Waller's Weekly Update - 2019

  1. July 12, 2019
  2. July 5, 2019
  3. June 28, 2019
  4. June 21, 2019
  5. June 14, 2019
  6. June 7, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  7. May 31, 2019
  8. May 24, 2019
  9. May 17, 2019
  10. May 10, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  11. May 3, 2019
  12. April 26, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  13. April 19, 2019
  14. April 12, 2019
  15. April 5, 2019
  16. March 29, 2019
  17. March 22, 2019
  18. March 15, 2019
  19. March 8, 2019
  20. March 1, 2019
  21. February 22, 2019
  22. February 15, 2019
  23. February 8, 2019
  24. February 1, 2019
  25. January 25, 2019 Supplemental
  26. January 24, 2019   Early Edition
  27. January 18, 2019
  28. January 11, 2019
  29. January 4, 2019

Ryan Waller

City Manager


Kading Neighborhood Meeting
As you are aware, Kading Properties have proposed two new developments within the City of Indianola.  In the first set of comments from Staff to the developer on the site plan, Staff suggested that the developer host a neighborhood meeting on their project.  This meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 at 6 pm, and Kading representatives have reached out to invite Council Members.  As Kading Properties is hosting/conducting this meeting to discuss a matter that will likely appear before public bodies (i.e. Planning and Zoning and City Council), please be reminded of open meeting requirements. Please let me know no later than Monday, July 15 at noon if you plan to attend this meeting so we can make sure the City is complying with Iowa Open Meetings Law if a majority of Council is attending.   

Mediacom Utility Installations
This week, staff has received multiple inquiries regarding utility work being conducted by Mediacom in various neighborhoods in Indianola.  While the City only is able to permit work within the rights-of-way, and has done so as part of this project, most of the complaints have centered on work being done in residence’s front yards.  As Council may be aware, most residential subdivision include a 15’ Public Utility Easement on the front of each lot in which utilities are able to access for the purposes of installing and replacing utilities.  Staff is working to forward complaints to Mediacom as they are received.  

EDA Economic Development Assistance Grant
This week, staff was notified that EDA’s initial review the City’s proposal for grant funding to assist in the paving of Iowa Avenue in front of the proposed 50,000 square foot Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training Program building was accepted.  The notification letter is attached.  The estimated total project cost of this paving project is approximately $1.5 Million, and this grant is able to provide up to 50% funding.  Staff will work in the coming month to submit its final application for this grant funding.  Thanks to Andy Lent and Charlie Dissell, as well as Dave Moeller and Matt Allender with Snyder and Associates, for their hard work on seeking this grant funding.

Indianola Downtown Square Streetscape Project
As the planning process of the Downtown Square Streetscape project is nearly concluded, Council will receive a presentation on the draft final report at its Monday, July 15 Study Meeting.  This week, the Downtown Square Streetscape project, which was triggered by the changes to the Warren County Courthouse/Justice Center and based off recommendations from the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Assessment on Indianola’s Downtown Square, was featured in APA – Iowa Chapter’s quarterly newsletter “A Planning Perspective”. The newsletter is attached.
 A Planning Perspective

Comprehensive Plan Update
As a reminder, the Comprehensive Plan Update survey has been released.  The survey and other information on the Comprehensive Plan Update can be found at www.elevateindianola.com.  To date, 670 surveys have been completed.  Additionally, staff and the consultants will be participating in the National Balloon Classic Parade on Saturday, July 27, 2019, beginning at 11:00 am.  During the parade, flyers advertising the survey will be handed out, as well as candy for the kids.  A poster advertising the survey has been created and is attached.  This advertisement is being shared with our community partners (i.e. School District, YMCA, Chamber, and local businesses to name a few).  To gather as much feedback as possible, we ask you to help spread the word to your constituents to participate in the survey!
Elevate Indianola Poster

Our RAGBRAI committee is in need of additional volunteers and is seeking assistance from the community.  Interested folks may register via the community’s website at indianolaragbrai.com/volunteer.  If you or other you may know are interested in volunteering, please direct them to this website.  Thank you! 

Jerry Kelley Trail
Construction on the trail project began last week on the area south of Iowa Avenue towards Memorial Park.  The initial grading is finished, and they will be working on drainage piping and culverts.  The contractor reports they are ahead of schedule and the removal of sidewalk along West Euclid near Wilder school has already begun.  The tentative schedule has the contractor beginning to construct the trail from Memorial Park to Iowa Avenue late in the week of July 22 (after RAGBRAI).  For safety reasons and to eliminate any construction traffic congestion, crews have been instructed that construction will not be possible July 22-24.

Kiwanis/Rotary Inclusive Playground Ribbon Cutting
A Ribbon Cutting ceremony has been scheduled for the new playground on Tuesday, August 6 at 4:00 pm at Pickard Park.  Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kiwanis and Rotary, the new inclusive playground has been constructed.  Members of the Rotary Club also worked to set concrete forms, spread wood chips for the safety surfacing and installed benches and a trash can.  Recognition is also owed to the Street and Parks and Recreation Departments for their assistance in installing the playground for our residents and the many visitors to Pickard Park.

Pickleball Courts
Staff has been working with the YMCA staff the possibility of relocating the community’s temporary Pickleball Courts from the Middle School to the southeast parking lot at the YMCA.  Under this plan, three courts would be available for the public to use at the YMCA.  Staff plans to present this option to the City Council for consideration at the August 5 Council Meeting.

Departmental “Shout Outs”
Attached, please find a “shout out” to the Street Department for recent work done on R63.
Shout Out - Streets

Safety Training
Human Resources is working to set up a joint safety training class for the City Council and IMU Board of Trustees.  If you have  not yet responded, please be sure to let either Melissa or Diana know.  

Out of the Office
I am out of the office July 12th.  During this time, I will be accessible via cell phone and will be checking emails.  Chief Chia may also be contacted if there are questions.

Community Development Updates
Attached, please find various updates provided by the Community Development Department.
June Permit Report
Current Projects Update
Property Maintenance
Expired Permits

Upcoming City Council Agenda
Attached, please find the draft agendas maintained by the Clerk’s Office for the upcoming meetings.  As a reminder, these are fluid documents that can change on a regular basis (i.e. some items may get added/rescheduled due to Council direction, as well as other factors that may or may not be within the control of the City departments).  If there are items that you would like more information on, please let me know. 
Draft - August 5, 2019
Draft - August 19, 2019