Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homeowners Guide to Diggers Hotline

REMINDER NOTICE to Village Residents/Property Owners: Special Assessments

As part of the Village’s annual Capital Improvement Planning process, our 71 miles of Village streets are evaluated for needed resurfacing and repairs. Streets are typically resurfaced once every 20-25 years.

Special Assessments are currently used by the Village to fund these resurfacing projects.  Assessments involve charging a fee directly to property owners for improvement projects that benefits the abutting property.  Assessments per property (lot) can range from approximately $6,000- $8,000. Corner lots are assessed at 1/2 lot per side.

Bills are typically sent out in September and may be paid in full without interest within 30 days. If the bill is not paid in full within 30 days, charges are levied on the property tax bill with interest. Payments are due annually over a 10 year period on the tax bill. Assessments can be paid off early and interest is charged only on the remaining principal.

Residents are encouraged to review our Village Capital Improvement Plan and Special Assessment page to learn more about our program and when your road may be planned for improvements. Plans are reviewed annually and therefore are subject to change annually. Residents with resurfacing projects in 2017 and subject to assessments have been notified. Currently, no projects are scheduled again until 2019.

Monday, April 24, 2017

From the Brown County Sheriff's Office: Save yourself the stress: Lock your doors

The Brown County Sheriff's Office would like to remind Bellevue residents that taking only a few moments to check your locks each day and night can save you a great deal of stress. Consider: by taking less than a minute each night to make sure that the locks on your windows, doors, and garage service doors are locked, you can save yourself the stress of having your property burglarized. It is also recommended that you do the same for the daytime hours that you will not be home.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NFPA: Marina & Boating Safety

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But, boaters, swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. Electrical hazards and carbon monoxide (CO) bring unique risks to the boating world. Learn to protect people and pets from these dangers.

Electrical Safety

  • Never allow swimming near the boat, marina, or launching ramp. Residual current could flow into the water from the boat or the marina's wiring. This can put anyone at risk of electrical shock drownings (ESD).
  • Be sure your boat is well-maintained. Have it inspected each year. Ask a qualified marine electrician to do this job.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and equipment leakage circuit interrupters (ELCIs) should be installed and tested monthly. Run tests to find out if electrical current is leaking from the boat.
  • Only use cords intended for marine use. Never use household cords near water.
  • Know where your main breakers are on both the boat and the shore power source. This will help you respond quickly in an emergency.

Know the Risks!
Electrical shock drownings can occur when marina electrical systems leak electrical current into the water. Boats can also serve as the source of an electrical leakage. Leakage can cause a shock that can injure, disable, or kill a person.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called the "invisible killer." CO is created when fuels such as gasoline, diesel, or propane do not burn fully. CO is also produced when wood or charcoal is burned.

Sources of CO on your boat may include engines, gas generators, and cooking ranges. Space and water heaters can also be sources of CO. CO can collect anywhere in or around a boat. The gas is harmful to both people and pets.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Poorly tuned engines produce more CO. Keep your engine properly maintained. Follow manufacturer's instructions for service.
  • Proper ventilation for engine and generator exhaust vents must be clear and pipes should be inspected for leaks.
  • Get into fresh air right away and get help if you feel symptoms of CO poisoning. These include: headache, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, nausea, or seizures. The symptoms can be similar to seasickness. Assume it is exposure until you are sure the boat is safe.
  • Do not swim near the boat's exhaust cents. CO accumulates there.
  • Install CO alarms inside your boat. Test CO alarms before each trip.
    • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
    • If the CO alarm sounds, move to a fresh air location right away.
  • FACT: CO can remain in or around your boat at unsafe levels even if the engine has been turned off.