Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for (March 22nd) 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 March 22, 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. FY 21 Budget Q&A (for a detailed budget breakdown, click here)

B. Future public meetings while dealing with COVID-19

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, Mar 22, 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: 722-789-837

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (872) 240-3412 and use the access code (722-789-837) 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/722789837 to download the app.

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, March 24th 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 and FY 21 Budget Public Hearing on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 (from 7:00 PM – 10:00 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: 713-435-397

Not comfortable joining online? You can dial into the meeting with your phone, just call: (646) 749-3112 and use the access code (713-435-397) 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/713435397 to download the app.

Agenda

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

A Public Hearing on the FY 21 Budget

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

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Consideration of a 28E Agreement with Scott Community College for a Joint Contract for Lawn Mowing Services (tabled from our previous Council Meeting)
    • Consideration of a Professional Services Agreement with MSA to manage the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project
    • Consideration of Approval and Certification of the Proposed FY 21 Budget for the City of Riverdale
    • Consideration of a Proposed Delay of the April 4th Egg Hunt
    • Consideration of a Proposed Budget Reduction for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation (Phase I) project

Discussion of various items include:

    • An update on the Parks & Trails Needs Assessment Project
    • Next steps on boundary fence construction along the MRT in Riverdale
    • Next steps on improvements to the parking lot on Bellingham Road to encourage more bike riders to use the MRT loop around Havens Acres
    • An update on the Invasive Plants Audit conducted by Quercus
    • Status of IT Upgrades being made by the City
    • Update on City Hall staffing/personnel search
    • Discussion of activities undertaken by the City in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
    • A review of the State’s review of Riverdale’s FY 19 Annual Financial Report and records
    • A review of the City’s insurance costs for the coming year
    • A review of additional accounting/finance projects the City faces in the coming months
    • Possible next steps to be taken to provide relief to small businesses in Riverdale distressed by the COVID-19 outbreak
    • Next steps on the Citywide Clean-up on April 18
    • Review of pre-construction meetings held in the past two weeks
    • Discussion of possible e-waste recycling drop off service provided by the City
    • An update on the Landscaping Program awarded to Quercus
    • Expected census activities of note in March and April
    • Next steps needed for Tour de Brew (May)
    • Next steps to be taken to ensure the City is ready for flooding this spring
    • Next steps to be taken with regard to nuisance property in the Fenno Hill neighborhood

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. (Please note, this file is approximately 5 MB.)

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

Meeting minutes can be found here.

Final public intake session on FY 21 budget set for Thursday, March 19

Final public intake session on FY 21 budget set for Thursday, March 19

Mayor Mike Bawden announced that the final public intake session on the FY21 budget will be held Thursday afternoon (March 19) at City Hall. The meeting will start at 4:30 and is scheduled to end by 6pm.

The public intake session will include going through the budget memo prepared by the Mayor and shared with members of the City Council last week. Citizens will be invited to ask questions and suggest additions and/or modifications to the proposed budget during the meeting.

A final, edited version of the budget dialogue and budget document will be reviewed with residents at the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting on Sunday March 22 (at 2pm) and then again at the Budget Public Hearing scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, March 24. The public hearing will be part of the City Council’s regular meeting.

Following the public hearing, the Council will consider adopting the FY 21 budget – taking the comments from the public hearing into consideration. At last year’s meeting of the City Council, the Council agreed to further reduce the tax levy for the coming year based on feedback from citizens at the preceding public hearing.

The current budget calls for a $.33/thousand increase in the general levy and the use of approximately $160,000 in additional funds from the City’s General Fund Reserve for the coming year.

The draft copy of the Budget Memo (including the budget) can be found here.

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (03-10-20)

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

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

Presentations to the City Council include:

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

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Consideration of a Proposal to Address Erosion in the Drainage Way off of Fieldcrest Road (Fieldcrest Phase 1 Drainage Work)
    • Consideration of a Proposal to Establish a Utilities/Sewer Commission for the City of Riverdale
    • Consideration of a 28E Agreement with Scott Community College for a Joint Contract for Lawn Mowing Services
    • Consideration of a Proposal to Engage a Consultant to Assist the City in Hiring Full-time Staff
    • Consideration of a Proposal to Purchase New Knox KeySecure System(s) for RFD Fire Trucks

Discussion of various items include:

    • A third and final reading of Ordinance #2020-01 – Changes to the Positions of City Administrator, Clerk, Treasurer, Mayor
    • An update on the Parks & Trails Needs Assessment Project
    • Next steps on boundary fence construction and creation of directional signage along the MRT in Riverdale and entrances to Riverdale currently located in Bettendorf
    • Status of IT Upgrades being made by the City
    • Staffing City Hall – review of public meetings held since the last City Council meeting (February 25)
    • Progress report on FY 21 budgeting
    • Update on the status of the TIF agreement with Arconic
    • Review of the Campus Master Planning Workshop at SCC on March 3
    • Announcement of Citywide Clean-up on April 18
    • Discussion of Staff Reporting formats
    • Expected census activities of note in March and April
    • Call for volunteers to help with the Riverdale Egg Hunt (April 4)
    • Plans for Tour de Brew (May)

 

A copy of the amended agenda and support documents for the meeting can be found here. A copy of the original agenda for the meeting can be found by clicking here.

A copy of the information packet sent to Council Members can be found here. (Please note, this file is approximately 4MB.)

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

Meeting minutes can be found here.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

City staff expectations and qualifications discussion set for Sunday

The search committee designated by the City Council will be meeting in Council Chambers at 2pm on Sunday to discuss whether or not a search consultant should be retained to conduct a search for the two, full-time positions planned to start on July 1 (at the beginning of our next fiscal year). In addition to that discussion, the committee will also discuss the titles, roles, responsibilities and job descriptions for those positions.

The meeting is open to the public and will be chaired by the head of the search committee, Council Member Kelly Krell.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

Public intake session on City Staffing scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 6pm

The City Council has scheduled a public intake session to hear citizen comments concerning staffing levels, duties, costs and hours of operation to start July 1. The session is scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at 6pm at City Hall.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION:
RE: CITY HALL STAFFING AND OPERATIONS
Riverdale City Hall, 110 Manor Drive
Community Room

DATE:    Monday, March 2, 2020
TIME:    6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

THIS MEETING IS A PUBLIC INTAKE SESSION FOR THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FORMED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF RIVERDALETHE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO GATHER INPUT FROM RESIDENTS CONCERNING THE CITY’S GENERAL OPERATIONS AND STAFFING LEVELS AS OF JULY 1, 2020.

Agenda:

Review of Agenda

Presentation of challenges facing City Hall

Recap of Council Member research and feedback

Outline of possible solutions

Comments/Questions from the Public

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.

Winter storm predicted to hit Tuesday

Winter storm predicted to hit Tuesday

A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for Scott County running Monday night through early Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations could add up to 8+ inches.

According to the national weather service …

HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE TUESDAY THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY… .A SLOW MOVING WINTER STORM WILL BRING SNOW ACROSS EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS MONDAY NIGHT, WHICH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. PRECIPITATION WILL START OUT AS RAIN DURING THE DAY TODAY, WHICH WILL CHANGE TO LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT. SNOW MAY BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES, ESPECIALLY TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. INCREASING NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS MAY CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING.

What you should do

Keep in mind, we’ve published helpful articles about how to prepare for an on-coming snow storm here and here. But lest you forget, it’s really helpful if you get your cars off the street and into your driveways (or garages) so the plows can move as much snow as possible.

And if you’re planning on shoveling the heavy, wet stuff, here are some tips on how to save your back and make sure you don’t wear yourself out (or bring on a heart attack) in the process.

Stay warm. Stay safe. Remember, the official start of spring is less than a month away!

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (02-25-20)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, February 25th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

The meeting will include a public hearing to discuss the maximum tax levy to be considered by the City as it prepares its FY 21 budget for adoption in March.

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

Presentations to the City Council include:

    • Reports by the City Administrator, Fire Chief and Maintenance Department
    • Presentation by Board Members of the Scott County Library 
    • City Engineer’s Progress Report on a variety of projects
    • Status Report from Woods Construction & Development

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Authorization to proceed with bidding the Fieldcrest Phase I Drainage Work.
    • Approval of Addendum #2 to the Woods Estates Development Agreement (re: Final Dates for Public Improvement Completion)
    • Authorization to Proceed with Bidding Havens Acres/MRT Fence

Discussion of various items include:

    • A second reading of Ordinance #2020-01 – Changes to the Positions of City Administrator, Clerk, Treasurer, Mayor
    • An update on the Parks & Trails Needs Assessment Project
    • Next steps on moving forward with creating a bike-friendly space in the parking lot on Bellingham Road, near the MRT
    • Changing directional signage along the MRT in Riverdale and entrances to Riverdale currently located in Bettendorf
    • Status of IT Upgrades being made by the City
    • Staffing City Hall – including setting dates for public input, creation of a search committee and determining a start date for new employees
    • Progress report on FY 21 budgeting
    • Update on the status of the TIF agreement with Arconic
    • Progress with development of a joint mowing contract with SCC
    • Information on the Campus Master Planning Workshop at SCC on March 3
    • Sanitary sewer system developments; formation of a sewer/utilities commission for the City
    • Expected census activities of note in March and April

 

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. (Please note, this file is approximately 16MB.)

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

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on March 10, 2020.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday (March22nd) at 2pm.

Meeting Notice: Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting set for Sunday, February 23 at 2pm

The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for (February 23rd) at 2pm in Community Room at City Hall.

The agenda for the meeting follows:

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

DATE:    Sunday February 23, 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:

Welcome

Current Issues:

  1. Woods Estates Progress Report
  2. Fiber Optic Install/MetroNet Presentation
  3. FY 21 Budget Status Report
  4. Discussion of 02/25 Max Levy Hearing

Comments/Questions from the Public

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!

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (02-11-20)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, February 11th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

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

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Authorization of expenses related to the Mayor’s trip to Washington, DC as part of the MRCTI Conference in March
    • Authorization of retaining Quercus for Landscape Maintenance Work from 2020 – 2022
    • Authorization of extending the approval of the Preliminary Plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision
    • Authorization for MSA Professional Services to Proceed with bidding the first phase of the drainage work required for the Fieldcrest Drainage Way.

Discussion of various items include:

    • Integration of Riverdale’s Parks & Trails Needs Assessment with the Campus Master Planning work currently underway at SCC
    • Update on progress with the budget for FY 21
    • Update on progress with finalizing the TIF agreement with Arconic
    • Review of where things stand with the boundary fence project between Havens Acres and the MRT
    • Discussion of setting up a Utilities Commission to address sewer infrastructure work and sewer rates
    • Discussion of how the City will address mowing this spring-summer-fall
    • Review of public library options available to residents from SCC vs current library services received from the Scott County Library Association
    • Determination of next steps required to co-sponsor a 4th of July fireworks show on the river with East Moline

 

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.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on February 25, 2020.

February 25 set as date for “max levy” public hearing for FY 21 property taxes

February 25 set as date for “max levy” public hearing for FY 21 property taxes

(Update: 01-29-20) The Riverdale City Council approved the notice of the “max levy” public hearing as part of its regularly scheduled meeting on February 25, 2020. For those who want to learn more about the structure of the City’s tax levy, current status of the FY 21 budget and process used to review and approve both, a public information session will be held as part of the regularly scheduled Town Hall meeting on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2pm in the Community Room at City Hall.

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(Original Story: 01-25-20) A public hearing required under a new Iowa law, to establish a “ceiling” on the upcoming property tax levy for the coming year, will likely be held on February 25th (pending final approval from the City Council at its meeting on January 28th).

“The State of Iowa has established a new process for cities to follow for budgeting,” explained Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter. “Riverdale, just like the other 720+ cities in the State of Iowa, is required to hold a public hearing to inform residents of the maximum possible tax levy that may be issued for the coming fiscal year. Following that public hearing, the City will then have to schedule a second public hearing in March to review the budget and present the actual tax levy for the coming year (which will have to be equal to or lower than the “max levy” presented at the first hearing).”

In order to accommodate the second public hearing and additional notice period required (a period of up to 20 days), the State gave all of its cities a 16-day extension for filing budgets with their respective counties (from March 15th to March 31st).

“The public hearing for the “maximum levy” will be held as part of the regular City Council meeting set for February 25th at 7pm in Council Chambers,” explained Administrator Kotter. She noted the actual public hearing date still needs to be approved by the Council at Tuesday’s meeting (January 28th), but did not foresee any problems with gaining the needed okays.

Possible Sticker Shock

The administrator cautioned about reading too much into the initial information provided to the City Council to enable them to set a date for the “max levy” public hearing.

“If you’re just thumbing through the paperwork for our next City Council meeting, you’ll see the resolution for the “max levy” hearing includes a worksheet with a huge increase in the levy (up over 100%).” Administrator Kotter continued, “As the mayor and I work on putting the budget together, we do not expect the levy to be at that level when the budget is presented to the Council in March – but that number shows you what the tax rate would be if we increased the Regular General levy from where we are ($4.35823/thousand) to the maximum allowed by law ($8.10/thousand) and added in additional tax revenue to cover benefits related to staffing.”

The way the deadlines work with the State of Iowa, the decision was made to present a “worst-case scenario” for the “max levy” public hearing and stay focused on crafting a responsible, 0-based budget for FY21 (in accordance with a proposal presented by the mayor as part of the Council’s January 5th planning work session).

“The City of Riverdale is on solid ground financially,” said Administrator Kotter. “But while we won’t be anywhere near a “worst-case scenario” with our budget, by presenting it at the public hearing and having a conversation with Council Members and residents as part of that meeting, we leave all of our options open and can be more responsive as we work out the final budget in the weeks that follow.”

Next Steps

Once the date for the public hearing is approved by the City Council, the City will place an ad in the local paper and continue working on the FY21 budget in order to be able to provide as much information as possible on the status of the budget at the February 25th meeting. Two public intake meetings have already been held and the City Council has established some desired action items for the coming year as part of its goal-setting session on January 5th – all information needed to formulate a budget for the coming fiscal year.

The mayor and administrator still plan to facilitate at least one more public meeting with citizens interested in a more in-depth review and discussion of the budget while it’s being created for presentation to the City Council in March. The date for that meeting will be announced on-line, via social media and email and notices will be posted in public spaces at some point in the near future.

 

Regular City Council Meeting (03-24-20)

Meeting Notice: Regular City Council Meeting (01-28-20)

A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, January 28th at 7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at Riverdale City Hall.

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

 

Resolutions addressing the following:

    • Modification of the City’s cash management policy to allow staff to make change for residents when they pay fees at the counter in City Hall;
    • Authorization of additional hours for Interim City Administrator Lisa Kotter;
    • Execution of construction contracts for road improvements in Havens Acres and various sanitary sewer improvements;
    • Acceptance of public improvements associated with Phase I of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision;
    • Execution of an agreement for accounting and bookkeeping services from an outside service provider; and
    • Establishing a date for a public hearing to present and review the maximum tax levy the City may consider when finalizing its FY’21 budget.

Discussion of various items include:

    • Proposed changes for staffing and hours of operation for City Hall;
    • Adoption of a COSESCO permitting process and related ordinance;
    • Review of process and deadlines associated with the City’s FY’21 budget;
    • Further discussion of cash management policy changes currently under consideration; and an
    • Update on the short-term and long-term plans for stabilizing the drainage way near Fieldcrest Drive.

 

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.

Meeting minutes will be posted following their approval at the following meeting of the City Council on February 11, 2020.