Belle Plaine, Iowa
April 7, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on April 7, 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, and Mitch Malcolm. Mark Tegeler was absent. Garrett Landuyt arrived at 6:25 p.m. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Clerk Jacki McDermott, Assistant City Clerk/Project Manager Sandy Walton, Assistant City Clerk Ashly Parizek and Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of March 17, 2021, receiving and filing of the minutes from the March 23rd meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees, seconded by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None.
The mayor opened the public hearing at 6:04 p.m. on selling the property at 1607 7th Ave to GDG Properties, LLC or the highest bidder provided all qualifications are met in Resolutions 12-03-01 and 21-04-05. There was no public comment. The mayor closed the public hearing at 6:06 p.m. Motion by Malcom, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution #21-04-5: a resolution to sell the real estate. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the signing of a liability release for the current owners of the trailer court near the elementary school, as the matter will be going to court on April 21st and it is expected that the title will transfer to the City of Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The resident at 1408 8th Avenue was present to speak to the council about water bill problems.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 21-04-01 transferring funds, leaving the balance of funds in the COVID fund for now. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution 21-04-02 setting a complete policy on credit cards. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt, to approve Resolution 21-04-03 to extend the expiration time limit of plumber permits. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 21-04-04 a resolution pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 80D.7 regarding the carrying of handguns, shotguns, and tasers by reserve officer Jesse East. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve a contract with K&W Electric, Inc of Cedar Falls, Iowa and all other documentation regarding the installation of the 7th Avenue pedestrian crossing lights and improvements (the new school crossing system), as recommended by our engineers at Anderson-Bogart Company. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve the contract with Mosquito Control of Iowa for the summer of 2021. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to approve the rewrite of the Owner-Occupied Home Rehabilitation Grant program to amend the document to read that in case of the death of the homeowner, the residency requirement is waived, and other updates as needed. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Solar Report was given to the Council for their information. Steve is to contact the owner of the solar company to try to get some answers and to talk to them about placement of a generator at city hall. He also stated that the reason the city shop bill is so high this winter is because of damage to the building and the building’s insulation during the derecho. Basically, until it is fixed, the building leaks air.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve the purchase of the Budget Level Package alternative from Gov Office to build a new website for the city. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
In the Committee of the Whole, the council was informed that representatives from the Herring Hotel group will be present at the next session. Schlesselman asked that the March 17th correspondence from the city attorney be sent to the council again.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, told of his plans for flushing hydrants this year. Notices will be sent to the public before the flushing starts. Nick Viall will be returning to full-time employment as the sewer operator starting on April 12th. Nick is making plans with the DNR to test for his grade three certification. Beck suggested that perhaps the COVID money could be used for the new website and HVAC updates for city hall. He and Sandy are working on insurance repairs due to derecho damages, depending on availability of contractors and materials. He told the council about exposed valves on 12th street that need to be poured in concrete. He also reported that sealcoating for streets will be done in June and painting of street lines will be completed before July 4th.
The council decided to have Al Dvorak draw up a list of sidewalks that need repaired this year, although last year’s list was already extended due to lack of contractors.
Mayor Dave Fish told the council that Benton County Landfill lowered tipping fees. He also relayed that East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) will be going back to regular meetings in June.
Correspondence: ECICOG newsletter was shared with the council.
Old Business: None.
Resident Comments: Mary Preston told the council about upcoming events at Preston’s Station, including unveiling of Interpretive Panels on May 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. She also mentioned that the signs on the station will be going into storage so further work can be done.
Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.