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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Weekly Update - September 11, 2020

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Ryan Waller - City Manager


Square Streetscape

A meeting was hosted on September 10, 2020 that involved City Staff, the Indianola Chamber and Square businesses to review the current status of the Square Streetscape project (also includes the one-way to two-way conversion around the Square and along N Howard Street and N Buxton Street).  City staff and representatives from the City’s engineer on this project also attended an initiation meeting with the Iowa DNR regarding the $1 million grant awarded to the City for this project.  During the meeting, the preliminary schedule of the project was discussed, as well as the submittals required by the DNR. 

Square Parking

At its meeting on September 8th the City Council passed the final reading of an ordinance removing the three-hour parking restriction around the Square.  This action was recommended as part of a collaborative effort with the City, Chamber of Commerce and various Square businesses.  It is anticipated that another review of the parking regulations for the Square will be conducted following the completion of the County courthouse/jail project and the City’s Square Streetscape project when new parking habits and patterns can be observed and studied.  

Severe Weather Siren

Included in the City’s current budget is funding for the replacement of a severe weather warning siren located in the vicinity of W 17th Avenue.  The new siren will be installed next week by September 17th.  During this time, tests of the siren may be required to ensure it is functioning properly.  Please know that the City of Indianola is responsible for the maintenance of the sirens and Warren County Emergency Management is responsible for the activation of the sirens during severe weather events. 

Library Curbside Pickup Expanded

In response to public feedback, the Library will expand its curbside pickup to include Sunday hours.  The Library’s no-contact curbside pickup service began in April when the building was closed and has continued to grow in popularity after the Library reopened.  Initially offered two days a week, it expanded to all open hours Monday - Saturday and in October will grow to include Sunday afternoon hours.  For now, curbside pickup will be the only service offered on Sundays.

Library Chat Service

The Library is launching a new live chat service on the website.  The live chat will allow Library staff to assist patrons with inquiries while reducing the health risks associated with face-to-face interactions.  It is made possible through funding from the State Library of Iowa.

Indianola Eats Program

The next Indianola Eats Program event is scheduled for Monday, September 14th.  The event is hosted in the parking lot located at 1801 West Second Avenue (across from Sports Page).  This program is funded by a $62,700 grant. 

Beggars’ Night

As of the writing of this update, a decision regarding the annual Beggars’ Night has not been made.  The City continues to monitor the current events and will be reviewing available options.  Information will be provided via the City’s communication tools (i.e. social media, website, and weekly updates) as details are available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Pavement Crack Sealing

Streets Division staff began preparations for the pavement crack sealing process.  Crack sealing is generally performed during the fall (in October) or spring (in March) to help prolong the life and integrity of pavement life. Streets Division staff plans to seal approximately 14,000’ of pavement on North 15th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Iowa Avenue), North 14th Street (between Iowa Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue), Spruce Street (between 2nd Avenue and the dead-end), East Iowa Avenue (between 8th Street and 15th Street), and West Iowa Avenue (between 1st Street and D Street).

Community Development Reports

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

  • Current Projects Update

    • This week, the site plan for Crow’s Nest RV park was approved, as well as the construction documents for Ashton Park Plat 7.  Of the 15 projects listed, three are awaiting a submittal from the Developer, two are in review, eight have been approved and are in construction, and two were recently completed.   
  • 2020 Building Permits

    • This week, one building permit application was submitted and six permits (all new dwellings) were issued. There are currently seven building permit applications in review and 149 building permits that have been issued year to date.
  • Code Enforcement

    • This week, four code enforcement cases were opened. There are currently 23 open code enforcement cases (88 cases have been opened for the year).

City Council Anticipated Agendas

Attached, please find documents containing anticipated agenda items for the September 21st and October 5th upcoming meetings.  These are working drafts.  Agendas are published on the City’s website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting.
Anticipated Draft Agenda - September 21, 2020
Anticipated Draft Agenda -  October 5, 2020

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