News, Notices and Updates
The final meeting of the Riverdale City Council in 2019 will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, December 10th in the Community Room at City Hall. This will be the last regular meeting of 2019.
Citizens attended public intake sessions on the FY21 City Budget in November and December. A summary of thoughts, requests and questions are now available for review.
Riverdale residents have one more weekend of yard work ahead of them if they hope to take advantage of an extension of yard waste pick-up services from the City’s waste contractor, Republic Services.
At a special meeting of the City Council on Monday evening (December 2nd), Council Members agreed to extend the preliminary plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision to March 1, 2020, as requested by the developer.
A special meeting of the Riverdale City Council is planned for 6:30 pm on Monday, December 2nd to grant an extension for the preliminary plat of the Woods Estates of Riverdale project.
A public intake meeting for residents interested in the long-term future of the City’s parks has been scheduled for Monday, December 16th at 7pm. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall.
The second public intake session for the City of Riverdale’s FY21 Budget is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, December 2nd.
The City of Riverdale filed its state-mandated “Annual Financial Report” with the Iowa Department of Management in advance of the December 1 deadline this week. You can review the report here.
Woods Development requests an extension for approval of the Woods Estates of Riverdale Phase I Preliminary Plat
(Update) Further research shows the preliminary plat for Phase 1 of the Woods Estates project has expired. More info expected soon. (Original Story) Jay Sommers, attorney for developer Seth Woods, has written to the City of Riverdale requesting an extension of the approval of the preliminary plat for Phase 1 of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision.
Plans have been made and now it’s time to save the date – come to help light up Riverdale City Hall for the holidays on Saturday, December 7th at 4pm.
In a recent de-briefing meeting with officials from the Bettendorf Department of Public Works (DPW), Riverdale officials shared concerns about plowing and snow clearing for the coming winter season and received a few tips for residents in return.
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, November 26 in the Community Room at City Hall.
Mayor Mike Bawden announces a change in format for future City Council Meetings in an effort to allow for public input, but reduce the time spent during each meeting.
Flags across Iowa were lowered to half-staff today on the order of Governor Kim Reynolds to honor fallen Marine Corps Reserve Private Channing R. Whitaker who was interred in a memorial service at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines this afternoon.
In a recent email to the City of Riverdale, MetroNet’s Governmental Affairs Manager, Dan Casciato, now puts the roll-out of fiber service on a two-phase track.
City Administrator, Tim Long, submitted his notice of retirement to Mayor Mike Bawden earlier this week. His last regular day of employment will be December 3, 2019.
The last town hall meeting of the year will be held in the Community Room at City Hall on Sunday, November 24th 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.
A regular meeting of the Riverdale City Council will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, November 12 in the Community Room at City Hall.
We’re interested in hearing what you think about how the first snow of the year was handled under the City of Riverdale’s new agreement with Bettendorf for plowing and snow removal services. Take the survey and let us know.
Two issues involving damage to our parks and green space appear to be favorably resolved in favor of the City of Riverdale.
Please note the closing time for the polls was previously reported as 7am – 9pm when, in fact, the polls will close at 8pm.
Congratulations to Cameron Adams on his recent selection to the National Honor Society at Pleasant Valley High School.
Public intake sessions for the City of Riverdale’s budget for FY ’21 (July 2020 – June 2021) have been set for November and December.
Mayor Mike Bawden shares his memories of his friend, “Happy Joe” Whitty and the value of volunteering to support the things you love.
Questions have been raised about six dumptruck loads of fill dirt and rock which appeared in Bicentennial Park on Wednesday, October 30th. Here are some answers.
A few friendly reminders about trick-or-treating tonight … and don’t forget to share pictures of your favorites with us!
With snow in the forecast this week and the City of Riverdale in the midst of finalizing an agreement with Bettendorf for plowing services, rest assured there IS a plan to keep our streets clean and safe for traffic.
The Riverdale City Council discussed what they thought was reasonable enforcement of the City’s code concerning a Resident’s responsibility to control their own yard waste – and how that code will be enforced this fall.
According to a media release from the Bettendorf Police Department, officers were dispatched to five reported break-ins in the Deerbrook subdivision on Thursday night (October 24). More details and video inside.
Looking for a fun thing to do this weekend? The Putnam Museum (in Davenport) is offering “Fearful Flashback” tours – guided tours by flashlight – through the museum tonight and tomorrow. Details inside …
Mayor Mike Bawden shares his point of view on how things get done in this city.
Absentee ballots are now available for the city/school election on November 5th. Click here to get information on how to receive your ballot and vote by mail.
(Updated 10-21-19) Notes from the town hall meeting on Sunday, October 20 are now available.
Have you reviewed your listing in our online phone directory? If you’d like to make a change or have your listing removed, here’s how you can do that.
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.
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.