News, Notices and Updates
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At its October 8, 2019 meeting, the City Council set hours for this year’s trick-or-treating to coincide with neighboring communities.
The Riverdale City Council will discuss the benefits of establishing a City Sewer Committee at the next City Council meeting on October 22nd.
(Updated) The tentative agenda and supporting documents for the regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council to be held at 7pm on Tuesday, October 22 in the Community Room at City Hall are now available online.
It’s that time of year again – folks will be raking leaves and getting their yards ready for winter. Please don’t put your yard waste in the street or you could be causing more problems than you realize.
Don’t forget – the citywide clean-up starts Saturday morning at 7am. If you want to make sure your bulky waste gets picked up, have it to the curb Friday night!
After years of undercharging for sanitary and storm water management, it now looks like the City’s sewer rates are going to rise next year. Click here to find out why.
At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the mayor proposed the idea that recordings of the City’s public meetings should be available as audio files on its website. Do you think that’s a good idea? Let us know.
A great time was had by all at this year’s Pete the Purple Bull 5k and Fun Run – held in Riverdale. Special thanks to the HABLO Committee of employees at Arconic and to MY PLACE in Riverdale for being sponsors of the event which helps QC United raise money to deal with bullying in our schools. Check out all the great pictures!
The Pete the Purple Bull 5k Run will take place on Saturday, October 12! Registration starts at 7:30. More details, inside.
The City’s consulting engineer, MSA Professional Services, provided a draft of a parks planning proposal for City Council consideration. Follow along (and participate) as we map out a strategy for Riverdale’s parks and wild places for the next generation.
(Updated 10-10-19) After reviewing preliminary discussions with a consultant to assist in the search and selection of a new City Clerk for Riverdale, the mayor and council have agreed to delay a formal search until after the start of the new calendar year.
(Updated 10-08-19) 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 meeting of the City Council.
(Updated 10-08-19) 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.
(Updated 10-08-19) 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.
(Updated: 10-08-19) MSA reports that plans on this project are now 95% complete and things are on schedule to solicit bids in January for work later that calendar year.
There will be a town hall meeting in the Community Room at City Hall on Sunday, October 20 at 2pm. While the meeting is informational in nature and serves as an open forum, there are usually a few items on the agenda the mayor wishes to address. Please come with an open mind and questions for city representatives and your neighbors.
The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a bi-partisan consortium of over 90 cities and towns on the banks of the Mississippi have selected Riverdale’s mayor, Mike Bawden, to serve on its Executive Committee to represent the state of Iowa.
The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Riverdale remind you to make sure you’re prepared to deal with the fire risks in your home and business. You’ll find more information on Fire Prevention Week inside.
(Updated 10-09-19) A sinkhole has appeared next to one of the small manholes located near the original source of concern on this project. The City continues its search to determine the owner of the drain line so repairs can be made.
Fall Fest was cancelled Saturday afternoon (October 5) due to in climate weather – but not before we were able to take a few sad shots after everyone had gone home and site clean-up was underway.
ARCONIC and the Waste Commission of Scott County are holding an event for employees of ARCONIC and Riverdale residents, allowing you to bring e-waste and hazardous materials to the ARCONIC main parking lot for collection. Electronic waste processing costs are covered by ARCONIC.
(Updated 10-4-19) The agenda and documents for the regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council are now available online. The meeting will be held following the Wellspire conduit bond public hearing on Tuesday, October 08 in the Community Room at City Hall. Estimated start time is 7:15pm.
(Updated) A copy of the agenda for the public hearing concerning the issuance of a conduit bond to assist Wellspire, LLC in financing their senior community to be located at Middle Road and 53rd Street in Bettendorf can now be found on the website. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm.
There’s a city-wide clean-up scheduled for Saturday, October 19th – but if you get your bulky waste to the curb that morning, you could be too late. Pick-up is scheduled to start at 7am, so we recommend you get your garbage to the street the night before!
Developer Seth Woods sent photos to the City Council to share with residents and the Planning & Zoning Commission as examples of how finished lots in the Woods Estates of Riverdale development will look once they are landscaped. You can see a gallery of the provided photos here.
The City’s engineering firm, MSA Professional Services, provides some good information on how residents can manage their stormwater runoff with a simple rain barrel.
The City of Riverdale was notified today (10/02) that the State of Iowa has ordered the Scott County Assessor to increase valuations on multiresidential and the residential parts of dual-classified properties by more than 20%. Three properties in Riverdale are effected by the order.
(Updated 09-28-19) Plans continue to develop for Riverdale Fall Fest, scheduled to take place in Bicentennial Park on October 5th from 2-4pm.
(Updated 09-27-19) The City Council will be conducting a public hearing on October 8th at 7pm in advance of final consideration of a resolution authorizing the issuance of a $10,000,000 conduit bond to assist in the financing of Wellspire, LLC’s senior living facility to be located at Middle Road and 53rd Street in Bettendorf.
Long-time residents Jim Beran and Jeff Struve were appointed to fill open seats on the City’s Planning & Zoning meeting during the City Council’s Meeting on September 24, 2019.
The City of Riverdale has issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) from a qualified arborist or vegetation consultant to conduct a study of invasive species in the City’s parks and wild spaces during calendar year 2020.
A handy guide for homeowners on how to plan and manage stormwater runoff is now available for free from the City’s website.
Check out our newest photo gallery of pictures from the Woods Estates of Riverdale development by Woods Construction. Photos were taken on September 24, 2019.
Field reports from the City of Riverdale’s consulting engineers can be found here. Field reports are filed by MSA Professional Services and the City of Bettendorf’s Public Works/Roads Department.
Looking for an archive of SWPP reports on the Woods Estates project? You’ll find them here.
(Update: 09-25-19) All documents discussed in the City Council Meeting on Tuesday evening, September 24th at 7pm are now available. Official minutes from the meeting will be posted once they are approved at the October 8th meeting of the City Council.
In this blog post, Mayor Mike Bawden, addresses recent concerns expressed about meetings held that do or don’t comply with Iowa’s open meetings/open records laws.
Riverdale residents interested in serving on the Scott County Library System board are asked to notify City Hall. Click for more details.
The archive of City of Riverdale newsletters going back to January of 2016 has been updated. You can access them by going to our archive page.
(Update 09-22-19) Notes from the Town Hall meeting held in the Riverdale City Council Chambers at 2pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019.
Visit Quad Cities – the organization responsible for promoting the community as a tourist destination is asking local residents for their input about what makes the Quad Cities worth visiting (besides seeing the world’s largest aluminum rolling mill, of course). Please help!
Mayor Mike Bawden invites kids to write what they would do if they were mayor as part of the Iowa League of Cities “If I Were Mayor” essay contest and his re-election announcement.
(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.
Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to welcome some of America’s greatest generation as veterans from WWII and the Korean War prepare to leave the Quad Cities on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.
As an action coming out of the City’s Invasive Plant Task Force, the task force’s chair, Council Member Kelly Krell, has drafted an RFP for a comprehensive vegetation study. You can view and comment on that RFP here.
Join Council Member, Kelly Krell, as she and a host of Riverdale volunteers work Saturday morning (October 19) to eliminate patches of invasive honeysuckle from Riverdale’s parks and wild places.
Notes and minutes from the Riverdale City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the Community Room at Riverdale City Hall.
QC United’s anti-bullying mascot, Pete the Purple Bull, will be hosting a 5k run through Riverdale on Saturday, October 12. Event information is available here.
The City of Riverdale needs more volunteers who are willing to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
Riverdale Fire Chief, Floyd Bruns, gained City Council approval to sell retired SCBA units to some smaller communities that need back-up air units for their volunteer fire departments.
The City of Riverdale’s City Council authorized the City’s Administrator to work out terms for an agreement with the City of Bettendorf for street sweeping services.
The City of Riverdale is starting to investigate 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.
The City Council of Riverdale approved a renewal of last year’s agreement with Kingsley Wildlife Management Services to harvest deer as part of the City’s wildlife management program during the 2019-20 deer hunting season. Kingsley provided similar services last year.
At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council asked MSA Professional Services to survey the land where the MRT runs adjacent to the Havens Acres neighborhood so a barrier fence project can be discussed with residents.
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. Council member, Anthony Heddlesten, will spearhead the effort.
The Valley Drive Drainage Project – undertaken to address the persistent water drainage from the hillside next to the junction of Valley Drive and Highway 67/State Street – is now nearing completion.
We’re encouraging residents to upload their favorite photos of the past year so we can use them in creating a new city calendar for 2020. Deadline for photo submissions is November 1st!
A recruiter from the US Census Bureau will be at Riverdale City Hall on Wednesday, September 18th, from 3pm – 6pm, to assist with applications and answer questions about employment opportunities surrounding the upcoming US Census.
Riverdale residents are encouraged to participate in the region’s long-range transportation plan by taking a survey administered by the Bi-State Regional Commission. Read more about what information is being collected and how it will be used.
At a recent Town Hall meeting, it was suggested that the city set up an advisory committee to help shape of the parks and trails in Riverdale. What do you think about that?
Those residents of Riverdale interested in running for elected office have until Thursday, September 19th to file their paperwork with the Scott County Auditor. We’ve got more information and a downloadable election packet here for you.
A city-wide effort to clean up our parks and the Mississippi River Trail bike path (MRT) is scheduled for Saturday, September 7th. from 8 – 11am. Get the details inside.
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council was held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7pm in the Community Room in City Hall. Records and documents reviewed at that meeting can be found here.
Head-snare traps are being set over the next two days (January 23-24) to capture coyotes judged to be a public hazard. Please read this article, make sure your pets are safe and be aware.
A meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission has been called for 7pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at City Hall to review and discuss the final plat of the first phase of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Subdivision.
UPDATED: The Riverdale Fall Fest 2018 Organizational Committee met for one last time to discuss what worked (and what could be improved) and to gauge interest in doing the same event next year.
The next Mayor’s town hall meeting will be Sunday, September 23rd at 2pm. Among items discussed will be updates on Woods Estates, Crime Prevention Task Force, the MRT Bike Trail, Fall Fest and more.
Thanks go out to Riverdale residents Gwen Halsey and Teri Stickler for some great pictures from this past weekend’s Fall Fest! Check them out …
The Fall Fest Committee wants to know what you thought about the event. You can let them know by participating in our online survey!
Grading on the Woods Estates project has caused some concerns among hilltop residents, but the City and developer Seth Woods have announced a special program to deal with the inconvenience. This comes as work is set to begin cutting in the main entrance to the project.
Council Member Kelly Krell has called for the next meeting of the Invasive Plant Task Force to meet at City Hall on Monday, October 24th at 5pm. More details inside!
Two new sponsors have joined in the fun for this weekend’s Riverdale Fall Fest. Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic and COSTCO will be providing equipment and food for the event as sponsors.
Mayor Mike Bawden explains why he’s asked three Council Members to chair “task forces” to address some of the big issues facing Riverdale now and in the future.
Riverdale resident Wendy Syverud will be put forward as the City’s newest Planning & Zoning Commission member following the Council’s acceptance of P&Z Commission Chairman Mark Griswold’s resignation on August 28th.
Just a few more volunteers are needed for the 2018 fall fest! Sign up today!
In a formal statement received by the City, Woods Construction & Development, Inc. has committed to replacing trees removed during the early steps of building the Woods Estates subdivision.
Expect grading work to continue on Saturday, September 1st but not over the rest of Labor Day weekend, according to developer Woods Construction.
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, August 28th at 7pm. UPDATE: Copies of the agenda, Council Info packet and a project update on Woods Estates are now available.
Chris Cooper, an engineer with MSA Consultants (the engineering firm representing the City of Riverdale) inspected Woods Estates storm water infrastructure last week. A “thumbs up” from MSA helps keep the project moving forward.
Are you satisfied with the state of Riverdale’s parks? Mayor Mike Bawden shares his views for the future of our City’s parks and recreational programs.
Fall Fest organizers recognize corporate sponsors for the event scheduled for September 15, 2018 at 1pm.
The next Mayor’s town hall meeting will be Sunday, August 26th at 2pm. Among items discussed will be updates on Woods Estates, Crime Prevention Task Force, the MRT Bike Trail, Fall Fest and more.
Council Member Kelly Krell puts out a call for volunteers. As many as twenty volunteers are needed to help pull together and manage Riverdale’s Fall Fest scheduled for Saturday, September 15th.
A meeting of the planning committee for the Riverdale Fall Fest will be meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at 5pm.
According to a project update report from J+M Civil Design, LLC – the engineering firm assisting Seth Woods on Riverdale’s latest home development – grading will continue on the site for the next 3-4 weeks.
What can be done to make sure bike riders obey signs on the MRT intended to prevent accidents with motorists trying to enter or exit Manor Drive and the Scott Community College entrance? We want to know what you think.
UPDATED 08/02/18: A meeting of the City’s Invasive Plant Task Force has been called for Friday, August 3rd. Click here for an updated agenda and more details.
Mayor Mike Bawden discusses why even a small city like Riverdale can’t be satisfied to keep doing things the way they’ve always been done before.
Last Monday’s training exercise pushed twenty of the RFD’s thirty volunteer fire fighters past 50 hours of intense training this year and moved the balance of the department along the goal of doubling the a state-required standard of 24 hours’ training every calendar year.
Share your story with your friends and neighbors via the Riverdale website and our weekly e-newsletter. Click to learn more!
At the July 24th City Council Meeting, Republic Services requested a contract extension with the City that would obligate Riverdale to 3% annual increases and potentially other fees through May of 2028.
Mayor Mike Bawden addresses the necessity of politics and how some simple, political principles are necessary for a community to operate openly, honestly and fairly.
In a 07/24 report to the City Council, City Administrator Tim Long reviewed discussions he had regarding problems with bikers riding through Riverdale’s Havens Acres neighborhood in order to get from the Crow Creek bike path to the riverfront bike path.
Riverdale is facing a coming invasion and you can help us stop it. Find out more in the mayor’s latest blog post!
Another organizing and planning meeting for the 2018 Fall Fest (scheduled for September 15th) has been called for Thursday evening, 07/26 at 6pm.
Firefighters from Riverdale’s Fire Department spent time in the Hy-Vee parking lot last Sunday to teach kids some important lessons about fire safety. Check out the pictures!
The City of Riverdale salutes the PVHS Spartan Softball team for winning their second, consecutive state championship. Well done!
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, July 24th at 7pm.
The Recreation Committee will meet this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Council chambers, to continue planning Fall Fest. Anyone who would like more information or would like to help is encouraged to attend.