Belle Plaine City Council – Aug. 5, 2020

Official minutes

Belle Plaine City Hall

Belle Plaine, Iowa

August 5, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on August 5, 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, Mark Tegeler and Garrett Landuyt. Also attending were City Administrator Stephen Beck, Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of July 15, 2020, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: none.

Heidi Kuhl from Northland Securities was present to explain a refunding bond with over $90,000 in savings for the city. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 20-08-01: A Resolution approving a bond purchase agreement for the sale of bonds thereunder and authorizing the call of bonds. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 20-08-02: A Resolution approving the American Legion Club’s Car Show Festival with outdoor service on September 12th at Franklin Park from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (The park is reserved from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

The City Clerk presented the City Treasurer’s Report for June, the City Budget Report for June and the Solar Report to the Council. The City Administrator had a meeting with the solar company to explain the solar bills. He will also be involved in real time monitoring of the solar system.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the second reading of Ordinance 70: an ordinance amending the Code of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to traffic code enforcement procedures. Parking fines will increase to $25 and $10 extra after 30 days. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Landuyt to waive the third reading of Ordinance 70: an ordinance amending the Code of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to traffic code enforcement procedures. Parking fines will increase to $25 and $10 extra after 30 days. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech, to extend the deadline on Resolution 20-06-03 a resolution regarding sidewalk repair until September 21, 2021. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Also the city will attempt to designate repairs earlier in the season next year.

The Committee of the Whole discussed which new Iowa laws that might pertain to Belle Plaine and whether they should be included in the Belle Plaine Code. The Clerk is to contact Iowa Codification and tell them that our fines are in line with the state code and to leave the other laws to be enforced under state code. The Committee of the Whole also discussed possible commercial tax rebates to an apartment complex that is changing owners.

Stephen Beck, City Administrator, told the council about a sewer line repair on 19th Street and how all utility companies will need to be on standby when the dig is started. There has been a controversy with a resident about the line, and as soon as 30 days expire, the city will commence work on the problem line.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that he attended a Benton Development Group meeting and the group will be taking surveys to the Benton County Board of Supervisors about land use along Highway 30. Also the Director of Benton Development Group is looking for a new office, possibly in the Van Horne area nearer the center of the county.

Old Business: None.

Correspondence: The City received a letter of conditions from the USDA on a $30,000 grant for a future police car.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call vote, all voted Aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.

Claims Approved by the City Council on August 5, 2020
$10,416.08Alliant Energy (all bills)
$75.00Amanda Thede (refund community center rental)
$1,925.00ATCO (weed spray)
$157.30Avesis (insurance premiums)
$3,147.50Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees 2 months)
$14.08Carquest (battery terminal kit)
$32.86Casey’s (fuel)
$4,454.00Cronbaugh Excavating (storm sewer repair)
$171.80Dash (gloves for COVID)
$32.40Des Moines Stamp (notary stamp)
$226.79Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (repairs)
$28.50Fresh Scents of Iowa (bathroom deordorizer)
$5,259.60Friedman Farm Supply (mower & repair)
$850.00Furler Utility Service (sewer contractual)
$1,477.93Grieder Standard (fuel all depts)
$62.50Hometown Current (ad wastewater op and library subscrip)
$50.40Iowa One Call (one calls)
$1,087.50Iowa Pump Works (inspection contract)
$2,641.03Keltek (printers and barcode scanners for police)
$951.90Keystone Labs (water and sewer testing)
$96.84LEAF (copy machine lease- eft)
$117.67Manatt’s (sand)
$25.00Midwest One Bank (lock box library)
$435.00Northland Securities (disclosure report)
$64,643.51Northway Corp (well relining and pump repairs)
$276.91Office Express (ink)
$1,040.50Overhead Door (airport door repairs)
$150.00Peer Support (police training)
$1,108.28P&K Midwest (tractor repair)
$200.00Pitney Bowes (postage meter)
$273.00Port O Jonny (portable restrooms)
$327.22Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$91.00Rain and Hail (crop insurance)
$683.40Register Media (legals)
$320.00Roto-Rooter (jetting sewer line)
$29.99Star Press Union (newspaper)
$61.13Storey Kenworthy (office supplies)
$846.00Streicher’s (police clothing)
$365.40Town & Country Wholesale (supplies)
$1,375.00Trent Grieder (mowing)
$9,793.08UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$30.48United States Treasury (PCORI fees)
$205.35Unum (life insurance premiums)
$80.02Verizon (police phone)
$35.00VGM Forbin (remote access)
$636.61Wellmark (dental premiums)
$261.34Wendling Quarries (rock)
$34.99Whannel’s Hardware (charger for police hot spot)
$512.89Zip Mart (fuel add dept)




June 2020 SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
Revenues by Fund
General-$8,454.43
Road Use$15,165.33
Special Revenue (exc Road Use)$22,308.28
Capital Projects$139.44
Debt Service (proceeds of debt)$7,156.52
Airport$9,110.00
Water Project 2019$0.00
Water$17,618.49
Sewer Capital Project$0.00
Sewer $23,576.61
Landfill/Garbage$14,607.41
Storm Water$4,818.86
Yard Waste$1,544.67

$107,591.18
Disbursements by Fund
General$74,334.68
COVID-19 Spending$503.26
Prairie Park$47.76
Partners for Beautification$34.22
Road Use$15,755.77
Donovan Spending$2,802.46
Equipment$36,902.17
Economic Development$365.00
Housing & Urban Development$0.00
Employee Benefits$11,331.43
Emergency Fund$0.00
Police Forfeiture$0.00
LOST$6,067.48
TIF$0.00
Medical Bldg$0.00
Community Center$551.44
Library Improvement$503.31
Capital Projects$24.50
Debt Service $0.00
Airport$1,285.42
Water Project 2019$0.00
Water$63,199.10
Sewer Project$0.00
Sewer $185,840.02
Landfill/Garbage$18,561.69
Stormwater$85.92
Yard Waste$590.50

$418,786.13

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