COUNCIL: Belle Plaine, June 3, 2020

Belle Plaine, Iowa

June 3, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on June 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. with Mayor Dave Fish presiding in the council chambers. The council members answered roll call: Mitch Malcolm, Mary Pech, Mark Tegeler, Judy Schlesselman, and Garrett Landuyt. Also attending were City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. Lance Hinschberger from Belle Plaine Parks and Rec was present to video the meeting for Facebook. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Belle Plaine City Hall

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of May 20, 2020, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: none.

The Mayor opened the hearing on the delinquent pet licenses. There are 13 people on the delinquent list. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to have the owners contacted by the police department and then if it is not resolved to take the matter to court. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Landuyt, to give a 30 day extension to Ben Blomme to abate the nuisance at his property. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

The Mayor announced that on June 17, 2020 there will be a notice of intent and public meeting concerning the Belle Plaine application with USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to purchase a police vehicle, light bar and vehicle equipment.

Individual hearings were held for nuisances that had not been abated: Ricki Cassill has a silver van that has been moved to another site, which needs to be removed. Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve a 30 day extension for Richard Rethman since he is making progress on abating his nuisance. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Gerald Bruner’s property was inspected and he is in compliance. Duane Carlson has shown no improvement. His brother appeared and said he could get a mower to mow; however, Carlson has many vehicles parked on the grass. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to send a letter to Carlson that the vehicles will be towed by a certain date and to also send him a ticket. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Laurie and Mike Breja have made no progress on their nuisance. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Malcolm to send them a letter warning them to have it cleaned up by a certain day and also a ticket. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to grant a 30 day extension to Adam Smalley because they are doing an excellent job cleaning up. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Landuyt to approve the second reading of Ordinance #87: an ordinance that calls for a 20 cents per thousand gallons raise and a 25 cents per thousand gallons raise for out-of-town customers for water rates starting in the next fiscal year. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Tegeler, Landuyt, and Schlesselman all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve the second reading of Ordinance #99: an ordinance that calls for a 31 cents per thousand gallons raise for sewer rates starting in the next fiscal year. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Tegeler, Landuyt, and Schlesselman all voted Aye, motion carried.

City Administrator Stephen Beck told the Council that Well #3 repair is going very well and we hope to have it back on line in the next couple of weeks. We also have a rodent, weasel like animal who is trying to nest under the building & possibly in the walls of Well house #5. This does not affect the water but we don’t want them in the building. An exterminator has been contacted. This is the second time in five years that these animals have tried to make one of our well houses their home.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that all of his committee meetings are going back to face to face meetings. He also noted the City of Belle Plaine voted not to accept the Alliant offer on the nuclear power plant sirens. These are not the weather sirens that we currently use.

Old Business: None

Motion by Malcolm 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 7:05 p.m. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Landuyt, Tegeler and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to come out of closed session at 7:15 p.m. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Landuyt, Tegeler and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to reject the offer made by WRH. 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 7:15 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 June 3, 2020
$2,000.00ACCO (grate for pool)
$425.00Auditor of State of Iowa (filing fee)
$13,006.57Alliant Energy (all bills)
$112.97Atco (caution tape)
$187.01Avesis (insurance premiums)
$3,529.50Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees 2 months)
$56.74Brandon Pierce (clothing)
$70.10Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$375.00Clerkbooks (webinar for clerk)
$52.56Cody Frimml (water deposit refund)
$28.50Fresh Scents of Iowa (bathroom deodorizers)
$1,294.02Friedman Farm Supply (golf cart batteries)
$800.00Furler Utlity Service (sewer operator)
$154.50Intoximeters (dry gas for police)
$62.10Iowa One Call (one calls)
$50.00Iowa League of Cities (grant)
$11.66Koch Office Group (copy machine contracts)
$652.15Kussmaul Electronics (fire truck repair)
$32.42Linda Roggentien (water deposit refund)
$67.49Michael Wheeler (water deposit refund)
$50,912.70Midwest One Bank (debt service)
$0.90Petty Cash (water postage)
$315.85Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$129.74Storey Kenworthy/Matt Parrott (supplies)
$85.00T&L Fabrications (manhole covers)
$54.60Uline (tension bar for police pickup)
$10,355.90UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$221.55Unum (life insurance premiums)
$80.02Verizon (police cell)
$956.12Wellmark (dental premiums)
$1,663.96Wendling Quarries (rock)
$85,319.63

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