Mayor Alderman At-Large
4550 34th Street Court home: 563/332-8830 work: 563/344-0600 email@example.com
5331 Taylor Avenue home: 563/332-6545 work: 563/441-4016 firstname.lastname@example.org
4805 Heatherstone home: 563/332-1090 work: 563/359-0477 email@example.com
During my State of the City Address, I touched on what makes Bettendorf a Premier City. We are a thriving, diversified community offering attractive, well-maintained neighborhoods, as well as a full-service City, which maintains a professional, award-winning library and family museum, nationally accredited parks, and police and fire departments that are well-trained and well equipped to protect our homes, families, and businesses. This past year, we are particularly proud of receiving the Voice of the People Award from the International City/County Managers Association and the National Research Center. We were rated in the top 10% for our general service, and specifically highlighted were our library, police, and firefighter services. I believe it is important to mention that over the last two years, we received approximately $3 million dollars to develop the riverfront trail as part of an overall area plan for the Mississippi Great River Road and the Mississippi River Trail. We look forward to connecting the Riverfront Trail with the Duck Creek Trail and taking the trail north to Pigeon Creek and beyond. We are also a community that promotes a growing and competitive business environment. We want to support and help existing businesses grow, plus encourage businesses to locate here. When people can work close to home, they can spend more time with their families. When they can shop locally, the dollars they spend stay here, helping local businesses grow and provide jobs for our children. City officials recently learned that a developer is assembling the area of JoeVan and Shopko, which is now under single ownership control. We hope to participate in that redevelopment to insure the same high quality that occurred on the Duck Creek Plaza site. Another topic that has been discussed is the condition of our streets. Because of the harsh winter we experienced, many roads are in need of repair. The City has allocated $19 million for Capital Projects, with $6 million directed at reconstructing a number of city streets. Quality of life is of paramount importance in Bettendorf. Our staff works around the clock, in both high profile and behind-the-scene positions, to deliver quality municipal services with the hope to exceed your expectations. I am proud of the dedication demonstrated by our 298 full and part-time employees, and the pleasure they take in a job well done. Our staff will continue to make significant commitments toward improving our community and welcome input from our residents. On behalf of the City Council, staff, and myself, we look forward to hearing from you.
Keeping Bettendorf residents informed
1st Ward Alderman
1517 Central Avenue home: 563/359-8974 firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Ward Alderman
11 Estate Court home: 563/355-2287 email@example.com
3rd Ward Alderman
3466 Devils Glen Court home: 563/441-9360 firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Center Takes Shape
4th Ward Alderman
4670 Stonehaven Court home: 563/332-6599 email@example.com
5th Ward Alderman
6030 Shadowbrook Drive cell: 563/210-3535 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council Members do not have set office hours at City Hall, but do check and stop in frequently for messages and correspondence.
Decker Ploehn 563/344-4007 email@example.com
CITY OFFICE HOURS
8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
The City of Bettendorf and the Isle of Capri Casino are in the second phase of a multi-phased downtown/riverfront redevelopment project entitled RIVERSedge. From its beginning at the turn of the century as another manufacturing town along the Mississippi River, Bettendorf became, over many decades, a moderately affluent bedroom community of the Quad City area. Over the past dozen years, efforts from the public and private sectors have begun a transformation to a more diversified economy. Bettendorf is in the process of constructing a 53,000 square foot event center, at a cost of $17 million, that will be connected by a skywalk to the new Isle of Capri hotel. The facility will include a 16,800 square foot multipurpose showroom with an elevated stage. The room will seat roughly 900 for dinner or 2,000 in a theater style arrangement. Video screens will face all directions and the room can be divided to serve two, three, or four smaller groups. In addition, there are two breakout rooms directly adjacent to the main showroom and a separate breakout room for other unassociated groups. The building will measure roughly 30 feet in height but contain only one story. Changing rooms will be off the main stage, a complete kitchen to serve all facility needs, and an office/ticket office will also be included along with full restrooms and storage areas. An at-grade parking lot will be part of the project and will significantly increase parking. All phases of the project are expected to be completed by the Fall 2008.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
City Council holds its regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Committee of the Whole meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the regular meeting and on the fourth Monday of each month, if necessary. All meetings are held at City Hall, 1609 State Street, 2nd floor.
CITY OFFICES CLOSED
New Year’s, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There is no garbage, yard waste, recycling, or bulky waste pick up on the above holidays, except for Good Friday. Check your garbage guide, Channel 9, webpage or Citizen Information E-mail for holiday pickup schedule.
GENERAL INFORMATION NUMBERS
City Hall 563/344-4000 Police Department 563/344-4015 Emergency: 911 Fire Department 563/344-4052 Emergency: 911 Family Museum 563/344-4106 Library 563/344-4175 Community Center 563/344-4112 Splash Landing 563/344-4124 Life Fitness Center 563/344-4119 Palmer Hills Golf Course 563/332-8296 Economic Development 563/344-4060 Building Inspection Services 563/344-4074 Public Works Garbage, Yard Waste, & Recycling 563/344-4088 Engineering 563/344-4055 Mass Transit 563/344-4085 Building Maintenance 563/344-4065
TESTING EMERGENCY SIRENS
THE CITY OF BETTENDORF TESTS THE CIVIL DEFENSE SIRENS ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 10:00 A.M.
In the event of a tornado warning affecting Scott County, or an actual tornado sighting by law enforcement in Scott County, the sirens will be activated. This activation will trigger the sirens and they will run for a number of minutes. If you hear the sirens, immediately take shelter, tune to a local news channel, and listen to your NOAA weather/all hazards radio. There is no provision to sound an all-clear siren after an event. If you hear another siren activation, again take cover, tune to a local news channel, and listen to your NOAA weather/all hazards radio.
City Hires New Library Director
The City of Bettendorf has hired a new Director for the Bettendorf Public Library Information Center. Mr. Steven P. Nielsen was recently the Executive Senior Vice President in product development for Alpha Bay in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over 20 years of professional experience in both marketing and library information technology, Mr. Nielsen notes that he is well-prepared to meet the challenges of a fast growing library and thrilled at the opportunity to work with an innovative and contemporary staff. The Bettendorf Public Library Information Center consists of 48 full and part-time staff members who provide services to nearly 349,847 patrons per year. You can contact Mr. Nielson at the Library by calling 563/344-4183.
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Celebrating your mind, body and home.....Bettendorf is Bringing the Best to You!
As a proud resident of the City of Bettendorf, you have the privilege this summer of experienceng the “Best of Bettendorf”. Watch for a special mailing in the upcoming weeks that will give you details about great events, exclusive Bettendorf resident incentives and information about all that makes our city premiere. From Palmer Hills Golf Course and Grill, to the awarded winning Bettendorf Public Library, to the wealth of parks and trails, to the nationally accredited Family Museum, to everyone’s favorite summer stop, Splash Landing, to the Life Fitness Center, there is virtually something for everyone. This mailing will provide you with great summertime experiences!
Imagine at the Family Museum
Imagine… ...a place where you could climb a multi-story tree that featured wildlife native to the Midwest. ...being able to walk through a larger than life beating heart. ...being able to tell your friends you touched a real tornado. Picture a place where your imagination is stretched when you walk in the door, and not only are you inspired, you are also motivated to play and learn with your children. Imagine if you could do all of this in one day, in a perfectly climate-controlled environment. Now, let your imagination rest, because the reality is, you can do all of this in your own community! The Family Museum inspires life-long learning and prides itself on giving you what you thought you could only imagine. The Family Museum is in your own backyard and brings you the best in interactive exhibits, premier traveling exhibitions from around the world, and a comprehensive menu of classes and special events for children of all ages. You can keep imagining how, what, why, or if, or you can bring your imagination to life and share it with your own children at the Family Museum!
A recent study by USA Today showed that in larger metropolitan areas, children's museums are the backbone of major downtown revitalizations. While in smaller metro areas, children's museums promote a sense of community and bring families together in a safe and educational environment.
Park Ambassador Program Needs Volunteers
The Parks and Recreation Department formed the Parks Ambassadors Program over 7 years ago. Since that time, thousands of volunteer hours have been contributed to help make our parks safer and friendlier places. The ambassadors act as an extra set of eyes for the police but they do not attempt any enforcement. Instead they try to project a positive influence by assisting park visitors with questions, reporting vandalism or broken equipment, and making minor repairs. All volunteers go through an orientation program. Volunteers are provided with a city vehicle and equipment, and are encouraged to walk the parks to have face to face contact with park visitors. Anyone interested in becoming a park ambassador, contact Ron Maday at 563/344-7170, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program runs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, seven days a week, from 5-11 p.m.
Dick and Jane Learn Technology
The Library will present programs and classes on a wide range of current technology including cell phones and PDAs, MP3 players, television technology, GPS technology, digital photography and digital video, social software web sites, personal computers and laptops, gaming, and the Internet. Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. - Learn about geocaching and experience the thrill of the hunt as you explore the Library grounds for hidden treasure. Wednesday, May 28, 7 p.m. -Overview of digital photography and video equipment including digital cameras, scanners and editing equipment. Wednesday, June 25, 7 p.m. - General class on some of the different social software sites including MySpace, Facebook, Flikr, Blogs, del.icio.us, SecondLife, etc. Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m. - Overview of console gaming, equipment and formats. Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. - Overview of personal computers, laptops and their components. Registration is requested online at www.bettendorflibrary.com/events/index.htm or call 563/344-4175. All programs will be held at the Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr.
What’s a Webkinz?
In case you didn’t know what a Webkinz is, it is a plush animal that comes with a code allowing the purchaser to access the manufacturer's website to create a virtual home for a virtual version of the animal online. The Webkinz is very popular at the Family Museum’s Corner Store. What does the Webkinz and the Family Museum have in common? A Webkinz can teach and reinforce computer skills much like the computers located in the Museum's Garden and Rhythm Alley exhibits. The Museum’s stable area, which houses several horses that visitors can groom, encourages the proper care of animals; this is a key component with Webkinz. The website also teaches children that there is a monetary value for things, such as food, clothing, and furniture; and that those things must be earned by making money through employment opportunities or educational quizzes. The Museum's Amazing Acres Store also emphasizes the exchange of money for goods. The Mission of the Family Museum Corner Store is to extend the Museum experience by selling interactive educational products that are related to and support exhibit and program experiences. All profits go to Family Museum exhibits and programs.
Take a Trip to My Pyramid
The Family Museum workshop is constructing the latest addition to the exhibit hall: the new Healthy Choices Diner. This addition to the Busy Bodies Healthy Choices gallery will assist with the learning experience through a giant food pyramid constructed by the exhibits crew. Utilizing resources from the United States Department of Agriculture's "My Pyramid" program, the Healthy Choices Diner will use a 12 foot high, brightly colored model of the food pyramid that illustrates balancing diet and exercise for a healthier lifestyle. By choosing color coded, specially shaped food blocks, children will learn how to fill their plates with selections from each of the different food groups. Then by comparing the size of the "servings," they will see how much food from each food group they should eat at every meal. Also in this space children will learn about physical activity and exercise on the Museum's 20 foot long rock climbing wall and explore heart health inside the giant 14 foot high human heart! You are never too young to learn how eating well helps you build a strong body and a healthy heart. Here at the Family Museum we are happy to expand our involvement in the battle against childhood obesity. See you soon in the new Healthy Choices Diner!
Movies in the Park Series is Back
Back by popular demand, Bettendorf will once again host Movies in the Park each Saturday beginning May 31 through the end of June. The movies will be shown on a large inflatable screen at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1645 23rd St. Happy Joe’s Pizza will provide the concession each night. The movies will start at dusk, approximately 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Mark your calendars for your favorite movie or enjoy all five. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 563/344-4113.
May 31 June 7 June 14 The Bee Movie Shrek 3 The Ant Bully June 21 June 28 The Waterhorse Flushed Away
Catch the Reading Bug!
The buzzzzz this summer is that kids will "Catch the Reading Bug" by registering for the Summer Reading Program. The Library will be infested with all sorts of insects and arachnids as kids are encouraged to get excited about reading. The program begins May 19 through July 26. The Catch the Reading Bug program is open to children ages 2 through 6th grade. Special events for all ages include: visit from Dan Wardell and fishing expert, The Bassmeister, Monday movies, Bug Buddies Craft Club, Beetle Bug TV Workshop with Steve Couch, and a great show from children's entertainer, BabaLoo. Families can participate in our "Family of Readers: Spin a Good Story" program which runs simultaneously with the summer program. This year, families will read the classic story, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at 563/344-4178. Don’t forget the Adult Summer Reading Program! As always, you'll be able to read for prizes this summer. But we're going buggy with insect-related events, as well. Join the book discussion on the buggy classic, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Learn about beekeeping, and then find out what to do with all that honey in a honey-themed cooking class. We won't leave out technology lovers; find out how to protect your pc from computer viruses and other bugs. To find out about these programs and more, stop by the Information Desk on or after May 19 to pick up your reading log and events list, or sign up online at www.bettendorflibrary.com/srp.
Recreation Trails Expansion
The City Council approved funding for three new areas of multi-use trails which include: a half-mile extension connecting Crow Creek Park to Middle Rd.; one mile 10 foot separated trail along 53rd Ave. between the roundabout, including connecting Devils Glen Rd. from 53rd Ave. to the Crow Creek Park entrance; and a two mile section of 10 foot separated trail along Middle Rd. from the roundabout to Devils Glen Rd. The new sections of trails will serve one of the highest growth areas in the Quad Cities, while improving connectivity between the multi-use trails, pedestrian systems, and the public transit networks. It will also enhance access to a number of commercial, retail, educational, and recreational amenities. These multi-use trails will provide access to a north-south connection to the American Discovery Trail that crosses from the east coast to the west coast here in the Quad Cities, and the Mississippi River Trail that runs from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The trails are scheduled to be completed soon with the Middle Rd. and 53rd Ave. sections slated for construction this summer, and the Crow Creek Trail section for 2009.
Bettendorf Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years of Service
On April 1, 1908, 25 concerned citizens founded the Bettendorf Volunteer Fire Department. The population at that time was approximately 700 citizens. The departments first piece of equipment was a hand-drawn, hand-operated water pump. The “outrigger”, purchased for $75, looked like a farm wagon, except for the pipes and ladders attached to the wagon. In 1930’s, the department responded to 37 calls and attended the state fire school in Ames for the first time. In 1937, five men graduated from Ames fire school and the department was invited to join the National Fire Protection Association. The fire and police departments joined forces in 1956 to build a 100-foot radio tower. For the first time, officers and firefighters could communicate with each from any point in a 30-mile radius. Since then Bettendorf Fire Rescue has grown to a state of the art department. It now has 23 full time and 32 volunteer firefighters. The first paid firefighter was hired in 1976.
top: volunteer fire department 1914 right: city hall and fire station 1912 bottom: paper drive to earn money for walkie-talkies
In the early days, the department responded to 10-12 alarms per year, fire calls only. With the growth of the city and the additional responsibilities, the number of calls per year has grown significantly. In 2007, the department responded to 2,574 calls, which included fire, emergency medical, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, technical rescue, and public assistance calls.
Information gathered from the City’s Centennial book Bettendorf: Iowa The First Century and the notes from former Chief Art Voelliger