Message From the Mayor
Dear Citizens of Belleview,
The holiday season is right around the corner, and there are lots of fun things planned in the city! If you are out and about trick or treating on Halloween, be sure to stop by the Belleview Police Department, where Chief Terry Holland and his lovely wife will be handing out candy. Then, on Saturday, November 16th, the city will hold our second health fair at Lake Lillian. This event will boast healthy food trucks, fun activities, free health screenings, and free fitness trackers for anyone who gets a screening, attends a fitness class, and downloads the Active Marion Project mobile app. The health fair will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Also, our public works department will be at Lake Lillian over the next several weeks, diligently working to put up our Christmas lights! The lights will be turned on December 7th at our annual Light up Lake Lillian event. This is a fun, family event that will have food, crafts, facepainting, and fun activities for kids! The city is also partnering with Kringle Christmas, in order to bring Santa, gifts, and free photos to the lake! Light up Lake Lillian will begin at 2:00 pm, and the lights will be turned on when darkness falls. The following Sunday, December 15th, brings the annual Christmas parade to the city. The parade takes place on Hwy 441, beginning at SE 110th Street, turning left on Robinson Road, and ending at Lake Lillian. Following the parade, the Belleview South Marion Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Winter Festival at Lake Lillian!
In other news, the city has recently hired a new police officer, Quiney “Q” Coleman. Mr. Coleman will go through new hire orientation and training, before being sworn in. Also, pending commission approval, the Marion County Health Department will be bringing their mobile clinic to city hall, in order to offer free Hepatitis A vaccinations to city employees and members of the community. This is in response to an increasing number of Hepatitis A cases that have been diagnosed in recent months in Marion County.
In other news, the new WaWa is up and running, and is attracting a lot of business to the city of Belleview. Riccardo’ restaurant recently pulled permits to expand their location into the adjacent unit, opening up their delicious restaurant to even more patrons. And, if you love hotdogs, don’t forget to visit Rudy the Hot Dog Man. Rudy’s hot dogs are located right on Highway 441, next to KFC, on the old Lassie’s property. Rudy has been serving hot dogs in the city for over 11 years, and is currently Belleview’s only hot dog vendor.
Don’t forget, 2020 is a census year for the citizens of the U.S. Keep an eye out for your census information, and be sure to go online to fill out your information. This is very important, because federal funding for many programs is based on census numbers. Please be counted so our community can get its fair share of our federal tax dollars put back into our community!
Please join us for our next regular city commission meeting, to be held on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00 PM. Also, please join me for my next walk with the Mayor, on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm at the big pavilion at Lake Lillian.
Mayor Christine K. Dobkowski