Wendy Syverud named to Riverdale’s Planning and Zoning Commission

Riverdale resident Wendy Syverud will be put forward as the City’s newest Planning & Zoning Commission member following the Council’s acceptance of P&Z Commission Chairman Mark Griswold’s resignation on August 28th.

 

Riverdale resident Wendy Syverud will be put forward as Mayor Mike Bawden’s latest appointment to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission at the next meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Syverud has a history of actively questioning the City on the enforcement of its various sub-division ordinances and zoning regulations, specifically as it relates to the Woods Estates development.

“My interest in nominating Wendy was not in finding ways to frustrate the developer on the Woods Estates project, but rather to make sure the concerns in the community about compliance with standing ordinances, the terms of the development agreement and other issues are identified and brought forward, considered and addressed in a timely manner,” explained Bawden.

“In my book, Wendy’s involvement on the P&Z Commission will require all of us to be more deliberate in communicating where things stand on projects and what the community can expect to come next,” he continued.

“We all know a sub-division will be built on the former Welch Farm property, it’s now incumbent on those of us in leadership positions in the City to make sure it’s done right and in a way that’s mutually beneficial to both the developer and the community.”

A final decision on the leadership structure for the commission will also be announced at the City Council meeting on September 11th.

Stormwater tips for the homeowner

A handy guide for homeowners on how to plan and manage stormwater runoff is now available for free from the City’s website.

 

With the recent storms of the past few days and the expected rainfall that will be occurring throughout the week, we feel it’s necessary to provide a handy homeowner’s guide for managing stormwater runoff.

You can download your copy of the guide here. (Note: the guide will open in a separate window)

The guide is designed to help homeowners understand what stormwater is, how runoff can become a problem and what you (as a homeowner) can do about it.

The guide is not a substitute for professional design and implementation of stormwater runoff plans, but it should help you become more informed on the general concerns, solutions and practices associated with this issue.

The City will (via its website and e-newsletter) provide educational material on stormwater handling on a regular basis.

Holiday weekend scenes around Riverdale

Some of the great sights around Riverdale this Labor Day weekend. If you have more pictures to share, send them our way!

Great photographs of live around Riverdale from this holiday weekend. Do you have some more photos to share? Post them to our Riverdale Residents Facebook Page and we’ll cross-post them to our website.

Just a few more volunteers needed for upcoming Fall Fest!

Just a few more volunteers are needed for the 2018 fall fest! Sign up today!

 

According to Council Member Kelly Krell and event chairman Mark Griswold, just a few more volunteers are needed to make sure the 2018 Fall Fest goes off without a hitch on September 15th at 1pm. If you’re willing to volunteer, please click here.

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Even though the event doesn’t kick off until 1:00 pm, the day promises to be loaded with fun and entertainment. A parade will kick things off at 1pm, followed by free food, games, bounce houses, face painting, music and more!

 

Woods Estates foliage replacement plan announced

In a formal statement received by the City, Woods Construction & Development, Inc. has committed to replacing trees removed during the early steps of building the Woods Estates subdivision.

 

In response to citizen inquiries about the plan to replace trees and foliage removed during the building process for the Woods Estates subdivision, developer Seth Woods provided this statement:

To whom it concerns the existing tree cover in Woods Estates of Riverdale was 37.8 acres.  Tree cover removed for development purposes was 11.1 acres.  The 15% allowed equals 5.7 acres.  The area overage of trees removed was 5.4 acres.  The 5.4 acres of overage consisted of 512 trees which where 3″ and greater caliper (diameter).  Per the city of Riverdale’s Subdivision Ordinance we, Woods, will be planting 1,024 trees to mitigate the amount removed.  Replacement is 2:1 ratio.  We will start this process as the streets are poured and all infrastructure is in place per phase.  Trees will be planted on the entrance hillside and on the northeast property line, to create a buffer between the homes along Circle Drive.  As homes are built we will plant the remainder in the new yards.

What this means is that the developer of the Woods Estates project, Woods Construction and Development, Inc., has committed to fulfilling the requirements set by the City to replace tree cover removed during the grading/development process.

The City will continue to work with Seth and his team of engineers, sub-contractors, realtors and legal professionals to make sure all of the City’s requirements are met and that the City will provide any support possible (with regard to timely correspondence, prompt reviews of plans, etc.) to ensure the timely and successful completion of the project in a way that is mutually beneficial to both the City and the developer.

RFD Strategic Plan moves forward with a trip to Tipton, IA

Council Member Paul DCamp along with members of the Riverdale Fire Department and City staff visited the Tipton Volunteer Fire Department to learn more about how similarly-sized departments operated as part of an on-going fact-finding effort.

 

Council Member Paul DCamp, City Administrator Tim Long, City Clerk Ron Fullerlove and George Miller, a member of the Riverdale Fire Department spent time with the leadership team of the Tipton (Iowa) Volunteer Fire Department earlier this month as part of an on-going, fact-finding effort that will inform the City’s efforts to craft a long-term strategic plan for the Riverdale Fire Department.

Council Member DCamp’s notes from the trip are quoted below:

Tipton City Visit On Tuesday, August 21st
Riverdale City Administrator Long, City Clerk Ron Fullerlove, Firefighter George Miller, and Councilman Paul DCamp visited with several members ofTipton city administration and Tipton Fire Department to discuss matters of common interest. The meeting focused on the following topics:

1) Comparison of call dispatch and the distribution of calls in versus out of district.
2) Comparison of department certifications and calls we’re equipped to handle.
3) Comparison of equipment obsolescence and replacement schedules.
4) Discussion of Riverdale’s mutual aid agreements, 28E, and possibilities of recouping costs.
5) Some discussion of utility of the 100 foot platform. There was some agreement that this equipment provides capabilities above most small cities, and would provide benefit almost exclusively to the Arconic plant, in the case of a fire event calling for its capabilities. Otherwise, the training and equipment provided is necessary to fully support residents of Riverdale.
6) Suggestions for sustainably funding Riverdale into the future:
• Make sure we cycle equipment incrementally, consistently with a regular replacement schedule.
• Work with Arconic and other major service benefactors to provide grants.
• Work with other cities in our mutual aid area to address imbalance of service vs funding.
• Possibly investigate other special arrangements with Bettendorf, or other neighboring city for maintaining and funding the Riverdale Fire Department.

What’s Next?

According to Mayor Mike Bawden, the City will continue to conduct research on how other departments operate, how charitable organizations tied to Fire Departments enhance the departments’ operations and finances, the needs of commercial and educational locations within reach of the RFD and the training standards, capabilities and resources available to the volunteers currently serving in the department.

All of the information collected will be reviewed with the leadership of the RFD and used in a collaborative planning process that will help set the long-term, future direction for the department and better define the financial and other resource needs the City will be expected to supply.

The plan is to have the plan completed by the end of the calendar year.

Labor Day weekend work schedule for Woods Estates

Expect grading work to continue on Saturday, September 1st but not over the rest of Labor Day weekend, according to developer Woods Construction.

 

According to the developer of the Woods Estates sub-division, the sub-contractor hired to do the grading for Phase I of the project will be working regular hours on Saturday, September 1st but will not be working on Sunday or Monday during Labor Day weekend.

Please plan accordingly.

Crime Prevention Task Force holds first meeting

Council Member Paul DCamp chaired the first meeting of the Crime Prevention Task Force on Friday afternoon, August 31, 2018.

 

A half dozen concerned residents showed up for the first meeting of the City of Riverdale’s Crime Prevention Task Force at 3pm on Friday, August 31st. The task force was convened in response to auto break-ins and an auto theft on August 11.

The task force’s job: to learn more about the nature of the threats facing Riverdale’s neighborhoods, discuss possible solutions, conduct research (if needed) and formulate a series of recommendations for consideration by the Riverdale City Council.

Council member DCamp spent part of the first meeting reviewing notes from a presentation made by Sheriff Tim Lane to the City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting. (Those notes can be viewed by clicking here. A summary of Sheriff Lane’s presentation can also be viewed by clicking here.)

Among the various suggestions made by the group was establishing a Neighborhood Watch Program and a city-wide messaging system that would allow certain individuals the ability to send group text messages to residents about suspicious activities and impending severe weather emergencies.

Mayor Bawden will also reach out to Davenport’s Mayor Klipsch about that city’s efforts to address criminal juvenile behavior (the Quad-City Times reported on Mayor Klipsch’s most recent public meeting on the issue) and to state legislators about what actions might be taken in Des Moines to allow local law enforcement to deal more effectively with the juveniles perpetrating most of these crimes.

Minutes of the task force meeting will be posted as soon as they become available.

Initial recommendations that will be explored in more detail will be posted as soon as they become available.

Next Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Crime Prevention Task Force will be set once the initial research project (determining interest in setting up a Neighborhood Watch program and implementing a city-wide, text-messaging alert system) is complete.

Sheriff Tim Lane addresses City’s crime concerns

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane attended last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting and provided an overview of the issues surrounding the recent car break-ins and theft in Riverdale which occurred earlier in the month.

Scott County Sheriff, Tim Lane, attended the Riverdale City Council Meeting on August 28, 2018 and provided an overview of the size and scope of the juvenile crime problem that reached into the City last August 11th, when several cars were broken into and one car was stolen from in front of a residence on Manor Drive. Sheriff Lane offered a sobering assessment that caught many of those present off guard – both citizens and City officials.

According to Sheriff Lane, the juvenile crime problem in Scott County is growing dramatically. So far in 2018 (through the first three and a half weeks of August), over 600 cars have been reported stolen compared to around 800 cars stolen in all of 2017 and 517 in 2016. But that wasn’t the end of the bad news.

“The problem is getting worse,” Sheriff Lane said. “These juveniles are extremely violent.”

The county’s chief law enforcement officer told the Council that he’s seen surveillance footage of these youths pulling guns and entering homes they knew (or at least thought they knew) were occupied.

So, just how do these young criminals get their weapons? “The guns are taken from the cars they steal, left there by their owners,” Sheriff Lane explained.

There are an estimated 100 kids involved in this local crime spree. And as the Sheriff explained, many of them view breaking into and stealing cars as a kind of competition – often taking pride in running the stolen vehicles into each other, into parked cars or into innocent people.

Sheriff Lane also explained that there is not a “preferred time” for these crimes to occur. Police departments and the Sheriff’s office have reports of vehicles being broken into and stolen at all hours of the day. As the young assailants get more and more bold and gain access to weapons, Sheriff Lane expressed his concern that car thefts could eventually turn into car-jackings.

“People have to be careful,” he explained, “especially as cold weather sets in … Don’t leave your car running outside to warm up. Don’t leave your car unlocked. And even when you’re filling up with gas at the pump, don’t leave your keys in the car.”

What can be done?

Council members asked the Sheriff what can be done to make Riverdale residents safer in light of the ever-increasing rate of car thefts and the possible for more violent behavior from these juveniles – ranging in age from 9 years to 18 years of age. He offered the following tips:

  1. Spread the word about what’s happening and the simple prevention steps that you can take to keep you from being an “easy target” of this kind of crime;
  2. Buy and install a home security system – even if that system is as simple as having a noisy dog, a little prevention goes a long way.
  3. Watch out for each other – a neighborhood watch program can be very effective at protecting your home as well as your neighbors’.

A complete summary of Sheriff Lane’s presentation to the Riverdale City Council (prepared by Council Member Paul DCamp) can be viewed here.

We also encourage you to participate in the City’s Crime Prevention Task Force which held its first meeting on Friday, August 31st at 3pm.

Neighborhood News: A very special birthday and opera student returns from Austria

A new feature on the Riverdale website – news about your neighbors. Ava Griswold is 97 years young and celebrated with an open house and a Riverdale resident is featured on KWQC-TV.

 

A very special congratulations to long-time resident, Ava Griswold, who turned 97 earlier this month and celebrated with an open house. Friends and family attended and wished her well (and she’s doing great)! Check out the pictures below (courtesy of proud son, Mark) …

 

Congratulations, also, to 22 year-old Madeline Bawden who has recently returned from spending 6 weeks in Graz, Austria studying opera as a part of the AIMS program (Americans In Music Studies). This is the second time she’s participated in that program – the first time studying Lieder (German Art Song).

Madeline is a recent graduate from the Boston Conservatory of Music (B.A. in Vocal Performance) and, between graduation (in May) and leaving for Austria (in June), managed to raise nearly $2,400 for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Lesson Program. Her efforts there were recently featured on KWQC-TV …

Do you have neighborhood news to share? Let us know!

August 28, 2018 Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, August 28th at 7pm. UPDATE: Copies of the agenda, Council Info packet and a project update on Woods Estates are now available.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, August 28th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.

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

A supplemental update for the Woods Estates project can be found by clicking here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on September 11, 2018.

Woods Estates SWPP inspection helps keep the project moving

Chris Cooper, an engineer with MSA Consultants (the engineering firm representing the City of Riverdale) inspected Woods Estates storm water infrastructure last week. A “thumbs up” from MSA helps keep the project moving forward.

(Above: MSA’s Chris Cooper conducts an on-site inspection of the storm water handling features installed by Woods Construction.)

MSA Engineering, the civil engineers representing the City of Riverdale, inspected the site to evaluate progress on the development’s storm water handling plan (a SWPP) on August 13. Although some exceptions were noted (there are almost always exceptions), Seth Woods and his crew had addressed concerns about major erosion and uncontrolled storm run-off.

According to Woods’ civil engineers, J+M Civil Design, the site grading on the top of the hill should be finished in mid- to late-September, at which time the grading contractor will begin the work of cutting in the new street up the hill.

Photos from the inspection trip can be found below:

Does Riverdale need a neighborhood watch?

Mayor Mike Bawden provides information on the Neighborhood Watch program and what he sees as a greater need to get the entire community involved in crime prevention.

 

Does the City of Riverdale need a neighborhood watch?

I’ve been asking myself that question for the past week and a half and I still haven’t landed on a satisfactory answer.

Here’s what I do know …

It doesn’t seem too hard to start a Neighborhood Watch group. This page lays out the “five easy steps” for doing so. There’s even a handy checklist for doing so.

The concept of Neighborhood Watch has been around since the 1960’s and is considered to be one of the oldest and reliable crime prevention concepts in America. Some Neighborhood Watch groups have expanded their mission to include helping people prepare for disasters, creating emergency response teams and increasing terrorism awareness.

Simply put, Neighborhood Watch is a group of people living in the same area who work together (along with local law enforcement) to reduce crime and improve their quality of life.

Given the fact that Riverdale’s law enforcement is provided by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and that the deputies most likely to respond to our calls are located as far away as Riverdale, I think it makes sense to improve our ability to work with them and assist where we can.

But like so many of the things a community wants to do, there also needs to be the will of its citizens to get involved.

Neighborhood Watch members have several responsibilities and only by following through on those responsibilities will things change for the better. According to the US Department of Justice: “It is the responsibility of members to stay informed about issues in their neighborhood and community.”

As Council Member Paul DCamp gets ready to chair the first meeting of our Crime Prevention Task Force, I ask everyone participating in that meeting to come prepared with ideas of how we, as your neighbors, can reduce the opportunities for crime first – before we get too far down the road with setting up a Neighborhood Watch program here.

Neighborhood Watch may be a part of the solution – but it’s not the only solution. Let’s make sure we think creatively and seriously on how everyone can be involved in a solution before we rely on a few enthusiastic individuals to help protect the rest of us.

MRT biker and walker count is underway

At the request of the City, the Bi-State Commission has installed counters on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) to count biker and walker traffic for the next four weeks.

 

At the request of the City, the Bi-State Regional Commission has installed counters on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) to count bike and foot traffic along the trail for a four-week period. The counters will be able to discern between the two which will and provide counts by the hour which will help to identify the kind of traffic on different parts of the trail and peak traffic periods.

This is all part of a larger effort to improve the way traffic is managed on the MRT in order to make it safer (for those on the trail) and less intrusive (for those whose homes are located near the trail).

Among the issues the City Council is currently facing with regard to MRT traffic:

1. How can the City reduce the risks faced by bikers who fail to stop at major traffic crossings, most notably at Manor Drive and at the State Street entrance to Scott Community College?

2. How can the City reduce the number of bikers who ride through the Haven’s Acres neighborhood to get from the bike path that terminates in Peggy’s Park to the MRT’s riverfront trail?

3. How much MRT traffic entering Riverdale on the riverfront trail continue on through the rest of the City, exiting near the trailer park on State Street?

4. What sort of signage improvements need to be made along the MRT to create a safer experience for walkers, joggers and bike traffic?

5. What visual barriers can be removed to improve visibility for MRT traffic as they turn corners or approach blind hillsides?

6. What other landscape issues need to be addressed to restrict MRT traffic from leaving the path and driving through people’s yards or driveways in order to “cut through” to another destination?

If there are other bike path-related issues that you think the Council needs to consider/address, please leave them in the comments section below.

Riverdale Fall Festival announces sponsors

Fall Fest organizers recognize corporate sponsors for the event scheduled for September 15, 2018 at 1pm.

 

2018 Fall Fest Chairman Mark Griswold and Council Member Kelly Krell have announced corporate sponsors for this year’s 2018 Riverdale Fall Fest (scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm). This year’s sponsors include:

  • MSA Professional Services
  • BLPR

The City offers a sincere thanks to those companies who are supporting our community-building efforts – by supporting this upcoming event as well as other events and activities throughout the year.

Additional corporate sponsors will be announced before festivities kick off on September 15th.

Have latex paint sitting around the house? There’s a new way to get rid of it.

Have old latex paint sitting around the house and not sure what to do with it? The Waste Commission of Scott County has new, simpler instructions for residents wanted to get rid of their old, used paint.

 

It’s estimated that the average household has at least two cans of old, unused latex paint sitting around gathering dust in some corner of their home. But why?

People are often confused when it comes to disposing of paint and other building materials. In some cities (Riverdale included), general building material can’t go through the regular waste pick-up and disposal process because of protruding nails, chemicals, glues, and paints.

The Waste Commission of Scott County has recently announced a new, simplified method for disposing of unused and unwanted latex paint cans:

1. Take off the lid.

2. Let the contents dry out.

3. Put the dry contents (and bucket or pail) in your garbage for regular disposal.

A copy of the promotional flyer from the Waste Commission can be downloaded here.

Flyers that provide the same instructions as well as free paint sticks are available for pick-up at City Hall (for as long as supplies last).

Fall Fest needs volunteers!

Council Member Kelly Krell puts out a call for volunteers. As many as twenty volunteers are needed to help pull together and manage Riverdale’s Fall Fest scheduled for Saturday, September 15th.

 

Riverdale Fall Fest needs volunteer support for the September 15th event.

According to Council Member Kelly Krell, the committee may need as many as twenty volunteers to help with everything from set-up to on-site activities to tear-down and clean-up.

“Even if you can only help for part of the day because you plan on enjoying the event, that’s okay,” explained Council Member Krell. “Right now, the only volunteers we know we have on board are the ones who helped plan the event. It would be great to get some more help.”

If you’re interested in helping with Fall Fest, please let us know!

Crime Prevention Task Force meeting set for 3pm on Friday, August 31

A public meeting to discuss neighborhood security issues will be held at 3pm on Friday, August 31st in Council Chambers. The meeting will be chaired by Council Member Paul DCamp.

 

An open public meeting has been scheduled to discuss neighborhood security issues following the break-ins and theft of a car from the hilltop on Saturday August 11th. The meeting will be chaired by Council Member Paul DCamp and will focus on identifying possible steps the City and its residents can take to prevent criminal acts in our neighborhoods.

As currently envisioned, there will be two or three meetings of this Crime Prevention Task Force over the coming weeks. The group’s mission is to research and discuss options that will then be presented to Council for discussion and possible action.

The meeting is open to residents of Riverdale and we encourage your participation.

UPDATE: Auto theft and break-in reported on Manor Drive

One car was broken into and another was stolen from homes on Manor Drive on Saturday night. You can get the latest updates here.

 

UPDATE (08/15/18 @ 7:11 pm): A letter has been sent to every home and business in Riverdale from the mayor outlining what’s been learned about Saturday’s crime event to-date and providing tips from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office on steps individuals can take to reduce the risk of similar activities taking place at their homes. A copy of that letter can be viewed by clicking here.

Also, Council Member Paul DCamp has been asked to convene a Crime Prevention Task Force to discuss what steps the community can take to reduce the possibility of this kind of event (and other criminal activity) taking place in Riverdale again. We will be posting meeting notices for the Task Force on the Riverdale website, social media (Facebook) and in the weekly e-newsletter.

UPDATE (08/15/18 @ 9:00 am): In a conversation this morning with Captain Joe Caffery of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, we learned that what happened in Riverdale is part of a larger problem throughout Scott County. Here’s what we know so far:

  • The people breaking into and stealing cars are “100% juveniles” and that the stolen cars are used for joy rides. Stolen vehicles are usually recovered in Davenport or Muscatine, although the car stolen from Riverdale has not yet been recovered.
  • According to Captain Caffrey, the Sheriff’s Office would like “all the help we can get” when it comes to catching the perpetrators. Residents are advised to be vigilant and take notice of any suspicious activity happening in their neighborhood, make note of the license plate number of suspicious vehicles and call in a report to 911.
  • Looking at all of the break-ins and auto thefts occurring throughout Scott County, it appears the perpetrators are testing car handles to see if the vehicles are unlocked and are taking loose change they find inside the vehicle.
  • The car thefts reported appear to be the result of the perpetrator finding the keys to the vehicle inside the car or truck once they’re inside.
  • Most of the stolen cars have been recovered in Davenport or Muscatine – although the car stolen from Riverdale on Saturday night has not yet been recovered.

The Captain offered to have someone from the Sheriff’s Office (either the Sheriff or another high-ranking representative) come and speak at a City Council or Town Hall meeting. (An invitation was sent this morning, once we have confirmation of an appearance, we will add it to this post and to social media.)

LOOK FOR A LETTER FROM THE CITY in your mailbox and via e-newsletter on Friday providing tips on what you can do to secure your vehicles and your home to reduce the risk of this type of crime.

UPDATE (08/13/18 at 11:55 am): Sources now tell us that up to three cars were broken into on Manor Drive last Saturday night. According to one source, a report was filed with the Scott County Sheriff’s office. The mayor has called the Sheriff’s office for further clarification and to see if any additional information can be obtained and shared with residents. More updates will be posted as they occur.

ORIGINAL STORY: Saturday night, August 11, 2018, a car was broken into on Manor Drive and a second car was stolen in the same neighborhood.

We ask all residents to remember to keep their cars locked when they’re parked and to not leave any valuables in plain sight inside their cars. It’s also recommended that you lock the door in your garage that leads into the living quarters of your house.

We will provide another update when we learn more from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Fall Fest Planning Meeting on August 15

A meeting of the planning committee for the Riverdale Fall Fest will be meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at 5pm.

 

A meeting of the planning committee for the Riverdale Fall Fest will be meeting today at 5:00 pm (in Council Chambers) following approval, last night, of the event budget.

You can read the agenda for the meeting by clicking here.

See a problem that needs fixing? Let us know!

The City Council reviewed a “Work Order” process that allows citizens to report issues they find via an online form. Under the proposed guidelines, City staff will review the request and respond within 2 business days of receiving the email.

Under a new process outlined for the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, Public Works/Maintenance requests can be filed by citizens online using this Work Order Request Form found on the City’s website.

The form requires citizens to provide their contact information, the location of the issue being reported and a specific description of what they see as needing attention (along with the ability to attach photos or video) and then send that information to the City’s Public Works/Maintenance Person for attention.

The goal is to have a response from the City back to the resident within 2 business days.

This process is all part of a broader initiative to better document and measure the on-going maintenance needs of the City. By tracking the type of jobs performed by the City’s maintenance personnel, the Mayor and City Council can identify areas that may need more attention or investment to fully remedy.

The information will also be used in future contract negotiations with third-party service providers to clarify the expectations and scope of work set forth by the City in future contract negotations.

For now, the Work Order process is being tested and refined. Any comments you may have from your direct experience with the process are welcomed.

Please use the General Contact form on the website to let us know about your experience and recommendations for improvement.

Grading to continue on Woods Estates project for the next 3-4 weeks

According to a project update report from J+M Civil Design, LLC – the engineering firm assisting Seth Woods on Riverdale’s latest home development – grading will continue on the site for the next 3-4 weeks.

According to a status report from J+M Civil Design, LLC (the engineering firm working with Seth Woods on the Woods Estates subdivision in Riverdale), grading for streets, detention basins and storm water infrastructure will continue for the next three to four weeks. At that point, the “last phase of early grading is anticipated to begin.”

You can review the complete update from J+M’s Bryce Johnson by clicking here.

According to the report, the City Council will be able to review the subdivision’s final plat in September – approval of which would allow Mr. Woods enough time to install streets and utilities necessary for home construction over the winter season.

Deer and coyote hunting season in Riverdale begins September 16th.

The City Council of Riverdale amended and approved a resolution authorizing bow hunting of deer and coyotes this fall and winter.

 

UPDATE (08/14/18 @ 10:30 pm): The City Council voted to amend and approve the proposed resolution, delaying the start date of the hunt by a day and clarifying language with regard to how close approved hunters may come to structures located in the community. The revised resolution will be posted to this website when it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Riverdale will be licensing bow hunters to help control the deer and coyote population within the “Special Hunt Areas” designated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources within the city’s limits. The hunt is scheduled to take place this fall and winter, starting on September 16, 2018 (delayed one day because of Riverdale’s Fall Fest) and running through January 12, 2019.

According to the resolution under consideration by the City Council (which is similar to previous resolutions), each hunter must:

  • Obtain a Riverdale Hunting Permit (at $0);
  • Successfully complete an Iowa DNR bow hunter safety education course and proficiency test (taken annually);
  • Hunt in designated areas – and obtain permission from the owner of that parcel in advance;
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any residence, occupied building, church, city park, street and/or roadway (other than municipal property or school property);
  • Hunt during approved/designated hours and days;
  • Use proper field dressing techniques and not leave entrails;
  • Possess all licenses or permits required by the State, County or City;
  • Demonstrate compliance wit these requirements when asked;
  • Present harvested animals at the Spruce Hills Drive Fire Station (in Bettendorf) during specified hours.

A complete copy of the proposed (unmodified) resolution can be found by clicking here.

City continues to build on relationship with PV Schools

City officials met with representatives from the Pleasant Valley Community School District on Thursday, August 2nd to discuss a variety of issues.

Mayor Mike Bawden, Fire Chief Floyd Bruns, City Administrator Tim Long and City Engineer Chris Cooper met with representatives from the Pleasant Valley Community School District on Thursday, August 2nd to discuss a variety of issues facing both the City and the District. The meeting was intended to foster the relationship between the City of Riverdale and PV Schools by opening dialog on a number of issues.

Among the issues discussed were soil erosion management projects related to new construction at Pleasant Valley High School, traffic management around the school to accommodate needs for open fire lanes, a strategy to address EMS calls to school facilities along College Drive and the City’s strategy for reviewing and assessing the invasive plant problem.

School officials were also invited to participate in the review and planned update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the strategic planning process for the Riverdale Fire Department.

Previously identified issues surrounding the soil erosion management projects had already been addressed by the District or were scheduled to be addressed in the near future. District officials also shared plans diagraming traffic flows into and around the high school with Chief Bruns as part of a discussion about traffic management in the event of a fire call at the site.

The City continues to work diligently to establish on-going dialog with the major businesses, Scott Community College and Pleasant Valley Schools as part of its focus on more open and transparent governmental operations.