Riverdale to be among the first to receive fiber optic service

Riverdale to be among the first to receive fiber optic service

In a call Thursday evening with MetroNet, Mayor Mike Bawden was informed that Riverdale’s neighborhoods would be among the first in the Quad Cities to receive broadband, fiber optic service from the company when that service goes live in early March.

According to the Metronet representative for Riverdale, Theresa Lemek, the company will be turning it’s service on around March 6th, following two other neighborhoods in Bettendorf that are scheduled to have their service started the week before.

Ms. Lemek explained residents could contact her to select a service package and set an installation date. Her phone number is: 319-631-0841, or you can use the form at the bottom of this page which will automatically contact her via email.

Ms. Lemek will also attend the next Mayor’s Town Hall meeting which is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday, February 23rd in the Community Room at City Hall.

Priced Competitively

According to Ms. Lemek, the prices for internet access, home phone service and cable / TV service from Metronet is priced competitively with other carriers like Mediacom. There are also special offers for pre-launch sign-ups ( not available online) and accepting paperless billing / autopay as well as contract buyout options, etc.

Internet access costs about the same as Mediacom (around $60-$65 / month) but speeds are symmetrical (upload and download speeds are the same), speeds are guaranteed and there are no data limits. Home phone service over the fiber is relatively inexpensive (around $10 / month) but is free for two years to new customers who either purchase internet or TV services with it, excluding taxes and fees. Cable / TV service is about the same cost as what is currently offered in the market by Mediacom but offers a few bonuses – whole home DVR service, fast- flip technology and stunningly sharp picture only available through fiber. Metronet also does not require bundling to receive discounts and provides all services with no contract.

To take advantage of all the possible discounts, residents need to contact Ms. Lemek and walk through the various options. She can also work with residents to schedule installation at a convenient time and date.

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Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project – Phase 2

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project – Phase 2

MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineering consultant, advised that they are preparing a proposal to evaluate televise the sanitary sewer that flows through the woods behind Scott Community College and the Sanitary Sewer that flows parallel to the Fieldcrest Drainage Way. The City of Bettendorf does not have off-road capabilities to televise the sanitary sewer, therefore MSA is seeking companies that have an ATV component in their televising capabilities.

MSA has walked the entire path of both the aforementioned sections of sanitary sewers. In addition to televising, MSA is seeking a price to clear a path along the Fieldcrest Drainage Way sanitary sewer.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

MSA Professional Services will oversee the mapping and televising of approximately 1/3 of the City of Riverdale’s sanitary sewer lines and then provide a recommendation as to what kinds of repairs need to be made to those lines to eliminate inflow and infiltration (I&I) and create additional capacity in the sewer facility jointly owned with Davenport, Bettendorf and Panorama Park.

Budget:

TBD

Public Hearing Date

TBD

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

June – July, 2020

Project Completion Date:

August, 2020

 

 

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Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project – Phase 1

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project – Phase 1

MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineering consultant, advised that they submitted a “Notice of Intent” to award this project to Visu-Sewer with teh reqeust they enter into a good faith dialogue to discuss methods to reduce inflow into the sanitary sewer that runs along the west side of Bellingham Roadway.

Ideas being discussed include lining the sanitary sewer as well as putting a cap on the number of hours the excavator utilizes to look for santiary laterals.

The City Council approved the low bid on this project of $160,921.50 from Visu-Sewer, Inc. The approved bid is nearly $50,000 more than the estimated price – primarily due to estimated costs for exploratory investigation of sanitary sewer lateral lines off of Bellingham Road. 

MSA recommended approving the bid and then continuing to negotiate alternative methods of investigating/dealing with the sewer lines off of Bellingham Road that, if approved, will reduce the total project price to bring it more in line with the initial project estimate.

MSA Professional Services reported to the City Council that the bid opening for this project occured on January 21 at 2pm (as scheduled), but the low bid was significantly higher than MSA’s budgeted construction costs of $116,800.

The reason for the cost variance was related to the exploratory excavation for sanitary laterals located near Bellingham Road. MSA advised the Council that the firm would continue exploring ways to proceed with an award and simultaneously lower the project cost without committing any bidding violations.

As things currently stand, the work is still expected to take place this summer.

According to MSA Professional Services, the project has been advertised for bid. The public hearing is scheduled for January 14 at 7pm. A non-mandatory, pre-bid meeting has been held. 

The bid opening is scheduled for January 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm. MSA’s opinion of the probable cost of construction on thisp roject is $116,800.

The Riverdale City Council approved the preparation of plans and specs for bids in the coming months. The process will be overseen by MSA Professional Services as part of their contract with the City.

A copy of the resolution authorizing MSA to seek bids on the project can be found here.

This project is estimated to cost the City of Riverdale $116,800 and should be completed during the summer of 2020. Sanitary sewer work will be performed in the Havens Acres neighborhood and on Fenno and Valley Drives.

At a meeting held earlier in the day, MSA discussed the following items on this project with the City:

•    Plans, specifications and an engineer’s opinion of the probably construction cost have been submitted to the City for approval. The Iowa DNR has issued a permit for the project. A GP#2 permit is not required.

•    The City needs to schedule a public hearing for this project.

•    MSA recommends a winter 2020 bid letting.

MSA Professional Services reported to the City Council that they have obtained the project permit from Iowa DNR and now seeks bidding guidance from the City on this project.

MSA Professional Services reported to the City Council that they are currently working on a timeline for bidding this project with Administrator Tim Long.

MSA Professional Services reported to the City Council that they have applied for a project permit from the Iowa DNR so work can begin this spring. The project is currently in the cue for bidding in January of 2020.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The sub-contractor will be expected to supply all labor, equipment and materials to seal and rehabilitate identified sanitary I&I points in the southern part of Riverdale.

Budget:

$160,921.50 (may be revised downward)

Public Hearing Date

Completed

Project Bid Date:

Completed

Project Start Date:

June, 2020

Project Completion Date:

August, 2020

 

 

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Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project

Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project

MSA Professional services reported to the City Council that the “Notice of Project Award” has been submitted to Brandt Construction. MSA will be submitting a professional services agreement to Administrator Kotter for review and consideration by the City Council at a future meeting.

MSA Professional services reported to the City Council that bids on this project were opened on January 21st at 1:30 pm. A low bid of $223,881 was submitted by Brandt Construction of Milan, IL. MSA’s recommendation to the City is to accept the proposal.

MSA also reported that they are working on a professional services agreement to submit to the City for project management services.

MSA Professional services reported to the City Council that this project has been advertised for bid. The public hearing is scheduled for January 14 at 7pm. A non-mandatory, pre-bid meeting has been held.

The bid opening is scheduled for January 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm.

MSA’s estimated cost for this project is $233,900.

The City will meet with MSA to discuss this project further and discuss what construction engineering services are needed.

The Riverdale City Council authorizes MSA Professional Services to begin the bid preparation process for the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

According to paperwork provided by MSA, the budget for the project is $228,200 and should be completed during the summer of 2020.  

Construction schedules and traffic concerns for the Havens Acres neighborhood will be discussed with residents at an upcoming neighborhood meeting in January.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, met with city officials earlier in the day (12/10) to discuss this project in more detail:

•    MSA reported that plans, specifications, and an engineer’s opinion of the probable construction costs have been submitted to the City for approval. The Iowa DOT has issued a permit for the project. A GP#2 is not required.

•    The City needs to schedule a public hearing for the project.

•    MSA recommends a winter 2020 bid letting.

•    The following key dates were established:

•    Public Hearing: January 14
•    Bid Opening: January 21 (at City Hall)
•    MSA Recommendation: January 23
•    Council to Award Contract: January 28
•    Start of Construction: on or before June 8 (preference is given to beginning on June 9 in case there are questions)

•    MSA estimates 6 to 8 weeks to complete construction. Substantial completion prior to start of school.

•    MSA will submit questions for answers required to complete bidding documents.

•    It was not discussed at the meeting, but MSA suggests consideration be given to beginning driveway work before school is out. 

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, updated the City Council that plans were 95% complete and ready for the bidding process which is expected to take place in January of 2020. Work should commence on this project later on that calendar year.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

The sub-contractor will be expected to supply all labor, equipment and materials to rehabilitate roadways on Wisteria and Kensington Street.

Budget:

$223,881

Public Hearing Date:

Completed

Project Bid Date:

Completed

Project Start Date:

On or after June 8, 2020

Project Completion Date:

6 to 8 weeks after start of construction (late-July/early-August)

 

 

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Fiber optic service plan moved to two-phase approach

Fiber optic service plan moved to two-phase approach

In a recent email to the City of Riverdale, MetroNet’s Governmental Affairs Manager, Dan Casciato, now puts the roll-out of the fiber service on a two-phase track.

The residences on the top of the hills overlooking the valley are expected to be completed in late February while the Havens Acres neighborhood is not expected to be done until mid-April. 

This information was provided as part of an email to the mayor requesting an opportunity to sit down and discuss the available of fiber optic access at the City’s parks, City Hall/Fire Station and commercial property currently under development.

More information and updated schedules will be provided to residents as available.

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

Council to consider establishing a sewer commission for 2020

In an October 17th memo to the City Council, mayor Mike Bawden, provided some initial thoughts on setting up a City Sewer Commission for 2020. The item is one of several slated for the COMMITTEE REPORTS section of next Tuesday’s City Council Meeting (to be held at 10/22/19).

Mike Bawden, Mayor of Riverdale

In the memo, Mayor Bawden, said the time was right to consider such a proposal, given the fact that the City of Riverdale is “fast approaching a point where we’ll have a good handle on the anticipated costs of infrastructure upgrades that will need to be made at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in West Davenport. That is the plant that services all of Riverdale’s sewage, which is conveyed to the plant through an extensive network of pipes running from Panorama Park through Riverdale and Bettendorf to Davenport.

The expected increase in costs to the City and the fact that rates have not been adjusted for quite some time mean sewer rates in Riverdale are likely to rise quickly and dramatically. The purpose of a City Sewer Commission, then, is to provide residents with an opportunity to participate in the conversations and decision-making process when it comes to building, maintaining and paying for the system.

Sewer Rates are Expected to Rise in 2020

With the memo specifically mentioning rates, Mayor Bawden provides the following information:

The City of Riverdale’s rates have not been adjusted in many years, resulting in on-going losses in the City’s Sewer Fund. Infrastructure repairs need to be paid from this fund, as well, and this past year, the Council had to move money from our General Fund to the Sewer Fund to cover that expense. While this is allowable (and we had the cash to do it), in the future, we may need to issue bonds to cover infrastructure repairs/enhancements deemed necessary by the Council.

Commission Structure and Responsibilities

According to Mayor Bawden, the Sewer Commission would be designed to operate in a manner very similar to the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission:

Much like the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Sewer Commission would meet once a quarter in a public meeting (with a posted agenda and minutes) to hear presentations, conduct their deliberations, and vote on their recommendations. Official “actions” (e.g. authorizing expenditures, setting rates, etc.) would be taken by the City Council using the research and recommendations of the commission as an important source of information.

 

Every meeting held by the Sewer Commission would include, at a minimum, a financial report on the fiscal health of the sewer fund, a collections report identifying who is delinquent in paying their sewer fees, a projection of sewer fund viability at current/proposed rates, and appropriate monitoring reports on flow and other quality metrics deemed necessary by the commission.

 

The commission would be managed by a Sewer Commission Administrator (most likely the City Administrator) to make sure notices are posted and information is made available according to the State of Iowa’s Sunshine Laws. The chair of the commission would be expected to attend meetings of the Joint Sewerage Commission – the 28E that’s being formed by Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale and Panorama Park to oversee the operation of the 1973 Trunk Line, the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Compost Facility.

So, what do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments section, below …

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

Sewer rates expected to rise in 2020.

City officials have been telling Riverdale residents their sewer rates are unrealistically low for over two years. And now, after years of discussion and planning, costs for the shared sewer line running from Panorama Park to West Davenport have been determined by a joint body representing all of those communities.

That means the City of Riverdale can now re-set its sewer rates for residents to reflect the actual costs of belonging to this common utility.

While rates are expected to be re-set significantly higher than they have been in Riverdale, it’s expected that the rates will still be at or below rates for homeowners in Bettendorf or Davenport. Rates in Riverdale are currently as much as 80% lower than costs experienced by some Davenport homeowners.

So why has it taken Riverdale so long to re-set its rates?

There are two big factors that affect Riverdale residents’ sewer rates: determining how much of Riverdale’s “flow” is the result of commercial activity from Arconic and finalizing the cost of improvements to the jointly-owned waste water treatment plant required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). That information now appears to be at-hand and negotiations with the IDNR to extend performance deadlines have also helped reduce costs to a degree.

The City’s plan, as it currently stands, is to start re-working calculations for sewer rates to reflect the current flow rates, planned improvements/upgrades to the City’s sewer lines (to reduce “inflow & infiltration” and, thereby decreasing flow to lower costs), and projected capital improvements at the waste water treatment plant in West Davenport. Ideally, that work will involve the new City Treasurer (assuming a satisfactory candidate can be found expeditiously).

Once preliminary calculations are done, the City will host an open meeting with the public to walk through the issues, process used to calculate the new sewer rates, projected effects of adding homes in the Woods Estates development and to solicit feedback.

There is no delay expected in first-quarter billing for 2020 at this time.

Havens Acres – MRT Boundary Fence Project

Havens Acres – MRT Boundary Fence Project

Mayor Mike Bawden provided an in-depth review of where things currently stand with this project so the City Council could discuss preferred next steps. Click here for a copy of that memo.

An aerial view of the MRT/Havens Acres area shows the location of the path and where the MRT right-of-way runs adjacent to homeowner and commercial property in the neighborhood. While some residents have already erected fences along their back yards, there are open spots that will require fencing. Both residential and commercial side yards to the east of Kensington will require fencing – with the possible exception of a stretch where there are a significant number of downed trees and scrub brush among standing, taller trees.

 

Anthony Heddelsten, City Council

MSA Professional Services attended a community meeting held earlier in the month and reported to the City Council that it will be working with Concil Member Anthony Heddlesten on a fencing plan. The plan will require the approval fo the City Council before MSA will be able to proceed with obtaining prices for an install.

MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineer, reported that they attended a community meeting held by Council Member Kelly Krell. The purpose of the meeting was to gain citizen feedback on the proposed fence (re: height, make-up, need for gates, etc.).

MSA and the Council will work on a final plan for this project.

At a midday meeting with the Administrator and Mayor, MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineer, reported the following with regard to this project:

•    MSA has completed the requested survey, marking all the property corners with lathe.

•    As the City continues to deliberate what steps are requried, MSA will remark property corners as needed.

•    MSA will meet up to two times with resident/council committees to provide informaiton to assist in the decision-making process.

•    When the City has determined a course of action, MSA will bid the construction fo a City-selected fence type at the City-selected locations.

•    Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter, indicated there will be a public meeting on January 7, 2020. At this time, City residents whose property borders the MRT will have the opportunity to provide input on a fence size, type and location. MSA will not proceed with bidding the project until the City Council has voted ont he committee decision.

At a meeting held with Riverdale residents whose back yards were adjacent to the MRT, the following issues were discussed:

•    There was consensus the fence should be 5 feet high and constructed of chain link.

•    Residents may need to have gates installed into a boundary fence (or their existing backyard fence) for maintenance and safety purposes. Those gates should be locked to prevent entrance by strangers coming off the MRT.

•    There were some concerns that emergency equipment that would use the MRT for access to Havens Acres might not be able to make the turn onto Kensington if the fence extends too close to the street. Need to confirm turning radii with the fire department before a final length is determined for bidding/installation.

•    Residents present didn’t seem to have a problem with tying the city-built fence into their fences, but it’s clear the City should obtain waivers from property owners that show the owner’s full knowledge and consent for the work the City plans to do in the area.

MSA Professional Services reports they are prepared to attend meetings as requested by the City Council or Resident Committee.

MSA Professional Services reports the survey and marking of all property corners is complete. The plat for this survey has been filed with the County. A copy of that plat can be reviewed by clicking on the image to the right.

MSA Professional Services reports the survey and the markign of property corners is about 70 percent complete. Every lot corner east of 119 Wisteria, including 119 Wisteria, has the lot corners staked with lathe. Some of the lots west of 119 Wisteria may be moot relative to a fencing decision because of the elevation of the MRT relative to the lots. 

MSA urged the City Council to review the stake locations. The final staking effort should be completed by the end of the week.

MSA Professional Services reports the survey crews are expected to finish mapping and staking the border between the MRT and Havens Acres residents before the next City Council meeting.

Once the boundary has been fixed, the City will meet with residents to discuss options in order to produce an accurate scope of work for fencing contractors to review and bid on. Once bids are opened, the City and residents will meet again to discuss how the project will be financed.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

A fencing contractor will be required to construct a fence between the Mississippi River Bike Trail and homes adjacent to that trail based on design and budgetary guidelines found to be mutually agreeable to both the city and residents of Havens Acres. The fence is intended to prevent automotive traffic from driving between the MRT and the neighborhood (across lawns, etc.).

Budget:

Estimated Budget = $50,000

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

TBD

Project Completion Date:

TBD

 

 

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Fieldcrest Drainage Stabilization Project

Fieldcrest Drainage Stabilization Project

MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineering consultancy, informed the Council that it is working on improving the potentially selected first phase of stabilizing the bank of the Fieldcrest drainage creek wehre future score erosion may conflict wiht the existing santiary sewer. MSA further states they are seeking improvements on constructability and a reduction in project cost.

MSA created a model of the existing drainage for Scott Community College, including the existing detention basin. MSA modified that model to include the Manor Drive Residential Subdivision. Furthermore, MSA modified the model to also include tributary portions of Woods Estates. In a future update or project report, MSA is expected to summarize their findings of existing conditions.

The Mayor has requested that update be given no later than the March 10 City Council meeting.

At a meeting with the City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, the Mayor asked the firm to continue with developing a more complete project estimate for the first phase of this project and to make plans to begin scoping out the second phase of this project as soon as the weather looked like it would cooperate.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, informed the City Council that it has prepared a recommended “first step” towards stabilizing the drainage way from Fieldcrest. The document provided to the City Council included pictures of the problem area and budgeted cost levels.

The Council was presented MSA’s letter and supporting documentation and encouraged to review it before the next Council Meeting so it could be discussed in more detail.

Following a meeting with the City Administrator and Mayor, MSA Professional Services was asked to prepare a recommendation to the City Council that provided a more detailed explanation of the plan and costs related to the first phase of this plan.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, advised that they have walked the area of concern and identified two alternative locations for the first phase of the stabilization project. MSA advises that they are working on budget costs for these projects and will assist the City in deciding between the two alternates.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reported the following:

•    MSA has obtained LIDAR data, determined approximate watershed limits, and determiend approximate design flow rates. MSA still needs to determine a revetment stone size.

•    MSA recommends a meeting with the Contractor (Seth Woods) to determine how best to access the creek and the best method of localized stabilization. (The Mayor had suggested that Mr. Woods was amenable to assisting the City in getting rip-rap into the drainage way and might be able to provide access to the site and equipment to move material, if needed. No firm arrangements have been made at this time.)

•    MSA will provide Administrator Kotter with an exhibit showing the drainage way of concerna swell as two alternative recommendations for an initial placement of revetment stone. MSA cautioned that the stone is of significant size and that if the decision is made to use smaller stones, gabion mattersses or baskets could be utilized.

•    The first phase of the porjec tis subject to budget limitations that have not been set (at this time). It is also subject to access considerations that have not yet been discussed or determined.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reports that it has determined design flow rates and is now reviewing possible revetment stone locations and configurations. A meeting with the City and Mr. Woods is probably necessary to discuss possible access and locations for revetment stone installation.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, reported to the City Council that it has begun conceptual modeling of the watershed.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, presented the City with a professional services agreement in the estimated amount of $14,000 to develop a two-phase approach to dealing with erosion concerns related to the storm water drainage way running off of Fieldcrest Road.

A copy of Resolution 2019-47, complete with a copy of the proposal from MSA can be found here.

MSA Professional Services, the City’s engineer, reivewed the request made to furnish a proposed agreement to address the scour erosion occuring at the pipe discharge from Fieldcrest Road. According to MSA’s representative, Chris Cooper, they are currently working on this proposed agreement.

MSA had discussed modifying their approach to this agreement with the Mayor and the Admnistrator. Their first approach was two-phase. The first phase was to identify a point to harden the channel so that further scour to the channel is eliminated at that point. The second phase was to identify other points to harden the channel to eliminate scour erosion, stabilize the banks to protect the sanitary sewer and to reduce channel slope.

MSA’s new approach is also two-phased. The first phase will be to identify a point to harden the channel so that further scour erosion is eliminated at that point. The second phase will be to identify additional storm water detention opportunities to reduce peak flows as much as possible. These opportunities in clude modifying the Scott Community College detention basins and creating ad etention basin for the Manor Drive subdivision.

The intent of MSA’s modified approach is to minimize both project cost as well as disturbance to the wooded, City-owned lot. It remains a goal to protect the City’s sanitary sewer and minimizing further scour erosion downstream of the Manor Drive Subdivision.

The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, informed the City Council that it intended to provide a proposal on this project by October 15 so it could be discussed at the October 22 meeting.

Project Details:

Scope of Work:

MSA Professional Services is currently working on a definitive scope of work based on their analysis of the scour erosion occurring at the pipe discharge from Fieldcrest Road and the creek bed that is intended to carry the water away and to Duck Creek. The problem exists in both Bettendorf and Riverdale and will probably require the cities to work together to address the situation.

The first phase of this project will address immediate erosion issues found near the location of the City’s sewer lines running through the drainage way. It is hoped a solution will be put in place in 2020.

The second, more significant phase of this project will require coordination with other governmental bodies. It is hoped an outline of the required action and estimated cost can be determined in 2020 for action in later years. The cost and timeline, at this point, are not reliably predicted.

Budget:

$14,000 – Consulting Engineering/Plan Development
$20,000 – Phase I (2020)

Project Bid Date:

TBD

Project Start Date:

Phase I: 2020
Phase II: TBD

Project Completion Date:

Phase I: 2020
Phase II: TBD

 

 

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(Updated) Manor Drive Residential Drainage Line repair estimated – could run as high as $11,300.

(Updated) Manor Drive Residential Drainage Line repair estimated – could run as high as $11,300.

A photo of the sinkhole discovered near the malfunctioning drain line on Manor Hill.

(Updated 10-09-19) This past weekend, a sinkhole appeared next to one of the small manholes located near the original source of concern on this project. The City’s maintenance person visited the site on Monday and set out some cones to make residents aware of the anomaly.

In the meantime, the City continues its search to determine the owner of the drain line so repairs can be made. Despite claims made at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting (that no one will ever find any paperwork saying who owns the drain line), the City will look through its records and records filed with the county to see if there are any records of the conveyance of the drain line to the City.

If there are no records of a conveyance, then the drain line belongs to the residents to which it’s connected and, subsequently, their responsibility to maintain. Failure or refusal to do so may carry consequences for the owner, not to mention inconveniences to both the owner and his/her neighbors.

While it’s not entirely clear what the City’s role in remediating this problem, should the owner refuse or neglect to address things in a timely manner, action is already being taken to make a determination in that regard.

Please continue to follow this story on the City’s website for future updates.

(Updated 10-01-19) The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, has provided a letter summarizing this problem and estimated costs for repair.

According to MSA’s Chris Cooper, it’s been determined the rear yard drainage line in question is plugged and only effecting one household in the neighborhood. The recommendation is to hydro-jet the line and then inspect it with a camera in an attempt to identify the cause of the problem. The estimated cost to do this is $1,200 – $1,500. According to MSA, further repairs to the line could run as much as an additional $4,500.

Ownership of the line still remains to be determined. If the line is not owned by the City, effected residents may want to only repair the line as outlined above. If the City of Riverdale owns the line, MSA recommends replacement of the line from 234 to 250 Manor Drive as the first phase of a larger program to reconstruct the line all the way to Fieldcrest Road.

It is the engineer’s assessment that much of the line is in very poor condition and will need to be replaced at some point in the future. The cost of such a project starts at around $11,300. Additional time and materials required to obtain waivers and repair, re-seed and blanket the land disturbed by the project has not been estimated at this time.

A copy of the letter from MSA to the City of Riverdale can be found by clicking here.

(Original Post 09-13-19) At its September 10th meeting, the City of Riverdale’s City Council asked MSA Professional Services to look into a drainage issue affecting the rear yards of several residents on Circle and Manor Drives.

A preliminary investigation of the problem (summarized in this memo to the City Council), led to the request.

Meanwhile, the City is currently looking into records of development in the area to determine who actually owns the line that appears to be clogged. Once ownership/responsibility for maintenance is determined, the City will sit down with residents to walk through the various options available to address the problem and repair the drain line.

Riverdale to be among the first to receive fiber optic service

(Update) MetroNet delays bringing fiber optic service to Riverdale!

(Updated 09/17/19) According to Dan Casciato, Metronet’s Government Affairs Manager for Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, the company’s plans now call for Riverdale to receive fiber optic service by mid to late-February 2020.

(Original Story 03/12/19) The City of Riverdale held a meeting today with representatives from Metronet, a company specializing in installing/maintaining fiber optic lines to municipalities and then providing those homes with reliable, broadband service. Metronet will be providing fiber optic service to Davenport and Bettendorf – and, as a result of Riverdale’s proximity to Bettendorf, Riverdale will also be getting that service.

There is not charge to the city or its residents for the installation of the fiber optic lines. Other vendors the city had spoken to about similar services required a significant investment made by the city or its residents in order to cover the installation costs.

According to Kathy Scheller, the Business Development – External Affairs representative from Metronet, Riverdale residents will be able to access affordable, reliable service (up to 1GB) which will support their Internet, phone and television service. The costs for those services were not available at the time of the meeting, but they will be shared via the City’s website when they are known.

A tentative start date of early-to-mid August is expected with the build-out completed by the end of October.

City of Riverdale starts investigation into Duck Creek tributary management issue.

City of Riverdale starts investigation into Duck Creek tributary management issue.

At its regular meeting on September 10, 2019, the City of Riverdale’s City Council agree to start investigating the issues surrounding creek bed erosion on the northwest edge of the city. The creek is a tributary flowing into Duck Creek near the south bike trail entrance to Devils Glen Park.

A motion was passed by the Council authorizing MSA Professional Services to develop a scope of work and professional services agreement around a comprehensive management plan for the area. The plan will be presented to the Council for consideration at a future meeting.

A few issues expected to be addressed by the plan developed by the City include:

•  Where are the most critical parts of the tributary stream/bank that need to be addressed first;

•  Is any of the City’s stormwater or sanitary sewer system in jeopardy because of the erosion to-date?

•  What are the immediate actions the City can take yet this fall that will help slow down the erosion next spring (presumably before a construction crew can address the issues identified by the study)?

•  Is there additional work that needs to be done to stabilize the creek bed outside of the Riverdale city limits?

Special thanks to Linda and Dale Hupp and George Seaberg for bringing this issue to the attention of Council Members Anthony Heddleston and Paul DCamp so it could be addressed.

Once a plan has been presented to the City Council and subsequently accepted (with any requested/required modifications), we will be creating an on-going journal on the project’s progress so residents can check in at their convenience.