Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

Trick-or-treating hours set for Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

Have a happy and safe holiday!

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

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

The agenda and supporting documents for the next regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council (scheduled to take place on Tuesday evening, October 22nd at 7pm) are now available.  

The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

There will be a town hall meeting in the Community Room at City Hall on Sunday, October 20 at 2pm. While the meeting is informational in nature and serves as an open forum, there are usually a few items on the agenda the mayor wishes to address. Please come with an open mind and questions for city representatives and your neighbors.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

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

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

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

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

Agenda:

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

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

See you then!

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

(Updated) Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (10-08-19)

(Updated 10-04-19) Documents for next Tuesday’s meeting are now available. A complete packet for the meeting (50 pages) can be accessed by clicking here.

(Updated 10-03-19) The time for the regular meeting of the Council has been revised to follow a public hearing on the Wellspire conduit bond proposal. We now estimate the start time for the City Council meeting to be 7:15pm.

(Original Post) A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, October 8th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Click on the links on this page to view/download any of these public documents:

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

Meeting Notice: Wellspire Conduit Bond Public Hearing set for Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm

(Updated: 10-04-19) A copy of the agenda for the public hearing can be found here.

(Original Post: 10-03-19) A public hearing concerning the issuance of a conduit bond to assist Wellspire, LLC in financing their senior community to be located at Middle Road and 53rd Street in Bettendorf is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm. The hearing will take place in the Community Room at City Hall and will be followed, immediately, by the Regular Meeting of the City Council.

For more details and documents concerning the proposed bond issuance, click here.

Representatives from Wellspire have been asked to attend the hearing to answer any remaining questions the public may have for them.

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

Plans continue to develop for this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm). If you’re interested in lending a hand in this new, city tradition, you can let us know by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page and sending us a message through the website.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar and make  your plans to attend and enjoy:

  • Food from the Hy-Vee Grill (burgers, dogs, chips and drinks)
  • Ice treats from Kona Ice
  • A bounce house obstacle course
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Magic by RJ Regul
  • Live music from QC Vinyl

All of this is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.

Don’t forget, for future updates on plans, activities and events, you can check back here (on the City’s website) or on the Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

(Update: 09-20-19) Documents now available for September 24 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council took place on Tuesday evening, September 24th at 7pm.  The meeting was held in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall.

The following documents were reviewed at the meeting:

If you require copies of materials prior to their anticipated post dates, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

Scott County Library System in search of board members

Scott County Library System in search of board members

In a recent email correspondence with Mayor Mike Bawden, Scott County Supervisor Ken Beck asked if there was any interest from a Riverdale resident about filling one of two open seats on the Scott County Library System Board.

“I know Riverdale has had some concerns with the library’s delivery of services to your community. There are two openings on the board, if anyone in your community is interested,” wrote Mr. Beck.

The seat is not a direct appointment the City of Riverdale can make. Those who are interested will need to complete an application and can get more information on the opportunity from Mr. Beck, the library’s director (Tricia Kane) or the current board president. The City is happy to assist in acquiring that information and making the recommendation.

If you are interested in serving on the Scott County Library Board, please let us know by calling City Hall during regular business hours (563-355-2511) or by contacting us through this website.

Interested in knowing how the Scott County Library System performed during its last fiscal year? Here’s a copy of their most recent annual report (FY 2019).

Feel free to leave questions in the comments section, below. We will respond as quickly as possible.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (10-20-19)

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (09-22-19)

(Updated 09-22-19) A town hall meeting for the residents of Riverdale was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm.

  1. Welcome and Introductions:
    • Mayor Mike Bawden welcomed residents in attendance and special guests Lisa Corsiglia from the US Census Bureau and Scharlott Blevins, Riverdale’s Assistant City Clerk.
    • The meeting was called to order at 2:02 pm and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited after introductions.
  2. General Discussion:
    • Fiber Optic Service Delay (now scheduled for mid to late-February 2020)
      Mayor Bawden laid out MetroNET’s latest installation schedule for fiber optic throughout the City of Riverdale. Also discussed the essential differences between Internet service provided through cable (Mediacom) and optical fiber. 

      The City is getting wired for optical fiber at no cost to its residents. Other providers (most notably Geneseo Telecom) required a payment from the City (or its residents) in order to have the fiber run to every home and business in Riverdale.

    • Woods Estate Update
      Mayor Bawden reviewed progress to-date for Woods Estates. Questions about grading issues and whether or not grass/ground cover has been planted throughout the project were addressed.

      Lots are currently shown as being for sale, although it was noted that the plat for the project (in general) and Phase I (specifically) still need to be reviewed by the City’s Planning & Zoning Committee and approved by the City Council before construction can begin. Questions about what part of the entire development is included in the first phase – the only map available in the meeting room was old, but the Mayor was able to give a general description of the land area included in “Phase 1” of the Woods Estates project.

    • Fall Fest
      Fall Fest will take place at Bicentennial Park on October 5th from 2-4pm. There was some question whether or not the time for the event was listed on promotional material. A quick check of the event page on City’s website shows that the times were, in fact, listed.
    • Website Enhancements
      The City’s website has continued to evolve and now has current information  on key issues and initiatives as well as information presented at recent City Council meetings.

      Have a suggestion for improving the website or our weekly newsletter? Let us know.

    • Wellspire, LLC Conduit Bond Hearing (slated for 09-24-19)
      The Mayor reviewed the plans for the City to hold a public hearing and, in all likelihood, pass a resolution to issue a “conduit” bond worth $10,000,000 on behalf of Wellspire, LLC at its upcoming meetings on October 8th (delayed from the original, 09/24 meeting date).

    • Parks Planning
      Mayor Bawden explained that he will be working with City Council Members Kelly Krell and Anthony Heddelsten to solicit citizen input and get the City’s parks plan developed and implemented. Concerns were raised about the amount of dead trees still standing at park edges and in the City’s wild places as well as having some kind of landscaping and maintenance plan in place and implemented for Volunteer Park now that some much-needed clean-up work was finished in the plan.

      One resident offered to do a park walk-through with interested members of the City Council to identify critical areas that should be addressed by the parks plan.

  3. Open Discussion
    • Lisa Corsiglia from the US Census Bureau provided a timeline for the national census scheduled to take place in 2020. The official census day is April 1, but work has already begun to identify occupied homes to be included in the survey. Work will continue through mid-July in an attempt to get everyone living in a community to be identified in the census.

      The upcoming census will be the first one allowing people to complete the census online or by phone (in addition to the written form which will be mailed to every residence in the country).

      Look for more information about the national census on the Riverdale website in the coming weeks.

    • Need to clean the gutters at City Hall to prevent additional damage to the roof this winter.
    • The Mayor answered more questions about the MRT bike path and concerns of Haven’s Acres residents with bike traffic. The Mayor walked through the current plan in place for dealing with these concerns over the next few years.
    • Questions were raised with regard to how the City was going to make sure new homes in the Woods Estates development would be built within the City’s guidelines for property setbacks, storm water management, good quality topsoil, building inspections, etc.
    • The Mayor discussed the need to make sure the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals are fully staffed and functioning for the next few years to accommodate the expected increase in requests from people building homes in the Woods Estates development.
    • The Mayor reminded those present that the next City Council meeting will be Tuesday at 7pm.
    • Shar Blevens asked for residents to take a look at the photo albums she’s assembled that document the history of the City of Riverdale. She needs help identifying residents and providing information about the events caught on camera.
  4. Adjourn
    The town hall meeting was adjourned at 4:15 pm.

The next town hall meeting for the residents of Riverdale will be held on Sunday, October 20th at 2pm.

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

September 10 City Council Meeting

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, September 10th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

The following documents will be reviewed at the meeting:

If you require additional copies of materials, please call City Hall (563-355-2511) during regular business hours and ask if copies of those documents are available. In the event requests are made for large documents (over 20 pages) are made, there may be a photocopying charge. Please be sure to ask prior to requesting copies.

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

In search of residents willing to help manage the city’s growth

(Updated: 09/12/19) As of today, two new community members have volunteered to serve on the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission. Thanks to Jeff Struve and Jim Beran for volunteering! The City is still looking for one more P&Z Commission Member whose term will expire at the end of 2021.

The City is also on the lookout for one or two more volunteers to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. This group meets to discuss requested variances to the City’s zoning ordinances that aren’t granted by the City Council. If you are interested in helping out, please contact City Administrator Tim Long at: 563-355-2511 or by email at cityadmin@riverdaleia.org

(Original Story: 09/11/19) The City of Riverdale needs more volunteers who are willing to fill vacant seats and serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments. These groups will meet once a quarter (more frequently if so determined) to provide timely review and comments on development plats and planned improvements to buildings and other structures within the City’s limits.

Both the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the P&Z Commission are managed by City Administrator, Tim Long, who makes sure each volunteer receives information on a timely basis, has their questions answered and provides for adequate public notice of upcoming meetings, etc.

If you’re interested in serving, please contact Tim Long at: 563-355-2511 or by email at: cityadmin@riverdaleia.org

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

New Project: City Council initiates Haven’s Acres/MRT Barrier Fence Project

(Update 09/10/19) – At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council asked MSA Professional Services to survey the land where the MRT runs adjacent to the Havens Acres neighborhood so a barrier fence project can be discussed with residents. The resolution (#2019-28) authorizes MSA to conduct a survey of the area, document the boundaries of the land parcels involved, identify the owners and participate in two community meetings to discuss the costs and other considerations around building a barrier fence between the MRT and homes along the path.

The consideration of constructing some kind of barrier between the MRT and the residents who live along it is just part of a larger initiative undertaken by the City to address the chronic problems identified by citizens who live along Kensington Street and Wisteria Drive in the Havens Acres neighborhoods. For years, residents have been complaining about vehicular traffic on the bike path and both cars and bikes cutting through yards to get from the MRT onto the neighborhood’s streets.

Other aspects of the initiative include additional signage, security cameras, working with the City of Bettendorf to create a diversion for Duck Creek Bike Path traffic and including a bike lane in the road resurfacing/rehabilitation project currently in process for Kensington Street.  Those projects will be handled individually over time in an attempt to adequately manage the bike and foot traffic in the neighborhood resulting from its proximity to both the Duck Creek and Mississippi River Bike Trails.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

MSA Professional Services will provide property corner locations along the shared boundary line between private land owners and the Mississippi River Trail (north side of the trail only) in a manner selected by the City of Riverdale. Where there is an obstacle to placing a property corner pin, MSA will provide tie points.

MSA will present that information to the City Council so the City can organize residential/committee input to solicit opinions on fence type, final location and amenities. MSA will participate in up to 2 meetings to provide information and counsel.

Once the City has determined the final project location and fence type, MSA will prepare documents and advertising to solicit competitive bids.

The complete proposal can be found here.

Budget:

$13,700

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

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