Belle Plaine City Council had meeting November 6; learns of backyard composting

Belle Plaine City Hall

Belle Plaine, Iowa

November 6, 2019

The Belle Plaine City Council met on November 6, 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. Garrett Landuyt was also present and the mayor will be swearing him in next week as soon as the election results are certified. Also present was City Clerk Jacki McDermott and newly hired City Administrator Steve Beck, who will assume his duties on November 18, 2019.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from October 23, 2019 (with the addition of the word “backyard” before “composting” to differ it from the current composting program), receiving and filing of the minutes from the October 22, 2019 meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees meeting and bills received, second was by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Alicia Presto from East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) presented a pilot program regarding backyard composting. The program would provide a rebate for a backyard composting bin. This will involve no additional paperwork for the city. They would provide outreach to citizens to see if they are interested in this program, educational materials and a composting workshop for those who purchase the bins. The purpose of the workshop would be to eliminate user errors in composting. She would work in conjunction with the Benton County Landfill to obtain a grant for this project. There would be a maximum number of composting bins available. The homeowner would be able to purchase whatever brand of bin they choose, but the rebate would be a set amount.

Judy Breja and Lindsay Upah from the Benton County Rural Access Center were present to invite the Council to their open house in Vinton on November 13, 2019, at 811 D Avenue Suite #28, in Vinton. They explained the new program to the Council as a “Living Room Model” that is working closely with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department as a place for adults to access mental health services. They offer food and relaxation and staff to guide the clients to services that best fit their needs, such as emergency housing, shelter, substance abuse treatment, food, peer support, General Assistance and mental health treatment. They are looking for locations to bring a Rural Access Center office to Belle Plaine.

Lance Hinschberger presented the Parks and Rec Board Report for his first season. He started employment with the City in late March. He explained the different programs such as T-Ball, Flag Football, summer games, etc. and gave the Aquatic Center financial report for the year. The Mayor noted that it is not unusual for pools to “operate in the red;” however, pools also add to the quality of life in our city.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 19-11-1: a resolution approving the City of Belle Plaine applying for financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture concerning the Water System Study. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) with outdoor service and Sunday sales for the Oasis at 720 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve a Belle Plaine Business Incentive Grant in the amount of $317 for the Hair Hut at 903 13th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to approve a Belle Plaine Business Incentive Grant in the amount of $249 for Storm Realty at 903 13th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Malcolm to approve whatever street closings Belle Plaine Community Development needs for the Holiday Homecoming on November 30th. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

The City Clerk presented the City Treasurer’s Report for September.The Mayor told the council that WRH, the contractor for the sewer basin project, has agreed to file with their Builder’s Insurance for the losses incurred by the City of Belle Plaine for the Labor Day Event (when the sewer plant was flooded). He also told them that Mike Novak is scheduled to contact him to discuss an alternative payback plan for his police schooling. He informed the Council that he will have an appointment for a replacement on the Tree Board at the next meeting. He announced that the Christmas decorations will be put up on Sunday November 24th and the Christmas Tree will be put up on Thursday or Friday that week.

The mayor discussed bringing water and sewer to the McLeod Addition in the north part of Belle Plaine. There are four lots waiting to be sold and developed. Todd Happel of Anderson Bogert Engineering estimated the cost to be $177,000, with each lot owner expected to contribute approximately $20,000 for the cost of connecting to city services. Schlesselman asked how the city will raise the rest of the money for this project. The Mayor indicated that would be the goal of the city council in working with the new administrator how we could pay for this type of project. He further indicated that if the City of Belle Plaine is to work towards housing development in general, the city government would have to take the lead in searching for such development.

Resident comments: None.

Correspondence: The mayor passed out brochures and flyers for Belle Plaine Holiday Homecoming.

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 7:34 p.m.

Claims Approved by the City Council on November 6, 2019
$328.16 AECOM (engineering basin project)
$135.60 ACCO (pool pump protector)
$609.81 Alex Air Apparatus (fire equipment)
$129.24 Alliant Energy (all bills)
$157.30 Avesis (vision insurance)
$232.92 Belle Plaine Hardware (supplies all depts)
$9.00 Benton County Iowa Treasurer (taxes)
$2,266.67 Bev Winkie (housing grant)
$1,200.00 Calhoun-Burns and Associates (bridge inspections)
$278.00 Carpet Pros (cleaning office carpets)
$224.13 Carquest (supplies water dept)
$552.75 Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$930.00 CR Signs and Lighting (airport sign)
$910.00 Cronbaugh Lawn Care and Snow Removal (mowing)
$222.00 Countryside Vet Clinic (boarding strays)
$544.50 Fox Apparatus Repair &Maintenance (fire repairs)
$767.28 Friedman Distributing (mower maintenance)
$900.00 Furler Utlity Service (water and sewer operator)
$478.27 Galls (police clothing)
$2,044.08 Grieder Standard (gas)
$7.49 Hartig Drug (battery)
$52.85 Harold Jack (flag pole maintenance)
$710.78 Heiman Fire Equipment (fire equipment)
$90.00 Iowa Peace Officers Assn (dues)
$102.41 John Grieder Motors (police vehicle maintenance)
$752.25 KMDE (solar power)
$1,112.95 Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (legals)
$232.10 Office Express (office chair)
$91.00 Port O Jonny (rent portable restrooms)
$319.27 Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$158.40 Precision Sheet Metal (trays for fire truck)
$77.50 Riteway (pest control)
$35.31 Sandy Walton (mileage to court)
$65.45 Storey Kenworthy Matt Parrott (water & paper)
$122.97 Streicher’s (police equipment)
$218.76 Town & Country Wholesale (supplies all depts)
$8,503.26 UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$206.85 Unum (life insurance premiums)
$834.12 USA Communications (phone & internet all depts)
$839.90 V&K (water system study engineering)
$80.02 Verizon (police cell)
$843.75 VGM Forbin (computer repair)
$664.38 Wellmark (dental premiums)

Revenues by Fund
General $78,629.28
Road Use $36,408.33
Special Revenue (exc Road Use) $45,416.21
Capital Projects $0.00
Debt Service (proceeds of debt) $22,687.06
Airport Runway 18/36 $0.00
Airport $1,504.00
Water $38,499.17
Sewer Capital Project $0.00
Sewer  $51,138.29
Landfill/Garbage $20,099.93
Storm Water $4,820.00
Yard Waste $2,298.00


Disbursements by Fund
General $50,477.06
Prairie Park $0.00
Partners for Beautification $0.00
Road Use $17,484.23
Donovan Spending $0.00
Equipment $212.50
Economic Development $0.00
Housing & Urban Development $1,032.44
Employee Benefits $11,964.39
Emergency Fund $0.00
Police Forfeiture $0.00
LOST $16,369.88
TIF $0.00
Medical Bldg $0.00
Community Center $827.79
Library Improvement $546.18
Capital Projects $0.00
Debt Service  $0.00
Airport Runway 18/36 -$8.50
Airport $2,034.86
Water $55,731.04
Sewer Project $0.00
Sewer  $17,515.28
Landfill/Garbage $17,337.31
Storm Water $7,018.50
Yard Waste $0.00


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