COUNCIL: Belle Plaine has meeting on January 19

Belle Plaine City Hall

Belle Plaine, Iowa

January 19, 2022

The Belle Plaine City Council met on January 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Community Center to allow for social distancing, with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mitch Malcolm, Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, Garrett Landuyt and Lyle Morrow. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, City Clerk Sandy Walton, Assistant City Clerk Ashly Parizek and Assistant City Attorney Gage Kensler. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the Consent Agenda (moving item #15 up after item #6), the Council Minutes of January 5, 2022, Council Minutes of January 11, 2022, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted Aye, motion carried.

Resident Comments: Delbert & Bonnie Meeks of 1404 2nd Avenue inquired on whether the city attorney had determined the owner of the property at 1402 2nd Avenue and what action was being taken with that house. Updated letters had been sent to the appropriate owner and other parties regarding the current nuisance abatement.

Steve Gerdes of Faller, Kincheloe & Co, PLC (independent auditor) was in attendance to present the fiscal year 2020-2021 audit report of the City Government of Belle Plaine. He went through the highlights and answered any council questions.

Motion by Morrow, seconded by Malcolm to approve the Master Agreement for Professional Services Airport Planning, Engineering and Construction Service for September 2021 through September 2026 for the Belle Plaine Municipal Airport (TZT). Ronald Roetzel of Bolton & Menk was in attendance to answer any questions. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Malcolm to approve Work Order #1 to Rehabilitate Runway 18/36, Taxiway and Apron Pavements, Taxi-lane Extension for T-Hangers for the Belle Plaine Municipal Airport. A correction for the 90/10 split on page 14 of Work Order #1 will be made. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The mayor gave an update received from Al Dvorak regarding his nuisance properties at 503 6th Street and 1303 7th Avenue. He is waiting on Alliant Energy to disconnect gas to both properties and then they will be taken down.

No report was received from Belle Plaine Community Development.

A written report from Chief Hudson was received for the Police Department. Michael Campbell has been hired as a full-time officer and will be sworn in by the Mayor on Monday, January 24th. We received notice from Benton County with a proposal to increase dispatch fees from roughly $18,000 per year to $35,747 per year. The mayor will attend the E911 meeting on January 31st to discuss this request to basically double our fees all in one year. Lastly, the Tahoe had new tires put on this week.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the first reading of Ordinance #22-2: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to solid waste collection. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Morrow to approve the second reading of Ordinance #22-2: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to solid waste collection. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Morrow, seconded by Pech to approve the first reading of Ordinance #22-3: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to sewer service charges. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Landuyt to approve the second reading of Ordinance #22-3: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to sewer service charges. Councilperson Landuyt wanted it pointed out that the $2.00 usage fee that is being added for the water fund is being offset by the $2.00 usage fee reduction on the stormwater fund on the next ordinance (essentially creating NO change in user fees for residents) On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to approve the first reading of Ordinance #22-4: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to stormwater drainage utility rates. Councilperson Pech wanted a small correction of $2 to $2.00 for consistency in the document. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Morrow, seconded by Pech to approve the second reading of Ordinance #22-4: an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to stormwater drainage utility rates. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Note: The third reading of the above three ordinances will be reviewed for possible passage at the next meeting on February 2, 2022.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance #22-1: an ordinance that amends Section 165.05 of the Belle Plaine Municipal Code to change the zoning of the property located on the south side of 13thStreet from 7th Avenue to 3rd Avenue in Belle Plaine, Iowa. John Fatino of Whitfield & Eddy Law was in attendance. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried. The ordinance will become law upon publication.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Malcolm to approve Resolution #22-01-03: a resolution approving a salary increase for the City Administrator. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Pech, seconded by Morrow to approve Resolution #22-01-04: a resolution setting the public hearing approving the maximum tax dollars from certain levies for the City’s proposed fiscal year 2022-2023 budget. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

The City Treasurer’s Report and the City Budget Report for December were given to the Council for their information. A report for Eagle Point Solar will be developed after budget season is completed.

Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to approve the renewal of the Class C beer permit, Class B wine permit with Sunday sales at Belle Plaine Country Food, Inc., located at 1206 7th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Morrow, seconded by Landuyt to approve the amendment adding Sunday Sales to their 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 Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve a Class C liquor license, with outdoor service & Sunday sales for El Catrin Mexican Cuisine, Inc. at 1009 7th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.

Committee of the Whole discussed the possibility of hiring a heavy equipment operator for the City of Belle Plaine. City Administrator Beck presented some cost justification showing areas that we could save on expenses if we performed work ourselves instead of hiring outside contractors. Council has requested that Beck bring a job description for the position to the February 2nd council meeting for review and approval.

The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, gave his report. He is digging into data provided about the proposed county dispatch increase. He is attending some webinars next week on infrastructure funding. He has been in contact with Alliant Energy who reported only one house was awaiting disconnection. Steve will follow-up with him to confirm that number as we have reports that there are at least three lines awaiting disconnection. The well field is unchanged since the last report; still holding steady with no measurable gain or loss. Steve will be meeting with the filter guy who will travel from Milwaukee around the first week of February. Veenstra & Kimm are still awaiting information from Poweshiek Water Association for the water study. Steve will reach out to them himself to see if he can help move that along. He also discussed an idea to remove the pavers on the south side of Main Street and replacing them with concrete. The good pavers could be used to repair damaged pavers on the North side of the street. Lastly, he mentioned that he is working to keep his reports to council briefer and more concise.

Mayor Fish participated in interviewing a candidate for the Benton & Iowa Development Group. He had no additional reports on nuisance property updates. He has a Benton Landfill meeting on Thursday and ECICOG as well as BDG meetings next week. There was a brief discussion on snow removal throughout town.

Correspondence: The January ECICOG newsletter was given to the council.

Old Business: none

Resident Comments: Bonnie Meeks inquired as to who handles the 4-way intersection by the old library (corner of 9th Avenue & 13th Street). Following the recent storm, it was very slick and needed sand/salt. She said a police car was parked nearby watching; why did they not inform public works that the intersection was slick? Mayor Fish will review with our Police Chief as well as Public Works Supervisor.

Motion by Morrow to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Malcolm. On roll call vote, all voted Aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Dave Fish, Mayor

Attest: Sandra Walton, City Clerk

Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval

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