Snow advisory for Riverdale

Snow advisory for Riverdale

All residents of Riverdale are advised that a heavy snowfall is expected this weekend and to take appropriate action to allow road cleaning and maintenance crews full access to the City’s streets and other public infrastructure.

Winter Storm Warning issued for Scott County

According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6pm this evening (January 10) through midnight tomorrow (January 11). Heavy snow and mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 3 – 7″ are expected along with ice accumulations of up to a quarter inch.

Wind gusts on Saturday could reach 35 mph.

Travel is expected to be difficult and due to the ice and wind, tree and power line damage may occur. If you must travel, please be sure to bring an extra flashlight and food/water in case you get stranded in your car. If you’re traveling in Iowa, you can dial 5-1-1 for road conditions.

Winter storm preparations at home

For Riverdale residents, we ask you make sure your car is out of the street and parked in your driveway, if at all possible. This will allow road clearing crews to move as much of the snow off the streets on their first pass as possible. 

Snow removal services are contracted with the City of Bettendorf. If you’re curious as to how the plow crews are called out, what gets plowed first and tips on how to make sure the service you receive is as good as possible, check out this article we published last September that spelled all of that out.

Following our first snow events this year, we also learned a few other important lessons – so please keep this information in mind as you prepare for this weekend’s weather:

There are some things Riverdale residents can do to make sure the Bettendorf DPW plows are able to do a good job for the City. Among those:

1. If the snow is falling on a Sunday night, make sure your garbage and recycling bins are away from the curb so there’s room to push the snow. The November 11th plow was particularly difficult because not only were there waste and recycling bins up to the curb, many residents had spent time over the weekend bagging leaves. Plow drivers (many of whom were new to the job) were wary of plowing too close to the curb for fear of hitting a rolling bin (which did happen, twice) or some bags of leaves and creating a bigger mess in the street.

2. If you know snow is coming, please put your car in your driveway. Leaving your car parked in the street makes the driver swerve away from the curb to get around your vehicle and leaves a lot of unplowed snow in the street which can freeze and make it all that more difficult to get the street clean later on in the day.

Driveway Snow Removal Tips

3. If possible, create a “landing zone” for snow pushed by the plow in advance of it getting to your driveway (see the diagram to the right). By doing this, you’ll minimize the amount of snow pushed onto the end of your driveway and make getting out and onto Riverdale’s freshly-plowed streets easier.

4. When you’re shoveling or snow-blowing your driveway, make sure you go side-to-side and avoid  pushing your driveway snow into the street. This will help decrease the amount of time DPW’s crews need to work clearing our streets (and save us money in the process) and improves safety for other vehicles by reducing the chance of random ice-spots developing on our main roads.

Winter Storm Preparation Tips

Finally, from our friends at The Weather Channel, we pulled these 14 tips on how to prepare for a winter storm. And while some of the tips may be a little much for a 3-7″ storm (do we really need a hand-cranked, NOAA Weather Radio?), it’s always good to give a list like this a quick review to make sure nothing has slipped your mind.

One tip that’s good to keep in mind, though, is to make sure that if you have water pipes that might be exposed to ultra-cold temperatures for an extended period of time, that they’re either drained of water or are set to drip/trickle water to help prevent freezing.

Stay warm and safe this weekend!

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, January 7th at 7:00 pm and now include the public hearing originally scheduled to precede the meeting.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

The meeting has been called by the mayor so the City Council can consider approval of the final plat for phase 1 of the Woods Estates of Riverdale sub-division.

The plat was recommended for approval by the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission at its meeting on December 18, 2019.

A public hearing on the matter has been scheduled – as required by the City of Riverdale’s Subdivision Ordinance – for 7pm on January 7th.

Agenda

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Welcome

1.1 Call to Order

1.2 Newly-elected Officials Sworn In

1.3 Roll-Call

1.4 Pledge of Allegiance

2.  Review/Approval of the Agenda

3. Open public hearing: Woods Estates Subdivision Final Plat

4. Close Public Hearing

5. Consideration to approve: Addendum #1 to the Woods Estates Development Agreement

6. Consideration to approve: The Final Plat for Phase 1 of The Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision

7. Adjournment

A complete set of documents for the public hearing is available for viewing at City Hall during regular office hours.

The mayor and council’s first regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7pm.

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

City Council goal setting and work session set for Sunday, January 5.

A meeting to set goals for the City of Riverdale and to discuss process has been set for Sunday, January 5, 2020 and is expected to run from 2pm to 5pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Although it is a public meeting, the gathering is a work session for members of the City Council and Mayor to review goals and processes with the City Administrator and attempt to set deadlines for major initiatives for the coming year. No public input time will be made available as a part of this meeting.

There will be opportunities for the public to provide input at the January town hall meeting (set for Sunday, January 26th at 2pm) and at meetings of the City Council in January.

The agenda for the work session has been set as follows:

  1.  Review of discussions with City Council members on goals and objectives for the coming year. (Mayor Bawden)

  2. Discussion of budget process for FY21 and the allocation of surplus general fund money during the coming year. (Mayor Bawden and City Administrator Kotter)
  3. Outline of administrative processes and a “roadmap” on how things get done in Riverdale. (Mayor Bawden and City Administrator Kotter)
  4. General discussion of meeting and agenda protocol (City Administrator Kotter)

The mayor and council’s first regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7pm.

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

(UPDATE: 01/06/20) The public hearing detailed below will now take place as a part of the special meeting of the Riverdale City Council scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th at 7pm. The contents of the hearing will be as explained in the original story (below), but the two meetings will be merged into one proceeding.

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Woods Estates of Riverdale

(Original Story) Following a vote for a positive recommendation to the City Council by the Planning & Zoning Commission earlier this month, the phase 1 plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision is now moving on to the City Council for its review and consideration.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, January 7th. At that meeting, Riverdale residents will be given a re-cap of the presentation and discussion that occurred as part of the December 18, 2019 P&Z Meeting and afforded an opportunity to provide their input on whether or not the Phase 1 plat should be accepted and ask questions related to the subdivision of the first phase of the Woods Estates Project.

Following the public hearing, the City Council will hold a special meeting to consider the acceptance of the Phase 1 plat.

 

Agenda and supporting documents

An agenda for the public hearing (and appropriate supporting documents) will be posted to this web page on or before Friday, January 3rd as a convenience to residents and concerned parties.

A complete set of documents for the public hearing is available for viewing at City Hall during regular office hours.

 

Beware of scam text messages offering $1000 gift cards!

Beware of scam text messages offering $1000 gift cards!

Text messages being sent to Riverdale residents informing them they’ve been randomly selected to win a $1,000 gift card from Walmart are a scam. Innocent recipients of the message click on the link in the text and are taken to a website where their phone may become infected with a virus or where they’ll be required to provide personal, identity data in order to receive their prize (which never comes).

It’s a scam that’s been around for nearly ten years, first making news in this Consumer Reports article in 2012.

According to Walmart, the company does not participate in these kinds of promotions. Walmart does give away gift cards to randomly-selected people who participate in their customer service online surveys. Notification to winners comes via certified mail, though, not as a text message over your phone.

Riverdale and the Quad Cities are not the only targets for this scam. Fraudsters are hitting communities and users around the country. Here’s a news update from WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC, on the matter:

Riverdale participates in state-wide tribute to former Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry

Riverdale participates in state-wide tribute to former Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry

The City of Riverdale is participating in a state-wide tribute to former Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry today following the legendary coach’s passing. Coach Fry was 90 years old.

Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday, December 20, 2019. According to a news release from Governor Reynolds’s office, flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.

“Hayden Fry was an Iowa coaching legend who left it all on the field in every game, practice, and in all aspects of his life,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Born a Texan, he quickly earned his place among the greatest Iowans, by carrying Hawkeye football to new heights and connecting with our state on a level only few have. During the depths of the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, he popularized the ‘America Needs Farmers’ movement, showing farmers and rural America that he stood by them. Iowans always stood with Hayden Fry, and now they will honor his legacy and always remember him as a model for how coaches should be.”

A video tribute to Coach Fry ran on the Big10 Network. You can watch a clip of the segment below:

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

Public hearings on the Phase 1 plat for Woods Estates set

Dates for the public hearings on the final plat for Phase 1 of Woods Estates of Riverdale have been set. The following letter went to households and property owners located within 1,000 of the plat under review/consideration:

Public Hearing:
Notice of Consideration for Final Plat Approval
for the Woods Estates Subdivision in Riverdale

You are being sent this notice of a Riverdale Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing and City Council Public Hearing since you reside or own property that is within 1,000 feet, more or less, of the proposed Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision Phase 1. These hearings will be held as noted below, and you are welcome to attend one or both and to be heard during the public hearings portion of the meetings.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF RIVERDALE, IOWA
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
FINAL PLAT REVIEW
WOODS ESTATES SUBDIVISION

Notice is hereby given that the Riverdale Planning & Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the request for approval of the final plat of Phase 1 for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive, Riverdale, Iowa 52722.

Notice is hereby given that the Riverdale City Council will also conduct a public hearing to consider the request for approval of the final plat of Phase 1 for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive, Riverdale, Iowa 52722.

These hearing are both to be held pursuant to Sections 25.04 and 27.03 of the Riverdale Subdivision Ordinance and Chapter 362.3 of the Iowa Code, for the purpose of determining that the final plat and plans meet the minimum requirements of the City’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

All interested persons are invited to appear and be heard at the time and places listed above. Interested persons are also encouraged to submit written comments on these proposals to the City of Riverdale, Zoning Administrator, by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 for the Planning and Zoning Meeting and Thursday, January 2, 2020 for the City Council Meeting. Additional information is available at riverdaleiowa.com or from the Zoning Administrator by calling (563) 355-2511.

To review all of the material provided for review by the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, click here (please note: the web page will be updated as more material becomes available).

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (12-10-19)

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

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last regular City Council Meeting of the calendar year.

Please check back to this page on the website for further updates:

 

  • The packet of information for City Council Members can be downloaded in full (in two parts): Part I  |  Part II

 

  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on January 14, 2020.

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.

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting scheduled for 12-09-19

A meeting of the City of Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, December 9th at City Hall.

The meeting is a planned work session for the Commission to discuss, in general terms, about their role in the final plat review and approval process for the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision which they will be conducting over the next three to six weeks (approximately).

The meeting is not going to include any deliberations about recommending or not recommending approval of the final plat by the City Council – but rather will make city attorneys available to the Commission so they can ask questions about their responsibilities, what to expect at the public hearing and how to work through the review/recommendation process.

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

 

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (11-26-19)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 26th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Documents to be reviewed at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting include:

 

  • A complete copy of the packet of information provided to City Council Members can be found here.

 

  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on December 10, 2019.

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.

Public hearing on acceptance of phase 1 plat for Woods Estates of Riverdale set for Tuesday, 01/07

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting (11-24-19)

There will be a town hall meeting in the Community Room at City Hall on Sunday, November 24 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.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST TOWN HALL MEETING OF THE YEAR.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

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

DATE:    Sunday November 24, 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:
    • Snow Removal/Management
    • Fiber Optic Service Update
    • Woods Estate Update
    • Budget Intake Sessions
    • Havens Acres/MRT Status Update
    • Other Capital Projects Scheduled for 2020
    • Christmas Tree Lighting
    • City Calendar
    • Website Enhancements
  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!

Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15 pm.

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (11-12-19)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, November 12th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

Please check back to this page on the website for further updates:

  • The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here.
  • Minutes of the last meeting (10-22-19) can be found here.
  • A copy of the warrants that are proposed to be paid can be found here.
  • A current treasurer’s report can be found here.
  • Correspondence from MSA Professional Services include:
    • A letter on the sanitary sewer manhole tests conducted at Woods Estates (11-04-19)
    • A memo on Riverdale’s appeal to FEMA for mapping the Havens Acres Neighborhood (11-05-19)
  • Correspondence concerning the Woods Estates Development:
    • A progress report on the Woods Estates development will be posted here as soon as it is prepared.
    • A copy of the current SWPP report can be found here.
    • A memo from the City Administrator concerning approval of the Woods Estates Subdivision Plat (11-06-19) can be found here.
  • A copy of the revisions to Ordinance #210 (Ordinance 2019-210) can be found here.
  • A copy of the revisions to Ordinance #211 (Ordinance 2019-211) can be found here.
  • Resolutions to be considered by the City Council include:
    • Resolution 2019-44: Cancellation of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting for December 24, 2019
    • Resolution 2019-45: Authorization of hiring an interim employee to assist the Mayor and Council with preparation of the FY21 City Budget
    • Resolution 2019-46: Appvoal of a professional services agreement with MSA for MS4 Stormwater Sewer Permit Engineering, Administration and Technical Assistance
    • Resolution 2019-47: Approval of a professional services agreement with MSA for the Fieldcrest Road Stormwater Project
    • Resolution 2019-48: Approval of an amendment to the current professional services agreement with MSA for the Havens’ Acres Roadway Improvement Project
    • Resolution 2019-49: Authorization of a 28E Agreement with EICC/SCC for reimbursement of snow removal costs on College Drive
    • Resolution 2019-50: Consideration of a quote for asphalt overlay and other driveway/apron fixes at the Riverdale Fire Station
  • The current period’s Public Works/Maintenance Report can be found here.
  • A memo from the City Administrator suggesting regular P&Z Meeting dates for 2020 can be found here.
  • Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on November 26, 2019.

 

  • A complete packet of material delivered to City Council Members can be found here.

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.