Waller's Weekly Update - 2019

  1. October 11, 2019
  2. October 4, 2019
  3. September 27, 2019
  4. September 20, 2019
  5. September 13, 2019
  6. September 6, 2019
  7. August 30, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  8. August 23, 2019
  9. August 16, 2019
  10. August 9, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  11. August 2, 2019
  12. July 26, 2019
  13. July 19, 2019
  14. July 12, 2019
  15. July 5, 2019
  16. June 28, 2019
  17. June 21, 2019
  18. June 14, 2019
  19. June 7, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  20. May 31, 2019
  21. May 24, 2019
  22. May 17, 2019
  23. May 10, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  24. May 3, 2019
  25. April 26, 2019 - Lent Leaflet
  26. April 19, 2019
  27. April 12, 2019
  28. April 5, 2019
  29. March 29, 2019
  30. March 22, 2019
  31. March 15, 2019
  32. March 8, 2019
  33. March 1, 2019
  34. February 22, 2019
  35. February 15, 2019
  36. February 8, 2019
  37. February 1, 2019
  38. January 25, 2019 Supplemental
  39. January 24, 2019   Early Edition
  40. January 18, 2019
  41. January 11, 2019
  42. January 4, 2019

Ryan Waller - City Manager

Streetscape Award

The American Planning Association (APA) – Iowa Chapter just announced the recipients of its 2019 Planning Awards Program.  The City of Indianola received the award in the Urban Design category for the Streetscape Master Plan that was approved earlier this summer by the City Council.  As you will recall, the recommendation to pursue a streetscape design was identified following a multi-day study of the Square that included a community survey, resident meetings, and an open forum.  In pursuing the recommendation, a steering committee comprised of residents, business owners, the Chamber of Commerce, representatives of Simpson College and other civic groups worked with City staff and a consultant to develop the now award-winning design.  Attached, please find a copy of the press release that was issued by the APA.  This is a tremendous honor for our community!

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

Following a three-hour public hearing last evening (October 10), the Warren County Board of Adjustments approved the City’s application for a Special Use Permit for the proposed WWTP.  There were several approvals required for this project that have been secured to date.  At this point, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reviewing plans as part of the construction permit process.  Additional updates will be provided as the project continues to move forward.

Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) Water Meter Fees

IMU recently informed the City that, as of October 1, the water meter fees were adjusted.  These fees are typically charged by Community Development as part of the Building Permit for new construction.  The new fees are attached.

Economic Development Assistance Grant

As you may recall, the City submitted a grant application for funding to assist in the paving of Iowa Avenue (approximate cost of $1.5 million) in front of the proposed 50,000 square foot Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Program building.  Attached, please find a letter of support that was recently submitted by Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Justice Center Informational Meeting

Attached, please find a notice of an informational meeting being hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the John C. Culver Public Policy Center.  The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 28 at Simpson College’s Black Box Theater, located in the Kent Center.  19.10.11_WW_Justice Center Meeting Announcement Final

Chamber of Commerce Open House

Attached, please find an invitation to the Chamber of Commerce’s open house on October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The open house will take place at the Chamber’s office, located at 111 N. Buxton.19.10.11_WW_Chamber Open House

Comprehensive Plan Open House

The open house for the Comprehensive Plan update is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Indianola YMCA.  A copy of the invite is attached and has been shared extensively throughout the community (especially via social media). 19.10.11_WW_Invite_Open House

Iowa Great Places Meeting

On October 10, members of the Indianola Hometown Pride Committee hosted the first meeting with community organizations to work towards earning the “Iowa Great Places” designation for Indianola.  There were 15 people in attendance representing the City, Simpson College, National Balloon Classic, Indianola Schools, WCEDC and the Chamber to set goals for the Iowa Great Places application that will be submitted in May 2020.  The group plans to draw from existing plans and resources, including: surveys and assessments done by the Chamber, WCEDC, the City and the Indianola Comprehensive Master Plan.  The designation enhances the reputation of our community, opens exclusive State funding opportunities and designated places receive additional consideration by other state agency programs and grants for endorsed projects.  The designation is awarded by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  More information on the Iowa Great Places can be found at - https://iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/iowa-great-places

Trail Projects Update

The retaining wall and final section of paving along West Euclid Avenue was completed for the Jerry Kelley Trail this week.  The contractor is planning to finish the final grading early next week.  The Hillcrest Trail Connector final grading is complete, and the final stages of both projects is to mulch and seed the disturbed areas.  Final walk-throughs and inspections with City staff and Snyder & Associates will take place once the work is complete.  

Community Development Updates

Attached, please find various updates provided by the Community Development Department.
Building Permits
Code Enforcement
Current Projects 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 - October 21, 2019
Draft - November 4, 2019