Show your colors by supporting the Riverdale Fire Department’s “thin red line”.

Show your colors by supporting the Riverdale Fire Department’s “thin red line”.

The Riverdale Fire Department is selling thin red line shirts to the public!

Show your support for the RFD by purchasing one or more of these custom-made t-shirts. Short and long sleeved versions are available in sizes from Youth to 5XL.

Short sleeved shirts are $15 each and long sleeved versions are $18 each. There are additional charges for each size above 2XL (see the web page for details).

The deadline to order is October 19th!  

You will be able to pick up your t-shirts at the station after the sale has ended.

Every vote counts.

Every vote counts.

Last Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. Did you know that? Don’t feel bad, most people didn’t.

National Voter Registration Day is a day dedicated to celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will take place on September 24, 2019. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

The informational website developed on behalf of the annual celebration includes a lot of interesting voter-friendly links including one that provides detailed information about registering to vote in Iowa. Did you know it’s possible to register to vote online? Check it out.

So, why the push to drive voter registration?

Well, for starters, let me ask you a question. Are you satisfied with the way your local, state and national government is working? Of course the answer is “yes” to local (thanks for that), but in many cases, people are generally (and genuinely) fed up with politicians in Des Moines and Washington.

This isn’t anything new. In fact, citizen disgust with politicians is a time-honored tradition going back thousands of years. But that’s a blog post for another day.

Today, in 2018, if you’re not happy with how things are going in your neighborhood, state or country, there’s only one way you can affect change as a citizen.


it’s interesting to note that voter dissatisfaction has been very high for the last two decades, but voter turnout has gone down.

Instead, it seems people are venting their frustration on social media. Posting rants, memes, pictures and links to news stories that reinforce their anger. Websites like Twitter and Facebook have given people a voice to express their frustration.

There’s just one problem. You can express your frustration with this politician or that; one political party or the other. But nothing gets politicians and their parties to change as dramatically as the threat of unemployment. And that power lies in the ballot box, not social media.

Some people will probably ask: “What’s the upside of more people registering and participating in our democracy? Isn’t it crazy enough the way it is right now?”

Interestingly enough, the more people involved in decision-making via the ballot box – the broader the cross-section of the country actually working to make their voices heard – the less likely the elected politicians are to hold extreme points of view. Large numbers tend to average out and moderate.

And that’s a key factor to your “discontent” with government that you need to recognize.

The fact is political consultants and politicians have figured out that the harder it is for people to participate in voting, the less likely they are to do it and the fewer number of votes it will take to get elected. That means politicians with extreme ideas (either on the right or the left) can assume power in a government by mobilizing a small faction of voters who will actively engage themselves in the voter registration and election process.

Keep that in mind when you spend a little time thinking about the registering and voting in this November’s election. Your voice needs to be heard – whether it’s in support of one party or another. And make sure your family, neighbors and friends register and participate so their voice can be heard, too (even if you don’t always agree with them).

The more people actively participate in our democracy, the healthier our nation will be.


UPDATE: Completed Crow Creek sanitary sewer repair and creek stabilization project accepted by SCC

UPDATE: Completed Crow Creek sanitary sewer repair and creek stabilization project accepted by SCC

According to a report given to the Council by Chris Cooper, from MSA Professional Services, both he and the Dean of Operations from Scott Community College have inspected the site work on the location. The work has been deemed acceptable and the City will proceed with releasing the final payment to the contractor who did the work.

The engineering firm retained by the City of Riverdale, MSA Professional Services, advised the City Council that work would soon be underway on the Crow Creek Sanitary Sewer and Crow Creek Stabilization Project (ref. Resolution 2018-16).

The contractor on the project, McClintock Trucking and Excavating, has submitted their bonds and executed the agreement with the City. The bid was $27,597.50 – authorized by the City Council at its March 27, 2018 meeting. The contractor and the City’s Engineer (MSA) have met with Scott Community College to discuss details of access and the project schedule.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of May.

MSA will provide regular progress reports on the project at future council meetings.

September 25, 2018 Regular Meeting

September 25, 2018 Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, September 25th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall.

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.

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

A draft of the meeting minutes can be found here. Approved meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on October 9, 2018.

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting set for Sunday, September 23

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting set for Sunday, September 23

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for this coming Sunday (September 23rd) at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Council Chambers Room

DATE:    Sunday September 23, 2018
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.



  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. General Discussion:
    1. Fall Fest Review
    2. Woods Estate Update
    3. Comprehensive Plan Review
    4. MRT Signage
    5. Task Force Meetings:
      1. Invasive Plant Task Force
      2. Crime Prevention Task Force
      3. Waste Management and Recycling Task Force
    6. Citywide Clean Up Day (Oct 20)
    7. Holiday Plans
    8. City Website and E-Newsletter
  3. Open Discussion
  4. Adjourn

The posted version of the agenda will be made available in the near future.

Please come with your thoughts, comments and fresh ideas!

See you then!

Seventy photos from Riverdale’s Fall Festival

Seventy photos from Riverdale’s Fall Festival

Fall Fest 2018 was a great success – and we have Teri Stickler and Gwen Halsey to thank for these wonderful images! To see more of these photos (and others), visit our Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.

National Wireless Alert (NWA) System test scheduled for Thursday has been re-scheduled.

National Wireless Alert (NWA) System test scheduled for Thursday has been re-scheduled.

FEMA, in cooperation with the FCC, had planned to conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on September 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm EDT and 2:20 pm EDT, respectively.  The test has now been re-scheduled to Thursday, October 3, 2018 at the same time. (Click here for more details.)  According to the FEMA website, this is because of the on-going response to Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.

The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

The WEA test will likely show up on cell phones accepting government alerts as “Presidential Alert.”

Click here for the original announcement of the 09/20/18 test.

What did you think of Fall Fest? Let us know.

What did you think of Fall Fest? Let us know.

2018 Fall Fest Chairman Mark Griswold and Council Member Kelly Krell have closed the final chapter on this year’s event and are now asking residents of Riverdale to participate in an online survey to provide feedback that will be considered for next year.

You can complete the survey below:

Create your own user feedback survey

Grading on Woods Estates project moves on, causes concerns

Grading on Woods Estates project moves on, causes concerns

In an email received by City staff on Wednesday, developer Seth Woods announced his company’s intention to begin the next phase of grading on the Woods Estates subdivision project.  This will involve cutting through the hillside currently between the former Welch Farm property on top of the hill and the planned entrance off of State Street, across from the Arconic Davenport Works.

“The current site grading has been more or less out of sight of the general public up to now, so the contractor wanted me to give you a heads up that this will be starting soon,” read the email. The grading “will be very visible to everyone.”

Drainage from the cut-through area will be directed to a sediment trap excavated this past week by Woods Development sub-contractors. The most recent site erosion control plan provided to the City by J+M Civil Design (engineers for Woods Development) can be found by clicking here.

A diagram showing how water is predicted to flow over the updated grading of the site can be viewed by clicking here.

Citizen Concerns and Complaints

Notice from Woods Development came to City Hall the same time as some citizen complaints about current grading work, the possibility for water runoff flowing into the backyards of existing homes and the amount of dust and dirt in the air as a result of the grading activity on the job site.  City Administrator Tim Long informed the developer of the concerns in a Thursday afternoon email (on September 13) and said he will operate as an intermediary to work through the grading concerns with all parties.

Free Car Wash Program Announced

To address issues related to dust raised as a result of grading activities in the new subdivision, the City and Woods Development have agreed to purchase 100 car wash certificates at the Devils Glen Car Wash (across the street from Hy-Vee on Devils Glen Road) which can be claimed by any resident of Riverdale who feels his or her car has been covered by dust from the construction site.

Program details:

  •  This program starts on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
  • Certificates are for a standard wash (value of $6 each) and can be claimed in-person at City Hall.
  • If a resident wants additional features added to their wash, they must pay the difference in price at the car wash.
  • Residents claiming a certificate must provide their name and address at the time of the claim.
  • All claims must be made in person.
  • There is a limit of one coupon per person per day.
  • This offer is good while supplies last.


Waste Management and Recycling Task Force to meet on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

Waste Management and Recycling Task Force to meet on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

An open public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the City’s waste management contract with Republic Services and to explore options for reducing the cost of that agreement and expanding the community’s efforts to recycle in the future.

The meeting will be chaired by Council Member Anthony Heddlesten and will focus on identifying possible steps the City and its residents can take to affect the costs of waste management and recycling services for the City without degrading the level of service currently enjoyed by its residents.

As currently envisioned, there will be two or three meetings of this Task Force over the coming weeks. The group’s mission is to research and discuss options that will then be presented to Council for discussion and possible action.

The meeting is open to residents of Riverdale and we encourage your participation.

UPDATE: An agenda for the meeting is now available by clicking here.

Invasive Plant Task Force schedules its next meeting

Invasive Plant Task Force schedules its next meeting

The Invasive Plant Task Force will hold its next meeting at City Hall on Monday, October 24, 2018 at 5pm. An agenda can be viewed by clicking here.

The meeting will include a presentation and Q&A session with an invasive plants expert from the US Fish & Wildlife Service to talk about the challenges facing the City. This discussion will include the expert’s own evaluation of Riverdale’s wild landscape and recommendations for possible action by the City, local businesses and its residents.

The meeting will also include a field trip into the community to gauge the scope of the issue first-hand.

Additional sponsors sign on to Riverdale Fall Fest

Additional sponsors sign on to Riverdale Fall Fest

In addition to the current Fall Fest Sponsors (MSA Professional Services and BLPR), the event has just added two new sponsors to the list.

Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic, located in Riverdale, will be providing vehicles for the parade and celebration activities and COSTCO will be providing food.

Please be sure to say “thanks” to all of the sponsors at Saturday’s event.