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Compost Pile – Reopened

The flooding at the compost pile has receded.  The compost pile has been reopened.  Thank you for your patience.

Storm Tree Debris Removal

The City of Belle Plaine is working on tree debris removal in response to the thunderstorm, which occurred June 30, 2014. Debris collection will begin right away and will continue until further notice. Priorities for removal efforts will be placed on clearing right-of-ways, primary routes, and secondary routes accordingly.  In an effort to expedite the debris removal and also limit the debris disposal costs, residents are asked to separate tree debris and place it in piles at curbside in sections not to exceed 3 feet in length

Please note that this operation is ONLY for storm debris. Do not attempt to place garbage, tires, or other household refuse with the disaster debris as it will not be accepted. Your cooperation in these efforts will help make the debris removal operation proceed as smoothly as possible and ensure that the community recovers as quickly as possible.

To assist in the clean up, residents may take tree debris to the mulch pile area, south of the New Benco Building on Industrial Boulevard. Benton County collection sites and the landfill will be open as scheduled for all other refuse.

You can email debris removal questions to cityadminbp@netins.net or call City Hall at 319-444-2200.

Garbage Pick-up

Garbage pick-up will be on Saturday, July 5th this week due to the 4th of July holiday.  Pick-ups are expected to be slightly earlier in the day than normal.

Water Restrictions Lifted

With input from our water department, we have decided to lift the water restrictions for a two week trial run starting on Friday, June 27.  We will monitor our wells to see how they react.  We still caution residents to use moderation when dealing with any outdoor water use.   Mayor Dave Fish

TITLE VI POLICY

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 and other nondiscrimination authorities, it is the policy of the City Government of Belle Plaine, Iowa that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or income status shall not occur in connection with any of its programs or activities.

Sign up for a Nixle account – It’s FREE

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 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.

Outdoor Burning Regulations

Burning Hours and Regulations

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 84 of this Code.

(b)  Refuse. Refuse shall be defined as set out by Chapter 84 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. 

(1)  On Saturdays during the months of June, July and August from noon to 4:00 p.m.

 (2)  Seven days a week during all other months from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 (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.

Making Water Bill Payments

SECTION 6-81-11    METHOD OF PAYMENT. Payment of bills shall be made by cash, check or money order. Check or money order shall be made payable to the Belle Plaine Water Department. Checks, unless certified, are credited subject to collection. Cash payments are to be made only at the Water Department Office at City Hall. Checks and money orders may be delivered at the Water Office or mailed at the sender’s risk to the Water Office. 

Checks returned for insufficient funds shall cause a collection fee to be levied upon the account remaining unpaid, which the amount shall be added to the outstanding balance due. Service shall be disconnected unless payment is received in full for the outstanding balance plus collection fees.

Payment will be accepted from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The right is reserved to decline any payment tendered after these hours. Bills for water are due and payable when rendered.

 Any water shut off that is not turned on again by 4:00 P.M. will not be restored until the following day. Any water shut off and not turned on by Friday at 4:00 P.M. will not be restored until the following Monday. Any water shut off prior to a holiday will not be restored until first working day after the holiday. Any water turned off under this section shall not be restored until $35.00 reconnection fee is paid.

Meetings

City Council meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Board meets as needed 

Main Street Design Committee meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers

Park Board meets the 3rd  Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at City Hall

Library Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Library

Community Center Board meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Community Center

Airport Commission meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the Belle Plaine Airport

 

Iowa Minor School License (MSL)

Many questions have been raised about the provisions of Iowa Code Section 321.194 governing Minor School Licenses (MSL). An MSL is very restrictive and its use is narrowly construed to protect the public interest. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has formulated the following general guidelines applicable to MSLs. The guidelines do not cover every detail concerning MSLs.
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