Belle Plaine, Iowa
August 6, 2012
The regular meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council met on August 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding. Present: James Kurovski, April McIntire, Mary Pech, Garrison Reekers. Also present: Assistant City Attorney Jim Ries and City Administrator Bill Daily. Absent: Marv DeRycke.
Motion by Pech to approve the consent agenda consisting of the July 16th & special July 26th council minutes, bills @ $193,431.42 and the receiving/filing of minutes from Committee of the Whole – July 16, Park Board-July 18 & Library Board – June 22, second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Residents Comments: None
Nuisance Hearing – Thomas Wiese 1006 16th Street: Wiese had received an “Order to Abate” Public Nuisance on his property at 1006 16th Street. City Administrator Bill Daily handed out photos of the property to the Council. The notice stated the house was declared unsafe and should be abated by repair, rehabilitation, demolition, or removal in accordance with Section 33 & 36 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Belle Plaine. Wiese was present to ask what the city was going to do with his property. Council told Wiese that he was the owner and the city will continue to enforce the citation. Motion by Pech to have the Police Chief go and check the property and verify that everything has been updated to the Council’s satisfaction, realizing that the foundation won’t immediately be fixed. The Council will revisit this at the next council meeting, second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by McIntire to approve Resolution #12-8-1 accepting the 2012-2013 Street Finance Report, second by Kurovski. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Kurovksi to approve Resolution #12-8-2 to set August 20th at 6:00 p.m. as the date for the Public Hearing for the sale(auction) of property located at 830 12th Street, second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
Discussion was held on the outdoor water usage restrictions: City Administrator Bill Daily stated he feels the water restrictions should remain in effect during the drought. Bill said he is hopeful the restrictions will reduce or eliminate the need to bring the city’s artesian well back into service. After much discussion by the Council, Mayor Fish declared that residents are now limited to once a week watering of gardens, flowers, new sod and new trees( planted in the last three years). Residents that live on the north side of the tracks will be able to water on Mondays and the south side of the tracks will be able to water on Tuesdays. The time to water will remain the same 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. effective immediately.
City Administrator Reports:
- The Main Street Iowa Downtown Summit will be held August 21-22 in Keokuk this year. Motion by Reekers to give permission to Bill Daily to attend the Main Street Iowa Downtown Summit on August 21 & 22 in Keokuk, second Kurovski. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.
- Bill stated he will be evaluated at the August 20th council meeting.
Residents Comments: None
Old Business: Rita Sanchez was present to show pictures of the progress she has made in removing her tree. At the July 2nd council meeting Sanchez was given 30 days to remove the tree with the understanding that if enough progress is shown, she could be granted another 30 day extension if needed. Mayor declared that another 30 days will be given to Sanchez because of the great progress that was shown.
Motion by Kurovski to adjourn the meeting, second by McIntire. On roll call all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Dave Fish, Mayor
Kaye Buch, MMC
Category: Council Minutes