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Mayor’s April Newsletter

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:

 Let’s start with some positive news.  Beginning in April the Benton County Landfill will be open two Saturdays every month from 8 to 11:30 am. (The first & third Saturday)

One thing to note about the landfill, if it is a windy day please call ahead and see if the landfill is open.  On high wind days they are required to close so that garbage is not blowing around.  Never hurts to check.  The Benton County Landfill is open from 8:00 to 3:30 five days per week and now it is open two Saturdays per month.  If you ever have questions please call ahead at 319-454-6392. Or stop by at 7904 20th Avenue, Blairstown, Iowa

 The council did complete the amending of their sump pump inspection ordinance at their March 20 meeting to extend the inspection time from June 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017.  If I was a betting type person I would bet there will not be another extension.  If you are connected to the Belle Plaine sewer system then you must have your property inspected to make sure that your sump pump and/or down spouts are not connected to the sewer system.  Even ifyou do not have a sump pump or a down spout as long as you are connected to the BP sewer line you must have it inspected and certified.  This is a simple inspection so please get it done as soon as possible.  The penalty after September first will be a $100 per month incentive fee to get the inspection done!  Again this is all a part of the city trying to reduce the infiltration of ground water and other water sources into our sewer system that are causing the sewer plant to have excessive amounts of sewage to process.  When we have 400,000 gallons of water that we delivered to our Belle Plaine residents in a day and we are processing over 800,000 gallons of fluid at various times per day there is a problem.

I know that you have noticed we have some manholes that have been uncovered and then a cone or barrer left on top of them.  The manholes were opened so we could have those sewer lines televised.  We also had a large number of tree roots taken out of our system.  We are looking for the worst of the worst sewer lines that we will either be relining or will possibly be replacing.  Our street department tells me the reason we have not cold patched over those holes at this point is we are waiting on the parts we need to raise the manhole cover up closer to street level and then we will gravel that area until we know exactly what the plan will be concerning the sewer lines in certain areas of town.  Please be patient and these will be leveled off as soon as possible.

 Concerning the sewer plant the council has approved buying land for the Ultraviolet Disinfection and Flow Equalization Basin Additions to the Belle Plaine Water Pollution Control Facility & my most current report is we have come to terms for that property so we will be signing the final sales document very soon.  Now we wait as the DNR reviews the plans for this project.  Once we are given approval for the project the plans will be submitted for bids.  This project will be paid by borrowing money from the state revolving fund and paying it back through sewer fees. By having the sewer funds pay for the project everyone who uses our sewer system will be paying, not just property owners through property taxes.  We will let everyone know when the project bids come in exactly how much it is going to cost the city.

 I was told that the Planning and Zoning Board meeting was well attended and in fact very well run.  I have had several comments sent to me that they were impressed on how knowledgeable & well prepared our board was for this meeting.  I fully expected that they would be well prepared.  They will now send their recommendation to the city council were it should be easily approved.  I will not guarantee that it is a 100% slam dunk deal because I have been around the public sector long enough to know there is nothing guaranteed when it comes to city, state, or national government.  But traditional protocol says the council should approve recommendations from their board.  It would take some really unusual reasoning to think that the council would not quickly approve this zoning change.  As for those people who inquired as to why the Mayor was not present at this meeting I was required to attend a landfill commission meeting.  I also knew that our city administrator would be there, as well as several council members. Plus I also knew we were in good hands with Denny Brown and the zoning board.

 The council is currently discussing the burning ordinance for the city.  Do not expect big changes but they are looking to bring some uniformity to the hours that we allow burning of vegetation.  BURNING OF TRASH IS ILLEGAL ANY TIME AND ON ANY DAY IN THE CITY OF BELLE PLAINE.  It will also not effect recreational fire rings or fire pits.  But again trash burning is not legal.  Talk to your council person if you have an interest in this topic & what they are doing.

 My last comment for the month is no I did not like the way we handled snow removal in the business district during the last snow storm.  Hopefully we have it corrected and hopefully we won’t have to test it again this year.  But I do promise the citizens of Belle Plaine the next snow emergency we have I will personally be out early to check and see it gets done correctly.  The buck stops at my desk so I will take responsibility for our failure to get this done correctly. 

 Also time to get your pets registered, each month that goes by just costs you more!!!!!

 I’m really out of room but congratulations to the all-conference, all district, & all state wrestlers, girls & boys’ basketball players, as well as the band, speech & drama students.  Great seasons & the entire community is proud of your work.

 

As always “Go Plainsmen.” Remember it is up to all of us to make

Belle Plaine the best hometown in Iowa!

  

Mayor Dave Fish

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