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Water Main Break

Attention citizens of Belle Plaine there is a water main break in the 1000 block of 12th Street.  Be aware of low water pressure and you may experience rusty water.  The City of Belle Plaine is currently working on the break and hopes to have it fixed this afternoon.

CITY WATER IS SAFE

Despite all the Face Book rumors and other sources of unconfirmed information, the city water supply is safe to use for all activities, including drinking and cooking. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after reviewing all the recent testing information on Friday, March 14, 2014 issued a statement of support and confirmed that the Belle Plaine water supply is indeed safe to use and that the Belle Plaine Water Department is doing more than required to assure the citizens of the community that their water supply is safe.

For greater details stop by City Hall or email the Mayor at mayorfish2012@gmail.com

 

City Seeks City Administrator

City Administrator

 

The City of Belle Plaine, Iowa (population 2,534) seeks qualified applicants for the position of City Administrator. Bachelors Degree in public administration or related field required. 5 yrs. experience in municipal government or public administration preferred. Financial and budgeting knowledge, management history, economic development, public relations, regulatory compliance, and grant writing experience preferred. Knowledge of the functions and problems of municipal government, and the principles and methods of public administration and public finance required. Outstanding interpersonal communication skills and excellent writing skills. Must be bondable. Residency required. Salary DOQ. Job description is available at City Hall. Send resume, cover letter, and 3-5 references to Mayor, City of Belle Plaine, 1207 8th Ave., Belle Plaine, IA 52208 or submit in person to City Hall. EOE.  Applications are due by the close of the business day (5:00 p.m.) Friday, April 11, 2014.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATING TO THE WATER SYSTEM

NEWS RELEASE

CITY OF BELLE PLAINE  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

 Unless circumstances change drastically in the next few days, City of Belle Plaine staff will begin pumping from Well #6 to charge the city’s water system with the water produced from this well.

Well #6 produces artesian water, therefore, the water within your home will remain safe to drink and use in any way but you can expect to notice a difference in taste, smell and appearance.

This is a result of two of the City’s shallow wells going dry and the other three wells determined to be at critically low levels.

If you need further information contact City Hall at 444-2200.

 

 

 

 

Snow Removal and Snow Emergency Info

Reminder to Belle Plaine Residents

Snow Removal:

All property owners shall keep the sidewalks abutting their property free from snow and ice.  Snow & ice must be removed 24 hours after accumulation.  Failure to do so will cost the property owner $1.00 per running foot for the city to remove the accumulation.

Snow Emergency Ordinance

When winter conditions warrant:  a 48 hour parking ban will go into effect once declared by City Officials. The ban may be declared in advance, during or after a storm and can be shortened or extended when conditions warrant. Once declared no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or public areas in the public right-of-way and immediately adjacent to the travel portion of a street. The foregoing prohibition does not apply to the downtown area from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.   The parking ban in the downtown areas designated shall remain in full force from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. year round.

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Nixle is a Community Information Service that is dedicated to helping people stay connected with the information that is most important to them and their family. With Nixle you will receive a text message or email from the Belle Plaine Police Department or the City Clerk’s Office.  For instance snow emergencies or delay in garbage pickup. It’s just one more tool to help keep you informed. To sign up text CITYOFBPIA to 888777 or go to http://www.nixle.com to have notifications sent to your email.

City Officials Encourage Water Conservation

WATER CUSTOMERS ENCOURAGED TO CONSERVE WATER 

Due to the fact that we are in the midst of a drought our five shallow wells are beginning to drop to a level of concern. 

City of Belle Plaine Officials are encouraging people to begin making an effort to conserve water in their homes.  Conserving water is simple and will drastically impact the water table that our shallow wells draw from.  Remembering to conserve water throughout your daily routine will eventually turn into such an ingrained habit that you won’t even have to think about it.

 Here are some tips to save water:

  • Don’t let the water run needlessly when washing dishes, shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take shorter showers… keeping showers less than 5 minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Plug the bathtub before turning the water on and then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
  • Fix leaky faucets:  Just one drip a second can waste 2,000 gallons of water per year.
  • If practical, try to run the dishwasher only when full and the washing machine when you have a full load.
  • Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water to use to water plants later.
  • Place water collection vessels such as barrels or large buckets to collect rain water from drain spouts and gutters.  Use the water to water your plants.

If you have any questions in regard to water conservation contact City Hall (444-2200).

Outdoor Burning Regulations

Burning Hours and Regulations

Section 3-26-14  Regulating and Prohibiting Outdoor Burning.  No garbage, wool, rubber, leather, plastic or refuse shall be burned outdoors at any time within the limits of this city.

(1)   Definitions. For use within this ordinance the following terms are defined:

(a)  Garbage. As used in this ordinance, the definition for “garbage” shall be the same as that established by Chapter 84 of this Code.

(b)  Refuse. Refuse shall be defined as set out by Chapter 84 of this Code but shall exclude wood and lumber scraps and shall include all   tar papers, non-wood shingles, and materials treated with creosote and other petroleum by-products.

Section 3-26-15 Outdoor Burning Regulations. No person shall allow, cause, or permit burning of combustible materials where the products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passage through a chimney or stack, except that open burning is allowed under the following circumstances. 

(1)  On Saturdays during the months of June, July and August from noon to 4:00 p.m.

 (2)  Seven days a week during all other months from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 (3)  A special outdoor burning permit that is signed by the City Administrator and/or Fire Chief for the burning of materials, other than household or business refuse or waste.   These outdoor fires shall be extinguished by 4:00 p.m. The application must be submitted       setting forth the special circumstances, which create a hardship by not allowing open burning. If said application is denied, an appeal can be filed in writing within five (5) days to the City Council. Action by the Council shall be considered final.

(4)   Recreational fires including open fires for cooking, heating, social gatherings and ceremonies. Such fires must not be used for refuse or waste disposal and must be diligently attended.

Making Water Bill Payments

SECTION 6-81-11    METHOD OF PAYMENT. Payment of bills shall be made by cash, check or money order. Check or money order shall be made payable to the Belle Plaine Water Department. Checks, unless certified, are credited subject to collection. Cash payments are to be made only at the Water Department Office at City Hall. Checks and money orders may be delivered at the Water Office or mailed at the sender’s risk to the Water Office. 

Checks returned for insufficient funds shall cause a collection fee to be levied upon the account remaining unpaid, which the amount shall be added to the outstanding balance due. Service shall be disconnected unless payment is received in full for the outstanding balance plus collection fees.

Payment will be accepted from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The right is reserved to decline any payment tendered after these hours. Bills for water are due and payable when rendered.

 Any water shut off that is not turned on again by 4:00 P.M. will not be restored until the following day. Any water shut off and not turned on by Friday at 4:00 P.M. will not be restored until the following Monday. Any water shut off prior to a holiday will not be restored until first working day after the holiday. Any water turned off under this section shall not be restored until $35.00 reconnection fee is paid.

Meetings

City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Board meets as needed 

Main Street Design Committee meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

Park Board meets the 3rd  Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at City Hall

Library Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Library

Community Center Board meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Community Center

Airport Commission meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Belle Plaine Airport