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What are the burning hours for yardwaste and what do I do with my yardwaste if I don’t want to burn?
You can burn yardwaste 7 days a week from 4 p.m. till 9 p.m. September 1st thru May 31st.  Summer burning hours are June 1st thru August 31st 4 p.m. till 9 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sundays only. If you do not want to burn yardwaste on your property you may use the Compost/Yardwaste Site located at the south end of Industrial Park Blvd just past the Frontier building (that was occupied by Benco). The site is open from sunrise to sunset.

Can I have my water bill taken directly out of my checking account?
You may have your water bill automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account each month. You will want to call or stop at City Hall for information on automatic withdrawl.

When do I need to register my dog and cat?
The City requires Belle Plaine residents to register their dogs and cats each year. You will want to register in the month of January.

What are the fees for licensing dogs and cats?
Spayed females and neutered males are $7.50 per year. Unaltered males and females are $15.00 per year. For senior citizens age 65 and older the fee is $3.75 for spayed females and neutered males and $7.50 for each unaltered male or female.

Is there a time frame for registering/licensing dogs and cats each year?
You will want to register in January each year. February 1st the penalty attaches at $5.00 per month per pet.

Can I pay my property taxes and  car registration at City Hall in Belle Plaine?
Property tax payments and car registrations are made at the Benton County Court House in Vinton. You’ll find a link to the Benton County web site on our home page.

Is there a drop box at City Hall for water bill payments?
A drop box is located on the SW corner of City Hall as you enter the alley behind City Hall. Payments may be deposited in the drop box 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Frequently Asked Questions About Outdoor Warning Sirens:

What should I do when I hear the sirens?
When the sirens are heard, go inside and tune to local media to get more information.

Why can’t I hear the sirens in my house?
Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.

How can I get alerts when I’m at work or in my house?
For alerts indoors, every home and business should have a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. NOAA Weather Radio is like a smoke detector for severe weather, and it can wake you up when a warning is issued for your area so you can take appropriate action.

When are sirens tested?
Sirens are tested according to local community or state policies. In Belle Plaine we test the sirens around 1pm on the first Friday of each month.

Why don’t the outdoor warning sirens sound an all-clear signal?
People should be indoors and monitoring local media for updates on the storm.

Why are outdoor warning sirens sometimes sounded for hail and wind?
When thunderstorm winds exceed 70 mph, trees can be uprooted or snapped. Hail that is golf ball sized or larger can break windows. Both of these things pose a direct risk to life if people are caught outdoors. An increasing number of communities are incorporating these threats into their outdoor warning siren policies.

Will the sirens warn me of every dangerous storm?
The safest approach is to be proactive and use all of the information available to protect yourself and your family from threatening weather. Nothing can replace common sense. If a storm is approaching, the lightning alone is a threat. Sirens are only one part of a warning system that includes preparation, NOAA Weather Radio, and local media.

Who activates the sirens?
Sirens are typically activated by city or county officials, usually a police or fire department or emergency management personnel. In the City of Belle Plaine, sirens can be sounded by the fire department or the police department. When a storm moves into the area the Fire Dept. has trained storm spotters that they send out and they can radio back to the Fire Station reports from the storm.

Does the National Weather Service have recommended guidelines for sounding outdoor warning sirens?
Nationally, no, however, the local NWS office in the Quad Cities partnered with local emergency managers to develop the recommended siren guidelines that have since been adopted by many local communities.

Who do I call if a siren by my house isn’t working?
If a siren isn’t sounding on the normal test days or during a storm you can contact Belle Plaine City Hall at 444-2200 to report the problem. Please remember that the sirens are outdoor warning devices and they may not be heard inside a home or business.






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