The information found here is an archive of weekly updates provided to the City Council. The information is intended to provide regular updates on various projects and Departmental activities.
Indianola Downtown Square Streetscape
In September 2018 the City, along with the Indianola Chamber of Commerce and Warren County Economic Development Corporation partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to conduct an assessment of our community’s downtown square. This process was a wonderful success due to the engagement and input from the community. As a result of this assessment, a key recommendation was for the community to engage in a streetscape design process. Details and updates are found here.
The Hillcrest Study presentation that was shown to Council outlays the proposed future development of East Hillcrest Avenue. With the future development in and around this corridor, items such as future traffic volume, future development and growth patterns, and other infrastructural needs are being reviewed to ensure that any construction projects would be comprehensive. This project will continue to develop more and costs associated with further studies will be incorporated into upcoming budget discussions.
The Boston and J Street study presentation that was presented to Council shows the need and challenges of stormwater in the western part of the community. Although localized flooding areas facilitated the need for this study, the study shows that there are multiple issues within the City's entire watershed. Future studies and project plans will be included in upcoming budget discussions and planning.
Library/City Hall/Public Safety Building
A strategic plan goal is to evaluate City facilities. Attached is a presentation from November 2018 that provides a high-level assessment of the current City Hall/Public Safety building.
A follow-up presentation was reviewed during the City Council Study Session on Monday, October 21, 2019. The direction received from the City Council at this meeting was to pursue option one of the attached presentation. The City Council will consider funding to secure an architect to pursue this option during its Fiscal Year 21 budget process.
Over the last three years, the City has been evaluating Public Safety staffing levels and facilities to ensure we are able to serve our community now and in the future. Results of these studies revealed shortages in staffing and significant/costly problems with current space for our Police and Fire Departments. This interferes with their ability to quickly respond quickly to emergencies. We have been working to address the staffing levels and now are exploring transforming the current City Hall/Public Safety building into a Public Safety Center. Below you will find a link to take a virtual tour. We hope that the virtual tour is helpful as an alternative to an in-person tour. While we would prefer to have you tour in-person, because of the constraints caused by the COVID pandemic, we are unable to do so.
Virtual Tour Link
Residents are invited to participate in two surveys regarding the future of a new Public Safety Center and a joint Library/City Hall. The surveys are available at the link below. Surveys should take 10-15 minutes each to complete. All surveys are due February 21, 2021, by the end of the day.
Please note the links work best on a computer be can be viewed on smartphones and or tablets.
The purpose of this study was to review the drainage infrastructure as a system, to develop a systemic approach to address stormwater issues as well develop a strategy that moves from a reactionary repair to a systematic plan for maintenance. The completed Stormwater Master plan includes a prioritized list of long-term capital improvement projects, for an estimated cost of $6,295,900, which includes developing a GIS database, stormwater modeling, stream assessments, and a list of stormwater infrastructure improvements projects. Part of this stormwater master plan is an audit of the stormwater utility assessment program which was also completed. The purpose of this audit was to determine if the stormwater utility rates to all properties were appropriately assigned and assessed, based on Equivalent Residential Units (ERU) according to the City’s stormwater ordinance. The following links provide a copy of the study and the recent audit of the stormwater utility assessment program.
- Stormwater Utility Audit Memo - January 6, 2021 (PDF)
- Stormwater Master Plan - October 28, 2020 (PDF)
In line with the City’s strategic plan goals for infrastructure, the City is conducting a multi-year study of the community’s roads. Data collected from this study will allow the City to better identify and prioritize road projects. The attached presentation is from November 2018 and provides information following the completion of the 2nd year of this five year project.
A strategic plan goal of the City is to develop a staffing plan to address the current and projected needs of the community. Attached is a presentation summarizing the results of a staffing study conducted on the Indianola Fire Department.
Attached is the final report of a staffing study conducted on the Indianola Fire Department.
A strategic plan goal of the City is to develop a staffing plan to address the current and projected needs of the community. Attached is a presentation summarizing the results of a staffing study conducted on the Indianola Police Department.
Attached is the final report of a staffing study conducted on the Indianola Police Department.
For questions please contact Ryan Waller, City Manager, at (515) 962-5274.