COUNCIL: Belle Plaine looks at proposal on Herring Hotel

Belle Plaine, Iowa
February 3, 2021

Historic picture of Herring Hotel

The Belle Plaine City Council met on February 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Community Center to allow for social distancing, with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, Mitch Malcolm. Garrett Landuyt was absent. Mark Tegeler joined by phone at 6:10 p.m. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik, and City Clerk Jacki McDermott.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Malcolm to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of January 11, 2021, council minutes of January 20, 2021, and bills received, seconded by Schlesselman. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Steve Gerdes from Faller, Kincheloe, & Co. PLC discussed the audit of the City of Belle Plaine for fiscal year 2020.

The Committee of the Whole discussed a proposal regarding the Herring Hotel restoration. The City Attorney is to send an answer back to the Herring Hotel Group asking for specific information about their proposal and sending them all the previous engineering reports that have been prepared on this building. They will then have until the first week in March to return that information and their proposal can then be considered at the second council meeting in March. In the meantime, the City Administrator will proceed with applying for a state grant to demolish the building.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve liquor license renewal including a Class C Liquor License (LC) (commercial) with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for the Belle Plaine Country Club at 1911 13th Ave N in Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve water bill relief to the property at 1406 5th Ave. The owner will be given an agreement in writing that the bill will be relieved contingent on the water bill being paid in full. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve to extend the state Covid-19 sick leave policy to March 31, 2021, and after that the city will revert back to our regular sick leave policy for all injury and illness. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, notified the council that an agreement has been signed with Housing 360 and a future homeowner for a house to be built in the Norgaard Addition. He also told the council that FEMA inspectors were here today. Going forward, the city will take pictures and measure each tree that is removed.

Mayor Dave Fish told the council another police officer has passed the physical and mental tests and will be considered for hiring. The mayor also shared with the council that the water bill was a discussion on Facebook because some of the water bills were read late due to two snow emergencies on weekends. Schlesselman suggested that we put the length of time of the readings on the bills but she was informed the program will not do that on individual bills. It was suggested that the city included in the next newsletter an information piece on how city water bills are constructed.

The mayor also told the council that the pop machine has been emptied and the city will purchase a vending machine. Malcolm suggested talking to Al Upah about a machine.

Resident Comments: None.

Old Business: None.

Correspondence: The Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation will be having their annual meeting on February 5th at the Belle Plaine Country Club.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

Claims Approved by the City Council on February 3, 2021
$14,628.08Alliant Energy (electric/gas – all depts)
$197.60Avesis (vision insurance premium)
$718.52Belle Plaine Community Development (Xmas décor)
$2,714.00Benton County Solid Waste (gate fees)
$48.41Brandon Pierce (clothing allowance)
$200.00Brown Supply Co. (marking flags)
$18.86Casey’s (police fuel)
$900.00Clapsaddle-Garber Associates (Professional svcs-NPDES permit)
$43.68David Wildeboer (mileage)
$859.82Delta Dental (insurance premium)
$4,325.00Dennis Wiese Tree Service (derecho tree removal)
$366.30Friedman Farm Supply (mower repairs)
$66.78Galls (police clothing)
$700.00GFP Tree Service & construction LLC (tree take down)
$1,601.09Heiman Fire Equipment (clothing)
$19,800.00Hupfeld Stump Removal (derecho tree removal)
$190.00Int’l Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (membership dues)
$150.00IMFOA (dues)
$2,038.90Iowa Prison Industries (damaged sign replacement)
$550.00J. Robert Hopson (2020 Ch 509A certification)
$1,366.24KMDE LLC (solar charges)
$120.00Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (legal fees)
$66.08Nick Viall (mileage)
$23.99Office Express (ink)
$162.36Our Town Publications (Jan legals)
$23.05Petty Cash (police postage)
$331.85Postmaster (water bill postage)
$2,403.75Roto-Rooter (televising, sewer repairs)
$30.00Secretary of State (notary fees – Ashly Parizek)
$156.16Story Kenworthy (office supplies)
$77.98Streicher’s (police equipment-forfeiture acct)
$2,489.51Thys Motor Co (2010 pickup repairs)
$1,502.76Titan Machinery (loader repairs)
$35.59Town & Country Wholesale (supplies)
$203.85UNUM Life Insurance Co (life insurance premium)
$437.68USA Communications (phone service-all depts)
$80.02Verizon (police cell & data usage & equipment chgs)
$9,203.27Wellmark (health insurance premiums)
$717.24Wendling Quarries (ice control sand)

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