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Council Minutes – March 4, 2013

Belle Plaine, Iowa
March 4, 2013

The regular meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council met on March 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers with Mayor Dave Fish presiding.  Present: James Kurovski, April McIntire, Marv DeRyceke, Mary Pech, Garrison Reekers. Also present Assistant City Attorney Jim Ries. Absent: City Administrator Bill Daily.

The Pledge of Alliance was recited.

Motion by McIntire to approve the consent agenda consisting of the February 19th council minutes, bills @ $ 15,974.09 & the receiving/filing of minutes from the Community Center – January 9th; Library Board-January 15th; Committee of the Whole-February 19th, second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.

Residents Comments:  None

Mayor Fish opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. for the 2013-2014 city budget:  City Clerk presented the proposed 2013-2014 city budget and asked for comments or questions.  Councilperson Pech commented that the city should continue to look at purchasing new software.  Motion by Kurovski to approve the 2013-2014 city budget as presented, second by Pech. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.  Mayor Fish closed the Public Hearing at 6:05 p.m.

Request to raise chickens within the city limits – Melissa Kriegel – 807 7th Street:  Kriegel spoke to the Council about her request to raise hens (not roosters) as a hobby to meet the family’s need of having fresh organic eggs. Kenny & Erica Mueller-1527 Sunset Drive were present to show their interest in having poultry also. Note:  Presently Belle Plaine bans any poultry within the city limits. Before poultry could be allowed in the city, the Planning & Zoning Committee would have to consider changing the zoning in the areas from residential to agricultural and the city code would have to be amended. This topic will be on the March 18th Committee of the Whole agenda and will be discussed if time permits.

Motion by Kurovski to approve the renewal of Class C Beer & Sunday Sales Permits for Caseys, second by DeRycke. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Pech to approve the 1st Reading of Ordinance #13-1 amending Chapter 71 of the Belle Plaine Municipal Code Section 5-71-12 (Planning & Zoning meeting schedule), second by Reekers. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Reekers to set March 18th at 6:00 p.m. as the date and time for the Public Hearing amending Chapter 96 of the Municipal Code Section 8-96-20 & 8-96-26 (Fencing Regulations), second by DeRycke. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Kurovski to authorize the transfer of the 2008 Chevy Police Car to the Airport for a Courtesy Vehicle upon the Purchase of the new Police Car in July 2013, second by McIntire. On roll call all voted aye. Motion carried.

City Administrator Reports:

Mayor Fish read the City Administrator’s report to the Council.  
1. Wastewater Treatment Plant Update:  A permit to authorize the building of an equalization lagoon in the flood plain north of the wastewater treatment plant was submitted to the DNR Floodplain Division.  If this plan is approved, the plan will continue to be updated and sent on to the DNR.

2. Well Field Electrical Service Update:  According to Alliant Energy, the electrical equipment in the well fields north of the city are dangerous and outdated.  Plans to replace the city owned equipment would cost an estimated $100,000-$150,000. These replacement costs could quality for a grant from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.   

3.  Downtown Green Storm water System Corrective Action Update. The city has not heard any confirmation on funding to correct problems resulting from the downtown green storm water system. If it is funded, work could begin in the spring. 

Mayor Fish reported the Benton County Solid Waste Disposal Commission is working on a new 28-E Agreement.

The city/county communication tower near the Belle Plaine water tower was damaged in a windstorm and must be replaced at the cost of $90,000.

Residents Comments:  None

Correspondence:  A letter from IDOT was received informing Belle Plaine a proposed PCC sidewalk/trail project will be let on May 21st.  A part of the project lies within Belle Plaine on Iowa Highway 21 at 1st Avenue. Project costs would be paid from Iowa’s  Primary Road Fund with no cost to the City. This PCC Sidewalk Trail Project is scheduled during 2013 year.

Old Business:  None

Motion by McIntire to adjourn the meeting, second by Pech. On roll call all voted aye. Meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.


                                                                                                                Dave Fish, Mayor



                Kaye Buch, MMC

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