City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

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Council to consider water rates 

in Jan. 14 workshop

The Belle Plaine City Council will meet in a Jan. 14, 2021 workshop session to look at water and sewer rates. The workshop will be at 6 p.m.  in the Community Center.

The rate review comes as part of the effort to develop an improvement plan for the City’s water system. Wilson & Co., engineers, are creating a model of the water system and a phased plan for the changes, which will include improvements to infrastructure, a new water tower, water well work, and a water treatment plant, if it is found to be necessary. An October inspection of the 107-year-old water tower showed that nearly $275,000 in maintenance is needed there.

Along with the reports and plan by the engineers, a grant writer is working on a Community Development Block Grant application for submittal in the fall of 2021. To qualify for the grant, the City must show that local efforts are put into the financing. The state mandates that the statewide average for utility rates must be met to qualify for the grant. In this case, the average for 5,000 gallons of water is $38.00 statewide; in Belle Plaine it is currently $27.51.

The engineers will be at the workshop for the discussion on the alternatives with rates and grant applications. The tank inspection report can be seen at the bottom of this page or by clicking here..

No one admitted to City Hall

due to pandemic precautions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are not being given access to City Hall during normal business hours.

While the doors are locked, staff is still at work during normal hours. For those who still wish to pay cash for utility bills, they can be handed through the drop slot on the front door. Just knock on the door and someone will come up to the door to take the money and give you a receipt.

Bills can be paid online or by phone. Checks can be dropped through the slot on the front door.



The coronavirus pandemic has created a factual crisis for America’s small, locally owned businesses, which are the backbone of the nation’s economy. Sumner County Economic Development has created a contest to help the local small businesses of Sumner County.

The rules are simple:

1. Starting November 9 through December 9 stop by the Sumner County Economic Development office, 314 N. Washington, Wellington, and pick up the Explore Sumner County map.

2. Take this map with you as you shop or dine at any of the small businesses or locally owned restaurants in the following communities: (all communities must be visited) Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Mayfield, Mulvane (Sumner County Side), Oxford, South Haven and Wellington

3. Purchase or spend a minimum of $5 in each community.

4. Attach your receipt or receipts from each community to your map.

5. Once you have toured all the communities return your map with attached receipts to the Sumner County Economic Development office. For every receipt you provide you will receive a ticket for the drawing for either the Grand Prize valued at $500, First Prize valued at $250 or Second Prize valued at $125. The more receipts the more chances to win.

6. Remember this is for locally owned small businesses and restaurants only. (No gas stations).

The contest ends December 9, 2020. The prize drawing will be held on December 11, 2020. 

Health Advisory Issued:

An Emergency Health Order was issued Tuesday, July 14, which strongly encourages any person in Sumner County, Kansas, to cover their mouths and noses with a mask or other face covering when they are in public situation. The complete order can be seen here.



Worrying trends noticed in the recent spike of COVID-19 cases are interconnected to the lack of social distancing.

ALL residents of Sumner County are now strongly advised to take the following steps to minimize risk of exposure for themselves and others.

• Stay home as much as possible.
• Wear masks or other face coverings when in public. Follow the guidelines and exemptions noted in the Governor’s Executive Order NO. 20-52 on requiring mask or other face covering in public.
• Distance yourself from others when in public, especially if you are a senior or have a medical condition that puts you in a high-risk category.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue. Throw the used tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily -- including phones, keyboards, doorknobs, handles and light switches.
Laura Rettig
Sumner County Health Officer

Sumner County Case Reports:

10 a.m., Monday, July 6, 4 new confirmed cases.

9:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 1 new confirmed case.

12:25 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 3 new confirmed cases.

10 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2 new confirmed cases.

9:50 a.m., Friday, July 10, 5 new confirmed cases.

3:54 p.m., Friday, July 10, five additional new confirmed cases, in addition to 9:50 a.m. report.

July 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update, as of 4:00PM Sumner County has 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 11 Recovered; 1 death; 20 active with 3 hospitalizations. Gender breakdown of case # 21 through 32: 1 Male in their 40's, 1 Male in their 30's, 1 Male in their 20's, 1 Male in their teens 1 Female in their 80's; 2 Female in their 50's; 1 Female in their 30's; 4 Females in their 20's.

July 13, 2020, 48 total cases reported, one case moved to another county.

July 15, 2020,  48 positive cases (one new case): 21 recovered, 1 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 25 active.

KDHE map shows 49, difference due to case transferred to another county. New case is a female in her 60's. Case is under investigation.

July 16, 2020, 5 new confirmed cases of COVID.

July 17, 2020, 7 new confirmed cases of COVID. for a total of confirmed 62 positive cases as follows: 34 recovered, 1 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 26 active.

July 20, 2020, 12 new confirmed cases for a total of 72 confirmed positive cases.

July 21, 2020: 4 new confirmed cases.

July 22, 2020  79 positive cases as follows: 42 recovered, 1 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 35 active.

July 24, 2020 85 positive cases as follows: 60 recovered, 1 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 23 active.

July 27, 2020 92 positive cases as follows: 68 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 21 active

July 29, 2020 - 90 positive cases as follows: 69 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 18 active.

July 31, 2020 - 94 positive cases as follows: 72 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 19 active.

August 3, 2020 - 93 positive cases as follows: 87 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 3 active.

August 5, 2020 - 94 positive cases as follows: 87 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, 4 active.

August 7, 2020 94 positive cases as follows: 87 recovered, 3 deaths, 4 active.

August 10, 2020 96 positive cases as follows: 87 recovered, 3 deaths, 6 active.

August 12, 2020 96 positive cases as follows: 90 recovered, 3 deaths, 3 active.

August 14, 2020 102 positive cases as follows:93 recovered, 3 deaths, 6 active.

August 17, 2020  107 positive cases as follows: 93 recovered, 3 deaths, 11 active.

August 20, 2020 110 positive cases as follows: 95 recovered, 3 deaths, 12 active.

August 24, 2020 117 positive cases as follows: 95 recovered, 3 deaths, 19 active.

August 26, 2020 119 positive cases as follows:107 recovered, 3 deaths, 9 active.

August 31, 2020 129 positive cases as follows:112 recovered, 3 deaths, 14 active.

September 4, 2020  144 positive cases as follows:119 recovered, 3 deaths, 22 active.

September 9, 2020  154 positive cases as follows: 131 recovered, 3 deaths, 20 active.

September 11, 2020 160 positive cases as follows: 137 recovered, 3 deaths, 20 active.

September 15, 2020 164 positive cases as follows: 141 recovered, 3 deaths, 20 active.

September 16, 2020 165 positive cases as follows: 157 recovered, 3 deaths, 5 active.

September 21, 2020  186 positive cases as follows: 158 recovered, 3 deaths, 25 active.
September 23, 2020 196 positive cases as follows: 163 recovered, 3 deaths, 30 active.

September 25, 2020 201 positive cases as follows: 168 recovered, 3 deaths, 30 active.

September 30, 2020  210 positive cases as follows: 184 recovered, 3 deaths, 23 active.

October 2, 2020 211 positive cases as follows: 189 recovered, 3 deaths, 19 active.

October 7, 2020  222 positive cases as follows: 200 recovered, 3 deaths, 19 active.

October 13, 2020 229 positive cases as follows: 203 recovered, 3 deaths, 23 active.

October 14, 2020 231 positive cases as follows:203 recovered, 4 deaths, 24 active.

October 16, 2020 242 positive cases as follows: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, 17 active.

October 19, 2020 221 recovered, 4 deaths, 30 active.1 outbreak in Wellington. Outbreak is classified as 5 or more confirmed cases in the following types: college/university, corrections, daycare, gatherings, group living, healthcare, long-term care facility, schools, sport practices/games.

October 21, 2020 268 positive cases as follows: 226 recovered, 4 deaths, 38 active.

October 23, 2020 278 positive cases as follows: 233 recovered, 4 deaths, 41 active.

October 26, 2020, 293 positive cases as follows: 238 recovered, 4 deaths, and 51 active

October 28, 2020 317 positive cases as follows: 258 recovered, 4 deaths, 55 active.

October 30, 2020 332 positive cases as follows: 265 recovered, 4 deaths, 63 active.

November 02, 2020 364 positive cases as follows: 276 recovered, 4 deaths, 84 active.

Pet Waste Stations

Pet Waste Stations have been installed at several locations in Belle Plaine. Residents who walk their pets can take advantage of the stations at the following locations:

*Morley Field

*Watson Park

*City Park

*Community Ctr

*High School in the 900 block of North Merchant

*RV Park

Police vehicles replaced

Belle Plaine Officer Will Narron poses in front of one of two new vehicles which were placed in service at the first of 2020. The new Chevrolet Tahoes will replace two 2015 vehicles that were starting to require extra maintenance to keep them on the road for the amount of miles and time required for patrols in Belle Plaine. The new vehicles are also larger and more comfortable for officer use.  They sport new graphics and will be highly visible to the public.


Maintenance fleet gets update

The City Maintenance Department fleet has been updated with the purchase of two new pickups. Both trucks have the City logo, so they can be easily recognized when on local job sites.

Sign up to receive your utility bill electronically

Click here or use the form at the bottom of this page to sign up for the service which will deliver your utility bill via e-mail.  The completed form can be e-mailed to

Your bill will be e-mailed on the last working day of each month and no other terms on the account change. The due date for payment remains the 15th of the month, with unpaid accounts subject to disconnection on the 26th of each month. Those who have signed up for automatic debit on the 15th will continue to have that service.

For additional information, contact Belle Plaine City Hall at (620) 488-3433.

Help is available for trash carts

Those who are physically unable to move their trash cart to the curb can have their carts picked up from a location at the front of the house.

If you are unable to move the large trash carts to the curb, due to physical limitations, contact City Hall at 488-3433. Waste Connections will pick up the cart in those cases from the front of the home.

The carts must be visible from the street and cannot be in the back yard for this service.

Eliminate the need to write one check a month

Pay your monthly bill

by bank draft on the 15th

Your Utility Bill can be paid by a bank draft on the 15th 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. The form can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

You will receive a copy of your bill each month so you can be prepared for the withdrawal.

They’d be lost without you

Keep pets tagged under City Code

All cats and dogs in Belle Plaine must be licensed and tagged under City Code. Licensing helps ensure public (and animal) health by requiring up-to-date rabies vaccinations. More importantly, if they are found running loose, Belle Plaine police have a better chance of finding the owner quickly.

Licensing is easy – bring the vaccination certificate from your veterinarian to City Hall and pay $10 (only $5 if they are spayed or neutered) for the tag.

City Code states that pets not tagged by March 1 will pay double fees. That is enforced.

Siren provides improved coverage

The City of Belle Plaine installed a new storm siren in 2018, bringing a critical update to safety during storm season.

The new siren was 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 on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m.

Community storm shelter 
is at Middle School gym

   The 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.

City offices add holiday in 2020

The City Council has added an employee holiday in 2020: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The complete Holiday Schedule for 2020 for the City of Belle Plaine is:
New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 20

President's Day - Monday, Feb. 17            

Memorial Day – Monday, May 25

Independence Day – Friday, July 3

Labor Day – Monday, September 7

Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after – 

November 26 and 27

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Thursday, December 24 & Friday, 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



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