April egg hunt postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

April egg hunt postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

At it’s last meeting (held on March 24), the Riverdale City Council passed a resolution authorizing Council Member Kelly Krell to re-schedule the annual egg hunt, planned for April 4, to a later date. This decision did not come as a surprise.

The resolution allows Council Member Krell to cancel existing contracts for the April 4 event and re-negotiate agreements with vendors for other events currently on the Community Engagement calendar for remainder of the calendar year. Whether the egg hunt activity becomes part of another event (like the Ice Cream Social scheduled for June) or remains a stand-alone activity to be held later this year, remains to be seen.

Please keep an eye on the City’s website and social media for more updates.

Download a copy of the FY21 Budget here

Download a copy of the FY21 Budget here

You can download a copy of the proposed FY 2021 budget for the City of Riverdale here, complete with a detailed memo from the Mayor how budgets were set and what the City expects to accomplish in the coming fiscal year. If you would like a hard copy of the memo, you can stop by City Hall to pick one up or call the office during regular business hours (Tue-Thu from 10a – 5pm) and ask to have a copy mailed to you.

The offer to mail copies of the budget memorandum pertain only to residents of Riverdale.

The City Council and Mayor ask residents to send us any questions they may have about the budget and plans detailed in the memo no later than 5pm on Friday, April 10th so they can be addressed at the next regular meeting of the Council on Tuesday, April 14th.

Please send all questions by using the form below, via email to mayor@riverdaleia.org, by regular mail (to City Hall; 110 Manor Drive; Riverdale, IA 52722) or by phone (563-355-2111).

Answers will be posted online and reviewed at the next City Council meeting prior to consideration of the budget for adoption and certification with the State of Iowa.

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Please let us know what's on your mind. All questions are due by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.
SCC Master Plan moves ahead in March

SCC Master Plan moves ahead in March

At the March 10 meeting of the Riverdale City Council, Council Member Doug Littrel and resident Steve Townsend, shared their impressions of attending the master plan workshop open house held by Scott Community College.

Conversations focused on how the wooded area behind the current college campus should be developed to be “environmentally friendly” but also provide space for quiet enjoyment and learning. Participants in the workshop included SCC president, Lyn Cochran, Bi-State president Denise Bulat and others from throughout the region.

(NOTE: Riverdale residents were asked to participate in the workshop as well. SCC is located in Riverdale and the college and City have been discussing the importance of coordinating their various parks, storm water and development plans so they will compliment each other.)

Steve reported that conversations were held on a variety of topics including the development of ponds and wetlands on the site, walking trails and paths, sports activities, eliminating invasive species and establishing native prairie grasses on the site. Doug added that conversations he attended included the discussion of bike trails and mountain biking facilities.

Future meetings are planned. We’ll make sure residents know so they can participate.

Planning & Zoning makes conditional recommendation for Woods Estates Phase 2 plat approval

Planning & Zoning makes conditional recommendation for Woods Estates Phase 2 plat approval

At its meeting on Tuesday, March 24th, the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Riverdale gave conditional approval to the plans and drawings submitted by Developer Seth Woods for the second phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The plans and drawings, which were reviewed by Brent Morlock, an engineer with the City of Bettendorf, were in-line with what was approved with the preliminary plat submitted by Woods in 2018. Other than street name changes made to accommodate requests from Scott County EMS, there were no other significant changes.

The Final Plat of Woods Estates of Riverdale Second Addition (Phase 2)

The Commission did express some concern that a performance guarantee had not been provided with the submission at the time of their review. The City Council of Riverdale had amended the Development Agreement (with the agreement of Mr. Woods) to allow for the posting of either a performance bond or a irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of 125% of the estimated cost of the public improvements to satisfy the performance guarantee requirement. Mr. Woods’ financial institution had provided a copy of a letter of credit, but until a firm start date for the project is provided by the developer, the institution could not provide a hard copy of the letter.

Mr. Woods explained that with the spring weather and the unexpected interruption resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, he was holding off for a little bit before settling on a start date.  Mr. Morlock advised that the City of Bettendorf’s P&Z Commission usually provides approvals of plans and drawings with contingencies and Riverdale’s Commission seemed comfortable with proceeding in a similar manner.

In order to receive a full recommendation by the Commission, Mr. Woods will need to determine a start date for Phase 2 of the subdivision and secure the Letter of Credit. Mayor Bawden, who attended the virtual meeting as well, stated that his impression was that the City Council would not take up formal approval fo the final plat until the Letter of Credit was complete, in-hand and securely files. Mr. Woods agreed.

A Public Hearing by the City Council concerning the approval of the final plat for Phase 2 of Woods Estates is currently scheduled to take place during the Council’s next regular meeting, on April 14. That meeting will be conducted virtually. Information on how interested parties can attend and participate will be posted at City Hall, shared via the City’s online newsletter, posted on this website, and shared on the City’s social media page(s). 

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for (March 22nd) at 2pm.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Meeting To Be Held Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:    Sunday March 22, 2020
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

THE MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING IS A PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION FOR THE MAYOR, RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO INFORM RESIDENTS, ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO GATHER INPUT ABOUT CITY ISSUES AFFECTING THE RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE.

Agenda:

1. Welcome

2. Current Issues:

A. FY 21 Budget Q&A (for a detailed budget breakdown, click here)

B. Future public meetings while dealing with COVID-19

3. Comments/Questions from the Public

4. Adjourn

An official version of the agenda can be viewed on the public notice bulletin boards in the City or in staff offices at City Hall during regular business hours.

Please come with your thoughts, comments and fresh ideas!

See you then!

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on Sun, Mar 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: 722-789-837

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3412 and use the access code (722-789-837) 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 go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/722789837 to download the app.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, March 10th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting and FY 21 Budget Public Hearing on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 10:00 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: 713-435-397

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (646) 749-3112 and use the access code (713-435-397) 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 go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/713435397 to download the app.

Agenda

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

A Public Hearing on the FY 21 Budget

Presentations to the City Council include:

    • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
    • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
    • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Consideration of a 28E Agreement with Scott Community College for a Joint Contract for Lawn Mowing Services (tabled from our previous Council Meeting)
    • Consideration of a Professional Services Agreement with MSA to manage the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project
    • Consideration of Approval and Certification of the Proposed FY 21 Budget for the City of Riverdale
    • Consideration of a Proposed Delay of the April 4th Egg Hunt
    • Consideration of a Proposed Budget Reduction for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation (Phase I) project

Discussion of various items include:

    • An update on the Parks & Trails Needs Assessment Project
    • Next steps on boundary fence construction along the MRT in Riverdale
    • Next steps on improvements to the parking lot on Bellingham Road to encourage more bike riders to use the MRT loop around Havens Acres
    • An update on the Invasive Plants Audit conducted by Quercus
    • Status of IT Upgrades being made by the City
    • Update on City Hall staffing/personnel search
    • Discussion of activities undertaken by the City in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
    • A review of the State’s review of Riverdale’s FY 19 Annual Financial Report and records
    • A review of the City’s insurance costs for the coming year
    • A review of additional accounting/finance projects the City faces in the coming months
    • Possible next steps to be taken to provide relief to small businesses in Riverdale distressed by the COVID-19 outbreak
    • Next steps on the Citywide Clean-up on April 18
    • Review of pre-construction meetings held in the past two weeks
    • Discussion of possible e-waste recycling drop off service provided by the City
    • An update on the Landscaping Program awarded to Quercus
    • Expected census activities of note in March and April
    • Next steps needed for Tour de Brew (May)
    • Next steps to be taken to ensure the City is ready for flooding this spring
    • Next steps to be taken with regard to nuisance property in the Fenno Hill neighborhood

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. (Please note, this file is approximately 5 MB.)

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 April 14, 2020.

Looking for something to do while you’re at home? Complete your online census form, today!

Looking for something to do while you’re at home? Complete your online census form, today!

Looking for something to do while you wait out the coronavirus pandemic at home?

Well, those census surveys aren’t going to fill themselves out. In fact, that friendly census-taker you were expecting to show up at your door to help you isn’t going to be stopping by in the foreseeable future, either.

According to this news release from the US Census Bureau, field operations have been suspended for the next two weeks (until April 1) – and, I believe, that suspension is likely to be extended until concerns over “community spread” are addressed. But even though the door-to-door operation has been delayed, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to make sure Riverdale gets fully counted this census year.

As of March 18th, over eleven million Americans had already completed the census online – and you can do the same.  According to the bureau:

The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Everyone should respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation — and when they’re finished, they can make sure their friends, families and social networks know about the importance of responding.

It has never been easier to respond to the census, and the 2020 Census will count everyone accurately. We recognize that many people plan to access the 2020 Census through other response modes, such as phone or paper, which is why the 2020 Census has such a nimble design.

It’s vitally important to the City (and to the State of Iowa) that everyone participate in this year’s census. The answers you give today will affect federal and state funding for Riverdale for the next ten years – and we need all the help we can get.

Even if you can only help from home.

Please take the survey today.

Governor Reynolds declares public health disaster. More closures result.

Governor Reynolds declares public health disaster. More closures result.

from the office of the Governor of the State of Iowa

Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon today. 

It takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the virus by implementing temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. The proclamation also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, and supports the critical work of public health. 

“These are unprecedented times and the state of Iowa will do whatever is necessary to address this public health disaster. I have authorized all available state resources, supplies, equipment and materials to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The actions taken today are necessary to protect the health and safety of all Iowans and are critical to mitigating the spread of the virus.”

Read the full text of the proclamation below:

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has reported an outbreak of thousands of cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in multiple countries, causing illness and deaths; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a national public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued to coordinate the State of Iowa’s response to this outbreak and such disaster continues to exist; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation declaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; and

WHEREAS, multiple cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Public Health has determined that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring within our state; and

WHEREAS, reports forwarded by local public health officials and state public health officials indicate that local resources and capacities are being exhausted and state assistance and resources are necessary to respond to and recover from the effects of this public health disaster; and

WHEREAS, local jurisdictions may not have sufficient personnel and other resources to effectively conduct epidemiologic investigations of infectious disease outbreaks, provide medical care, and respond to health threats; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 can spread person-to-person and poses a possibility of causing severe illness in certain populations and disability and/or death to certain Iowans.  Likewise, reports forwarded by federal, state, and local officials indicate that state assistance is needed to manage and contain this outbreak; and

WHEREAS, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 may be substantially reduced by separating and restricting the movement of persons known or suspected to have the disease, or who have been exposed to those known or suspected to have the disease; and 

WHEREAS, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 may be substantially reduced by community containment strategies that may include temporarily closing schools in affected communities and other public venues; and

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the provision of the Iowa Code and Iowa Administrative Code requiring a certificate of need prior to an institutional health facility operating additional bed capacity will also prevent or hinder efforts to contain this public health disaster.

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the provisions of Iowa law which establish preconditions or which would otherwise limit or restrict the provision of telehealth or telemedicine services and those which require face-to-face interactions with health care providers and requirements for residential and outpatient treatment and face-to-face visitations, would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state. 

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the provisions of Iowa law which prohibit the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, nursing, respiratory care, and practice as a physician assistant, with an inactive or lapsed license would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state.

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the provisions of Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 256.16(1)(a)(2)(d) and (m) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 281-77.10 (9), 281-79.14(5), and 281-79.14(7) that require a minimum number of hours of field experience in a practitioner preparation program provided by a higher education institution would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state.

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.174A, 321.196, 321.39, 321.46, 321.25 regarding driver’s license, title, and vehicle registration requirements would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state.

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the permit and fee requirements of Iowa Code § 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511 allowing oversize and overweight divisible loads under certain circumstances will prevent or hinder efforts to cope with this disaster in all counties of our state.

WHEREAS, strict compliance with the requirements of Iowa Code § 455C.3 (1) and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 567-107 that such dealers must accept empty beverage containers on which an Iowa deposit was made will prevent or hinder efforts to cope with this disaster in all counties of our state.

NOW THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution, Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(1), 135.140(6), and 135.144 do hereby proclaim a STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER EMERGENCY throughout the entire state of Iowa and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

SECTION ONE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1) and (10), I hereby activate the public health response and recovery aspects of the state disaster emergency plan applicable to this public health disaster and authorize the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary pursuant to those plans to assist those citizens located in the counties subject to this proclamation. 

SECTION TWO.  I hereby direct the Iowa Department of Public Health, in conjunction with whatever further direction I provide, to take those reasonable and necessary actions authorized by Iowa Code § 135.144 to address this public health disaster, including but not limited to mobilizing as many public health response teams as are necessary to supplement and support disrupted or overburdened local medical and public health personnel, hospitals, and resources, as allowed by Iowa Code § 135.143 and 641 Iowa Admin. Code 113.2 (1), with the understanding that the registered members of those public health response teams providing assistance under this authority shall receive the protections and benefits of state employees as allowed by law.   

SECTION THREE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that effective Noon today, March 17, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020:

A.   Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.

B. Fitness Center: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed.

C.   Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed.

D.   Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed.

E. Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.

F. Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities:  All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.

SECTION FOUR.  I hereby direct all state agencies to coordinate expeditiously in developing plans to mitigate the economic effects of the closings necessitated by this disaster, including potential financial support, regulatory relief, and other executive actions.

SECTION FIVE.  As required by Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), (10) and 42 U.S.C. § 5170 in cases of Presidential Disaster Declarations, this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency continues to activate the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans applicable to the counties affected by this disaster and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary to assist those citizens located in the disaster affected counties.

SECTION SIX.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of 11 Iowa Admin. Code § 53.11 (3) prohibiting pay to those State of Iowa employees for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek while present in the State’s Emergency Operations Center or otherwise engaged in assigned disaster response missions or other activities. 

SECTION SEVEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (8) and (10), I continue to order all state agencies to utilize such personnel, equipment, and facilities as necessary to assist the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in performing any and all activities necessary to prevent, contain, and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus. 

SECTION EIGHT.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 135.61 through 135.73 requiring an institutional health facility to obtain a certificate of need prior to operating additional bed capacity. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to the provision of medical assistance and treatment of victims of this public health emergency. 

SECTION NINE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.137 and Iowa Admin. Code rule 653-13.11, rule 641-155.2, and other implementing administrative rules establishing preconditions, limitations, or restrictions on the provision of telehealth or telemedicine services, and I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Admin. Code rules 641-155.21(19) and 155.23(4) and other administrative rules which require face-to-face interactions with health care providers and impose requirements for residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment and for face-to-face visitations.

SECTION TEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 147.10 and Iowa Admin. Code rules 653-9.13(6) and 9.14, rules 655-3.7(5), rules 645-261.8, and rules 645-326.9(8), and all other implementing administrative rules which prohibit the practice of medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, nursing, respiratory care, and practice as a physician assistant, by a licensee whose license is inactive or lapsed.  Suspension of these provisions is limited to licenses which have lapsed or expired within the five (5) years prior to this Proclamation and is further limited to the provision of medical and nursing care and treatment of victims of this public health disaster emergency and solely for the duration of this Proclamation.

SECTION ELEVEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 256.16(1)(a)(2)(d) and (m) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 281-77.10 (9), 281-79.14(5), and 281-79.14(7), to the extent that they require a minimum number of hours of field experience if the higher education institution providing practitioner preparation program determines that the student has completed sufficient field experience to determine that the student should be recommended for licensure. 

SECTION TWELVE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.196 prescribing that a driver’s license issued to a person age seventy-two or older expires after two years.  Suspension of this provision is limited to driver’s licenses which have expired within the 60 days prior to this Proclamation or during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation. And upon the expiration of the terms of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation, the statutory sixty-day period for renewing shall resume. This suspension shall not apply if the person is not eligible for a license due to the person’s license being suspended, revoked, denied or barred for any reason or if the person is physically or mentally incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. 

SECTION THIRTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.174A prescribing that a person shall not operate a motor vehicle on the highways of this state with an expired driver’s license as applied to a person whose driver’s license is expired. Suspension of this provision is limited to driver’s licenses which have expired within the 60 days prior to this Proclamation or during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation. And upon the expiration of the terms of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation, the statutory sixty-day period for renewing shall resume.

SECTION FOURTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.39 prescribing expiration dates for vehicle registration, registration cards, and registration plates as applied to a person whose vehicle registration, registration card, or registration plate is expired.  Suspension of this provision is limited to vehicle registration, registration cards, and registration plates which have expired within the 60 days prior to this Proclamation or during the duration of this Proclamation or any subsequent extension of this proclamation.

SECTION FIFTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.46 prescribing a transferee of a new motor vehicle shall apply for a new registration and certificate of title within 30 days of the purchase.

SECTION SIXTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.25 prescribing a vehicle may be operated upon the highways of this state without registration plates for a period of 45 days after the date of delivery of the vehicle to the purchaser from a dealer.

SECTION SEVENTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code §29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.463 (6) (a) and (b) and 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods, and require a permit to transport such loads.

A. Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code §321.463 (6) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.

B. This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.

C. The Iowa Department of Transportation is hereby directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of trucks involved in transporting food and other household goods.

SECTION EIGHTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 455C.3 (1) and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 567-107, to the extent that those provisions require a dealer to accept an empty beverage container on which an Iowa deposit was made. This action is intended to allow retailers who engage in the sale of liquor, beer, wine, carbonated beverages, and other beverages on which an Iowa beverage container deposit is made to stop accepting empty beverage containers for the duration of this disaster emergency.

SECTION NINETEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6) and 49 CFR § 390.23, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.449 pertaining to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles, while transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, and other necessary medical assets, subject to the following condition:

A.   Nothing contained in this Proclamation shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 382, the commercial drivers’ license requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 383, the financial responsibility requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 387, or any other portion of the Code of Federal Regulations not specifically identified in this Proclamation.

B. No motor carrier operating under the terms of this agreement shall require or allow a fatigued or ill driver to operate a motor vehicle.  A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to service.

 C. Upon the request of a driver, a commercial motor carrier operating under this proclamation must give the driver at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off when the driver has been on duty for more than seventy (70) hours during any eight (8) consecutive days.

D.   Motor carriers that have an out-of-service order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulations that this proclamation provides under title 49 CFR § 390.23.

E. Upon the expiration of this Proclamation, or when a driver has been relieved of all duty and responsibility to transport necessary medical assets under the conditions of this Proclamation, a driver who has had at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off duty shall be permitted to start the driver’s on-duty status hours with the 60/70 hour clock at zero.

F. This portion of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency applies only to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while actively transporting medical assets related to the COVID-19 event.

SECTION TWENTY.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6), I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 8A, Iowa Code § 313.10, 11 Iowa Admin. Code Chapters 117 and 118, and 641 Iowa Admin. Code Chapter 176, requiring the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state agencies involved in the response to this disaster emergency to procure goods and services through a competitive selection process. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to procurements which are necessary to prevent, contain, or mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus. 

SECTION TWENTY-ONE.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public’s health and safety.

SECTION TWENTY-TWO.  Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.

SECTION TWENTY-THREE.  This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately on March 16, 2020 shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).

Coronavirus Update: Shutdowns of note for Riverdale residents

Coronavirus Update: Shutdowns of note for Riverdale residents

No coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities yet, but communities are taking extra precautions to enforce “social distancing” recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the chance of infection. Here’s a rundown of a recent teleconference of elected officials and city staff with representatives of the Scott County and Rock Island County Emergency Management Authorities:

Testing has begun; no cases so far

In a widely shared graphic, a tan curve represents a scenario without social distancing measures and where the U.S. hospital system becomes inundated with coronavirus patients.

Although testing for COVID-19 has begun, no confirmed cases of coronavirus have been found in the Quad Cities … yet. According to representatives from both the Scott County and Rock Island County Health Departments, it’s merely a matter of “when” not “if” the area will begin dealing with the ailment. By working to “flatten the curve” through improved hygiene and social distancing – steps that will slow the spread of the inevitable infection – the hope is local healthcare providers will be able to handle the influx of cases and ensure quality care for everyone who needs it.

More than forty local people have been tested so far and many more tests are expected in the near future as testing bandwidth within the US expands and tests become more available. At the moment, it is not possible for anyone who wants a test to get a test – the focus right now remains on those individuals at greatest risk and who present the following symptoms:

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Bettendorf and Davenport take steps to limit crowds at public facilities

The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport will, in all likelihood, be taking the following steps to limit the potential spread of the virus by taking the following steps:

The Bettendorf and Davenport libraries will be closing at the end of business today and remain shuttered for the foreseeable future.

Davenport is considering holding City Council Meetings via teleconference.

Bettendorf’s Family Museum will close and remain close for the foreseeable future.

Davenport and Bettendorf parks programs will be curtailed to restrict crowd sizes, although the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center will remain open – only 50 people at a time will be allowed to be in the LFC at any one time.

Davenport is considering options for operating public transit and making sure people sit at least six feet apart from one another while they ride the bus.

In related news, the Scott County Family Y has announced it will keep its facilities open but classes and other programs will be suspended through the end of the month.

We will continue to post updates on what the community is doing to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please check our website and the Riverdale Residents page on Facebook frequently for the latest news.

UPDATE:  Riverdale Egg Hunt date may be changed!

UPDATE: Riverdale Egg Hunt date may be changed!

UPDATE (03/16/2020) Due to the coronavirus outbreak and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the City Council will be discussing the possible delay or cancellation of this event. Please watch our website or social media channels for an update.

ORIGINAL POST (02/28/2020) Make sure you add this to your calendar …

The first city-wide event of the year, Riverdale’s Annual Egg Hunt, will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 4 in Peggy’s Park – in the Havens Acres Neighborhood. There will be fun times, great neighbors and lots and lots of eggs for kids of all ages.

Interested in helping with the event? New volunteers are always welcome. Be sure to let us know by contacting us through this form on our website. (Remember to choose the “I want to help with the Egg Hunt” option for your subject line.)

Final public intake session on FY 21 budget set for Thursday, March 19

Final public intake session on FY 21 budget set for Thursday, March 19

Mayor Mike Bawden announced that the final public intake session on the FY21 budget will be held Thursday afternoon (March 19) at City Hall. The meeting will start at 4:30 and is scheduled to end by 6pm.

The public intake session will include going through the budget memo prepared by the Mayor and shared with members of the City Council last week. Citizens will be invited to ask questions and suggest additions and/or modifications to the proposed budget during the meeting.

A final, edited version of the budget dialogue and budget document will be reviewed with residents at the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting on Sunday March 22 (at 2pm) and then again at the Budget Public Hearing scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, March 24. The public hearing will be part of the City Council’s regular meeting.

Following the public hearing, the Council will consider adopting the FY 21 budget – taking the comments from the public hearing into consideration. At last year’s meeting of the City Council, the Council agreed to further reduce the tax levy for the coming year based on feedback from citizens at the preceding public hearing.

The current budget calls for a $.33/thousand increase in the general levy and the use of approximately $160,000 in additional funds from the City’s General Fund Reserve for the coming year.

The draft copy of the Budget Memo (including the budget) can be found here.

Drainage way off of Fieldcrest Road to undergo significant work

Drainage way off of Fieldcrest Road to undergo significant work

Work is expected to begin soon on changing the path of the stream bed off of Fieldcrest Road in order to arrest the continued scoring and erosion under the City’s sanitary sewer line running between Deerbrook and the Woods Estates of Riverdale developments. The erosion problem has been a lingering one and was significantly impacted last year by the record rains and resulting ground saturation.

McClintock Trucking & Excavating has been hired by the City to change the course of the stream’s bed and re-build the eroded bank to preserve the sanitary sewer line. They will also be adding about 30 yards of stone (“rip rap”) to help diffuse water flowing through the stormwater outlet at the end of Fieldcrest Road.

“This is the first phase of a much larger project,” explained Mayor Mike Bawden. “We’ve been working with the City’s engineering consultancy, MSA Professional Services, to assess the problem and develop a long-term solution that will allow us to handle the excessive stormwater generated off of the Scott Community College parking lots and homes on Manor and Circle Drives. Right now, that water is collected under Fieldcrest Road and flows down the drainage way.”

The drainage way, he explained, was never intended to be a constantly-flowing creek and in seasons where we see enormous amounts of rainfall, significant erosion can result.

“The immediate concern addressed with the current project, is to shore up the bank underneath the City’s sanitary sewer line – which would cost significantly more to repair or replace should the bank completely wash out from underneath it,” Mayor Bawden explained. “In the longer term, we want to find a solution that is both aesthetically pleasing – preserving as much natural beauty as we can – and effective at handling large amounts of water we’re bound to see as severe weather events continue to be more commonplace.”

For on-going updates on this project, check out the Fieldcrest Draining Stabilization Project page on this website.