Community Updates 2022

  1. January 21, 2022
  2. January 7, 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

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. (

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

Study Session

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:

  1. Discussion on Phase 1
  2. Lessons learned
  3. Project phasing update
  4. Monuments

Updates on the Streetscape Project are posted to the City’s website and Facebook Page.

Akhilesh Pal, Public Works Director, also gave a presentation on the Street Department during the Study Session. Key points of the presentation were:

  1. Department activities, responsibilities, and priorities
  2. Capital Improvement Plan
  3. Need for increased staffing
  4. 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.

February 7, 2022

February 22, 2022

Snow Removal

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.