The City of Bellevue put out a Request for Proposals for the development of the Marianne Theater that ended with only one developer stepping forward out of the seven or more seriously considering this project.The issue of what to do with the Marianne Theater created a little stir in our community. Some people get a little nostalgic and emotional when we talk about the future of the theater. That’s okay. The Marianne Theater is a major part of our town, and all of the voices need to be listened to and heard. For the record, one of the conditions of any development will be to preserve the façade of the building. I think all of us agree that is an important goal. Beyond that, from a realistic point of view, we have to consider all of the options that may be available. There is a concept called demolition by neglect. We can’t let that happen. We can’t twiddle our thumbs for a long period of time while the building deteriorates.

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Kentucky League of Cities

The Kentucky League of Cities held its annual meeting for mayors, administrators, council members and municipal representatives in Covington at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on September 24-27. The slogan this year was to “Learn, Network, Energize.” That we did.

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So When Is Our Trash Collection?

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Republic Services routes have been changed for Bellevue and Dayton. Please ignore the list posted earlier by the city. The postcard in the mail from Republic has the correct waste (trash) pick-up date. However, the recycling date is incorrect on the postcard and will remain on every other Thursday. We do anticipate some tweaks to the schedule.

New Activity

Word has it that the Kentucky Probation and Parole Office will be opening soon at The Bellevue Commons (formerly known as the Medical Arts Building). We welcome the approximately 75 employees relocating to Bellevue.

Rare Sighting

I was surprised by this picture of a white squirrel taken by Mike McBee of our Public Services department. The sighting was on the 100 block of Ward Avenue. Take your kids down this street to go to the Beach Park and hopefully you will see it, too.

Improvements on Donnermeyer Drive

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) announced today the award of $62.8 million for 23 transportation projects in the region. Thanks to a Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) we will see bike and pedestrian improvements on Donnermeyer Drive between Riviera Drive and Berry Avenue ($792,000 award, $198,000 match).

It’s a Boy!

Last month we welcomed twins. This month join me in congratulating Councilperson Pat Hogan and his wife Elizabeth on the birth of their baby, Oliver Hurford Hogan!