Message From the Mayor

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

The City of Belleview would like to encourage our young citizens to consider joining our youth commission. The city is considering increasing the number of members on the commission from five to nine, with four members constituting a quorum. The youth commission is open to all young people in grades nine through twelve, who are enrolled in public, private, or homeschool. The youth commissioners spend their meetings learning more about the local government, as well as sharing their opinions and perspectives with the regular city commission. Please visit www.belleviewfl.org for more information.

Our debris pick-up company has completed the first wave of hurricane debris pick-up. Everything in the city has been collected, with the exception of very large tree portions. The company will return in one week to collect any new debris that citizens set out in the right of way, as well as those larger trunks that have yet to be collected. I am very happy with the quick and efficient manner in which Hamlet Construction has executed our debris pick-up contract. I am also pleased with the manner in which the city’s dedicated staff handled Hurricane Irma. Sadly, many mistruths were spread on social media regarding the city’s handling of the storm. This is very disheartening to those who worked so hard to keep our city safe throughout this storm event. Please take a moment to thank those employees who went above and beyond the call of duty.

In other news, a number of local citizens have requested that the city consider adopting an ordinance supporting Molly’s Law. Molly’s Law refers to a registry for people who have been convicted of abusing animals. These convicted offenders are placed on a registry, so that pet store owners and others who are selling or giving away animals can be made of aware of those who are prohibited by law from owning animals. There is currently no one listed on this registry. The ordinance will appear on the city commission’s agenda at some time in the next month or so.

In other news, the renovations on city hall and the police department are scheduled to begin in early November. For a short period of time, utility bill payments will need to be made at the police department. Please keep an eye on the city’s website for more information. As part of these renovations, I am happy to report that the city will be getting an electronic sign in front of city hall, as part of the renovation process. This will provide yet another way for us to share information with our citizens.

Please join us for our next regular city commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:00 PM at Belleview City Hall.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski

352-789-7658