COUNCIL: Belle Plaine swears in new officer

Belle Plaine Mayor Dave Fish swears in new police officer Houstyn Phinney. Courtesy photo.

Belle Plaine, Iowa

February 17, 2021

The Belle Plaine City Council met on February 17, 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 and Mark Tegeler. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Jacki McDermott.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of February 3, 2021, and bills received, seconded by Malcolm, with the following corrections: strike the sentence “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.” and to add to the end of the next sentence items to put in the newsletter “length of time and how to read your bill and what factors affect your bill.” Another change was to change “water” to “sewer” on a discussion about waiving a bill. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to approve the hiring of Houstyn Phinney as a Belle Plaine police officer. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The mayor gave Houstyn the Oath of Office.

The mayor opened the public hearing on the Maximum Levy on the FY22 budget at 6:16 p.m. There was no public comment. The mayor closed the public hearing at 6:17 p.m. Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution 21-02-01 approving the maximum levy. All voted Aye; the motion was approved. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman to set the public hearing on the FY22 budget for March 17, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

BPCDC Report: Steve Beck, City Administrator, said that representatives from Main Street Iowa will be in town on March 16th and they want two council people to attend. He also said that someone will be offered the Director position soon. He presented the criteria for Business Incentive Grants to the Committee of the Whole to proofread and change. Changes will be added and then proofed before sending back to Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation regarding grants.

Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Pech to allow an extra cat above the limited number of pets at 405 5th Ave. All voted Aye; the motion was approved.

The City Treasurer’s Report and the City Budget Report and the Solar Report for January were given to the Council for their information.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, notified the council that the city has applied for a State of Iowa Asbestos Mitigation grant for the Herring Hotel. He also told the council that the engineer from Veenstra and Kimm will be here on February 18th to talk about the water study. He has been notified that the replacement salt and sand shed will be a $25,000 hoop building and it could be six months before it is built. He has also been working on preliminary demolition and asbestos removal quotes for the Herring Hotel.

The City Clerk told the Council news about future grants coming our way, including $24,132 for Covid-19 relief for streets and $9,000 for Covid-19 mitigation at the airport.

Mayor Dave Fish told the council he could put in the newsletter an article about the number of pets allowed at a residence. He also told the council that our Clerkbooks specialist can make programming changes so that the read dates on the meters can be put on the monthly bills. He also gave the council an outline of the items the City Attorney had sent to the Herring Hotel group that they must complete and to send to the City by March 3, 2021.

The mayor attended an Emergency Management meeting in Vinton. He said that Scott Hansen, Emergency Management Director, will not be retiring until 2024. The group will no longer be receiving funding from Alliant Energy for the Palo nuclear plant, so will need to explore other budget options.

The mayor also attended a 911 meeting at Van Horne where the fire and police were being issued new pagers.

He said he received an e-mail about the “racist” sign in the south part of town.

Resident Comments: None

Old Business: None.

Correspondence: None.

Motion by Tegeler to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

Claims Approved by the City Council on February 17, 2021
$1,807.56Acterra Group (airport fuel farm repairs)
$145.65Alliant Energy (electric/gas – all depts)
$9,182.00Anderson-Bogert (engineering fees)
$425.00ATCO (ice control salt)
$600.54Barco Municipal Products (truck chains)
$2,548.41Beck Equipment LLC (bobcat repairs)
$423.02Belle Plaine Hardware (various-all depts)
$16,461.00Benton County Solid Waste (per capita fees)
$1,305.00Blue Valley Public Safety (siren repairs)
$90.12Carquest (wiper blades & anti gel)
$561.48Cory’s Truck & Tire (FL70 truck tires & valve stem)
$210.00Countryside Vet Clinic (boarding strays)
$33.00Des Moines Stamp (notary stamp-Dallas Dvorak)
$1,148.00Drahn Insurance (Commercial Fire Premium)
$158.98Drahos Shoe Store (clothing allowance-shoes)
$301.50Ehlen Plumbing & Htg (airport heater repairs)
$6,500.00Faller, Kincheloe & Co PLC (audit completion)
$28.50Fresh Scents of Iowa (bathroom deodorizer)
$1,725.30Gahring Machines Inc (loader repairs)
$3,500.00GFP Tree Service & construction LLC (tree take down)
$634.00Global Tac 10 (police annual maintenance agreement)
$2,542.82Grieder Standard (fuel – all depts)
$131.60Group Services (monthly med ad fee)
$2,979.98H & L Repair (F700 & FL70 truck repairs)
$781.00Iowa Assn of Municipal Utilities (water member dues)
$30.00Iowa League of Cities (Mayor Assn dues)
$233.00John Wagner Law Offices (legal fees)
$1,285.30Keystone Laboratories (lab fees)
$12.51Koch Office Group (copier copies)
$1,086.75Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik (legal fees)
$90.50LEAF (copier lease)
$2,259.38Midwest One-VISA (call-em-all, quickbooks, DPH reg programs)
$107.79NPC (credit card fees)
$23.99Office Express (ink)
$69.00Our Town Publications (Comm Ctr employment ad)
$6.00Petty Cash (police postage)
$375.68Register Media (Jan legals)
$10,921.66Republic Services (garbage/recycle fees)
$12.95Rylie Davis (water deposit refund)
$750.00Tomash Professional Home Inspection (bldg inspection)
$27.96Town & Country Wholesale (supplies)
$305.55USA Communications (phone service-all depts)
$53.08US Cellular (police cell phone)
$7,292.88VGM Forbin (city hall computers)
$822.04Wendling Quarries (ice control sand)
Revenues by Fund
Windstorm 2020$68,555.98
COVID-19 $57,990.42
Road Use$29,314.74
Special Revenue (exc Road Use & Covid and Windstorm)$39,891.71
Capital Projects$0.00
Debt Service (proceeds of debt)$4,677.91
Water Project 2019$0.00
Sewer Capital Project$0.00
Sewer $36,310.45
Storm Water$4,872.00
Yard Waste$2,296.00

Disbursements by Fund
Windstorm 2020$35,988.26
COVID-19 Spending$264.00
Prairie Park$0.00
Partners for Beautification$0.00
Road Use$23,534.78
Donovan Spending$0.00
Economic Development$0.00
Housing & Urban Development$0.00
Employee Benefits$14,390.56
Emergency Fund$0.00
Police Forfeiture$439.46
Medical Bldg$0.00
Community Center$291.38
Library Improvement$593.20
Capital Projects$1,435.86
Debt Service $0.00
Water Project 2019$0.00
Sewer Project$0.00
Sewer $42,724.39
Yard Waste$665.23


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