News, Notices and Updates
Our new city administrator, Kent Royster, is looking for part-time, summer workers to help make Riverdale look great!
Riverdale needs to hear from residents about what they feel is needed when it comes to parks, trails and wild spaces owned and cared for by the City. Let us know what you think.
Last year, the Riverdale City Council passed some revisions to the City Code about the use of fireworks. While fireworks are not prohibited for celebrations like the 4th of July, there are some rules you need to know …
Effective Monday, July 6, Riverdale City Hall will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Saturday, June 13, the Riverdale Fire Department hosted a regional water fight competition in the parking lot at City Hall. This year’s fights were re-named in honor of fallen firefighter, Analiese Chapman.
Riverdale welcomed the coming summer season with a community-wide, ice cream social on Saturday, June 6. Check out the photos and let us know what else you’d like to see happen at our next “social distanced” event.
The Scott County Library Bookmobile will return to Riverdale on July 2nd from 3 – 5:45pm. Residents are encouraged to check out the Book Mobile at Riverdale City Hall.
Want to learn more about COVID-19? Join in on tonight’s Community Conversation in our Virtual Community Room.
Join Council Member Kelly Krell and guest Rebecca McMeekan, a public health expert, as they talk about COVID-19 and answer questions from the community as the first of many Community Conversations hosted on Thursday evenings in our Virtual Community Room.
A town hall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 at 2pm in the Community Room at City Hall and online. Among the topics to be discussed are the barrier fence to be erected between the Havens Acres neighborhood and the MRT, Manor Hill erosion and much more.
A regular meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 7pm on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Kent Royster of Bettendorf became Riverdale’s third City Administrator. Learn more about the City’s new manager.
A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The meeting will be held to extend an offer of employment to a person selected to be Riverdale’s next City Administrator. The meeting will include a closed session to interview a candidate for Deputy Clerk.
A regular meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 7pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media.
A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council will be held at 7pm on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7pm. The meeting will be held to approve a liquor license expansion to outdoor service at My Place and to allow beer to be served in the Community Room on June 5.
Mayor Mike Bawden weighs in on the controversy concerning the action taken by the Riverdale City Council to move ahead with plans to erect a barrier fence between the MRT and the Havens Acres neighborhood.
Mayor Mike Bawden has prepared a draft of guidelines for re-opening the City’s playgrounds and public gathering places like the Council Chambers and Community Room at City Hall. These guidelines take into consideration public health concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mayor Mike Bawden makes an appeal to the residents of Riverdale. It’s going to take more than taking down the caution tape to make sure it’s safe to play at the City’s playgrounds again. Find out how you can do your part.
For the past three months, Riverdale has been working on re-aligning its sanitary sewer rates for the coming fiscal year (which starts in July). The City Council is now considering an ordinance change that will allow residents and businesses to have a say in how those rates are set.
Spring has arrived and the grass is growing like, well, weeds. In fact, it’s important we watch where those grass clippings go to make sure they don’t wash down our gutters and into the storm sewer system. Too much plant matter in the pipes can cause big problems … and by big, we mean expensive.
A closed meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 6pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The meeting will be held online and is only open to members of the City Council and invited personnel. The meeting will discuss sensitive personnel issues and those affected have requested the closed session.
A regular meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 7pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media.
A virtual town hall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 24 at 2pm. Among the topics to be discussed are proposed guidelines to re-open the City’s playgrounds and community meeting spaces.
The City Council of Riverdale continues its search for a full-time person who will be a good fit to manage the day-to-day affairs of the city.
This weekends rains have made the erosion problem on the west side of Manor Drive Hill even worse.
The “Meals-to-Go” program launched two weeks ago by the City of Riverdale and funded through a Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority has been expanded to include unemployed workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19.
Mayor Mike Bawden decides to continue keeping the playgrounds and community room in Riverdale closed, but opens the parks to limited activity.
Mayor Mike Bawden explains why he’s extending the closure of the City’s parks and other community facilities – but also why he’s asked a group of kids to help figure out a strategy to re-open the playgrounds.
The first phase in the City of Riverdale’s long-range project of re-building and improving the stormwater drainage way off of Fieldcrest Road has been complete. The sanitary sewer line in the ravine has been stabilized and the City is now planning for the next phase of the project.
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 meeting will be held online.
A regular meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 7pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media.
At their last meeting of the City Council, Riverdale Council Members agreed that it was time to look a little closer at the drainage problems causing sink holes to develop in the back yards of several residents in the 200 block of Manor Drive.
Weather hasn’t cooperated, but the road crew from Brandt Construction is making great progress rehabilitating the roads in Havens Acres. Check out the new pictures!
Members of the Riverdale City Council meet with consultant Pat Callahan Tuesday night at 7pm to discuss the details, timing and cost of conducting a search for a new Administrator/Clerk and a Deputy Clerk to work 5 days a week at City Hall with the start of the new fiscal year (in July).
The City of Riverdale is looking for a college student interested in accounting, finance, public administration or business. Our summer, administrative intern position pays in both experience and cold, hard cash. Okay, well maybe a little more experience than cash …
Riverdale and The Duck Creek Pancake House are delivering meals to seniors and low-to-moderate income households thanks to a grant from the federal government and State of Iowa Economic Development Authority.
UPDATE: Yielding to concerns raised by residents and questions about how the proposed assistance program would be managed, the Riverdale City Council elected to pass on providing relief to local, small businesses affected by COVID-19.
The City of Riverdale has received a state grant to pay for a meal program designed to deliver freshly-cooked meals to local seniors and low-to-moderate income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be prepared and delivered by the Duck Creek Pancake House to residents of Riverdale who sign up.
Thanks to former Council Member Linda Hupp and her husband, Dale, Riverdale is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from MidAmerican Energy through its “Trees, Please!” program. With another $1,000 match from the City, the Hupps will oversee the selection and planting of several new trees in Riverdale’s community greenspaces.
A regular meeting of the RIverdale City Council is set for 7pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The meeting will be held online. Details on how to attend by phone or by computer can be found on the City’s website or social media.
A virtual town hall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 2pm.
Local residents, the Scott County Sheriff and the Riverdale Fire Department took to the streets on Saturday as part of an impromptu parade to celebrate some very special birthday’s on the hilltop.
With the budding trees and greening grass comes an unwelcome visitor … Garlic Mustard. Here’s what you can do to fight back against this invasive species.
Republic Services has notified the City that they intend to resume curbside, yard waste pick-up on May 4. To get ready, Republic has been instructed to remove the dumpsters in Volunteer Park and at the end of Kensington Street on Tuesday, April 28th.
As part of the City’s effort to help residents get rid of their bulky waste this month, residents were asked to notify City Hall if they had an appliance they would like to have hauled away on May 1. The deadline for getting on the “pick up list” is Tuesday, April 28.
Iowa Governor Reynolds ordered the end of the school year late last week, so now the City of Riverdale is working with contractors to possibly accelerate the road project currently underway in the Havens Acres neighborhood.
Bulky waste dumpsters in the parking lot of Volunteer Park (at the top of Riverdale hill) and at the end of Kensington Street will be picked up and hauled away on April 28.
Following the 4-inch rainfall that hit Riverdale overnight at the end of March, it now appears the drainage system on the west side of Manor Drive hill have been blown-out by excess water pressure.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mayor has ordered an extension to the shut-down of the City’s parks, pavilions and the Community Room at City Hall. Residents are encouraged to contact City Hall by phone or email.
At its April 14th meeting, the Riverdale City Council certified the proposed FY21 budget, clearing the way for a number of projects over the next twelve months.
Developer Seth Woods will be presenting the final plat of Phase 2 for Woods Estates of Riverdale at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14th, but it’s likely that if the City Council approves it, there will be strings attached.
Sinkholes appearing in the back yards of several residents along Manor Drive indicate possible drainage problems for the neighborhood that go back to the early days of Riverdale.
With the City’s intention of increasing the hours of operation at City Hall starting in July, a focus on staffing, job responsibilities and process take a more prominent spot on the Council’s bi-monthly agenda.
Kensington Street in Havens Acres is closed to bike traffic while the City performs major road rehabilitation work in the area for an extended period of time.
Mayor Mike Bawden provides a summary of questions received from residents about the FY21 budget – which is up for consideration and possible adoption by the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting (on 04-14).
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, April 14th at 7pm. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting will be held virtually as a GoToMeeting web conference.
In response to several complaints about coyotes running and roaming in the land between Woods Estates and Deerbrook, the City has authorized River Valley Wildlife to set up snares and capture the animals.
Several projects will be completed in the coming months to make the Mississippi River Trail a safer and more enjoyable route for bikers and address privacy and traffic safety concerns expressed in prior years by the residents of Havens Acres.
The computer network, hardware and internet connection at City Hall were all upgraded last week as part of a planned improvement to the City’s capabilities.
The rehabilitation of some of the streets in the Havens Acres neighborhood gets underway this week when Brandt Construction begins doing work “behind the curb” to prepare driveway entrances for affected residents. Heavy road construction is currently slated to begin in June.
The greenspace consultant hired by the City to conduct the year-long invasive plants audit and landscaping contract is in Riverdale this week, beginning to work on re-shaping many of our public spaces.
The City of Riverdale and Republic Services work out a solution for the collection of bulky waste in lieu of a city-wide cleanup (previously scheduled for April 18) and yard waste collection for the duration of the service interruption related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mayor Mike Bawden extended the closure of the community room at City Hall and ordered the city parks closed for the month of April based on advice from state and local health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heavy rains Friday night created some flash floods where Riverdale has never seen them before, resulting in flooded basements and mud flows clogging intersections along State Street. Here’s a rundown of what happened and how we’re recovering.
After this weekend’s storms, Mayor Mike Bawden wonders what’s next for Riverdale, who in three months, has had to weather a significant number of crises – both big and small.
Just over one-third of Riverdale households have participated in the 2020 Census. We need you to make sure your household gets counted. Learn how!
Bulky waste and yard waste pick-up has been suspended for the foreseeable future by Republic Services – which means the Citywide Cleanup scheduled for the week of April 13th has been delayed (among other things).
Scott County offers mental health services for those having problems coping with stress as a result from additional emotional pressures associated with COVID-19 and social distancing.
The egg hunt planned for next weekend (April 4) has been postponed due to concerns over community spread of coronavirus.
You can download a copy of the proposed FY 2021 budget for the City of Riverdale here, complete with a detailed memo from the Mayor how budgets were set and what the City expects to accomplish in the coming fiscal year.
RIverdale residents and Council Members attended early-March community intake sessions with officials from Scott Community College to talk about plans for how the nature areas behind the current campus may be developed in the future.
Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission gave a “thumbs up (with strings attached)” to Developer Seth Woods’ plans for the second phase of the Woods Estates Subdivision.
Meeting Announcement: Planning & Zoning Commission to hold public hearing and meeting re: Woods Estates Subdivision Phase 2
The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing and meeting to formulate their recommendation to the City Council on the proposed plat for Phase 2 of the Woods Estates Subdivision.
The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting will focus on the FY21 budget and is set for Sunday (March 22nd) at 2pm and will be conducted online – check out the details.
The agenda has changed for Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. You can download the new agenda and support documents from the website. The regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, March 24th at 7pm.
Mayor Mike Bawden has a few thoughts about the importance of every Riverdale resident’s participation in the 2020 Census which is now underway.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration this morning. Read more about the impact of the declaration and what it means to you.
No coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities yet, but communities are taking extra precautions to enforce “social distancing” recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to reduce the chance of infection.
UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the spring Egg Hunt in Peggy’s Park, originally scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, April 4, may be delayed. The City Council will discuss alternatives at its next meeting on March 24.
The final public intake session for the FY 21 budget will take place at 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 19 at City Hall.
The path of the stream bed that forms the drainage way off of Fieldcrest Road will be significantly altered in the coming months to address erosion concerns that could negatively affect the City’s sanitary sewer lines.
The City of Riverdale purchased sand bags and began preparations for spring flooding this past week.
Mayor Mike Bawden shares some news and opinions on how the global spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) affects Riverdale.
The Red Cross is currently providing free smoke alarms to residents in need of a new or replacement alarm.
The agenda has changed for Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. You can download the new agenda and support documents from the website. The regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place on Tuesday evening, March 10th at 7pm.
The personnel search committee designated by the City Council will be meeting on Sunday, March 8, at 2pm in Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.
A rough completion schedule has been agreed to for the remaining phases of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision.
At Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Riverdale City Council voted unanimously to set a maximum, general tax levy for the City at $400,000 for the coming fiscal year.
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.
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.
Scott Community College invites Riverdale residents to participate in their “Reimagine Your Back Yard” open house event on March 4th from 4-6:30 pm.
In addition to a detailed update of major projects already on the table for 2020, City Engineer Chris Cooper and Mayor Mike Bawden discussed several of the capital projects currently under consideration for the City.
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. As previously announced, the meeting will also include a public hearing to discuss the maximum tax levy to be considered when the City Council passes its FY 21 budget in March.
Council Member, Anthony Heddlesten, and his flood-related work for the US Army Corps of Engineers was featured in Sunday’s Quad-City Times. Check out the great story by Alma Gaul.
The monthly Mayor’s Town Hall meeting is set for Sunday (February 23rd) at 2pm in Community Room at City Hall.
The Waste Commission of Scott County shares some tips on how to recycle old batteries (hint: don’t throw them away OR into your recycle bin).
With the imminent departure of Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter, the City Council is hard at work re-evaluating how City Hall should be staffed and what next steps should be taken. Mayor Mike Bawden gives a run-down of what actions are currently being taken and considered.
The City’s waste/recycling service provider, Republic Services, has made a handy guide for Riverdale residents to use this year.
The Iowa Department of Public Health just released a statement about how state officials are screening people at risk for coronavirus and takes the opportunity to warn against a much more serious (and common) threat, influenza. Here’s what you should know.
Riverdale’s Interim City Administrator, Lisa Kotter, was named the City Administrator of Eldridge, Iowa at Monday’s special session of the Eldridge City Council on February 10th.
The Riverdale Fire Department flag will fly at half-staff today at City Hall to honor both the life of Firefighter Analiese Chapman and the men and women who serve our community as members of the department.