A Message from Mayor Charlie Cleves
Have you noticed Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue recently?It is clean and filled with a plethora of colorful red, white and purple flowers, interesting businesses and people, too.The pleasant ambiance on the Avenue doesn’t just happen. It’s that way because of the efforts by shop owners, City volunteers and City staff. Folks are attracted to this area for a variety of reasons including the architecture, unique and interesting stores, and the taverns and restaurants. Now, Bellevue is being touted as a “foodie” town with options on Fairfield including Siam Orchard, Mrs. Teapots Tea Room, The Fairfield Market, Schneider’s Sweet Shop, Fessler’s, Avenue Brew, The Elusive Cow, Bellevue Bistro, Three Spirits Tavern, and The Pretzel Place. A favorite meeting spot for many, Brozzart’s, has a new owner, and positive changes will be made there. Please do what you can to support these downtown restaurants and taverns. They deserve and need your support.
Thank you BNA Volunteers!
I want to give a special note of thanks to Fairfield Avenue residents Jim and Bev McPhail. They go up and down Fairfield arranging and watering plants. They and all of the other volunteers’ efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated
Within the next 60 days you will be seeing surveyors on Lincoln Road. Our new City Engineer Mike Yeager is using all of the data collected from the residents along with his personal observations to design a more efficient system. Catch basins need to be added. Some need to be moved or the height changed so that they actually can capture the water. The size of the pipe on the lower section will have to be larger and the detention basin is being discussed. Even with a new design, which requires going back to SD1 for their approval since they are paying 50 percent of part of the bill, we are hopeful that the project should be stated by spring at the latest. A close review of the design, and surveying are the first steps to be taken. Oh, and then there’s the little detail finding the money to pay for it. The latest price tag is about $2.5 million. Mr. Yeager is sharpening his pencil to see where we can produce positive results with a reasonable fund.
Art in the Park
By the time you are reading this the event has already set a new record for the number of artists in the show. There are more than 100 this year. Art in the Park is a special forum for artists to exhibit their work in a great location on the Ohio River, the Bellevue Beach Park. Community Development Director Jody Robinson and a dedicated group of volunteers chaired by Tim Wilhelm work hard to bring all of the artists together along food and libation for the hundreds if not thousands or millions of patrons. Okay, maybe hundreds, but it’s a lot of people.
Code Enforcement Board
The word is out on the street in that we mean business when it comes to our code enforcement effort in Bellevue. City Administrator Frank Warnock’s mantra at our staff meetings is that we have a duty to provide a clean and safe city for everyone here. There always seems to be a few who like to skirt the system, and create problems, but we’re going to do our best to provide a clean and safe environment. If you get a citation from the code enforcement officer and decide you are not going to pay the fine then please contact Code Enforcement Director Tom McDaniel and give your side of the story. Our end goal is compliance not aggravating and fining people. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances where we have accepted a timeline for correcting major problems. Ignoring the notice and not showing up for the Code Board hearing meeting may result in a $300, $500, or $2,500 additional fine. A $2,500 fine that was just levied at the last meeting was the result of an out-of-state owner who told the Code Enforcement Director he was not going to pay the original fine (less than $100) and was not going to make the repairs either because his house was not worth enough. This may have worked with the previous administrations, but not anymore. Again, we don’t like to punish people, and we seek voluntary compliance up front before enforcement is undertaken. Our new Code Enforcement Director is a retired police chief, and he knows and understands peoples’ problems, but his ultimate goal is a clean and safe town.
We issued a Request for Proposals for the development of the Marianne Theater that is owned by the City. While there were at least five different groups looking at the theater we only received one proposal. This developer meets all of our qualifications in experience and finances. We will be having a conversation with our Board of Council members to see if we can move the development of the theater forward. We want to work with a developer to see if we can come up with a plan that will work for the city and the developer.
This year we committed $1,500 to be given out in increments of $150 mini-grants. Businesses are not eligible for these grants. The grants are to provide assistance for neighborhood groups who host events open to the public. They are available for block parties where the money would be used to have an activity for children or to pay for outdoor toilettes or provide other amenities. They cannot be used to order extra beer for a block party. Frank is the dictator who runs this program. He says he is a benevolent dictator, but that’s subject to debate.
I want to give a big shout out to Councilmember Sean Fisher who now has double trouble on his hands. He and his wife, Katy Cosse, just had twins, Vivian and Audrey. Sean’s life just got more complicated, times two. Sean says he has two new supporters in his corner.