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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Weekly Update - November 20, 2020

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Ryan J. Waller - City Manager


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Non-public safety offices will be closed next week Thursday (November 26) and Friday (November 27) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

COVID Updates

Your City team is here to serve you even if facilities are temporarily closed to the public.  City facilities were closed effective November 17 due to rising COVID rates for our community.  If you have questions, please visit our website or call: 

  • City Hall – 961-9410

  • Community Development – 961-9430

  • Library – 961-9418

  • Activity Center – 961-9420

As of Friday, November 20, the number of confirmed COVID-19 numbers for the City and the City’s Fire Protection District (an area beyond the City’s corporate boundaries that our Fire Department services) are 512 and 142 respectively.  

Ward Meetings

The Mayor and City Council are hosting a series of Ward Meetings for our community.  The meetings will be hosted via Zoom and are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, November 30 - Ward 4

  • Wednesday, December 2 - Ward 1

  • Monday, December 14 - Ward 2

  • Wednesday, December 16 - Ward 3

Agendas containing login information are available on the City’s website (linked below).  These meetings are a great way to get in-depth information about our community and to learn more about the City’s projects, programs, services, and key issues affecting residents. 

Special Election Information

A special election will be held on March 2, 2021. Filing information may be found on the City’s website (linked below).  The election is projected to cost at least $10,000 and will be for a term of approximately mid-March 2021 through December 31, 2021. The position of mayor will be on the November 2021 ballot. 

Local Option Sales Tax Reconciliation

Annually, in November, the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR) sends a reconciliation statement to cities collecting Local Option Sales and Service Tax (LOSST).  This is done to reconcile payments the IDOR made to individual cities for the previous fiscal year and can be positive or negative based on whether the IDOR underpaid or overpaid the individual city. The City of Indianola received its FY20 reconciliation statement this week, which included a payment of $534,698. The FY21 budgeted revenue was $1.2 million, but with the monthly payments from IDOR, which total close to $1.7 million, and the reconciliation payment, the total for FY21 will be close to $2.25 million. This is very positive news as the LOSST is used for the construction of the City’s new Water Resource Recovery Facility.  Staff continues to closely monitor revenue sources, especially with the unknowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Indianola Eats Program

The last Indianola Eats event will take place on Monday, November 23.  The event will be held at the Indianola Country Club (details in PDF below).  Thank you to participating restaurants and volunteers who have helped serve over 7,900 meals.   This program, which is a collaborative effort with the City, Helping Hand, the Indianola Chamber and Central Iowa Shelter Services, was funded by a $62,700 grant meant to not only support restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also assist members of our community who are in need of warm meals.

City Council Presentations

Linked below are the presentations reviewed with the City Council during its Regular and Study Session meetings on November 16.  

The first presentation is from the City’s Financial Advisor regarding the refinancing of existing debt and the issuance of new debt to finance the Streetscape project.  Due to the City’s excellent credit score and the existing interest rate market, interest to be paid on the debt is under 1% (this is exceptional).  As noted in the presentation, even with the issuance of bonds to finance the Streetscape project, the amount of City debt remains very low and is well below legal limits. 

The second presentation is the Library’s Annual Report and the third provides an overview of the City’s updated Trail Plan.  

Residents interested in watching the video from the November 16 meetings, or other prior meetings, may do so via the City’s website or YouTube channel.  

Community Development Reports

Linked below are the reports provided by the Community Development Department:

  • Current Projects Update (PDF)

    • This week the Vice Construction site plan was approved.  Of the 13 projects listed, three are awaiting a submittal from the developer, one is in review, seven have been approved and are in construction, and two were recently completed.   
  • 2020 Building Permits (PDF)

    • This week, one building permit application was submitted and issued.  There are currently 8 building permit applications in review and 179 building permits that have been issued year to date.
  • Des Moines Home Builders Association (PDF)

    • The Des Moines Home Builders Association issued their October 2020 building permit report.  The Des Moines Metro area reported 480 less permits for dwellings, but 90 more permits for single-family dwellings, in October 2020 compared to October 2019.  The overall decrease is due to less multi-family permits being issued.  650 less permits for dwellings, but 484 more for single-family dwellings, have been issued for dwellings year-to-date in 2020 compared to 2019.  Indianola issued 2 more building permits for dwellings in October 2020 compared to October 2019 and has issued 18 more year to date compared to 2019.
  • Code Enforcement (PDF)

    • There are currently 19 open code enforcement cases (105 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.

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