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Mayor’s June Newsletter

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:

I hope your Memorial Day Week end was fantastic as we start the summer of 2016.  Let me remind the public of a few City items:

1.  Burning hours are now from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturdays only! 

This does not affect recreational fires!

SECTION 3-26-14                REGULATING AND PROHIBITING OUTDOOR BURNING.  No garbage, wool, rubber, leather, plastic or refuse shall be burned outdoors at any time within the limits of this city.

(1)   Definitions. For use within this ordinance the following terms are defined:

a.)  Garbage. As used in this ordinance, the definition for “garbage” shall be the same as that established by Chapter 57 of this Code.

b.)   Refuse. Refuse shall be defined as set out by Chapter 57 of this Code but shall exclude wood and lumber scraps and shall include all tar papers, non-wood shingles, and materials treated with creosote and other petroleum by-products.

 Section 3-26-15          Outdoor Burning Regulations.   No person shall allow, cause, or permit burning of combustible materials where the products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passage through a chimney or stack, except that open burning is allowed under the following circumstances.

(3.)   A special outdoor burning permit that is signed by the City Administrator and/or Fire Chief for the burning of materials, other than household or business refuse or waste. These outdoor fires shall be extinguished by 4:00 p.m. The application must be submitted setting forth the special circumstances, which create a hardship by not allowing open burning. If said application is denied, an appeal can be filed in writing within five (5) days to the City Council. Action by the Council shall be considered final.

(4.)   Recreational fires including open fires for cooking, heating, social gatherings and ceremonies. Such fires must not be used for refuse or waste disposal and must be diligently attended.””

2.  We will be spraying for mosquitos so if you want on the pre-call list

 Please call City Hall immediately.

3.  Golf carts require a driver with a license and they can only be on city streets from

 sun up to sunset.

“(SECTION 3-40-25                GOLF CARTS.  Persons possessing a valid driver’s license may operate a golf cart upon the city streets in the manner allowed under Section 321.247 of the Iowa Code and subject to the following terms and conditions.

(1)   A golf cart shall not be operated upon a city street which is a primary road extension through the city but shall be allowed to cross a city street which is a primary road extension through the city.

(2)   The golf carts shall be equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign and a bicycle safety flag.

(3)   The golf cart shall operate on the streets only from sunrise to sunset.

(4)   Golf carts operated on city streets shall be equipped with adequate brakes.)”

4.  Lawn Mowing: Developed Residential, commercial & industrial zoned areas of property must be mowed so they are no longer than 6 inches high.  Also the following is illegal: “ Littering Streets and Sidewalks.   It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of this City to throw, deposit, or cause to be thrown or deposited, and without promptly removing the same, any leaves and grass or weed clippings, paper, cards, trash or rubbish, advertisements or the like into any street, alley, sidewalk, or other public place within the City.”

 

5. And the final area I will mention as it often comes up in the summer time is pools & fencing:        “  Fenced enclosures shall be provided for outdoor swimming pools with a depth of eighteen (18) inches or more, and shall be subject to the following requirements.

(a) Fences must be at least six (6) feet in height from ground level but not to exceed seven (7) feet from the top rim of the pool, and have no spaces that would allow a two (2) inch diameter sphere to pass through non-climbable, be chain link or vertical flat fencing. Chicken wire, deer or snow fence in not acceptable.

(b) Fences must have a self-closing and self-latching device on the gate.

(c) Fences must be located so no part thereof is within three (3) feet of an alley or three (3) of a street right-of-way.”

 

As long as Memorial Day is still on my mind I would like to remind everyone of the following resolution

the council passed last fall:

 

RESOLUTION   #15-11-3

“RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE CITY OF BELLE PLAINE TO FLY THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF A BELLE PLAINE VETERAN’ S FUNERAL BEING HELD IN BELLE PLAINE, IOWA

WHEREAS, the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, shall fly the flag of the United States of America at half-staff in honor of the passing of a veteran who is a Belle Plaine, Iowa, resident, and

WHEREAS, the flag of the United States of America shall fly at half-staff at city hall from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the date set by the Mayor, and

WHEREAS, the family of the veteran shall make a written or verbal  request to the office of the Mayor of Belle Plaine, Iowa, stating the date of the veteran’s funeral in Belle Plaine, Iowa, the branch of service the veteran served in and the approximate dates of their service, and the date they desire the flag lowered, and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of Belle Plaine, Iowa, shall issue a written order directing the staff of city hall to fly the flag of the United States of America at half-staff on the date of the written request if so approved by the mayor.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: that upon the approval of a request of the family of a Belle Plaine, Iowa, veteran whose funeral is being held in Belle Plaine, Iowa, the flag of the United States of America shall be flown at half-staff from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the date set forth in the order approved by the Mayor. “

 

On motion made and seconded, this Resolution is adopted for the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa

on this 16th day of November, 2015.

 

Our second Capital Improvements Open House on May 14 at the Community Center was lightly attended.  I do thank all those who did find the time to attend and I thought the questions that we answered were well thought out & very much applied to what we are trying to do.  Over the time period from 2016 through 2022 we will be incrementally doing projects that will fix water and waste water infrastructure (system) that is many decades old and in some cases is nearing 100 years in service.  Some of our projects will be of the replacement variety and some are simply state mandated (DNR).  We are not bonding for these projects but will be borrowing the money from the state revolving fund and paying them back with user fees.  This will be a user driven fee schedule thus the more water & sewer product you use the more it will cost you.

 I want to remind all residents if you have concerns or problems that deal with the city, please feel free to come to city hall and talk to me about them or simply pick up the phone & call me! My office door is always open!

State sidewalk project on highway 21 is underway; be prepared for those people to be with us most of the summer.  In some situations they may cause delays and detours!  Be patient! We have no control over this project!

 Congratulations to the golf teams on their successful season esp. to Ethan Kaiser 1st team all- SICL, Chance Baburek & Will Mengler 2nd team all-SICL & Halle VanScoyoc who was Medalist at the SICL Meet.  Also congratulations to the boys team for qualifying from sectional action to the district level of competition.  Also congratulations to all the boys & girls track team members who qualified for the state meet.  Special Congratulations to the girls track team on winning the District title & to the shuttle hurdle relay on their second place finish@ state. 

 

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

Belle Plaine the best hometown in Iowa!

 

 

Mayor Dave Fish – June 2016

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