City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

$300,000 housing grant

sought for Belle Plaine residents

The City Council has approved an 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 has 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 are being 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, so residents in other areas who have not submitted pre-applications are still encouraged to do so.

Committee members presented information on community needs in front of state officials this past week in an effort to look at this grant and to seek suggestions on any other state programs which might benefit Belle Plaine. Feedback received from that presentation will be used to solidify the final application.

Oral and written comments will be accepted for the Aug. 3 hearing. Requests for accommodations for persons with disabilities should be submitted to Linda Stinnett, City Clerk, at 620-488-3433 by noon on Monday, July 31, 2017.

For the pre-application for homeowners, click here.

For the pre-application for landlords, click here.


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: baca.maddmatt@gmail.com. Stephanie McGinnis is the assistant market manager. She can be reached at City Hall or by e-mail at smcginnis695@gmail.com.

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 www.westarenergy.com/report-a-street-light-out.

  • 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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    Address
    401 N Merchant
    PO Box 157
    Belle Plaine, KS  67013
     
    Email
    cityofbp@sktc.net
     


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