Waller's Weekly Update 2020

  1. March 27, 2020
  2. March 20, 2020
  3. March 13, 2020
  4. March 6, 2020
  5. February 28, 2020
  6. February 21, 2020
  7. February 14, 2020
  8. February 7, 2020
  9. January 31, 2020
  10. January 24, 2020
  11. January 17, 2020
  12. January 10, 2020
  13. January 3, 2020
  14. April 3, 2020

Ryan Waller - City Manager


City Budget

The City’s Fiscal Year 21 budget (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) was approved at the City Council’s March 25 meeting.  The approval concludes the extensive nine-month budget development process.  As has been shared repeatedly in public presentations throughout the process, the approved budget continues implementation of the plan adopted by the City Council in 2018 to correct shortages in the City’s public safety staffing levels and helps address a staffing deficiency in the Library.  As a result of the economic growth of our community (over $173 million in the last four years) and the State’s mandated “rollback” on properties’ valuations, the impact of the City’s portion of the property tax bill ($13.63/$1,000 of assessed value) will remain relatively unchanged unless a home’s value increased (illustrated on slide eight of the presentation).  The presentation may be found at http://indianolaiowa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10745/City-of-Indianola-FY21-Budget_March-25-2020-Presentation.

Census

Indianola’s response rate to the 2020 U.S. Census (39.8%) continues to outpace that of the State of Iowa (36.4%) and the Nation (30.2%).  Only Ankeny, Clive, Johnston and Urbandale have a higher response rate than our community.  Thank you all who have submitted their responses to date.  This is a great trend for our community!

Quail Meadows Lift Station

The City’s contractor (Vanderpool Construction) has started on the Quail Meadows lift station project.  The scheduled work includes beginning the access road for the lift station (between Theisens and Shottenkirk Ford) and commencing construction on the gravity portion of the sewer from the existing manhole in this area.

Waste Management Letter

Attached is a letter dated March 24 from Ammon Taylor, Public Sector Representative, providing notice of force majeure as a result of COVID-19.
Waste Management March 24th Letter

Alternative Scheduling

Beginning Monday, the Water Pollution Control and Public Works Departments will be transitioning to an alternative staffing schedule. This action is taken to ensure necessary infrastructure work continues while ensuring the safety of our team members.

Parks

The Parks staff continues to prepare the park system for spring and summer.  The restrooms that would normally be opened around April 15 are ready to have the water turned on and barring any major repairs, can be up and running soon after the pandemic clears.  The greenhouse is full of flowers that will be planted in May around parks, the square, the medians and other city properties.  Work also continues to prepare all the flower beds.  As the weather warms up, we anticipate the mowing crews will begin mowing in parks, along trails and other city properties in the next two weeks.  

Pool

At the Aquatic Center, the removal of sealant inside the pool was completed a few weeks ago as the painting project is scheduled to begin the middle of next week.  New coats of paint will be added to both pools as well as replacement of all the caulking of concrete seams.  This work is needed to ensure the safety of the pool users and protect the concrete shell of the pools from the water and elements.  The Water Pollution Control team also installed a new pump for the water slides earlier this month.  Another example of the city departments working together to save in the cost of installation.  Many of the pool staff have been hired and training is scheduled to begin in May.  The American Red Cross has suspended all lifeguard classes, but also extended the certifications for 90 days.  We are working with the Red Cross and area cities to reschedule courses for new staff and plan to begin these in May.  

Recreation Programs

Programs have been cancelled or postponed and facility rentals cancelled through April 16.  Staff has worked to contact customers to notify of changes and process and issue full refunds or credit.  Registration for the summer season begins the week of March 30 and our staff will be available by phone and email for questions during the duration of the office and facility closures.  Online registration continues to be encouraged and will continue as normal.  We are also trying to use our Facebook page to post ideas of things to do while quarantined as well as a few virtual programs to still have people Experience the Fun!

Departmental “Shout Outs”

Attached, please find this week’s “shout outs” to members of the Team.
Shout Out - Fire
Shout Out - Parks

Warren County Justice Center Weekly Update

Attached is an update from DCI on activity that will take place regarding this project.
Warren County Justice Center Weekly Email

Community Development Updates

Attached please find various updates provided by the Community Development Department.
Building Permits
Code Enforcement
Current Projects Update

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 - April 6, 2020
Draft - April 20, 2020