Monday, June 28, 2010

Road Referendum To Be Placed On November Ballot

Since January 2010, an ad hoc committee made up of Bellevue residents has been drafting ballot language for a November 2, 2010 referendum. The purpose of the referendum is to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements.

The committee recently presented its report and preferred ballot language recently to the Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. The Village Board unanimously approved the language with one alteration. Per the request of the Village Board the language is to include only "Residential Streets." That would mean commercial enterprises and businesses would still be required to fund their own road improvements through special assessments. The ballot language still needs to be reviewed by the Village attorney to determine whether the referendum can be presented that way.

If approved by the voters in November, the referendum will allow the Village to exceed the levy limit and increase the tax levy for the next fiscal year, 2011, by a total of 14.2%. Or essentially, move 35 percent of all major road repair costs to taxpayers, which would increase the village's yearly property tax collections from about $2.4 million to $2.8 million. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of major road repairs.

For more information on the steering committee and the road referendum, please go to the following url: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/agendas-a-minutes/2010-road-referendum-steering-committee.html.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bellevue Firefighters To Remove Boots For MDA

The Bellevue firefighters will take off their boots and join in the fight against neuromuscular disease Saturday, June 26, 2010.

Members of the Bellevue Fire Department will set their boots out at Festival Foods, 2534 Steffens Court in Green Bay, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and collect money from customers, motorists, and pedestrians as a part of MDA’s annual Fill-the-Boot program. All donations will benefit local MDA clients and services like sending children and young adults to MDA Summer Camp, clinic visits, and wheelchair purchases and repairs.

MDA’s Fill-the-Boot program is supported by fire departments across North America. Last year, Wisconsin fire fighters raised $600,000 for MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Road Work To Start June 14th on Main Street/Verlin Road Roundabout

The State Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is set to start the construction of a roundabout at Main Street and Verlin Road on June 14th. 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, closure schedules and detour maps, visit Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org

Monday, June 7, 2010

Troop 1173 Plants Rain Garden At Willow Creek Park

Local Boy Scout Troop #1173 assisted the Leisure Services Department recently by providing the necessary labor to plant a rain garden at Willow Creek Park (1800 Guns Street) on Monday, June 7, 2010. The project was used by the troop as one of their regular conservation projects.

The rain garden will be used to help clean water run-off from the adjacent parking lot located at the park site. Typically with parking lots, storm water moves quickly off the paved area and into storm drains; with it, carrying a smorgasbord of leaves, grass, oils, soil, debris, fertilizer - all of which ends up in our lakes and streams. This type of runoff causes major problems for our water resources. The rain garden will help protect and restore natural hydrology, allowing rainwater to soak in instead of running off. It will also help trap pollutants that might be in the runoff.

So what exactly is a rain garden? Typically it is a sunken garden with a flat bottom. The area must be appropriately sized based on the area where runoff occurs. Typically 1/3 the size of the impervious surface. Many times a rain garden is planted with native plant material since the roots of native wildflowers and prairie grasses go twice as deep into the ground as they are tall. Therefore native plants absorb much more water and use less if any fertilization.

For more information on rain gardens visit: http://www.dnr.wi.gov/runoff/rg

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bellevue Community Picnic: This Saturday, June 12, 2010

The village's annual community picnic will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 12 at Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Road.

The celebration includes a music, firefighters water fight, children's games, food and drinks. There'll be fireworks sponsored by Speilbauer Fireworks and Veolia Environmental Services at dusk.

The funds raised during this picnic help support the Bellevue Firefighters' Association and the Bellevue Lions Club.

For more information, visit the Village's website or contact the Village office at (920) 468-5225.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series


Get ready to BOOGIE-WOOGIE all summer long! The Leisure Services Department is organizing the first annual "Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series. The series is scheduled to start on June 14, 2010 and will feature local area talent. Concerts will be free and open to the general public.

Musical acts will begin performing at 6:00pm and will continue until 8:30pm. Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.

The 2010 music line-up is as follows:
  • Monday, June 14th - Big Mouth (Sponsored by Bellevue Lions)
  • Monday, July 12th - The Presidents
  • Monday, July 26th - Reverend Raven
  • Monday, August 9th - Bazooka Joe

Concessions will be available throughout the concert provided by the Bellevue Lions Club.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

2010 Movie in the Park Program Sponsored by Wal-Mart

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer the "Movie in the Park" program again for 2010. However, this year two additional dates have been added thanks in large part to a $2,000 sponsorship from Wal-Mart.

The program takes place at Josten Park. Movies are shown beginning at dusk or around 8:30pm. The event is free. Concessions will be available and sold through the Junior Jets 4-H Club.

The 2010 movie schedule is as follows:
  • June 11th - "BIG"
  • July 23rd - "E.T."
  • August 13th - "UP"

"Movies in the Park" are a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an exciting family-friendly movie on a BIG SCREEN in the great outdoors!

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.