Belle Plaine, Iowa
November 3, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on November 3, 2021, at 6:07 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Community Center to allow for social distancing, with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, and Garrett Landuyt. Mitch Malcolm was absent. Lyle Morrow was present to participate but not vote until he is appointed to the Ward 1 council seat following the certification of the recent election next week. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Jacki McDermott. Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler and City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Landuyt to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of October 20, 2021, and bills received, seconded by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None
The mayor opened the public hearing on the 2021 Belle Plaine Northeast Urban Renewal Area and Proposed Urban Renewal Plan and Project. The City Administrator explained briefly how the plan will unfold and a mistake in directions was found in the plan document. The plans call for a new building to be built near The Oaks in the 15th Street area and tax receipts from that area will be used to pay for infrastructure improvements in the area. The mayor closed the public hearing. Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve Resolution 21-11-01, a resolution to declare the necessity and establish an urban renewal area, pursuant to Section 403.4 of the Code of Iowa and to approve the urban renewal plan and projects for the 2021 Belle Plaine northeast urban renewal area. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve the first reading of Ordinance 21-11 for Chapter 10 of the Belle Plaine City Code: an ordinance providing for the division of taxes levied on taxable property in the 2021 Belle Plaine Northeast Urban Renewal Area, pursuant to Section 403.19 of the Cody of Iowa.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve a sewer fee rebate at 708 16th Street for a running toilet. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. They also asked that the Assistant City Clerk upgrade the rebate form so it reads “utility bill” not “water bill.”
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve a 30-day extension on the nuisance property at 1411 10th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The Mayor informed the council that the house at 1306 6th Avenue is ready for inspection next Tuesday. He also showed the council a letter from the owner of the house at 1402 2nd Avenue and told them it will be inspected again on Tuesday also.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve a 30-day extension on the nuisance property and to find out if the owner has moved the important items from the residence at 1504 7th Avenue. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve a 30-day extension on the nuisance property at 408 13th Street. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the renewal of a Class C liquor license and Class C Sunday Sales for O’Leary’s Office Tap LLC at 825 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to approve the initial application for a Class B Beer Permit for Valhalla Hatchets at 805 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve the renewal of a Class C liquor license (LC commercial) with Sunday Sales and Outdoor Service for the Oasis at 728 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Attorney discussed two contracts she had reviewed for the Council and gave suggestions to the City Clerk and City Administrator on further action. The contract with Value Payment Systems was approved. The contract with Bolton & Menk, INC. was sent back to the City Attorney for legal work.
Steve Beck, City Administrator, mentioned that the Tree Grant is going well and that planting has begun. There were twelve spaces where a tree could not be planted because of water and sewer lines and four of those trees were placed in front of the elementary school.
Al Dvorak, Public Works, explained a proposal for a used loader to be purchased for $64,000 from Martin Equipment Company. The Mayor will put the matter on the next agenda for consideration by the Council.
Mayor Dave Fish told the Council that he will be consulting with a company about a “whole city filter” for the water from Well #6 and Main Line #2. For a price of under a million dollars, maybe this could be done. He also said that the engineer from Veenstra and Kimm will be present at the next meeting to discuss the water study. He also informed the council that he is now the Vice President of the Benton County Landfill Commission. He also told the council that Dallas Dvorak has resigned to take a job as a Tama County Deputy.
Correspondence: Information about the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) Think Tank.
Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Jacki McDermott, City Clerk
Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval