Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brown County Approves CTH GV Reconstruction

The Brown County Board formally approved the Highway GV project on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Construction of a roundabout in the Town of Ledgeview at the intersection of County GV and G will begin in April 2011 with bridge and culvert construction starting in August. Roadway construction will be done in 2012.

The four-lane highway will include a 150-foot right-of-way, 20-foot medians, bike lanes and an 8' wide side-path. The project will also include swales that will help in storm water runoff.

The county highway department is finishing engineering plans, acquiring right-of-way land and permiting.

Information on the County project can be found at the Village's website, along with a brief video presentation graphically showing the proposed improvements along the stretch.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Elections Set For November 2, 2010

The General Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to the Assembly, District Attorney, and County Partisan Offices will be held on November 2, 2010.

In addition to the general elections, Village residents will be asked for their vote on a Road Funding Referendum to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements. Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. For more information or to view the referendum ballot language, go to the Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/agendas-a-minutes/2010-road-referendum-steering-committee.html

Voting will take place at the Bellevue Community Center/Fire Station #2 at 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road. Polls are open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots are available at the Village Office.

For more information on elections, or to download a copy of the ballot visit the Village’s website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Prescription Drug Collection Event Scheduled for November 2, 2010

The Village is coordinating with Brown County Sheriffs Department to host a prescription drug collection for village residents on November 2, 2010.

Collection will take place at the Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road, from 10am to 2pm. Accepted materials include pills, liquids, salves, powders, inhalers and pet meds. No sharps or biological material. Collections are for Brown County Residents only and offered at no cost to participants.

For more information contact the Donna Deer, Assistant Administrator at (920) 468-5225.

Waste pharmaceuticals are a far reaching issue. These unused drugs present opportunities for environmental contamination, drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Proper disposal through collection events is necessary to insure the drugs are completely destroyed by incineration. Taking the easy way out and simply throwing your unused medications in the trash or flushing down the drain can lead to significant environmental problems.

Curbside Brush Pick-up & Yard Waste Site Extended Due to Wind Storm

The Village of Bellevue is extending their fall brush pick dates until Tuesday November 2nd, to accommodate residents with brush and limbs from the recent wind storm.

The Village compost site will also be open until November 15 for brush drop off. If you have questions regarding this process, please call the Public Works Department at 468-5225.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Road Referendum Public Information Meeting

The second of two (2) public informational meetings is scheduled for October 26th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road, Bellevue, WI. The meeting will highlight key findings from the Road Referendum Steering Committee, as well as, answer questions from concerned residents.

On November 2, 2010, Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. If approved the referendum would allow 35 percent of future maintenance work be funded by a tax levy, with the remaining 65 percent charged as special assessments to the adjacent property owner. New development and urbanization of rural roads would be excluded.

For more information, please contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468.5225.

Public Works Construction Season Wrapping Up

Several significant public works projects will be completed in the coming weeks.

Main Street - Verlin Road Roundabout & Manitowoc Road Improvements
Finishing touches to the I-43/Manitowoc Road bridge repairs will be completed by the end of November. All lanes are open to traffic. However, a random temporary closing may still occur and crews demobilize.

Verlin Road Sidewalk & Bicycle Lanes
Sidewalk & Bicycle Lanes has been installed and completed from Main Street to Verlin Road. This project was paid through federal stimulus dollars and will now provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe east-to-west route across the village.

Ontario Road
Crews continue to finish the reconstruction of Ontario Rd from 1350' North of Eaton Road to Village Limits. Crews extended water, sewer and storm water utilities in addition to a complete urbanization of the section of roadway. Work is planned to be finished by November 1st.

Klondike Road Stream Bank Stabilization
A stream bank stabilization project began a few weeks ago just east of the I-43 underpass. It was hoped that the road could be kept open to traffic during construction. However after construction started, a significant rain event occurred causing a shift in the soils in the embankment near the roadway. As a result, the road was shut the down for the safety of workers and motorists. Completion of the project should occur in the beginning of November.

Fall Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Village Public Works Department will be conducting its fall fire hydrant flushing during the month of November.

Residents may notice their water is discolored while the flushing occurs. The water is safe to drink, however the discoloration may stain clothing.

If you notice work being done in your neighborhood, temporarily avoid using the water if you can. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets until the color is removed.

Residents are asked to contact the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225 if they have questions or concerns.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trick or Treat Trail Set For October 16th

This year’s Trick or Treat Trail will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Josten Park from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. The Trick or Treat Trail is a special community event for children ages 2-8 who live in Bellevue.

Special attractions at the event will include a trail walk, pumpkin patch, clowns, Brown County Fire Safety House, face painting, and much more! There will be a lot of silly fun and gentle freights for everyone!

Pre-registration is required! Visit the Village website at: www.villageofbellevue.org or the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Avenue to register. The event is FREE!

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact the Leisure Services Department at 468-5225.

Village Board Meeting October 13, 2010

The Village Board of Trustees meeting on October 13, 2010 features the following agenda items:
  1. Presentation - Central Brown County Water Authority – 2011 Annual Budget. Staff from the Central Brown County Water Authority will present their 2011 operating budget.
  2. Presentation - Community Development Staff Report – Millennium Park Signage.
  3. New Business - Amendment to Chapter 8 of the Village Code of Ordinances. This amendment would change the funding formula for the construction of new sidewalks in developed areas and the repair of the existing sidewalks. The amendment would also outline the Village's criteria for the maintenance of sidewalks.
The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road. For more information or to download a copy of the meeting notice or agenda visit the Village's website at www.villageofbellevue.org.

Road Referendum Public Information Meeting October 14, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy.

Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. If approved the referendum would allow 35 percent of future maintenance work be funded by a tax levy, with the remaining 65 percent charged as special assessments to the adjacent property owner. New development and urbanization of rural roads would be excluded.

Two (2) public informational meetings have been scheduled to allow residents to learn more about the referendum question and the process leading up to and following the referendum. The two meetings have been scheduled for October 14th and 26th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road, Bellevue, WI.

For more information, please contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468.5225.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Fire Prevention Week Starts October 3rd!

October 3-9, 2010 is the Official Fire Prevention Week here in the USA. The Village's Fire Department would like to remind residents and businesses to take a moment to review your work location and home to see if you're fire safe. "Fire Safe" includes proper use of electrical cords, not allowing rubbish to accumulate, and emergency escape plans. Lastly remember to change your smoke detector batteries at the same time you change your clocks for the daylight savings fall back time.

The time you invest can save lives should a fire occur at your place of business or home.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit: www.firepreventionweek.org

Road Construction Projects Continue...

Manitowoc Road
Crews continue to work on bridge deck and ramp repairs to the Manitowoc Road/I-43 overpass. According to representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the bridge is being planned to reopen to traffic on October 5th (weather depending). Work will continue for up to 10 more working days (2 weeks) to finish up miscellaneous work. Ramp night closures may be completed by Oct 5th as well, but they are allowed two weeks after-wards. Drivers are encouraged to watch for the changeable message signs announcing future ramp closures.

Ontario Road
Storm sewer work is now complete. Road reconstruction is set to start this week. The road is scheduled to re-open the 1st of November (weather dependent).

Klondike Road
A stream bank stabilization project began two weeks ago just east of the I-43 underpass. It was hoped that the road could be kept open to traffic during construction. However after construction started, a significant rain event occurred causing a shift in the soils in the embankment near the roadway. As a result, the road was shut the down for the safety of workers and motorists. It is anticipated the road will re-open to traffic around October 22nd.

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

Village Offers Resident Tree Program

The Village of Bellevue provides a neighborhood tree planting program for residents who wish to have trees planted in the terrace area adjacent to their property. The planting program is offered every fall and runs concurrent with other fall plantings. The resident pays for the wholesale cost of the tree including planting.

Trees can add value to your home, help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife. Properly cared for trees are valuable growing assets worth three times the investment. Visit the
International Society of Arboriculture website to learn more about the value of trees.

Planting along the street terrace can also provide many aesthetic benefits to your local neighborhood or street. An example of what a street can look like with moderately aged trees along the terrace is shown below.

Current View

Joy Lane Current

Concept View

Joy Lane Street Tree Concept

The Village is currently soliciting orders for the 2010 planting season. Homeowners who are interested may choose from the tree varieties listed below:
  • Maple: Autumn Blaze, Emerald Lustre, Sugar Maple
  • Honeylocust: Skyline
  • Linden: Littleleaf Greenspire, American Redmond
  • Ironwood: American Hophornbeam
  • Other (Small Tree): Spring Snow Crab, Amur Maple, Japanese Tree Lilac
If you are interested in purchasing any of these trees, please complete the attached order form and return to the Leisure Services Department no later than October 8, 2010.