Waller's Weekly Update 2021

  1. July 23, 2021
  2. July 16, 2021
  3. July 9, 2021
  4. July 2, 2021
  5. June 25, 2021
  6. June 18, 2021
  7. June 11, 2021
  8. June 4, 2021
  9. May 28, 2021
  10. May 21, 2021
  11. May 14, 2021
  12. May 7, 2021
  13. April 30, 2021
  14. April 23, 2021
  15. April 16, 2021
  16. April 9, 2021
  17. April 2, 2021
  18. March 26, 2021
  19. March 19, 2021
  20. March 12, 2021
  21. March 5, 2021
  22. February 26, 2021
  23. February 19, 2021
  24. February 12, 2021
  25. February 5, 2021
  26. January 29, 2021
  27. January 22, 2021
  28. January 15, 2021
  29. January 8, 2021

WALLER'S WEEKLY UPDATE 2021


Recent Code Update

A recent news article seems to be causing confusion on recent code updates taken by the City. Here are the facts:

1.  The City is not considering or has not authorized any adult use establishments within the community. 

2.  The actions recently taken were the result of a comprehensive review of the city’s outdated land use regulations. The review found that the city’s regulations did NOT have anything that would regulate adult entertainment type of uses. 

3. Without such regulations an establishment could have located anywhere within the city without any city review. 

4.  The regulations that were recently approved and subject of the media reports were done to PROACTIVELY protect the community.  

5.  The regulations that are now in place outright prohibit such uses in residential neighborhoods (again, this did not exist prior to this recent code update) and place stringent requirements that would need to be satisfied/met if a proposal ever came forward for consideration. 

6. The regulations recently adopted serve to protect our community to the greatest extent allowed by law. Legally, cities cannot outright deny the use of businesses which are able to be legally established through state and federal regulations.

Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) Project Update

Phase 1 of the Square Reconstruction Project continued this week with water service connections, fire hydrant placement and storm sewer installation between Buxton and Howard.  Next week, the contractor will continue on storm sewer work, including cross connections.   Additionally, at the last project meeting, upcoming events on the Square were discussed by the various parties and the needed actions being taken to help with the appearance of the Square’s construction areas.  It is anticipated that Phase 1 construction will be completed by mid-November. Thanks to members of Indianola Hometown Pride for organizing a Square Clean-up event on Wednesday, July 21 and the many community members who helped to beautify the Square. 

Project Information (LINK)

Mailboxes Relocation

As part of the Square Reconstruction Project, a new drive-through lane for drop-off mailboxes has been completed on the west side of the south-bound lane of South Buxton Street adjacent to the Post Office building.  The Indianola Post Office has been notified of the completed work so that installation of the mailboxes can take place.  This work is being performed by the US Postal Service.  A completion date has not yet been provided to the City.    

 
East Iowa Avenue Paving Project

This road construction project is nearing completion. It is anticipated the roadway will be opened to traffic beginning today, July 23. A final inspection was completed and a checklist of items that require additional work has been provided to the contractor.  In addition to the checklist, the only remaining item is the seeding which will be during the Iowa DOT fall seeding window in late-August.  This is an important economic development project that not only provides access to the new Missouri Valley Journeyman Apprenticeship Training Center, but also provides better access for development of the City’s industrial park.  Half of this nearly $1 million investment is funded by a Federal Economic Development Grant. 

FY22 Budget Presentation Document

The FY22 Budget Presentation Document, which may be accessed via the link below, was recently submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for review as part of the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget award program. The City, which is one of only 13 Iowa governmental entities to have received this award for FY 21, has received this award for four consecutive years (and the only times ever in the City’s history). As a reminder, the FY22 budget provides for the hire of three new firefighter/paramedics, a new rental code inspector, the completion of the East Iowa Avenue paving project, the beginning of the Square Reconstruction project, the continuation of the Water Resource Recovery Facility, and the beginning engineering for paving improvements on Hillcrest Avenue and South K Street.  Even with these major projects and initiatives, the City was able to keep the property tax levy flat at $13.63/$1,000 of taxable valuation because of the positive economic growth within in our community. 

Budget Presentation Document (LINK)

Public Safety Staffing

The fiscal year 22 budget (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) includes funding to complete the remaining recommendations from the public safety staffing studies - the addition of three fire fighter/paramedics. The individuals who were hired into these new positions officially began training earlier this week. These additional positions will improve the Fire Department’s ability to meet the increasing number of calls for service from our community. 

Rental Housing Program

The State of Iowa requires cities with a population of 15,000 or more to adopt a residential rental inspection code. The City is hosting two community meetings to meet with property owners/managers and tenants to collect input and answer questions about the program, which is currently under development. The meetings are scheduled for August 5th and 12th.  Both meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the Activity Center (2204 West 2nd Avenue).  An online survey is also available for those that are unable to attend the community meetings. Details about the program and the community events may be found via the links provided below. 

Information about the Rental Housing Program (LINK)

Rental Housing Survey (LINK)

Community Meetings RSVP (LINK)

 

Community Development Reports

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

Current Projects Update (PDF)

This week, a site plan was submitted for building and site improvements to Southtown Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram.  Of the 18 projects listed, one is awaiting a submittal from the developer, eight are in review, and nine have been approved and are in construction.

2021 Building Permits (PDF)

This week, three building permits were submitted. There are currently six building permit applications in review and 108 building permits have been issued year-to-date.

Code Enforcement (PDF)

There are currently 35 open code enforcement cases (78 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year).  

DSM Home Builders Association Report (PDF)

This week, the Des Moines Home Builders Association released its monthly building permit report.  Metro-wide 86 less permits were issued in June 2021 compared to June 2020, and 928 more permits have been issued year-to-date 2021 compared to 2020.  

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.

Anticipated Draft Agenda – August 2, 2021 (PDF)

Anticipated Draft Agenda – August 16, 2021 (PDF)