Community Updates 2022
Community Update – January 21, 2022
City Council Update
The Indianola City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwqdy2irWQILB_1QzcVrdw
Among the items Council approved were:
- Payment Application Number 19 for the Water Resource Recovery Facility. As of this week, the substantial completion date for this project is May 14, 2022 with final completion on July 24, 2022.
- Ordinances amending noise regulations, mobile food vendor requirements and zoning district at 404 South Jefferson Way.
- Payment Application Number 7 for the Streetscape Project. Phase One is substantially complete. The next phase will tentatively begin in early March.
Boards and Commissions
The Council also appointed Jane Whalen to the Board of Adjustment, Deb White to the IMU Board of Trustees, and re-appointed Sarah Ritchie to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
If you would like to volunteer to help your community, please visit our website to find opportunities. The Civil Service Commission, Human Relations Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission have immediate openings. We will be accepting applications for other boards and commissions this summer.
Set Your Calendar!
The City Council has scheduled several public hearings for February. To have your voice heard, attend the meeting in person, or submit a public comment form ahead of time. (http://www.indianolaiowa.gov/FormCenter/City-Hall-9/Public-Comment-76)
February 7 hearings:
- Fiscal Year 22 Budget Amendment
- 1201 North Jefferson Way Sign Exemption Request
- Right-of-way vacation and conveyance of the portion of the north/south alley that lies west of Lot 14 of the Plat of Jones and Windles Addition to Indianola
- Right-of-way vacation and conveyance of a portion of the north/south alley that lies between Lots 5 and 6 in Block 8 of the Original Town Plan of Indianola
- 2110 Country Club Road Rezoning Request
- Rezoning request for approximately 60 acres of property generally located southwest of the intersection of East Hillcrest Avenue and 143rd Street from M-1 (Limited Industrial Zoning District) to M-2 (General Industrial Zoning District)
- Plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Downtown Monument Project
February 22 hearings:
- Fiscal Year 23 Maximum Property Tax Dollars Hearing
- Plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2022 Infrastructure Improvements on West Boston, North F Street and West Clinton Avenue
After the regular meeting, the Council heard a presentation on the Streetscape Project by Chadd Kahlsdorf, with Bolten and Menk, the City’s engineer for the project. Key points of the presentation were:
- Discussion on Phase 1
- Lessons learned
- Project phasing update
Akhilesh Pal, Public Works Director, also gave a presentation on the Street Department during the Study Session. Key points of the presentation were:
- Department activities, responsibilities, and priorities
- Capital Improvement Plan
- Need for increased staffing
- Speed limit and stop sign regulations
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, February 7, 2022.
Prior to their regular meeting, the Council will attend two special meetings: one on January 26 with other leaders around Warren County to discuss possible funding assistance for the Des Moines Airport terminal expansion project; and one on January 31 for the Council’s annual strategic planning session.
After the snowstorm on January 15th, the Streets staff completed the snow removal operations by using 224 hours of labor and 81 tons of salt-sand mix, and 7 tons of straight salt. They have also hauled 250 truckloads of snow from the downtown area and seven parking lots.
Community Update – January 7, 2022
City Council Update
The Indianola City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 3, 2022. The meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwqdy2irWQILB_1QzcVrdw
During this meeting, Council unanimously approved:
- A payment application for the Influent Trunk Sewer and Outfall Sewer Project in the amount of $327,624.64
- The second consideration of two ordinances pertaining to noise ordinances and mobile food vendors
- The final completion and payment on the 2019 Drainage Improvement Project by T.K. Concrete
- Setting a public hearing for a FY22 budget amendment to be held on February 7, 2022
- Appointing representation to MPO and CIRTPA (Councilman Richardson, Mayor Erickson, Interim City Manager Charlie Dissell and Public Works Director Akhilesh Pal)
- Membership to the newly-formed Mid-Iowa Planning Alliance for Community Development
- The referral of rezoning applications to the Planning and Zoning Commission for the commission to review and send a recommendation back to the Council.
- An extension to the operating agreement with Bird Rides through December 31, 2022. Bird Rides plans to place the scooters around the community after winter. The City has no financial obligations with this agreement.
- A Hold Harmless Agreement between the City of Indianola and Warren County Conservation Board regarding the Middleswart Lodge, located at 15875 118th Avenue
Charlie Dissell, Interim City Manager reported the Square was opened to all traffic on December 30; the Streetscape Project engineer will give an update on the project at a future council meeting and has put together a guide for business owners on how to care for new sidewalks; compared 2020 and 2021 building permit applications and valuations; and thanked City staff for their work plowing snow during the first significant snowfall event.
After the regular meeting, the Council heard a presentation by Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Andrew Lent on the Fiscal Year 23 Budget in their study session. Key points of the presentation were:
- Proposed personnel changes: Community and Economic Development adding an associate planner; Police Dept moving an employee from part-time to full-time; Fire/EMS promoting 3 employees to captain and pursuing a grant for 3 additional full-time employees; Public Works adding 2 full-time employees and promoting one employee to Crew Leader.
- Other Significant Changes: WCEDC requests a $25,000 increase in contribution; IMU Shared Services will decrease due to IMU taking over their payroll and some IT services; other anticipated requests (HIRTA, Des Moines Airport)
- FY23 Civic Organization Requests
- Impact Items: Valuations from County; GEMT Funding; IMU Franchise Fees/PILOT Payments; Health Insurance Increase; IMU Utility Fee Increases, if any.
- Next Steps: Finalize proposed budget after valuations are received; budget briefings with Council Members; Budget Presentation on February 7; Maximum Property Tax Dollar Hearing on February 22; Budget Hearing on March 14; Budget filed with the state by March 31st.
The FY23 CIP Presentation, along with budget information from previous years, can be viewed on the City’s website at http://www.indianolaiowa.gov/512/City-Clerk-Finance-Department.
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. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the next Council meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.