BP council sets budget hearing

Belle Plaine City Hall

Belle Plaine, Iowa

March 4, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on March 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, Mitch Malcolm, and Garrett Landuyt. Absent: Mark Tegeler. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of February 19, 2020, with a correction to change the spelling of Pech and change “water bill” to “utility bill,” receiving and filing the minutes from the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees meeting of February 25, 2020, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: none.

Council tabled Ordinance #69 which would have set the first parking place on 8th Avenue just south of 12th Street to have a 15-minute limit on parking for customers of the drug store for prescription usage. They were concerned about the difficulty of using that spot and wanted the Mayor to explore other possibilities to solve the problem. He is to report back at the next meeting.

Malcolm made a motion, seconded by Pech to approve the renewal of a Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Grand Central Station at 803 12th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted Aye; motion carried.

Pech made a motion, seconded by Landuyt to approve the renewal of a Class C Beer Permit with Sunday sales, a Class E Liquor License (LE) and a Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales for Zip Mart at 702 13th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted Aye; motion carried.

There was no Committee of the Whole discussion.

The City Administrator Stephen Beck reported on the Newton house building program by Prison Industries, about an Alliant Energy meeting concerning the change of direction on the new power grid coming into Belle Plaine and avoiding the underpass (sneak out). He also reported on electrical grid at the well fields, and the new fiber business moving into a 3rd Street location to process alpaca wool, etc. He also discussed the RFP for the Herring Hotel and how it will be upgraded on the suggestions of ECICOG.

Mayor Fish reported on the Landfill committee meeting where it is decided the landfill will not take over the rural recycling of Benton County, the Board of Supervisors will still be in charge of that and discussed the composting program for Belle Plaine. He also reported on the ECICOG meeting where they discussed a possible nuisance program run by ECICOG and made the contacts thru ECICOG for the administrator to visit the Newton prison facility. The ECICOG summer library program is “Bag in the Wind” which deals with all the plastic bags in society.

The Mayor reminded the council they have a budget hearing meeting on Wednesday March 11, 2020 in Council Chambers at 5:30 pm.

Correspondence: None.

Motion by Schlesselman to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Claims Approved by the City Council on March 4, 2020
$140.21Alliant Energy (all bills)
$211.94Avesis (insurance premiums)
$150.00Black Hawk County Health Dept (food inspection license)
$32.77Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$155.00Drahn Insurance (insurance on additional vehicle)
$8,285.00Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (airport repairs)
$190.36Foremost Promotions (fire safety incentives)
$197.00Friedman Farm Supply (mower repair)
$700.00Furler Utlity Service (water and sewer operator)
$4,500.00Garling Construction (Business Incentive Grant)
$777.58Hawkins (water equipment repairs)
$12.69Koch Office Group (copy machine contract)
$333.25Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik, PC (legal)
$236.13Manatt’s (ice control sand)
$7,439.01MacQueen Equipment (street sweeper repair)
$309.50Municipal Supply (water parts)
$326.19Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$177.50Rite Way Pest Control (all locations)
$1,513.37Schimberg Co (water parts)
$63.75Sirchie (police specimen kit)
$8.42Storey Kenworthy/Matt Parrott (police desk, supplies)
$9,793.08UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$221.55Unum (life insurance premiums)
$925.39USA Communications (phone & internet all depts)
$80.02Verizon (police cell)
$853.68Wellmark (dental premiums)
$1,802.11Wendling Quarries (rock)

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