July message from Bellevue Kentucky’s Mayor Riehl

Mayor Ed Riehl

Mayor Ed Riehl

Hello again to all. Well summer is in full swing and I hope you had a great Fourth of July celebration with friends and family. Things all around town are in full bloom and all of our gardens look wonderful. Hats off to all the great volunteers from the Bellevue Neighborhood Association for all their hard work throughout the years to make our town look so beautiful. And they are always looking for new face to join this community organization.

Mother Nature has been busy, keeping us in clouds and rain so far this summer, hardly the norm around this area for June and July. All the rain means we need to be sure to keep up with mowing our lawns and eliminating weeds. I am sure she will turn the heat up soon and make it feel like a true summer again.

Speaking of hot, our summer concert series is in full swing with the June and July shows taking place already and being well attended. The August show is always one of the best and many people look forward to, featuring Bellevue’s own Scott Sprague and some of the best local music talent will join him on stage at the “reunion” concert. The June movie in the park was rained out so come down on July 24 for the second show which will feature Big Hero 6. Come early at 6pm for the Bellevue Alliance Family Dinner and the movie at 9pm.

Shop Bellevue! Bellevue Renaissance’s first Friday events are heating up. August 7 brings Peace, Love, and Shop Bellevue!, so embrace the 70’s and stay in your hometown and shop and dine locally and keep the dollars here at home. Once again a very exciting shopping event will happen on July 18 with the second annual “Cruising the Avenue”. This event will combine great shopping opportunities and a tremendous classic car show from 2 to 5pm. Many of you may remember the car shows we have had in the past along Fairfield and it’s great to have it back again.

It is with a heavy heart that Bellevue marks the passing of former Mayor and City Council member Thomas J. Wiethorn, who passed away in late June. This leaves a tremendous void when it comes to the historical resource he was to the city. Tom worked tirelessly as Mayor to bring historic preservation to Bellevue, realizing the economic impact it would have on Bellevue’s future. His efforts have enabled Bellevue to retain its historic charm and fabric we all cherish today. His unbreakable drive and spirit for Bellevue has made the city the wonderful place it is today. At the July City Council meeting, the council voted to memorialize Tom’s many years of service by renaming the Bellevue Beach Park to Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park. Tom was instrumental in making this park come to life.

With the summer growing season on full swing, please take a few moments to look for weeds cropping up in the sidewalk cracks, gutter line, and the alleys behind your home. This will help keep Bellevue looking clean and sharp looking. Should you notice a property that may need attention please call the city offices at 859-431-8888 to report any problem properties in your neighborhoods or use our online feedback form.

Please don’t hesitate to call the city on any suspicious activity that you may see around town or in your neighborhood. We need everyone to get involved with any activity that may not seem right. If you think it need immediate action dial 911. If you need an officer to respond to check something out or report suspicious activity dial dispatch at 859-292-3622 and an officer will be sent to investigate. We have surveillance on every block of the city and that surveillance is our citizen’s eyes and ears. But if we all don’t step up and make the call, that surveillance means nothing and nothing gets solved.

If you are planning any home improvement projects this summer please call the city offices and our professional city staff will be happy to assist you with all the necessary permits, C.O.A’s and proper building codes to make your home improvement a safe and successful one. If you live in one of our local historic districts, please be aware we have adopted new design guidelines. We know you’ll find them easier to use and filled with helpful information and resources. Please call 859-431-8888 and we will be there to answer any questions you may have. Please be safe, keep cool, and enjoy your summer.


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