Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

Mayor Mike Bawden issued an executive order today changing the ground rules for public meetings to be held at City Hall for the foreseeable future. According to the executive order:

•  Public meetings should be held, whenever possible, in a hybrid fashion with the chair of the meeting present in the Community Room at City Hall along with up to fourteen other participants (committee/commission members, Council Members, residents, guests, consultants, etc.) and the balance of those attending the meeting, doing so online through the Virtual Community Room feature found on the City’s website.

•  In-person attendance at meetings cannot exceed fifteen people. If more than fifteen people come to the meeting, those who arrive after the fifteenth person will be asked to leave the building and attend online.

•  All meetings should be recorded so accurate meeting minutes can be constructed for the public record.

•  All in-person, meeting attendees are required to wear a face mask. It is not the City’s responsibility to provide face masks. If a person does not have a face mask or refuses to wear one, they are required to leave the building.

The order will remain in effect until the number of new COVID-19 cases in Scott County has returned to its pre-summer spike level (a total of 50 or fewer cases over a two week period). The county is currently seeing a 14-day rolling total of 216 to 244 cases through the first week of August, although that number has fallen since mid-July.

An announcement of changes to or the termination of this executive order will be posted to City Hall and the website when it occurs.

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Online phone directory removed to prevent potential harassment.

Online phone directory removed to prevent potential harassment.

City Hall was notified that social media posts had started appearing on Facebook that shared the addresses and phone numbers of the mayor, at least one member of the City Council and several residents of the Havens Acres neighborhood. The posts were on a group page dedicated to fighting the closure of the connector path between the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and South Kensington Street in Riverdale.

The reason why the addresses and links to the online phone directory on the City’s website were shared isn’t stated, but several members of the online group objected to the sharing of information and reported the post. The City also contacted the Quad City Bicycle Club and requested they help remove the post – the club has been helpful in quelling disruptive behavior on social media in the past.

The posts have now been removed from Facebook and the online phone directory has been removed from the City’s website for the time being.

“The online phone directory was something we put on the website when we first launched it,” explained Mayor Mike Bawden. “It was provided as a convenience for residents so they could contact their friends and neighbors. Those residents who didn’t want their information on the website could ask for it to be removed – and did.”

“Given the actions of a few people who are very upset with the closure of the connector path between the MRT and Kensington Street, it’s probably best we remove the directory for the time being. If it comes back, it will probably need to come back behind in a secure/password protected section of the website.”

Members of the Facebook group who objected to the posting of private residential addresses and phone numbers contacted the City directly to make sure officials there were aware of what had happened and could take action.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, August 11th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall.

Attendance at this meeting is limited to 15 people in-person, others can attend online.  If you choose to attend in-person, you will be required to wear a face mask while in the building.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision
  • Presentation by Dave Ring, president of the Quad City Bike Club about concerns surrounding the closure of the connector path between the MRT and Kensington Street and the safety of the bike crossing at Bellingham Road and State Street

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to approve a proposal for park drawings from MSA (originally tabled at the July 28th meeting)
  • A Resolution to consider a proposed alternate connector route for bikers and pedestrians that connect the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and Duck Creek Bike Trail (DCBT) without crossing Hwy 67 (State Street)
  • A Resolution to re-consider and rescind Resolution 2020-49, adopted by the Riverdale City Council on June 9, 2020
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to negotiate terms of an economic development package for a prospective, multi-family, residential housing project in the City
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to search and engage a financial consultant to aid in long-term financial planning and reporting processes

Discussion of various items include:

    • A review of draft identity materials for the City to be sent to the printer
    • A discussion on the merits of switching the City from a cash basis accounting methodology to a modified accrual method
    • A timeline for closing out the last of the financial reports for FY20 between August and December
    • A timeline for preparation of the FY 22 budget
    • A summary report of the invasive species walk held on August 7
    • An update on the smoke testing work done on the interceptor sewer line running under Hwy 67
    • A review of safety concerns related to crossing Hwy 67 at Bellingham Road and creating alternate connector routes between the MRT and DCBT
    • An update on the fence and gate project on the State Street bridge crossing over Duck Creek
    • An update on plans for a fall event (Fall Fest/Purple Bull Run)
    • An update on the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • A report on the possibility of securing additional CDBG funding for the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • An update on the repair/replacement of the mobile air compressor for the Riverdale Fire Department

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (47 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

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

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on August 25, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, July 28th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall (maximum capacity is 25 people).

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development on the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution to conditionally authorize an assessment of the storm water drainage and management under SCC Drive and the entrance to the college at Highway 67.
  • A Resolution to approve a proposal for park drawings from MSA.
  • A Resolution to approve a tree/brush removal proposal for Bicentennial Park from The Davey Tree Company.
  • A Resolution to approve changing the authorizing signatories on the City’s various bank accounts.
  • A Resolution approving the staff recommendation for an employee health benefit plan (for full-time employees).

Discussion of various items include:

    • A review of proposed identity materials for the City.
    • An update on the city’s plan to improve how it manages documents and archives material
    • A status report on the MRT/Havens Acres situation
    • A report on the City’s annual IPERS review
    • A schedule of required reports and deadlines for the City
    • Mid-Year updates on landscaping, mowing, invasive species controls, etc.
    • A report on smoke testing the interceptor sewer line under Hwy 67
    • A discussion about Fall Fest (scheduled for October 3)
    • A “Meals-to-Go” progress report
    • A review of the City’s COVID-19 protocols
    • Updates on the ventilation system installation and the repair of the fire department’s air compressor
    • An update on establishing playground “barriers” around the perimeter of the parks
    • An update on the proposed facade improvement program
    • An update on city entrance/landmark signage

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here. (70 pages)

A copy of the Administrator’s Notes from City Administrator Kent Royster can be found here.

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

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on August 11, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

City Hall closed due to possible COVID-19 case.

City Hall closed due to possible COVID-19 case.

UPDATE 07-17-2020 – The COVID-19 test results were received this afternoon and are negative. City Hall will open as usual on Monday morning.


By order of the mayor, Riverdale City Hall has been closed at noon today because a staff member has just been tested for COVID-19. Test results are expected back on Friday or Saturday.

If the results are negative, City Hall will re-open on Monday. If the results are positive, all other front office staff (including the mayor) will need to be tested as will any other person who has met with front-office personnel over the past week.

Updates will be posted this to the website as well. Look to this post on the website and to the Riverdale Residents’ Facebook page for further updates.

Thank you.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, July 14th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall (maximum capacity is 25 people).

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Report from the City Administrator of Staff activities since the last City Council Meeting
  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • A presentation by the City Engineer on future plans for the Fieldcrest Drainage Way
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution approving City staff recommendation(s) concerning replacing the roof of City Hall.
  • A Resolution authorizing a proposal for sanitary sewer testing of the interceptor sewer line running from Panorama Park to Bettendorf (under Hwy 67).

Discussion of various items include:

    • An update on the on-going review of the Riverdale City Staff Employee Manual and insurance benefit plans currently underway
    • An update on hiring part-time assistance for a variety of summer projects
    • A review of capital projects planned for FY21
    • Updates on the year-long, invasive species audit currently underway
    • Plans for mid-year reviews with various contractors
    • The state of plans for this year’s Fall Fest in October
    • Meals-to-Go progress report
    • Updates on various projects currently underway at the fire station
    • A review of possible changes coming to the City’s parks and playgrounds in terms of new equipment and facilties
    • An update on the Arconic TIF related to the plant’s heat treat facilities
    • An update on where things stand with developing alternative connector routes between the MRT and Duck Creek Bike Trail
    • A review of guidelines for changing public meetings from in-person to mixed or online formats

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (50 pages)

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

Minutes from the meeting can be found here.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Mon-Fri) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale’s new city administrator, Kent Royster, announced that he was moving forward with the Council-approved plan to hire part-time, summer help – but rather than lending a hand in the office, “Kent’s Crew” will be taking on a long list of projects outside.

City Administrator, Kent Royster

“While we’ve got contractors working on a variety of large projects related to sewers and streets, Riverdale’s go-to maintenance guy, George Miller, has a huge To-Do list of projects and isn’t able to get a lot of smaller things done to help keep our gardens and parks vibrant and city grounds picked up,” explains Mr. Royster.

“We’re looking for two or three people who are willing to work around twenty hours a week (weather permitting) on a variety of projects that will keep them outside and making Riverdale look great,” he continued. “The jobs are entry-level and will pay $7.50/hour – so, great for teenagers or kids home from college.”

The City will be accepting applications from anyone over the age of 16 (with a valid driver’s license) and the jobs will run through the month of August – allowing for the start of school and other activities. You can click here to download an application.

And if you see something you think needs to be cleaned up or fixed in town, let us know by filling out our online form for Maintenance Work Orders.

Don’t forget: new fireworks regulations are in effect

Don’t forget: new fireworks regulations are in effect

Last year, the Riverdale City Council passed some revisions to the City Code about the use of fireworks. While fireworks are not prohibited for celebrations like the 4th of July, there are some rules you need to know.

Please keep in mind that people are restricted from having “Display Fireworks” which includes fireworks “containing any explosive or flammable compound” which are not considered to be “Consumer” or “Novelty” fireworks (e.g. firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, sparklers, spinners, etc.). In short, to commercial-grade fireworks.

It is against the law for people under the age of eighteen to discharge a firework without parental supervision. And you can only discharge a firework at your own premises or at another premises where you’ve been given permission. Finally, it’s important to understand that if you discharge a firework, you assume all responsibility for what happens when it goes off.

With specific regard to this weekend’s activities, fireworks can only be discharged during July 3rd and July 4pm between the hours of 2pm and 11pm.

Please be safe, have fun and post photos and videos of your fireworks display to the Riverdale Residents page on Facebook.

 

Hours to change at City Hall

Hours to change at City Hall

Effective Monday, July 6, Riverdale City Hall will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. The change in hours corresponds with the recent hiring of a new City Administrator and Deputy Clerk for the City, both of whom will be working full-time with the start of the new fiscal year.

Although staff will be working at City Hall from 8am to 5pm, the building will be open to the general public starting at 10am each day. This allows staff to meet and organize their work-days accordingly. The public is able to meet with staff before 10am, but must call ahead and make an appointment to do so.

The general number for City Hall is: 563-355-2511.

Water fighting in Riverdale

Water fighting in Riverdale

On June 13, the Riverdale Fire Department hosted their annual water fight competition. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was the first water fight that many of the departments invited were actually able to attend, so it was an impressive turnout of firefighters and their friends and families having a good time.

The competition was re-named this year as the “Analiese Chapman Memorial Waterfight.” In addition to naming the competition after Analiese, who passed away earlier this year from Cystic Fibrosis, the department also unveiled new #TeamAnaliese decals that will be on all RFD apparatuses.

The event was also covered by WHBF and KLJB TV:

The Bookmobile is coming … to Riverdale!

The Bookmobile is coming … to Riverdale!

The Scott County Library’s Bookmobile will be making its next stop in Riverdale on July 2nd from 3pm to 5:45pm, and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. The Bookmobile will be at City Hall and people can browse through the collection (one person at a time, please).

According to the Scott County Library’s web page for the Bookmobile …

In June 1947, Edna Spies founded the Scott County Bookmobile to bring library service to rural children, and in 1950, the Scott County bookmobile organization became the Scott County Library System.

The bookmobile remains an important element of our outreach services and partners with elementary schools and brings library service to the residents of Scott County. 

Riverdale residents pay around $16,000 a year to the Scott County Library system which operates a branch library system in Eldridge, Blue Grass, Walcott, Park View, Durant, Princeton and other small towns in Scott County outside of the metro area.  You can check out their published schedule to find out when the bookmobile will be back to Riverdale.

With the return of the Bookmobile, Riverdale residents will be able to return books to the county library system or pick-up books they’ve pre-ordered from the library. Although entry into the mobile library won’t be possible on this trip, it is possible to check material out directly from the bookmobile while it is in our neck of the woods.

For more information, contact Catherine Zimmerman at the Scott County Library – 563-285-4794