Belle Plaine, Iowa
June 2, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on June 2, 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. Garrett Landuyt arrived at 6:23 p.m. Mark Tegeler was absent. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Clerk Jacki McDermott, and City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of May 19, 2021, receiving and filing of the minutes from the May 25, 2021, meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees and bills received, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None.
Mark Drahn and Dave Riherd from the Lion’s Club were present to tell the council about plans for the Fourth of July. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to give permission for the Lion’s Club activities for the Fourth of July. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve the Belle Plaine Fourth of July Committee’s request for a Class B Beer Permit with outdoor sales and Sunday service. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Rachel Montgomery from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation was present to tell the Council about festivities on July 3rd. A bags tournament with a $300 purse is being planned as well as activities for children and the band Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to close 12th Street from 7th to 10th Avenue for July 3rd activities. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. Due to a current shortage of police officers, the city will not be able to patrol the city and do a walking patrol of Main Street for this event. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to hire three additional security guards from 7:30 to 12:30 p.m. at a cost not to exceed $600. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Derek O’Brien was present to ask for an extension to repair 1502 6th Avenue, which he has purchased and intends to renovate. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to allow him until September 1st to continue work on the property, at which time the City Inspector will return to inspect progress. All current properties under nuisance abatement will be inspected for progress. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The Mayor opened the public hearing on delinquent dog/cat licenses. Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to turn the list over to the police to contact the pet owners before issuing tickets. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve the application of Craig and Julie Mantz for tax abatement under the Belle Plaine Revitalization Plan (for a new garage at 1009 13th Avenue). On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The Committee of the Whole discussed taking 718 13th Street off the historic registry.
The Mayor advised that he contacted Eagle Point Solar about the problems with the solar panels and is expecting a response soon. Eagle Point has asked several questions about the well field solar fields and will finish analyzing the entire system. They will return to the council in the near future with a report.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, and the Council reviewed police salaries and he plans to take the information presented to the police union. He also advised that the new school stoplights on Highway 21 (7th avenue) are installed, that a culvert in Franklin Park is being worked on and that quotes are being accepted on the demo work at the trailer park. The gazebo in Box Park has been demolished to be replaced in August and the pool will be opening on Monday June 7th.
The Mayor told the council that the Benton County Landfill Commission is now in great financial shape. He told them that Benton Development Group will be having their meeting in Belle Plaine city council chambers next Monday (June 7) at noon. He also noted that East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) will offer zoom meetings and on-site meetings starting next month.
Correspondence: The Mayor shared the ECICOG Express newsletter with the council.
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 7:33 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk
Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval