Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, December 10th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last regular City Council Meeting of the calendar year.

Please check back to this page on the website for further updates:

 

  • The packet of information for City Council Members can be downloaded in full (in two parts): Part I  |  Part II

 

  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on January 14, 2020.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (11-26-19)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 26th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Documents to be reviewed at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting include:

 

  • A complete copy of the packet of information provided to City Council Members can be found here.

 

  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on December 10, 2019.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Change in public interaction planned for future Council Meetings

Change in public interaction planned for future Council Meetings

The last three City Council meetings have been tough.

Lots of good questions. A number of resolutions passed. Progress made on several projects. Even a bit of emotion on sensitive topics.

But they’ve also been exhausting.

Each of the last three meetings has exceeded three hours in length. And that’s not a good thing.

I like to meet and discuss issues with people and to work until the work is done. But once a meeting gets into its third hour, something changes. People get impatient, decision-making gets rushed, words are said that are best left unsaid and the structure starts to break down.

I thought, after the first two meetings, that we would be able to work through the meetings more quickly – but our third meeting was the longest one of all. And for the first time in a long time, people were getting angry.

Don’t get the idea that I don’t like conflict. Quite the contrary. I work in a creative field that requires people to be passionate about their ideas and to argue for them (and against others). That kind of conflict can be great when it comes to synthesizing new ideas from the options available.

But anger gets in the way of all that.

And the kind of anger that was on display at our last meeting came from a place of fatigue and frustration as well as a result of passion for one project or another. There’s something good that can be mined from that – but one part of it, the fatigue, is a problem that needs to be managed another way.

That’s why I listened to what members of the City Council, some audience members and those with experience in other city administrations had to say and have modified the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. I hope the modified agenda will still encourage public interaction/discourse, as well as streamline the reporting and discussions so we can accomplish the same amount of business in less time.

Change in Public Input Opportunities

When I first joined Riverdale as its mayor, I wanted to find a way to encourage greater discourse between the City Council and its residents. That’s why I’ve always asked residents for the topics they wanted to discuss and attempted to involve them in conversations on those topics at the appropriate time within the agenda.

That’s now going to change (a little).

After we go through the consent and regular agendas (making modifications where needed), I’ll ask those present if they wish to address the Council on any matter on the agenda. Depending on the number of people who wish to speak, I’ll set a time limit for each speaker (every speaker will have the same amount of time) and set the order. Speakers will introduce themselves and the topic they wish to speak about (for the record) and can then make their statement. I will keep time.

A couple of things to know about how I intend to keep time:

1. I’ll let you know when you’re coming to the end of your available time;

2. I’ll let you finish your thought when your time expires; and

3. If you’re just repeating what other people have said before you, I’ll ask if you have anything new or further to add – and if you don’t, you’ll be asked to sit down.

The next section of the agenda is intended to be for informational purposes. These are activity reports and project updates. Members of the Council are allowed to ask questions for more clarity, if required.

The next section of the agenda focuses on Council actions: ordinances, resolutions and motions. For each action, someone (either me – as mayor – or a city staff person) will provide a little background on the action first (what is the action, why is it proposed, how much will it cost, when will it be done). A motion and a second are then required to consider the action by the City Council. The Council will then deliberate and take a decision (i.e. accept, reject or table).

After all the actions have been taken by the Council, we move on to the discussion phase of the meeting. The Council discusses a variety of issues by department with some input from staff or other subject experts who may be invited to provide additional background information. We will work to identify a “next step”on each issue for future consideration/action by the City Council.

Following my wrap-up/summary (the REPORT FROM THE MAYOR), we open the meeting up to more public input. This is an opportunity for those present to offer their thoughts, observations, etc. on the business conducted at the meeting and to raise any other issues they would like the City Council to discuss in a future meeting. The time available for this portion of the meeting will be set by me, as the mayor, and will then be equally divided among all residents who desire to speak to the City Council.

A special note about “Closed/Executive Sessions”

You’ll note that on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting (11/26), the City Council is planning on going into a “Closed Session.” These sessions are held in accordance with the State of Iowa’s Open Meetings Laws and are available to City Councils when discussing legal strategy and/or personnel matters (when requested by the subject of the discussion). No action is taken in these closed sessions and the minutes from these sessions are not available for public review.

I look forward to seeing you at our next City Council Meeting. Hopefully, we’ll have you home in time to watch the 10pm news.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (11-12-19)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 12th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Please check back to this page on the website for further updates:

  • The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here.
  • Minutes of the last meeting (10-22-19) can be found here.
  • A copy of the warrants that are proposed to be paid can be found here.
  • A current treasurer’s report can be found here.
  • Correspondence from MSA Professional Services include:
    • A letter on the sanitary sewer manhole tests conducted at Woods Estates (11-04-19)
    • A memo on Riverdale’s appeal to FEMA for mapping the Havens Acres Neighborhood (11-05-19)
  • Correspondence concerning the Woods Estates Development:
    • A progress report on the Woods Estates development will be posted here as soon as it is prepared.
    • A copy of the current SWPP report can be found here.
    • A memo from the City Administrator concerning approval of the Woods Estates Subdivision Plat (11-06-19) can be found here.
  • A copy of the revisions to Ordinance #210 (Ordinance 2019-210) can be found here.
  • A copy of the revisions to Ordinance #211 (Ordinance 2019-211) can be found here.
  • Resolutions to be considered by the City Council include:
    • Resolution 2019-44: Cancellation of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting for December 24, 2019
    • Resolution 2019-45: Authorization of hiring an interim employee to assist the Mayor and Council with preparation of the FY21 City Budget
    • Resolution 2019-46: Appvoal of a professional services agreement with MSA for MS4 Stormwater Sewer Permit Engineering, Administration and Technical Assistance
    • Resolution 2019-47: Approval of a professional services agreement with MSA for the Fieldcrest Road Stormwater Project
    • Resolution 2019-48: Approval of an amendment to the current professional services agreement with MSA for the Havens’ Acres Roadway Improvement Project
    • Resolution 2019-49: Authorization of a 28E Agreement with EICC/SCC for reimbursement of snow removal costs on College Drive
    • Resolution 2019-50: Consideration of a quote for asphalt overlay and other driveway/apron fixes at the Riverdale Fire Station
  • The current period’s Public Works/Maintenance Report can be found here.
  • A memo from the City Administrator suggesting regular P&Z Meeting dates for 2020 can be found here.
  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on November 26, 2019.

 

  • A complete packet of material delivered to City Council Members can be found here.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (10-22-19)

The agenda and supporting documents for the next regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council (scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening, October 22nd at 7pm) are now available.  

The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

(Updated) Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (10-08-19)

(Updated 10-04-19) Documents for next Tuesday’s meeting are now available. A complete packet for the meeting (50 pages) can be accessed by clicking here.

(Updated 10-03-19) The time for the regular meeting of the Council has been revised to follow a public hearing on the Wellspire conduit bond proposal. We now estimate the start time for the City Council meeting to be 7:15pm.

(Original Post) A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, October 8th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Click on the links on this page to view/download any of these public documents:

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

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

The following documents were reviewed at the meeting:

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

September 10 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, September 10th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

The following documents will be reviewed at the meeting:

If you require additional copies of materials, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

August 27, 2019 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council was held on Tuesday evening, August 27th at 7pm.  The meeting took place in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall.

The following documents were reviewed at the meeting:

If you require multiple copies of materials, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge.

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

August 28, 2018 Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, August 28th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers 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 supplemental update for the Woods Estates project can be found by clicking here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on September 11, 2018.

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

July 24, 2018 Regular Meeting

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.

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

July 10, 2017 Regular Meeting

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.