City to conduct sewer study

City to conduct sewer study

The Riverdale City Council voted to authorize the City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Consultants, to begin the process of supervising a video inspection of the City’s sanitary sewer lines. The inspection, conducted by the Bettendorf Public Works department, will help identify breaks in the sanitary sewer line where stormwater and other chemicals can mix with the raw sewage and, more importantly, where the raw sewage might be able to seep out into the ground surrounding the sewer line.

Assessing the state of the sewer lines in the City is important because Davenport, Bettendorf, Panorama Park and Riverdale are all entering into a negotiation concerning the joint sewer lines owned and managed by the four cities. Each city pays for its section of the sewer line (which eventually runs into the waste treatment facility in West Davenport) according to the amount of material flowing through the line.

In short, the tighter and more secure the line, the less material mixes with the sewage and the less “flow” coming from the City. Lower flow means lower costs.

If we’re able to share video from the inspection, we’ll be posting it to this webpage. In the meantime, here’s the best sewer inspection video we could find on YouTube …

City-wide cleanup set for October 20th

City-wide cleanup set for October 20th

UPDATE (October 6, 2018)
Residents are advised that bulky waste pick-ups are scheduled to start at 7am on Saturday, October 20th. In order to make sure your bulky waste is picked up that day, please have it out the night before.

At the Mayor’s Town Hall meeting on September 23, Council Member Anthony Heddlesten announced that he was working out the details for a citywide clean-up day on October 20th.

Council Member Heddlesten said he had already contacted the Waste Commission of Scott County about helping to provide iLiveHere garbage bags, gloves, tongs and safety vests. The vests, tongs and left-over materials will need to be returned to the Waste Commission after the event.

The date for the citywide clean-up corresponds to the bulky waste pick-up date the City has scheduled with its waste hauler, Republic Services.

Not sure how to get things ready for bulky waste pickup? Republic provides critical information via this corporate video on the subject:

Council Member Kelly Krell said that she hoped to recruit residents to form a team focused on park clean-up that day. If you’re interested in learning more, want to participate in cleaning up your yard and neighborhood, or would like be part of a team cleaning up the City’s parks or roadways, please let us know by clicking here.

City to consider spring road project.

City to consider spring road project.

In a memo dated, September 27, 2018, Mayor Mike Bawden asked the City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, to develop a proposal for up to $650,000 in road repair and maintenance work to begin in the spring of 2019. Funds for the project(s) would come from the unspent reserves in the City’s general fund and from the City’s road use tax fund.

In the memo, the Mayor asked MSA to bring forward a proposal and timeline for a scope of work they feel would yield the “best, long-term impact for the money spent.” The Mayor asked particular attention be paid to the streets in the Havens Acres neighborhood:

“I’ll be proposing the Council consider allocating $600 – $650,000 toward those projects, with a specific  interest in creating a long-term solution to the road repair issues we seem to be facing with regularity in the Havens Acres neighborhood.”

MSA was asked to make a presentation to the Council at or before its first meeting in November (11/13/18) so members could consider the recommendation and pass a resolution to begin the project in time for construction to start the following spring.

A copy of the memorandum to MSA can be found by clicking here.

Winter road preparations underway for the City of Riverdale

Winter road preparations underway for the City of Riverdale

The City Council began a general discussion about the nature of Riverdale’s snow removal plans and the current state of the City’s contract with the contractor handling snow removal this coming season.

It seems every winter there are complaints about speed of service, knocked down mailboxes and cost. Those complaints, in fact, may be inescapable. But this year, the City will proactively meet with the contractor and clarify its expectations of service for the coming season, document those expectations and share them with the community.

In addition to creating greater transparency and a stronger feedback loop on the quality of service, there are two other reasons this approach is warranted:

1. The City Riverdale is working out a cooperative arrangement with the City of Bettendorf to spread brine on Fenno Road Hill prior to approaching snow storms to reduce the accumulation of snow and ice on that street. That will make the hill (which crosses Valley Drive) much safer and should, in theory, cut down on the amount of snowplowing services required in that neighborhood.

2. The City is currently reviewing the work part-time employees do during a weather event to create a more structured plan for snow removal from the MRT and other city-owned/managed property. This is an effort to manage costs and to establish clear responsibilities for both City workers and the contractor.

Look for future updates on the City’s 2018-19 snow removal strategy in coming weeks and months.

UPDATE: Completed Crow Creek sanitary sewer repair and creek stabilization project accepted by SCC

UPDATE: Completed Crow Creek sanitary sewer repair and creek stabilization project accepted by SCC

According to a report given to the Council by Chris Cooper, from MSA Professional Services, both he and the Dean of Operations from Scott Community College have inspected the site work on the location. The work has been deemed acceptable and the City will proceed with releasing the final payment to the contractor who did the work.

The engineering firm retained by the City of Riverdale, MSA Professional Services, advised the City Council that work would soon be underway on the Crow Creek Sanitary Sewer and Crow Creek Stabilization Project (ref. Resolution 2018-16).

The contractor on the project, McClintock Trucking and Excavating, has submitted their bonds and executed the agreement with the City. The bid was $27,597.50 – authorized by the City Council at its March 27, 2018 meeting. The contractor and the City’s Engineer (MSA) have met with Scott Community College to discuss details of access and the project schedule.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of May.

MSA will provide regular progress reports on the project at future council meetings.

Waste Management and Recycling Task Force to meet on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

Waste Management and Recycling Task Force to meet on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

An open public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the City’s waste management contract with Republic Services and to explore options for reducing the cost of that agreement and expanding the community’s efforts to recycle in the future.

The meeting will be chaired by Council Member Anthony Heddlesten and will focus on identifying possible steps the City and its residents can take to affect the costs of waste management and recycling services for the City without degrading the level of service currently enjoyed by its residents.

As currently envisioned, there will be two or three meetings of this Task Force over the coming weeks. The group’s mission is to research and discuss options that will then be presented to Council for discussion and possible action.

The meeting is open to residents of Riverdale and we encourage your participation.

UPDATE: An agenda for the meeting is now available by clicking here.

Stormwater tips for the homeowner

Stormwater tips for the homeowner


With the recent storms of the past few days and the expected rainfall that will be occurring throughout the week, we feel it’s necessary to provide a handy homeowner’s guide for managing stormwater runoff.

You can download your copy of the guide here. (Note: the guide will open in a separate window)

The guide is designed to help homeowners understand what stormwater is, how runoff can become a problem and what you (as a homeowner) can do about it.

The guide is not a substitute for professional design and implementation of stormwater runoff plans, but it should help you become more informed on the general concerns, solutions and practices associated with this issue.

The City will (via its website and e-newsletter) provide educational material on stormwater handling on a regular basis.

A closer look at Duck Creek after this weekend’s rain

A closer look at Duck Creek after this weekend’s rain


Over lunch today, I made a stop down in the Haven’s Acres neighborhood to take a look at Duck Creek and how the neighborhood that shares a shoreline with the creek is faring following this weekend’s storms (plus a few, scattered showers today).

All in all, things seem to be draining pretty well, although I did email George (the City’s Public Works guy and all-around handyman) to see if he could make sure a couple of intakes were free and clear of debris.

The weather forecast for the week has improved since yesterday – with clearing skies in the immediate outlook (Tuesday) followed by showers through the rest of the week – but not quite as bad as earlier. Nonetheless, I thought it was probably a good idea to take some time today to see things firsthand.

I’ve included some pictures of the creek at its current height for the record:

If there are drainage issues due to heavy rains this week, please let me know on my city-supplied phone: 563-949-2056.

Stay dry, everyone!

Have latex paint sitting around the house? There’s a new way to get rid of it.

Have latex paint sitting around the house? There’s a new way to get rid of it.


It’s estimated that the average household has at least two cans of old, unused latex paint sitting around gathering dust in some corner of their home. But why?

People are often confused when it comes to disposing of paint and other building materials. In some cities (Riverdale included), general building material can’t go through the regular waste pick-up and disposal process because of protruding nails, chemicals, glues, and paints.

The Waste Commission of Scott County has recently announced a new, simplified method for disposing of unused and unwanted latex paint cans:

1. Take off the lid.

2. Let the contents dry out.

3. Put the dry contents (and bucket or pail) in your garbage for regular disposal.

A copy of the promotional flyer from the Waste Commission can be downloaded here.

Flyers that provide the same instructions as well as free paint sticks are available for pick-up at City Hall (for as long as supplies last).

See a problem that needs fixing? Let us know!

See a problem that needs fixing? Let us know!

Under a new process outlined for the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, Public Works/Maintenance requests can be filed by citizens online using this Work Order Request Form found on the City’s website.

The form requires citizens to provide their contact information, the location of the issue being reported and a specific description of what they see as needing attention (along with the ability to attach photos or video) and then send that information to the City’s Public Works/Maintenance Person for attention.

The goal is to have a response from the City back to the resident within 2 business days.

This process is all part of a broader initiative to better document and measure the on-going maintenance needs of the City. By tracking the type of jobs performed by the City’s maintenance personnel, the Mayor and City Council can identify areas that may need more attention or investment to fully remedy.

The information will also be used in future contract negotiations with third-party service providers to clarify the expectations and scope of work set forth by the City in future contract negotations.

For now, the Work Order process is being tested and refined. Any comments you may have from your direct experience with the process are welcomed.

Please use the General Contact form on the website to let us know about your experience and recommendations for improvement.

Deer and coyote hunting season in Riverdale begins September 16th.

Deer and coyote hunting season in Riverdale begins September 16th.


UPDATE (08/14/18 @ 10:30 pm): The City Council voted to amend and approve the proposed resolution, delaying the start date of the hunt by a day and clarifying language with regard to how close approved hunters may come to structures located in the community. The revised resolution will be posted to this website when it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Riverdale will be licensing bow hunters to help control the deer and coyote population within the “Special Hunt Areas” designated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources within the city’s limits. The hunt is scheduled to take place this fall and winter, starting on September 16, 2018 (delayed one day because of Riverdale’s Fall Fest) and running through January 12, 2019.

According to the resolution under consideration by the City Council (which is similar to previous resolutions), each hunter must:

  • Obtain a Riverdale Hunting Permit (at $0);
  • Successfully complete an Iowa DNR bow hunter safety education course and proficiency test (taken annually);
  • Hunt in designated areas – and obtain permission from the owner of that parcel in advance;
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any residence, occupied building, church, city park, street and/or roadway (other than municipal property or school property);
  • Hunt during approved/designated hours and days;
  • Use proper field dressing techniques and not leave entrails;
  • Possess all licenses or permits required by the State, County or City;
  • Demonstrate compliance wit these requirements when asked;
  • Present harvested animals at the Spruce Hills Drive Fire Station (in Bettendorf) during specified hours.

A complete copy of the proposed (unmodified) resolution can be found by clicking here.

Republic Services presents request to extend current agreement to 2028

Republic Services presents request to extend current agreement to 2028

Republic Services, the contractor who collects the City’s garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky items, presented to the City Council at its meeting on July 24th and asked the City to consider modifying and extending its current agreement.

The request was presented in the form of a contract extension on the current agreement with the City. The extension would run through May 31, 2028 and would fix set annual increases each year of approximately 3% per year.

Additionally, the contract extension proposed adding a “Recycling Processing Charge” to the City’s monthly invoice on the first of June each year. The charge would reflect changes in commodity pricing, processing rates and/or residual costs. Due to a number of factors, the market for recycled materials has dropped precipitously and making it more difficult for recyclers to remain profitable.

The Council took the proposal under advisement and intends to review the extension along with the existing contract with Republic to determine the long-term financial impact on the City and its residents. The Council will, in all likelihood, make further requests for information from Republic in order to determine what costs impact the rates the City is currently paying the contractor (rates which are among the highest in Scott County, according to both the Contractor and the Waste Commission of Scott County).

They Mayor has also offered to contact the Waste Commission and other small town mayors to allow Riverdale to compare notes on waste and recycling collection costs, processes and procedures in an effort to determine what other options may be available to the City that would result in lower costs and the same, or better, service.