Thursday, April 28, 2011

Severe Weather: Be Prepared!

Village public safety officials are alerting citizens to be prepared and vigilant for severe weather, including tornadoes. Understanding risk is an important part of tornado safety. Fortunately, most tornado warnings turn out to be just severe thunderstorms. But tornadoes form with little or no warning and their paths are completely unpredictable. They can also be transparent until they touch down. As a result of the severity of risk related to severe weather, everyone should take immediate action when a tornado warning is issued.

When a tornado warning is issued: Head for cover! Now! Don't wait for it to get bad, just go now. How long do you wait after reaching a shelter? The National Weather Service will specify how long the alert is in effect. Stay in your safe location until the alert expires. Tornadoes often form on the tail end of thunderstorms. So, it's important to stay in a safe location until the threat is completely past.

Tornado Warnings and Watches
A note about a tornado warning versus tornado watch: A watch means there may be possible tornado activity and you should be on alert for a tornado warning. A warning means that an actual tornado has been detected.

NOAA Weather Radio and Sirens
The most important thing you can do to prepare for tornado safety is get a NOAA Weather Radio. Get one that automatically alerts you of dangerous weather. Make sure you get a SAME capable radio so you don't get desensitized to alerts that don't pertain to you. Remember that Sirens are designed to alert persons outside. You may not hear them well inside your home.

Tornado Safety Cell Phone Alerts
You can also sign up for alerts on your cell phone from various weather sites. One site that provides this service is weather.com. Check the "Severe Weather Alerts" option. After you finish creating the alert click "edit settings" and select the "severe only" option. This will filter out the non-life threatening alerts.

Public Shelters
For residents who do not have safe shelter or lack a basement, two public shelter locations have been designated. In the event of a tornado siren sounding, the Bellevue Community Center /Fire Station #2 (1811 Allouez Ave) and Public Safety Building / Fire Station #1 (3100 Eaton Road) will be opened to accept citizens who wish to relocate to either shelter. Citizens should be encouraged to contact 911 for any other assistance.

For more information on tornado safety, visit the Federal Emergency Management Administration website at: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bellevue Community Picnic: June 18, 2011

The Bellevue Annual Community Picnic will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 18th at Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Road. PLEASE NOTE: DATE IS JUNE 18TH.

The celebration includes a music, firefighters water fight, children's games, food and drinks. There'll be fireworks sponsored by Speilbauer Fireworks and Bellin Health 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.

Spring Brush Pick-Up

The Village's Public Works Department will begin its biannual brush pick-up on Monday, April 25, 2011 for properties east of Main Street, and Monday, May 2nd for properties west of Main Street.

Please have your brush placed parallel to the curb prior to that Monday.

For more information and other specifications for placing brush, please visit the Village's website: http://villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/garbage-recycling-a-yardwaste/yard-waste-site/curbside-brush-pickup.html

Watermain Project Begins April 26, 2011

The Public Works Department has announced that it will begin watermain replacement for 2011 starting April 26, 2011.

According to Glen Simonson, Assistant Public Works Director, the replacement work will be performed along the west side of Hazen Road from Allouez Ave to Skyview St. Contractors have 84 calendar days to complete the project, however, it can be expected to be completed much sooner. Work will begin at the Allouez Avenue intersection and work towards the north.

One lane of traffic will remain open at all times, however intermittent traffic stoppages will occur while contractors are maneuvering their equipment.

The watermain is being replaced due to frequent breaks and leaks causing extensive maintenance and repair costs.

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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Renew Our Waters Campaign Publishes Photo's of Bay After Big Storm

Following last week's heavy spring rainfall, a significant amount of storm water runoff reached the bay of Green Bay. The picture was taken following the storm.

Urban and rural untreated runoff is the biggest threat to our nation's water quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Untreated runoff is water pollution that originates from everyday practices found in urban, rural, and agricultural areas, such as washing your car on the driveway or blowing your grass clippings on to the street or sidewalk.

Stormwater is rain or snowmelt and water from things people do, like washing the car or watering the lawn. As more houses, driveways, parking lots, and streets have been constructed, the amount of land available for water to soak in has decreased. Instead, that water runs off rooftops and paved surfaces flowing over the ground surface, picking up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants on its way. Stormwater runoff then takes these pollutants along as it flows directly into the same waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water.

For more information, please visit the Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium's website: http://www.renewourwaters.org/index.html.

The Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium, a group of Northeast Wisconsin Communities that work together to educate the public on simple solutions for cleaner water.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Annual Spring Social Features Food, Friends & Great BINGO For Area Seniors!

The Leisure Services Department recently hosted its annual Senior Spring Social at the Community Center on April 16th. Over 40 area older adults participated in the event.

The social event featured food from Renard's Catering, games, casual conversation and rousing games of bingo.

For more information on senior programs offered through the Leisure Services Department, visit the village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services/recreation-programs/senior-corner.html

Spring Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Village of Bellevue will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning the week of May 2, 2011. 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 please avoid using the water if you can. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets until the color is removed.

Questions regarding this process may be directed to the Public Works Department 468-5225.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Leisure Services Summer & Fall L.I.F.E. Guide Now Online

The Leisure Services Department has released the 2011 Summer & Fall L.I.F.E. Guide. The guide features community recreation programs, special events and park facilities in Bellevue.

Copies of the guide will be directly mailed to Village residents sometime around April 18th.

Registration will begin for Village residents on May 1st. Non-residents will be able to register for programs on May 15th.

For more information or to download a copy of the guide, go to: www.VillageOfBellevue.org

Monday, April 11, 2011

Leisure Services Department Plans 2011 Easter Egg Bonanza

The Village's Leisure Services Department is busy finalizing plans for the 2011 Annual Easter Egg Bonanza. The event features an egg hunt, egg coloring, crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Josten Park.

Three separate sessions are planned for kids ages 2 through 8 years. Session times are 9:00am, 10:30am or 12:00pm. The event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org