Waller's Weekly Update - 2019

  1. May 17, 2019
  2. May 10, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  3. May 3, 2019
  4. April 26, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  5. April 19, 2019
  6. April 12, 2019
  7. April 5, 2019
  8. March 29, 2019
  9. March 22, 2019
  10. March 15, 2019
  11. March 8, 2019
  12. March 1, 2019
  13. February 22, 2019
  14. February 15, 2019
  15. February 8, 2019
  16. February 1, 2019
  17. January 25, 2019 Supplemental
  18. January 24, 2019   Early Edition
  19. January 18, 2019
  20. January 11, 2019
  21. January 4, 2019

Ryan Waller

City Manager


Council Inquiry Follow-up
As you are aware, there was a question this morning regarding City Council agenda 9.B.1.  In response to Staff’s answers, a follow-up email was received about the stormwater runoff from the alleyway if it is going from gravel to concrete.  Please know that the alleyway is currently compacted gravel and acts more like concrete than a pervious base.  Given this characteristic and the current shape of the alleyway, the concrete paving and reverse crowning required by the proposed resolution will likely improve stormwater runoff.  

Streetscape Open House
Thank you to those who attended the streetscape open house. There was a good turnout and lots of input. That input will be incorporated into the draft concept(s).  The following is a high-level listing of next steps of development of the concept plan only:
  • Square Streetscape Steering Committee meets to review input and any modifications
  • Community survey of recommended concepts
  • Presentation of recommended concepts to City Council during a study session
  • Council adoption of a streetscape concept plan
Streetscape Meeting with County
Earlier this week Staff met with representatives of the Warren County Justice Center Project, including: Supervisor Crystal McIntyre, Nick Bruck with DCI Group and Michael Lewis with Shive Hattery.  Staff updated the group on the proposed Square Streetscape Plan, sought feedback from the group on its possible elements and discussed how those elements could be incorporated into the Justice Center project.

Warren County Justice Center Weekly Work Plan
At the request of City Staff, the County’s contractor will be providing a weekly work plan update to the City regarding the Justice Center project.  This week’s update is attached. 

Justice Center Construction Traffic
Attached, please find a copy of a letter that was provided the County’s contractors memorializing conversations regarding the routes for construction traffic.

Figure Eight Racing Noise
Attached, please find a letter to event organizers reminding them of the requirements of their noise permit.  

Jerry Kelley Trail
The tentative date to begin construction of the Jerry Kelley Trail expansion project is the week of June 17.  The final completion is expected in early August.  The contractor is planning to begin on the section from the current trail near the Aquatic Center towards Iowa Avenue.  Attached is a map that was shared with Simpson Facilities and Grounds showing the location of the construction.  Staff has also discussed the construction access that will be off of Iowa Avenue and that location will not interfere with any activities or programs the college will be holding over the project.  

County 911 Service Board Update
On Tuesday May 14, 2019 a meeting between Warren County Emergency Management Commission and Warren County 911 Service Board was held. A second presentation from Motorola concerning the costs associated with building a new communications system in Warren County took place. The discussion revolved around the increase in cost from an estimated proposal back in December of 2018. No action was taken on the new proposal. The next meeting is scheduled for May 28,2019. 

Senator Ernst Letter
Attached, please find an email from Senator Ernst regarding actions she took in support of two federal grant applications that were submitted by our fire department.  This was a request made of the Senator (and our other delegation members) last week while in D.C. 

Employee Recognition
This week I had the great privilege of receiving compliments and stories of our team members doing great things.  I wanted to share some of these with you.  Congratulations and thank you to the following:

  • Charlie Dissell – I received an email from a local realtor expressing his appreciation for the responsiveness and professionalism exhibited by Charlie.  
  • Tim Little – I received an email from a resident who was experiencing some challenges with a private sewer replacement.  The resident expressed his appreciation for Tim’s responsiveness, guidance and professionalism.
  • Lt. Hawkins and Sgt. Keller – Lt. Hawkins and Sgt. Keller both recently completed graduate school.  While out east for their graduation ceremony they were able to represent our community at the enshrinement of Indianola Police Officer Pop Hickman on the National Peace Officer Memorial Wall.
  • Kayla Schark and Zach McEntee – I was informed that Kayla and Zach responded to a call of a pregnant woman who was going into labor.  During the transport it became clear that they would not make it to the hospital in time.  As such, Kayla and Zach successfully delivered the baby.  
Parks & Recreation and WPC Staff
The two departments worked together to get some pumps installed for the swimming pool, which resulted in significant savings for the Parks & Recreation Department.  Thanks to Rick Graves, Ed Breeden, Norm Hart, Kevin Crawford, Ty Herrick and Blake Henry from WPC and Marty Chittenden, Kelly Heinkel, Joe Holaday and Afton Bradley from Parks and Recreation.  

Streets Department
Earlier this week, the members of the Street Department hosted the quarterly meeting of the Metro Area Operators’ group. More than 20 operators and supervisors came to Indianola to discuss and learn from each other on topics, such as: snow season wrap-up, concrete partial depth repairs, asphalt overlay, asphalt full-depth replacements, traffic message boards, and new hires.  A special thanks to the two Heavy Equipment Operators (Matt Anders and Steve Greif) for their involvement with this meeting.

Residential Sewer
A resident in the 400 block of E 1st has been experiencing sewer issues.  During a recent visit by a contracted plumber and assistance from the WPC Department, it was discovered that the sewer lateral (the line that runs from the house and connects to the City’s main) was not attached.  It has been determined that this occurred approximately 39 years ago when the 12” sewer main was installed.  Accordingly, the City will be assisting with the cost for the required repairs.

2020 Census Information
Earlier this week Staff attended a Metro Manager’s meeting regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.  During the meeting, a representative from the Director’s office provided an overview of the process along with action items required of each community.  The communities discussed activities they are undertaking and areas for partnerships to help engage communities on the importance of participation in the process.  As previously reported by Mayor Shaw and Councilman Kling, this is the main focus of the Complete Count Committee.  Attached, please find a letter from Mayor Shaw regarding the establishment of this important committee.  This, along with a final review of materials compiled by the Des Moines area MPO which is currently underway, will be our community’s next big action items in preparation for the 2020 Census.  

The Indianola Mayor’s Youth Council is proud to present Bike Fest 2019: The RAGBRAI Edition, a free, family-friendly community event to promote safe bicycling in our community. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th from 10:00am-Noon on The Square and will feature a bike safety rodeo along with a “mini-RAGBRAI” route all around The Square with different activities at each of the seven “towns” along the route. Highlights include free youth bike helmets (while supplies last), a drawing for 6 free bikes, a pedal-powered smoothie machine, giant trike & Big Wheel races, spin art frisbees, Bike Pump Balloon Blaster Contests, airbrush tattoos, a virtual reality bike ride, an Indianola RAGBRAI booth, healthy snacks and goodie bags for the kids, and more! We’ve had a great response from community partners for this event including a $2500 grant from the Indianola Elks Lodge #2814, $400 donation from Indianola Breakfast Lions, and additional support from ISU Extension & Outreach, Blank Children’s Hospital, Indianola YMCA, KNIA Radio, the Indianola Independent Advocate, Warren County 5210 Initiative, and Hy-Vee.  A special thanks to Captain Sher and Sergeant Keller for their assistance during the event.

Event Invitation
Attached, please find an invitation to a community event called “When Headstones Talk”. 
Comprehensive Master Plan Article
Attached, please find an article regarding the importance of a community’s comprehensive master plan.  This appeared in the May edition of the League of Cities’ Cityscape magazine.

Community Development Updates
Attached, please find various updates provided by the Community Development Department.
Property Maintenance Database
Expired Permits Report
Project Updates Report

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.