City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

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Paving project is back on track

After a delay to allow for moving of several gas lines, the 2018 Paving Project is back on track in Belle Plaine.
If weather cooperates and work continues as planned, the final fog seal will be done the week of May 14, 2018. Work will be underway on the fog seal on 7th, Washington, Lincoln, and the 100 block of Main. DO NOT drive around the barricades during this phase.
Driving on the fog seal will potentially harm the project and will also create a mess on your vehicle. Cleanup is at your own expense and risk, if you drive around the barricades.
Roads in the project area are: 7th from Lincoln to Logan; Washington from 1st to 7th; Lincoln from 1st to 4th and 5th to 7th; Main from 1st to 3rd; and Merchant from 1st to 2nd.


Recycle rewards moving


to new company on June 4


Residents need to utilize
their available rewards points
with Recycle Bank before June 4


Belle Plaine residents who utilize recycling rewards will have a new company for that service, effective June 4, 2018. Waste Connections of Kansas, Inc. is partnering with Recycling Perks to offer rewards for curbside recycling. On June 4 Recycling Perks will replace the previous program with RecycleBank.

Local residents should use their RecycleBank points before June 4. That process can be completed at www.recyclebank.com.

Customers are also urged to log on to www.recyclingperks.com before June 4 and set up their new recycling rewards account. The process should take less than two minutes.

The website, in a manner similar to what customers are used to with RecycleBank, is where residents will go to access points and rewards. The website is user-friendly and easy to use.

Those without Internet access, should call 1-855-813-2154. Recycling Perks has a dedicated team of professionals assigned to help manage the process.  

Residents who join the program will receive monthly newsletters that showcase new rewards and provide other information that educates and encourages residents to recycle responsibly. All participants will earn 50 points each time their recycle cart is dumped, or 100 points per month.

The new program focuses on local rewards.

“We always strive to do what is in the best interest of our valued customers and feel that our partnership with Recycling Perks will bring added value to residents and businesses alike,” said Herschel West, municipal market manager for Waste Connections of Kansas, Inc. “We’re excited about this new partnership and for what lies ahead.”

Local businesses interested in offering a reward should contact Waste Connections at 316-838-4920.


Willow Drive approach repaired













A new concrete approach was poured at Willow Drive and Logan, on Belle Plaine’s south side this week.
The new approach will be a smoother transition as drivers access Logan from Willow Drive.

The project began April 18 and the street was reopened in the afternoon on Friday, April 20.


Pre-applications for housing rehab available for residents, landlords

The City of Belle Plaine is again preparing an application for a Housing Rehabilitation grant for local residents and landlords.

As part of that process, local residents and landlords are encouraged to submit pre-applications for housing rehab. As the grant committee looks at the area of Belle Plaine to be targeted for funding, the number of pre-applications is key to creating the target area. Residents are asked to submit the pre-applications and urge their neighbors to do the same.


The City is applying for $300,000 in Housing Rehabilitation funding.

A committee of nearly 15 local residents has been working on the grant application. They will finalize the application in May, so the pre-applications from homeowners need to be turned in to City Hall as soon as possible.

The program is designed to help low to moderate income residents, whose income is below the following guidelines:

2017 LMI Income Guidelines for Sumner County

1 Person

2 Persons

3 Persons

4 Persons

5 Persons

6 Persons

7 Persons

8 Persons

$37,750

$43,150

$48,550

$53,900

$58,250

$62,550

$66,850

$71,150


Note: a qualifying household income level is the combined adjusted gross income, from all sources, for all individuals within the household, excluding full time students. 

 

For the pre-application for homeowners, click here.

For the pre-application for landlords, click here.

 



Pet licenses required

Help keep your pets healthy, happy, and safe through vaccinations and a City of Belle Plaine Pet License.

All dogs and cats whose owners live inside the City Limits of Belle Plaine, Ks. are required to have a city license for each pet. Licenses are $5 each if the pet is spayed or neutered. Pets which are not spayed or neutered are $10 each to license.

A current vaccination certificate is required for licensing.

Licensing ensures that all pets are vaccinated and provides a listing for Belle Plaine City Police so owners can be contacted efficiently should their pet escape from their yard.

Contact Belle Plaine City Hall at 620-488-3433 for additional information.


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 2017 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.

New storm siren will provide
improved coverage

The City of Belle Plaine has purchased a new storm siren, bringing a critical update to safety during storm season.

The new siren has been installed at 5th and Washington, in an area which allows better sound coverage for all areas of the community. The new siren is also more efficient in operations and dependability.

Sirens will be tested over the coming weeks, as the new equipment is installed and the old sirens evaluated for backup use. Routine testing will be done on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m., beginning May 2.


Community storm shelter 

is at new Middle School gym

   The new Middle School gym at 8th and Merchant will serve as the community storm shelter during severe weather. Enter at the entrance facing 8th Street.

Belle Plaine Police will no longer be opening the local churches which formerly served as shelters. The gymnasium is designed to withstand an F5 tornado and meets FEMA standards for such buildings.

Pets can be taken to the shelter, but they must be crated or caged.

  
Police Chief sworn in




Belle Plaine Police Sgt. Bill Berry was officially sworn in as Police Chief on Thursday, May 4, 2018. Berry has worked for the department for 12 years and is known in the community for his work with the D.A.R.E. program in local schools. He has served since Jan. 29 at interim chief.






Railroad Quiet Zone info

The Belle Plaine City Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15, included representatives of the Federal Railroad Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation, Sumner County, and Belle Plaine Township.

The process has now entered the negotiation phase with the BNSF Railroad for funding for the Quiet Zone. The timeline history of the project can be read here.

The presentation slides from the Council meeting on Nov. 2, 2017 can be seen by clicking here. That presentation includes information about the local effort to implement a Quiet Zone.

For information from the Federal Railroad Administration on Quiet Zones, click 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.


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



 







 

Contact Us

PHONE

          (620)488-3433

FAX

(620)488-3390
 
Address
401 N Merchant
PO Box 157
Belle Plaine, KS  67013
 
Email
cityofbp@bpks.org
 


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