Agreement approved on Herring Hotel


Belle Plaine, Iowa

December 4, 2019

The Belle Plaine City Council met on December 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mary Pech, Mark Tegeler, Mitch Malcolm and Garrett Landuyt. Also present were City Clerk Jacki McDermott and City Administrator Steve Beck.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from November 20, 2019, receiving and filing of the minutes from the November 26, 2019 meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees and bills received, second was by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 19-12-01: a resolution approving the 2018-2019 Annual Urban Renewal report. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

The City Clerk presented the Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2019.

Historical picture of the Herring Hotel.

The council discussed the Herring Hotel and the possible acceptance of an agreement on the 657A petition to the court concerning the property, which is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 8th Avenue and 13th Street in Belle Plaine. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to approve Resolution 19-12-03: a resolution approving the settlement of a 657A Petition with the Herring Hotel Foundation. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the stipulation to the agreement. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried. If the conditions of the stipulation are not met by certain dates, the hotel will become the property of the City of Belle Plaine.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve the first reading of Ordinance #24, which sets the number of members and the residency requirements of members of the library board and how they choose their officers. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

The City Administrator told the council that he has met with almost every downtown business owner. He and Kate Robertson from Benton Development Group attended a meeting today in Vinton regarding the Rural Access Center, which has already started in Vinton and will be starting soon in Belle Plaine. He had a meeting with Pareti Mobile Walls, concerning the growth of their company. Today he met with the engineers from Anderson Bogert Engineering concerning a housing development.

The Mayor told the council that he attended a Benton County Landfill meeting, where the topic was pricing out a compactor. The question has been posed whether recycling in the City of Belle Plaine is up or down since the City of Belle Plaine started the contract with Republic Services. Trash was definitely increased last year, but experts have said that the recycling market will make a comeback.

He also attended a Benton County Emergency Management meeting. Elected officials will have to be present to vote on the budget. The Duane Arnold Energy Center will be closing in the future but will continue to need security as long as nuclear rods are present. A large percentage of the Emergency Management money is received because of the presence of the nuclear power plant.

The mayor proclaimed that the Holiday Homecoming was a success in Belle Plaine and thanked those involved for all of their hard work.

He will be attending a meeting of ECICOG, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments this week and he has a subpoena for an upcoming court case.

Resident comments: None.

Correspondence: None.

Old Business: None.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

Claims Approved by the City Council on December 4, 2019
$1,922.23ACCO (pool splash pad)
$13,181.65Alliant Energy (all bills)
$177.45Avesis (vision insurance)
$93.37Belle Plaine Hardware (supplies all depts)
$3,066.50Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees)
$3,412.50Chelsea Savings Bank (debt service)
$60.74Carquest (supplies fire dept)
$264.74Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$22.00Countryside Vet Clinic (boarding strays)
$23.97Dave Fish (supplies)
$15.95Dollar General (supplies)
$100.00Drahn Insurance (city administrator bond)
$750.00Furler Utlity Service (water and sewer operator)
$2,601.15Fox Apparatus Repair & Maintenance (fire pump repair)
$1,605.43Grieder Standard (gas)
$5,863.30H&L Repair (vehicle repairs)
$58.85Jacki McDermott (mileage)
$17.86Koch Office Group (copy machine contract library)
$542.94KMDE (solar power)
$75.00Larissa McClenathan (community center refund)
$233.85Manatt’s (ice control sand)
$3,956.83Midwest One Bank (debt service)
$428.79Norm Longnecker (key repair at community center)
$5.78Petty Cash (police postage)
$25.89Petty Cash (library)
$322.35Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$804.10Rod Blount (water cooler and lightbulbs)
$578.90Scharnweber (christmas plugins)
$75.00Sheryl Mall (refund community center rent)
$8.00Stanard & Associates (police supplies)
$58.61Storey Kenworthy Matt Parrott (receipts & legal pads)
$73.98Streicher’s (police equipment)
$27.96Town & Country Wholesale (supplies)
$9,372.33UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$206.85Unum (life insurance premiums)
$723.12USA Communications (phone & internet all depts)
$80.02Verizon (police cell)
$20.06Wayne Parizek (keys)
$767.12Wellmark (dental premiums)

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