City of Indianola Updates that You Should Know
The following information is from City Manager Ryan Waller's Friday email. Please take note.
Statewide Tornado Drill
The Iowa Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled to take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24.
Roadway & Alley Repair Work
This week, Streets Division staff continued repair work on potholes by using 44 hours of labor and 1.2 tons of cold mix asphalt. Additionally, crews began grading unpaved gravel roadways and alleys to remove potholes and ruts from these driving surfaces. The reporting of potholes from the community is always welcomed and greatly appreciated. To do so, please call (515) 961-9415 or send an email to PublicWorksRequests@indianolaiowa.gov. Residents may also submit the information via the link below. Crews will evaluate the area of damaged pavement and determine how to best address it.
March Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 9 for its regular meeting. The agenda and meeting materials are available on the City’s website (linked below).
Joint City Council/IMU Board of Trustees Meeting
The City Council and IMU Board of Trustees will have a joint meeting on Wednesday, March 10. This meeting will be to discuss the upcoming renewal for the City’s and IMU’s health insurance program renewal. The City and IMU partner on this program to keep associated costs lower than if coordinated separately. The agenda is available on the City’s website (linked below). The meeting will be aired live via the City’s YouTube Channel and a Zoom Webinar (link and login information may be found in the meeting packet).
Fiscal Year 22 City Budget
The final public hearing for the City’s Fiscal Year 22 budget is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021 at the Indianola Municipal Building (110 N 1st Street). Linked below is a budget presentation provided during a previous City Council meeting. As noted during the presentation, the property tax levy will remain flat for the upcoming fiscal year (at $13.63/$1,000 of valuation) even with adding three new Firefighters/Paramedics to help with increased calls and the creation of a rental inspection program mandated by the State of Iowa. Also noted in this and prior presentations, Indianola continues to achieve one of the lowest property tax rates in the Metro, which is largely due to the economic growth of our community (~$200 Million over the last 5 years).
Streetscape Project Meeting
An invitation to an informational meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. regarding the Streetscape Project was previously mailed to all property owners on the City Square, as well as along Howard Street and Buxton Street. During the meeting, staff will update attendees on the Streetscape project, including the associated one-way to two-way conversion on the Square and along Buxton and Howard Streets. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will take place virtually. This information is linked below.
Community Development Reports
Attached are the following reports provided by the Community Development Department:
Of the 14 projects listed, two are awaiting a submittal from the developer, three are in review and nine have been approved and are in construction.
This week, three building permits were submitted, including one for a 50-unit, $5.5 million senior living apartment complex (Williams Terrace). There are currently three building permit applications in review and 11 building permits have been issued year to date.
There are currently 20 open code enforcement cases (11 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 – March 23, 2021 (PDF)