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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

  Remember the reason for the season.

 

Congratulations BPCDC & volunteers for a great Belle Plaine Old Fashion Christmas.  A lot of time & effort went into adding to this annual celebration and I would say that you truly hit it out of the park.  If you missed the parade, the tree lighting, the crowning of the snow queen & princess, Santa turning on the lights & the many other items that took place over the next two days then you really missed a good community celebration.  Some of this revival started with a June discussion on how do we make Main Street brighter during the Christmas season.  Believe me there were a ton of ideas that got tossed around and were eliminated for one reason or another.  But the final result of rope light on the poles & lights in the trees were what we needed.  Again thanks to all those who were involved in that part of decorating the downtown & a big thank you to the fire department that is always there to put up the decorations & to take them down.

 

Yes we are starting a list of possible other ideas so feel free to send them to BPCDC in an email or letter so they can get on the list.  If you have looked at the Sesquicentennial Site you can see BPCDC is fund raising to get a sound system for Main Street that can be used for all our celebrations, including the Fourth of July.  Please feel free to donate.  One of the items I would like to see us develop is some way to make our south & west community signs look more holiday at this time of year.  If you have ideas send me an e-mail at mayorfish2012@gmail.com.  I know there are some great electronics out there but if you look at the cost they come with a pretty hefty price tag.

 

Congratulations Belle Plaine on turning out for the 2017 election, I look forward to working with the new council.  I did pick up some new ideas or thoughts from the campaign that we will be taking a look at this year.  Thank you Leah Upah for your four years of dedication to the council and we will definitely miss you next year. 

 

 It is time to give you some positive news and then some negative that goes with it.  The Ultraviolet Disinfection & Flow Equaliztion Basin Project Additions to the Water Pollution Control Facility for Belle Plaine (Sewer Plant Project) is ahead of schedule.  The bad news is we have to pay for it.  To pay off about 3.1 million dollars including interest does not get done overnight.  We are borrowing the money from the state revolving fund with the promise we would pay it off with sewer funds.  Thus everyone who pays a sewer bill will have a part in the payment.  The cost starting January 1st will be a $4.27 rate increase per thousand gallons of sewer water, thus making your total cost at $10.25 per thousand gallons of sewer water.  No way to say it any different,  this will have an impact on everyone but obviously the more water  used  the more sewer water you will also use thus you could be raising your monthly bill by say $12.81 if you use 3,000 gallons per month which a lot of BP families do.  For those who just use the minimum you will raise your bill by $4.27.  Do I wish this could have been lower and that is a simple answer of yes but over the course of the 20 year loan it took the $4.27 figure to keep the sewer department in the black.  Again I remind everyone that this is a DNR recommended (ordered) project and using the increase on sewer fees makes everyone a shareholder, not just those who own property.

My other recommendation to residents is go back and dust off some of your water conservation methods and start using them again so you don’t use as much on the water side so you won’t use as much on the sewer side.  Remember cut down the length of your shower, don’t fill the bath tub so full, don’t run the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, don’t leave a hose running when you are washing the car or boat, use less water when washing dishes, and if you get creative I bet you can think about ways to save when flushing the toilet or other ideas we have all forgot about.  I know this seems bad but when you realize that almost every city in Iowa is going thru this and in many, many cases they could not cut their project cost like we did by rebidding it (saved $400,000) & getting a $600,000 federal grant.  Or it could have been worse we could have been forced to build a new sewer plant at a cost somewhere between 8 to 13 million dollars and my guess would be closer to 13 than to 8.

 

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!

 

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 were able to donate a nice sum to the Benton County Veterans Assistance fund.

 Once again thank you for all of your support.

Congratulations to the following BPHS athletes:

On the Volleyball court All SICL:  1st Team:  Kenzie Mantz (unanimous), 2nd team Shaylee Dodd & Honorable Mention to Grace Parrott & Carly Varo.

On the football field:  1st Team All-District:  Deryck Cleppe-OL, Garrett Straight-DB, Trevin Straight-RB, Ethan Allie-DL, Brandon VanNevel-LB, & Chris Malfese-kicker. 2nd Team:  Dylan Fry-C, Ethan Gates-DE, & Isaac Brandt-FB.  Honorable Mention:  Caleb Grimes-OL, Tyler Arens-OL, & Tanner Clark-LB.

Special Congratulations:  Kenzie Mantz on being named 2A All District (NE) &

3rd Team All-State 2A.

Special Congratulations:  Chris Malfese on being named 1st team All State kicker &  Isaac Brandt 2nd Team All State running back both for the Iowa Newspaper Association.

 

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.

 Every team should have good seasons! 

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 2017

 

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