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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Weekly Update - April 30, 2021

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RYAN J. WALLER - CITY MANAGER


May 3 City Council Meeting

The City Council will meet on Monday, May 3 for its regular meeting. The agenda 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).

Agenda Center (LINK)

City Buildings Tour

The public is invited to tour the Library (207 N B Street) and Fire and Police Station/City Hall (110 N 1st Street) on Tuesday, May 11.  These facilities will be open for tours from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Those unable to attend may virtually tour these facilities via the link below or call 961-9410 to schedule an in-person tour at a later date.   

Virtual Tour (LINK)

Two-Way Traffic on May 17

On Monday, May 17 the current one-way traffic on Howard and Buxton Streets, as well as on all sides of the Square, will change to two-way traffic.  As a part of the conversion, new all-way stop signs will be installed at three different intersections:

  • Howard Street and Clinton Avenue;
  • Iowa Avenue and Howard Street; and
  • Iowa Avenue and Buxton Street. 

Installation of signage has already begun, and they will be covered until the effective date (May 17).   Temporary informational signs will be displayed after May 4 to notify the motorists about the upcoming conversion.   For more information, please visit the link below.      

Two-way Traffic Conversion (LINK)

Development Code Updates Public Input Meeting

The City hosted a virtual public input meeting on Thursday, April 29 regarding proposed updates to the City’s zoning (Chapter 165) and site plan (Chapter 166) regulations.  A recording from the meeting may be viewed via the link provided below.  The proposed updates seek to implement various measures in the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan (Elevate Indianola), which was adopted in May 2020.   

Watch the Public Input Meeting (LINK)

East Iowa Avenue Project

Construction on this important economic development project began on March 22.  The contractor is nearing completion of underground work (installation of sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water main).  Grading operations will follow once underground work is completed.  During the grading, the contractor will begin shaping the existing rural section with ditches into an urban corridor with both a sidewalk and trail.  The project scope includes the extension of utilities, improved pedestrian connectivity, and the paving of the gravel portion of East Iowa Avenue, from 15th Street to approximately 0.25 miles east of 15th Street.  The total construction cost is $ 914,143.50, with half of this cost funded by a Federal Economic Development Grant.  This project has a completion date of September 30, 2021 and must be substantially completed before July 27, 2021 in advance of the National Balloon Classic.   

Infrastructure Repair Work

This week, Streets Division Staff completed the following infrastructure-related work:

  • Graded more than 20 miles of gravels roadways and alleys (required 40 hours of labor);
  • Patched potholes (required 96 hours of labor and 6,200 pounds of cold mix asphalt); 
  • Continued street sweeping operations resulting in 318 miles of roadway being clean (required 123 hours of labor);
  • Repaired four different storm sewer intakes (required 40 hours of labor and 6 cubic yards of concrete); and
  • Repaired the pavement surface at five different locations (required 132 hours of labor and 56 cubic yards of concrete).

Thank you to the crews for their hard work!

Brush Facility & Other Disposal Services

This week was a busy one at the City’s Brush Facility.  Thank you to all the residents who participated in the drop-off events on April 24 and 29.  In total, 300 residents disposed of 224 large appliances, 260 small appliances, and 117 televisions.  For the hazardous waste disposal program, a total of 91 residents disposed of various types of hazardous waste, mainly: oil-based paints, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, garden products, and antifreeze.

Community Development Reports

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

Current Projects Update (PDF)

Of the 15 projects listed, one is awaiting a submittal from the developer, seven are in review, six have been approved and are in construction and one is complete.

2021 Building Permits (PDF)

This week, six building permit applications were received and seven building permits were issued, including four for new single-family dwellings. There are currently 11 building permit applications in review and 51 building permits have been issued year to date.

Code Enforcement (PDF)

There are currently 30 open code enforcement cases (30 code enforcement cases have been opened for the year).

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 – May 17, 2021 (PDF)

Anticipated Draft Agenda – June 7, 2021 (PDF)

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