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Citizens are cordially invited to the City of Bellevue’s 2016-17 Operating and Municipal Road Aid Budget Hearings on March 30th at the Callahan Center. The purpose of the meetings are to request input on the upcoming 2016-17 budgets for both the City’s Operating Budget and its Municipal Road Aid budget. Bring your ideas, thoughts, concerns, and requests to the meetings.
The Operating Budget hearing begins at 6pm. The second hearing to discuss the Municipal Road Aid budget begins at 7:30. If you have any questions, please contact Keith Spoelker at 431-8866 or by email at Keith.Spoelker@Bellevueky.org.
At last month’s City Council meeting, the City of Bellevue’s independent auditor, Van Gorder, Walker & Co., presented the City’s 2014-2015 Annual Financial Report. The Auditor’s opinion presented a clean bill of health and that our City’s financial position remains strong with appropriate cash reserves that are above normal auditor recommendations. This strong financial base allows the City to maintain the level of services we enjoy today as well as build on a strong foundation for the future.
Like our logo that states, “Preserving Our Past & Preparing for Our Future”, we must continue to strive for these two key points. We must continue to preserve the assets we have to develop a sense of community. Our Main Street / Fairfield Avenue District is a driving force for our community. It is what attracts people to work, shop, play and purchase housing to call home. We will continue to work to improve our next frontier of the 600 and 700 blocks of Fairfield. Work continues with Hardman Group to redevelop the Marianne Theater into a viable economic driver for these blocks. Also, engineering is underway to finally construct a thirty plus parking space area in the 100 block of Taylor to increase parking for our business district and we continue to research ways to add more. A conversation and study is underway to address the Route 8 corridor not only in Bellevue, but Dayton to the east and Newport to the west, as well as with other stake holders at the discussion table. We will continue to strive to make Bellevue a great place to attract and open new businesses, bring in new jobs and revenue, and make it safe and attractive for those who come to shop and play here. We will continue to address the concerns of our business community and ensure that working and shopping in Bellevue is a positive experience for all.
Our housing stock is another positive driving force for Bellevue and is a tremendous asset that makes our town attractive to potential new residents. At the recent River Cities Housing & Development Summit put together by our partners at The Catalytic Fund, the data collected for Bellevue shows prices have continued to rise and our available housing inventory is lower. This shows that our two incentive programs we have in place, rental conversion and off street parking grants, as well as good historic preservation practices are all working to add value to our town. In-fill housing has and will continue to develop as the Ross Ave development is completed and the Ashley Residential housing development on Furman gets started this year. But as always, there is work to be done. We continue to explore the ever changing landscape of land banks and acquiring the problem properties that still dot our neighborhoods. We need to work to get these distressed properties into the hand of renovators to make them tax generating assets to Bellevue.
We must strive to maintain and improve our great city services that we provide each and every day. We have committed this year to the purchase of a new Aerial Ladder truck to upgrade our aging fleet of fire apparatus. Staff continues to work on a long term plan for replacement of this much needed equipment and the associated financial obligations in the best way possible for both cities. We also must provide our brave men and women of our Police force with the best equipment and training to available to keep up with the ever changing world of crime. We all must support our Police department for the work that they do to keep us all safe, in the face of a many adverse situations that they encounter. Further, our Public Service Department needs the tools and equipment to keep our town looking clean, our parks in top notch shape, and to keep our streets safe and passable year round so that we can continue put our cleanest face forward for residents and visitors as they enjoy our community concert series, various community activities and MayesFest.
This administration will keep working hard to foster our good working relationship with our Bellevue Independent School District We must continue to promote better quality educational opportunities for our youth in our community so that they may become the future leaders of this community or wherever life leads them in the future. Our school system is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes up Bellevue’s big picture.
Our ever aging infrastructure is always posing new challenges for our community. We continually work with our partners, SD1, the Northern Kentucky Water District, Duke Energy, and the State of Kentucky to fix and upgrade our systems to meet sewer, stormwater, energy, and transportation needs not only for today, but for future growth that will be added. Good examples of these working partnerships are the completed Covert Run storm water management project and Lincoln Road reconstruction plan that will get started this summer. Our work continues to maintain and upgrade our many great park areas. We continue listen to citizen requests for recreation improvements and work to accomplish their goals. Engineering is underway to develop a plan to better control the erosion along our river at the Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial park and create the pathway for Riverfront Commons in the area.
In preparing for the future, we must develop a community that is walkable, bike friendly, and is engaged about its future. We must continue to research, support, and activate initiatives that will guarantee community growth in our future. Some of these steps we have already taken place like planning for Riverfront Commons and bringing Red Bike to Northern Kentucky. The new Bike Stations in Bellevue will help make Bellevue a pedestrian and bike friendly place to visit and call home. These sometimes tough and controversial decisions we make today not only impact Bellevue today, but truly set the stage for a sustainable Bellevue for the future.
In the area of future growth, this legislative body has taken steps to pave the way for future re-development to occur. Research and financing programs such the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district research, our Energy Projects Assessment District (EPAD) ordinance, assorted financial incentive programs, and court battles, will help bring development to our largest tracks of land: Port Bellevue, our shopping center area, and Harbor Greene. We must seek to develop these areas into their highest and best use for our community’s future needs. Now is the time to activate these engines and set the stage for a bright and exciting future for Bellevue.
In closing, we must all not forget that city staff does not make our town what it is all by itself. Again it is with a great group of partners that we accomplish many things around town. Our best asset we have to be thankful for is the passion for our community that we all share. By this I mean the many faces of our community that step up and volunteer their time and efforts to serve for free on our many boards and commissions for the city. This also refers to those who step up and serve with our community organizations like the Bellevue Neighborhood Association, our INVUE Main Street organization, Friends of Bellevue, and many more. And as always, our community partners are constantly looking for new blood to join their efforts and the new ideas that come with our great volunteer spirit. Please take a moment and consider taking time to volunteer for these great organizations that support the City of Bellevue. All of us, working together, can and will make Bellevue the great place we call our home
Please note two important Clean Up events sponsored by Campbell County.
The event is free to Campbell County residents. For dumpster locations, times, and details of what can be accepted are included HERE
This event is also free to all Campbell County residents. For further details, click HERE
The City of Bellevue will host a Shred Day and Clean-up activities during the month of April. Stay tuned for further details.
John Chamberlin from Van Gorder, Walker and Co presented to City Council the Annual Financial Report for the year ending June 30th, 2015 at the February 17th, 2016 meeting. It is an independent review of the financial statements of the City of Bellevue and is used by the City as an indicator of financial health. Links to Mr. Chamberlin’s slideshow and the complete financial report are provided below
If you have any questions or comments about the financial statements, please contact Keith Spoelker @ 431-8866.
According to Barnes Dennig, one of Cincinnati and Kentucky’s largest accounting firms, the holiday season can be a wonderful time of the year but it is also a time when there is an increase in telephone-related scams. Tax scams can take on many different forms. Taxpayers need to keep their guard up against sophisticated and aggressive telephone scams. There is currently an aggressive phishing scam where individuals are receiving automated messages and being ordered to call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Phishing is defined as the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company. In this case, the phone messages indicate that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against the recipient.
If you owe money to the IRS, please remember that the IRS will send you written notification via the US Mail.
Please do not respond to or talk to anyone claiming to be the IRS and asking for personal or financial information over the phone or via email.
For more information on reporting phishing and online scams, visit the IRS website here.
Trash and Recycling Pickup scheduled for Thursday will be picked up a day later on Friday. Normal schedule will resume for Friday pickup. If your trash is not picked up on Friday, please leave your cans out, CSI/Republic will be in on Saturday if necessary to finish any pickups that were not completed on Friday. If you have any questions, please contact CSI/Republic’s main number at (513) 771-4200.
City Surplus Equipment Sale
Sealed bids will be accepted for the following equipment that the City of Bellevue has declared surplus:
2006 Swenson VBOX salt spreader (orange)
2006 Swenson VBOX salt spreaders (yellow)
Meyer Tailgate Spreader
4X8 Tow-behind trailer
Full Size Truck Box
Kelly Croswell Paint machine
All Equipment is sold as-is. The City makes no guarantee as to the operating condition of the equipment.
Public Inspection of the equipment is permitted from 3 to 3:45 Monday, November 9th through Wednesday, November 18th at the Public Works Garage, 630 Colfax Avenue, Bellevue KY.
All bids for equipment must be submitted by sealed envelope by 5pm, Wednesday, November 18th to the Clerk’s Office, City of Bellevue, 616 Poplar Street. Bids must include: 1. Equipment bidding upon, 2. Price bid; 3. Contact information. The City reserves the right to reject and refuse any or all bids and to waive any informalities.
Winning bids will be notified and winner will have through Wednesday, November 25th remove property from the Public Works Garage.
This page lists all blogs, stories, and posts related to news and happenings in the City of Bellevue, KY.