Belle Plaine, Iowa
November 21, 2011
The regular meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council met on November 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers with Mayor Jim Daily presiding. Present: James Kurovski, Garrison Reekers, Harold Ealy, Craig Van Scoyoc. Also present: City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik and City Administrator Bill Daily. Absent: Marv DeRycke.
Motion by Kurovski to approve the consent agenda consisting of the November 7th council minutes, bills @ $190,316.41, and the receiving/filing of minutes from the Park Board – November 9th, second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Ealy to approve Resolution #11-11-4 of Necessity for unpaid city bills, second by Van Scoyoc. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Kurovski to hire Evan Freese as a Fulltime Police Office per the recommendation of the Police Chief, second by Van Scoyoc. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Mayor James Daily gave the Oath of Office to Police Officer Evan Freese.
Motion by Kurovski to approve Resolution #11-11-5 Establishing Fund Balance Policies Pursuant to
GASB 54, second by Ealy. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Jenn Draper and Keiaffa Green, Area Substance Abuse Council, gave the Council an update of the services that are available. The Benton County Above the Influence Coalition would like to form a youth advocacy group in Benton County and asked for the city’s support.
Rusty Wright, new owner of the 832 12th Street property, spoke to the Council about two different issues involving his building. Wright says one of his tenants (basement tenant) has had water seeping through the floor and under the walls. City Administrator Daily said the contractor and architect are investigating the cause of the problem. The claim of $15,000 has been denied by the contractor’s insurance company. Wright said he feels the new storm water system is the problem but will work with the city and “do whatever it takes” to figure out a solution. Also Wright addressed the problem of parking spaces for his tenants. He said he believes his tenants should be allowed to park near the building at all times. At present the code prohibits any parking in the downtown area between 2 am and 6 am for street cleaning and snow removal. Previously, the Council had granted an exception to this “no parking” for these residents. They may park on the west side of the museum during these hours. Council said they would review this issue at a work session.
Motion by Van Scoyoc to approve the 28E Fire Dept Agreement for Mutual Assistance for Tama County Fire/Rescue Service, second by Ealy. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Reekers to accept Resolution #11-1-6 approving partial payment #3 for the Belle Plaine Municipal Airport Snow Removal Equipment Storage Building to Garling Construction @ $62,603.93, second by Kurovski. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Sue Riherd, Belle Plaine Community Development Board Member, gave the monthly report.
December 19th at 5:00 p.m. will be the date/time for the next Committee of the Whole meeting.
Residents Comments: Judy Akers spoke to the Council about the water damage to her apartment.
City Administrator Reports:
- 1. Work will continue on the downtown facades as weather permits.
- 2. The Snow Removal Equipment Storage Building project is nearly completed. It should be completed by December 1st . A final punch list will follow.
- 3. There was a water service line leak @ 1104 12th Street. It was determined that a private contractor punched a hole in a private water line. The contractor denied responsibility and the city had to repair the damage to stop the water loss. The city will continue to pursue damage costs from the contractor.
- 4. Legislative Open House will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 4:00 p.m. in Coralville.
Motion by Kurovski to adjourn the meeting, second by Ealy. On roll call all voted aye. Meeting adjourned. 7:07 p.m.
James R. Daily, Mayor
Kaye Buch, MMC
Category: Council Minutes