BP Council had Wednesday meeting

September 4, 2019

Belle Plaine City Hall

The Belle Plaine City Council met on September 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mary Pech and Mark Tegeler. Mitch Malcolm was absent. Also present City Clerk Jacki McDermott and City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from August 19, 2019, receiving and filing of the minutes from the July 23, 2019 and the August 27, 2019 meetings of the Belle Community Library Board of Trustees and bills received, second was by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: Mary Preston thanked the City for their support of the military convoy that recently came through Belle Plaine.

John Atkinson from Trugreen gave the council information about the Emerald Ash Borer program for Belle Plaine for trees in the area between the street and the sidewalk (parking or berm). Members of the tree board, the Street Department and Atkinson started with 62 ash trees a year ago and picked 22 of the smaller trees to treat. Six of the bigger, older trees were removed and there are four bigger, older dead trees to remove now. Twenty trees are chosen for injection this year, as two trees were not selected as they have other problems. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to authorize the mayor to sign a contract with Trugreen for $3240 to treat the twenty trees. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Ross Hillsman the engineer from AE Com, was present to review with the council the history of the sewer basin project. There was a July 30, 2018 completion date for the project and Hillsman signed off that the project was completed on July 25, 2019, almost a year beyond the scheduled date. There was also a Labor Day 2018 flooding event at the sewer plant, which the City of Belle Plaine contends was the responsibility of WRH, Inc., because the controls to the plant were unhooked and inaccessible to the city crew when torrential rains occurred. The plant was not fully functional for 90 more days and the City has not been reimbursed for the costs of the Labor Day event. Pech made a motion for the City Attorney to send a letter to WRH, Inc. to tell them the City of Belle Plaine will not be approving the final payment of $155,185.65 to WRH, Inc. for the completion of the Ultraviolet Disinfection and Flow Equalization Basin Additions to the Water Pollution Control Facility at Belle Plaine, Iowa, seconded by Schlesselman. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the renewal of a Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) for Timber Gate Gardens at 806 12th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Tegeler to approve the renewal of a Class E Liquor License (LE), Class B Wine Permit (includes Native Wine), Class C Beer Permit (Carry Out Beer) and Sunday Sales for Casey’s General Store #3513 at 606 13th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to approve changing the regular meeting night to the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Belle Plaine City Hall. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

The Mayor gave the Council an update on the Administrator search. There are still three applicants and the week of the September 9 thru the 15th will have the largest number of applicants. He also told the Council about the disagreement with Benton Development Group and the Benton County Board of Supervisors because BDG sent a survey to landowners along Highway 30 about land use in Benton County. The Hawkeye/Cyclone game ball run will be in town next Friday, September 13, 2019. The Army ROTC will run it from the High School to Longfellow and then up 8th Avenue & down Main Street (Going West-one block) to the Tiger Hawk sign at the new BPCDC offices. City Hall will be collecting canned goods for the event, which will ultimately be given to the local food pantry.

Resident comments: None.

Correspondence: Callahan Municipal Consultants Time Line and password was given to the Council. Also presented was a thank you from the Moon Family in memory of Christine Anne Moon for the BP Police Department, BP Fire Department, & BP Ambulance Service. The Council also received a resignation of Andy Neuhaus from city council as he has moved out of his ward.

Old Business: Dave Schechinger of Veensta and Kimm had presented an engineering services contract agreement concerning a water system study at the last meeting. The matter will be on the agenda for the next meeting. The mayor was asked to contact them about how much the grant will be for the water study.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Schlesselman. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

Claims Approved by the City Council on Sept 4, 2019
$465.95 ACCO (pool chemicals and probe)
$139.52 Alliant Energy (all bills)
$376.00 ATCO International (supplies)
$182.23 Avesis (vision insurance)
$539.05 Banner Fire Equipment (battery pack)
$3,088.00 Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees)
$278.00 Benton County Sheriff’s Office (taser training materials)
$156.00 Big State Industrial Supply (shovels and spade)
$402.68 Carquest (batteries, belt)
$610.17 Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$910.00 Cronbaugh Lawn Care and Snow Removal (mowing)
$115.00 Donald Piano Service (tuning piano)
$28.50 Fresh Scents of Iowa (bathroom deodorizer)
$810.00 Furler Utility Service (water and sewer operator)
$264.13 Grieder Standard (gas)
$1,995.00 Hamilton Construction & Concrete (alley approach)
$3,576.00 Hamilton Construction & Concrete (paving & sidewalk)
$2,055.42 Heiman (fire equipment)
$35.10 Iowa One Call (one calls)
$6,866.40 Jetco (controls)
$1,763.00 John Carlson Construction (sidewalk construction)
$43.06 Koch Office Group (library contract)
$2,167.30 Kluesner Construction (striping parking)
$87.98 Kristi Sorensen (library training mileage)
$27.74 Library Petty Cash (postage)
$447.35 LL Pelling Co (premix)
$150.00 Mary Frimml (water deposit refund)
$72.47 Nathan Johnson (water deposit refund)
$196.88 Nick Viall (mileage to testing)
$418.00 Northeast Iowa Inspections (pool inspection)
$32,857.76 Northway Corporation (well pump repair)
$84.99 Pitney Bowes (red ink for postage machine)
$91.00 Port O Jonny (portable restrooms)
$318.99 Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$212.50 Radio Communications (reprogram radios)
$232.50 Riteway Pest Control (all bldgs)
$15.00 State Library of Iowa (training for librarian)
$55.89 Storey Kenworthy Matt Parrott (folders, cleaner, paper)
$1,032.44 Tara Buckley (housing grant)
$273.01 Thomas Company (repair to walk-in freezer)
$1,080.22 Town & Country Wholesale (supplies all depts)
$9,372.33 UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$206.85 Unum (life insurance premiums)
$816.78 USA Communications (phone & internet all depts)
$80.04 Verizon Wireless (police cell)
$779.07 Wellmark (dental premiums)
$985.52 Wendling Quarries (rock)
$76,295.87 TOTAL

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