Belle Plaine, Iowa
May 19, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on May 19, 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 Garrett Landuyt. Mark Tegeler was absent. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Clerk Jacki McDermott, 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 May 5, 2021, with the correction that the Business Incentive Grant rewrite was motioned by Malcolm and seconded by Schlesselman, and bills received, seconded by Landuyt. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: Comments by Gerald Blomme about a city worker who puts in so many hours and why his pickup is cluttered. The council informed him the employee was not being paid over time, it was a part of his supervisor job and they would look into the pickup situation.
The mayor opened the public hearing concerning the building inspection at 620 7th Avenue. The owners said that Chris Cronbaugh will demolish the house within three weeks. They were advised where to obtain a demolition permit.
The Council had a discussion with Doug DeMeulenaere of Garling Construction concerning the Business Incentive Grant program. He was advised he can apply for more grants next year.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to give a 60-day extension to Bryan Carlson of 1507 6th Avenue to vacate the residence. Shelby Chekal was present to speak for him and said that he has an apartment lined up for occupancy very soon. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to approve a $2256 Business Incentive Grant for Timbergate Gardens. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Police Chief Kris Hudson submitted a police report. He said that to date, twenty-two abatement orders have been issued for tall grass, nine have been issued for junk vehicles or other items and nine administrative search warrants have been executed with abatement orders following. Nine letters were mailed this week to police officer applicants, inviting them to our testing which is physical agility and POST test, to be held June 6th at 8:00 a.m. Interviews will be held a week or two after testing is complete.
Rachel Montgomery was present to tell the Council that hanging baskets and flags will be put up downtown next week. The Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation will be having a meeting about festivities on July 3rd this week. There will be no car show. The council does not support that idea of no car show on July 3. The Legion will have a car show on September 11th. The mayor told her that in January next year, the council wants to discuss a car show. He also wants her to bring a list to council about what streets need to be closed at what times for July 3rd celebration.
A bags tournament is being planned as well as activities for children and the band Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys. In other news, Brian Baumgartner from Belle Plaine Hardware has taken the lead on cleaning bio-cells and probably will initiate an adopt-a-cell plan.
The City Clerk presented the City Treasurer’s Report and the City Budget report to the Council. The Mayor also advised that he contacted Eagle Point Solar about the problems with the solar panels and is expecting a complete response soon including a meeting with the council.
The Mayor told the council that on May 11th he attended a joint meeting of Benton County Emergency Management and Linn County Emergency Management to discuss the sale of the sirens from the Palo nuclear power plant. They are free to the county but will cost $5,000 to take down each siren and transport. On May 13th, the Mayor attended a state mayor’s conference via Zoom, where he learned that there is no decision about the backfill yet but remarked that the city only budgeted for about half of the amount that was received last fiscal year. The legislature will be closing down and will readjourn for redistricting after the census is released. He and several Council Members attended Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation awards at the museum on May 14th, where the late Marv DeRycke and Kim Purk were honored for their volunteer efforts.
The Mayor also thanked all the workers who were involved in fixing the major water main break on 7th Avenue the previous week and getting it fixed in about 24 hours. This includes but is not limited to all our city workers, the fire department, the police department, the city administrator, and all crews that were hired.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, told the Council that work continues on replacing roofs and siding at the parks. The fence is being repaired at Franklin Park and the pool will open when the fence is complete. The City Shop will be getting new insulation and roof. He had a meeting about Minnow Creek with Graham Giles and Patrick Romeo from FEMA.
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 7:37 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk
Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval