COUNCIL: Belle Plaine had meeting April 1

Belle Plaine, Iowa

Belle Plaine City Hall

April 1, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on April 1, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, Mitch Malcolm, Garrett Landuyt, and Mark Tegeler. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck by phone. City Clerk Jacki McDermott was present and Lance Hinschberger from Parks and Rec was there to video the meeting for Facebook. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Garrett, seconded by Malcolm to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of March 18, 2020, the Emergency Council Minutes of March 20, 2020, the minutes of the March 30, 2020 Budget Hearing, and the filing of the minutes from the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees meeting of March 17, 2020, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: none.

At 6:00 p.m., the mayor opened the Public Hearing regarding the City of Belle Plaine filing an application with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance concerning the Belle Plaine Water Study Project. The Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:10 p.m. There were no comments or questions from the public.

The mayor opened sealed bids from John Grieder Motors, Thys Auto and Thys Auto Blairstown for a new police vehicle (pickup). Landuyt made a motion, seconded by Pech to accept the bid from John Grieder Motors for a 2020 Silverado 1000 pickup for a price of $22,881.58 including trade-in. On roll call vote, all voted Aye; motion carried.

The Council discussed Ordinance #69: a 15-minute parking spot for prescription customers by taking the top two places on 8th Avenue south of 12th Street and make one parking spot so that it is easy to maneuver. Permanent signs will be placed reserving the spot for 15-minute parking from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Schlesselman made a motion, seconded by Tegeler to approve the first reading of Ordinance #69. On roll call vote, all voted Aye; motion carried.

Malcolm made a motion, seconded by Tegeler to approve an updated historical RFP for the Herring Hotel. On roll call vote, all voted Aye; motion carried.

City Administrator Stephen Beck told the Council he filled out a fiscal impact survey with the Iowa League of Cities concerning the pandemic. He also spoke with the Benton County Public Health Director and with Emergency Management regarding preparedness.

Beck spoke today with the state entomologist about a hemp test plot on the city ground around the city wells. He has a local business interested in the project and the fiber mill might run a prototype. He has also spoken with housing groups about future plans for the city.

The Mayor spoke to the Council about virus updates. He circulated a flyer regarding employee’s rights under new guidelines from the federal government. He shared the newsletter from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation.

Old Business: None

Motion by Tegeler to enter into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (c) to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation, seconded by Schlesselman at 6:54 p.m. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Landuyt, Tegeler and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to come out of closed session at 7:02 p.m. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Landuyt, Tegeler and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried.

The council then agreed to the following.

The current offer to settle the “Labor Day Rain Event” at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is $47,075. This would include the costs of that event minus depreciation on the pumps and excludes the cost of the generator which will be litigated separately. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to settle for that amount. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Landuyt, Tegeler and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

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