Belle Plaine Council discusses hotel, TIF

February 5, 2020

Belle Plaine, Iowa

The Belle Plaine City Council met on February 5, 2020, at 6:10 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mark Tegeler and Garrett Landuyt.  Mitch Malcolm and Mary Pech were absent.  Also present were City Clerk Jacki McDermott, City Administrator Steve Beck and Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler.  

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt to approve the consent agenda consisting of council minutes from January 15, 2020, receiving and filing of the minutes from the January 28, 2020 meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees with the year corrected, and bills received, second was by Tegeler.  On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments:  None.

The Mayor gave the Council an invitation to the Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation meeting this Friday evening at the Belle Plaine Country Club.  He also gave the Council a copy of an email from the City Attorney advising them of progress on the legal action on the “Labor Day” emergency event at the sewer plant in 2018.  

The mayor opened the public hearing on the Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.  No one appeared for or against the budget.  Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Tegeler to approve Resolution 20-02-01:  approving the amending of the Belle Plaine City Budget as published 01/22/2020 in the Star Press Union.  On roll call, all voted Aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman to set the Budget Workshop for the FY 2021 budget for February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.  On roll call, all voted Aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the renewal of the Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for the Belle Plaine Country Club at 1911 13th Ave N, Belle Plaine, Iowa.  On roll call, all voted Aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Tegeler to approve the renewal of a Class C Beer Permit (BC), a Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales for Country Foods at 1206 7th Ave in Belle Plaine, Iowa.  On roll call, all voted Aye.  Motion carried. 

A report of the current solar savings at City Hall, the City Shop, the Library, the Community Center and the well houses was given to the Council to review.

The Committee of the Whole looked at examples and discussed a Request for Proposal for the Herring Hotel property.  The City Attorney and the City Administrator will draw up paperwork to be placed at various advertising sites. 

The City Administrator talked to the council about future plans for creating Tax Increment Financing districts in new additions so that infrastructure can be built.  He also talked about discussing more solar options for the aquatic facility and the sewer plant with Eagle Point Solar.  He advised the Council about the legal situation with the WRH Company on the sewer project.  He also told the Council about working with Garling Construction to work through a solution to repaint the airport runway. 

The City Administrator met today with Alliant Energy about the Wellfield Project.  We needed to have an agreement with them to do the project at their expense.  We will need to retroactively sign the agreement.  He also has replied to Representative Abby Finkenauer about the infrastructure needs in Belle Plaine.  The City is in need of federal money with fewer strings attached to fix our bridges, sewer, water, and roads.  

The Mayor told the Council that the Benton County Treasurer has closed the Driver’s License Station in Belle Plaine.  He met with a member of the Board of Supervisors, and that member believes we need to compromise with the Benton County Treasurer to find a solution.  The City of Belle Plaine will consider offering one of the clerks to be trained to help with Driver’s License duties if that is a possibility and possibly bringing the service back to Belle Plaine for one or two days per month.  The Mayor also has responded to the Congressional survey from Abby Finkenauer discussing items the city could use federal help on.

The Mayor is now Vice President of Benton Development Group and Janelle Jack is now the Secretary of Benton Development Group.    

Resident comments: Kim Purk mentioned that there were three people at the Community Center today looking for the Driver’s License Station that has been moved.  

Correspondence: None.

Old Business:  None.    

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Schlesselman.  On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​                                                       ____________________________

                                                       ​​                                Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: _____________________________

 Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

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