On Monday, Jan. 21, the Belle Plaine City Council met to support a proposed roundabout project, approve a new date for the citywide clean up, and hold a public hearing on a setback variance.

Proposed Roundabout Project

The city is hoping to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross Highway 169 at Enterprise Drive and Meridian Street.  Proposed improvements include replacing the existing stop-controlled intersection with a roundabout that would have improved safety features for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

The city council passed a resolution supporting the pursuit of the project, allowing staff to begin applying for grant money from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Local Road Improvement Program. 

Local roads that are regionally significant with improvements resulting in safety and addressing transportation deficiencies are eligible to apply for up to $1,000,000. 

 2023 Road Improvement Project

The city council authorized the execution of the Scott County Project Charter for the 2023 Improvement Project.

According to the project charter,  the $2 million road improvement project would include the reconstruction of Scott County CSAH from TH 25 to Eagle St. and mill & overlay the section of CSAH 6 from Eagle St. to 300’ east of the Belle Plaine city limits. 

The city would be responsible for covering nearly $530,000 of the project expenses. The rest of the funding would come from the county and CSAH funds. 

The reconstruction portion of the project would include city utility improvements to water and sanitary sewer, storm sewer, bituminous, curb & gutter, ADA improvements, and concrete walk. 

The mill & overlay portion of the project would include bituminous resurfacing, storm sewer repairs, partial concrete walk, and targeted curb & gutter replacements. 

Construction could begin in April 2023. 

New Date for Annual Recycle and Clean Up Day

The city council approved the new date for the 32nd annual Recycle and Clean Up Day. It will be held on Saturday, September 18, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.  at the Public Works Department parking lot. The Recycle/Clean Up Day event is cosponsored by the City and Belle Plaine Lions Club. The event was previously scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11. 

Support for Legislation Authorizing Infrastructure Development Fees

The city council voted to support legislation that would authorize cities to levy infrastructure development fees to fund municipal street improvements as a necessary component of growth. The City of Belle Plaine is a member of SCALE (Scott County, Association for Leadership and Efficiency). As one of SCALE’s 2021 transportation initiatives, the City of Belle Plaine has received a request to pass a resolution supporting legislation authorizing infrastructure development fees. 

Public Hearing 

The city council held a public hearing  on a request by Michael and Lisa Rademacher, property owners of a home on the 1000 block of  Park Lane, for a variance to a required rear minimum setback in the R-3 One and Two Family Residential District. If approved, the family could build a four-season porch on their property.

Applicant Lisa Radermacher spoke to the council at the hearing.

“I got a new job right before COVID hit. It’s a full-time work from home job and I have a younger son. He wants to go out in the backyard, but I can’t do that because I have no space to put a desk. That ultimately is what started our thought for this four-season porch. I can work out there and have a full span of him throughout the whole yard, so he can run around out there and play,” she said.

The council voted to approve the variance 4-0.

Looking Ahead 

Upcoming Tentative Meetings:

Design Committee - Monday, Feb. 1, 5:15 p.m.

City Council - Monday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Work Session - Monday, Feb. 1, 6:45 p.m.

EDA - Monday, Feb. 8, 5:00 p.m.

Planning - Monday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Public Safety - Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m.

Public Works - Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m.

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