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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Weekly Update - February 14, 2020

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Ryan Waller - City Manager


Upcoming City Council Meetings

This is a reminder that the City Council retreat is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th.  The next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th.  As always, the City Council agendas and meeting materials may be accessed on the City’s website at http://indianolaiowa.gov/AgendaCenter.  

Census

As previously reported, awareness and active participation in the upcoming Census is extremely important and will have a significant impact to our community.  Accordingly, City Staff have been working on a number of activities to ensure an accurate count.  First, City Staff has been in contact with Census officials to connect them to local civic groups and agencies.  As a result, for example, earlier this week Rotary and Kiwanis held a joint program where a Census representative provided a presentation on this topic.  Second, attached please find a letter that was sent out to a number of our community’s residential centers to bring awareness of some of the upcoming Census milestones.  Lastly, a page dedicated to information on the Census was created on the City’s website and may be accessed via http://indianolaiowa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1546.
Census Information Letter

Iowa Avenue Project

This week, City Staff held multiple meetings on the Iowa Avenue paving project.  The Valuation Committee, which was appointed by the City Council at its meeting on February 4th, met to review and establish the present fair market value of each of the five parcels within the proposed assessment plat boundary.  This draft report will be presented to the City Council at its March 2nd meeting.  Additionally, City Staff has been in contact with each of the property owners to discuss the project and possible use of assessment.  City Staff has committed to remain in contact with each of the owners on a regular basis as the project moves forward.

Summerset Greene Development

City Staff has been contacted by representatives from Woda Cooper Companies.  This is a company looking to locate a senior living apartment complex in Indianola.  Currently, this company is exploring some land in the 1600 block of North 9th Street.  As part of the discussions with the developer, it was recommended the developer host a meeting with the neighborhood group in this area.  City Staff will be assisting with this scheduling and will provide an update once a meeting date and time is confirmed.  The narrative provided by the developer for this proposed project is attached.  Please know the developer has not submitted plans required by code for City Staff to conduct a review.  This is purely exploratory on the part of the developer.
Summerset Green Narrative

West Highway 92 Trees

City Staff met with representatives from IDOT regarding tree plantings along Highway 92 West.  Several trees were removed prior to the widening of the Highway on the west part of Indianola.  The staff with IDOT believe these should have been replanted as a part of the widening project.  City Staff is now working with IDOT and with utility staff to determine a plan for possible tree locations and species, which ultimately must be approved by IDOT.  This project will be handled in a similar fashion as the northern median project from a few years ago. This means the City will seek services to supply and plant the trees and IDOT will reimburse the City.  Additional research is required and more information will be provided later.  

Fun with Facts

Earlier this week, the Team had a little fun with some data we have been collecting regarding the miles driven by the snow removal fleet during the snow events in 2020.  Attached, please find a screen shot of this post.  In case you are wondering, the correct answer is “Diameter of the Moon”.  A big “thank you” to the crews who work so hard to keep our roads safe and passable.

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Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

Last week Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation making February 12th Iowa’s SHIIP Volunteer Appreciation Day.  The City is proud to provide office space at the Activity Center for our local SHIIP volunteers who help area residents make informed decisions regarding Medicare plans. Our local volunteers, Elodie Opstad, Kathy Fensterman, Lorna Oxenrider, Cynthia Tracy and Don Sandy, helped 622 clients in 2019!  A big “thank you” to these dedicated volunteers for all they do! 

Business Record Article

Earlier this week, the Business Record published an article on the record value of commercial building permits in 2019 for Metro communities.  The article incorrectly documents Indianola’s data.  City Staff contacted the reporter and shared the correct information (six total new commercial building permits issued in 2019 for a total value of $13,456,400).  The reporter indicated a correction will be published next week.  City Staff is contacting the various reporting points to ensure accurate permit data for the City is being shared. 

Comprehensive Plan Update

The Planning and Zoning Commission held its monthly meeting on February 11th and discussed the Comprehensive Plan update.  The Commission, City Staff and the consultant reviewed various aspects of the plan and will be reconvening in March to continue the review of this important document.  

Sustainability Committee

City Staff continues to assist the Sustainability Committee in its efforts to bring awareness to the community.  The Team is currently assisting the committee on planning and coordinating the Sustainability Fair for Saturday, April 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For additional details, please see the attached flyer.
Sustainability Fair Flyer

Presidents’ Day

Please remember that non-public safety offices will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents’ Day.  

Community Development Updates

Attached please find various updates provided by the Community Development Department.
Building Permits
Code Enforcement
Current Project Update

Upcoming City Council Agenda

Attached, please find the draft agendas 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).
Draft - March 2, 2020
Draft - March 25, 2020

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