Message From the Mayor

Dear Citizens of Belleview,

I hope each and every one of you had a very happy holiday season! Please be patient with the city as we work on removing all of the Christmas lights at Lake Lillian and along Highway 441. Belleview has a small staff, so it usually takes some time to get everything down.

I am happy to announce that the City Commission approved holding our annual fishing tournament for children in April, date to be announced. The tournament will be open to children through age 15, and there will be prizes awarded in a variety of categories. I will provide more information as it comes available.

I received the annual crime report from Chief Terry Holland, and I am glad to see that Belleview has experienced a significant reduction in crime, in most areas, over the past year. Reports of stolen property were down by 50%, vandalism by 42.9%, robbery by 83.5%, and burglary by 19.2%. However, the city did see a spike in domestic battery and assault calls, as well as credit card theft and fraud. The police department worked a total of 566 automobile accidents, and issued 5528 traffic citations, down from 6201 the previous year. Our officers also held their annual Shop with a Cop event during the Christmas season, providing Christmas gifts to a total of 16 local children and their families.

In other news, Ms. Mariah Moody was recently sworn as Belleview’s new City Clerk. Ms. Moody has many years of experience, working for both the Belleview/South Marion Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Belleview Economic Development Council. She began working for the city as its events planner and coordinator, and she was soon promoted to the job of Executive Assistant to the City Administrator. While working in that position, Ms. Moody took the initiative to learn about city elections and records management. Congratulations on your new appointment, Mariah Moody!

I have resumed my open office hours, which I hold each Tuesday from 10:00-12:00 PM. Please feel free to stop in and see me! If you do need to contact me at any other time, please call my cell phone at 352-400-1729, or leave a message with the City Administrator at 352-233-2116.

Please join us for our next regular City of Belleview Commission meeting, to be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. Our meetings are held in the Commission room at Belleview City Hall.

Sincerely,

Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski