Belle Plaine, Iowa
November 17, 2021
The Belle Plaine City Council met on November 17, 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 6:20 p.m. Also present: Council-elect Lyle Morrow, City Administrator Stephen Beck, Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler and Assistant City Clerk Sandy Walton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Schlesselman to approve the consent agenda consisting of the council minutes of November 3rd, 2021, and bills received, seconded by Pech. On roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve Lyle Morrow to replace Mark Tegeler as the first Ward council person. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. Lyle was sworn in as the new council person by Mayor Fish.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve the second 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 Code of Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve waiving the third 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 Code of Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.
Dave Schechinger and Chris Parizek from Veenstra & Kimm gave a power point presentation regarding the Water Supply Engineering Report they prepared for the City of Belle Plaine. They presented 5 alternatives for the council to consider. The main objectives are to provide a consistently available water source during years of drought, meeting current and future water quality regulatory requirements and decreasing the amount of unaccounted/unbilled water. The next step would be to determine required rates to complete a selected project which they will prepare for council’s consideration. We will also determine what it would take to meter the water at the wastewater treatment plant, which we feel is a large contributor to the unaccounted water usage.
Greg Johnson and Rachel Montgomery from BPCDC were present to talk about the future direction of Belle Plaine Community Development and the Main Street Iowa programs. Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Morrow to approve Resolution #21-10-04 a resolution of support and financial commitment for the Main Street Iowa program in Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the Main Street Iowa Continuation Agreement. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The Mayor requested that BPCDC provide the city with a detailed financial statement of their organization every year around the time of the annual meeting. President Greg Johnson promised that would happen.
Rachel Montgomery from BPCDC requested some street closures for BPCDC to carry out their Home for the Holidays Seasonal event. Requested closures are:
Main Street from 7th-8th Avenues Closed from 2pm-7pm
Main Street from 8th-9th Avenues Closed from Noon-7pm
Block off parking spots in front of 3 businesses for food trucks until 7pm
*BP Chiropractic *BP Outdoors *Anders Norgaard Law Office
Motion by Pech, seconded by Morrow to approve these requested closures. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to re-approve the application for a Class B Beer Permit adding Sunday Sales for Valhalla Hatchets at 805 12th Street, Belle Plaine. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve a Belle Plaine Business Incentive Grant (Commercial Interior Grant) for Valhalla Hatchets at 805 12th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa for up to $4,500. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve a BP Business Incentive Grant (Area Acquisition Assistance Grant) for Valhalla Hatchets at 805 12th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa for up to $1,000. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Landuyt to approve the renewal of a Class E Liquor License (LE 0001498), Class B Wine Permit, Class C Beer Permit (carry out beer) & Sunday Sales for Grieder’s Beverage Depot, LLC at 708 13th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Morrow to approve the application for a Class B Beer Permit for Benton County Brewing Company at 708 12th Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Pech to approve the purchase of a 2016 Case Wheel Loader from Martin Equipment of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for $64,000. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Approval of the contract with Bolton & Menk was tabled until the next meeting.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve Resolution #21-11-02, a resolution approving the annual urban renewal report. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Treasurer’s Report for October and the City Budget Report for October were given to the Council for their information. A new report is being developed for Eagle Point Solar.
Several items were discussed in Committee of the Whole:
Council was given the option of keeping council meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month or switching back to Mondays as in previous years. For now the meeting will remain on Wednesdays. Council will revisit this again in December.
Ben Bardell was present to discuss the possibility of him moving to town with his emotional support dogs which are pitbulls. He presented a prescription letter for his ESA’s and took questions from the council. Advise from our city lawyer was to accept the request. He will be required to license his animals with the city per our ordinance. A copy of the animal related ordinances will be given to him this week.
Review of the houses recently reinspected was tabled until the next meeting. There are other houses that have extensions until December 1, so all will be reviewed at that time.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, reported that he has been contacted by the DOT as they had received calls from Governor Reynold’s and Terry Branstad’s offices regarding the school crossing lights. This was because of calls they received from Henry B. Tippie. We have been trying to work with the DOT to come to a better resolution as we are unhappy with the safety afforded by the system that the DOT approved. More conversations with the DOT will be forthcoming.
Although the wellfield has gained a little ground over the past month, it has still not fully recovered. Hydrant flushing has been taking place and will hopefully be finished by next week. It was long overdue. It has also made us aware of several hydrants that need repair. We are hoping to get some of them repaired yet before winter.
Steve Beck and Kate Robertson, Benton Development Director, are meeting with Debi Durham, Iowa Department of Economic Development Director, on December 9 in Des Moines. They have a 1-hour meeting in which they will discuss possible grants for the Main Street district.
Three new Christmas decorations for the 4-way stop corner have been received. We are checking for power requirements, and they will be hung next weekend.
All the trees received through the grant program have been planted. We hope to be able to have another round next spring.
Mayor Dave Fish reported that the firemen will be putting up holiday decorations on Sunday. He also reported that at the meeting of the Benton County Landfill Commission will be next Thursday (11-18-21). There is no ECICOG meeting this month due to Thanksgiving.
Correspondence: We received the certification of votes from the recent election.
Old Business: Councilperson Malcolm asked if we had received a response in writing from our city attorney regarding any response from SHIPPO about removal of the Herring Hotel from the historic registry. At this point we have not. Gage will follow-up on status of this request.
Resident Comments: None
Motion by Landuyt to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Sandra Walton, Assistant City Clerk
Transcribed by the Assistant City Clerk subject to Council approval