Waller's Weekly Update 2021

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

WALLER'S WEEKLY UPDATE 2021


Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) Petition

The City was notified that another petition has been filed against the City of Indianola regarding the Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) project. A copy of the petition is linked below.  In response to the petition, the State of Iowa is required to conduct a hearing (notice linked below), which will be held on August 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Warren County Administrative Building (301 N. Buxton Street).  A formal City Council agenda for this meeting is also forthcoming.

Petition (PDF)

State Hearing Notice (PDF)

 

August 2 City Council Meeting

The City Council will meet on Monday, August 2 for its regular meeting. The agenda 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).

Agenda Center (LINK)

W. Boston Avenue Reconstruction Project

The City received notice earlier this week that the first deposit of funding in the amount of $1,193,306.98 being received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has been approved.  The funding, which can only be used for certain infrastructure, will be used to reconstruct W. Boston Avenue, between F and D Streets.  The City Council recently approved an agreement for the necessary engineering to take place for this project, which will include new storm and sanitary sewers, water main and driving surface.  This area was quickly identified as a priority using data from the City’s recently completed multi-year studies of the city’s infrastructure.

City’s Credit Score Assigned

As part of the financing for the re-construction of E Hillcrest and the paving of South K Street, the City was required to go through a credit score review with Moodys, one of the three credit rating agencies for governments. Linked below is the presentation that was reviewed with the analyst with Moodys. Following the review, the City’s outstanding credit rating of Aa2 was re-affirmed, which means the City has a “very high credit quality with very low risk.”  This rating, which according to Moodys is thanks in part to the City’s “healthy financial operations and strong reserves”, has allowed the City to recently refinance existing debt and secure financing for vital infrastructure projects at a rate below 1%.  In its latest assessment of the City, Moodys assigned the rating of AAA (the best possible) for factors entirely within the control of the City’s Mayor/City Council and Staff and that influence a credit score.  The City’s financial advisor shared, “‘Aa2’ is the third-highest possible rating.  With a population of 16,015 and just over a $1 billion valuation, that is a true achievement!”  

Moody Presentation (PDF)

 

Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) Project Update

Phase 1 of the Square Reconstruction Project continued this week on Salem Avenue, between B Street and Howard Street, with completion of water service connections and fire hydrant placement.   Storm sewer installation also continued.   The contractor has started breaking the existing concrete pavement on Buxton Street, between Salem and Ashland.  Next week, the contractor will continue construction work on Salem Avenue, which will include the installation of storm sewer infrastructure, commencement of pavement subgrade work.  The excavation work will continue for storm sewer infrastructure on Salem Avenue and then extend north on Buxton Street.  It is anticipated that Phase 1 construction will be completed by mid-November. 

Project Information (LINK)

Mailboxes Relocation

As part of the Square Reconstruction Project, a new drive-through lane for drop-off mailboxes has been completed and is open for use.  A picture is provided via the link below.  The mailboxes are located on the west side of the south-bound lane of South Buxton Street adjacent to the Post Office building.  Thank you to our partners at the Indianola Post Office on this project.   Thank you to the community for their patience and understanding as these improvements were being made.  

Mailbox (PICTURE)

Rental Housing Program

The State of Iowa requires cities with a population of 15,000 or more to adopt a residential rental inspection code. The City is hosting two community meetings to meet with property owners/managers and tenants to collect input and answer questions about the program, which is currently under development. The meetings are scheduled for August 5th and 12th.  Both meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Activity Center (2204 West 2nd Avenue).  An online survey is also available for those that are unable to attend the community meetings. Details about the program and the community events may be found via the links provided below. 

Information about the Rental Housing Program (LINK)

Rental Housing Survey (LINK)

Community Meetings RSVP (LINK)

 

Community Development Reports

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

Current Projects Update (PDF)

This week, a site plan was submitted for Executive Laser Wash at the corner of North Jefferson Way and East Hillcrest Avenue.  Of the 19 projects listed, one is awaiting a submittal from the developer, nine are in review, and nine have been approved and are in construction.

2021 Building Permits (PDF)

This week, six building permits were submitted and eight were issued. There are currently six building permit applications in review and 117 building permits have been issued year-to-date.

Code Enforcement (PDF)

There are currently 28 open code enforcement cases (80 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.

Anticipated Draft Agenda – August 16, 2021 (PDF)
Anticipated Draft Agenda – September 7, 2021 (PDF)