Council approves getting RFP for Herring Hotel; gets update from mayor

Belle Plaine City Hall

Belle Plaine, Iowa

February 19, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on February 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Judy Schlesselman, Mitch Malcolm, Mary Peck and Garrett Landuyt. Mark Tegeler was absent. Also present were City Clerk Jacki McDermott, Assistant City Clerk Sandy Walton, 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 February 5, 2020, Council Minutes of Budget Workshop meeting of February 12, 2020 and bills received; second was by Schlesselman. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to set the max levy hearing for the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Morgan Mitchell from Belle Plaine Community Development presented her February Director’s Report.

Chief Kris Hudson reported the police department has received the new AED’s and training was completed today. The two old ones are being given to City Hall and Longfellow School. New officers, Austin Wille and Ben Eden will be attending the ILEA police academy March 16th to May 15th. That will leave 3 full-time officers and a couple of reserve officers to cover during that time period.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the hiring of Austin Willie as a police officer for the City of Belle Plaine. Mayor Fish will swear him in on Thursday.

Discussion was held regarding a change to the timeline we use to buy police cars from every 3 years to every 2 years. Also discussed having one be a pick-up and one being an SUV. The last year on two in the past has had large repair bills on a police vehicle which could be avoided. This also has a better value for trade and allows for a possible transfer of a pick-up to public works at trade time. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the change in the timeline to purchase a vehicle for the police department every 2 years. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve relief on a water bill of $950 to Travis Kramer because of a broken water line. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve the historical RFP for the Herring Hotel site. On roll call, all voted Aye. Motion carried. Steve will work on getting it posted this week. He is to provide a list to council of all locations that the RFP is posted.

The Committee of the Whole discussed the possibility of vacating a part of 20th Street. The adjoining owners would like for this to happen. The city would likely need to retain some type of easement for access. Another option might be to declare it an alley instead of a street. Our attorney, Gage, will investigate necessary steps and the appropriate procedure to follow.

Also discussed was a possible parking restriction concerning Cornerstone Apothecary on 8th Avenue. Of interest would be a parking space that allows for only 10-minute parking during normal business hours. This will require an ordinance change. The council was in favor of the City Administrator creating the ordinance change and presenting it to council at the next meeting. Steve will take care of this with Jacki’s help.

The City Treasurer’s Report and City Budget Report was presented for January.

The City Administrator informed the council of a meeting with Alliant and ITC planned for next week. He explained a planned route for new ITC poles and plans to discuss their services to potential growth and development areas in town. There is also a planned meeting with USA Communications to talk about their fiber to home plans for Belle Plaine.

The Mayor asked the City Administrator to report on what had all happened today. He reported on the following:

  1. Someone has dumped diesel in the sewer system. This is causing a great deal of problems at the sewer plant. Nick has been working on resolving all day.
  2. There has been a train across all three railroad crossings since around noon. It has been all hands-on deck to deal with traffic control as the truck traffic tries to maneuver through the underpass. Thank you to police and fire department for having personnel help with traffic. Also a thank you to the Sheriff and his office for their extra help.
  3. Two water main breaks are being repaired today. One near 13th Avenue & 11th Street and the other near 13th Avenue and 19th Street. It is creating a long day for our public works & water crews. Thanks for their efforts!

The Mayor will be attending several meetings this week for the Benton County Landfill, Benton Development and ECICOG.

Correspondence: The BPCDC Annual Report was given to the council.

Old Business: None.

Resident comments: Kim Purk reported that there continues to be people (mostly elderly) at the Community Center each week looking for the Driver’s License Station that has been moved out of Belle Plaine. The Mayor commented that we would like to schedule a meeting with the Benton County Treasurer to further discuss this decision. It will need to wait until the budgeting process is complete.

Motion by Malcolm to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

Transcribed by the Assistant City Clerk subject to Council approval

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