Friday, March 25, 2005

Small town, big future

Alongside other municipalities in the Wood River Valley, the city of Bellevue lives in the shadow of bigness—Hailey and Ketchum—and national celebrity--Sun Valley.

Make no mistake, however, Bellevue is emerging as a major player in fast growing Blaine County.

That's why the 1,335 registered voters of Bellevue have a responsibility to show up at the election polls on April 4 to elect their mayor and fill three city council seats -- to pick city leadership to deal with challenges not necessarily of Bellevue's doing, but to Bellevue's benefit.

Take growth. The Bellevue area inside the city and nearby increasingly is the place of choice for homebuyers and homebuilders. Available land and less expensive housing is the lure. Bellevue needs a voice in what sort of mini-urban character is being created.

Take the planned expansion and improvement of State Highway 75, Bellevue's Main Street. In time, the entrepreneurial spirit will unleash a rush of investments for businesses along the refurbished road. City Hall will need the best minds to shape the character of that boulevard.

And finally, the new location of a new airport. Bellevue, which has been on the receiving end of arriving and departing aircraft noise from Friedman Memorial Airport, has an important voice in making certain a new airport, if there is one, is sited properly.

For Bellevue voters who expect the best of their community, their most important assurance of a promising future lies in participating in the city's affairs by electing leaders who're willing to tackle opportunities with vision and determination.

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