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11/17/2021  HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND SANTA PARADE | Saturday, December 11 starting at 6:30 p.m.

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11/17/2021  SEEKING APPLICANTS TO SERVE ON COMMISSIONS | 

The Belle Plaine City Council is seeking applicants for positions on the Design Committee, Economic Development Authority, Planning Commission and Parks Commission.

The Design Committee makes recommendations regarding Belle Plaine Character. The Committee has two vacancies and the meetings are generally held the first Monday of the month at 5:15 p.m.

The EDA makes recommendations regarding Economic Development. The Committee has one vacancy and the meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

The Planning Commission makes recommendations regarding overall growth and redevelopment. The Commission has three vacancies and one alternate vacancy and the meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

The Parks Commission makes recommendations for development of parks and trails. The Commission has two vacancies and the meetings are generally held on the third Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

The per diem for each of the meetings is $50. Persons interested in serving on a commission may download an application here and submit by December 16, 2021. City Hall, P.O. Box 129, 218 N. Meridian St., Belle Plaine, MN 56011.


11/16/2021  At the November 15, City Coumcil meeting, the City Council approved changes to the parking for the Downtown Improvement Project. Click here to view the changes.


11/16/2021 City Council Meeting Recaps for November 15, 2021. Click here to review.


11/4/2021   The Belle Plaine City Council met as a committee in work session on Monday, November 1, 2021 to discuss the Downtown Improvement Projects for 2022 and 2023.

City Administrator Meyer reviewed the project as it has progressed to date including concerns brought forward by property owners, business owners and residents. The Council held discussion with staff and came to the consensus on various aspects and an adjustment to the final plans and specifications is proposed.

Parking – It was the consensus of the Council to make changes to planned parking for the 2022/2023 Projects.

2022 Project (Phase One): Slightly reduce the sidewalk to maintain angled parking on both sides of the street for the 100 and 200 blocks of North Meridian Street and the 100 block of West Main Street. Church Street will remain both angled and parallel parking as it stands today.

2023 Project (Phase Two): will have mixed parking which includes the 100 block of East Main Street, north side angled parking, south side parallel parking. The 100 Block of South Meridian Street with the west side parallel parking and the east side angled parking. The 100 Block of South Meridian Street and the 100 Block of East Main Street are deemed a gateway corridor.

Parking Lanes – It was the consensus of the Council to utilize integral colored concrete instead of pervious pavers for an additional cost savings of approximately $100,000.00.

Lighting – After discussion and review, it was the consensus of the Council to move forward with the proposed lighting.

The recommended changes for parking will be brought back to the next City Council meeting for formal approval. The action will be on the consent agenda as a recommendation from Work Session.


 

Utility Payment Update: Starting October 1, 2021, late fees on unpaid water and sewer bills and the $5.00 administrative fee for paying over the phone will resume. To avoid late fees, pay your bill on or before the 21st of each month. Many convenient payment options are available. If you are concerned about your utility bill balance, please contact City Hall at 952-873-5553 and ask for Utility Billing.

  • Pay in person - City Hall is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Use the drop box located near the front entrance.
  • Pay by credit card through the web portal at belleplainemn.com.
  • Sign up for automatic bill pay.

 

Energy Assistance Program - Energy bill assistance programs for water and home heating are now available through the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).  EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
Grants are available to:
  • Renters or homeowners
  • Households with income at or below 60 percent of the state median income (based on the three most recent months of income)
  • Based on energy cost, household size, and income
To apply for assistance, go to one of the two websites to complete an application online.
You may also call 651-322-3500; Option 1 for Energy assistance program. This is a first come first serve program, with a limited amount of funds dedicated to water assistance.  Apply early if you are in need of assistance. 

Belle Plaine is Moving Forward! - Noticeable changes are happening throughout the City! The Mayor and City Council acknowlege everyone's investment in our community. Prairie Gardens: A total of 66 townhome lots created. These will be attached townhomes on individual lots with an HOA. Chatfield Commercial Park: 32 - acre commercial subdivision. Xcel Energy constructing a 12,700 sf service faciltiy in 2022. Chatfield on the Green Third Addition: A total of 31 residential lots created Prestwick Drive extended, sidewalk added. Farmers Ridge Third Addition: A total of 14 residential lots on bluff overlooking City. Clearview Court constructed. Farmers Ridge Fourth Addition: A total of 22 residential lots & ravine conservation. Mallard Lane, Century Street West extended.


 

Belle Plaine was named one of the top 10 Safest Cities in Minnesota by Safewise. View the 10 ten cities here.

 


Monday, September 20 City Council Meeting: As part of the 2022 Improvement Project (Downtown Project Phase One) process the Belle Plaine City Council was presented with the Preliminary Engineering Report. The Preliminary Engineering Report reviews conditions of existing street and infrastructure and makes recommendations for improvements. The full presentation is available to review by clicking the link below, agenda item 7.3. 

Infrastructure is the leading driver for this project. The Downtown was last addressed in 1999. Because of previous financial constraints in 1999, sanitary sewer mains were not replaced and storm sewer was partially replaced. Televising of the sanitary sewer has occurred and some examples are included with this link.

Next steps include final design. During the final design process financing will be reviewed and planned. The City is actively seeking outside funds to finance the project and help off-set the impact to taxpayers. Potential funding opportunities being pursued include the American Recovery Act Funds and state bonding, for economic and housing redevelopment.

The 2022 Improvement Project (Downtown Project Phase One) remains a potential project until all items are finalized with the awarding of the bid. The bid review and consideration for award is proposed to occur on April 18, 2022.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The City Council meetings are available to live-stream during the meeting and are available online after the meeting on the City website by following this link. Watch the full meeting or a specific portion by clicking the agenda item to take you directly to that portion of the meeting.

Downtown Project Phase One Area Map      Link to City Council Meeting       Link to Presentation


Graphic of Belle Plaine Trail intersectionBelle Plaine Trail is temporarily closed due to construction of Chatfield On The Green Third Addition. Belle Plaine Trail is expected to re-open in mid to late October.

 

 


Down town plaza with green awningMusic, Food & Fun Finale on October 1, 2021 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown Plaza. This is a free event! There will be a bounce house & face painting. School supply donations will also be taken. Food Truck options are the Weenie Wagon, Russell's Traveling Kitchen, Smooth Move, El Huarache Mexicano, Fatbellies BBQ, Cookie Dough Bliss, Smashed Potatoes & More, Philcious Philys. Click here for food truck details.   Click here for details about the event.

 


32nd Annual Recyling & Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, September 18 from 8:00 a.m. - Noon at the Public Works Parking Lot (891 Diversified Drive). Follow this link for pricing. Co-hosted by the Belle Plaine Lions Club.

 

 


The City has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a complete park renovation of Fountain Park located at 801 Forest Street. Fountain Park will be closed on August 30, 2021 until work is completed in the Summer of 2022.

Funding for this grant in part was provided by the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund with grant administration through the DNR. The City is thankful for this opportunity to improve one of the original platted parks of Belle Plaine. View plan here.


The Belle Plaine City Council is reviewing a potential Downtown Improvement Project. This project is to address aging infrastructure within the Downtown. City Council and staff hosted two nights of informational meetings where Downtown businesses and property owners were invited to review and comment on the proposed project. You are able to watch the informational meeting by clicking here: – https://youtu.be/lNsU8nCAjDM

Public input is important to us. Attached to this post is a list of the frequently asked questions received during the meetings. If you would like to comment regarding this project please email the City of Belle Plaine at cityhall@ci.belleplaine.mn.us subject line: Potential Downtown Project.


Night to Unite : Night to Unite is back for 2021!  The city of Belle Plaine, Belle Plaine Police / Fire & EMS want to make up for lost time with a 2-day event.  On day 1 (Tuesday, August 3) you can pre-register for a neighborhood party. Police / Fire / EMS along with some special guests will stop by. On Day 2 (Wednesday, August 4) move your party downtown to the Main and Meridian Street intersection for live music, food and fun! Both events will start at 5:00pm and end at 8:00pm.  Contact the Belle Plaine Police Department during business hours or email llatzke@ci.belleplaine.mn.us to pre-register.

 

 


Trail Sealcoating: Tentatively scheduled fo August 16 - Subject to change, weather dependent:


Map of potential project

Potential Downtown Infrastructure & Street Project

This potential project is being driven by the following critical infrastructure issues:

Sanitary mains predate utility records, in the ground for 65+ years. The clay lines were not replaced with previous street rehabilitation effort because it was too expensive.

Stormwater overtopping existing systems and seeping into foundations and basements. Resolving issues necessarily involves a larger project scope as defined herein.

Multi-jurisdictional roadways carrying regional traffic flow both help and hinder downtown function. Antiquated roadway design exacerbates this dynamic. Traffic simultaneously generates consumer demand and discourages pedestrian use in the project area. Roadway and streetscape improvements proposed will employ enhanced design to better balance business access and pedestrian needs creating a more complete system and connected neighborhood.

Impact areas are the 100 block of east and west Main Street, 100 block of north and south Meridian Street, and the 200 & 300 block of Meridian Street North.

The City Council is considering this project for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Financing options are being evaluated.

If you have questions, please call City Hall for the most up-to-date and accurate information. Watch this page for updates. (See map here.)


Slide in swimming pool with red white and yellow umbrellas

 

Belle Plaine Aquatic Center Hours - End of Season -

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Slide in swimming pool with red white and yellow umbrellas

 

Belle Plaine Aquatic Center Kick-off Party - Friday, June 4, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Outside the Aquatic Center. . May 18, 2021

Click here for details

 


 

Representative Angie Craig Highlights Launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig highlighted the launch of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible constituents to enroll to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a groundbreaking new program that will help economically vulnerable Americans afford their monthly internet bill. 

The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill in December. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that open enrollment in the program would begin today, May 12th, 2021. The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50, or $75 on tribal lands, off the monthly cost of home internet service.  It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer.  Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.

“I encourage every Minnesotan who is struggling right now to see if they qualify for this new program – and to sign up for a discount on their monthly internet bills if eligible,” said Representative Craig. “Because – especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – access to high-speed, reliable internet is more important than ever. Broadband internet will allow our children to learn and grow, it will help our small businesses to compete on the global stage and it will ensure that every Minnesotan can stay in touch with their family members even when we can’t be together in person.” 

Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider. May 12, 2021


Colorful slide with umbrellas at swimming pool

 

EXTENDED HOURS FOR AQUATIC PASS PICK UP AT CITY HALL

Wednesday, June 2 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM; Friday, June 4 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 5 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Monday, June 7 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM; Thursday, June 10 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 


Music and food

DOWNTOWN MUSIC & FOOD Wednesdays; May 5, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, & August 25. Live Music: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.. Food Trucks & Business Specials: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

June 2, 2021 Food Trucks: Waffle Bar, Fatbellies BBQ, Pharaohs Gyros, Lakeside Lemonade Music: Bill Litzau June 16, 2021 Food Trucks: Cookie Dough Bliss, Fatbellies BBQ, Rolling Hearth Bistro, Lakeside Lemonade Music: Autumn Santovi & Family June 30, 2021 Food Trucks: Fatbellies BBQ, D&D Goodies, Music: Rex Ernst July 14, 2021 Food Trucks: Cookie Dough Bliss, Fatbellies BBQ, Russel's Traveling Kitchen, Smashed Music: Trent Shaw July 28, 2021 Food Trucks: Northstar Donuts, Fatbellies BBQ, Pharaohs Gyros, Lakeside Lemonade Music: Traveled Ground August 11, 2021 Food Trucks: Russel's Traveling Kitchen, Fatbellies BBQ Music: Bill Litzau August 25, 2021 Food Trucks: Cookie Dough Bliss, Fatbellies BBQ, Smashed
Music: Jared Graff 

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 BOOK MOBILE - Dates are set for the Scott County Book Mobile at Fountain Park. Tuesdays - June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

 


POOL METER check out begins April 30th. Before filling your pool this summer, check out a temporary pool water meter to receive a discount on the water usage for the fill. The pool must be 24 inches in depth and over 5,000 gallons in size to receive discount. Call City Hall at 952-873-5553. April 8, 2021

 

 


 

EMERALD ASH BORER Follow this link for information about the Emerald Ash Borer and how it relates to Belle Plaine residents. April 1, 2021

 


 

May 15, 2021 - S.W.A.T.T. 5-K and S.W.A.T.T. Zero K


City Project Updates

Follow this link for information and updates on City projects.

Follow this link for park project updates.


Community Recreation and Events

Aquatic Center Information - Passes, hours, location

Youth Recreation - Softball, Little League, T-Ball

Swim Lesson Information


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