RVFD to sell used airpacs to other communities in need of back-ups.

RVFD to sell used airpacs to other communities in need of back-ups.

At the Council’s September 10th meeting, Riverdale Fire Chief, Floyd Bruns, gained City Council approval to sell retired SCBA units to some smaller communities that need back-up air units for their volunteer fire departments.

Chief Bruns explained that smaller departments in the county could not afford to replace their breathing units (like Riverdale did earlier this year) and, as a result, were running short of reliable back-up units to use. 

The Council agreed to have Chief Bruns negotiate the sale of the units and proposed that the funds from the sale would be put into the fire department’s equipment repair and replacement fund. 

Selling the units and designating where the revenues should go will require a resolution of the City Council at a later date (once terms of a sale have been established).

City Council asks MSA to provide a proposal for dealing with rear yard drainage problems in Riverdale.

City Council asks MSA to provide a proposal for dealing with rear yard drainage problems in Riverdale.

At its September 10th meeting, the City of Riverdale’s City Council asked MSA Professional Services to look into a drainage issue affecting the rear yards of several residents on Circle and Manor Drives.

A preliminary investigation of the problem (summarized in this memo to the City Council), led to the request.

Meanwhile, the City is currently looking into records of development in the area to determine who actually owns the line that appears to be clogged. Once ownership/responsibility for maintenance is determined, the City will sit down with residents to walk through the various options available to address the problem and repair the drain line.

City looks to Bettendorf for street sweeping services

City looks to Bettendorf for street sweeping services

The City of Riverdale’s City Council authorized the City’s Administrator to work out terms for an agreement with the City of Bettendorf for street sweeping services.

Iowa’s urban cities are required to sweep their streets and clean their storm intakes drains/culverts at least four times a year. The sweeper currently owned by the city is past its “useful life” and requires $5,000 – $6,000 in repairs. After conducting a cost/benefit study this summer, it was determined the best course of action would be to look for an alternative to owning and operating our own piece of equipment.

In initial conversations with various service providers, it was determined that if the City of Riverdale should pursue a long-term service contract with Bettendorf who could meet both the quality of service standard required (since they have to meet the same standards for their city) and provide those services on a cost-effective basis.

The current plan is to wrap up negotiations with the City of Bettendorf to have their street sweeping crew provide those services to Riverdale on a quarterly basis. 

 

Thoughts, comments or suggestions? Leave them below:

If you have any thoughts on this issue, feel free to leave them in the space provided, below.

City of Riverdale starts investigation into Duck Creek tributary management issue.

City of Riverdale starts investigation into Duck Creek tributary management issue.

At its regular meeting on September 10, 2019, the City of Riverdale’s City Council agree to start investigating the issues surrounding creek bed erosion on the northwest edge of the city. The creek is a tributary flowing into Duck Creek near the south bike trail entrance to Devils Glen Park.

A motion was passed by the Council authorizing MSA Professional Services to develop a scope of work and professional services agreement around a comprehensive management plan for the area. The plan will be presented to the Council for consideration at a future meeting.

A few issues expected to be addressed by the plan developed by the City include:

•  Where are the most critical parts of the tributary stream/bank that need to be addressed first;

•  Is any of the City’s stormwater or sanitary sewer system in jeopardy because of the erosion to-date?

•  What are the immediate actions the City can take yet this fall that will help slow down the erosion next spring (presumably before a construction crew can address the issues identified by the study)?

•  Is there additional work that needs to be done to stabilize the creek bed outside of the Riverdale city limits?

Special thanks to Linda and Dale Hupp and George Seaberg for bringing this issue to the attention of Council Members Anthony Heddleston and Paul DCamp so it could be addressed.

Once a plan has been presented to the City Council and subsequently accepted (with any requested/required modifications), we will be creating an on-going journal on the project’s progress so residents can check in at their convenience.

City Council approves bow hunting contract for winter of 2019-20 season.

City Council approves bow hunting contract for winter of 2019-20 season.

At its September 10, 2019 meeting, the City Council of Riverdale approved Resolution #2019-32, a renewal of last year’s agreement with Kingsley Wildlife Management Services to harvest deer as part of the City’s wildlife management program during the 2019-20 deer hunting season. Kingsley provided similar services last year.

The hunt is scheduled to take place this fall and winter. Deer season in Iowa starts on October 12 and runs through January 31, 2020.

According to the resolution under consideration by the City Council (which is similar to previous resolutions), each hunter must:

  • Obtain a Riverdale Hunting Permit (at $0);
  • Successfully complete an Iowa DNR bow hunter safety education course and proficiency test (taken annually);
  • Hunt in designated areas – and obtain permission from the owner of that parcel in advance;
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any residence, occupied building, church, city park, street and/or roadway (other than municipal property or school property);
  • Hunt during approved/designated hours and days;
  • Use proper field dressing techniques and not leave entrails;
  • Possess all licenses or permits required by the State, County or City;
  • Demonstrate compliance wit these requirements when asked;
  • Present harvested animals at the Spruce Hills Drive Fire Station (in Bettendorf) during specified hours.

Let us know if you have any thoughts on this by leaving a comment in the space below.

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

(Update 09/10/19) – At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council asked MSA Professional Services to survey the land where the MRT runs adjacent to the Havens Acres neighborhood so a barrier fence project can be discussed with residents. The resolution (#2019-28) authorizes MSA to conduct a survey of the area, document the boundaries of the land parcels involved, identify the owners and participate in two community meetings to discuss the costs and other considerations around building a barrier fence between the MRT and homes along the path.

The consideration of constructing some kind of barrier between the MRT and the residents who live along it is just part of a larger initiative undertaken by the City to address the chronic problems identified by citizens who live along Kensington Street and Wisteria Drive in the Havens Acres neighborhoods. For years, residents have been complaining about vehicular traffic on the bike path and both cars and bikes cutting through yards to get from the MRT onto the neighborhood’s streets.

Other aspects of the initiative include additional signage, security cameras, working with the City of Bettendorf to create a diversion for Duck Creek Bike Path traffic and including a bike lane in the road resurfacing/rehabilitation project currently in process for Kensington Street.  Those projects will be handled individually over time in an attempt to adequately manage the bike and foot traffic in the neighborhood resulting from its proximity to both the Duck Creek and Mississippi River Bike Trails.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

MSA Professional Services will provide property corner locations along the shared boundary line between private land owners and the Mississippi River Trail (north side of the trail only) in a manner selected by the City of Riverdale. Where there is an obstacle to placing a property corner pin, MSA will provide tie points.

MSA will present that information to the City Council so the City can organize residential/committee input to solicit opinions on fence type, final location and amenities. MSA will participate in up to 2 meetings to provide information and counsel.

Once the City has determined the final project location and fence type, MSA will prepare documents and advertising to solicit competitive bids.

The complete proposal can be found here.

Budget:

$13,700

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

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Council initiates process for securing snow removal services for 2019-20.

Council initiates process for securing snow removal services for 2019-20.

At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council authorized the administration to begin the process of soliciting multi-year proposals for the removal of snow and ice during the winter months.

You can read Resolution #2019-33 as well as an initial draft of the request for services quote by clicking here.

Council member, Anthony Heddlesten, will spearhead the effort along with City Administrator, Tim Long. There are currently a number of options on the table the City will review, but the hope is that no matter the final “scope of work” there will be way of fairly evaluating the contractor’s performance that will result in the contract renewing automatically rather than requiring the City to go through a new RFP/Contract Award process again.

Among the issues the City has to take into consideration in this contract for services are:

•  the projected growth of the Woods Estates development and what that will mean in terms of additional road requiring plowing;

•  agreement(s) the City may already have in place with Bettendorf to “brine” hillside roads like Fenno Road in advance of coming snows to reduce the ability of snow to accumulate too rapidly.

•  any interest there may be from Scott Community College or the PV School District to combine snow removal needs into one, master contract in order to scale the project to a size that will yield a cost savings to all parties.

•  the establishment of some kind of feedback mechanism for residents to use when they see a problem or haven’t seen a plow within the specified window of service as outlined in the contract.

Have any questions?

If you have thoughts or questions on this subject, please feel free to leave them in the comments section, below.

Valley Drive Drainage Project completed

Valley Drive Drainage Project completed

According to this report from the City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Consultants, the sub-contractor on this project, McClintock Trucking & Excavating, has completed the project.  According to a field report provided by MSA’s Chris Cooper, “The project is complete and conforms to the sketch prepared by MSA and approved by the City of Riverdale.”

The discharge pipe has been moved to a new location, which has since been seeded and blanketed (to prevent erosion). The new location for the pipe means there will be little, if any, water seeping onto Valley Drive this fall and winter.

(Update 08/30/19) – The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, has provided an update that the work on the Valley Drive Drainage project is nearing completion. This report shows the contractor, McClintock Trucking and Excavating, restoring the project site after the excavation and other infrastructure work to install a new drainage structure was completed.

All that is left to do on the site, according to MSA, is to seed the area and submit paperwork to the City for payment.

Construction of a new drainage system in the hillside facing Valley Drive (near the I-67/State Street intersection) should eliminate drainage and icing problems at the location during winter and spring.

(Update 08/29/19) – The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, has provided an update on the Valley Drive Drainage project.

This report shows the the construction of the drainage improvements. The contractor, McClintock Trucking and Excavating, was using 8″ diameter PVC, although 6″ diameter PVC was originally specified. MSA approved the alteration.

This project is nearing completion.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The sub-contractor was expected to supply all labor, equipment and materials to dig up and cut existing pipe and set a new 36″ area drain; run 165′ of 6″ pipe; pour new fillet in new area drain; backfill and compact the open-cut trench; seed with appropriate seed and then cover with a straw mat.

Budget:

MSA Professional Services = TBD

Sub-Contractor(s) = Bid of $11,355 was accepted from bidding sub-contractor; actual costs were $11,335

Project Bid Date:

MSA Proposal was submitted to Council for review; approval was granted on: ________.

Sub-contractor bids were received the beginning of July.  One bid was for $39,100. The second bid was for  $11,355

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

September 5, 2019

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We’d like your favorite memories of 2019 to share in 2020!

We’d like your favorite memories of 2019 to share in 2020!

We’re encouraging residents to upload their favorite photos of the past year or two so we can use them in creating a new city calendar for 2020. We’re open to receiving any photographs you’ve snapped of you, your family and your neighbors having a good time and enjoying what it is about Riverdale that makes it the special place that it is.

Deadline for photo submissions is November 1st!

Please use the form below …

Provide a one-line description we can use as a caption (e.g. Summer Picnic with my kids at Bicentennial Park).
Upload up to five photos - if you have different pictures from different months, please share them as separate uploads.
We want to make sure we identify people correctly - any help you can provide in naming the people in the photo you submit would be most appreciated.
If there's more to this picture than you can explain in one line, tell us the story here.
If you have any questions about these permissions, please give us a call at City Hall (563-355-2511) and let us know.

Help make sure every person is counted in the 2020 census.

Help make sure every person is counted in the 2020 census.

Teresa Fletcher, a recruiter for the 2020 US Census, has been in contact with the city and asked us to provide the following information for residents interested in helping with this important, federal project.
 

For more information about job opportunities with the US Census Bureau for the 2020 Census, apply online or by phone. (Click image to enlarge)

Teresa will be at the Community Room (located in Town Hall) on Wednesday, September 18th from 3pm-6pm to assist with applications and answer questions about the employment positions available with the U.S. Census Bureau. The Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census. The positions are temporary full-time and part-time with varying pay ranges. For Census Takers, the pay starts at $15.00/hour.
 
By working for the Census Bureau, individuals can help make the 2020 Census an accurate and complete count. The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year.
 
Here’s some of what the census numbers effect:
• Medicaid.
• School lunch programs.
• Community development grants. 
• Road and school construction.
• Medical services.
• Business locations.
 
Have questions and can’t wait until Wednesday, September 18th?
See descriptions and frequently asked questions at www.2020census.gov/jobs – you can also download a flyer with essential information related to these job openings.
You can help determine the future of the Quad Cities!

You can help determine the future of the Quad Cities!

Riverdale residents are encouraged to participate in the region’s long-range transportation plan by taking a survey administered by the Bi-State Regional Commission. 

According to a press release from Bi-State, every five years, the commission revisits the Quad Cities Area Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to make adjustments based on changing conditions.  The 2050 plan update process will examine changes to the metro area multi-modal transportation system and in the characteristics of the community over the last five years.

As a metro area over 300,000 people, what will the population be by 2050?  Based on several scenarios, the area could grow to nearly 373,000, or only marginally to 309,000.  Future growth will depend on development policies, and the state of the economy, housing choices, and mobility options available.  Will Quad Citizens be more mobile? Alternatively, will we take shorter trips to work, neighborhood shops, and services?  What will it cost to maintain over 2,000 miles of roads in our metro area?  Will our economy continue to focus on logistics, food production, manufacturing, financial-insurance services, and healthcare?  Or something new?  Are our citizens looking for healthy alternatives to commute and travel?

To check the pulse of our citizens, Bi-State Regional Commission is conducting an online survey about the Quad Cities transportation – roads, transit buses, trails, sidewalks, and air and water travel.  The survey will ask public opinion on area congestion, mobility demands, and general ease of getting around. 

You can take the survey by clicking on the button below.

The survey will be open until October 25, 2019.  The survey will be the first of a number of opportunities to provide feedback on the Quad Cities area transportation system and plan for 2050.

Bi-State’s Quad Cities MPO Transportation Policy and Technical Committees will guide plan development.  These committees include local elected and transit board officials, and technical staff in the Quad Cities metro area. 

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

Make sure you plan on attending this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm).

Come and enjoy:

  • Food from the Hy-Vee Grill (burgers, dogs, chips and drinks)
  • Ice treats from Kona Ice
  • A bounce house obstacle course
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Magic by RJ Regul
  • Live music from QC Vinyl

All of this is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.

Look for a reminder flyer in your mailbox later this month and be sure to put it on your calendar. It’s going to be a great time spent with friends and neighbors (and just one more reason why Riverdale is such a great place to live)!

Don’t forget, for future updates on plans, activities and events, you can check back here (on the City’s website) or on the Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.