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(from the Scott County EMA website)

Scott County is part of the State of Iowa alert system called Alert Iowa.

What is Alert Iowa?

Alert Iowa is a county/statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system which can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system.

This system will be used as an emergency notification system during all hazard and life-safety events.

If you sign up through your community website you will receive messages via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, fax, TDD/TYY, and social media.

The system is available, free of charge, to all citizens in Scott County and we encourage everyone to register at least one contact method.

Alert messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information.

These messages will normally be specific to your community or the communities for which you register. However, if you sign up through the Scott County website and do not choose any specific community, you will receive only warnings and information specific to the County as a whole and not your specific community.

Once you have registered your information will be automatically entered into the system and you will receive any notices sent out.

Nevertheless, should you decide you no longer wish to receive messages, you can opt-out of the system by sending an e-mail or letter to Scott County EMA at 1100 E. 46th Street, Davenport, IA 52807 or scema@msn.com with your name address and phone number you registered.  The process to add or remove contact information may take 24 to 72 hours.

This system is powered by the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS) and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and in Scott County is under the control of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency.

For additional information on Alert Iowa/WENS you can contact Dave Donovan at 563-484-3050 with the Scott County EMA office.

Wendy Syverud named to Riverdale’s Planning and Zoning Commission

Wendy Syverud named to Riverdale’s Planning and Zoning Commission

 

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

Stormwater tips for the homeowner

 

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

Holiday weekend scenes around Riverdale

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 needed for upcoming Fall Fest!

 

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

Woods Estates foliage replacement plan announced

 

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

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

 

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

Labor Day weekend work schedule for Woods Estates

 

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

Crime Prevention Task Force holds first meeting

 

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

Sheriff Tim Lane addresses City’s crime concerns

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

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

 

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

August 28, 2018 Regular Meeting

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.