We are seeing the best of Bellevue during this corona virus emergency. Our first responders and staff keep the city running and our citizens are showing remarkable generosity and commitment to following the Governor’s orders.
Thank you for doing your part in keeping Bellevue safe.
Mayor Charlie Cleves
Thanks to Carl and Julia Pitts!
Carl and Julia Pitts moved to Bellevue in April, 2019. After fulfilling their duties in the U.S. Army as Air Defense Artillery officers, the couple looked hard for a place where they could settle down and grow within a community.
They started a group called the Bellevue Mutual Aid Collective (#bmac). “Everything for everyone; nothing for us.” Their search for issues plaguing local communities led them to lack of availability to food.
They posted on local Facebook groups, created and put up flyers on Fairfield Avenue. They collected food April 13-17, 2020, and delivered 44 bags of food to needy individuals and families on April 18. Lewis Connell helped distribute the food and Stephanie Batsakes handed out flyers.
The people of Bellevue came out and donated the 44 bags of groceries. “We look forward to finding new and innovative ways that we can help Bellevue because frankly, we love living here,” said Carl Pitts.
Census 2020 — may we count on you?
After checking the response rate map, I see that as of this writing only 61.4% of in Campbell County have responded to the Census. In Bellevue, the number was 58.4%. That’s not good.
That means 41.6% of Bellevue has not responded (I was a math major). Those numbers don’t add up to a good response rate.
All of the state and federal aid the City receives is based on our population as determined by the Census. Please take the time to respond to the Census. It’s important to our City. Go to www.2020census.gov to find information about how to respond. It doesn’t take much time and it’s important.
I want everyone to know we’re doing the best we can to provide good effective basic day-to-day government services for our citizens.
City Administrator Frank Warnock, his upper management staff and I meet once a week to discuss activities and projects in the City, and we discuss the City’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have taken steps to limit the staff’s exposure to risk and at the same time provide basic government services for our citizens so we are clean and safe.
We also meet once per week in a teleconference with Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery, other mayors and city administrators to discuss COVID-19 issues and to collaborate government responses.
Judge Pendery and Governor Beshear are doing a great job communicating with us and keeping everyone informed.
We have been trying to make lemonade out of lemons in Bellevue. The City staff has been buying lunches at local restaurants on a regular basis to help them out. They need your help. We’ve got some ideas to help them through the pandemic and we will be trying to allow them more outside space to serve adjacent to their businesses on City sidewalks, the public way and privately owned areas. It’s a little tricky, but that’s not going to stop us from trying to help them out so we can increase their ability to do business. We need to be safe, but we also need to do business, and we can do that with a little thought and creativity.
Our personnel resources have been limited by the pandemic, and the state and federal governments’ mandates, but we’re keeping projects moving the best we can. Please help us by understanding our challenges and being patient and thoughtful to others.
Truck Bed Sing-along Tour
My neighbor, Bryan McCartney, who lives on Prospect Street with his wife, Annie, and boys Milo and Zane, started a truck bed sing-a-long tour in Bellevue
His music studio at 205 Lafayette was closed by the corona virus restrictions. That left him with a lot of time to try to come with new ideas on how to make a living. After brainstorming with his friends who saw the videos of musicians coming out of Italy, the idea was born.
With a borrowed pickup truck, he arrives in front of your house to perform three songs live for you and your neighbors for $30.00 plus tips. He’s been very busy entertaining all of us throughout Bellevue.
Click the link to send message to the Truck Bed Sing-along Tour Facebook page to book a tour.
Our City Engineer, Mike Yeager, and his firm have redesigned Lincoln Road in order to make the proposed project a reality. Originally slated to cost $2.6 million, the redesigned project is now $590,000. Of that amount, about $50,000 or so has already been spent.
Police and Fire Departments
I want to take this opportunity to thank our police and firefighters who have been exposed to the COVID-19 risk of getting the virus by the nature of the circumstances that they are constantly experiencing.
Many of our residents are at home when they would normally be elsewhere. I think many of us are frustrated, but may be enjoying time at home with family. This is not true for police and firefighters.
Our police and firefighters have to do what they can to protect themselves from exposure by using personal protective equipment (“PPE”). It’s a constant problem for them and the City. Police Chief Leland Estepp, Fire Chief Chris Adkins and their staff have been diligent about obtaining PPE to protect their men and women first responders.
Unlike cities in other jurisdictions, our police and fire are responding to all calls for service, fires, emergencies, burglaries, theft and so forth. At times, it’s challenging, but they are going above and beyond. I worry about them. Take the time to thank them for what they do.
On April 21, Sanitation District No. 1 conducted its Board of Directors meeting and voted to award us $236,600 on the portion of the project that fits their criteria for matching funds. Soon the project will be put out to bid and construction should begin in July of this year.
Tom Ratterman & Alex Thompson
Bellevue native and resident Alex Thompson took Bellevue to a new high on a warm Saturday night May 2. He is a talented disc jockey and a Bellevue High School graduate. Former Bellevue Councilperson Tom Ratterman invited Alex to perform on Tom’s front porch on Washington Avenue from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and it was a fun evening.
Energizing music entertained Bellevue folks providing a little respite from the COVID-19 shutdown. Even more amazing than the music was the smoke, colored spot lights and lasers. The neighborhood came out to enjoy a free evening of music and a temporary end to the boredom brought on by the virus. Social distancing was practiced and everyone was respectful to each other.
Tom enjoyed the evening, but he had to behave himself because he had to run the Bellevue Marathon the next day (he reached his goal!)! There was some dancing in the street even by Frank’s wife Judy.
I saw a professional photographer, Renee Mouser, taking many pictures at the event and found out she met Alex two years ago when he was the videographer at the same wedding where she was the photographer. Renee supplied me with photos for our website.
Alex is a 2014 graduate of Bellevue High School. He grew up at 315 Prospect which was my home from 1955 to 1965.
You can reach Alex at www.thompsonaudiovisions.com if you’d like to hire him. You’ll be glad you did!
Thank you Tom and Alex for all you do for Bellevue
The 100-Word Story of Life in Bellevue
To mark this extraordinary year, both for the world and for Bellevue, we want your stories to archive, to publish, to catalogue the 150th Anniversary of our town.
What do you see when you look out your window? How has life changed this month, this year, this decade? Who are the people around you? Write a story about your favorite photo. Why do you live in Bellevue? Who do you see when you walk your dog?
You get 100 words—exactly 100 words—which is both the pain and the pleasure here. It’s short, you tell yourself. You can write 100 words at a bus stop, on your lunch break, in your sleep. But with 100 words you must tell the whole story in its entirety, so it holds together like a perfect little doll house.
Submit your story two ways: deposit your handwritten or printed story in the 100-Word Story box at 236 Foot Avenue or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Bellevue’s Sesquicentennial Facebook page for weekly writing prompts and for more details.
Support Bellevue Businesses
It’s a win/win when you support our Bellevue businesses!
- They help build the unique character of our community
- They support our local fundraisers
- They provide food, services, and merchandise we need and want
They make Bellevue a destination
It’s Preservation Month!
Across America, we celebrate our heritage through historic places. Preservation enriches our lives by saving our past. Our history inspires. You may find it touring historic places; taking in the beauty of extraordinary historic buildings, experiencing the grit of dwellings of less grandeur, or sites where significant moments in history occurred. Each possesses equally interesting stories.
Historic places are worth saving as well as the stories behind them. Preservation is for everyone! It exists everywhere you go and learning about the stories becomes addictive. Have you been following the Bellevue Sesquicentennial Celebration and Preservation in Bellevue Facebook pages? They are great resources to discover our rich heritage. The Sesquicentennial History Committee and members of the Bellevue Preservation Commission are busy working on projects bringing our history to life. Follow our preservation page on Facebook.