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Mayor’s December Newsletter

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:

 MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Or if you prefer:

  HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

As I have told people for years I hope they

 truly remember the reason for the season.

If you are looking for positives about Belle Plaine think about this one.  When our city clerks check into work on the Monday after Thanksgiving they found $500 in cash with a note that said this person had a great year so they were passing it on.  Please apply this money to five residents’ water accounts that had gotten behind during the year.  

Now that is the way to start out a Monday.

I know we all have stories that are in the same vein.

 Did anyone see the KCRG story about the 90 year old that is still

delivering meals on wheels two to three days per week!

Those are the people who know the reason for the season. 

 All that being said from an economic stand point I hope that you buy some of your Christmas gifts at our local merchants’ venues.  Remember they are the ones who sponsor our little league programs, our July 4th celebration, & many other local events……..

We sure don’t see the big box stores   sponsoring too many events in Belle Plaine.

Please support the merchants who support our community!

 With the water problem that we experienced this fall, I will again remind residents that if you have a cell phone or a computer this would be a good time to get a Nixle account.  Nixle is still the best way to be advised of emergency situations that occur in Belle Plaine.

 Nixle is a Community Information Service that is dedicated to helping people stay connected with the information that is most important to them and their family. With Nixle you will receive a text message or email from the Belle Plaine Police Department or the City Clerk’s Office.  For instance, we use Nixle for snow emergencies or delay in garbage pickup. It’s just one more tool to help keep you informed. To sign up text CITYOFBPIA to 888777 or go to http://www.nixle.com to have notifications sent to your email.

If you are having problems setting up an account stop into City Hall & one of the clerks will be glad to help you!

I know there are some people who do not have a cell phone & who do not have a computer so they can’t get Nixle notices.    We have set up a “Call-Em-All” system for those people.  Please call city hall and talk with one of the clerks if you would like to be included in this system.

Please note:  neither system has a charge for residents.

 

During the boil advisory and well field problem that we faced this past month let me explain it by saying what started out as a minor part of our fall project became the major part of our project because the infrastructure handling chlorination and fluoridation and the surrounding structure could no longer be repaired.  The result was we transferred what we were doing with hydrants and valves to this project.  A big thank you is shouted out to Councilman Steve Beck, former city water employee, who took vacation time off to help re-design this project and then directed its completion.   Also a special thank you to Frontier Co-op who gave him the time off and then even counted two of the days as community service.  In the end we have now totally updated that area of our water delivery system and in the long run saved the city about $190,000.00.  I’d also like to thank all our city workers who put in some tough hours to make all this happen.  At the same time we were able to re-develop our hydrant and valve plans for next summer and those will be done in a more budget minded manner.   Overall I think one thing to keep in mind as we truly work to fix our very old infrastructure, every time we go underground to fix something there is a good chance the project will not be as easy as it sounded on paper.  The major problem is we have a very old system and being underground keeps us from

knowing totally what we will face until we dig it up! 

But most of all I would like to

THANK THE CITIZENS OF BELLE PLAINE FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

 

On another positive note the alley project just south of city hall went very well and has solved some major sump pump drainage problems as well as some icy sidewalk issues.

Some projects do get completed without too many surprises.

 

Also in the positive category I would also like to thank all the people who helped put up the Christmas decorations on November 20th.  I know if I try to list them all I will forget someone so I will simply say THANK YOU for your extra efforts on an early Sunday morning.  As always a special thank you to the firemen who are always involved in this project.

 Also a special thank you to the Belle Plaine Nursery who always provides the city a fantastic, real Christmas tree!!!!

 

Thank you to all who attended the Hall of Pride scrimmage between Vinton-Shellsburg vs. Belle Plaine girls basketball teams.  I have not received a totals account yet but I’m sure we will be able to donate a nice sum to the Benton County Veterans Assistance fund.

 Once again thank you for all of your support.

As we prepare to close the books on 2016 and prepare for the start of 2017 I know one group of people who will forever believe 2016 was the greatest year ever, that group would be ALL CHICAGO CUB FANS!  May we all close out this year on a positive note and I hope 2017 is as good for all of us as 2016 was for the Cub fans!!

 Congratulations to the following BPHS athletes:  1st Team All-District Football:   Joey Schwenn- FB, Chance Baburek -TE, Brodie Bohlen – RB & Garrett Straight- DB.  2nd Team:  Jordan Reineke- LB, Brandon VanNevel-DE, & Trevin Straight- DB.

Honorable Mention:  Dylan Fry-C., & Deryck Cleppe-OL.

 

On the Volleyball court:  1st Team:  Kenzie Mantz & Honorable Mention to

 Shaylee Dodd & Grace Parrott

 

Special Congratulations:  Kenzie Mantz on being named 1A All District (NE) & 2nd Team All-State 1A.

 

Don’t forget to get out and support the local athletes in basketball and wrestling plus the band & cheer squads that also perform.  I know everyone gets busy with the holidays but don’t wait until it is the end of the season.  Everyone should have good years! 

 

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

Belle Plaine the best hometown in Iowa!

 

Mayor Dave Fish – December 2016

 

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