COUNCIL: Belle Plaine, July 1, 2020, and claims

Belle Plaine City Hall

The Belle Plaine City Council met on July 1, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. with Mayor Dave Fish presiding in the council chambers. Council members who answered roll call were Mitch Malcolm, Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, and Garrett Landuyt. Mark Tegeler also attended by phone for a short time. Also attending were City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. The meeting was also displayed on Facebook. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council minutes of June 17, 2020, and bills received. The Council Minutes of June 29, 2020 and the library board minutes will be on the next consent agenda. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: none.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt, to approve Resolution 20-07-01: a resolution setting the date of July 15, 2020 for a public hearing on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $1,275,000. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt, to approve to close 11th street from the corner of 10th Avenue to 13th Avenue and make it one way going east on July 18, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the first ever Drive Thru Sweet Corn Festival presented by the Belle Plaine Area Ambulance Service. (If the BP High would be hosting district baseball, they have a Plan B that uses the south Franklin shelter house and drive thru at that site. This vote also approves that plan and reserves the shelter for them). On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to deny the outdoor service permit and blocking off the sidewalk and parking area in front of the Oasis, the Grand Central Station and the Office on July 3, 4, & 5, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. On roll call vote, Pech, Malcolm, Tegeler, Landuyt, and Schlesselman all voted Aye, motion carried. The request was denied for health and safety issues and because it is too difficult to get personnel to work at this late date.

The solar report was shared with the council and the administrator will continue in his talks with Alliant Energy and the Eagle Point Solar to find out why the price of electricity has doubled at the well fields.

Resolution 20-07-02, raising the pay of reserve police officers was tabled until the City Administrator Stephen Beck can research the wages in other comparable cities nearby.

The Police Department asked the Council to review sections 69.13 and 70.03 of the Belle Plaine Code before new ticket books are ordered. It was felt that the fine for violating the parking under the snow ordinance was fine but that other parking tickets should increase to $25 and $10 extra after 30 days.

Stephen Beck, City Administrator, told the council about the progress at the wellfield where they are reinstalling the pump motor tomorrow. He also is getting a quote from Alliant Energy to replace the transformers and will get those ordered. They are starting testing, and he feels the well will put out double production, similar to a new well.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that his ECICOG committee meeting was on Zoom and has been canceled for July. The Benton Development Group was cancelled due to conflicts so an alternate date is being looked into. The Benton County Landfill meeting met on time and in Van Horne.

He reported that City Hall is closed July 3rd so there will be no siren testing. He also noted that there is a flaw in the NIXLE program. If a person is signed up for email and text they have switched the notifications to all email. The City is trying to get that corrected.

He reported that the park will have part of it blocked off for fireworks and that mosquitos have been sprayed once and they will spray again.

Old Business: None

Correspondence: Prairie Rivers of Iowa sent a letter to the council.

There was no closed session.

Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call vote, all voted Aye. Meeting adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

Claims Approved by the City Council on July 1, 2020


$12,071.95Alliant Energy (all bills)
$177.45Avesis (insurance premiums)
$325.00B&B Vent Cleaning Service (clean exhaust Community Ctr)
$18,200.00Benton County Sheriff (dispatch fees)
$2,660.50Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees 2 months)
$725.00Brian Mantz Grapics (lettering for police cars)
$280.00Brian Mantz Grapics (sign)
$76.25Casey’s (fuel)
$18.99Harris Flowers (flowers library)
$15.99Hartig Drug (flashdrive)
$26.00Hawkeye Fire & Safety (fire extinguisher library)
$311.07Karl Chevrolet (computer mounting equipement)
$88.97Koch Office Group (library copy machine)
$44.00Library Petty Cash (postage)
$117.44Manatt’s (ice control sand)
$124.88Manatt’s (dirt)
$299.95Office Express (disinfectant wipes)
$326.08Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$240.00Postmaster (first class permit)
$242.50Rite Way Pest Control (all bldgs)
$180.00Erin Leisure (park & rec refund)
$85.03Margaret Albrecht (water deposit refund)
$15.00Christine Vokoun (park & rec refund)
$50.00Lindsey Mumby (park & rec refund)
$120.00Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (park & rec refund)
$90.00Cornerstone Apothecare (rec donation refund)
$210.00Sarah Smith (park & rec refund)
$90.00Amy Bringman (park & rec refund)
$30.00Jim Claeys (park & rec refund)
$170.00Kristi DeRycke (park & rec refund)
$90.00Janelle Jack (park & rec refund)
$30.00Ashly Parizek (park & rec refund)
$96.30Schendel Pest Control (rodents)
$219.85Storey Kenworthy/Matt Parrott (supplies)
$4,160.00T&W Grinding (compost service)
$1,782.53Thompson Truck and Trailer (airport snow plow repair)
$34.72Town & Country (towels)
$8,757.49UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$500.00UMB (debt service fees)
$221.55Unum (life insurance premiums)
$35.00VGM Forbin (remote access)
$52.37Vinyl Graphics (grapics for police car)
$751.24Wellmark (dental premiums)
$54,143.10

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