Thursday, May 27, 2010

Construction on Roundabout at Verlin Road and Main Street Set To Begin

The State Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is set to start the construction of a roundabout at Main Street and Verlin Road in mid June. In addition to the roundabout, the DOT will also be doing reconstructive work along Manitowoc Road from Main Street to Eaton Road.

The scope of the project will include the following:
  • The removal of the traffic signals at Main Street and Verlin Road and replacing it with a double lane roundabout;
  • The installation of sidewalk along the south side of Verlin Road/Manitowoc Road from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Diamond grinding the concrete surface from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Bridge deck repairs/overlay and ramp improvements for the bridge over I-43, and
  • Some signal and lane improvements to the intersection of Steffens Way and Manitowoc Road.
Lane and road closures will occur at various times throughout the project. For more information on the project, stages and closure schedules, visit Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/projects-construction/main-street-verlin-road-roundabout-a-manitowoc-road-improvements.html

An Open House has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 1st from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Village Public Safety Building/Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road) to allow interested parties to meet the contractor and DOT representatives regarding the project.

The project is scheduled to begin June 14th.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Advanced Pain Management of Bellevue Adopts Bower Creek Park

Advanced Pain Management of Bellevue recently helped beautify one of the Village's parks. The clinic, located at 2595 Development Drive, sent eight volunteers on Saturday, May 22nd to pull weeds, plant flowers and spread mulch at Bower Creek Park. The volunteer effort was completed as part of the Village's Adopt-a-Park program.

The Adopt a Park program allows area businesses, neighborhood groups and concerned residents to make a difference in the parks. The program combines both in-kind service as well as a financial contribution that helps off-set the costs of maintaining and improving the adopted park.

According to their website, Advanced Pain Management "is a caring organization that is committed to providing patients with innovative pain management services. We strive to deliver the most advanced, minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic services to enable our patients to restore function, relieve pain and renew hope."

For more information on the Adopt-a-Park program and other private sponsorship opportunities, visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services/sponsorship-opportunities.html

Friday, May 21, 2010

Village Board Meeting for May 26, 2010

The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board will review and possibly make action on the following items:

Public Hearings:
  1. Resolution V-20-2010 - Consider the levy of special assessments for improvements to consist of construction and installation of any of the following, but not limited to, mini storm sewer system and other related appurtances. Assessment to be levied against property along parcels B-1363; B-1364; B-1365; B-1366; B-1367; B-345-7; B-345-6; B-345-5; B-345-4; and B-345-3.
  2. PDD 2010.2 - Owner, Dan Hujet, is requesting the creation of a Preliminary Planned Development District which would include areas for single-family residential development and multi-family development on approximately 23.8 acres, located on the west side of Bower Creek Road, approximately 350' south of Kettle Creek Drive. (Containing portions of parcels B-316-3 and B-316-5)
Old Business:
  1. WIS 29 Connectivity Determination - Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be present to report on findings of their study.
New Business:
  1. 2010 Road Referendum Report - The Road Referendum Steering Committee has completed draft ballot language for the November 2, 2010 election. In addition, the Committee will present their final report for Board review and consideration.
The Village of Bellevue is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees consisting of a Village President and four (4) Village Trustees. The Village President is elected every three (3) years.

All positions are elected at large. Two Trustees are elected in the even numbered years with the other two Trustees being elected in the odd numbered years. The Village Board is responsible for overseeing all activities and functions of the Village.

Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road).

For more information please visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org

Area Ash Trees Dropping Leaves?

Just recently ash trees around the area have been prematurely dropping their leaves shortly after the trees leafed out. Due to loss of leaves, affected trees have a thinner crown compared to nearby broadleaf trees of different species.

Two main events are causing this leaf drop: 1) frost/freeze events and 2) anthracnose fungal infection. Frost/freeze events occurring after the buds had started to swell or after buds had already broken damaged newly expanding leaves or caused tender leaves to die. Additionally, the fungal disease anthracnose, was able to infect some leaves this spring causing dead spots on the leaves. Ash trees will purge these damaged leaves.

When you look at ash leaves that prematurely fell to the ground, they will have black/brown blotches on green leaves and many of them are curled up or distorted. Photos above and at right show damaged leaves that the tree will choose to drop. The leaf disease, anthracnose, is commonly seen when the spring weather is cool and wet. Leaf damage tends to be more severe on the lower crown of a tree if anthracnose is the culprit whereas frost damage will be more severe in the upper portions of the tree and the outer edges.

Although ash may drop the majority of its leaves the tree will attempt to send out a second set of leaves and will look much better the rest of the season. Once leaves mature, temperatures increase, and spring shower season ends, the problem usually subsides. No control is necessary for yard trees although it is a good idea to maintain the overall health of the trees by watering during dry periods, properly mulching, and minimizing injuries to the tree.

UW Extension has a factsheet available on anthracnose at the following url: http://wihort.uwex.edu/gardenfacts/XHT1001c.pdf

For more information on the Village's urban forestry program, visit: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services/urban-forestry.html

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Donated Benches A Welcome Addition to Eaton Road Side-Path

The Village recently installed two benches and a garbage receptacle near the Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road. The benches will serve as a resting point for walkers, bikers and other users along the Eaton Road side-path.

The benches were purchased through generous donations of $1,000 from Veolia Environmental Services and $500 from Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Road Referendum Steering Committee To Present Recommendation

Since January of this year, an ad-hoc steering committee has been working on developing draft ballot language for the November 2, 2010 referendum. The pupose of the referendum is to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements.

The Committee will be recommending that the Village Board of Trustees hold a binding referendum in November on shifting 35 percent of major road repair costs to village taxpayers.

The Village's current policy has been to fund road repairs entirely through special assessments collected from adjacent property owners where road and other right-of-way improvements are made.

If passed, the increase property tax collections next year would equate to about $350,000, or 14 percent, from $2.4 million to $2.8 million.

For more information, visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org, or contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468-5225.

Guns Street Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss Pedestrian and Traffic Calming Options

Residents living along Guns Street have long considered the street to be an area with high traffic volumes and excessive speeding; causing unsafe conditions for pedestrians and residents. Use of the roadway by trucks and semis has also raised significant concern.

Village staff have evaluated a number of options that the neighborhood and Village Board can consider to address the circumstances that exist along Guns Street. The options provided vary, however, the goal is to provide traffic calming features to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and enhance the quality of life for those living along the roadway.

Village staff plan to present and discuss the six options at a neighborhood meeting on Monday, May 17th at 6:30pm. For more information on the meeting go to the Village's online calendar of events.

For more information on options proposed, go the village's website: http://www.villageofbellevue.org

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Verlin Road Sidewalk Project to Start

Sidewalk and bike lane construction will start along Verlin Road between Main Street and Bellevue Street in the Village of Bellevue. This is a Federal ARRA funded project and will be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The Contractor, Trierweiler Construction & Supply Co., Inc., will begin construction starting on Monday May 10, 2010 near at Bellevue Street and work towards Main Street. Construction should be completed by October 2010.

A public pre-construction meeting is scheduled for Monday May 10th, from 6 pm to 7pm at the Village Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road. Please stop by to meet the contractors, inspectors, and officials to discuss any concerns you might have about the upcoming construction.

For more information on this and other projects in the Village of Bellevue, visit the village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org and click "Construction Updates."

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bellevue Hosts 2010 Rotary Polio Walk

Area Rotary Clubs in conjunction with the Village of Bellevue hosted the 2010 Rotary "Walk For Those Who Can't" on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Organizers say over $4,000 were raised for the walk to fight worldwide eradication of polio.

The 5k walk began and concluded at Bellin College. Weather was cooperative and allowed the participants an opportunity to enjoy Bellevue neighborhoods.

Photos from the event can be found at the Village's Facebook site, or by clicking here.

Polio (also called poliomyelitis) is a contagious, historically devastating disease that was virtually eliminated from the Western hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century. Although polio has plagued humans since ancient times, its most extensive outbreak occurred in the first half of the 1900s before the vaccination, created by Jonas Salk, became widely available in 1955.

At the height of the polio epidemic in 1952, nearly 60,000 cases with more than 3,000 deaths were reported in the United States alone. However, with widespread vaccination, wild-type polio, or polio occurring through natural infection, was eliminated from the United States by 1979 and the Western hemisphere by 1991.

Unfortunately, polio still infects millions worldwide. Rotary International, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working diligently to eradicate this disease across the globe.