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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Community Update - November 23, 2022

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Community Update – November 23, 2022


Happy Thanksgiving!

The City of Indianola would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful we have the opportunity to serve the residents in one of the best communities in Iowa.

Non-emergency offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25.

News from the Fire Department

Mayor Erickson administered the Oath of Office to three career Firefighter/Paramedics at the November 21 council meeting. Jill Burrell, Mark Butcher, and Reed Smith have worked for the City of Indianola for just over a year as full-time members of the Fire Department. 

Career Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Settles recently received his National EMS Certification. The National component requires continuing education on top of the state certification education. 

Congratulations to these employees! There is a growing need for Career Firefighter/Paramedics across the country. If you would like to join the esteemed staff at the City of Indianola, please visit the employment opportunities on our website. 

City Council Update

The Indianola City Council met in study session and regular session on Monday, November 21, 2022.  The meetings can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwqdy2irWQILB_1QzcVrdw

During the study session, Council received an update on the Arts Master Plan and discussed the proposed ordinance and by-laws for the Sustainability Committee. More information can be found in the study session agenda packet.

Among the items Council approved in the regular meeting were:

  • Payment Applications for the Water Resource Recovery Facility project, Boston Avenue project, and the Square Reconstruction project
  • Annual reports from the Finance Department
  • Applications for exemption of sign code at 1010 N Jefferson Way and 102 N Jefferson Way
  • An amendment to Chapter 165 by adding a sign code and deleting Chapter 167
  • Preliminary Plats for Indianola Industrial Park 3 and Heritage Hills Plat 12
  • Authorization of the execution of an Infrastructure Agreement by and between the City of Indianola and Indianola Industrial Park LLC
  • A motion of intent to accept the Warren County Historical Society’s offer to purchase real property located at 1206 W 2nd Avenue

More information on these items and others can be found in the council packet.  To learn how to find and download agendas and packets and receive notifications when they are published, please watch this video.

Upcoming Council Meetings

Draft agendas for the upcoming Council meetings can be found at the link below. These are working drafts and are subject to change. Agendas are published on the City's website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting. The next regular Council meeting will be on Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. A study session will precede the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

December 5, 2022 (PDF)

December 19, 2022 (PDF)

City Budget

The City’s fiscal year begins on July 1, but the budget for the next year begins soon after! Staff is finalizing the details on departmental budgets. The capital improvement plan was recently presented to the Council. A preliminary budget report will be presented at the December 19 Council study session.

Boards and Commissions

There are numerous Boards & Commissions with current openings that provide citizens an opportunity to have an impact on our community by advising the City Council on various areas. If you are interested in serving, please visit our website for more information and the application

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