Belle Plaine City Council met September 15

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Belle Plaine, Iowa

September 15, 2021

The Belle Plaine City Council met on September 15, 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, Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of September 1st, September 8th, and September 9th, 2021, and bills received, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments: None.

Mayor Dave Fish presented an Honorary Citizen Award to Sarah Bostian for the work she did preparing meals for city residents during and after the derecho. The derecho remembrance committee also presented Sarah with a gift.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution #21-09-02 a resolution approving the Iowa DOT 2021 Street Finance Report. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Rachel Montgomery gave the report from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation. BPCDC’s golf outing is Friday. A ribbon cutting & open house will be scheduled for the beginning of October for the rehabilitated Oaks Apartments. Other events will be Trunk or Treat, which may be on Saturday. There will also be a Holiday Homecoming Event.

Kris Hudson gave the police report. Mike Campbell and Andrew Markham have completed two modules of the police reserve training. Tyler Chekal will be working the home football and basketball games. There will be another dog hearing on Monday for the council to consider regarding a dog who has been cited for running loose. The Police Department has a new Facebook page. Chief Hudson has been present most mornings at the school crossing on 7th Avenue. The stop sign their causes trouble because it is too short, and drivers have trouble seeing it. Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve carrying over vacation for Kris Hudson as he will not be able to take all of his days off that he has earned, due to a manpower shortage. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The city had a public meeting with Virgil Witt concerning the city’s order of his dog to be removed from the city. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to allow the Witts to keep the dog if they take appropriate measures to control and muzzle the dog. If there is another incident, the matter will go before the council for removal of the dog from town. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve sewer relief for the resident at 801 8th Ave because of an outside water spigot leak. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve a Belle Plaine Business Incentive Grant to Spotlight Studios at 727 12th Street for up to $3,749. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The City Treasurer’s Report for August and the City Budget Report for August were given to the Council for their information. The City Administrator reported that he is working with the Project Manager to develop a new Eagle Point Solar Report.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve the second reading of Ordinance 28, an ordinance that amends the Code of Ordinances for the City of Belle Plaine dealing with the use of city owned property and requiring permits to plant trees on the right of way. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to waive the third reading of Ordinance 28, an ordinance that amends the Code of Ordinances for the City of Belle Plaine dealing with the use of city owned property and requiring permits to plant trees on the right of way. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the second reading of Ordinance 151, an ordinance that amends the Code of Ordinances for the City of Belle Plaine dealing with trees. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to waive the third reading of Ordinance 151, an ordinance that amends the Code of Ordinances for the City of Belle Plaine dealing with trees. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve the application of River Valley Investment LLC for tax abatement under the Belle Plaine Revitalization Plan for 1009 7th Ave. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the application of Don and Heather Carl (Don Carl Trucking) for tax abatement under the Belle Plaine Revitalization Plan for 804 1st Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

There was a discussion of nuisance properties at 1115 15th Avenue, 1303 7th Avenue, and 503 6th Street. The Mayor said the Fire Department will burn 1115 15th Avenue as soon as the water restrictions are lifted. Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to have the houses at 1303 7th Ave and 503 6th Street be reinspected and then the City Attorney’s office will proceed with Chapter 145 (dangerous buildings) proceedings. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, reported that he has been working with the Union Pacific Railroad to clean up debris on the railroad right-of-way south of the tracks created by the derecho. He is also working with the water department and found issues at Well #2 and has Northway Well and Pump working on the problems. He reported that the water valves that needed replaced have been repaired and hydrants need to be flushed as soon as possible. He has also met with Emily Upah from Alliant Energy about the demand rate code for the electric bills. He said Pelling Company will be coming soon to work on sealcoating of the streets. The 21st Street and 15th Street sealcoating will be pulled from the list and will be a FEMA project in the future. He asked for a volunteer to help at city hall on Friday morning as the clerks will be gone.

The Assistant City Attorney reported on the sewer basin project that has gone to court, but the matter has been bumped from the docket for probably a year.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that Benton Development Group is hosting a luncheon for the City Clerks in Benton County at the Vinton Country Club on September 23rd. Mayor Fish reported that at the meeting of the Benton County Landfill Commission will be tomorrow and they are beginning to plan for a new cell. He said that his meeting for East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is back to Zoom meetings because of confirmed cases of COVID-19 for ECICOG staff members. He said that he will soon be attending an Envision East Central Iowa event for the ECICOG group next week.

Correspondence: None.

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 7:39 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

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