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Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale needs a helping hand – or two.

Riverdale’s new city administrator, Kent Royster, announced that he was moving forward with the Council-approved plan to hire part-time, summer help – but rather than lending a hand in the office, “Kent’s Crew” will be taking on a long list of projects outside.

City Administrator, Kent Royster

“While we’ve got contractors working on a variety of large projects related to sewers and streets, Riverdale’s go-to maintenance guy, George Miller, has a huge To-Do list of projects and isn’t able to get a lot of smaller things done to help keep our gardens and parks vibrant and city grounds picked up,” explains Mr. Royster.

“We’re looking for two or three people who are willing to work around twenty hours a week (weather permitting) on a variety of projects that will keep them outside and making Riverdale look great,” he continued. “The jobs are entry-level and will pay $7.50/hour – so, great for teenagers or kids home from college.”

The City will be accepting applications from anyone over the age of 16 (with a valid driver’s license) and the jobs will run through the month of August – allowing for the start of school and other activities. You can click here to download an application.

And if you see something you think needs to be cleaned up or fixed in town, let us know by filling out our online form for Maintenance Work Orders.

Hours to change at City Hall

Hours to change at City Hall

Effective Monday, July 6, Riverdale City Hall will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. The change in hours corresponds with the recent hiring of a new City Administrator and Deputy Clerk for the City, both of whom will be working full-time with the start of the new fiscal year.

Although staff will be working at City Hall from 8am to 5pm, the building will be open to the general public starting at 10am each day. This allows staff to meet and organize their work-days accordingly. The public is able to meet with staff before 10am, but must call ahead and make an appointment to do so.

The general number for City Hall is: 563-355-2511.

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for Sunday, June 21st at 2pm.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall and online.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Meeting To Be Held in the Community Room at City Hall and Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:    Sunday June 21st, 2020
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

THE MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING IS A PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION FOR THE MAYOR, RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO INFORM RESIDENTS, ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO GATHER INPUT ABOUT CITY ISSUES AFFECTING THE RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE.

Agenda:

1. Welcome

2. Current Issues:

A. MRT/DCBT Connector Route Discussion
B. Erosion Problems on Manor Drive Hill
C. Sanitary Sewer Rates
D. Wood Estates Phase II
E. Meals-To-Go Program

3. Comments/Questions from the Public

4. Adjourn

An official version of the agenda can be viewed on the public notice bulletin boards in the City or in staff offices at City Hall during regular business hours.

Please come with your thoughts, comments and fresh ideas!

See you then!

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on Sun, June 21, 2020 (from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) online, just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/569793517 to download the app.

For the first time in two and a half years, we had no one attend the town hall meeting, so Mayor Mike Bawden created a video update regarding each item in the agenda.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, June 23rd at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall (maximum capacity is 25 people).

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development

New Ordinance to the Riverdale City Code:

  • Second Reading of new sections to the Code for the City of Riverdale (Sections 95.301 – 95.307) establishing a Sewer/Utility Review Committee.

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • A Resolution approving the employment agreement for the position of Deputy Clerk for the City of Riverdale.
  • A Resolution authorizing the engagement of MSA Engineering Services to oversee the installation of a gate on the fence along the south sidewalk of the walking path attached to the Hwy 67 bridge over Duck Creek.
  • A Resolution authorizing the engagement of MSA Engineering Services to assess the state of the storm water sewer running on the west side of Manor Drive hill.

Discussion of various items include:

    • Staffing plan considerations once full-time staff is on-board by July 6, 2020
    • Changing operating hours for City Hall as of July 6, 2020
    • Creating a drop-off site at City Hall for community e-waste
    • Accounting services mid-year review
    • FY20 budget amendments update
    • Progress on alternative trail connector routes with the City of Bettendorf, Iowa DOT, QC-area biking and running clubs
    • Drainage concerns at the intersection of Hwy 67 and the SCC entrance
    • Hosting a virtual 4th of July on social media
    • Parks and trails survey progress
    • SCC master planning update
    • Meals-to-Go progress report

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members wil be uploaded on Sunday.  

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

A report from the mayor covering administrative work over the last two weeks will be uploaded on Sunday.

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

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Tue-Thu) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Special Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6pm

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, June 16th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall. 

Per guidelines set by the Mayor (in light of the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis), attendance at the meeting will be limited to no more than twenty people (including Council and advisors). The second half of the meeting will be conducted in closed session at the request of the candidate being interviewed for the position of Deputy Clerk.

Agenda

This meeting will cover items related to the appointment of personnel to full-time staff positions with the City. The items covered as part of the Council’s public meeting include:

  • A MOTION to approve the appointment of the selected candidate for the position of City Administrator/City Clerk and setting the salary for the position;
  • A RESOLUTION officially approving the employment agreement;
  • A MOTION to approve the offer of an employment agreement for the Deputy Clerk position with the City of Riverdale, Iowa to an individual following an evaluation of the interview conducted in closed session; and
  • A MOTION to approve the appointment of the selected candidate to the Deputy Clerk position.
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No other business will be discussed at the meeting. The next regular meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm.

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

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7pm.

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, June 9th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference and with limited attendance in the Community Room at City Hall (maximum capacity is 25 people).

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development
  • An update from the Staff Search and Selection Committee

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • The FIRST READING of a new CITY ORDINANCE establishing a Sewer/Utility Review Committee for the City of Riverdale
  • A Resolution to Compensate Mayor Bawden for Services Provided as Interim City Administrator between March 15 and June 30, 2020
  • A Resolution to Establish a Standard of a Locked Gate Between the MRT and Kensington Street on City Property
  • A Resolutions to Approve a Proposed Study of Pedestrian and Bike Traffic Over the Cement Path Between the MRT and South Kensington Street
  • Resolution to Approve Payment of Outstanding Invoices After June 23 and Before July 1, 2020

Discussion of various items include:

    • A summary of IT equipment repairs needed
    • Updates on mid-year reviews of accounting, groundskeeping/mowing and landscaping services
    • A review of the insurance audit conducted in May
    • An updated schedule for a public hearing and passage of budget amendments for FY20
    • A final review of the Ice Cream Social event held on June 6
    • An update on the Meals-To-Go program
    • A review of new guidelines for park, playground and gathering place usage during the on-going COVID-19 public health crisis

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here.  (101 pages, total)

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

A report from the mayor covering administrative work over the last two weeks can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on June 23, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Tue-Thu) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

MEETING NOTICE: Special Council Meeting called for Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7pm.

A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Thursday evening, June 4th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

This meeting will cover two items on a consent agenda. Those items are:

  • The expansion of the liquor license for My Place to include serving beverages outside; and
  • Approval for residents to serve alcohol at a private party in the Community Room on Friday, June 5.
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No other business will be discussed at the meeting. The next regular meeting of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at 7pm.

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

 

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

Meeting Notice: Special City Council Work Session set for 6pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Riverdale City Council will hold a special work session on Tuesday evening, May 26th at 6pm. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference.

Since the meeting deals with personnel matters and all candidates for the position in question have requested the search committee meet in closed session to keep their identities confidential, a portion of this meeting will take place under Chapter 24.5 (i) of the Code of the State of Iowa and the online public meeting will be terminated shortly after the meeting starts so the Council will be able to go into closed session.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

The general public is able to attend the first part of the meeting (approximately 5-10 minutes), but then the meeting will be moved into closed session in a private chat and the online meeting for the general public will be ended (since we are only able to host one meeting at a time). Once the closed session has wrapped up, the Council will resume its meeting in public, ending shortly before the regular Council Meeting at 7pm.

Please note: a summary of what was discussed at this work session (both public and closed parts) will be discussed in detail during the Council Meeting at 7pm.


 

Agenda

The items and issues to be discussed as part of this meeting include:

Presentations to the City Council by the Search Consultant:

  • A review of key dates in the interview and selection process.
  • A review of the candidates for the city administrator/city clerk position.
  • A review of typical questions asked during the interview process.
  • A review of packet information required for successful interviews.

Serving as the Search Committee, the City Council will discuss the following:

  • Strengths and weaknesses of candidates for the position under consideration.
  • Available dates for online and in-person interviews.
  • Questions for candidates.
  • Ranking of candidates supplied by the Search Consultant.
  • Discussion of items to be included in the draft of the proposed employment agreement.

In addition to a review of candidates, the Search Committee will also:

  • Review questions from the Search Consultant on the deputy clerk position
  • Discuss items for the information packet to candidates

A copy of the full agenda can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted (without identifying information of individual candidates) following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on June 9, 2020.

MEETING NOTICE: Council Meeting called for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7pm.

Meeting Notice: City Council Meeting scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, May 26th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference.

 

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the City Council Meeting on Tue, May 26, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

Among the other issues to be considered and discussed by the City Council:

Presentations to the City Council include:

  • Reports by the Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
  • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
  • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development
  • An update from the Staff Search and Selection Committee

Resolutions addressing the following:

  • The FIRST READING of a new CITY ORDINANCE establishing a Sewer/Utility Review Committee for the City of Riverdale
  • A Resolution to Certify Certain Past Due Sewer Fees as Past Due Taxes and Pursue a Tax Lien on Property in the City of Riverdale
  • A Resolution to Approve Recommendations on Moving Forward with the Staff Search/Selection Process
  • Resolutions to Approve Payments to Contractors on the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project, the Fieldcrest Drainage Way Project (Phase I) and the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project (Phase I)
  • Resolutions to Approve Guidelines for Opening the City’s Parks, Playgrounds and Public Meeting Places in Light of the COVID-19 Outbreak

Discussion of various items include:

    • An update on the Parks & Trails Survey currently underway
    • A quick review of where things stand on a Tree Management Program
    • A final call for tech issues to review as part of the City’s IT Upgrade
    • An update on the Long-Term Budgeting Project kicking off in June
    • A review of the timeline for a Public Hearing and Approval of FY 20 Budget Amendments
    • An update on how things are progressing on the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project
    • An update on modifications being made at City Hall and the Fire Station
    • Information on XStream Clean-Up and how residents can participate
    • Updates on the Ice Cream Social and Community Conversations programs
    • A quick review of recent PPE purchases made through SCEMA
    • Questions for the Council to gauge their interest in a strategic planning process for the fire department
    • An update on the Meals-To-Go program

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

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here (note: the Council Packet is 99 pages in length).

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

A report from the mayor covering administrative work over the last two weeks can be found here.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on June 9, 2020.

* NOTE: If you would like a copy of the Council Packet or Budget Report, please call City Hall during regular business hours (10-5pm, Tue-Thu) and one can be made for you at a cost of $.25 per page.

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2pm

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for (May 24th) at 2pm.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Meeting To Be Held Online via GoToMeeting
Citizens can attend online or via phone.

DATE:    Sunday May 24th, 2020
TIME:    2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

THE MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING IS A PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION FOR THE MAYOR, RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO INFORM RESIDENTS, ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TO GATHER INPUT ABOUT CITY ISSUES AFFECTING THE RESIDENTS OF RIVERDALE.

Agenda:

1. Welcome

2. Current Issues:

A. MRT fence in Havens Acres 
B. Sanitary sewer work on Fenno to start on 05/26 
C. Administrative/staff search next steps 
D. Budget amendments to the FY 20 budget 
E. Meals-to-Go program 
F. Proposed guidelines for parks, playgrounds and community meeting spaces

3. Comments/Questions from the Public

4. Adjourn

An official version of the agenda can be viewed on the public notice bulletin boards in the City or in staff offices at City Hall during regular business hours.

Please come with your thoughts, comments and fresh ideas!

See you then!

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on Sun, May 24, 2020 (from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: 569-793-517

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3212 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just go to: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/569793517 to download the app.

Riverdale’s playgrounds and community room will remain closed through May.

Riverdale’s playgrounds and community room will remain closed through May.

I’ve just posted this to the bulletin boards in Riverdale. Please take a moment to read it …

One month ago, I decided to extend the shutdown of the parks, playgrounds, and community room for the City of Riverdale through today, May 15, 2020. At that time, I said that the shutdown would be extended if, in my opinion, the health and well-being of the community could be adversely affected by the unintended spread of COVID-19 should groups of citizens gather at a public meeting spot.

I’m sorry to say that even though some cities and counties in Iowa have chosen to re-open parks and community spaces, neither the state nor Scott County have seen a decline in COVID-19 cases for 14 days in a row (in fact, cases in Scott County are rising slowly) and as a result, I’ve decided to continue keeping the City’s playgrounds and community room closed to the public.  I will re-visit this decision again at the end of the Month (May 31st) and will update the public via email, our website and public postings.

Recognizing the need for our residents to move and get out of the house, however, I am authorizing the use of city parks and trails for hiking, dog-walking and similar activities as long as residents maintain a minimum of six feet of distance between groups (hiking with your family members as a group is fine). Please do not linger in places. Keep moving and keep your distance.

In the meantime, I will be working with residents and members of the City Council to come up with guidelines that will allow the limited use of our playgrounds and community room. I hope to present these guidelines at our next City Council Meeting on May 26th.

It’s my hope these guidelines will limit the possibility of viral spread between people in our public spaces – but will allow residents to enjoy the benefits of friendship and fellowship with their neighbors.

Please continue to follow developments of this and other Riverdale-related news on our website: www.riverdaleiowa.com and through our weekly e-newsletter.

Stay safe and healthy – we’ll be seeing you soon!

Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2pm

Meeting Notice: Search Committee to meet one hour prior to Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

Chair Kelly Krell has called a meeting of the City’s Staff Search and Selection Committee to convene the hour before the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6pm. 

The agenda is open to the public and will be held online using the City of Riverdale’s GoToMeeting account.

Attending the Meeting Online

To attend the meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM), just join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone by clicking on the button or this link. You can access the meeting by using the access code: (872) 240-3212

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (224) 501-3412 and use the access code (569-793-517) when prompted.

Please Note: It’s highly recommended you get the GoToMeeting app and install it on your computer before the meeting starts so you’ll be ready when we begin.

Just Click Here to download the app.

Agenda

According to this agenda, prepared by the Consultant, it looks like the committee will have a full meeting:

I.  Call to order

A.  Attendance
B.  Reminder of meeting roles and participation

II.  Public comment

III.  Review of proposed candidate benefits

A. Salary and employment agreement
B. Automobile options
C. Vacation
D. Sick leave
E. Insurance
F. Moving allowance
G. Supplemental living allowance
H. Severance package
I. Retirement plan
J. Performance evaluation
K. House hunting expenses
L. Professional association dues
M. Professional education and continuing education
N. Miscellaneous conditions
O. Candidate(s) travel expenses for final review

IV.  Public comment

V.  Adjournment

 Support Documentation

A hard copy of this agenda can be downloaded here. Minutes from the last meeting can be found here.