City of Belle Plaine, Kansas
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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
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:
*High School in the 900 block of North Merchant
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 email@example.com.
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.