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I hope you are well and staying warm. Below is this week’s update email. If there are any questions, please let me know. I am more than happy to discuss any of these items or any other city-related matter.
Please have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!
Parking Lot Signage
Streets Division staff installed identification signage for all the public parking lots located around the Square. The goal of the signs is to identify the available public parking. All of these lots are free and available for anyone to use. Linked below you may find a picture of what the installed signs look like, as well as a map identifying all the available free public parking lots around the Square.
Square Reconstruction (Streetscape) Open House
On Thursday, June 3, Absolute Concrete, in cooperation with Bolton and Menk, the City, and the Indianola Chamber, will host two open house meetings regarding the upcoming Square Reconstruction Project. The project is scheduled to officially begin on Monday, June 14. The purpose of these open house meetings is to introduce the general contractor, discuss proposed timelines for the project, and allow for business and property owners to meet and ask questions of the contractors. These meetings will take place at the Sagewood Events Venue (117 E Salem Ave) at 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. An invitation to these open house meetings is attached.
Hillcrest Avenue Improvements
Engineering design work for the roadway improvements on Hillcrest Avenue, between North 4th Street and North 14th Street, has begun. As a part of this design work, the City’s engineering firm began collecting field survey information which is needed to prepared necessary construction documents. The City’s approved Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes this improvement project to replace the existing failed pavement with a new concrete pavement surface, storm-sewer infrastructure, sidewalks on one side of the road, trees, improved trail crossing, and a new trail head. The construction for this project is planned during Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) and 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).
The City would like to provide a friendly reminder that regulations prohibit placing debris on roadways. This not only helps create a safer driving surface, it also helps to prevent blocking of the storm sewer drains (as seen in this picture) so that proper drainage can occur. The public’s assistance is greatly appreciated.
The City has been receiving inquiries and complaints from residents wishing to stop the delivery of the Indianola Extra (this is NOT a City service or program). Residents wishing to cancel this service may do so by sending an email to des-circcoeMBX@desmoine.gannett.com or by calling (515) 402-3749.
Non-emergency City offices will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Community Development Reports
Attached are the following reports provided by the Community Development Department:
Of the 17 projects listed, one is awaiting a submittal from the developer, 10 are in review, and six have been approved and are in construction.
This week, four building permits were submitted and four were issued. There are currently 11 building permit applications in review and 67 building permits have been issued year to date.
There are currently 27 open code enforcement cases (41 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.
From City Manager Ryan Waller's Friday update email:
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.
From City Manager Ryan Waller's Friday update.
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.
Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) will hold an information session entitled “Understanding Your Utility Bill” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Indianola City Hall, located at 110 N. First Street.
I strongly urge everyone to participate in this forum. Many of us have seen terribly high bills for only our heat and air conditioning.
City representatives will also be available to answer questions regarding City services (recycling, stormwater and sewer) that are included on the IMU utility bill.
You should attend in person or online. Know what you're paying for.
Meeting agendas can be viewed at http://www.indianolaiowa.gov/AgendaCenter. Agendas for regularly scheduled meetings are posted on the Thursday prior to the meeting. The agendas for each City Council meeting have a letter that includes a link to view the meeting live via Zoom or YouTube.
The Zoom link changes every meeting (the letter includes the passwords, ID and phone numbers). The YouTube link is the same for each meeting and is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwqdy2irWQILB_1QzcVrdw.
Videos of the meeting are uploaded to the website within 24 hours of the meeting and can be viewed at https://cityofindianola.viebit.com/index.php?folder=ALL.
If you want to stay informed, please request to be included in Ryan Waller's Friday emails. Request to be added by going to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive these updates every Friday.
The Warren County Historical Society is accepting donations to help restore the lights that were around the Warren County Courthouse. If you'd like to donate toward this, please send your check to The Warren County Historical Society, PO Box 256, Indianola, Iowa 50125. For your donation to apply to this project, you must designate that the money should be used for restoring the lights. If you don't designate this, the money will be gratefully accepted, but used toward another project.
Keep in mind that if you have a topic to take before the City Council, at a scheduled meeting, you need to fill out a Public Comment Form. This should be a topic not already on the agenda and you must not expect any action to be taken on your subject at that meeting. The form must be filled out prior to the meeting and submitted to Jackie Raffety, Deputy City Clerk. The public will only be given 20 minutes of Council time for this. And the topic will not be allowed to brought up again during the meeting.