From Council Minutes
Belle Plaine City Council had Oct. 2 meeting
October 2, 2019
The Belle Plaine City Council met on October 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mary Pech, Mark Tegeler and Mitch Malcolm. Also present was City Clerk Jacki McDermott.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Pech to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from September 18 and September 25, 2019, and bills received, second was by Schlesselman. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None.
Two representatives from VGM Forbin presented a quote for police computer security. The Council decided to wait until a new administrator is in place to make a decision on the company’s products but did ask for a quote for two computers needed at city hall.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to approve the second reading of Ordinance #160: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to floodplain management. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to waive the third reading of Ordinance #160: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to floodplain management. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.
Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Malcolm to approve the first reading of Ordinance #62: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending the provisions pertaining to traffic regulations. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Malcolm to approve the renewal of the Class E Liquor License (LE), Class B Wine Permit, Class C Beer Permit (Carry Out Beer) and Sunday Sales for Grieder Beverage Depot at 708 13th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Tegeler to approve the application of Daniel and Kathy O’Brien for tax abatement under the Belle Plaine Revitalization Plan for a new house at 1009 8th Street. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
The Committee of the Whole discussed a speed bump on Rainbow Drive. The Council declined to consider a speed bump as it would “open a can of worms” and many homeowners might request speed bumps in their area. They also discussed solar flashing signs and a speed trailer. The mayor will research the cost for that item. The bio cells on Main Street were also discussed. Someone from a Main Street Iowa group almost fell. It was suggested to paint the tops of the cells yellow or to leave the vegetation in the cells in the winter time. Council decided against painting the cells yellow.
The Mayor gave the Council an update on the Administrator search. There will be interviews at closed session council meetings on October 9th and October 16th with four candidates and the regular council meeting will be moved to October 23rd. The council did not schedule a time to interview a fifth candidate if any other candidate drops out, but will deal with that if and when it happens. Malcolm made a motion, seconded by Tegeler to pay mileage to the interviewees at 53.5 cents per mile. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
The Mayor discussed sealcoating of streets. A single overlay will be done on A Avenue and 1st Avenue this fall and more work will be done in the spring. He also discussed the sewer project of Garling Construction and Benton County. He has also exchanged e-mails with Todd Happel of Anderson Bogert Engineering concerning some sewer issues and they plan to meet sometime in the next couple of weeks. He also discussed that McLeod’s have lots for sale on 7th Avenue where sewer mains will need to be extended. He also told the Council the water tower workers were here today and discovered that the inside polyurethane lining needs repairs. The tower will need to be drained, sandblasted and recoated. Tower work will be scheduled for next year. Also, the Medical Building (sleep center) that the city owns needs work on the parking lot. For a 2 ½ inch asphalt overlay, the city received bids of $45,000 and $31,422 and $21,716. The Council decided to wait to do the work until spring. The city already has redone the collapsed retaining wall and patched a large area of the west parking lot to create better drainage.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Tegeler to approve a letter and Resolution 19-10-01: a resolution to the Iowa Utilities Board objecting to the Alliant Energy rate increase on behalf of the residents of Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.
Resident comments: None.
Old Business: None.
Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.
|Claims Approved by the City Council on October 2, 2019||
|$10.33||Alliant Energy (all bills)|
|$182.23||Avesis (vision insurance)|
|$5,000.00||Belle Plaine Ambulance (yearly donation)|
|$25.00||Belle Plaine Community Development Corp (refund)|
|$17,750.00||Belle Plaine Community Development Corp (donation)|
|$244.57||Belle Plaine Hardware (supplies all depts)|
|$3,340.50||Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees)|
|$788.00||Benton County Treasurer (property taxes)|
|$2,000.00||BP 4th of July Committee (2020 donation)|
|$2,100.00||Callahan Municipal Consultants (administrator search)|
|$353.83||Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)|
|$251.80||Cedar Rapids Gazette (subscription library)|
|$910.00||Cronbaugh Lawn Care and Snow Removal (mowing)|
|$2,000.00||Dennis Wiese (tree removal)|
|$34.25||Des Moines Register (newspaper subscription library)|
|$68.00||Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (labor on chlorinator)|
|$550.00||Four Seasons Floor Cleaning (strip and wax floors)|
|$28.50||Fresh Scents of Iowa (bathroom deodorizer)|
|$648.16||Friedman Farm Supply (grasshopper repairs)|
|$540.00||Furler Utility Service (sewer operator)|
|$4,453.50||Hamilton Construction & Concrete (alley approach)|
|$3,843.79||Hamilton Construction & Concrete (curb and gutter)|
|$330.00||Hupfeld Stump Removal (stump removal)|
|$56.70||Iowa One Call (one calls)|
|$1,575.00||John Carlson Construction (sidewalk repair)|
|$37.10||Jolene Blanchard (mileage to workshop)|
|$42.44||Joyce Livermore (water deposit refund)|
|$531.25||Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (legals)|
|$850.29||KMDE (solar electricity)|
|$4,320.00||Mosquito Control of Iowa (2019 spraying)|
|$3,835.10||Northway Corp (water quality testing)|
|$179.50||Overhead Door of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (door repair)|
|$4,667.83||Parizek Construction (collapsed wall at medical center)|
|$33.62||Pitney Bowes (red ink for postage machine)|
|$14.51||Petty Cash (police postage)|
|$19.92||Petty Cash Library (postage)|
|$323.12||Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)|
|$64.80||Radio Communications (fix lightbar)|
|$304.95||Scharnweber (bucket truck and fuses airport)|
|$208.42||Storey Kenworthy Matt Parrott (supplies all depts)|
|$4,160.00||T&W Grinding & Compost Service (compost contract)|
|$31.31||Town & Country Wholesale (supplies all depts)|
|$206.85||Unum (life insurance premiums)|
|$707.25||USA Communications (phone & internet all depts)|
|$80.02||Verizon Wireless (police cell)|
|$779.07||Wellmark (dental premiums)|
|$1,282.02||Wendling Quarries (rock)|