Belle Plaine, Iowa
February 16, 2022
The Belle Plaine City Council met on February 16, 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, Lyle Morrow. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck, Assistant City Clerk Ashly Parizek, City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik. Council person Garrett Landuyt was absent. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Malcolm to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of January 19th, 2022, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Resident Comments: Mayor Fish noted that any resident comments on the nuisance issues would be allowed at that time on the agenda.
Mayor Fish opened public hearing at 6:03 p.m. concerning the city maximum property tax dollars for the affected levy totals concerning the FY Belle Plaine City Budget. City Administrator Steve Beck explained.
Mayor Fish closed public hearing at 6:08 p.m. concerning the city maximum property tax dollars for the affected levy totals concerning the FY 23 Belle Plaine City Budget.
Motion by Pech, seconded by Morrow to approve resolution #22-02-01: a resolution 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.
Motion by Morrow, seconded by Schlesselman to set the public hearing for the 2022-2023 budget for March 16, 2022, at the Belle Plaine Community Center at 1309 5th Avenue, Belle Plaine, Iowa @ 6:00 pm at the regular Belle Plaine, City Council meeting.
Mayor Fish opened the public hearing at 6:10 p.m. to discuss the proposed action of redistricting for the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa for the purpose of revising the three district boundaries that divide the city’s voting wards. Mayor Fish provided Council with a map and reprecincting worksheet used to formulate projected changes.
Mayor Fish closed public hearing at 6:15 p.m. concerning the action of redistricting for the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa for the purpose of revising the three district boundaries that divide the city’s voting wards.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech to approve the first reading of Ordinance #22-5: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa by amending the provisions pertaining to the boundaries and ward divisions. On roll call, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Morrow, seconded by Malcolm to waive the second reading of Ordinance #22-5: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa by amending the provisions pertaining to the boundaries and ward divisions. On roll call, all voted aye, motion carried.
Note: The third reading of the above ordinances will be reviewed for possible passage at the next meeting on March 2, 2022.
A discussion was had regarding the current state of the nuisance property at 1402 2nd Avenue and the recent renovation plans. Ms. Smalley reports that she is hoping to downsize from her current home and move into this property. She provided a written note with updated plans for renovation. Neighbor Bonnie Meeks was in attendance to express her concerns. Bonnie reports that this property has been an issue for a long time with several previous property owners. Bonnie reports that she just wants a nice neighbor who provides their own lawn care and keeps the property looking nice. Councilperson Morrow noted that Ms. Smalley’s recent renovation plan does not address all the concerns on the inspection report. Councilperson Malcolm noted that Ms. Smalley really needs to consider that this property may not be salvageable and doesn’t want to see her spend a lot of money for it not to pass the final inspection. Council requests that Ms. Smalley review the inspection report and come back at the March 16, 2022, council meeting with a more comprehensive plan to address the concerns in the inspection report. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Pech. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Morrow to approve a onetime utility credit of $683.20 for 1603 8th Avenue for a toilet issue that occurred while the owner was out of town. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
No report was given by Belle Plaine Community Development. City Administrator Steve Beck reports that BPCDC has three board member openings. He notes that BPDCD would like to assemble a new board prior to hiring a new director and create a larger volunteer group.
No written report was given by Chief Hudson. City Administrator Steve Beck reports that the Belle Plaine Police Department had executed a search warrant today and has been dealing with this and jailing issues. Mayor Fish notes that we cannot file electronic search warrants, so we must physically get them in Vinton.
The City Treasurer’s Report and the City Budget Report for January were given to the Council for their information. A report for Eagle Point Solar will be developed after budget season is completed.
There was no Committee of the Whole topics listed for discussion.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, gave his report. He provided the Council with a copy of the DNR Report for their viewing. Steve went over the main points of this report and answered questions from both Council and public. Steve continues communication with the filter guy on creating a small-scale version of the filter for Well 6 that will be tested and reviewed for applicability. Steve continues his conversations with Veenstra & Kimm regarding completion of the water study and helping this process move along.
Mayor Fish reports that he has a Landfill meeting Thursday February 17th, Benton Development Meeting as well as ECICOG Meeting next week. Mayor Fish reports that we have had two applications submitted to City Hall for the heavy equipment operator. These applications will be reviewed by Council after the submission deadline of March 3, 2022, and then the interview process will begin. A discussion regarding the email received regarding the nuisance property at 1504 7th Avenue. Council requests a legal letter be sent to Mr. Brown stating he has surpassed his deadline for renovation completion. A resolution will be drafted to go along with letter by City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik. Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Morrow. On roll call, all voted Aye, motion carried.
Old Business: A letter was provided to Council from Mr. Enos regarding his two nuisance properties. The City is working on the reinspection of both properties.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Schlesselman to adjourn the meeting. On roll call voted Aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Ashly Parizek, Assistant City Clerk
Transcribed by the Assistant City Clerk subject to Council approval