Dave Fish, Belle Plaine Mayor
Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:
It is hard to believe that it is August already and the summer is about to wrap up. When I was still teaching as August 1 rolled up on the calendar, I knew the enjoyable, carefree days of summer were just about gone. This year will bring a whole new type of start to the school year for all of us, including our college kids. It will be a completely new fall for all of us who follow almost any type of college or pro sport. Remember, those school zones will become active in a few short weeks with more pedestrians, bike riders, and traffic in general. Be careful during school hours. Please slow down and follow the traffic laws.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS! WE TRULY APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS INCLUDES THE EDUCATORS
WHO WILL SOON BE GOING BACK TO WORK.
Masks will not become mandatory in Belle Plaine, that will only happen at the state or federal level. But as I started to do this newsletter, thirty-seven states have seen an increase in C-19. We will be dealing with it until we have a cure or vaccination or both. I know the news looks very encouraging for two different vaccines. However, they are still projecting that those will not be available until the first of the year. So, I would like to encourage you that when out in public to please wear a mask. The mask is not just to prevent you from being exposed to the virus, but if you are a concealed carrier, it will prevent you from spreading it to others. The life you protect may be your Mom, Dad, grandparents, or that great older neighbor that you so admire or it may be one of those people who have the pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk. We put out the following Nixle Alert last week at the request of Emergency Management: “EMERGENCY SERVICES REPORTS ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES ARE IN BELLE PLAINE. ADVISE YOU WEAR MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCE, & TAKE PRECAUTIONS.” Their information was we have residents who are not quarantining, so they wanted to warn the rest of us.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC!
I KNOW IT IS DIFFICULT TO ADJUST TO THE NEW NORMAL, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CHANGES FROM DAY TO DAY. Still, AS AMERICANS I HAVE FAITH THAT WE CAN MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS. SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL LOOK BACK & TELL THE YOUNGER GENERATION HOW WE SURVIVED THE COVID-19 VIRUS OF 2020. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE HEALTH WARNINGS ISSUED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT. ALSO, PLEASE RESPECT PEOPLE’S RIGHTS TO ASK FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING OR SPACING WHEN IN PUBLIC PLACES.
Its that time of year where you will probably notice that there has been a slight increase in your water bill. The City Council voted to increase the water bill by 20 cents per thousand gallons & to increase the sewer fees 31 cents per thousand. These costs were decided because of the increase in the consumer price index (CPI) as specified by city code. Nobody on the council enjoys raising those rates, but we have inflationary increases in running the utility department and surprise expenses.
When you see a city crew digging up a water or sewer line, that is an item that probably wasn’t budgeted for, such as the significant water break on 6th avenue this spring. Or the fact we had to tear apart and rebuild all of Well #3, the one right by Highway 21. We have an ancient utility system, some of it is close to 100 years old, and it has a lot of repair costs every year. I’m sure we are facing the fact that we will have to refinish the inside of the water tower either in 2021 or 2022. Again, that will be a significant operation. They will close down our tower & put up a temporary one for the city to continue to function.
Again a public service reminder IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING. Things that just don’t look right need to be reported to either the city hall or the police department. We have had some criminal activity reports, but most of the time, it is days late. If you see something that does not look right, please call it in.
Congratulations to the Belle Plaine Ambulance Service on what must be one of there most successful sweet corn festivals. I bet all of us who got there too late will be in line a lot earlier next year! I can’t wait for the first drive-thru pancake breakfast.
If you need to do something with your license, please plan ahead because you must make an appointment. I called on July 23 and the earliest appointment
I could get August 19.
Congratulations to both the Plainsmen softball team and the baseball team on good seasons. It was enjoyable to watch live high school sports after the mess C-19 has caused the national sports scene. Remember, Iowa is the only state that sponsors high school sports in the summertime!
School is just around the corner, so hopefully, we will be able to get out and support the XC team, the volleyball squad, the football program, the marching band & the cheerleaders.
As always, “Go Plainsmen.” Remember it is up to all of us to make Belle Plaine, the best hometown in Iowa!
August 2020- Mayor Dave Fish