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The City of Bel Aire and the Bel Aire Community Development Advisory Committee are proud to announce the first big event of 2015. The Bel Aire Recreation Center (5251 East 48th Street North) will host the Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on March 28th. The Bel Aire Lions Club, Revolution Church, and the City of Bel Aire will sponsor the event. Included in this special day for kids and families will be a Face Painter, Music, Clown, a Bouncy House, Food Vendors, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Also, bring your kites and lawn chairs as we will have kite flying available!
In addition to all of these family-fun activities, the event will include the main highlight of the event, the Egg Hunt at 4:30 PM. This is not your normal Egg Hunt! Kids will be searching for 10,000 Eggs redeemed for candy. 50 Easter eggs will also be stuffed with $1.00 silver coins! The Spring Festival will begin at 12:30 PM with the Face Painter, Clown, Bouncy House, Easter Bunny and Food vendors. Event hours will run 12:30 PM-5:30 PM. In addition, 2 Easter Baskets will be given away in a drawing!
A Special Dedication of the New Bel Aire Lions Pavilion will be presented to the City of Bel Aire from the Bel Aire Lions Club at 3:00 PM.
Don’t miss the very exciting event on March 28th at the Bel Aire Rec Center!
Bel Aire receives the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
Bel Aire city leaders are proud to announce that the City of Bel Aire received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2015 Budget.
This award represents a significant achievement by Bel Aire and is the second year the City has received such recognition. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principals of government budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, Bel Aire had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:
· A policy document
· A financial plan
· An operations guide
· A communications device
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was presented to Michelle Meyer, the City's Assistant City Manager/Finance Director.
In the last fiscal year, 1,353 participants from all over North America received the award; 14 were cities within Kansas and only 3 were cities of the 2nd class.
The GFOA is a nonprofit profession association serving nearly 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in government budgeting.
The City of Bel Aire will begin the BRUSH DROP OFF SITE BEGINNING APRIL 11TH!
TIMES: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm noon
2nd Saturday of every month starting on April 11th through October
LOCATION: North side of 53rd halfway between Rock and Webb ---Tree and Brush Waste
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED:
″ No leaves and Grass clippings.
″ No Construction waste.
″ No Treated Wood Products.
Bel Aire Residents Only
Must show proof of Bel Aire residency (Drivers license, utility bill).
The City of Bel Aire has put together a NEW WELLNESS COMMITTEE . There are some very valuable facts to learn about! To read the NEWSLETTER click here
Want to make sure you're prepared for the April elections?
Below is a Link to Sedgwick County's website with Advance Voting times as well as election times for the April Elections:
Advance Voting times and locations in Bel Aire will be:
April 2nd Noon-7pm (Senior Room –conflict with storm spotter meeting in community room)
April 3rd Noon-7pm (Community Room)
April 4th 9am-4pm (Community Room)
April 7th 6am-7pm
Per Ordinance 333, regulating Political Signs:
Political signs cannot be up before March 8th and the dimensions per the code are: Political signs shall not exceed four (3) feet in height and eight (5) square feet per face with two (2) faces permitted.
Please click here for the complete Ordinance.
As sever weather approaches, the City of Bel Aire would like to mention an upcoming Severe Weather Safety Meeting well in advance to be held on April 2nd here at City Hall at 6:30 PM.
Bel Aire city leaders are proud to announce the City of Bel Aire was ranked as the #3 safest town in Kansas by SafeWise. For more infomation on this SafeWise study please click this link below.
This ranking comes just after being ranked the #1 safest small town by Movoto Real Estate
The study looked at populations between 5,000 and 20,000 and ranked them based on data from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report. Study was reported from Movoto, real estate brokerage site.
For more information on this study and other towns ranked in this study, please click below.
City of Bel Aire has launched a new Bel Aire App!
Bel Aire city leaders are excited to announce the creation of a Bel Aire City App that can be downloaded to all smart phones.
In an effort to be more easily accessible to our citizens, Bel Aire has worked with My Community Mobile to create a City App that can be downloaded to any smart phone.
More and more people utilize their smart phones for directions, social media, news, contacts, etc.
For this reason, the Bel Aire City Council felt it was important to stay in touch with our citizens through their smart phones.
The app has many functions such as below:
Contact info for Mayor, City Council and City Staff
Location of City Parks and Recreation
School Locations and Contact Info
Report an Issue
Utility Information and Contact Info
Shop & Dine Section
Economic DevelopmentView Chamber members or current businesses and "Chamber Member of the Month"
The app is free and can easily be downloaded from your app store or by following these links below:
Once the page has been accessed via mobile devices, users need only press the download or install button and the app will begin downloading.
If you wish to receive these newsletters, please go to our homepage and enter your e-mail address to the "Join our E-mail List" and these newsletters will be sent to you via e-mail every month!
The City of Bel Aire notified we are #4 in Homeownership
A new study from NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site, lists Bel Aire as the 4th Best place for Homeownership in Kansas! The data included affordability, population growth and homeownership rates.
Bel Aire has introduced a new
Adopt a Park Program
Bel Aire Gains Recognition for Being a Great Place to Live!
According to the new rankings by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC
Bel Aire was ranked as the #1 suburb in Sedgwick County and #7 in the state of Kansas!
Suburbs were ranked based on access to amenities, proximity to good schools, average commute times and community safety. According to the survey, suburbanites are more likely to eat in, commute to work, own their homes, and dedicate weekends to home improvement and do-it-yourself décor projects. View the full article in the Wichita Business Journal
Welcome to the City of Bel Aire - City of the Future with Respect for It's Past! We feel the tagline of our community says a great deal of who we are, and what we believe. Our past delivered us to our present...commitment, dedication, and perseverance will boldly drive us into the future.
Bel Aire is an inviting community with strong businesses and wonderful people. With a population nearing 7,000 and its close proximity to Wichita, Bel Aire is afforded the amenities of big-city living, while being able to remain close to its small-town roots. In addition, nearby major transportation networks and available resources foster an environment of healthy business creation and expansion. These important characteristics make Bel Aire a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We invite you to take a look at our website, familiarize yourself with our community, and see for yourself why we are proud to call Bel Aire home!
Thank you for your virtual visit. If you have questions, we have answers. Contact us with any questions you may have and let's discuss why Bel Aire is the Metro's community of choice.
Bel Aire Quick Facts:
Date of Incorporation: November 26, 1980
Land Area: 6.83 sq. miles
Elevation: 1,400 ft
ZIP Code: 67220, 67226
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Public School District: USD 259
Private Schools: Resurrection Catholic School and Sunrise Christian Academy
Government: Council - Manager
Sales Tax: 7.15%
To find out more about Bel Aire, visit the US Census Bureau's Quick Facts about Bel Aire, KS