Belle Plaine, Iowa
April 20, 2022
The Belle Plaine City Council met on April 20, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: Mitch Malcolm, Mary Pech, Judy Schlesselman, Lyle Morrow, and Garrett Landuyt. Also present: City Administrator Stephen Beck and City Clerk Sandy Walton. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Motion by Morrow, seconded by Pech to approve the Consent Agenda, the Council Minutes of April 6, 2022, and bills received. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
Resident Comments: None.
Judy Schlesselman reported for the Belle Plaine Community Development. They are in the process of revamping their investment materials and are getting ready to touch the community with their investment drive. For July 3rd, they will be hosting the car show, kids’ zone, bag tournament and band. They will meet with the mayor and bar owners after this year’s event to discuss next year’s involvement. BPCDC still has one more vacant spot to fill on their board.
Chief Hudson was present to give the police report. Discussion was held on approving designation of a school zone and placing signs around both schools. All felt it was a good idea, but Steve and Kris will need to contact the DOT for permission to post any signs on 7th Avenue (Hwy 21). He also presented bids for a camera security system at city hall. Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to purchase the camera security system from Independent Tech Solutions. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The City Treasurer’s Report and the City Budget Report for March were given to the Council for their information. A report for Eagle Point Solar is still in progress.
Motion by Malcolm, seconded by Landuyt to approve a one-time utility credit of $929.60 at 1408 8th Avenue due to a major water leak that occurred when the owner was out of state. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
The transient merchant policy was reviewed. No change was recommended by the council. Review was regarding a food truck on Main Street for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Nettiannes. They are to follow the policy as stated in the ordinances and the normal $25 fee will need to be collected.
Motion by Schlesselman, seconded by Pech to approve an extension to June 1st for the nuisance complaint at 1310 4th Avenue due to the owner waiting on an official bill of sale so the car in question can be made street worthy. No additional extensions on this matter will be granted. On roll call vote, all voted aye, motion carried.
There were no Committee of the Whole topics listed for discussion.
The City Administrator, Stephen Beck, gave his report. Jack from Separmatic will be in Belle Plaine and meet with Steve on Monday, 4-25, to discuss a filtration system for Well #6. The Public Works Team is working on cleaning out buildings, organizing and cataloging parts and supplies, and working to label shelves. They have also been moving dirt piles left at several locations down to the compost pile. It gave the team some cross-training opportunities on the backhoe, loaders and trucks. He gave an update on the viability study status as well as conversations had with Northland Securities, the DNR and Dorsey & Whitney.
Mayor Fish had no meetings to report as they are occurring over the next two weeks. He mentioned that he intends to have the city council tour the sewer plant in June and the city shop in either July or August. There will also be a special meeting on May 25th regarding a final budget amendment for fiscal year 2022.
Old Business: None
Resident Comments: None.
The City Clerk was excused. Mayor Fish assumed the clerk duties during the remainder of the meeting.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Malcolm to enter into closed session at 7:04 p.m. under Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i) to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual’s reputation and that individual requests a closed session. On roll call vote, Landuyt, Morrow, Malcolm, Pech, and Schlesselman all voted aye. Motion carried.
On a motion by Morrow with a second from Pech the council on roll call vote 5-0 came out of closed session at 7:20 p.m. (Landuyt, Morrow, Malcolm, Pech, and Schlesselman all voted aye. There were no negative votes.)
On a motion by Landuyt with a second from Pech the council on a unanimous vote ordered the Mayor to make the necessary changes to the letter in discussion.
Motion by Landuyt, seconded by Morrow to adjourn the meeting. On roll call vote, all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Attest: Sandy Walton, City Clerk
Transcribed by the City Clerk subject to Council approval