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The City Hall office will be open from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, January 31st.  Stop in if you still need to register your pets before penalties kick in.


It has been brought to my attention in the last couple of days concerning the cloudiness of our water in various parts of town.  After talking with the water department I will try & explain.  #1- there is nothing wrong with the water & it is perfectly safe to use.  Actually the only thing causing the condition of the water is additional air or oxygen in the water.  #2 This condition has been caused because we are adjusting the pumping of well #2 which at this time is being overused.  Thus the well has been putting air into the lines or cavitating, which is causing the cloudy condition.  #3 Why is well #2 being over used?  That is because well #4 has been off line for a while with what we thought was a screen problem, which turned out to be a pump problem.  Thus we are waiting on a new pump which should be installed this week & then the process for well restart will have to be followed.  The water department tells me that well #4 could be off line for another week.  If that is the case we will continue to experience these cavitating problems for that time period.

Summarizing:  THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR WATER & WE ARE WORKING AS FAST AS POSSIBLE TO CORRECT THE CONDITION.  Thank you for your concerns & please feel free to call us any time you have questions.    Mayor Fish

Comm of The Whole Agenda – January 19, 2015

Committee of the Whole Meeting

January 19, 2015

City Hall, Council Chambers

Tentative Agenda

Work Session


After the regular council meeting


*****Items presented on the Committee of the Whole agenda are for review and discussion only.  No formal action will be taken, although staff maybe given directives.  Items requiring Council action will be presented at a future meeting.


Roll Call:


Mayor Dave Fish    _____                                                 Judy Schlesselman            _____

City Admin               _____                                                 April McIntire                     _____

City Attorney           _____                                                 Leah Upah                            _____

City Clerk                  _____                                                 Mary Pech                            _____

                                                                                                Mark Tegeler                       _____


1.  Should plumber’s fees be increased?  Currently $6.

2.  Review the downtown snow removal program.

3.  Council ideas……………


This is just a brief reminder to register your cats and dogs before the end of January to avoid any penalties.

City Hall is open from 8:30am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Thank you!


The City of Belle Plaine is declaring a snow emergency starting at 3 PM today until 3 PM on Wednesday, January 7th.

The parking ban does not apply to the downtown area, 12th Street from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue. However, the ban in this area shall remain in full-force from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. year round.  During any snow emergency parking shall be permitted in the City parking lot located between 7th & 8th Avenues between the railroad tracks and 11th Street.

Vehicles that are found in violation of this ordinance are subject to towing with the owner subject to a $30.00 fine.  If you have questions or would like further information on the Snow Emergency ordinance please contact City Hall (444-2200) or check the City web page.

Understanding Your New Water Bill

Click on the attachment to see an explanation of some of the features of your new water bill.  If you have ANY questions, feel free to contact City Hall and we will be happy to offer additional explanations if needed.

Understanding Your New Water Bill


Burning Hours change starting September 1st.  Burning hours are now 7 days a week from 4pm-9pm daily.

Water Restrictions Lifted

With input from our water department, we have decided to lift the water restrictions for a two week trial run starting on Friday, June 27.  We will monitor our wells to see how they react.  We still caution residents to use moderation when dealing with any outdoor water use.   Mayor Dave Fish


Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 and other nondiscrimination authorities, it is the policy of the City Government of Belle Plaine, Iowa that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or income status shall not occur in connection with any of its programs or activities.

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