Belle Plaine Council met September 2

Belle Plaine, Iowa

Belle Plaine City Hall

September 2, 2020

The Belle Plaine City Council met on September 2, 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 Mark Tegeler. Garrett Landuyt arrived at 6:15 p.m. Also attending were City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of August 19, 2020, receiving and filing of the minutes from the August 25, 2020 meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: Andy Neuhaus gave the Council an idea for the use of the money that has been collected for windstorm relief. He told the council that the cemetery had a lot of damage and there is no insurance. He also noted that the grain bin at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 30 reportedly will not be rebuilt but maybe a new sign could be made and money could be donated to that.

Phyllis Kurriger is the manager of the South Benton County Food Pantry and she was present to tell the council about a need for meat for the food pantry. She could arrange to purchase the meat locally to add to their packages to refill their freezers. Tegeler made a motion, seconded by Landuyt to donate $1,000 of the money collected for windstorm relief to the food pantry to purchase meat. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Al Dvorak, Public Works Director, gave an update on storm cleanup. Except for the alleys and the parks, the brush is pretty well cleaned up three weeks and two days after the storm. There is a small team working on brush this week. Cronbaugh Excavating is working on the trees in the creek. There will be a lot of city signs that will need to be replaced. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to have Al Dvorak inspect the trees in the right of way about whether the tree needs to come down or to be trimmed, with help from Sandy Walton on making a list. He can bring the tree board in on the decision if needed. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt, to approve the renewal of a Class E Liquor license (LE), Class B Wine Permit (includes Native Wines), Class C Beer Permit (Carry Out Beer), and Sunday Sales for Casey’s General Store #3513 at 606 13th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

The City Clerk/Treasurer presented the July City Treasurer Report and the July City Budget report to the Council for their information.

The Committee of the Whole discussed whether the city needs more live traps. They decided more traps are needed and the mayor will give direction to the police department to purchase more traps.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call vote, all voted Aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:27 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 September 2, 2020
$8.75Alliant Energy (all bills)
$157.30Avesis (insurance premiums)
$34.97Belle Plaine Hardware (supplies all depts)
$3,400.50Benton County Solid Waste Commission (gate fees 2 months)
$16,461.00Benton County Solid Waste Commission (1st Qtr per capita)
$186.62Casey’s Business Mastercard (fuel)
$68.00Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (service library air conditioning)
$2,456.40Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (water line installation)
$178.20Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (sewage plant repair)
$716.00Ehlen Plumbing & Heating (sewer repair)
$800.00Furler Utlity Service (sewer operator)
$400.00Hupfeld Stump Removal (stumps)
$51.30Iowa One Call (one calls)
$409.00Karl Chevrolet (flasher and spotlight for Silverado police truck)
$322.00Keltek (police scanner kit)
$1,442.90Keystone Labs (water and sewer testing)
$372.41Koch Office Group (copy machine contracts)
$118.93Manatt’s (ice control sand)
$118.20NPC (credit card fees)
$900.00Muncipal Management Group (leak detection)
$10.00Petty Cash (wash police car)
$600.00Police Legal Services (legal update)
$327.03Postmaster (utility postcard postage bill)
$500.00Powerwash Pros LLC (airport runway wash)
$666.00Republic Services (windstorm cleanup of trash and freezers)
$195.00Riteway (pest control)
$1,058.40Schimberg (water and sewer parts)
$175.00Streicher’s (police tactical assault carrier)
$575.00Thomas Company (sewer televising)
$146.09Town & Country Wholesale (supplies all depts)
$8,189.04UnitedHealthCare (premiums)
$9,009.65UMB (debt service interest)
$205.35Unum (life insurance premiums)
$287.39USA Communications (phone and internet all depts)
$80.02Verizon (police cell)
$9.40Sandy Walton (reimburse for cleaning supplies)
$633.10Wellmark (dental premiums)
$549.07Wendling Quarries (rock)

Revenues by Fund
COVID-19 $0.00
Road Use$42,603.77
Special Revenue (exc Road Use)$30,146.59
Capital Projects$0.00
Debt Service (proceeds of debt)$4,909.52
Water Project 2019$0.00
Sewer Capital Project$0.00
Sewer $65,226.75
Storm Water$4,897.14
Yard Waste$3,069.33

Disbursements by Fund
COVID-19 Spending$371.81
Prairie Park$0.00
Partners for Beautification$0.00
Road Use$17,958.86
Donovan Spending$40.80
Economic Development$0.00
Housing & Urban Development$0.00
Employee Benefits$14,731.61
Emergency Fund$0.00
Police Forfeiture$0.00
Medical Bldg$0.00
Community Center$930.24
Library Improvement$4,676.65
Capital Projects$0.00
Debt Service $500.00
Water Project 2019$0.00
Sewer Project$185.00
Sewer $19,050.16
Yard Waste$4,225.45


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