Belle Plaine Council met Aug. 4

Belle Plaine, Iowa

August 4, 2021

The Belle Plaine City Council met on August 4, 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 6:12 p.m. Mark Tegeler was absent. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler and City Clerk Jacki McDermott.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Pech to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of July 21, 2021, receiving and filing of the minutes from the July 27, 2021 meeting of the Belle Plaine Community Library Board of Trustees and bills received, seconded by Schlesselman. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Chris Enos was present to discuss the building inspections at his properties at 1411 10th Avenue and 1306 6th Avenue. Building Inspector Mike Tomash was present to explain the inspections. Enos apologized and said he intends to repair both the properties and sell them. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlessleman to approve his plans and to inspect the property again by the November 1st deadline. Tomash asked that electric, water and gas services be connected before the next inspection. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Curtis Brown was present to discuss the building inspections at his property at 1504 7th Avenue. Building Inspector Mike Tomash was present to explain the inspection. Brown did remark they should have called him before wasting taxpayer money on this procedure. Brown intends to demolish the property. Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve his plans and to inspect the property again by the November 1st deadline to see if Brown needs a time extension. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. Brown said that work will begin on demolishing the garages this week and asked the building inspector if it would be safe to go inside to try to save woodwork. Tomash indicated that masks could be worn to work inside.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution #21-08-01: a resolution adjusting vacation pay and correcting the employee handbook. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the Knights of Columbus being allowed to do their annual fund raiser for disadvantaged children on the corner of 7th Avenue and 13th Street from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 11, 2021. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Action on a Belle Plaine Incentive Grant for the Ice House at 1111 7th Avenue was tabled until more information can be gathered.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve a sewer relief proposal for 908 6th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve a sewer relief proposal for 625 7th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve a sewer relief proposal for 410 16th Street. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

A sewer relief proposal for 1601 12th Avenue died for lack of a motion because no reason is found why the usage is this high and this needs to be found.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve a sewer relief proposal for 801 11th Street. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the Class B Wine Permit (WBN) and Sunday Sales for Cornerstone Apothecary at 731 12th Street in Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt, to approve the mayor to sign a 28E Mutual Aid Agreement with BCEMSA (Emergency Medical Services of Benton County) if the mayor is advised to sign it by the legal counsel. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, reported his deposition for the trial regarding the sewer plant project took three hours and that former administrator Jeff Horne also was deposed and corroborated Steve’s deposition. The change order for the project still needs to be signed and they are also subject to $120,000 fine for being late.

He also reported that he is working with the DNR to formulate a sharing agreement for a pilot program with the City of Williamsburg to share a water/wastewater operator and heavy equipment. They have also suggested he renew his wastewater licenses and have sent him books to study to get his licenses again.

He also reported that the well levels have dropped six more inches. He said we are maybe three weeks away from using Well #6 and the public will receive 72 hours notice before we start mixing the water from the wells.

He also reported that a house in town was demolished without a permit.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that he attended a Benton County Emergency Management meeting and learned that there will be an airport training exercise soon (a simulated plane crash). He also will ask about obtaining one of the sirens from the Palo Nuclear Plant, with the agreement of the council.

He also reported that he will be taking Rachel Montgomery from Belle Plaine Community Development with him to the next meeting of East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) so that she can meet staff members and learn more about grants for businesses.

The Mayor reported that Eagle Point Solar agreed to meet with the City Administrator and the Mayor for an hour and then will meet with the council for an hour. They will try to get this scheduled for 5:00 p.m. before the August 18th council meeting.

The Mayor also reported he is working on plumber’s licensing code for the city. He has been involved with an effort to place a plaque on the “Burrows Building.” He is also looking at sign ordinances.

Jason Kaplan, Fire Chief, was present to discuss replacing the water tanker truck. The truck they were considering was already sold, so they want to be ready to purchase should another truck become available. The Clerk was directed to prepare a resolution stating how much can be spent to replace the tanker truck from the City (Equipment, COVID and LOST funds). In the future, in order to purchase the next truck, the City will likely have to borrow and the Fire Department will repay from the equipment and LOST money received annually.

The Clerk reported that computers worth almost $9,500 were ordered today from the state under the American Rescue Plan Act. Also, the first round of funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act is expected to be received soon.

Correspondence: Assistant City Clerk Sandy Walton reports that Veenstra and Kimm will be finishing the water study within the next week.

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 7:44 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

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