City of Belle Plaine, Kansas

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Advertisement Date: October 26, 2021

City of Belle Plaine

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The City of Belle Plaine is seeking qualified consulting firms for pre-construction engineering and project management in the equivalent to the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Work Category: 212 – Highway Design-Minor Facility for the project listed below. Qualifications for roadway construction inspection in the equivalent to the KDOT’s Work Category: 241 will also be considered if consulting firm is interested.

Description

City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) project 123 KA-8426-01, which is a pavement rehabilitation project including intersection reconstruction at Glitter Street on two (2) miles of Yellow Brick Road. Plans will be developed by the firm using State and Federal requirements.

Contract Terms and Conditions

This is a KDOT project using KDOT funding. A standard three (3) phase, three (3) party agreement will be utilized with special attachments for the Kansas “Tax Clearance Certificate”, the “Certification of Final Indirect Costs”, and the “Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”.

All qualified engineering consulting firms interested in submitting a letter of interest and a Statement of Qualifications for this project shall send their information to Ramon Lujan, Maintenance Supervisor, P.O. Box 157, Belle Plaine, KS 67013-0157, Phone (620) 488-3433. A packet of information will then be provided that provides further details including a detailed project location and list of services to be performed. The purpose of this advertisement is to determine those who wish to be considered. If your firm is interested in being considered, a letter of interest should be mailed by Nov. 12, 2021. Questions about this request for qualifications shall be sent to Ramon Lujan, Maintenance Supervisor, P.O. Box 157, Belle Plaine, KS 67013-0157, Phone (620) 488-3433


FAQ

A list of Frequently Asked Questions on Belle Plaine's water issues can be found on the Water Page by clicking here.

NITRATE WARNING CONTINUES

Bottled water available at City Hall for residents who are pregnant, nursing infants, have infants at home, or who have written orders from a health care provider.

The City of Belle Plaine continues under a nitrate warning, due to testing on Oct. 5, 2021 which shows two of the three city water wells test above the highest federal level for safety from nitrate concentrations.

Efforts to improve the system continue. 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 2020 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. 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; so Belle Plaine has raised water rates to meet that criteria. The rates were reflected on the March 31, 2021 billing.

The tower tank inspection report can be seen at the bottom of this page or by clicking here.

DRINKING WATER WARNING

CITY OF BELLE PLAINE Water Has High Levels of Nitrate

DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS UNDER 6 MONTHS OLD OR

USE IT TO MAKE INFANT FORMULA

Two water samples collected on 10/5/2021 each showed a nitrate level of 11 mg/L. This is above the federal nitrate standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.

What should I do?

· DO NOT GIVE THE WATER TO INFANTS. Infants below the age of six months who drink 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.

· Water, juice, and formula for children under six months of age should not be prepared with tap water. Bottled water or other water low in nitrates should be used for infants until further notice.

· 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.

· Adults and children older than six 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.

What happened? What is being done?

Nitrate in drinking water can come from natural, industrial, or agricultural sources (including septic systems and run-off). Levels of nitrate in drinking water can vary throughout the year. We’ll let you know when the amount of nitrate is again below the limit.

The City of Belle Plaine is pumping lower volumes of water for longer periods of time to help lessen the intensity of the nitrates. The problem in Belle Plaine historically has been seasonal and associated with heavier rainfall periods. Problems were noted in testing early in the year in 2019. At that time, lower pumping volumes along with seasonal fluctuations resolved the problem within a few months. The levels have remained elevated for a longer period of time in 2021. An engineering study of the Belle Plaine water system is under way, as the city moves forward on a long-term solution to the problem.

For more information, please contact RAMON LUJAN at 620-488-3433

Or By Mail: 401 N MERCHANT, PO BOX 157, BELLE PLAINE, KS 67013-0157.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by CITY OF BELLE PLAINE.

Federal ID#: KS2019115.

Date distributed: October 15, 2021

Three City Council seats up

for election in November 2021

Three Belle Plaine City Council seats will be open in the November 2021 election.

Candidates who have filed to the election are: Allen Hisken, Bryan Nolan, Phila Storts, Joel Rouse, Paul Phelan and Curtis Stewart.

Information for candidates can be found by clicking here.

Ordinance creates legal process for special vehicles

The Belle Plaine City Council approved an ordinance during its Dec. 17 meeting which will legalize special vehicles for use on city streets, once the ordinance is published on Dec. 31..

The complete ordinance can be seen by clicking here.

Pet Waste Stations installed

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 Center

*High School in the 900 block of North Merchant

*RV Park

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 cityofbp@bpks.org.

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 620-488-3433. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Community storm shelter

is at Belle Plaine 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 holiday closings in 2021

The complete schedule for 2021 for holiday observance by the City of Belle Plaine is below. All City offices will be closed on these days:

New Year's Day - Friday, January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 18

President's Day - Monday, Feb. 15

Memorial Day – Monday, May 24

Independence Day – Monday, July 5

Labor Day – Monday, September 6

Veteran’s Day – Thursday, Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Day and Friday after –

November 25 and 26

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Thursday, December 23 & Friday, December 24.

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 620-488-3433 or online at www.evergy.com You must click on "Outages" and then "Report Streetlight Outage" to enter the information.

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

City Building Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday