Waller's Weekly Update 2021

  1. January 15, 2021
  2. January 8, 2021

Ryan J. Waller - City Manager

Blizzard Warning

The City remains under a blizzard warning until 6:00 p.m. tonight (January 15).  Accordingly, the City’s snow emergency regulations remain in effect.  If you must travel, please allow extra time and use extreme caution.  City crews began operations at 2:00 a.m. and will continue to work to ensure passable roadways.  Clean-up efforts will likely take a few days.  Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

January 19 (Tuesday) City Council Meetings

The City Council will meet on Tuesday, January 19 for its regular meeting and study session (immediately follows regular meeting).  The agendas and comprehensive meeting materials are available on the City’s website (linked below).  The meetings are aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (links and login information may be found in the meeting packet).

Streetscape Update Presentations

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, City representatives presented an update on the Streetscape project to members of the Indianola Chamber and the Indianola Sustainability Committee.  The presentation highlighted different proposed design elements of the project, as well as upcoming milestones for this project.  This presentation is on the agenda for the City Council’s Study Session on Tuesday, January 19.  

Traffic Signal

The City’s on-call consultant for traffic signals has investigated the timing of the signal on E. Iowa Avenue, east of North Jefferson Way. It was discovered that the traffic signal at this location is not functioning properly because one of the vehicle detection devices under the concrete on the east leg of this intersection has become defective.  A permanent repair, which requires construction on the section of roadway, cannot be performed until late spring.  In the interim, the City is working with our traffic engineer and our on-call consultant on a temporary timing solution.  

Kading Properties, LLC v. City of Indianola 

The hearing in the case of Kading Properties, LLC v. City of Indianola, Iowa took place earlier today.  This case was brought forth against the City following the denial of a proposed residential development from Kading Properties, LLC.  Both sides presented arguments during the hearing.  The Judge did not issue a decision at the conclusion of the hearing.  The City’s attorney estimates that, due to the backup of the Court system and COVID-19, a decision could take anywhere from one to several months to be issued. 

Fine Arts Committee

The Indianola Fine Arts Committee held its first meeting on Thursday, January 14.  The committee had been inactive with no appointed members for more than eight years.  Committee members established a schedule and identified officers who will be appointed at its next meeting (January 28).  Thank you to the residents who are serving on this committee.  

Community Development Reports

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

  • Current Projects Update (PDF)

    • Of the 12 projects listed, two are awaiting a submittal from the developer, two are in review and eight have been approved and are in construction.
  • 2021 Building Permits (PDF)

    • This week, one building permit was issued for a home valued at $500,000.  Three permits have been issued year to date and there are currently four building permits in review.
  • Code Enforcement (PDF)

    • There are currently 18 open code enforcement cases. 

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.