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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Weekly Update - October 16, 2020


Ryan J. Waller - City Manager

Comp Plan Award

Congratulations, Indianola!  Our community was awarded the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan by the American Planning Association-Iowa Chapter.  This award was made possible because of your significant involvement during the extensive 21-month review process.  This was a remarkable community effort!  Work has already begun on implementing identified recommendations as the City is now conducting a thorough review of various codes to ensure alignment with the plan.  You may read the press release and other relevant information on the City’s website (see link below). 

October 19th City Council Meetings

The City Council will meet on Monday, October 19th for its regular meeting and study session that immediately follows the regular meeting.  The agendas and comprehensive meeting materials are available on the City’s website.  The meetings are aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (relevant links and login information may be found in the meeting packet).

Mayor Vacancy

In accordance with State Code, the City Council has taken the necessary action to fill the vacancy of the mayor.  The remaining term for the position ends on December 31, 2021.  Residents interested in serving the community in this position are encouraged to visit the City’s website (see link below) for additional information.  Completed applications, with all required attachments, must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Fall Drop-off Event

The 2020 Fall Drop Off event is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at the Indianola Brush Facility.  Details may be found on the City’s website (see link below). 


Earlier this week, the City was notified that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approved the design concept for the Square Streetscape project.  DNR review was required as part of the $1 million grant that was awarded to the City for this project.  

Gubernatorial Visit

Governor Reynolds visited Indianola today and made stops at the Des Moines Metro Opera building and the Square.  Members of our Hometown Pride Committee served as tour guides.  Linked below is the one-page handout of a few major City projects involving the State.  

Briefing Schedule

The briefing schedule and hearing date have been set for Kading Properties, LLC v. City of Indianola, Iowa.  The court hearing date is scheduled for January 15, 2021.  

Community Development Reports

Linked below are the reports provided by the Community Development Department:

  • Current Projects Update (PDF)

    • A final walk through of Missouri Valley occurred this week.  Of the 15 projects listed, four are awaiting a submittal from the Developer, one is in review, eight have been approved and are in construction, and two were recently completed.    
  • 2020 Building Permits (PDF)

    • Nine building permits were issued this week.  There are currently five building permit applications in review and 169 building permits have been issued to date.
  • Code Enforcement (PDF)

    • There are currently 22 open code enforcement cases (102 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year).  
  • Des Moines Home Builders Association (PDF)

    • The Des Moines Home Builders Association issued their September 2020 building permit report this week.  The Des Moines Metro area reported 138 more permits for dwellings in September 2020 compared to September 2019 and has seen 292 more permits for dwellings year-to-date in 2020 compared to 2019.  Indianola issued 13 more building permits for dwellings in September 2020 compared to September 2019 and has issued 20 more year to date compared to 2019.

City Council Anticipated Agendas

Below please find links to the documents containing anticipated agenda items for the October 29th, November 2nd, 9th and 16th upcoming meetings.  These are working drafts.  Agendas are published on the City’s website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting.

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