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3/2/2015 Sheriff ‘s Report

Ainsworth & Riverside

2/24/2015 1501457 17:16 VANDALISM

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

WOMAN THREW ROCKS AT HIS TRUCK BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT HE WAS DRIVING TOO FAST IN THE TRAILER PARK. WHI DODGE. REQUESTING A DEPUTY. 92-3 RESPONDED & SPOKE TO BOTH PARTIES. NO DAMAGE. FEMALE ADVISED SHE THREW THEM AT THE GROUND. ON-GOING ISSUE & BOTH WERE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE TRAILER PARK MANAGER.

2/26/2015 1501502 18:31 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

BUILDING EAST OF WATER TOWER. THE FATHER ASKED CALLER TO CALL 911. || CALLER CALLED BACK ADVISING THE FATHER HAS LEFT AND THE DAUGHTER IS FINE IN HER APARTMENT.

2/28/2015 1501535 6:53 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: n270TH ST & TULIP AVE

AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS A VEHICLE APPEARS TO BE STUCK OR INVOLVED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NEAR HER RESIDENCE. THIS IS ON A LEVEL B ROAD. 92-8 RESPONDED. WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE REGISTERED OWNER. COUNTY ENGINEER WAS NOTIFIED.

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2/28/2015 1501538 11:07 ANIMAL COMPLAINT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS AN AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD TYPE DOG IS TIED IN THE ALLEY BEHIND LEROY BROWNS IN AINSWORTH. DOG HAS NO WATER, FOOD, OR SHELTER. NO VIOLATION. DOG WAS ONLY OUTSIDE FOR 15 MINS. SPOKE WITH THE OWNER AND THE CALLER. DOCUMENTATION.

3/1/2015 1501558 0:37 DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: 3184 HWY 22 RIVERSIDE, IA 52327

10-17 (SECURITY) REQUESTS BACK UP FOR A DCI AGENT TRYING TO EVICT SOME DISORDERLY SUBJECTS OUT OF THE CASINO.|| 92-14 RESPONDED. SUBJECTS WERE CLEARED OUT OF THE ROOM.

3/1/2015 1501561 9:49 VANDALISM

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA 52201

REPORTS A TENANT HAS MOVED OUT AND LEFT A LOT OF GARBAGE BEHIND. SHE HAS nDAMAGED THE WINDOWS AND CARPETS. SPOKE WITH THE CALLER. WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE RENTER AND HAVE HER COME BACK AND CLEAN UP THE MESS.

 

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3/2/2015 Meeting Agenda

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CITY OF RIVERSIDE, IOWA

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

MARCH 2, 2015

6:30 PM AT CITY HALL

 

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda                                                                       (action/discussion)
  3. Approval of Agenda                                                                       (action/discussion)
  4. Jeff Showalter                                                                                 (action/discussion)
  5. Committee Reports                                                                       (action/discussion)
  6. Citizen’s Time                                                                                  (action/discussion)
  7. Fire Dept/Trustees Discussion                                                    (action/discussion)
  8. City Administrator’s Retirement                                                (action/discussion)
  9. Resolution 03022015-1 Setting Date for Budget Hearing       (action/discussion)
  10. Resolution 03022015-2 Volunteer Approval Fire Dept.            (action/discussion)
  11. Council Requests for Information                                             (action/discussion)
  12. City Clerk Comments                                                                     (action/discussion)
  13. City Administrator Comment                                                      (action/discussion)
  14. City Council Comments                                                                (action/discussion)
  15. Adjourn

 

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CITY COUNCIL

ALL MEETINGS OCCUR AT CITY HALL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

 

3/10/15         6:00PM         Special Meeting Approval of Budget will be the only item

3/10/15         6:30 PM        Work Session review of Employee Handbook with Paul

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3/16/15         6:30 PM        Regular City Council Meeting

 

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WATER /SEWER RATE INCREASES

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By Kevin Kiene

KieneRaising water and sewer rates have been discussed at several city council work sessions. I have some thoughts that I would like to share with my fellow citizens now since citizens are not allowed to speak at work sessions.

Our city office staff has been pushing to replace all of the city’s water meters. Our city clerk Lory Young has stated in public meetings that 25% of our missing water is due to faulty meter readings, I would like to see her numbers to back up that statement.  The office staff has stated that the life of a water meter is 8 or 9 years which could be true, but there is a way to find out if a water meter is reading correctly.  Badger and Sensus, the two largest manufacturers of water meters, make water meter test equipment; why not buy our own test equipment and test our own meters? Council Member Tom Sexton suggested at a work session that the city test a few meters and see how they are working. That is a good idea, but why not set up a program to eventually test all of the meters and replace only the ones that are not reading correctly?

This is just a hunch on my part, but I suspect that some of our missing water could be lost in the lines from the curb stop to the water meter inside the houses or businesses. I have been involved in testing water services like this in North Liberty and it is a relatively easy test to do.  I would be happy to discuss with the city water and sewer staff office staff and the council how this test is done.  Maybe a program could be set up so when the water and sewer personnel test the water meters they also test the water service.  If the city checked meters and services at a rate of 100 a year, all of our services and meters would be checked on a 5 year rotation.

Any water system the size of Riverside’s is going to have some leaks.  All we can do is find as many leaks as we can.  We also have to remember that our water quality is very good, and I thank our water and sewer staff for the fine job they do.

City staff has said several times that the water and sewer funds are proprietary accounts and should be self-sustaining.  They have been self-sustaining with the exception of TIF money coming from the County/City TIF Urban Renewal agreement.  The City/County TIF agreement was set up to do all of the infrastructure work to bring the Casino in.  This infrastructure included water and sewer projects. We need to keep purchasing our supplies, chemicals and equipment at a competitive rate and watch out for things, like unnecessary IRS fines.

There are rate increases for water and sewer in this year’s budget.  Please contact your city council members and let them know what you think of any increases.
Kevin Kiene

Editor’s Note: There is a tentative Public Hearing for the 2015-16 budget on March 10 at 6:30 6 PM. There have been extensive discussions about raising water and sewer rates.

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Screwed, Lesson 30: Part 1 of 4

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PS_20140822114049The business war on education: corporate America reaches out and we get the common core.

BY NICK SMITH

LETTERS TO CAL-EM

A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HIGHLAND

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.  [Mark Twain]

Highland is like all the other public schools in the nation when it comes to implementation of the common core.  They are required to put the common core in place in order to satisfy the state and federal mandates forcing every school to participate or lose their federal money.  I’ll tell you up front, I think the common core sucks.  It screws our children out of the education they truly deserve in the name of “reform” and “value-added accountability”—whatever that really means.  It is a horrible crime thrust upon the American taxpayer, the educational system and the students in this country.  So, Cal-Em, I suppose you want to know how we got to this state of absurdity.  I’ll try to tell you how it happened, but, please be patient with me because it is a long and complicated journey, requiring your close attention if you are going to understand the actions and the implications.

As I have outlined before, it all started with the A Nation at Risk report back in 1983, which alarmed the American public with its scare-tactic rhetoric, its distortion of the facts, its manipulation of the data and its out-and-out lies.  Alarmed, many states, including Iowa, organized groups to study the state of education and report their findings and recommendations back to the state.  These groups were mainly composed of business leaders who assumed that the problem was a people problem and that a business philosophy was the solution to the imaginary problem of failing educational systems.  No teachers were involved in the process then, and they are not involved in the process now; thus, people who really know nothing about education or teaching began to set the course for education “reform.”  Let’s be honest; the reforms of the last thirty years have been a bust.  They tweaked with the system but never changed the system.  Look at the results for the last thirty years and you’ll find that all of the reforms and all of the money spent hasn’t changed a thing.  What’s worse is that corporate America and billionaires began to view “reform” as an opportunity to take a piece of the 1.7 trillion dollars spent on education every year by the American tax payers.  Business and government joined in an effort to “privatize” the system that continues to this very day.  We, the American public, have been duped into believing the business model and factory curriculum promoted by both corporate enterprises and government, is the answer to improving education, but this methodology only allows them to be poised for the biggest public money grab in our history.

From 1983 to the present, business leaders have maintained the opinion that the very best possible education reform is one based on the good old market theory.  Public education, the proponents of the business model of education reported, is a government monopoly, and teachers, free from the ideas of the free market ideology, have no incentive to control costs or deliver high quality teaching.  Without the market forces of competition, teachers were left free to live off the public trough without being accountable.  The obvious solution to the problem is to subject public education to the rigors of the free market place.  Put the money for schools into the hands of the parents through a voucher system in order to create completion through choice.  The choices the parents make will produce high achievement at the lowest possible cost.  The public, however, did go for this idea at first, but over time, as the cost of public education began to rise, people started to blame the school bureaucracy and the teachers’ unions for the problem.  Eventually, with all the rhetoric from politicians, entrepreneurs and big business funded projects, both those people driven by market theory and those driven by their anger at teachers, embraced the concept of the charter school.

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A partnership of entrepreneurs, mostly from Silicon Valley billionaires and major Wall Street investors, jumped at the chance to put their money behind this reform idea.  Choice and markets began to drive the American education reform agenda almost exclusively.  The theory smacks of Mom and apple pie—what can be more American than that?  What if, however, none of it’s true?  What if the whole thing is merely an attempt to get more public money into the hands of the one percent?   Parents didn’t follow the theory.  They were more concerned about their children’s safety, and they preferred schools close to their own homes.  Highland went through the new school building wars, finally passing a bond to build a new school in the town of Riverside and add improvements to the school In Ainsworth.  There are still people who won’t speak to each other over that decision.  At the secondary level, most parents are more interested in the trophies in the school lobby.  How many academic trophies are in those trophy cases?  Does this mean that parents don’t care about academics?  No way!  What it means is that the parents have met their children’s’ teachers at the school, and the teachers seem to care about their children, take a personal interest in them and the teachers seem like decent people who are doing a good job.  The parents place more value on those things than they do on performance measurements based on standardized tests of basic skills.

The privatization of public education marches on, and I think it is a very dangerous path that the country has embarked upon.  If we lose public education, we lose the only institution left that has a chance to provide equality and equity to our children.  At least the goal of public education is to provide learning opportunity for all children regardless of their ethnicity, religion, wealth or social status.  Don’t think for a moment that a school run by entrepreneurs will be concerned with the equality of their students; I would sooner think that the bottom line profit would be the major concern.  The major inroads to the millions spent on education each year have already been made, and through their money and lobbyists, businesses and special interest groups are expanding their for-profit factory schools across the entire nation.  The marriage of billionaire corporations and government leaves the American people out of the process, avoids accountability and siphons millions away from public education.  It is unhealthy when one crook attempts to steal your money, but it is horrendous when many crooks get together to steal your very future.  That is what I think is happening.  Our children’s future is being robbed in the name of reform.

In the appendix, I have reprinted an advertisement for a full day conference to outline how investors may make a profit from the education market.  The entire ad turns my stomach because the promoters at Palm Ventures envision numerous for-profit companies taking over education as a market and an investment.  The real danger to our freedom and equality, the real danger to our opportunities as Americans and the real danger to our future hinges on whether or not we keep public schools for everyone or whether we allow business interests to take over the educational system and privatizes education for profit.  Charter schools, which do not have to follow government rules or standards are making huge inroads in parts of the country.  They are often backed by huge for-profit enterprises that care little for the students but greatly for the bottom line profit taking of their business concern.

This “conference” sported a one-day price tag of $1,495.00.  I think that’s a huge price to pay unless you’re looking for big returns on your money.  Of course, the American people will ultimately decide if they want to keep their public schools or if they want education run by business enterprises and Wall Street entrepreneurs.  For me, the choice deals with equity and opportunity for all children.  I have seen the reports from charter schools and for-profit schools where their successes seem remarkable; however, once you realize that they are not educating everyone, but only the chosen ones, you see that they produce no better results than public schools, except they also take a profit.  I, for one, do not wish to see education fall into the hands of Microsoft or Walmart because I don’t believe the interests of all children will last long in their profit making hands.  Education needs to be for everyone, not just for the rich or the wealthy or the well positioned politically.  The longer we let business interests dictate the operation, measurement, accountability and actions of our schools, the easier it will be for them to take over the entire education system, tapping into the trillions of dollars spent on education each year.  Maybe the public wants Wall Street to run their schools, but, as for me, I say fight.  Fight to the last teacher standing, not for your jobs, but for the children.

Cal-Em, you must prepare yourself for a long fight to regain the freedom public education offers.

 

Appendix

By Valerie Strauss January 9, 2013

Education reform as a business

The Washington Post

AttentionMiddle-Market Private Equity

& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders

Private Equity Investing in
For-Profit Education Companies

How Breakdowns in Traditional Models

& Applications of New Technologies

Are Driving Change


ENCORE ROUNDTABLE

 

CHAIRED BY

Harold Levy, Managing Director
Palm Ventures

 

FULL-DAY CONFERENCE

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New York City

Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them

  

Private equity investing in for-profit education is soaring, and for good reason — the public and non-profit models are profoundly broken.

This is why for-profit education is one of the largest U.S. investment markets, currently topping $1.3 trillion in value.

 Look at the current state of K-12 public education. School districts across the U.S. are underfunded, underperforming, and well behind the curve when it comes to adopting quality technologies.

 Many simply lack the expertise to treat today’s applied technologies as not just gadgets or strategic opportunities, but as real solutions for expanding their capacity to teach students.

 And in the post-secondary world, non-profit institutions are finding that very few enticements are bringing in money. Not sports. Not research. Not classrooms.

 Public funding and private endowments are both down, and neither will be particularly reliable in the future.

 So 2013, and beyond, will see numerous for-profit companies making inroads into public and non-profit education by taking over large swaths of the market. What’s more, they’ll prosper in the corporate training and continuing education marketplace as well.

 Consider —

  • The entire education sector now represents nearly 9 percent of the U.S. GDP.
  • Merger and acquisition activity in for-profit education last year surpassed activity at the peak of the Internet boom.
  • More and more non-profit colleges are hitting the wall and seeking investors to help them transform into for-profit institutions.

 You’ll learn how to achieve investment success in this education revolution when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE conference — “Private Equity Investing in For-Profit Education Companies,” being held in New York City on Tuesday, January 15.

Here are 6 important reasons you should attend this conference:

  • Understand which technologies are the engines of change for the entire for-profit education industry.
  • Hear how online services go well beyond coursework solutions to include engagement, assessment, and other critical needs.
  • Realize what new regulations can be expected during the next presidential term.
  • Find out which technologies are poised to take off, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), adaptive learning platforms, and virtual laboratories.
  • Recognize the growing demand for training tools to assess performance and measure effectiveness.
  • Gain insight on the strongest opportunities to lower costs and improve learning.

Serving as chair of this ENCORE conference on Tuesday, January 15, in New York, is Harold Levy, former Chancellor of the New York City School System and now managing director at Palm Ventures in Greenwich, Conn.

Palm is a family office that invests in for-profit education and other capital investments with a positive and transformative effect on society.

 Harold leads the education practice, capitalizing on his vast experience in education and finance. He is also former executive vice president and general counsel of Kaplan Inc., director of Global Compliance of Citigroup, and head of litigation at Salomon Brothers. 

He has served on the boards of a number of academic institutions and for-profit education companies. Harold is presently treasurer of the Roosevelt Institute and a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee of Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a B.S. and J.D. from Cornell University and a M.A. (PPE) from Oxford University.

20 Education Experts Bring You A Day Of Rewarding Lessons

 Our Roundtable features 4 expert panel discussions led by our chair and with the shared insight of 20 of the top private equity experts in the for-profit education marketplace.

 When you attend our January 15th Roundtable you will listen and learn from GPs, operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more — offering real-world perspectives, lessons learned and industry outlooks, plus insights on managing current portfolio companies.

 By attending this Capital Roundtable conference, you’ll be wise to the winning strategies and tactics of successful investors in for-profit education companies. You’ll also hear how they are adding value to their current portfolio companies. We’ll be answering such questions as:

  • What are some of the main challenges that PE investors are facing in the education sector?
  • How are lenders approaching education deals, and what factors are behind their decisions?
  • How can new investors in for-profit education avoid common traps and pitfalls?
  • What specific sectors within the for-profit education marketplace may hold the greatest promise for investors?
  • What specific criteria should you use in evaluating potential deals?
  • What are current sector valuations — reasonable, high, or somewhere in between – and how may they change in 2013?

Our Excellent Networking Opportunities May Be Reason Enough To Attend

We’ve built ample time into the day’s agenda so you can –

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • If you’re a lender, hedge fund manager or investment banker – identify potential partners
  • If you’re an attorney or advisor – meet new potential clients
  • If you work as an executive search professional – meet potential prospects

Register Now and Receive Our Early Bird Discount

Early registration for this encore conference is not just a wise idea, but also saves you money. To receive a generous discount of $400 off our regular price, simply sign up before November 20, 2012.

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Mara Kane today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or mkane@capitalroundtable.com

We look forward to having you join us on January 15th.

This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 30 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit www.capitalroundtable.com.

Chaired By

  • Harold Levy, Managing Director, Palm Ventures

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable

Speakers

  • David F. Bainbridge, Managing Director, Veronis Suhler Stevenson LLC
  • James A. Bland, Principal, HCP & Co.
  • George Cigale, Chairman & CEO, Tutor.com Inc.
  • David Hoverman, Senior Principal, Parthenon Group LLC
  • Jeffrey Keith, Operating Partner, Sterling Partners
  • Victor Klatt, Principal, Penn Hill Group
  • Timothy B. Loomer, President & CEO, Campus Management Corp.
  • Robert Lytle, Partner Parthenon, Group LLC
  • Michael P. McQueeney, Managing Partner, Summer Street Capital Partners LLC
  • H. John Michel, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Jason Palmer, Chief Product Officer, Straighterline
  • Ralph Protsik, Managing Director, BSG Team Ventures
  • John R. Przypyszny, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Robert T. Puopolo, Partner, Epic Partners
  • Adarsh K. Sarma, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Joshua N. Schwartz, Managing Director, East Wind Advisors LLC
  • Stuart J. Udell, President & CEO, Catapult Learning LLC
  • Carol Vallone, Chief Executive Officer, Educate Online Inc.
  • David L. Warnock, Managing Member, Camden Partners Holdings LLC

Ralph A. Wolff, President, Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Additional speakers to be announced

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Water Update: Leak Fixed

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From Rusty: “The leak has been fixed and the holes filled with gravel. There is an ADVISORY Boil Order for 1st St (hwy 22) to 3rd Street on Greene Street only.”

 

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Water Update: City Issues Boil Alert

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WATER UPDATE 2/25/15

Boil Alert

10:30 am

At this time we are still trying to locate the source of the water leak.  We are currently digging on 3rd hole on Greene Street in an attempt to find the location.The process is slow as there is 21” of frost underneath the Street.“After digging in 4 different places the source of the leak has been found. Repairs should take about 2 hours if all goes well'” said Rogerson in an email [11:53 AM] updating on the water main situation.

We have notified the Iowa Department of NATURAL RESOURCES and the Washington County Health Department. We will take water samples to the State Hygienic in Oakdale, Iowa for testing as soon as the leak is fixed… WE HAVE DECLARED AN ADVISORY WATER BOIL STATEMENT, WHICH MEANS IT IS NOT MANDATORY, BUT IS SUGGESTED FOR THE AREA BEGINNING ON 1ST STREET(HIGHWAY 22) TO 3RD STREET ON GREENE STREET. THE ONLY PROPERTIES WITH NO WATER ARE CITY HALL, THE WHITE HOUSE BEHIND CITY HALL AND PICKERING’S BUILDING ARE WITHOUT WATER.OTHER PROPERTIES MAY NOTICE SOME BROWN COLORISH TO THEIR WATER AND THAT WAS CREATED WHEN WE BEGAN CLOSING VALVES TO TRY AND ISOLATE THE PROBLEM. TO GET RID OF THE BROWN COLOR WATER, SIMPLY LET YOUR WATER RUN FOR AWHILE.

PLEASE CALL CITY HALL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS (319) 648-3501

“As a side note,” wrote Rogerson, “the Governor signed the gas tax hike bill last night. The $.10 increase is effective Sunday March 1, 2015.”

 

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March 2015 Congregate Meals Menu

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March 2015 Congregate

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2/25/2015 Progress Report

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New information is in bold/italic font or otherwise noted.

Items in red are of immediate concern

Completed items are struck through, then removed the next week

You can call this living in the past. You can chastise because it does not focus on the positive. Yes we have town celebrations, yes paint and flower pots dressed up downtown, the roof on the shelter at Railroad Park was replaced, etc., etc. Some of these things make me very proud to live in Riverside. Do you know what else makes me proud to live in Riverside? My neighbors, my friends, and those people who are willing to stand up and hold people accountable. Because they believe, like my son said,

“I like this town, ‘cause it’s ours.”

I want to show how important this list is to some people (not necessarily in the way you think):

Submitted on 2014/09/15 at 10:29 pm (Click on the hyperlink to the left to see the full exchange)

Tom. Please add the fact that a city council person got fired from their job for sending a fake bomb to a middle eastern war veteran who was a co worker and a former bomb tech. This has never been discussed. Kind of sad we would treat a veteran in to such a childish manner. Everyone has skeletons, don’t be selective if you really are a journalist. Check the sex offender register or how about a parent leaving a severely Austic child alone with younger siblings while the parents are working or attending a meeting. Sound familiar? Those who live in glass houses should check out the facts before jumping on a crusade.

That is how important it is to some people that this town does NOT progress.

REPORT

Freedom of Information: Certain members of the council are in complete denial and/or ignorant to this concept

 

Tuesday February 17, the council had the first work session with George Oster, the Riverside Fire Department and the District Trustees working toward a workable agreement with all parties involved, regarding operating, decision making power and finances. The next work session will be Thursday February 26 @ 6PM. They will establish a cost saving formula and work out an  equation, which was covered at the work session on the 17th.

Raising of Water/sewer rates Please note, there has not been a vote making this official. What will the extra funds be used for?

Public Hearing on 2015-16 Budget The date was changed. This was an oversight that was pointed out by Rusty, so I thank[ed] him for that (They never set the date and voted on it at the meeting mentioned in their ‘Meetings’ update).  I even understand why it was moved: there was more discussion/issues than anticipated, said Rusty, so there needed to be more discussion and consensus before moving on to the public hearing. One of our readers brought up the issue of the proximity to the deadline. If I am not mistaken, there needs to be three readings. If there’s not that much consensus, then how confident are we that waving the first and second reading of the ordinance will happen? EDITOR’S NOTE: “The budget hearing is a simple resolution approving the budget. The water and sewer ordinances will not have public hearing before May as they are not in effective until after 7/1/15 that is when you can have up to 3 readings.” From anonymous

Improve communication between citizens and city during maintenance People were notified of the break in as timely a manner as possible. However, communication quickly disintegrated. The basic message at city hall during the issue was ‘I don’t know.’ A citizen expressed concern over whether or not there was a boil order. It is possible that there were citizens who possible did not know of the shutoff or a boil order. Granted there is a certain amont of trust that should go to the guys when it comes to making that call, but this person had a point. It was not even a concern: No return communication; no post on Facebook re: everything’s fine…water’s safe.

**any and all items that include employee discipline will never be discussed in an open Council Meeting, and any actions that have been taken or might be possibly taken against the employee is confidential information and will never be released to the public.”    –Rogerson.

The incidents still happened. Details are not expected, but the statement that they will be addressed is, at the very least, a sign of respect for the people of Riverside.

Development of commercial property (re: Steve Mann); discussed at the February 19, 2015 city council meeting.

Adherence to write-up policy for employee insubordination (i.e., yelling at council people during meetings and the use of vulgarity toward11council people during in a public format )

Employee committee’s input on Open MIC-gate

Employees entering citizen homes without permission was never even addressed by the council or mayor, nor were responses returned to our inquiries http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4eL )

Audit status (the previous audit/special investigation had regular updates)     The Forum has made inquiries; they are unable to provide a date of completion.

Council Member Ralph Schnoebelen’s admission that he caused the need for not only the change order for K & E Flatworks in the amount of $1250 for re-grading on Sycamore/22, but also for the future expenses for the reseeding.

Council Member Bob Schneider’s apology to the citizens and Ms. Kirkwood for misleading them regarding his/his wife’s records request for employee pay stubs (Schneider used the words ‘we’ and ‘I’ when asking Kirkwood what was requested at the September 2, 2014 city council meeting [see the preceding post, under ‘Check Stub’])

Review/enforcement of the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools (council members have to follow ordinances too)

Sidewalk added up on Ash from Sycamore to Buckeye.

Overtime report At the January 13, 2015  city council meeting, Kasdorf and Sexton reiterated their desire to receive this report; Rogerson assured them that they have it available.

Junk vehicles- do I really need to explain this one?

Hwy 22 and Washington The dogs have supposedly been called off this one.

Methodist church storm water issues Member from the Board of Trustees asked the council for help in repairs. The council accepted a bid for the work on this item at the November 3, 2014 Council meeting; they will assess this issue as well as a related citizen issue.

How long has it been since Community Visioning held an election for chairman?

At the June 16 RCCM, City Council Member Nate Kasdorf asked for Conservation Park rules and regulations, i.e.  hours to be on the next agenda. It was not ( http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4fJ ), nor was it discussed at that meeting.

Resolve fund balances Fall 2014 In response to repeated comments and requests for them, both Rogerson and Young stated in their open letters to the council that they are as correct as they can be.

Cherry Lane This is on the project list presented to the council by MMS Consulting at the February 2, 2015 city council meeting.

From the City Administrator’s Punch List Provided in the February 19, 2014 City Council Meeting packet

**Priority level; status; those involved or responsible; items in red are leftovers from the previous list.

Fence on the east side of sidewalk of Conservation Park. Fall 2014

Primitive camping at Conservation Park Fall 2014

City events- Address profit/loss of events when proposing future events [the latter statement is from the editor]

Develop working relationships with other communities. On-going; on-going; Rusty

Possible IDOT funds to work on sidewalks downtown

Met with DOT regarding HWY 22, 3/13/14; Met with V & K regarding Hwy 22. 4/25/14; and 5/29/14. High; on-going; Rusty

Develop plan for storm water management; seek funds for storm water projects.  High Priority; beginning; Rusty/MMS

Participate in English River Water Shed Group. On-going; ongoing; Rusty

Develop ideas for Spring WCRF grant requests. High; Spring 2015; Council

Evaluate City Buildings for heightened security; Review during budget prep for FY 15-16. –; On-going; Council

Contract with firm to develop Capital Fundraising Campaign. –; Need infrastructure; –

Maintain web site and social media to obtain maximum positive exposure for the city. On-going; on-going; Rusty

Purchase Knox Boxes for all city buildings. High; 2015; Rusty

Conduct open house of city facilities. Medium; Summer 2015; Staff

Holderness property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Citizen Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)

Geyer property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)

Revise/renew city administrator contract. High; Spring 2015; Council

Complete evaluations/revise job descriptions. High; –; employee committee, Rusty

Seek grant funding for new programs. On-going; on-going; Rusty

Resolve Fund balances. High; Spring 2015; Auditors

Implement strategies from Commercial Drive RFP report. 5/19 hired Terrus realty. High; on-going; –

Amend TIF [tax increment funding] to include area in Roetlin Property 8/14/ Amend urban renewal plan to include northwest corner of Roetlin’s property. High; County auditor; County auditor

Public hearing for revised city zoning ordinance, site plan ordinance, sub-division ordinance and PUD ordinance. High; Early 2015; Rusty

Review entire electrical system at Hall Park. High; Spring; Engineer

Review/revise employee handbook. High; March 2015; Employee Committee

Meet with Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) Executive Director, Ed Raber about residential development.

 

 

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Water Mains: UNOFFICIAL Boil Order for Riverside

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Water’s on, but really brown. Left a message at city hall re letting everyone know.  20:38 2/24/2015 Our water is still off, but since my neighbor’s is on, I assume yours is too. No response from the city to clarify, but spoke with a citizen at the Post office and he said there were two water mains broken.  Council Member Christine Kirkwood said that she was trying to find out what’s going on.

Since there is no one at city hall to field after hours calls or emails during office hours for concerned citizens (besides telling them they have no idea what’s going on), we are advising UNOFFICIALLY / UNAFFILIATED with the city Boil your water before you drink it until you speak with city employees

More when we receive it.

 

Water Main work at 2nd and Greene St

Water Main work at 2nd and Greene St

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Runoff on Greene St

 

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