City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

Railroad Quiet Zone

work progresses

The group working to gain a Quiet Zone designation for the railroad through Belle Plaine made a presentation to the Belle Plaine City Council on Nov. 2, 2017.

Those speaking to the Council included Mike MacKay, civil engineer; Dr. Jim Sutton, superintendent of Belle Plaine schools;  and Police Chief Gordon Fell.

The consensus of the Council was to move forward with the effort, but no final decisions are in place. The group will continue to negotiate with Burlington Northern Santa Fe representatives.

Those involved in the negotiations with BNSF include MacKay; Sumner County Road and Bridge; Belle Plaine Township; City of Belle Plaine; Belle Plaine USD 357; Kansas Department of Transportation; Federal Railroad Administration; Brady Short, Belle Plaine City Attorney; and Robin Macy, steward of Bartlett Arboretum.

The presentation slides from the Council meeting can be seen by clicking here.

Project to replace water meters is underway in Belle Plaine
The City of Belle Plaine has started a project to replace water meters for all residential customers.

Residents’ water will be turned off as the meters are replaced during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Typically, those outages will be less than one hour.

Work began on Oct.18 in the Watson Addition area. On Oct. 23 that area was slated for completion and plans are to move forward in this order:

Logan from 4th to 10th streets, moving to Main from 4th to 10th streets;

Northview Heights addition;

Merchant from 4th to 10th;

Linden from 4th to 10th;

Sumner from 4th to 10th;

Line from 4th to 10th;

Willow, moving north to 1st Street (Lincoln Heights); and

All of the area from 1st to 4th streets.

The new meters have a 20-year accuracy warranty and are designed to work with the meter-reading system and software already utilized by the City of Belle Plaine.

The January 4, 2018 meeting of the Belle Plaine City Council has been canceled.


The Council will hold its regular meeting on Jan. 8, 2018. New members will be sworn in at that time.

Site visit held in application process of $300,000 housing grant

A site visit was held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 as part of the application process for a $300,000 CDBG Housing Grant.

The City Council approved the application to the Kansas Department of Commerce for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for housing rehabilitation. The application will potentially allow rehab to 12 houses occupied by low to moderate income families, including five rental units, seven owner-occupied units, and three vacant units for demolition.

A local committee studied housing needs in the community for several months in preparation for the application. Pre-applications for grant funding from all areas of Belle Plaine were also accepted in advance of the formal application.

After receiving a good number of pre-applications, the first target area for grant funding has been established. That area is bounded by 10th Street on the north, Foulk Drive to 7th to Washington on the east, 4th Avenue on the south, and Main on the west. Homes on both sides of the boundary roads will be included.

Pre-applications have been received from several other neighborhoods in the City. Under the grant guidelines, the City must define a target area to be eligible for future housing grants. If the entire City were in the target area, the community could only apply one time.

The City of Belle Plaine does plan to apply for future grants to help improve other areas of the City.

Farm and Art Market open

through Nov. 5

The Farm and Art Market is open at the Belle Plaine Community Center on the first Sunday of each month through Nov. 5, 2017. It is open 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 528 N. Merchant.

The Farm and Art Market is designed to feature handcrafted items by local craftsmen, along with fresh local produce and homemade jams, jellies, honey and baked goods.

Vendor applications and guidelines can be picked up at City Hall, 401 N. Merchant, Belle Plaine. Completed applications may also be submitted to the City Office or mailed to P.O. Box 157, Belle Plaine, KS 67013.

The market manager is Matt Hutchison, 620-488-5335 or e-mail: Stephanie McGinnis is the assistant market manager. She can be reached at City Hall or by e-mail at

For additional information, call City Hall at 620-488-3433.

Annual water quality newsletter released for customers

The annual Consumer Confidence Report has been released by the City of Belle Plaine.

This newsletter is for Calendar Year 2016 and includes testing results for the City water. The newsletters have been mailed to every resident with a Belle Plaine mailing address and a copy can be found at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

Included with the Consumer Confidence Report is a newsletter from the City. It features information on changes in the law, several dates and events to remember, information on changes to trash rates for out-of-town customers, and other items of interest to local residents.

Four file for three seats
on Belle Plaine City Council

Three seats on the Belle Plaine City Council will be up for election in the fall election, set for Nov. 7, 2017.  Four people have filed for the election - Phila Storts, Allen Hisken, Greg Harlan, and Joel Rouse. View all filings for county offices here.

Eliminate the need to write one check a month

Pay your monthly bill

by bank draft

Your Utility Bill can be paid by a bank draft on the 7th of each month – at no additional charge to you.

All you need to do is fill out a City of Belle Plaine Debit Authorization form and attach a voided check or deposit slip. Ask us and we’ll be glad to help you. You will receive a copy of your bill each month so you can be prepared for the withdrawal.

Community storm shelters will be open during severe weather

   Three community shelters are open during severe storms in Belle Plaine:

   ∙ The United Methodist Church at 10th and Lincoln (124 E. 10th) will be open. Please use the door on the northwest corner of the building.

   ∙ The Middle School Gym (8th and Merchant) will be open at the northeast corner door.

   ∙ The First Baptist Church, 612 N. Linden, will also be open.

City offices to observe holidays in 2017

The Holiday Schedule for 2017 for the City of Belle Plaine is:

New Year’s Day – Monday, January 2

President’s Day – Monday, February 20            

Memorial Day – Monday, May 29

Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4

Labor Day – Monday, September 4

Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 10

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after – November 23 and 24

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Monday, December 25 & Tuesday, December 26.

All City offices will be closed on these days.

Report street light outages

   Is a street light out in your neighborhood in Belle Plaine?
   Gather the number of the pole (It starts with either A or B and has 5 digits and is about 9 feet up on the pole), and the approximate address of the pole. It can be reported to City Hall at 488-3433 or online at

  • Belle Plaine Community Center Fitness Fees 
      * Monthly Membership Fees *
      Single Membership  - $15
      Family Membership - $25
      Student Membership - $10
      Senior 55+ - $10.00



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