From the desk of the mayor – December 2020

Belle Plaine Mayor Dave Fish

Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Or if you prefer:
HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
I hope we remember the reason for the season.

Congratulations, BPCDC & volunteers for a great Belle Plaine Old Fashion Christmas and the modifications because of the Covid crisis. A lot of time & effort still went into making this celebration work. Hopefully, next year we will be back to our customary holiday celebration. Again, thanks to all those who were involved in decorating the downtown (city workers, BPCDC, & others) & a big thank you to the fire department that is always there to put up the decorations & to take them down.
The BPCDC “Christmas Decoration Light Fight” has fired up some creativity around town. Take some time to spend an evening riding around & checking the sights.
Sure, beats the mess we had in August!

Suppose you want to be involved in the development of this city celebration and others. In that case, I encourage you to join BPCDC. It is not just for the businesses; they have individual memberships or simply volunteer to help that group out.

All that being said, from an economic standpoint, I hope that you buy some of your Christmas gifts and support our local merchants. Remember, they are the ones who sponsor our little league teams, our July 3rd & 4th celebration, the Holiday Homecoming & many other local events. We sure don’t see the big box stores sponsoring events in Belle Plaine. Please support the merchants who support our community! I realize the Covid crisis has made the entire shopping experience even more difficult this year but our local merchants are still here for us.

In celebration of the Christmas Season, the Benton Volunteer program will continue its long-standing tradition of sponsoring a Christmas “Tree of Sharing” program. The holidays are times for being thankful for what we have and sharing our good fortune with those in need. If you wish to give, participation is as simple as one, two, three…

  1. Visit one of these host locations and select an ornament from the Christmas Tree that identifies a specific gift need:
    A. Hartig Drug
    B. Chelsea Bank
    C. Cornerstone Apothecary
    D. MidWest One Bank
    E. Dollar General
  2. Record your name, phone number, & ornament code identification number/letter on the provided record sheet.
  3. GO SHOPPING! Return wrapped gifts with a tag taped to the front to the Chelsea Bank, MidWestOne Bank, or BCVP Office located in the Belle Plaine Community Center by December 11, 2020. Monetary donations will also be accepted by mail or in person at BCVP, 1309 5th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa 52208. Questions may be directed to Marilyn Sokol at 319-434-6078.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON AND IF YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE HAVE A MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON, THEN PLEASE JOIN IN AND HELP OUT. WE CAN HAVE SHORTAGES OF PRODUCTS (so we found out!) BUT THERE SHOULD NEVER BE A SHORTAGE OF CHRISTMAS SPIRIT & KINDNESS!

The council & staff are deep into working through insurance claims, FEMA forms, bids, and other assorted work that goes with having over thirty city properties that will have some type of repair done to them because of the derecho. Needless to say, there is plenty of paperwork to keep the current staff busy.

We will be interviewing for a new assistant city clerk. We just completed interviews for two police officers. It further adds to the workload for all involved in the city government. If you also look at the situation that has been created by the Covid virus to think that the city workers are getting any kind of break as winter approaches, you would be kidding yourself.

Anyone thinking of volunteerism? Senior Dining could probably use a few more people to deliver senior meals on wheels. If interested in taking a turn or being a sub, please contact Ashley or Wendy at the Community Center and see the details for those jobs. Last week when I delivered, we were doing over 30 meals per day, which has us back up doing the number when I started about ten years ago.

I know BPCDC is still looking for a new Executive Director. Either call BPCDC or contact Greg Johnson if interested.

Hey, sometime in the future, we will get back to a more normal way of life, and hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later. Vaccines are right around the corner. The key to this whole situation is to show some patience and wear your mask to protect yourself & others.

MERRY CHRISTMAS BELLE PLAINE & IT WILL BE A HAPPIER NEW YEAR.

I guess we won’t be able to support our local athletes in basketball and wrestling plus the band & cheer squads that also perform. Look for opportunities to watch them on Facebook. I use to tell my players I could easily coach games in an empty gym & it looks like this generation of coaches will get that opportunity.

As always, “Go Plainsmen.” Remember, it is up to all of us to make Belle Plaine the best hometown in Iowa!

Mayor Dave Fish – December 2020 (The last month of 2020!)

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