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City to meet with CAT board April 14 in Stuart

BELLE PLAINE – The next meeting of the Community Attractions and Tourism (CAT) committee is Wednesday, April 14, at 10 a.m. in Stuart. This is the second meeting with the city on Belle Plaine’s application for CAT grant funds for the downtown revitalization project.

City Administrator Bill Daily said at Monday’s meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council that he has not learned much additional information, but they do know they are on the agenda, “so we are not dead yet,” he said of Belle Plaine’s chances.

“Hopefully it will go a lot better than the last second time,” Daily added.

He also updated the council on the aquatic center. It is on schedule for a May 28 opening. Weather would be the only problem, Daily said.

Parking

Judy Akers was at the meeting to discuss parking for Brad Holst’s apartment building on main street. Akers said there are 10 people who need spaces and five spaces available, especially during snow removal time. She was also concerned about using the city lot because of possible abuse of vehicles by youths. She wanted to have a place to have their cars where residents can see them. She proposed putting up six locked sheds for parking in the city parking lot, built by the landlord and tenants.

Council member Garrison Reekers said sheds would have to be built for other tenants who reside downtown.

Police Chief Kris Hudson said the lot is where youths gather, but there have been no recent complaints of criminal mischief.

Parking along the building is restricted, according to City Administrator Bill Daily, but for a long time this was overlooked, and the ordinance had not been enforced.

The council and City Attorney Jennifer Zahradnik also suggested working something out with the nearby Catholic Church parking lot, north of 13th Street on Ninth Avenue, and at the nearby Hair Hut.

City council member Marv DeRycke stressed this is the landlord’s responsibility, and not the city’s problem.

Other business

A Class E Liquor license, carryout beer, wine and Sunday Sales permit were approved for the Zip Mart.

A plumber’s license was approved for Kinzenbaw Earthmoving.

New economic director Jeanne Duffy was named to the Benton Development Group (BDG) board. She was also named to the historic preservation commission.

City Administrator Bill Daily noted an open house will be held Thursday, April 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the community center to welcome new community development director Jeanne Duffy. A separate story on Duffy is on page one of this issue.

The dedication of the mural at the Belle Plaine Historical Museum is May 2 at 2 p.m. The Main Street Iowa Awards celebration is Aug. 23 in Davenport. Bill Daily has heard Belle Plaine will receive a couple of awards.

The second readings of two ordinances were approved. One deals with a repeal of a previous version and incorporation of a new chapter for municipal infractions regarding curfew for minors. The second deals with parallel parking on Eighth Ave. between 13th and 16th Streets.

A bid date was set for April 28 to let bids for airport snow removal equipment.

A public hearing was set for April 19 at 6 p.m. executing a pledge revenue loan on the aquatic center not to exceed $450,000.

The council voted to retain RDG Planning and Design for the development of plans and specifications for the downtown facade master plan. They have been working with the city for three years.

Change orders of $380 to Garling Construction and $90,777.25 to Mechanical Inc. were approved for the aquatic center.

The council approved having Bill Daily attend the Downtown Summit Aug. 23-25 in Davenport. Bill Daily will be a guest speaker on the façade master plan, since it is the first type of project of this kind in Iowa.

Mayor James Daily read correspondence from the Iowa Department of Transportation. A public informational meeting is April 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the high school library for input on the future of Highway 30.

UPDATED April 10, 2010 10:48 AM

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