At the regular city council meeting on Monday, March 1, Mayor Christopher Meyer issued two proclamations.
VFW 75 Year Anniversary
Mayor Meyer presented a proclamation to the Belle Plaine VFW Post 6202 in honor of its 75th anniversary of operating in the City of Belle Plaine. The mayor recognized the post for its decades of service to the community and its work fostering friendships between veterans and advocating for their rights and wellbeing.
"It is an opportunity to honor and respect all men and women who have served their country and bring knowledge and respect of the veterans to our community," said VFW Commander Larry Ruehling in a statement to the Herald. "Remember freedom isn’t free. Thank you to the City of Belle Plaine for recognizing the VFW Post 6202 on our 75th Anniversary."
The mayor said the local VFW exemplifies the mission of the organization, which is to make sure veterans are recognized for their service and sacrifice they and their loved ones have made for this country.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 is the date of the 75th anniversary. This day is now officially proclaimed Belle Plaine VFW Post 6202 75 Year Anniversary.
St. Patrick’s Day Proclamation
The mayor also issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, March 13, 2021 as St. Patrick’s Day in recognition of the celebration planned by the Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Day Committee. This year that will include a church Mass, vehicle procession, coloring contest, medallion hunt, and private coronation. He said the day is an opportunity to recognize a holiday dear to the hearts of the townspeople and celebrate Belle Plaine’s strong Irish heritage in a traditional manner.
In City Administrator Dawn Meyer’s Administration Report, she shared that city hall is now open to the public and city hall safety improvements are nearing completion.
Patrol Sergeant Brian Vycital gave the Emergency Operations Report on behalf of Police Chief Terry Stier. The report stated that both the police and fire departments have full staff, with no one currently out due to COVID-19. He said everyone from the Belle Plaine Police Department who wanted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has gotten both shots.
The report also stated that on Feb. 3 the chief was on a Zoom meeting to discuss Mutual Aid Agreements with the City of Minneapolis for the upcoming trial for Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the death of George Floyd. A mutual aid agreement was presented to the city council on Feb. 22, but there is no update at this time.
When giving his Public Works Report, Al Fahey stated that the ice rinks in Hickory Park are now closed for the season.
The next city council meeting will be on Monday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a work session at 6:45 p.m.