Do we have your phone number?

Have you reviewed your listing in our online phone directory? If you’d like to make a change or have your listing removed, here’s how you can do that.

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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RFD fires up some “little squirts” at Hy-Vee

Firefighters from Riverdale’s Fire Department spent time in the Hy-Vee parking lot last Sunday to teach kids some important lessons about fire safety. Check out the pictures!

Kudos to the Riverdale Fire Department for the great job they did teaching kids and their families the essentials of fire safety at Hy-Vee last Sunday. Special thanks to all the volunteers.

Follow the Riverdale Fire Department on Facebook to keep up with everything they do!

PVHS girls’ softball team wins state title.

The City of Riverdale salutes the PVHS Spartan Softball team for winning their second, consecutive state championship. Well done!

Congratulations to the Pleasant Valley High School girls’ softball team for winning their second straight state championship title. We’re proud to have PVHS in Riverdale!

You can read the whole story about the Spartan’s win against Indianola on the Quad-City Times website.

We’ll be recognizing the team’s incredible journey and final victory with a city proclamation at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

Click on the link to view a copy of the PVHS Girls Softball Proclamation.

Free Tickets to GO All In at the Ballpark available at City Hall

The City of Riverdale has a limited supply of free tickets to the August 1st River Bandits game. Let us know if you want one or more (while supplies last).

Are you a Quad Cities River Bandits fan?

Whether your answer is “yes” or “no” – we’ve got a great deal for you!

We have a limited supply of tickets to the game at Modern Woodman Park on August 1st (Wednesday night at 6pm – gate opens at 5:35 pm). The game is sponsored by the Waste Commission of Scott County in recognition of its second successful year of community recycling.

If you’d like a ticket – or tickets for the whole family – please let us know via our online contact form and tickets will be put aside for you at City Hall. You can stop by during regular business hours (Tue/Wed/Thur from 10am to 5pm) to pick them up. If those times aren’t convenient, let us know and we can make alternative arrangements.

So, come on down to the ballpark on Wednesday night, August 1st, and enjoy the game, the food, the carnival rides and more as we celebrate with the Waste Commission of Scott County and GO All In at the Ballpark!

July 24, 2018 Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, July 24th at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council took place on Tuesday evening, July 24th at 7pm.  The meeting was held in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

You can review a copy of the agenda by clicking here.

You can review a copy of the information packet for the meeting by clicking here.

The City Engineer’s report (MSA) can be viewed by clicking here.

The report from the Riverdale Fire Department can be viewed by clicking here.

You can review a copy of the minutes of the City Council (amended and approved by the Council at its August 14th meeting) by clicking here.

Fall Fest planning meeting scheduled for July 24 at 6:00 pm.

The Recreation Committee will meet this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Council chambers, to continue planning Fall Fest.  Anyone who would like more information or would like to help is encouraged to attend.

The Recreation Committee will meet this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, to continue planning Fall Fest.  Anyone who would like more information or would like to help is encouraged to attend.

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

What’s this? The mayor has a blog? What could possibly go wrong?

Mayor Mike Bawden starts his new blog about the business of the city and other observations worth noting that affect the citizens of Riverdale.

Welcome to the City of Riverdale and my personal blog about what we’re doing and other issues I think worth noting and discussing with you as residents (and other concerned parties).

Please note that this blog space allows for comments – so first, a few guidelines:

1.  All of the comments made to on this blog are moderated by me. That’s not to keep the conversation limited to those who agree with me, but rather to make sure we avoid spam, claims made are factual and verifiable (if possible) and the tone of the conversation remains respectful. If you can’t keep your comments confined to those guidelines, you won’t see them appear on this blog. Period.

2.  Being mayor of Riverdale isn’t my full-time job, so if you post a comment or offer a suggestion, it might take a few days for me to review it and post it. Please be patient.

3.  If you’d like to write a guest post, please be my guest. You can email your post (and at least one photo or video to post with it) to me at: mayor@riverdaleia.org.

4.  I’ll be cross-posting these blog posts to my Facebook page (my mayoral page, not my personal page), so if you’d like to comment there, you can. Just keep in mind, the first rule applies there, too.

The purpose of this blog

So, why write a blog?

As many of you know, I’m a writer and I work in the marketing field. So I write. A lot. (I also like using short sentence fragments. Very much so.)

I also have a lot of opinions. (Just ask my wife.)

As a result, I like to share my opinions on matters and hear what others have to say. I appreciate a diversity of opinion and different points of view. I’m a real believer that by understanding all angles of a problem, a group can synthesize a more elegant – and usually more creative – solution that yields greater, long-term benefits.

That means that when I’m working on client matters or city issues, I like to take a lot of information in before I start forming and expressing an opinion. I’m also very flexible at the early stages, amending my opinion and planned course of action on things as I see and hear reactions to my suggestions.

I know that, at times, that can be very frustrating for people. But it’s how I work best, so please be patient and be kind.

Over time, as my knowledge increases and as my opinions firm up, I work at building consensus. This process means I spend time with people to make sure they see a connection between what they want and think and the suggestion/recommendation I’m supporting. During my career, I’ve found that most people have an innate understanding that getting 15 – 20% of what they want is better than being left with 100% of what they don’t want when it comes to policies and practices.

I see it as my job to make sure people understand the role they’ve played in a recommendation or course of action. To give them a sense of ownership. And to encourage their commitment to the solution – even if it’s not EVERYTHING they wanted at the start.

Politics – and to a large extent, the professional field in which I work – is like making sausage. It’s not always pretty or appetizing, but the end result can be pretty appetizing.

Won’t you join me at the table?

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting set for Sunday at 11 am

The next Mayor’s town hall meeting will be Sunday, July 22 at 11am. Among items discussed will be a Woods Estates update, Fall Fest and more.

Here’s the agenda for the next Mayor’s Town Hall meeting – please note the earlier time (I’m sorry for the earlier time, but the mayor has to drive to Milwaukee for a dinner meeting on Sunday).

DATE: Sunday July 22, 2018
TIME: 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Agenda:
1. Welcome and Introductions

2. General Discussion:
— Woods Estate Update
— Comprehensive Plan Review
— Garbage Collection and Recycling
— Fall Clean Up
— Fall Fest
— Invasive Plant Task Force
— Website Enhancements

3. Open Discussion

4. Adjourn

If there’s anything else you’d like to discuss, please let us know by using our contact form and we’ll add it to the “Open Discussion” list.

Remember, this is an informational/intake meeting with the residents of Riverdale. No final decisions will be made at this public meeting.

Riverdale, McCausland and LeClaire Fire Departments use Welch house for training.

The Riverdale Fire Department had a rare opportunity to hone their skills by working inside a burning home on Saturday, June 14th. Check out the pictures!

Kudos to Chief Floyd Bruns, Assistant Chief Brian Ballard and the rest of the Riverdale Fire Department for maximizing the training opportunity afforded by burning down the old Welch farm house on State Street. Developer Seth Woods generously gave permission and access to the property for the training fire.

Firefighters from McCausland and LeClaire also participated in the exercise.

You can see video from the training fire as well as other pictures – and keep up on your favorite volunteer fire department – by following the RFD on Facebook.

July 10, 2017 Regular Meeting

Agenda, information packet, reports and minutes of the July 10, 2018 meeting of the Riverdale City Council.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council took place on Tuesday evening, July 10th at 7pm.  The meeting was held in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall, Mayor Mike Bawden presided.

You can review a copy of the agenda by clicking here.

A copy of the Council Packet is available for review by clicking here. A copy of the City Engineer’s report (from MSA Consulting) can be viewed by clicking here.

A copy of the minutes from this meeting approved by the City Council at its July 24, 2018 meeting can be found by clicking here.

June 26, 2018 Regular Meeting

Agenda, information packet, reports and minutes of the June 26, 2018 meeting of the Riverdale City Council.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council took place on Tuesday evening, June 26th at 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem, Doug Littrel presided.

You can review a copy of the agenda by clicking here.

You can review a copy of the information packet for the meeting by clicking here.  The City Engineer’s report (MSA) can be viewed by clicking here.

Meeting minutes were approved at the following meeting of the City Council on July 10, 2018. You can review them by clicking here.

PUBLIC NOTICE: 05/24/18 P&Z Meeting Packet Available

A copy of the information packet provided to Planning & Zoning Commission Members prior to their May 24th meeting is now available online.

A copy of the information packet provided to Planning & Zoning Commission Members in advance of their May 24th meeting can be downloaded here.

Please note that the download is 13.5 MB in size and may take some time over slow connections.

Zoning Administrator, Tim Long, also advises that a copy of the minutes from the previous P&Z Commission meeting will be forthcoming.

Planning & Zoning Commission asks developer to address concerns on Woods Estate water detention area

Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission met on Thursday, May 24 to review and discuss the preliminary plat for the Woods Estates development.

Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission met on Thursday, May 24th and was joined by 8 residents, and Council members Littrel and Heddlesten. According to Zoning Administrator, Tim Long, the meeting included “a reasoned Q & A with the public, the Commission, our engineer and J & M’s new engineer.”

The developer, Woods Construction, will work to address issues with the proposed detention area – looking to greatly diminish the large one originally proposed by means of distributed detention throughout the project.  As a result, the proposed subdivision will lose building lots in the process. The exact number of lots and the re-configuration of the neighborhood is not known at this time.

The preliminary plat, once re-drawn, will come back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for another review.  The developer is in process to define and obtain needed real estate from Arconic to build out an Iowa DOT-approved intersection.

Kelly Krell sworn in as new Council Member

Long-time resident and community activist, Kelly Krell, was sworn in as Riverdale’s newest City Council member at the May 22nd meeting.

UPDATE from 05/22 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Kelly Krell, a long-time resident of Haven’s Acres, was sworn in as Riverdale’s newest City Council Member at the Council’s May 22nd meeting. She takes the seat formerly occupied by Dean Halsey who resigned earlier in the year, citing work obligations.

Kelly will be working on a variety of issues – primarily focused around Riverdale’s network of parks and the City’s events and other recreational activities. She will also be chairing a community task force to study and recommend a strategy for dealing with invasive plant species in Riverdale.

If you’re interested in helping Kelly with events, activities or improving the greenspace in which we all live, let us know!

PUBLIC NOTICE: April City Council Meeting Documents Available

PUBLIC NOTICE: Documents for City Council Meetings held in April are now available to download and view online.

Documents for City Council Meetings held in April are now available to download.

All City Council Meeting Minutes, Agendas and Information Packets for 2018 are available from the City’s Website. You can find them by clicking here.

Development of a community readiness plan now underway

Councilman Paul DCamp presented initial findings on the development of a community-wide, emergency/disaster planning process for consideration by the City Council at its 04/24 meeting.

UPDATE from 04/24 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Council Member Paul DCamp reported that he has begun the process of assembling a team to review the City’s emergency services needs and capabilities. As the member of the City Council tasked with moving forward on fire and public safety matters, Councilman DCamp has reached out to the Scott Emergency Management Agency (SCEMA) as part of his initial research on developing a needs assessment and – eventually – a plan for dealing with natural disasters, industrial accidents and other emergency situations that may occur within the city limits.

According to the advice provided by Mr. David Donovan, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Scott County, the first step in developing a community-wide plan would be to pull together a small, core planning team and meet to discuss a process and timeline for research and plan development. Mr. Donovan offered to meet with Riverdale’s core planning team once one was assembled.

Mr. Donovan’s suggestion was:

“In addition to the mayor/council, I would suggest a city hall staff [member], someone from fire (Brian Ballard might be good or whomever Floyd would suggest), and public works. This group would lead the effort. Others to consider pulling in would include Sheriff’s Office, local business (Arconic, MidAmerican, Schebler, etc.), one or two residents, Scott Community College and PV Schools. Those folks could be a larger steering committee that would provide input as the plan progresses.”

Councilman DCamp proposed moving ahead with the creation of a small core planning team. Formal action (if needed) will be taken at the next City Council meeting.

Interested in pitching in to help? Let us know.

RVFD receives kudos from Arconic for April 21 fire response

Arconic Davenport Works’ Plant Protection Manager passes along the company’s thanks for a job well done to the RVFD.

Awesome job by the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) who, along with Bettendorf, LeClaire and Rock Island Arsenal departments provided a quick response to a fire at Arconic’s Davenport Works on Saturday, April 21st.

Asst. Fire Chief Brian Ballard received a note of thanks from the plant protection manager at Arconic’s Davenport Works, Dennis Graham, this past week:

“Thanks to the dedication and mutual response from local resources, we were able to minimize the damage to our facility and reduce interruption to production while ensuring employees were kept safe.”

Congratulations on a job well done!

City Engineer review of preliminary Woods Estate plat identifies various issues

MSA Professional Services, the engineering firm retained by Riverdale to serve as the City’s Engineer, provides an update on their review of the preliminary plat of the Woods Estates project.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reports they have met with City Administrator, Tim Long, and Council Member Anthony Heddlesten to discuss concerns with the preliminary plat submitted by Developer Seth Woods for the Woods Estates housing addition.

According to MSA:

“After the Planning and Zoning hearing is complete, it seems obvious that the developer and their engineer will have many issues to resolve. We suggest that the City, MSA, the developer and their engineer have a meeting to discuss the possible resolution of some of the more major concerns.”

City Seeks Volunteers to Serve

Interested in serving the City of Riverdale? We have openings for a new Council Member and a member of the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission.

Interested in serving the City of Riverdale?
Following the resignation of Councilman Dean Halsey at the City’s last Council Meeting, we now have a vacancy on our City Council. Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jenny Staub has also resigned so we need to fill that vacancy as well.

If you’re a resident of Riverdale and interested in serving either term, please email Mayor Mike Bawden at: mayor@riverdaleia.org

Please contact the mayor by the end of the month (April 30) so he can conduct phone interviews and then make appointments at the City’s May 8th Council Meeting.

City-wide clean up day makes Riverdale shine!

Riverdale residents took some time out this past weekend to help pick up Riverdale. Special thanks to the volunteers and Council Member Anthony Heddleston for the job well done!

Congratulations and many thanks to Council Member Anthony Heddleston and a number of Riverdale residents who took some time out of their day on Saturday to help pick up Riverdale.

Councilman Heddleston arranged for free collection bags and supplies from the Waste Commission of Scott County and volunteers helped pick up neighborhoods and parks throughout the day.

Special thanks to Teri Stickler who bagged up loads of bike path trash.

Check out the pictures below …

Woods Estates lot sales begin

Builder/developer Seth Woods cleared most of the hillside leading into the new Woods Estates development and posted signage announcing the availability of lots for sale.

Builder/developer Seth Woods has cleared most of the hillside leading into the new Woods Estates development (formerly known as the Welch Farm) in Riverdale. The project – currently in front of the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission – calls for 117 lots with homes expected to sell in the $450,000 range.

Signage announcing the availability of lots were posted on-site by Mel Foster Company, the agent handling lot sales for Woods Construction.

Interestingly enough, it was Mel Foster who developed the Pleasant Hills additions (I through IV) which included Elmhurst Lane, Fieldcrest, Manor and Circle Drives.

Fall Fest ’18 needs your help!

Riverdale Fall Fest 2018 needs help getting organized and pulling off a great end-of-summer celebration. Chairperson Mark Griswold can be contacted for more information.

New to Riverdale this year is an event called the Riverdale Fall Festival. This event is intended to be an end-of-summer celebration that brings the community together and recognizes all the great things we’ve been able to accomplish in the past year.

Current events planned include water sports with the RVFD, games for kids, a pot luck luncheon, music and plenty of ice cream!

Chairperson Mark Griswold is hard at work with a small committee to square away all the details, but he could always use some help. If you’re interested, Mark can be contacted for more information.