Waller's Weekly Update 2020

  1. September 25, 2020
  2. September 18, 2020
  3. September 11, 2020
  4. September 4, 2020
  5. August 28, 2020
  6. August 21, 2020
  7. August 13, 2020
  8. August 7, 2020
  9. July 30, 2020
  10. July 24, 2020
  11. July 17, 2020
  12. July 10, 2020
  13. July 2, 2020
  14. June 26, 2020
  15. June 19, 2020
  16. June 12, 2020
  17. June 5, 2020
  18. May 29, 2020
  19. May 22, 2020
  20. May 15, 2020
  21. May 8, 2020
  22. May 1, 2020
  23. April 24, 2020
  24. April 17, 2020
  25. April 10, 2020
  26. April 3, 2020
  27. March 27, 2020
  28. March 20, 2020
  29. March 13, 2020
  30. March 6, 2020
  31. February 28, 2020
  32. February 21, 2020
  33. February 14, 2020
  34. February 7, 2020
  35. January 31, 2020
  36. January 24, 2020
  37. January 17, 2020
  38. January 10, 2020
  39. January 3, 2020

Ryan J. Waller - City Manager

September 29th Special City Council Meeting

The City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 29th for a special meeting regarding the vacancy at mayor.  The agenda and meeting materials are available on the City’s website at http://indianolaiowa.gov/AgendaCenter.  The meetings will be aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (login information may be found in the meeting packet).


Congratulations to the following City employees for successfully (and all with honors) completing their paramedic curriculum:

  • Jeremy Cross – Certificate Highest Honors
  • Alissa Furry – Certificate Highest Honors, Outstanding Student Award
  • Josh Mamanos – Certificate Highest Honors
  • Ted Neller – Certificate High Honors, Peer Mentor Award
  • Aaron Payette – Certificate Highest Honors

These officers were hired as part of a staffing plan adopted by the City Council to ensure proper public safety levels for our community.  We are fortunate to have such highly trained professionals who are dedicated to serving our community. 

Infrastructure Repairs

Streets Division staff repaired a failed pavement section on the north-south alley near East 3rd Avenue, between Jefferson Way and 1st Street, which required 18 hours of labor and 3.5 cubic yards of concrete.  Staff also repaired a six-foot storm sewer pipe section and rebuilt two failed stormwater intakes on the 900 block of North 9th Street and 1000 block of Henderson Place.  This work required 28 hours of labor and 3.5 cubic yards of concrete.

IMU Sewer Billing

At its meeting on September 21st, the City Council was briefed on an issue regarding the City’s sewer rates that were adjusted in April 2020.  During a review of a utility bill for a City Department, it was discovered that the new rates were not properly applied.  IMU, which performs billing services for the City, acknowledged the error and has begun working to correct the issue.  A meeting is scheduled between City and IMU on Monday, September 28th to review this issue.  This item will be brought back to a future City Council meeting once additional is obtained.

Study Session Presentation

In line with its strategic plan goals for infrastructure, the City has been conducting a multi-year study of the community’s stormwater system.  The results of this study allow the City to better identify and prioritize projects.  As part of the study, an audit of the stormwater utility is also underway to ensure accurate billing and revenue collection.  The revenue collected for the utility partially funds various stormwater infrastructure projects meant to convey rainwater away from roadways and properties.  The presentation from the September 21st City Council Study Session may be found on the City’s website linked below.

2020 Census

September 30th (Wednesday) is the last day to respond to the 2020 Census.  If you have not done so, please respond online (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-online.html) or by phone (844-330-2020) to ensure our community doesn’t lose out on critical funding for roads, schools and other vital services. 

Community Development Reports

Attached are the following reports provided by the Community Development Department:

  • Current Projects Update (PDF)

    • This week, the City Council approved an alternative method of site plan for Cabin Coffee and approved the final plat of Treeline Plat 1.  Of the 15 projects listed, three are awaiting a submittal from the Developer, two are in review, seven have been approved and are in construction, and three were recently completed.   
  • 2020 Building Permits (PDF)

    • This week, six building permit applications were submitted, including four for new dwellings. There are currently 14 building permit applications in review and 152 building permits that have been issued year to date.
  • Code Enforcement (PDF)

    • This week, two code enforcement cases were opened, and one was closed. There are currently 26 open code enforcement cases (96 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year).

City Council Anticipated Agendas

Attached, please find documents containing anticipated agenda items for the October 5th and October 19th upcoming meetings.  These are working drafts.  Agendas are published on the City’s website the Thursday prior to a scheduled City Council meeting.