Public information meeting set for Tuesday, April 5, 2022 regarding emergency access route

Public information meeting set for Tuesday, April 5, 2022 regarding emergency access route

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Conceptual illustration of the emergency access route using an open cell articulating block with gravel path

An information session to discuss available options for constructing an emergency access way between the Woods Estates and Pleasant Hills (Manor/Circle Drive) neighborhoods will be held on Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm in the Community Room. As the Woods Estates development continues to grow, an alternative means of entering the neighborhood in the event of a weather emergency or some other disaster is required to provide adequate fire protection and ambulatory access.

All neighborhoods in Riverdale are currently limited to only a single entrance/exit onto a major road which poses a possible safety risk in the event of a fire, downed trees from heavy winds, or some other event.

The purpose of Tuesday’s meeting is to present information, answer questions, and collect feedback on the draft emergency access route through Bicentennial Park. The Mayor, Council members, City Administrator, staff, and engineering consultant, Chris Cooper, MSA Professional Services, Inc., will be in attendance to identify issues and discuss options regarding the emergency access route.

In addition to stakeholder input, the city seeks a better understanding of the desires of residents who will be directly affected by the emergency access route.

Conceptual illustration of the emergency access route as a gravel roadway

During the session, participants can review and comment on the findings and recommendations of the engineering consultant.

What’s on the agenda?

April 5, 2022 Information Meeting Packet
Sign In Sheet #1   |   Sign In Sheet #2

A digital copy of the meeting’s informational packet can be downloaded by clicking the link above. The sign-in sheets to be used at the meeting can also be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link(s).

All Riverdale residents are encouraged to come to the meeting on Tuesday to learn more!

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council will convene at 7pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

What’s on the agenda?

March 22, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda
March 22, 2022 Council Meeting Packet

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting includes resolutions to approve:

2022-08 – Authorization of the installation of a fence between Parcel ID #842601005 and Parcel ID #842723001

2022-24 – Certification of the FY23 Annual Budget for the City of Riverdale

2022-25 – Approval to enter into a contract for lawn care services with S&R Lawn and Snow Removal for 2022-24

2022-26 – Approval of Amendment #1 on the Emergency Access Route Design

2022-27 – Approval to enter into a contract with Oakland Corporation for Lasesrfiche support

2022-28 – Approval to enter into a contract with CivicPlus for website design, training, and implementation

Come to the meeting on Tuesday to learn more!

FY23 Budget Public Hearing moved to Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm

FY23 Budget Public Hearing moved to Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm

NOTICE OF RE-SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE FY23 BUDGET

The Public Hearing of the Riverdale City Council will be held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa. At the public hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present comments and objections concerning the FY23 city budget under consideration by the City Council.

A copy of the official notice will run on Sunday, March 13, in the Quad-City Times. A hard copy of the notice sent to the paper can be downloaded by clicking here.

FY23 Budget Hearing Meeting Packet
FY23 Budget Filing (Proposed)


 

Riverdale teams with PV Schools to win “Trees for Kids” grant

Riverdale teams with PV Schools to win “Trees for Kids” grant

Look for more trees in Riverdale and at Riverdale Heights Elementary School this spring!  The City has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to fund a tree-planting project that will involve kids at the school (located on Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf) and volunteers from the City.

Mayor Anthony Heddlesten

The City of Riverdale and the Pleasant Valley Community School District worked together to submit a grant request. “We were really pleased with the cooperation from the school district,” explained Riverdale Mayor Anthony Heddlesten. “Our objective with this grant request was to find a way to finance a hands-on project for kids to plant and care for trees and their community.”

Funding provided by IDNR will be used to purchase landscape trees and mulch. The trees will be planted both on City-owned ground in Riverdale and at Riverdale Heights Elementary School – which is the school that replaced the old, Riverdale Elementary School located across Manor Drive from City Hall on State Street.

A tree-planting activity is currently planned for April 22. More details will be added to this post when they become available.

Riverdale celebrates Three Flags Day

Riverdale celebrates Three Flags Day

Three Flags Day commemorates a relatively obscure moment in American history.

From the Atlas Obscura website …

Although the Louisiana Purchase technically went through on April 30, 1803, transferring hundreds of millions of acres of land is no small feat. It took months for the requisite arrangements to be made. Throughout the summer and fall of 1803, Congress signed papers, and money changed hands. That winter, there was an official Americanizing ceremony in New Orleans, which served as the territory’s capital. 

A depiction of the signing of the Louisiana Treaty near New Orleans.

 

But because it was winter in the 1800s, the many territory residents north of New Orleans didn’t get word of that switch until much later. So in March of 1804, it was decided that there should be another official ceremony, in St. Louis.

 

But there was a small problem: St. Louis was one of the cities the Spanish hadn’t gotten around to giving up. Authorities soon realized that, in order to actualize the territory’s new identity, “two treaties must be put into effect at one time,” writes historian Walter Barlow Stevens in St. Louis, The Fourth City. First, the land had to be be transferred from Spain to France. Then, it had to be be transferred again, from France to the United States.

Keeping all that in mind, Mayor Anthony, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Riverdale City Council, issued a mayoral proclamation making the period from noon on March 9 through noon on March 10, Three Flags Day in Riverdale.

 


Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held Tuesday, March 8, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council will convene at 7pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

What’s on the agenda?

March 8, 2022 Council Meeting Packet
March 8, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting includes resolutions to approve:

2022-17 – Final payment to Visu-Sewer for work performed on the second phase of the City’s sanitary sewer rehabilitation project ($22,336.88)

2022-18 – Riverdale’s participation as a “Host City” in the “Get Out and Trail” event on May 7 with the City of Davenport’

2022-19 – A change in signatories on the City’s bank accounts

2022-20 – The appointment of Fred Joers to the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustments

2022-21 – The engagement of  MSA to conduct an assessment of the City’s storm sewers (Phase 1) 

2022-22 – The City’s annual Urban Renewal Report for FY21

2022-23 – The appointment of Kevin Adams as Mayor Pro Tempore through December 31, 2022

There are also reports from intergovernmental agencies Riverdale participates with (Bi-State Regional Commission, the Joint Sanitary Sewerage Committee, etc.) as well as a Mayoral Proclamation for Three Flags Day on March 10, 2022. 

Come to the meeting on Tuesday to learn more!

Part-time maintenance position immediately available.

Part-time maintenance position immediately available.

As its last piece of business in 2021, the City Council of Riverdale approved a plan to recruit and hire a new, part-time maintenance person.  If you or someone you know are interested in this position, please contact Kent Royster, City Administrator, at 563-355-2511.

This is an immediate opening.

Job Description:  Maintenance Worker

The primary responsibilities of this position are the ongoing maintenance (including inspection and cleaning) and repair of the City’s property, the operation of light and heavy-duty equipment owned or rented by the City, and the ongoing evaluation and maintenance of underground infrastructure. City property includes, but is not limited to, streets, roads, green spaces, trails, playgrounds, signage, etc. The Maintenance Worker also has specific responsibilities for the removal of snow and ice during and after winter storms. The Maintenance Worker will be expected to work cooperatively with contractors, and continue educational training as directed by the City Clerk. The tasks and responsibilities detailed above are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Because it is in the best interest of the taxpayers to receive services at the lowest possible cost, other tasks as from time to time may be assigned and shall be deemed to be included in this position description.

Currently, this is a part-time position, allotted 25 hours a week at $28.00 per hour, eligible for retirement, vacation and sick time.

The City will be accepting applications for this position through March 18, 2022.

Maximum property tax levy established for FY23

Maximum property tax levy established for FY23

The Council for the City of Riverdale passed a resolution at its meeting on February 22, 2022, establishing the maximum property tax level that will be legally allowed for the coming fiscal year (starting in July of 2022 and running through June of 2023).

A copy of that resolution can be found here. (Clicking on the link will open a new tab or window.)

Resolution 2022-10

A Resolution Maximum Property Tax Dollars for Fiscal Year 2023

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Riverdale have considered the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 city maximum property tax dollars for the affected levy total, and

WHEREAS, a notice concerning the proposed city maximum property tax dollars was published as required and posted on city website and/or social media accounts if applicable,

WHEREAS, a public hearing concerning the proposed city maximum property tax dollars was held on February 22nd, 2022 at 6:00 pm,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Riverdale that the maximum property tax dollars for the affected tax levies for FY 2023 shall not exceed the following total:

Total maximum levy for affected property tax levies: $631,500.00

The Maximum Property Tax dollars requested in the total maximum levy for affected property tax levies for FY 2023 represents/does not represent greater than 102% of the Maximum Property Tax dollars requested for the current FY 2023.

Passed and approved this day 22nd of February, 2022.

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

An additional Budget Work Session of the Riverdale City Council was held as a public meeting in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

What happened?

FY23 Budget Workshop Packet
FY23 Budget Workshop Agenda
FY23 Budget Workshop Minutes
FY 2023 Riverdale Budget Presentation

City Administrator Kent Royster presented recommended budgets for all departments within the City. Copies of the budget documents were presented at the meeting and were included in the packet.

Mayor Anthony Heddlesten presented a series of informational graphs to help explain the proposed FY23 budget:

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 22, 2022

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

This Public Workshop/Information Session for the residents and taxpayers of Riverdale was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time  (6 pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022) and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Agenda
February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Packet
February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Minutes

 

Regular City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Regular City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A regular meeting of Riverdale’s City Council was held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall. The meeting was held in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa (Sections 21.2 and 21.8).

What happened?

February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Minutes
February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Agenda
February 22, 2022 City Council Meeting Packet

A digital copy of the meeting agenda and packet can be downloaded by clicking the links above.

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm.

Resolutions that were passed included:

2022-10 – Establishing the maximum property tax dollars to be collected by the City in FY23 (Max Levy)

2022-14 – Authorizing staff to issue an RFP for mowing services for the calendar year

2022-15 – Approving the job description of the part-time maintenance position for the City.

2022-16 – Setting a public hearing for the FY23 budget.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Hug your favorite engineer during “Engineers’ Week” in Riverdale

Hug your favorite engineer during “Engineers’ Week” in Riverdale

Local businesses and the City of Riverdale rely on the advice and counsel of engineers to make sure their businesses continue to operate efficiently and cost-effectively. Recognizing the importance and value of engineers and the need to continue encouraging young people to look at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields for potential careers, Mayor Anthony Heddlesten has proclaimed that the week of February 20, 2022 shall be Engineers’ Week in Riverdale, Iowa.

So, show your appreciation to your favorite engineer. But when you give him or her a hug, watch out for that pocket protector!

Mayoral Proclamation making the week of February 20th Engineers Week


 

The Proclamation

Whereas, the National Society of Professional Engineers is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers​.

Whereas, the Quad City Engineering and Science Council is celebrating this Thursday by awarding engineering awards to a variety of people and organizations throughout our region that exemplify what it means to be an engineer.

Whereas, the Society of American Military Engineers, Rock Island Post and American Society of Civil Engineers, Quad City Chapter are hosting their annual training event this Friday to provide continuing education and a broad sharing of engineering knowledge across our Region.

Whereas, EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth, to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

Whereas, the City of Riverdale relies frequently on the technical expertise of engineers, particularly that of our City Engineer, Chris Cooper, PE, of MSA Professional Services as well as additional ones our community and others hire out at times to support specific technically challenging projects such as the Woods Estates stormwater system and the Fenno Road rehabilitation.

Whereas, businesses in our community, such as Arconic, Schebler, and Allied Valve rely on the skills of their engineers to produce some of the finest products in the world, right here in our community.

Whereas
,our community is helping to build the next generation of engineers with teachers and programs in STEM at one of the state’s best high schools, Riverdale’s own Pleasant Valley High School, and engineering technology degrees from Riverdale’s own Scott Community College.

Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Anthony Heddlesten, PE, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, Iowa, myself a professional engineer, do hereby proclaim the week of February 20-26, 2022

Engineers’ Week

And encourage all residents, staff, and visitors to our community to explore the great engineering opportunities within our community and reflect on the improvements that engineers have made to our community since its founding, 69 years ago.