by Tom Ranson
The Bellevue City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Callahan Center. Mayor Ed Riehl and all council members were in attendance and the evening’s business included an update on Red Bike Program funding, requests for funds from the fire department for new personnel and equipment and approval for the Memorial Day Parade.
Mackey McNeill gave an update on the Red Bike Program which is a bike sharing operation that will require two stations, one at Ward and Fairfield and one at Port Bellevue. Funds are being sought from both public and private sources for $50,000 to construct drop-off, pick-up stations. For as little as $100.00 donors will receive a sticker to show their support for the program and a $10,000 donation will get your name on one of the stations. She also requested the city contribute $20,000 to the fund.
Fire Chief Mike Auteri outlined the progress of the SAFER Grant being pursued by the department for the procurement of three additional fire fighters and much needed equipment. The SAFER Grant would provide salary and equipment funding for the three new hires for two years. Chief Auteri also outlined the need for new monitor/ defibrillators at a cost of $34,000 each. Auteri said the current equipment is outdated and the software is not able to be upgraded. New monitors have many new capabilities such as being able to transmit vital signs to waiting physicians before even leaving a scene en route to a hospital. He also warned that the department will soon be in need of a new truck as the current vehicles are all nearly twenty years old.
Among other actions council reappointed Jim Dady to a new four year term on the Planning and Zoning Board, approved an ordinance to to adopt a supplement to the city’s Code of Ordinance, authorized Mayor Riehl to contract with Thelan Associates for geophysical consultations at a cost of $5,000 to study land movement solutions for streets near Memorial Parkway, granted a cable TV service franchise to Insight Cable and gave the formal go-ahead for the 86th Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday, May 25, 2015 beginning at 10:30 am.
Assistant City Administrator Jody Robinson announced that the April 3rd Shop Bellevue event will have an Easter theme and that this year’s Preservation Weekend at Gateway College in Covington will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday March 21st. Registration is free and can be done online at nkyrestoration.com. The event includes a free lunch and numerous area experts in a wide field of restoration and renovation disciplines as well as vendors and contractors showcasing new materials and techniques.
Justine Ryan of the YMCA touted the Y’s after school programs that feature tutoring, enrichment programs like archery, songwriting and a cooking club to name a few as well as the Y’s teen center at 65 Second Avenue in Dayton. Teen activities at the center are available Monday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 7;00 pm. She also announced a fundraiser to be held at New Riff Distillery this Sunday from 4:30 to 7:30. Cost is $40.00 per person.
Council member Melissa Tatum informed all that the Bellevue High School production of “The Ides of March” will be held Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th at 6:30 pm each night. Dinners will be available at the school for $11.00 for adults and $9.00 for students and seniors. Council member David Slater said baseball signups at the Vets will occur on Saturdays and Sundays this month with an opening day of April 19th. He also announced the Vets are currently having their Friday Fish Fry dinners and that the dining room is smoke-free during meals.