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COUNCIL UPDATE:

Items discussed at the November 12th, 2019 Council Meeting:

  • Foreman Scott Kasl gave an update on the activities and projects the Street, Parks, Cemetery and Airport Departments have performed over the last year.
    • Over $140,000 has been spent on street repairs in 2019 to purchase asphalt, seal oil, cover sand and other material to patch and seal 48 blocks of street and rebuild parts of P Street and 22nd Street.
    • Painted lines downtown and in front of Food Mart.
    • Planted trees and mulched around the square and at the parks and Rocky Pond.
    • Installed culverts at 14th & H and a box culvert at 26th & K Street.
    • Milled the edges of a number of streets
    • Trimmed Trees along roadways
    • Poured additional concrete at Dog Park.
    • Installed a memorial Bench, Shade Structures at the Splash Pad, and concrete sidewalks in the City Park.
    • Mowed and weed eated the City Cemetery, city park, Rocky Pond and ball fields, along with 30 additional properties around town that were in violation of the City's tall grass ordinance.
    • Cleaned and cut trees at the Cemetery.
    • Installed a new lighted wind sock at the airport.
    • Maintain and calibrate lights at airport.
    • Other maintenance includes spraying weeds along streets, ballfields, parks, cemetery, cleaning and maintenance of all rest rooms, collecting trash at City facilities, maintenance of equipment, putting flags and cones out for holidays and parades, maintenance of the tree dump, along with many other items this department conducts everyday.
  • A Resolution was passed providing 60 days for the property owners at 1003 K Street to make repairs to the structure.
  • The Governing Body approved the expenditure of up to $15,000 for engineers to start a study on securing quality water for the City of Belleville.  Part of this process will be analyze different types of water treatment facilities and decide what location would be the best to construct the facility if the City would move in that direction.
  • Mayor Lapo proclaimed November 30, 2019 as Small Business Saturday, and encouraged people to shop locally on the 30th, and all year long.
  • The low bid from Diehl Construction for demo and removal of the burnt structure at 1328 19th Street was approved.  Demolition of the structure could begin as early as November 18th, 2019

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • November 23rd, 2019, 3:00 p.m. – Kansas Distinguished Young Women Program - Blair Theater.
  • November 19th, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Christmas on the Square, Downtown Belleville

 

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

City crews are working on getting the town ready for the upcoming holiday season.  Light Department crews will start putting up the pole mount decorations around the square.  The City purchased 20 more decorations this year from the City Capital Improvement fund.  In all, 40 new LED decorations will be placed around the square this year.  Crews will also be working on the strings of lights on the buildings downtown and assisting with the Rocky Pond Christmas as needed.

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE

Come out and celebrate the start of the Christmas Season at the Christmas on the Square on November 29th, 2019.  The lighted parade will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Please contact the Chamber and Main Street Program for entry information  at 527-5524.  Horse and wagon rides inside the square will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Cost to ride is a Food Bank Donation.  Stores will be open late, the downtown Christmas lights will come on, and you can visit Santa at the Blair Theater following the lighted parade.  Plan to come and enjoy the spirit of a small town community on the 29th!