Be Aware: Break-ins in Deerbrook reported last night.

Be Aware: Break-ins in Deerbrook reported last night.

For the past two weeks, Riverdale residents have reported seeing unfamiliar cars and pedestrians in the morning hours in the Manor/Circle Drive areas. Although no break-ins have been reported in our city, it appears some criminal activity has now been reported in the Deerbrook neighborhood in Bettendorf (next to Riverdale).

Here is the report from the Bettendorf Police Department:

On Thursday October 24, 2019 during the morning hours officers were dispatched to 5 residences located in the Deerbrook edition in regards to burglaries or attempted burglaries. At this point it appears that 3 residences were entered where items were taken in the 3600 block of Deerbrook Drive, the 3700 block of Deerbrook Drive, and the 3800 block of Brookwood Lane. Also, it appears that 2 attempted burglaries occurred in the 1400 block of Antler Ct. and the 1400 block of White Tail Drive but no entry was made. These all occurred when the residents were present in their homes sleeping. It was only after they had woke up and came downstairs in the morning did they discover and realize that something had occurred.

Entry was gained through ground level windows that were not secured or latched and/or slightly ajar making it obvious they were not secured. In these cases if there was a screen the screen was either cut or removed.

This is a reminder to secure all your doors, garage doors, and windows to your residence along with locking your vehicles.

Please be on the lookout for suspicious activity in your neighborhood and if anyone has information regarding these incidents, they are encouraged to call the Bettendorf Police Department at 563-344-4015, or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

See attached video, provided by a resident, of the possible suspect.

The advice provided by the BPD is sound: please make sure your home and vehicles are fully secured before you turn in for the night. That means all doors, windows and garage doors should be completely closed and locked. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle and if your vehicle is parked outside, do not leave items in the seat where they may entice someone to break a window and take them.

If you see suspicious activity in Riverdale, please call 911. The priority dispatch system will help dispatch the right support vehicles to your home as quickly as possible (depending on the situation).

Thanks to our friends in the Bettendorf Police Department for sharing this information.

If you have any additional information to share or have seen additional suspicious activities in Riverdale you think your neighbors should be alerted to, please leave your name and comments in the space provided, below.

Ever want to spend a night at the museum? Here’s the next best thing …

Ever want to spend a night at the museum? Here’s the next best thing …

Looking for a fun thing to do this weekend? The Putnam Museum (in Davenport) is offering “Fearful Flashback” tours – guided tours by flashlight – through the museum tonight and tomorrow at 6:30pm and 8pm. 

Explorers of all ages can find out if the old museum is haunted by the spirit of Isis Neferit or if ghost children stalk a certain Davenport cemetery. Program highlights include frightening surprises that lie behind the Putnam’s River, Prairie and People and Unearthing Ancient Egypt exhibits as well as other spooky QC history.

These after-hours tours run an hour and a half each and are limited in size, so make your reservation today.

You can learn more about the program by visiting the “Fearful Flashbacks” page on the Putnam website. 

Ticket prices are $5 each for members and $10 each for non-members.

Absentee ballots now available for November 5th election

Absentee ballots now available for November 5th election

(from the Quad-City Times) Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz announced today that ballots for the Nov. 5 city/school elections are available, except for ballots to be voted in the city of Davenport.

Scott County Auditor, Roxanna Moritz

The Auditor’s Office will mail ballots to voters who have requested absentee ballots by mail today, and those ballots should arrive this week. Also, those ballots are available for voting at the Auditor’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

The ballots for Davenport are delayed due to the recount of the primary election for mayor. Those ballots will not be available until next week.

Questions? Call the Scott County Auditor’s Office at 563-326-8631, visiting “Election Central” at the County Auditor’s webpage or contact by email at auditor@scottcountyiow.com

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

(Updated: 10-21-19) Click here for my notes from our town hall meeting in the Community Room at City Hall on Sunday, October 20 at 2pm. 

The agenda for the meeting follows:

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Council Chambers Room

DATE:    Sunday October 20, 2018
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

WORK SESSION FOR THE MAYOR, COUNCIL, RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

THE PURPOSE OF THE WORK SESSION IS TO INFORM AND TO HEAR INPUT FOR FUTURE ACTIVITIES OF RIVERDALE

Agenda:

  1. Welcome and Introductions:
  2. General Discussion:
    • Fiber Optic Service Update
    • Woods Estate Update
    • Election Plans
    • Holiday Lighting Event on December 7th
    • City Calendar Photo Submissions
    • Website Enhancements
    • Parks Planning Proposal
    • Erosion Issues from Storm Water Runoff in NW Riverdale
    • Manor Hill Rear Yard Drainage Issues
    • Coyote Trapping/Deer Hunting
    • Trick Or Treating Hours
    • Snow Plowing
    • Flood Response Planning
    • City Hall Hours of Operation/Personnel Staffing
    • FY21 Budget Public Intake Sessions
    • Technology Project
  3. Open Discussion
  4. Adjourn

If you can’t make it, but have a topic or two you think needs to be discussed, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

See you then!

Do we have your phone number?

Do we have your phone number?

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.

 


 

Online Phone Directory Update Form
Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

The City Council passed a motion at its October 8, 2019 meeting setting the hours for trick-or-treating on Halloween evening.

The motion set the time for trick-or-treating from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Neighbors are encouraged to leave their front porch light on to signal their interest in hosting little goblins and ghosts during the event.

Before your favorite little demons march out the door in search of goodies, be sure to snap a picture and post it to the Riverdale Resident’s Facebook Page so we can all enjoy the “pre-candy” versions of their costumes.

For other tips on safe trick-or-treating, check out this post from the Modern Moms blog by clicking here.

Have questions about the nutritional value of all that chocolate and sugar and just how much work it is to burn all of those extra calories off? Check out this post from a local health expert and certified dietician on “Let’s Move Quad Cities”.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

In an October 17th memo to the City Council, mayor Mike Bawden, provided some initial thoughts on setting up a City Sewer Commission for 2020. The item is one of several slated for the COMMITTEE REPORTS section of next Tuesday’s City Council Meeting (to be held at 10/22/19).

Mike Bawden, Mayor of Riverdale

In the memo, Mayor Bawden, said the time was right to consider such a proposal, given the fact that the City of Riverdale is “fast approaching a point where we’ll have a good handle on the anticipated costs of infrastructure upgrades that will need to be made at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in West Davenport. That is the plant that services all of Riverdale’s sewage, which is conveyed to the plant through an extensive network of pipes running from Panorama Park through Riverdale and Bettendorf to Davenport.

The expected increase in costs to the City and the fact that rates have not been adjusted for quite some time mean sewer rates in Riverdale are likely to rise quickly and dramatically. The purpose of a City Sewer Commission, then, is to provide residents with an opportunity to participate in the conversations and decision-making process when it comes to building, maintaining and paying for the system.

Sewer Rates are Expected to Rise in 2020

With the memo specifically mentioning rates, Mayor Bawden provides the following information:

The City of Riverdale’s rates have not been adjusted in many years, resulting in on-going losses in the City’s Sewer Fund. Infrastructure repairs need to be paid from this fund, as well, and this past year, the Council had to move money from our General Fund to the Sewer Fund to cover that expense. While this is allowable (and we had the cash to do it), in the future, we may need to issue bonds to cover infrastructure repairs/enhancements deemed necessary by the Council.

Commission Structure and Responsibilities

According to Mayor Bawden, the Sewer Commission would be designed to operate in a manner very similar to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission:

Much like the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Sewer Commission would meet once a quarter in a public meeting (with a posted agenda and minutes) to hear presentations, conduct their deliberations, and vote on their recommendations. Official “actions” (e.g. authorizing expenditures, setting rates, etc.) would be taken by the City Council using the research and recommendations of the commission as an important source of information.

 

Every meeting held by the Sewer Commission would include, at a minimum, a financial report on the fiscal health of the sewer fund, a collections report identifying who is delinquent in paying their sewer fees, a projection of sewer fund viability at current/proposed rates, and appropriate monitoring reports on flow and other quality metrics deemed necessary by the commission.

 

The commission would be managed by a Sewer Commission Administrator (most likely the City Administrator) to make sure notices are posted and information is made available according to the State of Iowa’s Sunshine Laws. The chair of the commission would be expected to attend meetings of the Joint Sewerage Commission – the 28E that’s being formed by Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale and Panorama Park to oversee the operation of the 1973 Trunk Line, the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Compost Facility.

So, what do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments section, below …

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

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.

Don’t forget to get your bulky waste out to the street on Friday!

Don’t forget to get your bulky waste out to the street on Friday!

Don’t forget – the citywide clean-up starts Saturday morning at 7am. If you want to make sure your bulky waste gets picked up, have it to the curb Friday night!

You can learn more about what to do with your bulky waste on Friday by going here.

How to get rid of hazardous and electronic waste

Some items shouldn’t find their way to your bulky waste pile on Friday. Hazardous items, like household cleaners, oil-based paints, solvents and the rest should be handled by people who know how to recycle and dispose of unwanted materials like that. Fortunately, the Waste Commission of Scott County has those capabilities.

The same is true for electronic waste like TVs, stereos, computers and other devices that run on electricity. In many cases, those items can be refurbished, resold and re-used. If not the Waste Commission is able to take them a part (de-manufacture) and resell the components and metals used to make them.

If you have electronic waste or hazardous materials, you can take those items directly to the Waste Commission of Scott County’s recycling center (click here for a map) in Davenport anytime during the year.

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

City officials have been telling Riverdale residents their sewer rates are unrealistically low for over two years. And now, after years of discussion and planning, costs for the shared sewer line running from Panorama Park to West Davenport have been determined by a joint body representing all of those communities.

That means the City of Riverdale can now re-set its sewer rates for residents to reflect the actual costs of belonging to this common utility.

While rates are expected to be re-set significantly higher than they have been in Riverdale, it’s expected that the rates will still be at or below rates for homeowners in Bettendorf or Davenport. Rates in Riverdale are currently as much as 80% lower than costs experienced by some Davenport homeowners.

So why has it taken Riverdale so long to re-set its rates?

There are two big factors that affect Riverdale residents’ sewer rates: determining how much of Riverdale’s “flow” is the result of commercial activity from Arconic and finalizing the cost of improvements to the jointly-owned waste water treatment plant required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). That information now appears to be at-hand and negotiations with the IDNR to extend performance deadlines have also helped reduce costs to a degree.

The City’s plan, as it currently stands, is to start re-working calculations for sewer rates to reflect the current flow rates, planned improvements/upgrades to the City’s sewer lines (to reduce “inflow & infiltration” and, thereby decreasing flow to lower costs), and projected capital improvements at the waste water treatment plant in West Davenport. Ideally, that work will involve the new City Treasurer (assuming a satisfactory candidate can be found expeditiously).

Once preliminary calculations are done, the City will host an open meeting with the public to walk through the issues, process used to calculate the new sewer rates, projected effects of adding homes in the Woods Estates development and to solicit feedback.

There is no delay expected in first-quarter billing for 2020 at this time.

Should the City post audio files of its public meetings online?

Should the City post audio files of its public meetings online?

At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting (10/08/19), the mayor proposed the idea that recordings of the City’s public meetings should be available as audio files on its website. Members of the City Council didn’t all agree on whether or not that was something that should be done – and, once you look into the issue, you find there are a variety of issues that need to be addressed.

There are some technological considerations that have to be taken into account. Will transcripts have to be provided as well as the recordings? Are there any state guidelines about what needs to be made available with regard to files, online players, etc.?

And, of course, meetings will probably need to run a little differently, too. If an audio recording is made of a meeting, attendees (and the chair) will need to remember to allow only one person to speak at a time – and the amount of time allowed for people to opine (currently unrestricted except in the most extreme cases) will probably need to be limited.

Feelings on the Council ranged from: “If people really want to know what goes on in these meetings, they should be here” to “the more transparency, the better.”

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments section, below.

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

A great time was had by all at this year’s Pete the Purple Bull 5k and Fun Run – held in Riverdale. This is the second year in a row the event has been held in our city and, this time, the City of Riverdale provided a free pancake breakfast in the Community Room at City Hall and the Riverdale Fire Department displayed the  US Flag and gave kids a chance to check out the fire trucks.

Thanks to City Council Member Kelly Krell, incoming Council Member Kevin Adams and Caroline Bawden for cooking food. Thanks also to Chris Bernard, Adrian Castillo and other members of the RVFD who helped hoist the flag, roll out the trucks and keep a particularly attentive turkey away from the festivities.

Special thanks also go out to the HABLO (an employee resource group at Arconic) and to MY PLACE in Riverdale for being sponsors of the event which helps QC United raise money to deal with bullying in our schools.

Check out all the great pictures (provided by HABLO, Kelly Krell and Kevin Adams)!