BP Council has special meeting

Belle Plaine Depot

Belle Plaine, Iowa

January 11, 2021

The Belle Plaine City Council met for a special council meeting and budget workshop on January 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the community center with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mitch Malcolm, Judy Schlesselman, Mary Pech and Mark Tegeler. Also present: City Administrator Steve Beck and Assistant City Clerk Sandy Walton. Councilperson Garrett Landuyt was absent. Kate Robertson from the Benton Development Group was also in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Residents Comments: None.

Malcolm made a motion, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution #21-1-01; a resolution in support of an incentive package to be submitted as a local match for a catalyst grant. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

The council then completed the budget workshop portion of the meeting. City Administrator Steve Beck went through each fund explaining what was planned and pointing out any areas in which the council needed to make further decision.

If no action is taken, the landfill/garbage fund will have a deficit in the next fiscal year. Sandy is to go back and determine how much of an increase is needed to keep the fund from going negative. Council would like to explore reducing the compost/yard waste fee an equal amount to the needed increase in the landfill/garbage fund. The compost/yard waste fund continues to run with a surplus so this fund could probably handle the change.

A few changes were made this year to our Local Option Sales Tax Fund (LOST). We are planning to increase the allocation to the ambulance from $5,000 to $7,000 and are increasing the fire truck accrual and public works equipment accrual from $5,000 to $10,000 each. These changes will reduce the amount held in reserve so no offsetting decreases are required.

  • A couple of projects discussed for the future are:
  • Upgrading HVAC at City Hall
  • Recoating the inside of the water tower
  • Replacing or lining the sewer on 10th Avenue between 9th & 10th Streets
  • Replacing or lining the sewer on 5th Avenue in critical locations
  • Complete the storm water project in the alley behind City Hall to eliminate ice buildup

These projects may or may not be completed in the FY22 budget year, but we will need to continue to save for these projects even if not started until FY23.

It was determined that we should shoot for a property tax levy of approximately $15.60. That is slightly lower than last year’s rate of $15.80. This will be achieved by moving a portion of the City Administrator’s salary from a proprietary fund to the general fund, thus allowing us to levy for a larger portion of the benefits.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

Transcribed by the Assistant City Clerk subject to Council approval

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