City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

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City released from Boil Water Advisory

Railroad crossing closing ordinance approved by Council

The Belle Plaine City Council has approved an ordinance to close the Line Street/10th Avenue railroad crossing .

The Council approved a closing agreement contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe during its July 2, 2019 meeting. That agreement is contingent upon approval of the local ordinance, which was approved July 18 and set for publication on July 25, 2019. 

Council representatives, City staff, BNSF representatives, a Federal Railroad Administration representative, a Kansas Department of Transportation engineer, representatives of an engineering firm to design the changes on K-55 for a Quiet Zone crossing, and local Quiet Zone committee members met on June 9 for a diagnostic review of the crossings at K-55, Eighth Street, and Line/10th. Potential improvements along the railroad corridor and changes for the Quiet Zone were discussed on site. Among those changes in discussion are improvements at the Eight Street crossing and access to that crossing.

Shown in the photo at right, Mayor Robert Narron discusses the Eight Street crossing with officials at the site of the crossing.

Private funds raised by Bartlett Arboretum are being utilized to hire the engineering firm to design the median changes on K-55. Donations are still being accepted to help fund the initiative.

To see a video explaining the need for the Quiet Zone, click here. 

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

Nitrate warning lifted for Belle Plaine
The latest test for nitrates at Well #3 in Belle Plaine shows the nitrate level has dropped significantly and the State of Kansas has lifted the nitrate warning for the City.. The test taken on May 6, shows the level at 6.4 mg per liter of water. In January, the well tested at 11 mg/L, above the EPA allowable standard.
The City will be required to test quarterly for nitrates until the nitrate level stays below the EPA standard for four consecutive tests. The May 6 test results are at the bottom of this page, or can be found by clicking here.

FAQ on Belle Plaine Water

How did the City of Belle Plaine find out that the nitrate levels in one well were too high?

The state of Kansas requires testing annually and the water from all three wells was tested on January 16, 2019. On Feb. 4, 2019, the City of Belle Plaine was notified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that Well 3 tested at 11 mg per liter of water in nitrates. Flyers warning of the high levels of nitrates were printed and mailed to all residents of the 67013 zip code for delivery on Feb. 6, 2019.

Was this test accurate?

KDHE sent a second water sampling kit to the City of Belle Plaine for testing on Feb. 11. Results of that showed the nitrate level remained at 11 mg/L. Due to that test result, the warning remains in effect and the City will be required to test quarterly for nitrates.

What is the danger from nitrates?

Test results above 10 mg per liter are considered a serious health concern for infants less than 6 months old. Infants below the age of 6 months who drink water (or formula made from the water) containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome. Blue baby syndrome is indicated by blueness of the skin. Symptoms in infants can develop rapidly, with health deteriorating over a period of days. If symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately. However, if you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

Adults and children older than 6 months can drink the tap water. Nitrate is a concern for infants because they cannot process nitrates in the same way adults can. However, if you are pregnant or have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

Should I boil the water?

DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrate level. Excessive boiling can make the nitrates more concentrated, because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.

How can the water be treated?

Drinking water can be treated for nitrate-nitrogen by distillation, reverse osmosis, and ion exchange water softeners. Home treatment equipment using these processes is available from several manufacturers.

Carbon filters do not remove nitrates.

How often is our water tested?

The wells are tested directly each year. Tap water is tested each day for chlorine levels. The water is tested monthly for bacterial issues.

If the re-sample of our well shows the nitrate level still above 10 mg/L, we will be required to test quarterly for nitrates. Levels can fluctuate within a year’s time.

What causes the nitrate problems?

Nitrates come from natural, industrial, or agricultural sources, including septic systems and run-off. Due to fertilization practices, many communities in Kansas have similar problems.

If only one well is testing too high, why are we still using that well?

We continue to evaluate the problem and a consultant is being used to look at our operations. All three of our wells are within a mile of each other and the concern is that if we stop pumping water from this well, it will pull the contaminants into the other wells.

Water reaching the tap in Belle Plaine is a blend of the three wells. KDHE tests are not done on the blended mixture, as it cannot be guaranteed that a specific water blend reaches each residence.

Is there a long-term plan to solve this problem?

A long-term solution would likely involve looking at our operations and working with local farmers to plant crops with heavier root growth to help filter the nitrates and to make them more aware of the impact of their practices. Residential education on lawn fertilization efforts would also be part of a well-head protection plan.

The City is currently working with a consultant on immediate options, such as slowing down the pumping speed and moving the intake for the water to different levels of the aquifer.

A worst case scenario could involve expensive reverse osmosis treatment of the water

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 being enforced in 2019.

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 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.


City offices to observe holidays in 2019

The Holiday Schedule for 2019 for the City of Belle Plaine is:

New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1

President’s Day – Monday, February 18            

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27

Independence Day – Thursday, July 4

Labor Day – Monday, September 2

Veteran’s Day – Monday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after – November 28 and 29

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, 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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