Belle Plaine Council met October 6

Belle Plaine, Iowa

October 6, 2021

The Belle Plaine City Council met on October 6, 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 15 and September 20, 2021, receiving and filing the minutes from the September 29, 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: Fire Chief Jason Kaplan, and firefighters John DeRaad and Lance Weeda were present to tell the council about their plans to purchase a 2013 Freightliner tanker that will be ready in seven to eight months. The total cost will be $168,496 with 20% due now. The money will come from the federal American Recovery Act funds, from the fire truck equipment accrual funds and from LOST money.

Mayor Dave Fish told the council that he has accepted the resignation of Mark Tegeler as council person from Ward 1 in Belle Plaine.

Bin Wash Pros, a new company providing garbage bin cleaning service to Belle Plaine gave a live demonstration.

Mayor Dave Fish declared Arbor Day for the City of Belle Plaine for October 19, 2021, in a city proclamation. Hopefully, Nick from the DNR and Laura Franklin, the state arborist, will be in attendance that day in Belle Plaine for a free tree-planting demonstration planned for 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Upper Shelter at Franklin Park. The City of Belle Plaine will be getting 30-35 trees for the park and more than 100 trees for the parking area between the sidewalks and the streets. Also, Jay Hamilton has offered to auger the holes for each tree.

Rachel Montgomery from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation told the council about plans for Holiday Homecoming on Saturday November 27 with popup shop vendors and food vendors and other holiday activities. She also thanked the Council for coming to ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses. She started a discussion on the bio-cells and the mayor stopped the discussion.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to close 12th Street in the 800 block from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021 for Trunk or Treat. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to declare Trick or Treat time in Belle Plaine from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 31, 2021. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to award the demolition contract for 1207 16th to Mark Hupfeld, although his bid was higher, because of the support he has given the city during the time of the derecho and because the difference in the bids was not that significant. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm, to award the demolition contract for the church at 910 8th Avenue to Hatch Grading and Contracting of Dysart, contingent on them scheduling the demolition of the trailer park for the school at the same time. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt, to send the properties that were scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2021 back to the city inspector to do inspections on the following properties, and unless they pass the inspection to send the cases on to the city attorney: 1507 6th Ave, 1502 6th Ave, 1402 2nd Ave, 1111 15th Street and 1005 9th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to send the properties that were scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2021 back to the city inspector to do inspections on the following properties, and unless they pass the inspection to send the cases on to the city attorney: 1003 7th Avenue and 503 6th Street. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech grant a 30-day extension to the owner of 1411 10th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The owner said that his house at 1306 6th Avenue is ready to be inspected.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to grant an extension to the owner of 408 13th Street as he was present to say that he has made substantial progress on rehabilitation of his property. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve Resolution 21-10-01, a resolution that deletes property from the Belle Plaine Urban renewal area. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 21-10-8, a resolution setting the date for a public hearing on designation of the 2021 Belle Plaine Urban Renewal Area and on urban renewal plan and projects. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The State of Iowa 2021 financial report dealing with the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021 was given to the Council for their information.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution 21-10-02, a resolution authorizing mutual aid by our fire department to our ambulance service. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 21-10-03, a resolution establishing a tree fund. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution 21-10-8, a resolution setting the date for a public hearing on designation of the 2021 Belle Plaine Urban Renewal Area and on urban renewal plan and projects. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 21-10-05, a resolution approving the City of Belle Plaine to participate in the hazard mitigation assistance program to acquire an emergency generator for City Hall. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 21-10-06, a resolution approving the City of Belle Plaine to participate in the hazard mitigation assistance program to acquire an emergency generator for the City Wellfields. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve Resolution 21-10-07, a resolution approving the City of Belle Plaine to participate in the hazard mitigation assistance program to acquire an emergency generator for the Fire Department. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to waive the $927.18 bill as a one-time in-kind exception for The Oaks because of a miscommunication. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve the renewal of a Class E liquor license (LE) (0001498), Class B wine permit, Class C Beer Permit (carry out beer) and Sunday sales for Grieder’s Beverage Depot, LLC at 708 13th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the street closing of 12th Street from 10th Avenue to 11th Avenue from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday October 9th for the Belle Plaine Firemen’s Annual Dance. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

A discussion on signs was tabled for a later date.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, reported that the hanging baskets will be coming down on Friday or Monday. He has been pricing out a breaker and a piece of heavy equipment to do street work. 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 had Northway Well and Pump working on the problems. The problems have been resolved and he will cycle it back into the system.

He has also found electrical grounding problems at the wells. He has had some coloration complaints with the water system and has learned that boring companies are opening hydrants. He will try to flush hydrants this fall when the wells are back up.

Beck reported that the airport hangar rebuild is going nicely. He also reported that the Williams Park Pavilion has been completely rebuilt as well as the Upper Franklin Shelter. The gazebo at Box Park is being rebuilt. He also reported that the ice-skating shed has been hit heavily with graffiti, but cleanup of that will be left until spring.

Mayor Dave Fish reported that Benton Development Group hosted a luncheon for the City Clerks in Benton County at the Vinton Country Club on September 23rd and it was a success. He also reported that Rachel Montgomery from Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation went with him to an East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) meeting to learn about business loans. Iowa County Development and Benton Development Group are contracting together to get an assistant for Director Kate Robertson.

Correspondence: None.

Old Business: Gage Kensler, Assistant City Attorney, said the trial with WRH is rescheduled for July 18, 2022.

Resident Comments: Bonnie Meeks mentioned that the house on 2nd Avenue that burned is still full of bricks and the mayor said that he would have the police give him a nuisance complaint. Mary Preston mentioned that they are still working on refurbishing Preston’s Station and has a quote of $40,000 for lead and asbestos abatement.

Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

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