Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council will convene at 7pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

What’s on the agenda?

March 22, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda
March 22, 2022 Council Meeting Packet

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting includes resolutions to approve:

2022-08 – Authorization of the installation of a fence between Parcel ID #842601005 and Parcel ID #842723001

2022-24 – Certification of the FY23 Annual Budget for the City of Riverdale

2022-25 – Approval to enter into a contract for lawn care services with S&R Lawn and Snow Removal for 2022-24

2022-26 – Approval of Amendment #1 on the Emergency Access Route Design

2022-27 – Approval to enter into a contract with Oakland Corporation for Lasesrfiche support

2022-28 – Approval to enter into a contract with CivicPlus for website design, training, and implementation

Come to the meeting on Tuesday to learn more!

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held Tuesday, March 8, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council will convene at 7pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

What’s on the agenda?

March 8, 2022 Council Meeting Packet
March 8, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting includes resolutions to approve:

2022-17 – Final payment to Visu-Sewer for work performed on the second phase of the City’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation project ($22,336.88)

2022-18 – Riverdale’s participation as a “Host City” in the “Get Out and Trail” event on May 7 with the City of Davenport’

2022-19 – A change in signatories on the City’s bank accounts

2022-20 – The appointment of Fred Joers to the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustments

2022-21 – The engagement of  MSA to conduct an assessment of the City’s storm sewers (Phase 1) 

2022-22 – The City’s annual Urban Renewal Report for FY21

2022-23 – The appointment of Kevin Adams as Mayor Pro Tempore through December 31, 2022

There are also reports from intergovernmental agencies Riverdale participates with (Bi-State Regional Commission, the Joint Sanitary Sewerage Committee, etc.) as well as a Mayoral Proclamation for Three Flags Day on March 10, 2022. 

Come to the meeting on Tuesday to learn more!

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council was held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting was held in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Minutes
February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Agenda
February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Packet

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm.

Resolutions that were passed included:

2022-10 – Establishing the maximum property tax dollars to be collected by the City in FY23 (Max Levy)

2022-14 – Authorizing staff to issue an RFP for mowing services for the calendar year

2022-15 – Approving the job description of the part-time maintenance position for the City.

2022-16 – Setting a public hearing for the FY23 budget.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council was held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting was held in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

February 8, 2022 Council Meeting Packet
February 8, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2022 Council Meeting Minutes

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting was called to order at 7pm.

The Council tabled Resolution 2022-10 to establish the Maximum Tax Levy for the coming fiscal year due to a procedural issue. The matter will be taken up at the next meeting of the Council. (All ayes)

Other resolutions that were passed included:

2022-11 – Change Order #3 on the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project (Phase II) (All ayes)

2022-12 – Authorization to engage PFM to advise and help determine equitable sewer rates for the coming fiscal year (All ayes)

2022-13 – Appointment of Kelly Krell to serve as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Riverdale (All ayes; Krell Abstained)

The Council also passed a motion to accept the resignation of Kelly Krell as a member of the City Council.

The meeting adjourned at 9pm.

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

REPORT OF PUBLIC MEETING

The second meeting of Riverdale’s City Council in 2022 was held in the Community Room of City Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, January 25th. The meeting was held in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

January 25, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda
January 25, 2022 Council Meeting Packet
January 25, 2022 Council Meeting Recording – Open Session
January 25, 2022 Council Meeting Minutes

Digital copies of the meeting agenda, packet, minutes and audio recording can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Mayor Anthony Heddlesten. Updates on the City’s landscaping and invasive species plans were reviewed by Querqus Land Stewardship and additional reports were presented by City Staff.

The Council also considered and acted on resolutions approving the naming of committee members and chairs to various committees for the City, the possible installation of a barrier fence between the City and some trailer homes on the west side of the City (behind Brenny’s) as well as a resolution authorizing partial payment to the contractor working on the second phase of the sanitary sewer system rehabilitation.

The Mayor issued proclamations recognizing the history and heritage of the Pleasant Valley Township and celebrating Riverdale’s involvement in the regional, “QC That’s Where” marketing campaign.

Once all of the general business was completed, the Council went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter. The closed session ended and the open session of the meeting was adjourned at 10:19 pm.

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

First regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council held on January 11, 2022

REPORT OF PUBLIC MEETING

The first meeting of 2022 for the Riverdale City Council was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the apointed time and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

This meeting was the first meeting chaired by Riverdale’s new mayor, Anthony Heddlesten, who was elected in November. Mayor Heddlesten is familiar with the operations of the City Council, however, having served the past two years as a member of the Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore.

Another new facing joining the Mayor was Council Member Vince Jurgena who was elected along with incumbent Council Member Paul DCamp in a three-way race last November. Mr. Jurgena currently works as a social studies teacher at Davenport Central High School.

What happened?

January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda
January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Packet
January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Minutes
January 11, 2022 Council Meeting Recording

Digital copies of the meeting agenda, packet, minutes and audio recording can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting was called to order at 7:11 pm by Mayor Anthony Heddlesten.  Updates on various projects around the City of Riverdale were provided by the Mayor, City Engineer and Fire Chief. The City Administrator was unable to attend due to a personal matter.

Resolutions were passed naming the official publications for the year, appointing members and officers of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department for 2022, naming the City’s financial depositories for the year, and approving the engagement of USIC Locating Services for One-Call requests made of the City. There was also discussion about the installation of a red light sensor on the traffic light at Bellingham and State Street.

The Mayor issued proclamations recognizing the efforts of public health officials fighting COVID-19, the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating the life of long-time Riverdale resident, Ava Griswold.

A priority list for City Staff was discussed and established covering a variety of topics and issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 pm.

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Special City Council meeting held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021

REPORT OF PUBLIC MEETING

This Regular Meeting of the Riverdale City Council was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

December 28, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda
December 28, 2021 Council Meeting Minutes
December 28, 2021 Council Meeting Recording

The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm by Mayor Mike Bawden. There was no written resolution in the packet.

The Mayor said he would revise the draft resolution to accurately reflect the Council’s discussion on this topic and attach the amended and agreed-upon goals and objectives for the City Administrator for the Calendar Year of 2022.

Council Member Krell provided information on work performed on the document since the last meeting of the City Council on December 14. Some of the language in the document should be revised to reflect the departure of the Deputy City Clerk earlier this month.

All of the due dates in the draft document were reviewed with Royster by members of the Council and adjustments were made with his input.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42pm.

A copy of the revised resolution can be found below:

Resolution 2021-59

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

REPORT OF PUBLIC MEETING

This Regular Meeting of the Riverdale City Council was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

December 14, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda
December 14, 2021 Council Meeting Packet 
December 14, 2021 Council Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2021 Council Meeting Recording

Before the official start of the evening’s meeting, Mayor-elect Anthony Heddlesten and Council Members-elect Paul DCamp and Vince Jurgena were sworn in by Mayor Mike Bawden. The meeting was then called to order at 7:07 pm by Mayor Bawden.

Council Member Vince Jurgena and his wife following his taking the oath of office.

Mayor-Elect Anthony Heddlesten stands with his wife and son following his swearing in at City Hall.

Mayor Mike Bawden presents the oath of office certificate to returning City Council Member Paul DCamp who was re-elected in November.

Following the approval of the consent agenda by the City Council, the City Administrator and other City Staff made their reports to the Council. Administrator Royster promised to clarify the confusion surrounding the Veteran’s Preference Hearing scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2021. (Two different start times for the hearing had been related to Council Members and the actual time needed to be confirmed.)

Staff/Department Reports

City Engineer, Chris Cooper (MSA Consultants)  provided updates on the Manor Hill, Fenno Road and Woods Estates projects – all are proceeding on schedule. Cooper/MSA has also been helping Administrator Royster with pulling together budget estimates for major public works projects to be considered for FY23. 

MSA also assisted the City with a requested response to IDOT for their upcoming 2022 traffic count program. Further discussion was held with regard to the City’s participation in the MS4 program and possible repercussions from IDNR if it stops. His complete report can be found in the meeting packet.

Riverdale Fire Chief Chris Bernard provided a quick update on the number of calls to the department over the past two weeks and training classes held. Department officer elections for 2022 have been held and Bernard will provide names to the City Administrator can prepare a resolution for 2022 for appropriate appointments. 

Sewer Ordinance tabled

The Mayor provided an update as to where things stand on setting rates for the coming year and requested the Council table the third reading of this ordinance until further study can be completed, new rates computed and then re-submit the rates to the Council for consideration. The new rates would go into effect on July 1 and be updated at the start of each fiscal year.

Motion to table made by Littrel , seconded by DCamp.  All ayes. Item tabled.

Resolutions

  • Resolution 2021-59 – Goals and Objectives of the City Administrator for Calendar Year 2022
    The resolution was not included in the packet. Krell updated the Council on plans for circulating the final drafts of the goals. Council agreed to meet again for one last meeting specifically to address this resolution.
  • Resolution 2021-60 – A Resolution approving Change Order #1 for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation (Phase II) Project
    Additional costs cover the addition of a storm water intake to the project scope for $500. Moved by Littrel, seconded by Heddleten. All ayes. Motion carried.
  • Resolution 2021-61 – A Resolution Advising Residents on How the Increase of Sanitary Sewer Fees will be Used
    City Administrator Royster explained the City would create a customized rate letter for residents to go out at the beginning of each year. The Council clarified what their intention was (not quite so detailed). Moved by DCamp, seconded by Heddletsen, then amended by Krell. The amended motion was then called by the Mayor for a voice vote and passed unanimously.

Finance Committee Ordinance withdrawn

The Mayor suggested to the Council that it wait until the FY23 Budget is completed and certified before moving forward on the adoption of this new chapter to the City’s Code. He withdrew the ordinance – meaning the Council will need to re-consider a new version of the ordinance and read it three times before it can be adopted.

Council discussion topics 

  • Scheduling Additions for Budget Timeframe
    The City Administrator reports that the City Council will be asked to make a formal request for a Max Levy hearing to adjust the City’s general tax levy for FY23.
  • Re-cap of Winter Activity
    Council Member Krell provided a re-cap of the Winter Activity held on December 4.
  • Hiring a New Deputy Clerk
    Forty resumes have been received for the Deputy Clerk position. Five of the resumes look very promising.
  • Veteran’s Preference Hearing on December 20
    The Veteran’s Preference Hearing will be held at 7pm on Monday, December 20, 2022.
  • Interest in Maintenance Staffing Scenarios
    Council Member DCamp brought up some suggestions for creating some additional staffing scenarios that divide work (in this case, Maintenance) between paid staff (part-time or full-time) and contractors/consultants.

Final thoughts from the Mayor

The Mayor read a prepared statement about his past four years as Mayor of the City of Riverdale. If you want to read it in its entirety, click here.

After a brief presentation from the City Council made by Mayor Pro-Tempore Anthony Heddlesten (and the incoming mayor), Mayor Bawden gaveled out his last regular City Council meeting at 8:42 pm.