Waller's Weekly Update 2021

  1. September 17, 2021
  2. September 10, 2021
  3. September 3, 2021
  4. August 27, 2021
  5. August 20, 2021
  6. August 13, 2021
  7. August 6, 2021
  8. July 30, 2021
  9. July 23, 2021
  10. July 16, 2021
  11. July 9, 2021
  12. July 2, 2021
  13. June 25, 2021
  14. June 18, 2021
  15. June 11, 2021
  16. June 4, 2021
  17. May 28, 2021
  18. May 21, 2021
  19. May 14, 2021
  20. May 7, 2021
  21. April 30, 2021
  22. April 23, 2021
  23. April 16, 2021
  24. April 9, 2021
  25. April 2, 2021
  26. March 26, 2021
  27. March 19, 2021
  28. March 12, 2021
  29. March 5, 2021
  30. February 26, 2021
  31. February 19, 2021
  32. February 12, 2021
  33. February 5, 2021
  34. January 29, 2021
  35. January 22, 2021
  36. January 15, 2021
  37. January 8, 2021

Ryan J. Waller - City Manager

City Election Information

The filing deadline for those running for municipal elections was Thursday, September 16.   Linked below is the list of candidates, in the order nomination papers were received, for the respective elected offices.  Also linked below is a template of an informational letter provided to all candidates.  Thank you to those who are running for election this coming November.

Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) Project Update

Phase 1 of the Square Reconstruction Project continued this week with installation of curb and gutters on Salem Avenue (between Buxton and Howard Streets), construction of sidewalk ramps at the intersection of Salem Avenue and B Street, and mainline paving on Buxton Street.  Next week, curb and gutter placement will take place on Buxton Street, and preparation work for the placement of permeable pavers will begin.  Additionally, it is anticipated that the Intersection of B Street and Salem will be reopened to traffic next week.  Phase 1 construction is expected to be completed by mid-November (weather permitting).

Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) Construction Update

Through Pay Application #15 that was submitted August 31, the contractor has been paid 55.7% of the contract. The total work completed and stored to date is 58.6% of the total contract, which breaks down to work completed of 52% with the remainder in stored materials. As of this Pay Application, 65% of the time has been used. The project is currently $73,288.00 under budget.  Linked below are two drone photos of the site that Indianola resident Nathan Seberg took on September 13. 

Valley Place Pavement Reconstruction Project

The Valley Place reconstruction project is currently underway.  If traveling in this area, please use caution and allow for extra travel time.  The project will replace the failed pavement on Valley Place, from North 1st Street to North Jefferson Way.  This project is staged in two different phases to allow vehicular access to all properties directly impacted by this construction. The first stage is nearing completion on the west end of this project.  The second stage on the east end of this project, as shown in the attached map, is anticipated to begin Tuesday, September 21.  During this stage, the outer southbound lane (westernmost lane) and the northbound center left-turn lane on North Jefferson Way, at its intersection with Valley Place, will be temporarily closed beginning September 21.  This temporary lane closure on North Jefferson Way is anticipated to last three weeks.  The project is expected to be completed by October 30, 2021. 

September 20 City Council Meetings

The City Council will meet on Monday, September 20 for its regular meeting and study session (immediately follows regular meeting). The agendas and comprehensive meeting materials are available on the City’s website (linked below).  The meetings are aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (links and login information may be found in the meeting packet).


Knotfest, a concert being organized by a private promotions company, will be taking place on Saturday, September 25 and will be held at the balloon field east of town.  The event is expected to draw 30,000 visitors to the area.   Organizers have arranged for buses to bring concertgoers to the venue.  Bus routes originate at Southridge Mall and will not go through town.   Non-bus vehicular traffic is expected to use State Highways 65-69 and 92.  Residents should expect traffic delays and, if possible, use alternative routes. 

Rental Housing Program

The State of Iowa requires cities with a population of 15,000 or more to adopt a residential rental inspection code.  On Thursday, September 30, the City is hosting an additional community meeting to collect input, as well as answer questions about the program, which is currently under development.  This meeting will focus on the final draft ordinance and the draft inspection checklist.  This meeting was requested by the property owners/landlords at the last meeting on August 12.  This meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Activity Center (2204 West 2nd Avenue).  Details about the program and the community events may be found via the links provided below. 

Community Development Reports

Attached are the following reports provided by the Community Development Department:

  • Current Projects Update (PDF)

    • Of the 16 projects listed, eight are in review, two have been approved and are awaiting construction to begin, and six are in construction.
  • 2021 Building Permits (PDF)

    • This week, two building permits were submitted and four were issued. There are currently 16 building permit applications in review and 143 building permits have been issued year-to-date.
  • Code Enforcement (PDF)

    • There are currently 27 open code enforcement cases (116 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year). 

City Council Anticipated Agendas

Below please find links to the documents containing anticipated agenda items for upcoming City Council meetings.  These are working drafts.  Agendas are published on the City’s website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting.