Electricity is supplied to the city by Commonwealth Edison Company, with headquarters at Rockford, Illinois. Over 22,522 megawatts of power are available. Belvidere is serviced from a 138 K.V. Loop system. Rates are available upon request from office at Rockford, Illinois. Natural gas is available from Northern Illinois Gas Company (NI COR) with headquarters in Rockford, Illinois. Rates and information are available by calling the Rockford office. Verizon maintains the telephone system in Belvidere with over 11,000 lines.
The water department is owned and operated by the City of Belvidere. The supply comes from 8 deep wells ranging in depth from 120 feet to 1,800 feet, capable of producing over 9 million gallons of water per day. Hardness test is 19 - 26 grains. A diesel motor is used as stand-by in case of emergency with regular power from Public Service Company. There are 78 miles of water mains in the city with 591 hydrants. Water pressure is maintained at 65 to 92 pounds. Each well is controlled by automatic devices to maintain steady water pressure. Water is state tested, with chlorine added for purity. The water department employs 12 people. Two elevated tanks of 300,.000 gallons capacity each and two reservoirs (ground storage) of 435,000 and 70,000 gallons capacity serve the city's needs.
Belvidere's sewage treatment plant is municipally owned as well. The design average flow is 5,899 to 6.5 million gallons per day with an average flow is 3.5 to 4.5 millions gallons per day coursing through 80 - 91 miles of water mains. The plant operates accordingly to IEPA and USEPA regulations, under the direction of a certified state licensed operator. The treatment process is activated sludge.
There are 25 churches in Belvidere representing 15 denominations. Cultural facilities include the Community Building Complex, and The Baltic Mill, both of which host a wide variety of concerts, theatrical events etc. Belvidere is also the home of the Boone County Historical Museum and the Pettit Memorial Chapel designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Recreational facilities include the YMCA (Nautilus program, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, banquet room and club rooms). There are approximately 110 acres in the Belvidere Park District. (This includes two baseball diamonds, play grounds for children, one swimming pool, seven tennis courts, five basketball courts, picnic tales, and shelter hours.) There are two gymnasiums, two bowling alleys, and two golf courses. In addition, the Keen Age Center was recently completed to provide expanded facilities for the wide variety of programs and activities available for seniors in Belvidere and Boone County.
Educational facilities include ten grade schools (7 public, one Catholic, one Lutheran, one Baptist), three middle schools (two public, one Lutheran, one Baptist school) and one senior high school, with an additional senior high school opening in the fall of 2007. School District No. 100 contracts with a private corporation for bus services. Year 2006-2007 enrollments are as follows: High School - 2,336 enrollments, Central Middle School - 1,147 enrollments, South Middle School - 957 enrollments, Caledonia Elementary - 641, Kishwaukee - 211 enrollments, Lincoln - 687 enrollments, Meehan - 635 enrollments, Perry - 277 enrollments, Seth Whitman Elementary - 734 enrollments, and Washington Elementary - 1,089 for a total District 100 enrollment of 8,714. In addition, Boone County Center Special Education Center, which services residents with special needs in District No. 100 and District No. 200 from age 3 to 21 - 61 students.
The Ida Public Library maintains over 68,000 volumes, and conducts a summer reading program as well as a reading hour for small children. Services include use of computers, internet access, lending of video and cassette tapes, large print books, hard and soft cover books, records, and art prints. Inter-library loan service is also available.
The community is served by three local newspapers. The Belvidere Republican is published Tuesday-Friday and Sunday. The Boone County Journal is a free weekly newspaper distributed on Friday. In addition, the Boone County Shopper, a free, all advertising/classified paper is also published weekly on Thursdays.
Belvidere is home to independently owned motels, many shops and stores and restaurants. Besides those businesses located in the downtown district, one will find many more new shopping and dining experiences popping up as our community continues to grow.
The chief industries in and around Belvidere include machine tools, heat furnaces, automobiles (home to the Daimler Chrysler Assembly Plant), bottle caps, canned and frozen vegetables (General Mills - Green Giant), the North American Headquarters of NDK, a synthetic quartz manufacturer, microwave paper products, rubber, wire and wire coating, fertilizers, and chemicals, automotive and appliance trim, beauty salon equipment and wooden panels and trusses for the construction industry.
(information courtesy of the city of Belvidere)