Waller's Weekly Update 2020

  1. September 18, 2020
  2. September 11, 2020
  3. September 4, 2020
  4. August 28, 2020
  5. August 21, 2020
  6. August 13, 2020
  7. August 7, 2020
  8. July 30, 2020
  9. July 24, 2020
  10. July 17, 2020
  11. July 10, 2020
  12. July 2, 2020
  13. June 26, 2020
  14. June 19, 2020
  15. June 12, 2020
  16. June 5, 2020
  17. May 29, 2020
  18. May 22, 2020
  19. May 15, 2020
  20. May 8, 2020
  21. May 1, 2020
  22. April 24, 2020
  23. April 17, 2020
  24. April 10, 2020
  25. April 3, 2020
  26. March 27, 2020
  27. March 20, 2020
  28. March 13, 2020
  29. March 6, 2020
  30. February 28, 2020
  31. February 21, 2020
  32. February 14, 2020
  33. February 7, 2020
  34. January 31, 2020
  35. January 24, 2020
  36. January 17, 2020
  37. January 10, 2020
  38. January 3, 2020

Ryan J. Waller - City Manager

September 21st City Council Meetings

The City Council will meet on Monday, September 21st 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 at http://indianolaiowa.gov/AgendaCenter.  Please note the packet was re-published this afternoon to update an event application (agenda item 5.F.3) and include the proper credit owed to the City for a pay application (agenda item 5.G.2).  The meetings will be aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (login information may be found in the meeting packet).

Road Use Tax

The City’s road budget is funded by revenues collected by and distributed from the State of Iowa.  The revenue is generated from fees and taxes established by the State on vehicle registrations, as well as fuel and vehicle purchases.  The City recently received the latest disbursement from the State and is approximately $36,000 ahead of budget for the same period last year.  While this is positive news, there are many factors that may yet impact this funding.  City staff continues to monitor this funding to ensure the City may respond quickly and responsibly to changes.  

Infrastructure Repairs

Streets Division staff repaired a failed pavement section near the intersection of North N Street and West Euclid Avenue. This work required 40 hours of labor and 18.5 cubic yards of concrete.  Staff also rebuilt a failed stormwater intake in the 1200 block of Ann Parkway that required 32 hours of labor and 9.5 cubic yards of concrete.

Trail Crossing Signage

Streets Division staff installed 32 additional warning signs for recreational trail crossings that required 16 hours of labor. These warning signs inform motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians of proper yielding.

Hillcrest Traffic Signal

The City recently discovered a programming flaw on the signal controller at the intersection of Jefferson Way and Hillcrest Avenue.  City representatives implemented a temporary fix and are working with the manufacturer of the signal controller to ensure the programing flaw is resolved.

South K Street

The City’s contractor, Jerico Services, completed the third and final application of dust control for this year on South K Street, between 2nd Avenue and 17th Street.  This annual program, which helps control fugitive dust caused by traffic, consists of applying liquid calcium chloride to this gravel road.  This annual program will continue until South K Street is paved, which is programmed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). 

Warren County Justice Center Update

This week, the project manager for the construction site reported that they are moving to the south side of the building and that deliveries will be unloaded on the southeast corner of the site.

Community Development Reports

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

  • Current Projects Update

    • Of the 15 projects listed, four are awaiting a submittal from the Developer, four are in review, six have been approved and are in construction, and one was recently completed.    
  • 2020 Building Permits

    • This week, four building permit applications were submitted, including three for new dwellings, and two building permits were issued. There are currently eight building permit applications in review and 151 building permits that have been issued year to date.
  • Code Enforcement

    • This week, seven code enforcement cases were opened, and two were closed. There are currently 29 open code enforcement cases (96 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year).
  • Des Moines Home Builders Association

    • The Des Moines Home Builders Association issued their August 2020 building permit report.  The Des Moines Metro area reported 143 less permits for dwellings in August 2020 compared to August 2019 and has seen 174 more permits for dwellings year-to-date in 2020 compared to 2019.  Indianola issued two more building permits for dwellings in August 2020 compared to August 2019 and has issued seven more year to date compared to 2019.

City Council Anticipated Agendas

Attached, please find documents containing anticipated agenda items for the October 5th and October 19th upcoming meetings.  These are working drafts.  Agendas are published on the City’s website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting.