From the Desk of the Mayor: July

July 15, 2016

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

Please join the City of Belleview on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM for the grand opening of the City of Belleview Wilma Loar Splash Park. The splash park is located at Lake Lillian, near the water tower. We will be serving lunch at the event, prepared by the Belleview Police Department. Please RSVP to Lezli Merritt at 352-233-2115 if you plan to eat with us. I would  like to take a moment to thank our own Belleview Hardee’s for their generous donation of 50 hamburgers for this event!

I would also like to take a moment to recognize our police department for going beyond the call of duty. Not only do they take time out of their busy schedules to participate in our community cook-outs, but they go the extra mile in small ways every day. We recently received a thank you letter from a citizen whose mother had died. The citizen pointed out that our responding officers were caring and compassionate, and Officer Mike Miley even stopped by this citizen’s house a few days later just to see how he was doing. Officer Miley, along with some of his cohorts, was also recently spotted at Lake Lillian, giving away popsicles to the children of our community. Great job, Officer Miley, and all of our dedicated officers!

I would like to take a moment to comment on some citizen complaints that the city has recently received. The complaints are in regards to the recently burned out trailer home next to the health department on 110th Street. This parcel is in serious disrepair, and it has several signs on the property containing vulgar language. Unfortunately, this property is not in the city limits, so there is nothing that we can legally do about these issues. However, we have been in close communication with Marion County Code Enforcement. They are doing everything within their legal rights to ensure that this property is cleaned up as quickly as possible. It must go through the official code enforcement process, but they have assured us that they are aware of the issues and are taking the appropriate steps to rectify the situation.

In other news, the city is currently going through its yearly budget process. We have some exciting projects proposed for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the projects we are looking at is the water/sewer study of SE 132nd. The city received a $250,000 appropriations grant from the State of Florida to study the feasibility and costs of connecting our water and sewer lines on US Highway 441 to our water and sewer on CR 484, via 132nd. We are also looking at making some improvements to Cherokee Park, where the Fred King Playground is located, and we are hoping to move forward with some of our sidewalk projects, as well. We may also be moving forward with providing a community center for the citizens of Belleview. Furthermore, City Hall may be receiving some much needed renovations!

Please don’t forget that our new Public Works Complex is now open. It is located on SE 55the avenue road, next to the new fire station!

Please join us for our next regularly scheduled commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski