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MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 24th at 7:00pm. 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 online attendance only.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 24, 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 certify TIF Indebtedness for the State Street Urban Renewal Area affecting the FY21-22 tax increment
  • A Resolution to approve the purchase of cement barriers for salt storage in Bicentennial Park this winter
  • A Resolution to authorize the purchase and installation of a mobile air compressor for the fire department
  • A Resolution to authorize the cleaning and televising of drainage lines behind certain homes on Manor and Circle Drives
  • A Resolution to approve the City’s FY20 Urban Renewal Report for the State Street Urban Renewal Area

Discussion of various items include:

    • Closing City Hall, playgrounds, parks and gathering places through the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic health emergency
    • Plans for remote work by City staff during the shutdown
    • Officer elections from the Riverdale Fire Department
    • Possible actions to stem/eliminate motorized vehicular traffic on the MRT and in City parks
    • An update on the budget intake meetings held in November
    • A general discussion regarding the proposed urban renewal zone and related plan for the Fenno Hill area as well as plans for more community input and scheduling considerations
    • Recruitment of a new commissioner to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission
    • Implications of a proposed ordinance to convey water service lines under the City’s streets to Iowa-American Water Company
    • An update on planned holiday activities by the City during December

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.  (69 pages)

The Treasurer’s Report to the City Council can be found here.

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.

A copy of the Mayor’s public health proclamation closing City Hall and the playgrounds/parks can be found here.

A copy of the proposed ordinance for conveyance of privately-owned water service lines under the City’s streets can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on December 8, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please contact City Hall and one can be copied and mailed to you at a cost of $.25 per page, plus postage ($19.30 total)

 

City Hall and Parks close on Monday for the rest of the year

City Hall and Parks close on Monday for the rest of the year

The Mayor has issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency and closing the City’s public meeting spaces, parks and City Hall through the end of the year. The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department will still be able to use the fire station and equipment as long as it continues to use the contagious disease protocols established earlier this year.

The executive order which goes into effect on Monday, November 23, reads as follows:

COVID-19-Proclamation-for-2020

The text of the Mayoral Proclamation closing Riverdale City Hall, the community rooms and parks due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis.

A full copy of the executive order along with CDC guidelines for meeting and gathering during the holidays can be found here.

A copy of additional guidelines for traveling, gathering and meeting during the holidays has been provided by the Scott County Health Department and can be found by clicking here.

The Governor’s public health proclamations can be found here.

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MEETING NOTICE: FY22 Budget Intake Meeting called for Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 2:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: FY22 Budget Intake Meeting called for Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 2:00pm.

A special, public intake meeting concerning the FY22 budget for the City of Riverdale (running from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) will take place on Sunday afternoon, November 22nd at 2:00pm. 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 online, only.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the FY22 Budget Intake Meeting on Sunday, November 22, 2020 (from 2:00 PM – 4:00 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

This meeting is informational and participatory. It will be recorded and shared via social media and posted to the City’s website, as well. A video transcript of the first public intake meeting, held on Wednesday, November 11, can be found here.

Chair: Mayor, Mike Bawden

  • Review of Budgeting Process
  • Review of Goals and Objectives set by the City Council in January 2020
    (NOTE: a memo summarizing those goals and objectives can be found here)
  • Discussion of Desired Goals and Objectives by those present
  • Identification of Specific Projects and Long-Range Plans to be considered
  • Additional Community Input
  • Adjourn

 

 

FY22 Budget Intake Meeting – November 11, 2020 at 7:00pm.

FY22 Budget Intake Meeting – November 11, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Update (11-12-2020)

The budget intake meeting was held as scheduled. A recording of the meeting can be found below. The 2020-21 Goals and Objectives memo produced as a result of the January 5, 2020 goal setting session with the Riverdale City Council (referred to in the video) can be found here.


Agenda

This meeting is informational and participatory. It will be recorded and shared via social media and posted to the City’s website, as well.

Chair: Mayor, Mike Bawden

  • Review of Budgeting Process
  • Review of Goals and Objectives set by the City Council in January 2020
  • Discussion of Desired Goals and Objectives by those present
  • Identification of Specific Projects and Long-Range Plans to be considered
  • Additional Community Input
  • Adjourn

 

 

SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING: Discussing the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area, called for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00pm.

SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING: Discussing the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area, called for Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A special town hall meeting concerning the proposed Urban Renewal Plan for the Fenno Hill Area in the City of Riverdale will take place on Tuesday evening, November 17th at 7:00pm. 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 online, only.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 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

This meeting is informational and participatory. It will be recorded and shared via social media and posted to the City’s website, as well.

Chair: Mayor, Mike Bawden

  • Review of the proposed Urban Renewal Area under consideration
  • Review of the projects that make up the proposed Urban Renewal Plan
  • Estimated costs of all projects included in the proposed Urban Renewal Plan
  • Funding options to be considered to pay for the projects in the Urban Renewal Plan
  • How TIF Funding might be employed in support of the Urban Renewal Plan
  • Rough timeline for discussion/consideration/action
  • Adjourn

 

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 10th at 7:00pm. 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 online attendance only.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 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 approve a contract for snow removal services for the coming winter season (effective November 11, 2020)
  • A Resolution to approve a proposal to modify the proposed fence and gate on the south side of the State Street Bridge over Duck Creek
  • A Resolution to accept the final completion and acceptance of work statements for the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project

Discussion of various items include:

    • A progress report on the development of a City Calendar for 2021
    • Information about using direct deposit for city-related payroll
    • An update on the City’s document management efforts/plan
    • A review of a variety of RFD matters including the election of officers and options available to the city with regard to replacing the air compressor
    • A discussion of security-related matters and the installation of security cameras at strategic points throughout the City
    • An update on plans for deer hunting and coyote trapping for the coming winter
    • A discussion of remediating drainage issues along Manor Drive
    • Discussion of creating a city-wide plan for tree plantings and management
    • Discussion of planned holiday activities
    • A review of restrictions on the use of City facilities for the coming months due to the COVID-19 public health crisis

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.  (73 pages)

The Treasurer’s Report to the City Council can be found here.

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 November 24, 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, November 24, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, October 13th at 7:00pm. 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, October 13, 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 approve a professional services agreement with MSA for engineering services related to a proposed urban renewal plan for the Fenno Hill area
  • A Resolution to approve the change of some street names in the Woods Estates subdivision
  • A Resolution to establish a date for a public hearing to discuss the proposed urban renewal plan and TIF ordinance for the Fenno Hill area

Discussion of various items include:

    • Requests for key dates for meetings and events to include on a City calendar planned for a December publication
    • Changes made to the City’s Chart of Accounts
    • Work on the preparation of an urban renewal plan for the Fenno Hill area and what it means for the City
    • Details of the Citywide clean-up planned for October 17
    • Status of snow removal services for this coming winter
    • Holiday celebration plans for the City and residents
    • A proposed “spring fling” event in Woods Estates in 2021
    • Development of a long-term vision for the RFD and plans for the October 25 open house
    • Budget planning for FY22
    • Issues surrounding on-going concerns about the gate across the sidewalk extension at the south end of Kensington Street in Havens Acres

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.  (67 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.

Additional reports to Council include:

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on October 27, 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, November 24, 2020 at 7:00pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:15pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, September 8th at 7:15pm (following a public hearing scheduled for 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, September 8, 2020 (from 7:15 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 approve fees and a process for permitting sanitary sewer work and rehabilitation
  • A Resolution to approve and adopt the annual street financial report to the Iowa DOT for FY 20
  • A Resolution to authorize staff to prepare for the expenditure of up to $55,000 for a mobile air compressor unit for the use of the Riverdale Fire Department

Discussion of various items include:

    • Suggestions of people to serve on an advisory committee to review issues surrounding the connection between the MRT and Duck Creek Bike Trail
    • Council member attendance at the upcoming Iowa league of Cities Conference
    • Production of a 2021 city calendar
    • Establishing an emergency fund for the City
    • Need for photography of damaged property from the August 10 storm
    • A review of the Parks & Trails Assessment report prepared by MSA
    • Fall Fest
    • The Purple Bull Run
    • Trick or Treat options
    • Bookmobile appearances
    • Next steps in the “Meals-to-Go” program
    • Possible joint project with Panorama Park

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.  (49 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.

The Parks & Trails Assessment presentation deck and report can be downloaded from the site as well (click on both hyperlinks).

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on September 22, 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: Public Hearing called for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Public Hearing called for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7pm.

A public hearing to review specific details of the “Meals-to-Go” program will be convened by the Riverdale City Council at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media. 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 public hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 7:15 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

Welcome:

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call

Discussion:

  • Need for the CDBG Project
  • Description of the CDBG-funded project and activities
  • The amount of CDBG funds for the project
  • Estimated amount of CDBG assistance that will benefit low and moderate income per person
  • The location of the project activities
  • Any relocation that will have to take place
  • Contact information if a resident has concerns or complaints regarding the project
  • Community development housing needs of low-to-moderate income persons in teh city and any planned or potential activities to address their needs
  • Other Community Development and Housing needs

Comments from Audience:

Adjournment

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

 

Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

Mayor issues new rules for public meetings at City Hall

(UPDATED 08-26-2020) Mayor Mike Bawden has issued an executive order changing the ground rules for public meetings to be held at City Hall for the foreseeable future.

Effective immediately, all public meetings of the City are to be held in a hybrid fashion (online and in-person) and all deliberative members of the body are asked to attend online so their comments and votes on matters can be properly recorded.

According to the executive order:

1) 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 (residents, guests, consultants, etc.).

2) Deliberative participants (members of the City Council or commission members required to attend) and the remainder of the public body interested in attending the meeting, must do so online through the Virtual Community Room feature found on the City’s website.

3) 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.

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

5) 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.

6) 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 infection rate in the county will be checked monthly.

A copy of this order is available from the Deputy Clerk during regular office hours at City Hall (8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday) and is also posted on the public notice bulletin boards at either entrance to City Hall. 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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How to respond to warnings from the National Weather Service

How to respond to warnings from the National Weather Service

Riverdale Council Member Anthony Heddlesten offers some great advice on what to do if you receive a warning from the NWS or hear the storm sirens go off. (Taken from Facebook)

Post-derecho I’ve seen several Facebook friends post about NWS warnings and sirens and their lack of understanding or maybe better understanding post disaster. I’ve been getting daily NWS briefings from 3 offices for about a decade now. I respond to disasters, and know some things, but I’m not a perfect fount of knowledge either – reach out to your local city, EMA, and NWS professionals for more (and probably better) ideas!

Here are some things I think you should know:

1) there’s a cool color coded warning system for severe thunderstorms (light green, green, yellow, orange, red, pink) after looking at these reports and responding to disasters for a decade, I have developed the following risk stance towards these colors (meh, better bring an umbrella, better know where a sturdy shelter is at all times, better be within walking distance of a sturdy shelter at all times, I’m not leaving the house today, I’m not leaving the basement today; respectively)

2) on literally every day that’s been orange, red, or pink in 10 years, a tornado has hit within that area listed. Often times I’m not effected, but someone is catastrophically impacted. Every. Single. Time. In. Ten. Years.

3) sirens blow for things that will ruin your month. Not your afternoon, not your event that you’re at, your month. Sirens are for catastrophic damages somewhere within earshot of you. They are meant to get you to a sturdy shelter ASAP.

4) you need to learn how to read NWS text write ups for storms – there is a ton of fast moving info that is very succinct and is constantly being field verified. Be particularly mindful for “spotter indicated” vs “radar indicated”. There is a ton more data that they provide than what a weather app has. Why doesn’t NWS have a weather app?! I’m completely baffled.

5) GOES-R came out a couple years ago and made everything better and smarter, but anyone who’s studied hydraulics of fluids (air is a fluid) knows how hard it is to categorize and define movement of fluids in a three dimensional system as robust and intricate as our atmosphere. Learn about GOES and what it does and ask that it continues to be funded. That’s not a guarantee.

6) find more ways to get notified – storm sirens aren’t meant to be heard in your home – NOAA weather radios are. Set your Facebook/social media feed to bring your local NWS and EMA office Messages front and center! See if your county has other sorts of emergency notification system like Nixle or reverse 911 and SIGN UP NOW. it will text you things you need to know. Go to iNWS and sign up for automated alerts for areas that are important to you – you literally can draw a polygon on a GIS server and select which watches and warnings you want to receive. It’s super easy.

These are simple things you can do to be safe(r) during an emergency situation. Good luck!

Storm Update: The Clean-up Continues!

Storm Update: The Clean-up Continues!

Neighbors, contractors and City staff are working together to help Riverdale recover following Monday’s fierce storm that saw winds in excess of 90 mph bring down trees and snap power poles, leaving most residents and businesses in the city without power and in some cases, phone and Internet service.

First Responders respond first

Special thanks to Riverdale’s maintenance man, George Miller and seven other members of the Riverdale Fire Department who worked into the night on Monday to make roads passable in the City. They worked on South Bellingham, Elmhurst Lane, South Kensington and at the site of a massive limb completely blocking Circle Drive.

What to do with all the tree limbs and debris?

Clearing the streets of debris was the first priority for the City who ordered the delivery of three dumpsters for resident use on Tuesday. Those dumpsters, located at Volunteer Square Park (in the parking lot), Peggy’s Park (next to the playground) and Fieldcrest Road (at the dead end) are there to collect yard and tree debris only, not for garbage. The dumpsters will be replaced with empty dumpsters on Friday or Saturday and remain through next week and are scheduled for pick-up on August 26.

On Wednesday, following emergency update phone calls between City Administrator Kent Royster, members of the City Council and Mayor, it was decided to engage a private contractor to pick up debris from resident yards this weekend (depending on rainfall on Saturday, pickup may not start until Sunday). The contractor, TJ Schwartz Excavating, will be going from neighborhood to neighborhood with a large dump truck to collect debris from their curbside locations.

Debris should be cut into 5-foot sections so they can be composted at the Scott County Compost Facility. All disposal fees are being waived, so making sure our material can be processed is essential. To make pick-up go as efficiently as possible, we are asking residents to stack the debris as neatly as possible.

Other yard waste can be put in paper bags and left at the curb for Monday pick-up by Republic Services.

Depending on an assessment of the amount of damage in the community on Monday, the City may engage the contractor to come back for another pick-up in the community the weekend of August 22. Please check this website and the Riverdale Resident’s Page on Facebook for further updates.

Cleaning Up the City’s Parks

There was some extensive limb loss in Volunteer Square Park and major tree damage in VanGundy Park. Quercus, the City’s landscape contractor sent an emergency crew to help clean up and care for/remove damaged trees. The Mayor and City Administrator will discuss the extent of the damage with Quercus next week and start formulating a plan to deal with the lost trees for Council review in September.

The playgrounds at Peggy’s Park and Bicentennial Park both appear to be in fairly good shape.

Additional Disaster Relief

City Hall has limited power (thanks to the emergency generator) and while the main office is not air conditioned while operating on emergency power, Council Chambers is. As a result, the City will keep Council Chambers open to the public from 8am – 5pm every week day until power is restored to the City. While in the City’s Council Chambers, residents can re-charge their electronic devices, use the public-access wi-fi and escape the heat. 

Occupancy is limited to seven people at a time and those who use the room will be asked to socially distance from one another. 

If you have any questions, please call Administrator Royster at 563-355-2511.

Also, for residents who have lost food as a result of the power being shut-off, there is some government assistance available through the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program can help recover the cost of car repairs, food replacement and temporary housing expenses.

You’ll find more about it in this press release from Governor Reynolds’ office. If you or anyone in your family needs help applying for any of these programs, please contact Administrator Royster at City Hall and he can help with the application process.

When Will the Power Come Back On?

Quite possibly the biggest frustration people are feeling at the moment relates to the lack of progress being made on restoring power to homes and businesses in Riverdale. Most residences and many businesses in the city remain without power as of Thursday and may not see power restored until the weekend.

According to Mid-American Energy, a little over 2/3rds of the residents in the Quad Cities who were knocked off the grid had their power restored by Thursday morning. Crews continue to work in 16-hour shifts and there are over 1,000 out-of-state utility and contract linemen and tree crews who have been brought in to deal with the situation statewide.

We have posted the full announcement from Mid-American on our website – it has a lot of important information that will help residents monitor progress on restoring power. And if you’re home suffered a direct tree-strike that may have dislodged a utility box or service entrance, please make sure you’ve notified Mid-American.