for City Hall as of July 6, 2020
    • Creating a drop-off site at City Hall for community e-waste
    • Accounting services mid-year review
    • FY20 budget amendments update
    • Progress on alternative trail connector routes with the City of Bettendorf, Iowa DOT, QC-area biking and running clubs
    • Drainage concerns at the intersection of Hwy 67 and the SCC entrance
    • Hosting a virtual 4th of July on social media
    • Parks and trails survey progress
    • SCC master planning update
    • Meals-to-Go progress report

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members wil be uploaded on Sunday.  

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

A report from the mayor covering administrative work over the last two weeks will be uploaded on Sunday.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on July 14, 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, Tue-Thu) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

Meet Kent Royster, Riverdale’s new City Administrator

Meet Kent Royster, Riverdale’s new City Administrator

At a special session of the Riverdale City Council held on June 16, 2020, Kent Royster was offered and accepted the City’s offer to become its new City Administrator. Mr. Royster currently lives in Bettendorf and has previously served as the City Administrator in Colona, IL and the Assistant City Administrator in Mason City, Iowa.

More details on Mr. Royster’s background and priorities for the coming fiscal year will follow shortly.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Special Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6pm

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, June 16th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall. 

Per guidelines set by the Mayor (in light of the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis), attendance at the meeting will be limited to no more than twenty people (including Council and advisors). The second half of the meeting will be conducted in closed session at the request of the candidate being interviewed for the position of Deputy Clerk.

Agenda

This meeting will cover items related to the appointment of personnel to full-time staff positions with the City. The items covered as part of the Council’s public meeting include:

  • A MOTION to approve the appointment of the selected candidate for the position of City Administrator/City Clerk and setting the salary for the position;
  • A RESOLUTION officially approving the employment agreement;
  • A MOTION to approve the offer of an employment agreement for the Deputy Clerk position with the City of Riverdale, Iowa to an individual following an evaluation of the interview conducted in closed session; and
  • A MOTION to approve the appointment of the selected candidate to the Deputy Clerk position.
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No other business will be discussed at the meeting. The next regular meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm.

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