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Mayor’s June Newsletter

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:

 Congratulations class of 2017 I hope all your dreams come true!

(Special Congratulations to your parents who were

a big part of getting you through school!)

 The City Council amended the sump pump inspection ordinance several months ago to extend inspection time from June 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017.  But I was amazed the other day when I found someone who is very familiar with the city of Belle Plaine did not know that their property needed to be inspected. 

So let me try it again:

 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 if you 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 liquid  to process. 

If everyone waits until August to schedule then someone will be unhappy because we will not have enough inspectors to get it all done on time!

 A question came in the other day about how does a person get on the council agenda.  The easiest way is to call city hall and ask the Mayor or the City Administrator if you can get on the council agenda.  Most of the time if the topic is appropriate or legal we will put it on the agenda.  Sometimes we put it on the Committee of the Whole so the council can discuss it and see if there is any interest in exploring it further.  If the topic seems somewhat different I will poll the council to see if they have any interest in discussing it.  Another method is simply come to the council meeting and when we have resident comment time simply get up and bring it to the attention of the council.  It will not get discussed that night but if the council has an interest they will have it put on the agenda for the future.  I never laugh off an agenda item even if I think it will never go anywhere.  I just remind the public as a city government we do have limits placed upon us by state & federal law and we can’t fix everything.  So if you have a concern please contact the Mayor, the City Administrator, or one of the council persons & bounce your idea off of them.  Speaking of the council there are three council seats up for re-election so if you are interested in city government now is the time to start thinking about whether you want to run for office.

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend to start the summer season.  If you didn’t make it to the American Legion Memorial Day program this year think about getting it on your to do list for the future.  They do a great job and it is a really patriotic way to start off your summer experience.  Remember we have a huge Fourth of July celebration that kicks off with a great car show, Taste of Belle Plaine, & a street dance (complete with a live band) that starts the afternoon of the July 3rd and follows up with a great parade, Lion’s Club carnival at the park & closes with fireworks on the 4th.  Please remember most this festival is put on with volunteer workers & it takes cooperation from everyone to make it a fun, safe, enjoyable time for all.  Please respect the rules, the workers, & all temporary street closures that we have in place.  If you want to volunteer then please contact Belle Plaine Community Development Corporation or a member of the Lions Club to offer your services. 

 The bids for the Ultraviolet Disinfection & Flow Equalization Basin Addition to the Belle Plaine Water Pollution Control Facility came in around one million dollars over the estimated cost from our engineers.  Speculation is the cost was up because of the total amount of dirt & clay that is to be used in the basin & the dike around it plus the short time frame this project was to be completed.  After a long discussion,   the Council chose to table the resolution to look at possible remedies to this situation.  The council was called back into session on Wednesday May 24 to make a decision. After further discussion on a 5-0 vote the council decided with the longer construction time frame the project should be re-bid so see if we can lower costs.  I have no idea if this will work but I think the council should be congratulated for taking the time to completely consider the options and the courage to take the less traveled route and re-bid the project.  I believe they prove that they are truly concerned when it comes to spending the public’s money.

The council chose to take no action on the new state fireworks law so the old city ordinance is still in effect.  I believe the primary reason was because we did not get the law from the state until it was almost impossible to deal with it.  Most cities in Iowa have still kept them illegal.  I do believe we will be working on this in the future.  Please let your council representatives know your feelings.  Personally I favor what Marion did which was to put the law in as an ordinance but considerably shorten the time frame that they can be used.  Then again I don’t have a vote on this.  If you are planning to sell them you better check the state code as there are some serious licensing issues.  This is not like opening up a booth at the local Farmers Market!

 Congratulations to all the state track participants who did a great job in representing the Plainsmen tradition.  The weather reminded me why I got out of coaching track back in 1998.

Congratulations to the golf programs on a great season &

Special congratulations to the boys team who brought home another SICL title.

Good Luck to the baseball & softball squads who are looking for great seasons.  It’s a great way to spend a summer evening and the BP Booster Club concession stand means you don’t have to cook supper!

One group that I have not mentioned this spring is the 14U girls’ softball team.

Congratulations on a fun spring season.  I really enjoyed my trip back to working on a diamond!

 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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