How was the first plow of the new year? We want to know.

How was the first plow of the new year? We want to know.

Well, the first snow of the year hit us a little early – but thanks to our friends in the public works department at The City of Bettendorf, our streets were plowed and cleared on time and as promised.

But what did you think of the service? Please take a minute and answer this 4-question survey so we can use the feedback as part of a meeting officials from the City of Riverdale will be having with Bettendorf public works management as we discuss how the plowing and snow removal services are provided in the future.

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With snow in the forecast – there is a plan for Riverdale.

With snow in the forecast – there is a plan for Riverdale.

At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting (10-22-19), the Council gave their go-ahead to City Administrator Tim Long to finalize arrangements with the City of Bettendorf for snow plowing and removal services this winter. The Bettendorf City Council is expected to review that the proposed 28-E agreement and provide their approval at their next meeting, in early November. Similarly, the board of Scott Community College is expected to review and approve a separate agreement with Riverdale to assure reimbursement for snow plowing and removal services provided by Bettendorf.

And then the weather turned.

The National Weather Service has now issued snow advisories for the next three nights (October 28, 29 and 30) and accumulations on roadways are a distinct possibility.

Based upon this information, the City of Riverdale has already been in contact with the Bettendorf Public Works department to discuss how the situation will be handled. In response, City Administrator Tim Long sent this email to the mayor and members of the City Council:

“Bettendorf’s director of public works confirmed this morning that if they are called out for snow tonight,  they will cover Riverdale under the terms of the agreement. Brian Schmidt also shared that their city Council was fully on board with this, and anticipated full approval at their next meeting.”

Similar conversations are underway at the moment with Scott Community College and we anticipate their acknowledgement of the situation and agreement to reimburse the City for their snow removal expenses if incurred this week.

Some things to keep in mind about snow and ice removal

Looking at the established snow and ice control policy for the City of Bettendorf (which will apply to Riverdale now, as well), it’s important to know the following:

1. Snow and ice control crews are called for duty by the Bettendorf Police Department when, in their opinion, streets are or will become hazardous.

2. The main objective for the plowing and salting of streets is: 1) arterial streets; 2) collectors; 3) local streets and cul-de-sacs/courts; and finally 4) alleys.

3. Once the main objectives are completed, crews will work on widening travel lanes and parking areas. The eventual objective of snow removal operations shall be bare pavement within twenty four (24) hours after the cessation of snow fall (for average storms of 4-6″).

4. The area between the curb and the lot line are generally used for snow storage. When necessary, snow accumulations will need to be pushed even further from the street edge to allow for additional storage capacity.

5. Crews will not remove snow from private driveways and access roads. Residents are prohibited from plowing or throwing snow from their driveway into city streets.

6. On streets which have mailboxes at the curb, crews shall come as close as possible to the box without damage. The remainder of the snow will be required to be removed by the property owner to insure mail deliveries. 

7. Residents are required to remove snow from around fire hydrants and to limit parking on streets until snow is pushed to the curb.

8. In the event a resident has a concern or issue about snow and ice control efforts around their home (e.g. your mailbox gets hit by a plow), please contact Riverdale’s public works/maintenance person to lodge your complaint. He will follow up with Bettendorf Public Works Department and coordinate a response. Using this email form is probably the best way to log your issue.

Once the final agreement is in place with the City of Bettendorf, we will publish a more complete outline of the agreement and guide for residents on the City’s website.

With snow in the forecast – there is a plan for Riverdale.

Council initiates process for securing snow removal services for 2019-20.

At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council authorized the administration to begin the process of soliciting multi-year proposals for the removal of snow and ice during the winter months.

You can read Resolution #2019-33 as well as an initial draft of the request for services quote by clicking here.

Council member, Anthony Heddlesten, will spearhead the effort along with City Administrator, Tim Long. There are currently a number of options on the table the City will review, but the hope is that no matter the final “scope of work” there will be way of fairly evaluating the contractor’s performance that will result in the contract renewing automatically rather than requiring the City to go through a new RFP/Contract Award process again.

Among the issues the City has to take into consideration in this contract for services are:

•  the projected growth of the Woods Estates development and what that will mean in terms of additional road requiring plowing;

•  agreement(s) the City may already have in place with Bettendorf to “brine” hillside roads like Fenno Road in advance of coming snows to reduce the ability of snow to accumulate too rapidly.

•  any interest there may be from Scott Community College or the PV School District to combine snow removal needs into one, master contract in order to scale the project to a size that will yield a cost savings to all parties.

•  the establishment of some kind of feedback mechanism for residents to use when they see a problem or haven’t seen a plow within the specified window of service as outlined in the contract.

Have any questions?

If you have thoughts or questions on this subject, please feel free to leave them in the comments section, below.