by Mayor Ed Riehl
Hello to all. I hope this summer has been an enjoyable and memorable one for you and your family. Mother Nature has given us those hot and humid days we usually experience this time of year. We have had to swelter through a few days above 90 degrees and a lot of rain. Let’s hope cooler and dryer weather is just around the corner.
Well kids, the first day of school is here. School starts August 12, 2015 and will signal the start of the new school year for the Bellevue Independent School District. Many new faces have joined the faculty staff of both Grandview Elementary and the High School. Superintendent Robb Smith and his staff have been busy preparing for another great school year. With school back in session please slow down, stop at stop walks and stop signs, and be aware of the children going to school and from school. Take time to show your support for all of our young athletes that will be participating in a fall sport this year. The football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country teams along with our Tiger Band of Gold marching band have been working very hard to have a great season.
“Shop Bellevue!” events have been very busy this summer. Start Saturday, August 15th with Brunch in Vue at restaurants on the Avenue before enjoying family fun with Woodstock Bellevue and Mayesfest at the Beach Park. Also coming up in September will be the annual “Art in the Park” event at the Bellevue Beach Park which will run from 11to 5 on the 12th. Always a great event and wonderful art to go alone with it. It looks like the Cruising the Avenue car show will be an annual event based on the great time for everyone involved. Thanks to all who helped out that day
City staff is busy putting the finishing touches on the annual Senior Citizens appreciation picnic which will take place on August 18 from 11:30 to 4:00. Come down for a fun filled day of food music and games because our seniors are one of our cities greatest asset. Seniors please call 431-8888 to make your reservation.
We’re looking forward to Mayesfest returning to the Beach Park on Saturday, August 15 from noon to 10 pm. Bluegrass and roots music along with great food, drink, and family fun. Our summer concerts in the park have been well attended this summer and the last show will take place on September 12, 2015 with the sound of Whiskey Tango — country that rocks. Hats off to Mary Scott and our public service department for all working hard to make them happen.
With the warm and wet weather we have been experiencing this summer please take time to check for and remove any weeds or cut any high grass around your home. Please take time to check and clean the alley ways behind your home to make the safe and passable for vehicles. Please remember if you are out walking your four legged friends, please take the time to clean up after your pets. It is the law. If you happen to be without a clean-up bag, bag stations are located in several areas around town so put them to good use.
Remember to check in at the city offices if you are planning any projects around the house before the weather turns cold. City staff will be glad to help out with planning for proper permits and COA’s where needed. A reminder about proper garbage can usage. Cans may be set out the evening before your scheduled collection day and must be moved back into the yard the evening of your collection day. And all cans must have lids on them. Please take a few moment to observe the simple rules and keep our town clean. Thank you and have a great Labor Day.