Bulky waste should be to your curb by Friday night, October 18th!

Bulky waste should be to your curb by Friday night, October 18th!

There’s a city-wide clean-up scheduled for Saturday, October 19th – but if you get your bulky waste to the curb that morning, you could be too late. Pick-up is scheduled to start at 7am, so we recommend you get your garbage to the street the night before!

Remember, the City’s waste contractor, Republic Services, picks up yard waste along with your garbage and recycling every Monday in the fall, so you don’t need to get that material to the curb on Friday night. Instead, the October 19th pick-up is to handle large, bulky items as described on the Republic Services website:

Some items are too large to fit in your trash container. We know you don’t always have the time or ability to dispose of your large, bulky waste items. Junk removal and bulk trash is our job … including appliance pick up, furniture removal, and mattress pick up – so you don’t have to worry about it.

Bulk waste includes items that are typically too large to be disposed of in your regular curbside trash container. To help you get rid of these large items, Republic Services offers easy bulk trash pickup for recycling or disposal, so you don’t have to haul them to a landfill. Bulk items typically include: couches, lamps, rugs, mattresses, and large appliances without Freon.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us through our website and we’ll get back to you with an answer.

Developer provides photos of landscape design for new development

Developer provides photos of landscape design for new development

Developer Seth Woods provided photos of Walsh Pointe One – a housing development Woods Construction helped establish – as examples of the landscaping and foliage residents of Riverdale can expect once homes in the new Woods Estates of Riverdale project are completed.

In response to a request made by the City of Riverdale earlier in the year, Mr. Woods provided a written commitment to plant over 1,000 trees with diameters of 3″ or greater on the 100-acre development when it is finally completed. (Note: The TIF established for the project has a ten-year lifespan, so it is currently assumed the project will be completed before that – but economic conditions are a factor in the housing market and a slowdown may delay final completion.)

Mr. Woods’s statement, dated April 11, 2019 says:

Woods Construction & Development is responsible for the planting of 1,024 trees 3” diameter or greater. The covenants shall read “each lot/home is required to plant a minimum of 7 3” diameter trees”.  At a 116 lots x 8 trees each, we have 928 replanted trees.  The developer than will be planting the balance on the entrance, hillside and northeast property line of the development.

This statement squares with a previous one Mr. Woods made to the City Council back in August of 2018.

A gallery of images provided by Mr. Woods can be found below. The photos were taken from his home in Walsh Pointe.

How rain barrels can help you manage stormwater runoff.

How rain barrels can help you manage stormwater runoff.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, provides some good information on how residents can manage their stormwater runoff with a simple rain barrel.

Rain barrels.

What are they? What purpose do they serve? Are they easy enough to maintain? Where can I get one that doesn’t cost $100, locally? What should I consider before I commit to it? Can they freeze, or do they have to be drained in winter? Do they breed mosquitoes? Can you water your garden/yard with water that has mosquito preventative in it? Are there restrictions on them here? Are they worth the effort?

Rain barrels are typically placed at the end of roof downspouts. The intent is to capture storm water runoff to supplement nonpotable water use, usually garden irrigation. If deployment of rain barrels are substantial in a watershed, they could potentially reduce runoff volume and increase pollutant removal. It is not likely that most homeowners would adopt the use of them, but every little bit helps.

For the home owner who is active in maintaining their yard and/or their garden, rain barrels are easy to maintain. They can be part of a complex system that captures roof runoff and then distributes it via tubes to irrigate plants. Or they can be very simple, and the distribution of the storm water relies on the home owner and a bucket or watering can.

You can purchase good rain barrels from Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, on-line, etc. Or you can make them yourself. Guides to make your own rain barrel are on-line and easily found. Also, there is, what appears to be a store on US 67 in Davenport that also advertises rain barrels on a front door sign.

Depending upon the design of a rain barrel and if water is not circulated through them regularly, they do have the potential to breed mosquitoes. Adding a small amount of liquid dish soap, vegetable oil, or mosquito dunks to your rain barrel every week will kill the mosquito larvae. It is safe to utilize water with any of these items in it on your yard plant and gardens. In addition to controlling mosquitos, here in Iowa, rain barrels should be drained every autumn.

The pay-back period on a rain barrel is very long. If you are contemplating the use of a rain barrel only to save costs on the purchase of water, then it is recommended you do not consider utilizing a rain barrel. If you want better quality water to water your yard and garden plants, then rain barrels will provide better quality water for plants. This is mostly because chlorine is not present in the captured storm water.

Some communities out west forbid the use of rain barrels. The water runoff is an essential component of downstream commercial agriculture and/or community water supply. In Iowa, generally, rain barrels are allowed, and their use is encouraged.

A PDF of this document can be found by clicking here.

Scott County hit with property tax assessment increase on multiresidential properties.

Scott County hit with property tax assessment increase on multiresidential properties.

The City of Riverdale was notified today (10/02) that the State of Iowa has ordered the Scott County Assessor to increase valuations on multiresidential and dual-classified properties by more than 20%. Three properties in Riverdale are effected by the order.

The notification from the Tom McManus, the Scott County Assessor read as follows:

I want to inform you that Scott County received an assessment equalization order from the Iowa Department of Revenue.  Multiresidential and Dual-Classified (multiresidential portion only) properties in Scott County will have their assessed values increased +21%.  No other class of property received an equalization order.  You may start hearing some feedback from multiresidential property owners in the community.  Please feel free to direct all questions to the County Assessor’s Office 563-326-8635 or assessor@scottcountyiowa.com.  We will answer all questions property owners have and also inform them of their right to appeal the new assessment and explain the process to them.  Only multiresidential property owners affected by the equalization order will have the right to appeal their new assessment. 

With this VERY LARGE INCREASE IN VALUE there will likely be some very confused and very upset property owners calling and coming in.  The Scott County Assessor’s Office is prepared.  If answering questions, our standard office answer will be as follows:  This is a new classification of property in Iowa (only since 2015), and this is the very first year the IDOR has equalized this class of property, and recent sales are showing that rental properties in Scott Co are selling on average for WAY more than we currently have them assessed.  If you disagree, you can appeal your assessment increase.   We will then explain the appeal process, and how to do it, and how they can run their own sales comps, and look at similar assessments for equity, etc. 

The County Auditor will be posing a public notice in the local newspaper(s) this week or next, and will then also be sending individual equalization assessment adjustment notices to all MR & D/C property owners on or before next Tuesday Oct 8th, a total of about 325 property owners in Scott County. 

The County Assessor’s Office is still in the process of protesting this +21% MR Equalization order with the IDOR, and there is a very, very small chance that it could still be removed or reduced before year end, but, in the meantime, we are required by law to apply the equalization order, mail new assessment notices to effected property owners, and start prepping for a Fall Board of Review session.   The good news, if any, is that there are only about 325 total MR & D/C parcels affected, or about 1% of the all properties in Scott County and less than 2% of total assessed value.  During the appeal process, property owners can ONLY protest the equalization order increase in value and can ONLY request to have it reduced or removed, and will still have to prove why this new assessed value is truly not representative of current fair market value.  By law, the during equalization sessions, BOR is not allowed to remove any more value than what was added due to the order increase.    

In the spring of 2019, the Scott County Assessor’s Office adjusted MR values in different parts of the county by different percentages as needed.  See attached sheet for total value adjustments from 2018 to the newly equalized values for these types properties in each city.  Overall, the County Assessor increased MR values in Scott Co an average 11.5% in the spring of 2019.   The main point being that the County Assessor did what he felt was needed, and allocated MR value adjustments around Scott Co, market by market, as data indicated.  We feel we did our job.  The neighboring and similar jurisdiction, Davenport Assessor’s Office reported they also increased Davenport, Iowa MR property values by an average of 11% for 2019.  Therefore, Scott County feels our MR assessment increases were in line with the neighboring assessing jurisdiction are therefore justified.  But, based on market sales, the IDOR feels we need to add more value to MR properties for 2019, and an equalization order was given. 

A summary report prepared by the assessor’s office can be found here.

If there is interest in learning more about this valuation increase, we are happy to facilitate a meeting with the assessor’s office. Just let us know in the comments section below.

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

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

Plans continue to develop for this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm). If you’re interested in lending a hand in this new, city tradition, you can let us know by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page and sending us a message through the website.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar and make  your plans to attend 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.

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.

(Updated) City conduct public hearing in support of Wellspire, LLC senior living project

(Updated) City conduct public hearing in support of Wellspire, LLC senior living project

(Updated 09-27-19) The Riverdale City Council did not review the conduit bond issue at its September 24th meeting (as originally planned), but will be conducting a public hearing on October 8th at 7pm instead.

That hearing will be held in advance of final consideration of a resolution authorizing the issuance of a $10,000,000 conduit bond to assist in the financing of Wellspire, LLC’s senior living facility to be located at Middle Road and 53rd Street in Bettendorf. More details on the bond under consideration and what it means to the City can be found in the article, below.

(Original Story) At its last meeting (on August 27, 2019), the Riverdale City Council unanimously approved entering into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Wellspire, LLC, a venture co-owned by Genesis Health Systems and WesleyLife. The agreement will allow Wellspire to utilize the city’s ability to issue “conduit” bonds totaling $10,000,000 to help finance a senior living facility to be located at Middle Road and 53rd Street in Bettendorf.

A formal announcement for the project, known as The Summit, was announced this past summer. The community will have over 100 independent living units as well as limited assisted and memory care units. There will also be twenty short-term, rehab suites and twenty medical suites at the facility. The total estimated cost of the project is in excess of $40,000,000.

The Council action, in the form of a resolution (Resolution 2019-29), authorized the mayor to execute the MOA with Wellspire, LLC on behalf of the City of Riverdale. The Council also authorized the mayor and city staff to take any other actions necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of the MOA, although the final decision whether to issue the bonds and the final amount of the issuance will be dependent upon further Council action (another vote).

The City Council will meet on September 24 at 7pm for a public hearing on this matter. Formal notice will be posted to the website, the City’s social media accounts, in the newspaper and on the bulletin board for such notices at City Hall.

 

What is a “Conduit Bond”?

Cities in Iowa are authorized by Chapter 419 of the State Code to issue bonds and loan the proceeds to a borrow to assist the borrower in financing projects like the Wellspire senior living community planned for Bettendorf.  Bonds issued under this chapter are common methods of obtaining federally tax-exempt financing for non-profit corporations engaged in projects like this.

A city can issue conduit bonds for facilities located within the city limits and anywhere within eight miles of the boundary of the city – that’s why Riverdale can issue bonds for a project in Bettendorf.

These bonds are referred to as “conduit bonds” because the city acts as a conduit between the purchasers of the bonds and the borrower. These bonds are typically purchased by institutional investors (e.g. banks) and the proceeds of those bond sales are loaned to the borrower according to a loan agreement in which the borrower (Wellspire) agrees to repay the bonds.

Once the bonds are issued by the city, the city steps out of the picture and the repayments are made directly by the borrower to the bond purchasers. The city has no accoutning or processing responsibilities.

 

Does issuing conduit bonds have an effect on the City’s bonding capacity?

The short answer is “no.” These bonds do not count against the City’s contintutional debt limit. As specified in the State Code (#419.3), these bonds would never constitute an indebtedness of the city and would not make the city liable for repayment in the case of default.

The only affect issuing the conduit bonds has on the City’s bonding capacity is in the year in which the bonds are issued. For example, if we issue the maximum amount as a conduit bond, we won’t be able to issue any more bonds for the rest of the calendar year. After December 31st, though, we are able to issue bonds again.

 

How big can a conduit bond be?

Cities are capped at $10,000,000 per year in conduit bond capacity each calendar year. The City Council will be considering this amount at the public hearing on September 24.

 

Where can you find more information?

Here is a link to the resolution passed by the Council at our August 27, 2019 meeting. It includes lots of back-up documentation and a fairly straight-forward explainer as to how conduit bonds work and what issuing those bonds would mean to the City. Please read it and come informed to the public hearing on September 24th.

Beran and Struve named to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission

Beran and Struve named to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission

Long-time residents Jim Beran and Jeff Struve were appointed to fill open seats on the City’s Planning & Zoning meeting during the City Council’s Meeting on September 24, 2019.

With the appointment, the Mayor pointed out that it looked like both the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals could be much busier in 2020 as Woods Estates of Riverdale starts selling its first lots in Phase I and homes start construction. The mayor also reminded members of the City Council that there was still an open seat on the ZBA and that if Kevin Adams gets elected to City Council (he’s running unopposed), Mr. Adams will need to resign his seat on the P&Z Commission and another citizen will need to be appointed in his place.

A current list of P&Z Commissioners and ZBA Members can be found by clicking here.

The work of both bodies is facilitated/administered by the Riverdale’s City Administrator, Tim Long. Residents interested in serving on either committee are encouraged to call Mr. Long at City Hall during regular business hours at 563-355-2511.

Riverdale seeks qualified consultants to conduct a vegetation study in 2020

Riverdale seeks qualified consultants to conduct a vegetation study in 2020

(Update 09/24/19) – The City of Riverdale has issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) from a qualified arborist or vegetation consultant to conduct a study of invasive species in the City’s parks and wild spaces during calendar year 2020.

The City Council approved RESOLUTION 2019-37, which authorized the publication and distribution of the RFP to qualified vendors/consultants. The budget for the project was set at $10,000. Earlier this year, the City set aside up to $20,000 to study the invasive species problem in Riverdale and deal with it accordingly.

A copy of the RFP can be found here. The study is expected to be conducted in the areas indicated as “Active Parks” and “Vacant” areas on the map.

(NOTE: This map of the City of Riverdale with areas of particular interest can be downloaded here.)

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The City of Riverdale seeks the services of an arborist or certified professional to identify which plants exist in which public (or City-owned) areas of the City. A comprehensive herbaceous and woody plant survey is expected. Sampling conducted for the survey should occur in all four seasons throughout the calendar year 2020. A complete copy of this RFP can be viewed by clicking here.

Budget:

$ 10,000 (estimated)

Project Bid Date:

Proposals due: November 30, 2019 (see RFP for a more detailed schedule)
Selection made: December 10, 2019

Project Start Date:

Work begins: January 1, 2020
Study completed: December 31, 2020

Project Completion Date:

Report to City Council due: January 31, 2021

 

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Stormwater tips for the homeowner

Stormwater tips for the homeowner

With the recent storms of the past few days and the expected rainfall that will be occurring throughout the week or so, we feel it’s necessary to provide a handy homeowner’s guide for managing stormwater runoff.

You can download your copy of the guide here. (Note: the guide will open in a separate window)

The guide is designed to help homeowners understand what stormwater is, how runoff can become a problem and what you (as a homeowner) can do about it.

The guide is not a substitute for professional design and implementation of stormwater runoff plans, but it should help you become more informed on the general concerns, solutions and practices associated with this issue.

The City will (via its website and e-newsletter) provide educational material on stormwater handling on a regular basis.

Photos show progress on Madison Drive and site grading (and a sold lot!!) in Woods Estates

Photos show progress on Madison Drive and site grading (and a sold lot!!) in Woods Estates

Check out these recent photos showing progress on Phase I of the Woods Estates of Riverdale project by Woods Construction/Development. Madison Drive is now connected to State Street, work on completing the drainage system connecting the detention basins to the storm water system is underway and grading work is continuing on the lots that will be sold in Phase I – approximately 13 homes in the new development that should see some dirt work and construction yet this year (depending on weather).

Woods Estates Progress Reports from the City’s engineering consultants

Woods Estates Progress Reports from the City’s engineering consultants

Field reports from the City of Riverdale’s consulting engineers can be found here. Field reports are filed by MSA Professional Services and the City of Bettendorf’s Public Works/Roads Department.