by Mayor Edward Riehl, Bellevue, Kentucky
Hello to all. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. Mother Nature has been cooperating very well with us so far. Mild temperatures have been the norm this fall with little snowfall, unlike last year at this time. Major snows had already occurred and cold temperatures were the norm, much like what part of the Midwest is experiencing this fall. Let’s hope the much talked about strong El Niño occurring will keep us warmer and dryer this winter. Fear not though, our Public Service Department is well prepared to do battle against the elements when it happens. During snowfalls utilize off-street parking when possible and move your on-street parked vehicle after plowing so public services can clear the parking stall area.
Our town is looking very festive this holiday season, but this does not happen overnight and not without a lot of volunteer hours of planning and prep work. A huge thanks to the Bellevue Neighborhood Association members who spearhead this effort each year. Without their help this would not be possible. Again this year they have tried to add some new spots around town with wreaths and lighting. Bellevue looks great! And hats off again to our Public Service Department for getting it all up, installed, and working properly. Always a challenge when you put solar technology up against the elements.
The Holiday shopping season is in full swing here in Bellevue. It kicked off with the annual Christmas walk weekend and shop local Saturday after Thanksgiving. Santa stopped by to check in to make sure all of us are being nice before the big day. But it doesn’t stop there. Stop down and visit our great local shops and shop, eat, and drink IN VUE! Keep those dollars here in town for a local reinvestment bang for our bucks spent here at home.
With winter storms and cold snap events just around the corner, remember to check on your neighbors who may become shut in their homes. Make sure they have everything they made need to endure a prolonged bad weather event. Please remember to clear the sidewalks of snow to allow for safe passage for the children making their way to school. Keep the alleyways clear so plowing can happen in a safe manner. Again, where possible please use off street parking areas during snow events so our snow plow vehicles can maneuver the street in an efficient and safe fashion.
I would like to take time to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season this December. Please take time to reflect back on this year, and plan for a wonderful 2016. Remember those who are serving our country this time of year and those local hero’s keeping us safe at home. Happy holidays and a Happy new year.