Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:
I CAN’T WAIT FOR 2020 TO GET OVER WITH SO WE CAN GET STARTED WITH 2021.
(However, if this whole decade will be one surprise after another like 2020 has been, I’m not sure how we will survive.)
I would just like to tell the entire community how proud I have been of Belle Plaine. We came together to help one another during this disaster. It is often said that the Midwest work ethic always comes out in a time of emergency. Right now, this community showed how much we cared about each other as neighbor helped neighbor. Also, so many pitched in to help people in town that they didn’t even know.
It was also remarkable to see all the volunteers who came to Belle Plaine to help out. It was indeed a fantastic experience and one that made me proud to say that I’m a Plainsmen.
As Mayor, there will be a few people that I have to personally thank who, without their hard work, I’m not sure I could have been able to keep us going. Starting with Reverend Kate West, who basically ran all the things going on at the community center. She was really instrumental in running and organizing the supply chain that helped feed so many of our citizens. This all started with bringing back enough PB & J to try and provide for about 500 to 700 people.
(Special thanks to the volleyball team who seemed to always be there making sandwiches.)
Many thanks to our city administrator Steve Beck who worked tirelessly getting enough generators to get us back up and running esp. at the well fields. Remember no wells, no water. Also, all the city workers who kept the wells & sewer plant working, organized getting the streets cleared and changed & expanded the mulch pile into a forest dumpsite. Plus, I asked our city workers to do or figure out all the hundreds of other things or solve them. Many thanks to Al, Dave, Brandon, Jacki, Sandy, Lance, Kris, Jeff, Austin, & Ben for their tireless efforts.
A huge thank you to Scott Hansen of Benton Emergency Management. Who kept finding us stuff we need like generators, the DOT, food, and so many other items that I can’t list them all.
Special thank you to the Belle Plaine Fire Department for being on duty throughout this entire event. You’re the best and definitely one of the best volunteer departments in the Midwest.
Thanks to Jason Kaplan & his entire department.
A special thank you to the people of Belle Plaine who didn’t sit and wait for the federal or state gov’t to send help but jumped out and worked for weeks to clean up the town & help their neighbors. I could not mention everyone here, but to the whole community, thank you for pitching in, your efforts will never be forgotten by this Mayor.
(I bet we will all take a different look at those orange DOT trucks & the guys who drive them the next time we see them on the road.)
REMEMBER SCHOOL HAS STARTED SO PLEASE OBEY ALL THE TRAFFIC LAWS & CITY CODES IN THE SCHOOL AREAS. WE HAVE A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN AREAS THAT ARE RATHER QUIET IN THE SUMMER SO PLEASE OBEY THE LAW & PLEASE SLOW DOWN.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS! WE TRULY APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS INCLUDES THE EDUCATORS WHO WILL BE GOING BACK TO WORK.
Maybe we found out that we are all essential workers for our community.
When September 1st rolls around, the City of Belle Plaine changes the burning hours to seven days per week from 4 to 9 pm.
BUT AT THIS TIME, WE ARE ON A BURN BAN FOR SEVERAL REASONS. 1. IT IS SO DRY THAT WE ARE SERIOUSLY WORRIED ABOUT FIRE CONTROL. PLEASE BE SMART WITH YOUR RECREATIONAL FIRES
OUR WELLS ARE SERIOUSLY STRESSED. IF YOU REMEMBER A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN WE SPENT A LOT OF THE SUMMER ON WATER RESTRICTIONS. WE ARE THAT CLOSE AGAIN. PLEASE NO OUTSIDE USE OF WATER UNTIL THE WELLS RECOVER. SERIOUSLY WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO FIRING UP OLD WELL #6 WHICH MOST OF YOU BELIEVE IS AN ARTESIAN WELL. USE THE WATER WISELY.
When & if we get the necessary rain and go back to normal, please remember: Because the city code does give you the increased number of days, please follow the time frame. Don’t go out and start all your leaves on fire at 9:00 pm. Also, note that all fires, including recreational fires, must be attended to by a responsible adult. The bottom line on this burning is to please consider the health and welfare of your neighbor. If they have wash hanging out to dry, you should not be burning. If they have breathing problems, maybe you should see if your yard waste could be hauled to the mulch pile. (South Belle Plaine Forest Pile) If we work on getting along, it will make us a better community for everyone to live in …. BUT UNTIL YOU HEAR DIFFERENT, WE ARE ON A BURN BAN!!!!!
In another area, that deals with emergencies. I have noticed, especially with the number times I have driven every road in Belle Plaine to record tree piles and then record damage assessment for FEMA.
House numbers! If you go stand in the street, see if you can easily see your house number or if you have a house number at all. I know I’ve talked about this in some of my previous newsletters. In some areas of town, we may have only one house in a block with a visible house number. If you’re the landlord, it is your responsibility to see that the property has a visible house number. This might become important some time if you need the police or an ambulance or the fire department or public works or a pizza delivered to your house. (Hey kids this would be a great Christmas present for your parents or for your Grand Parents.)
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! It is better to be safe in this day and age than sorry, so if you notice something in your neighborhood or anywhere else in town that just does not look right, please call it in. (319-444-2323) (Obvious emergency 911) As a community, we have made the decision to have full-time police protection, so do not be afraid to use it. Our officers are on duty to protect and serve the citizens of Belle Plaine. Do not hesitate to call them into action if you see something that should have the police involved. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
As always, “Go Plainsmen.” Remember it is up to all of us to make Belle Plaine, the best hometown in Iowa!
THANK YOU BELLE PLAINE! YOU ARE A GREAT COMMUNITY TO LIVE IN!
September- 2020 – Mayor Dave Fish