March 17, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on March 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 and Mark Tegeler. Garrett Landuyt arrived at 6:19 p.m. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, Assistant City Clerk/Project Manager Sandy Walton and City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Pech to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of March 3, 2021, with the correction that the meeting on trees was on March 10th, and bills received, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None.
The mayor opened the public hearing for the 2021-2022 Budget of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa at 6:06 p.m. There was no public comment. The mayor closed the public hearing at 6:07 p.m. Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution #21-3-2: a resolution approving the 2021-2022 Budget. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Todd Happel and Megan Puls from Anderson-Bogert were present to explain the school stop light project. The plan is to place Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 7th Street. Bids have been sent to five companies and are due back by Monday, March 22nd. The bids will be summarized and sent to the City of Belle Plaine for selection and approval at the April 7th meeting. Expected project completion is mid-June.
No one was present to report from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation.
Chief Hudson provided a written update from the police department. Officer Dallas Dvorak started the academy session on March 15 at Hawkeye Comm College. The department will continue 10 hour shifts until his graduation on May 21. Jesse East and Houstyn Phinney completed firearms training. Jesse will be returning as a reserve officer.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Tegeler to approve Resolution 21-03-01, a resolution on a proposal to sell the property at 1606 7th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Tegeler, seconded by Malcolm to approve having the FFA Easter Egg Hunt. All felt that if everyone wore masks, the Easter Egg Hunt should be held. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve sewer bill relief to the property at 1527 Sunset Drive. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Tegeler to approve sewer bill relief to the property at 709 9th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Treasurer’s Report, the City Budget Report and the Solar Report for February were given to the Council for their information.
In the Committee of the Whole, the council discussed the Herring Hotel proposal. After much discussion, it was determined that we would have the City Attorney send them a letter with concerns and an opportunity to respond at one of the April council meetings. With a motion by Tegeler, seconded by Schlesselman; on roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, told of his walk-through tour with Main Street Iowa on 3/16. He also updated the council on upcoming bridge inspections with Calhoun & Associates as well as our status with FEMA and insurance claims. He has recently received the asbestos report back on the Herring Hotel and will be reviewing cost options on possible removal. He reported that there are several buildings in town being looked at for incoming businesses.
Mayor Dave Fish had the council do a final review with revisions to the Business Incentive Grant application form. With a few more “tweaks” to the form, it should be ready to use.
Old Business: None.
Resident Comments: None.
Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Sandy Walton, Asst. City Clerk