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President's Day Holiday Schedule

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 for the President’s Day holiday.

There is no change to collection services. The City will provide garbage, bulky and recycling collection services on February 21. All items should be placed at collection sites no later than 6:00 a.m.  For further information, please call 563-344-4088.

Transit will operate on its normal schedule.

Library TBA

Family Museum will be open 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Museum's administrative offices will be closed and no classes will be held.

Life Fitness Center will be open 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Palmer Grill, located at Palmer Hills Golf Course, will be open 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Palmer Hills Golf Course may be open for golf or sledding/cross country skiing dependent upon weather conditions. Call 563-332-8296 for more information.

Frozen Landing open Noon - 9:00 p.m., weather permitting. Call 563-549-0587 for more information.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Schedule 2022

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022.

There is no change to collection services. The City will provide garbage, bulky and recycling collection services on January 17. For further information, please call 563-344-4088.

Transit will operate on its normal schedule.

Library will be open 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Family Museum will be open 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. No classes scheduled. Administrative offices will be closed.

Life Fitness Center will be open regular hours of 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Frozen Landing open Noon-9:00 p.m. You can call Frozen Landing at 563-549-0587 to make sure it is open or if you have questions. Daily admission is $3.00. Skate rentals are available for $2.00.

Palmer Hills Golf Course will be open if weather allows.  The cross country ski trails at Palmer Hills will be open if conditions allow.

The Palmer Hills Grill, located at the golf course, will be open from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Youth Assessment Program
Next Phase of the Forest Grove Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted: June 16, 2021

Contact: Brent O. Morlok, P.E., LEED AP, City Engineer, 563-344-4063 or bmorlok@bettendorf.org

The City of Bettendorf is currently in design on the next phase of the Forest Grove Drive Reconstruction Project. 

Phase III, which is being designed by HDR, will extend along Forest Grove Drive from just east of International Drive through the Middle Road intersection and will also include the reconstruction of Middle Road from north of Competition Drive to south of Forest Grove Drive. With the development of the TBK Bank Sports Complex, surrounding retail and dining, as well as increased development to the east including the new Forest Grove Elementary School and Forest Grove Park traffic has increased significantly over the past several years. To address those needs, the reconstruction project will include replacement of the existing rural roads with new concrete pavement, storm sewer, recreational trails, streetscaping, and other improvements. The two current signalized intersections will be replaced with multi-lane roundabouts, and an additional single lane roundabout will also be added. The project is intended to bid at the end of 2021 with construction beginning in early 2022. The estimated construction cost is approximately $9.5M, with funding being provided in part by a Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant in the amount of $5.96M. The remaining funds are being provided from within the City of Bettendorf’s Community Improvement Program. 

City Engineer Brent Morlok adds, “This project will completely transform the area around the TBK Bank Sports Complex and really provide a true gateway into Bettendorf from Interstate 80. The construction of roundabouts will allow the increased traffic volumes to safely and efficiently travel through the intersections, while also providing a higher level of aesthetic value. New recreational trails throughout the length of the project will create a pedestrian and bicycle friendly area which is not currently present. In total the project will enhance the existing developments and help spur new investments going forward.”

The City and HDR have also developed a project website that can be found at www.forestgrovedrive.com. This is a first for a City capital improvement project. The website will serve as the primary source of information for the public during both design and construction. Items such as project plans and renderings, meeting dates, construction schedule, traffic staging and other related information will be provided as they become available. 
For more information on the project contact the Engineering Division at 563-344-4055.
2020 Tree City USA
POSTED: April 8, 2021

Bettendorf, Iowa, was named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Bettendorf achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. This is the 26th consecutive year Bettendorf has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

"Tree City USA communities see the impact-an urban forest has in a community msrhanct,'' said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Bettendorf are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Bettendorf has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Bettendorf residents now and in the future.

More information on the program visit arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
City Hires Library Director April 1, 2021
Posted: April 1, 2021

During the February Board Meeting, the Library Board approved the hiring of Jillian Aschliman as the new Library Director for the Bettendorf Public Library. Jillian fills the position that was made available when Sue Sharp retired in February, 2021.

Over the last eight years, Jillian has served as the Director of the LeClaire Community Library and most recently at the Dewitt Community Library where she oversaw a $5.7 million renovation and expansion of the library facility.

Jillian is currently in the process of moving to Bettendorf with her husband, Neil Aschliman, Associate Professor of Biology at St. Ambrose University and their two dogs. Jillian loves to travel, collect vinyl records, work on hand embroidery projects and started to develop a passion for baking pies during COVID quarantine.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected as the Director of the Bettendorf Library and look forward to building upon the excellent services and programs the Library has to offer to the community.

Library Board President John Rabine adds, “We are very grateful to have found an outstanding applicant to become the Bettendorf Library Director. We are excited to move forward in a manner the community has grown accustom to”. Library Board members are looking forward to a team effort with Jillian, the new Bettendorf Public Library Director, and her experience to provide guidance serving as we continue the provision of high level library service and information access to the community.

Jillian began her duties on March 29, 2021.
RSM US LLP Releases City of Bettendorf's Audit Report (2021)
POSTED: February 16, 2021

Contact: Jason Schadt, Finance Director, 563-344-4116 or jschadt@bettendorf.org

The City’s revenues totaled $68,651,031 for the year ended June 30, 2020, a 5.0% increase from the prior year. Revenues included $29,373,989 for property tax, $1,698,854 for tax increment financing, $15,913,789 from charges for service, $5,780,841 from operating grants and contributions, $4,272,621 from capital grants and contributions, $5,675,947 from local option sales tax, and $5,934,990 from other general revenues.

Expenses for City operations totaled $62,789,873, a 2.7% increase from the prior year. Expenses included $14,403,490 for Public Safety, $11,990,291 for Public Works and $6,355,554 for Culture and Recreation. Expenses for business type activities totaled $17,485,109.

A copy of the audit report is available for review in the City Clerk’s Office, in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at https://auditor.iowa.gov/audit-reports.
Local Government Property Valuation System (2021)
Scott Naumann Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities' Information Technology Committee 2021
January 27, 2021

Scott Naumann, Alderman, Bettendorf, Iowa, has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2021 ITC Federal Advocacy Committee. Alderman Naumann was elected to a one-year term and will provide strategic direction and guidance for NLC’s federal advocacy agenda and policy priorities. The appointment was announced by NLC President Kathy Maness, councilmember, Lexington, South Carolina.

Naumann said, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to engage with leadership on the national level to ensure our voices are heard in Washington. It’s also especially important that we have a chance to learn what other state leaders are doing and bring those thoughts, ideas and perspectives home to benefit our community”.
As a committee member, Naumann will play a key role among a diverse group of local leaders in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“Our federal advocacy committees are the voices of what’s happening on the ground in our communities,” said Kathy Maness, councilmember of Lexington, South Carolina, and President of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Scott Naumann join NLC's ITC committee on behalf of the residents of the Quad Cities. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.

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The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org
Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program
Posted: January 26, 2021

If you are unable to view this release, please visit https://www.iowaeda.com/covid-funding-programs/
Governor Reynolds allocated $40 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial relief for eligible restaurants and bars impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program will assist many Iowa establishments that were among the most directly and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures and mitigation efforts.

The program may assist eligible businesses that experienced a decrease in gross sales of at least 15% during the second and third quarters of 2020, (April 1- Sept. 30), compared to the same time the previous year, as evidenced by the Iowa Sales/Retailer’s Use Tax and Surcharge Return.

Grant award amounts will be determined using a tiered system based on the percent of gross sales loss. Award tiers will be used with a maximum award amount of $25,000.

ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES

Businesses must be one of the following business types:

  • Full-Service Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Brewery
  • Brewpub
  • Distillery
  • Winery

APPLICATION PREPARATION

Ownership entities must submit one application per business location. Applicants must have the following information prepared prior to starting the application, as applicable.

APPLICATION PERIOD

The online application will be available at iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning Monday, Feb. 1 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and will close on Monday, Feb. 15 at 5:00 p.m. All applications submitted within that period will be considered for an award. The program is not first come, first served.

Applications will undergo review following the close of the application period on Feb. 15. Applicants will receive an approval or denial email notification upon their application’s review.

Download the Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program fact sheet.

For additional resources and programs to assist Iowa businesses, visit iowabusinessrecovery.com.
Mississippi River Mayors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, & American Society of Civil Engineers Celebrate Enactment of the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act
President Signs into Law Critical New Tool for Local Resilience on Eve of Flood Season

On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021, President Trump signed into law the first and one of the most valuable resilience tools in the federal government—a Resilience Revolving Loan Fund (RRF) for states and local governments. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan bill as S. 3418, STORM Act in December. The legislation authorizes $200 million for the RRF and allows states to offer low-interest loans to counties and cities for disaster mitigation projects.

“We congratulate Representative Angie Craig (MN), Representative Rodney Davis (IL), Senator Ron Johnson (WI), and Senator Gary Peters (MI) for their championship of this cause. Mayors Sean Dowse of Red Wing, MN; Melvin Carter of St. Paul, MN; Tim Kabat of La Crosse, WI; Bob Gallagher of Bettendorf, IA; Rick Eberlin of Grafton, IL; and Belinda Constant of Gretna, LA all played a tremendous role in leading this important legislation at the local level. We are hopeful the Biden Administration takes notice of this work and moves to create the position of White House Chief Resilience in response,” said MRCTI Co-Chair, Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor of Baton Rouge, LA.

“The Chamber is so pleased that the STORM Act has been enacted and will continue to work with MRCTI, ASCE, and our members and partners to urge Congress to fully fund these important predisaster mitigation programs,” said Chuck Chaitovitz, vice president, environmental affairs and sustainability at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Congress has prioritized resilient communities by passing the bipartisan STORM Act,” said Tom Smith, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers. “ASCE has been proud to partner with Senators Johnson and Peters as well as Representatives Craig and Davis to support this legislation, which is an important step towards improving resilience and planning for communities across the country. As civil engineers, we’re thinking about building infrastructure that will last for 50 to 100 years or more. The opportunity to build strategically is now. We thank President Trump for quickly signing this critical legislation into law so communities can get the resources they need to prepare, adapt and mitigate, and to recover from the next catastrophic storm.”

Mayors have successfully worked with the U.S. Chamber, ASCE, and the Mississippi River Caucus in the House and Senate to increase investment in predisaster mitigation. However, new programs, increased investment, and congressional action like what we have witnessed with enactment of the STORM Act all need management and leadership supported by the full support of the White House if progress is to continue. MRCTI, U.S. Chamber, and ASCE look forward to working with the President-Elect’s team on increasing the nation’s resilience capacity.
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The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) is a coalition of 100 mayors from across the Mississippi River corridor, which spans along ten states from Minnesota to Louisiana. The Mississippi River provides drinking water to more than 20 million people and 50 cities. More than 40 percent of the nation’s agricultural commodity output moves on the Mississippi River. The River’s resources support 1.5 million jobs and generate nearly $500 billion in annual revenue.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing companies of all sizes across every sector of the economy. Our members range from the small businesses and local chambers of commerce that line the Main Streets of America to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing: They count on the U.S. Chamber to be their voice in Washington, across the country, and around the world. For more than 100 years, we have advocated for pro-business policies that help businesses create jobs and grow our economy.