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Mayor’s May Newsletter


Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine:


I genuinely believe that spring is here.  Please remember as the days get longer and it gets warmer we have more bikes, golf carts, utility trail vehicles and motorcycles on the streets. We also have more people out walking & jogging so please be aware of this additional traffic and remember to please share the roadways. Also, the council has approved UTV’s, not ATV’s as being legal on the same streets that we allow golf carts. They also agreed that both golf carts & UTV’s must be registered and have a license. Either check on the city website for the full code concerning these vehicles or stop in and have our city clerk’s explain the registration procedure.

I hope you noticed we tested the sirens last week and they work just fine. Another item to note that comes from our Benton Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service is that outside sirens are not designed to warn people when they are inside their homes. You should rely on your weather radios, mass communication, or a weather app on your phone.  This is the advice the city was given by the personnel that specialize in storm warning management.

I want to thank the Belle Plaine Fire Department for all the work they do for the people of Belle Plaine. I know this is the time of the year that our fire personnel get called out to do field fires or called to the river bottom to stop that from burning up and we easily forget how tough the job can be.  We all know how important they are to our community; the community attendance at their Firemen’s Breakfast shows that but every now and then we should stop & personally thank them for the dangerous work they do.

As summer approaches it becomes time to start to get our lawns mowed and remove the junk that has accumulated over the winter. Please be advised our police department will be in the process of issuing nuisances violations. If you truly believe that there is a nuisance violation in your neighborhood, please call city hall during regular working hours and ask to talk to the police department. (This is not a 911 call!) It is not possible with only one officer on duty to see all the potential nuisance situations there might be. Remember what may seem like a nuisance to you, may not be a nuisance by code or the court might not rule it a nuisance violation. Also, remember the court system is slow moving. The City had a court date on a nuisance complaint last October 2018, and the courts have yet to hand down a ruling. No one ever said the justice system worked at a fast pace.  Also as we approach June, the burning ordinance changes from every day (4:00 to 9:00 pm) to only Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Only yard vegetation can be burnt; rubbish fires are never legal.   As always recreational fires are legal. Please check our website for complete details of all city codes or feel free to call us at city hall.

If you noticed the city is in the process of installing solar energy on many of the city buildings to save the Belle Plaine taxpayers money on our energy bills. This was approved by the city council last year. An independent solar committee worked quite a while on designing and then getting bids from various solar companies and determining what city property would be used. Any of the city buildings that have a separate board also had to approve the project for their area. (Library & Community Center) Because the city is a public entity and not a private citizen, we are forced to invest in solar energy in a different way than private business and citizens invest. The big difference is city governments are not eligible for tax credits. Eagle Point Solar is paying for the entire project. Feel free to stop in and ask the city administration how we were able to do a solar plan for the city.

My office door is always open to discuss any issue in a reasonable & responsible way. I will be glad to discuss anything & I will respect your opinion, but that does not mean I will always agree with your ideas.  I would also like to note it is probably easier to contact me at my e-mail address at than it is to send me a message thru Facebook.

We have a several people who have not taken care of their cat or dog license. Please do so as soon as possible.  If your pet passed away this past year, please call one of the clerks at city hall so they can remove their name from the list.

Congratulations to Kae Palmer who was selected for the BPCDC Main Street, Iowa Leadership Award. She was honored Friday, March 8 at the Main Street, Iowa ceremony held at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines!

There are not many chances to see the spring sports do their thing as the golf & track seasons are coming to an end. Before we know it, softball & baseball will be in full gear.


Also, the Band will be wrapping up their year, and from everything I see in the press, our local Jazz Band has done quite well this year. Congratulations to all involved!

As always “Go Plainsmen.” Remember it is up to all of us to make Belle Plaine the best hometown in Iowa!

Mayor Dave Fish – May 2019


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