Waller's Weekly Update - 2019

  1. May 10, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  2. May 3, 2019
  3. April 26, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  4. April 19, 2019
  5. April 12, 2019
  6. April 5, 2019
  7. March 29, 2019
  8. March 22, 2019
  9. March 15, 2019
  10. March 8, 2019
  11. March 1, 2019
  12. February 22, 2019
  13. February 15, 2019
  14. February 8, 2019
  15. February 1, 2019
  16. January 25, 2019 Supplemental
  17. January 24, 2019   Early Edition
  18. January 18, 2019
  19. January 11, 2019
  20. January 4, 2019

Andrew Lent

Director of Finance

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Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
The Indianola Fire Department will be holding its annual pancake breakfast tomorrow, Saturday, May 11th from 7 to 11 AM at the fire station. 

Square Streetscape Open House
Last fall the City, Indianola Chamber of Commerce, and Warren County Economic Development Corporation partnered with Iowa Economic Development Authority on conducting an assessment of our community’s Square. This process was wonderfully successful because of the input and feedback received from the community. A key recommendation that resulted was for the community to engage in a streetscape design process. As you will recall, Council approved a professional service agreement with Bolton and Menk in February to begin a streetscape master plan for our Downtown.  Since that time, Bolton and Menk has managed the project through data collection and stakeholder outreach.  The next step in the process is to host a public open house, which will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 PM at the Sagewood Events Venue, located at 117 E Salem.  The invitation is attached for more information.  

Courthouse Demolition
You may have noticed a couple of TV news stories on the courthouse demolition. The main focus of those stories was the removal of the trees. Also, as you are aware the fencing is beyond the curb on the north side of the square. Please be aware that this is a county project. The removal of the trees was a decision of the county and the fencing is on the county property. Any questions or concerns by citizens should be directed to their county board of supervisor representative.

Warren County Justice Center Weekly Work Plan

At the request of City staff, the County’s contractor will be providing a weekly work plan to the City regarding the Justice Center project.  This week’s update is attached.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Article
An article that appeared in the Des Moines Register on Wednesday about the new wastewater treatment facility is attached.

Outstanding Employee Contributions
Each week, our employees contribute time and effort beyond expectations to contribute to the city with big results making the city look good, saving money, or other similar contributions. This week Matt Anders, Ben Burzette, and Gary Cunningham made repairs on the loader, backhoe, and street sweeper that resulted in a $750 savings for the city. Thank you gentlemen!

Jerry Kelley Trail
The first Pre-Construction meeting was held on Thursday, May 9 with representatives from Howrey Construction, I-DOT, Snyder, City and IMU.  The tentative start date for the project is June 17.  We will be working with the contractor to begin notifying the neighbors in the coming weeks.

Spring Planting Blitz
The Parks staff and numerous volunteers will be planting flowers in Buxton Park, Sesquicentennial Park and city flower beds on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15.  Thousands of flowers will be planted to beautify the city during these two days.  These efforts are made possible by the hundreds of volunteer hours not only on planting days, but also with their help in the greenhouse growing them from seeds and their help all throughout the summer and fall during clean up and removal.

Cleaning of Trails
During the City Council meeting a question was asked about trail cleaning. The Parks Department performs this cleaning throughout the year on an “as needed” basis. The staff utilizes a multi-purpose vehicle that has a brush attachment.

Figure 8 Races
As discussed during the May 6th City Council meeting, the Figure 8 races went beyond their permitted time. City staff will be sending a letter to the event organizers reminding them of the permitted times. Also, county dispatch personnel and our police force were notified of the recent issue. Our officers will respond accordingly if there are problems in the future.  

Police Department News
Congratulations to our police department. The department received word that a funding request was approved for $14,250 from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. The funds will be used towards special overtime enforcement pay, a new in-car camera and a new radar unit. 

Additional Attachments
Property Maintenance Database
Expired Permits Report
Current Projects Update

Council Agenda Draft - May 20, 2019
Council Agenda Draft - June 3, 2019