News, Notices and Updates
All residents of Riverdale are advised that a heavy snowfall is expected this weekend and to take appropriate action to allow road cleaning and maintenance crews full access to the City’s streets and other public infrastructure.
(Updated 01/06/20) – The agenda for the special meeting of the Riverdale City Council set for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:00 pm has been modified to include the public hearing and consideration of a second item concerning the Woods Estates of Riverdale project.
A meeting to set goals for the City of Riverdale and to discuss process has been set for Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 2pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Drivers who use the I-74 bridge will see traffic patterns change once again in the coming months to allow construction of the new bridge to proceed without major delays.
A public hearing of the City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm to take public input on the Phase 1 plat for the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision.
Beware of scam text messages being sent to people in the Quad Cities telling them they’ve won a Walmart gift card worth $1,000.
In an update received from developer Seth Woods today, it appears the new stoplights at the Arconic main entrance will be operational by the close of business on January 7th.
The city of Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the final plat for Phase 1 of the Woods Estates of Riverdale subdivision following a public hearing on Wednesday, December 18th.
Flags around Riverdale were flying at half-staff today in honor of University of Iowa coaching legend, Hayden Fry, who passed away yesterday, December 17, 2019.
(Update: 12-18-19) We’ve added even more pictures from Riverdale’s first Holiday Celebration. Including more pictures with kids and the “Jolly Old Elf” himself.
A lightly attended public information meeting regarding the future of the City’s parks still managed to come up with a few great suggestions in advance of the more formal process slated to start in January.
The US Census Bureau has raised its pay rates for people helping administer the 2020 Census in the Quad City area. Hourly rates in Scott County have gone up to $21/hour.
The Riverdale City Council authorized staff to proceed with requesting proposals for landscaping services on City-owned grounds and green spaces. Proposals will be for a three-year period (2020 through 23) and will provide a number of service levels for consideration.
(Updated 12-10-19) 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.
(Updated: 12-10-19) The Riverdale City Council authorizes MSA Professional Services to begin the bid preparation process for the Havens Acres Roadway Rehabilitation Project.
The Riverdale City Council has agreed to fund repairs of the Riverdale Fire Department’s air compressor system as it begins the process of determining how to replace it over the next two years.
At its final meeting of the year, the Riverdale City Council approved nearly $10,000 in timber management services for Bicentennial and Peggy’s Parks in 2020.
At their upcoming public hearing and commission meeting(s), the City of Riverdale’s Planning and Zoning Commission will be reviewing material provided by the developer in support of his application. You can review that material, too.
Dates for public hearings concerning review and determinations concerning the Phase 1 plat for the Woods Estates Subdivision have been set.
Lisa Kotter, former city administrator in Geneseo and Moline, was appointed by the Riverdale City Council to serve as interim city administrator following the retirement of Tim Long.
The Riverdale City Council authorized the issuance of $10 Million in conduit bond financing in support of the new Wellspire senior living community being developed in Bettendorf. The financing is expected to close at the end of the month.
P&Z Commissioner, Kevin Adams, resigned from the board at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council and long-time resident, Teri Stickler, was appointed to fill the position.
At its last regular meeting of 2019, the Riverdale City Council agreed to sell the City’s street sweeper as it prepares to enter into a contract for street sweeping services.
Mayor Mike Bawden discusses how the community should respond when violent events occur within the city.
Materials are now available online for 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.
Just a reminder to Riverdale residents – Monday morning is the last yard waste pick-up of the year, so get your leaves and other yard waste to the curb Sunday night for an early Monday morning pick-up.
Flags in Riverdale are flying at half-staff today (December 7th) in honor of those who lost their life in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. This is part of a national commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the event which launched the United States into World War II.
The dance team from Pleasant Valley High School (located in Riverdale) took two, first-place finishes at the ISDTA State Dance Team Championships in Des Moines on Friday, December 6th. Way to go!
A meeting of the City of Riverdale’s Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, December 9th at City Hall.
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.
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!