*New information is in bold/italic font or otherwise noted.
**Completed items are struck through
This list is a short compilation of items that need addressed in Riverside. The Riverside Progress Report is a guide or score sheet, a progress report. It contains issues that citizens are still asking about. Since there are many out there who like to point out when I am wrong (my wife included), please, as with anything posted on this site, point such instances out. If you feel we missed anything or if something should not be included, by all means, let us know. This list will most likely change, so check in every week. This list does not contain rumors
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.
- Sidewalk added up on Ash from Sycamore to Buckeye.
- Cherry Street
- 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’] ) Update: At the September 15 city council meeting, this was supposed to be officially amended into the minutes for the September 2 city council meeting, approved 4-0 stating that Lois Schneider had in fact asked for and received pay stubs; Kirkwood has supporting evidence. If you would like to see evidence, here you go! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B39j18PzWLdsdUkzRTdILUJkQ3c/edit?usp=sharing .This was not added to the minutes. After Christine Kirkwood’s request for it to be so, at the October 3, 2014 city council meeting, Rogerson stated that after this amendment of the minutes, he would be writing only items of action, not word for word records of the meetings.
At the October 20, 2014 city council meeting, there was some confusion as to whether or not Kirkwood actually read the change as read at the present meeting (She did: listen here to the original request for amendment to the minutes at the Sept. 15 meeting (Press the play arrow, let it load, then press play again):
[Overkill? Sure, but why keep all this stuff if I'm not going to use it?]). Mayor Poch asked office staff to find the request.
- Review/enforcement of the ordinance requiring fences around swimming pools (council members have to follow ordinances too)
- 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 )
- Freedom of Information: Certain members of the council are in complete denial and/or ignorant to this concept
- Pending requests: After verifying with the County Supervisors, The Forum requested Voluntary Annexation request/proposal for 114th to the County of Washington, Iowa on September 24, 2014 (this request has been acknowledged by Rogerson).***In an email from Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius : “Currently we do not have a Resolution as they have not provided the County with an accurate description of the area being annexed.” (There was a valid reason for this; see the council meeting post)
At the August 4, 2014 Riverside City Council meeting, ‘Attorney’s opinion: what open records are and what are not on the next meeting’s agenda’ was approved by the council. Kasdorf and Poch also asked for an opinion at the September 2, 2014 council meeting. This was moved up from ‘Issues to keep tabs on’ to issues avoided and ignored. Council person Kasdorf asked for Sueppel’s opinion again, and Poch made a point to ask a fifth time for said opinion. Kasdorf also stated that they were billed for it.Semis parking along the shoulder of Hiway 22If the request is denied by the council, then the council person can request the information as a citizen
- Audit status (the previous audit/special investigation had regular updates)
- Junk vehicles- do I really need to explain this one?
- Boise Court- This requires some clarification. The “annexation and rezoning of Boise Ct.” was denied at the June 16, 2014 meeting, even though it is part of the comprehensive plan.
Issues to keep tabs on
- How long has it been since Community Visioning held an election for chairman?
- Community Building The council voted to move $260,000 in community center funds to University Credit Union to take advantage of a higher rate at the October 20, 2014 city council meeting.
- At the June 16 RCCM, City Council Member Nate Kasdorf asked for Conservation Park rules and regulations, i.e., park hours to be on the next agenda. It was not ( http://wp.me/p2fxcp-4fJ ), nor was it discussed at that meeting.
- Methodist church storm water issues Member from the Board of Trustees asked the council for help in repairs. This was brought up at the May 19, 2014 city council meeting, where “[t]he motion to have the engineer look at the issue and present findings at a work session was approved 5-0.” The Board of Trustees addressed the council at the October 20, 2014 council meeting asking for help in the repair of the sidewalk.
At the August 18 council meeting, the council voted to put up a stop sign at Ella and Ash. Rogerson said it is ordered and will be here soon
- What was the attorney’s opinion on the motion regarding Kirkwood putting items on the agenda?
- Why were only Schneider and Poch allowed to select the final three engineering firms?
- Resolve fund balances Fall 2014 This is from the City Administrator’s Punch List; it was moved up due to it’s persistence
- Cherry Lane This was moved down from the above list because it, while important to the expansion of the city, has not technically been avoided.
- At the June 16 RCCM, the council approved the negotiating team of Council Members Ralph Schnoebelen and Bob Schneider, Mayor Bill Poch and City Administrator/Economic Development Director Rusty Rogerson for the ‘deal’ with the Casino (re: the agreement paying the city ended July 31; by law, we will receive money from the casino anyway…what’s to negotiate?)
- Plans regarding the construction of the Hall Park Concession stand.
- Construction of Hall Park Concession Stand
From the City Administrator’s Punch List
- Meet with Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) Executive Director, Ed Raber about residential development.
- Fence on the east side of sidewalk of Conservation Park. Fall 2014
- Primitive camping at Conservation Park Fall 2014
- Amend TIF [tax increment funding] to include area in Roetlin Property 8/14/ Amend urban renewal plan to include north west corner of Roetlin’s property
- Holderness property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)
- Geyer property (See the October 6 city council meeting for Cathy Lindhorst’s take on this)
- City events- Address profit/loss of events when proposing future events
Develop ideas for Fall WCRF grant requests 9/14
- Evaluate all city buildings for heightened security (including City Hall 12/14)
- Develop working relationships with other communities
- Conduct open house of city facilities Fall 2014
- Revise/renew city administrator contract Fall 2014
- Employee job description revisions Fall 2014
- Complete evaluations/revise job descriptions
- Review/revise employee handbook
- Possible IDOT funds to work on sidewalks downtown 6/14