City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

Council members sworn in

New members of the Belle Plaine City Council were sworn in by Mayor Richard Penn on Monday, January 8, 2018. From left are Penn and Council members Phila Storts, Allen Hisken and Greg Harlan.

Outgoing Council members were recognized at the meeting, Jan. 8. From left are Dave Armstrong, Lacy Tedman, and Tori Bohannon.

Following the Jan. 8, 2018 meeting, Mayor Richard Penn submitted his resignation, effective immediately. He cited personal health issues and the need to care for his own father as the reasons for his resignation. Council President Rob Narron was then sworn in as Mayor, by City Clerk Linda Stinnett. 

(Thanks to the Belle Plaine News for this photo.)

Prevent water pipes from freezing during cold wave

If you believe your water meter is frozen, call City Hall at 488-3433. If the freeze happens after normal business hours, call the 911 Non-Emergency Phone Number at 620-326-2884. They will dispatch City personnel to check on the problem. In the most recent cold snap, City personnel answered many requests but found only one frozen meter. Be prepared to keep your water pipes flowing.

The information below is from the American Red Cross:

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.

  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.

  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.

  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.

  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.

  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.

  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.


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.

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.

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 2018

The Holiday Schedule for 2018 for the City of Belle Plaine is:
New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1

President’s Day – Monday, February 19            

Memorial Day – Monday, May 28

Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4

Labor Day – Monday, September 3

Veteran’s Day – Monday, November 12

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after – November 22 and 23

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25.

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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