Thursday, June 28, 2012

Talk of the Town To Play Next Rockin' in Josten

The Leisure Services Department will host "Talk of the Town" at Josten park for its third concert of 2012.

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on July 9, 2012 and will feature local area talent Talk of the Town. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.  Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Friends of Bellevue Parks who will be available selling concessions.

The band, Talk of the Town, under the leadership of Kevin Van Ess, is one of the hottest Swing/Dixieland Style Jazz Groups north of New Orleans.  This six piece group consisting of Clarinet/Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Vocals and Drums has collectively over 300 years of experience.  The group not only boasts having some of the finest musicians in Wisconsin it is also very entertaining and appealing to audiences of all ages.

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

Budget 2013 Toolkit Available Starting July 15th

Beginning July 15th, The Village will be publishing an online Budget Toolkit to help educate the general public on the 2013 FY budget.  The Toolkit is being developed to allow village residents, community groups, and other interested individuals an opportunity to:
  • Learn more about the Village’s budget,
  • Understand the budgeting process and
  • Provide input on how the Village is meeting your expectations and how we can better focus our efforts on outcomes of importance to the community.
Last year, through the “Budget Advice Scorecard” we focused on clarifying the underlying priorities on which the Village’s budget should be built and the importance of specific services to you.  The scorecard looked at specific service areas, such as public safety, community development, public works and leisure services. Over 200 individuals completed the scorecard.  This year, the Budget Toolkit takes a more holistic look at the entire Village budget and the breadth of  services, specifically the achievement of outcomes for each of our services. 

The Toolkit will provide a brief overview of the Village’s budget process. Then we’ll immerse you in the budget process through an exercise in which we ask you to allocate $100,000. You’ll be asked to identify specific issues, outcomes or goals that you want to see funded in the budget, and finally, you will have an opportunity to complete an online budget survey.

The 2013 Budget Toolkit will be available starting on July 15, 2012 at the following url:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/budget2013.

(IMPORTANT: The 2013 Budget Toolkit will be used as one tool in developing the budget. The Village Board will be looking at a variety of factors in budget decisions, and we want to provide interested individuals an opportunity to provide some input through the online survey. Your selections will not be   reflected in your official tax bill, this is only a survey of residents’ preferences.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Recycling

The Tri-County Recycling Facility
84% of a typical household’s waste, including food scraps, yard waste, paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, can be recycled.  Currently, Brown County participates in a recycling program with Outagamie and Winnebago Counties.  This collaborative effort resulted in the completion of the Tri-County Recycling Facility that serves over 200,000 households, and 10% of the population of Wisconsin.

These recycling efforts are not capable of handling household hazardous waste.  These products cannot be recycled at the Tri-County Recycling Facility or disposed of in public landfills, and have their own special disposal practices. Brown County has its own Household Hazardous Waste Facility that serves as the primary drop off location for materials that include electronics, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, and paints. 
Click here to view a full list of hazardous household waste products and their appropriate disposal practices.

The Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility also has a special Product Exchange Room that serves as a depot where residents can pick up items for home repairs and other projects.  This is possible because many of the materials and products received by the facility are still reusable.

Lastly, inside the Tri-County Recycling Guide, readers can find a list of recycling do’s and don’ts on page 4.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Our Community

A significant Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was identified in downtown Green Bay at the WPS corporate headquarters this past week.  Approximately 36 ash trees were reported to have been heavily infested.  This is the same location that a lone beetle was found approximately three years ago in a trap.

The emerald ash borer is not a threat to human health but it kills our native ash trees of any size, any age, healthy or unhealthy. The Village of Bellevue has over 1,000 public ash trees along streets and within park areas. Furthermore, it's estimated that one out of every five private yard trees is an ash.  In Wisconsin, our forests contain more than 770 million ash trees.

Village Offices Closed July 4th

The Village Offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the Holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beat the Heat!

Loose-fill insulation only limits convection, or the transfer of warm air energy to cold air.  This insulation still absorbs radiant heat from rooftops and transfers that heat to other solid surfaces such as air ducts, or the attic floor, and eventually causes an increase in air temperature in your living space as the energy travels further down into your home.

Radiant barriers, originally developed by NASA, are available for purchase at most home improvement stores, and can be installed over your loose-fill insulation to combat this heat transfer, and help you save money on your cooling costs.  Radiant barriers are most cost effective in warmer climates because homes in these areas endure longer summer seasons.

But, even in Wisconsin, over a little longer period of time, the cost of purchasing and installing radiant barriers can be made up by the savings on energy consumption.  You could also try installing more than just the minimum recommended level of loose-fill insulation, as this is a cheaper, but not quite as effective option of limiting radiant heat transfer.

There are also other, lower cost options you can try to help keep your energy bill low:
  • Effective use of reflective, white, or light color backed drapes reflect sunlight and can keep your home or business cooler during the day.
  • According to the EPA, setting your thermostat higher when nobody in your family is expected to be home can save about $180 per year.
  • Routinely checking the air filter on your air conditioning unit and replacing or cleaning dirty filters.  This helps ensure that your cooling unit is not working harder than it needs to.
  • Raising your thermostat 2 degrees, and turning on your ceiling fan when you enter a room.  You must also remember to turn the ceiling fan off when you exit as it only serves to cool you and not the actual air temperature.
  • Sealing your air ducts.  As much as 20% of the air moving through your home or business’s duct system is lost due to leaks and poor connections. (EPA)
Click here for more information about radiant barriers.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on June 25th


The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host second concert of 2012.

Bellevue, WI, June 18, 2012:  The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on June 25, 2012 and will feature local area talent Diamond & Steel. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.  Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lion’s Club who will be available selling concessions.

The band, Diamond & Steel is made up of the some of the state of Wisconsin’s best musicians, hand-picked to play country music’s hottest hits.

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series is made possible through generous sponsorships from Wal-Mart, The Bellevue Lion’s Club and Friends of the Bellevue Parks.  For more information visit the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org/rockin or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Friday, June 15, 2012

An Evening In Pioneer Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue will host an event on June 21st entitled “An Evening in Pioneer Bellevue”. The event will run from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and be held at the Village Public Safety Building located at 3100 Eaton Road. Dan Meunier, a great grandson of Michael and Prudence Scory, has organized the creation of a presentation to raise awareness and preserve the historical photographs that relatives of Bellevue’s original families may have.

Mr. Meunier has asked that any historical photographs or copies that people may have of Bellevue be brought to the event that night to be carefully scanned and documented. Some of these scanned photos may be chosen to be enlarged and put on a canvas to be displayed at the Public Safety Building for generations to come. Dan also plans to read a passage from the Scory Family Historical Account, written by his Aunt Eva Scory The event is open to the public.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Benefits Of Street Trees Quantified Into Dollars For Bellevue

A recent analysis of street trees and canopy cover completed by the Wisconsin DNR in cooperation with the Village of Bellevue showed that public trees provide $52,797 in annual benefits.

The study highlights the significant values that community trees provide Bellevue residents including the following:
  • $15,561 per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings
  • $11,650 per year in storm water management savings by intercepting approximately 65 million gallons of storm water annually 
  • $21,419 per year increase in local property values
  • $2,238 per year in air quality improvements by mitigating harmful air pollutants
  • $6,020 per year in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction
Click here to read the full Bellevue report.

Understanding the important environmental and economic value that community trees provide will allow Wisconsin communities, like Bellevue to improve management, advocate for future investment, build partnerships and address threats to ensure that residents receive environmental and economic services well into the future.  Simply put, tree benefits increase as trees grow in size which emphasizes the need for sustainable planning, cooperation and participation by all to ensure that trees reach maturity and continue to enhance community livability.  

You can learn more about the regional and individual community tree canopy results and see how they can help by visiting the Wisconsin DNR Urban and Community website http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/UrbanForests/urban.html.  The analysis was conducted utilizing the i-Tree Streets & Canopy software developed by the USDA Forest Service. I-Tree is a state-of-art, peer-reviewed, free software suite designed to quantify community tree ecosystem services (www.itreetools.org).

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Village's Summer Newsletter Now Online

The Village's newsletter, "The Bellevue Focus" which is sent quarterly by postal mail to village residents, is now available on the Village's website for download.

The current edition will be mailed directly to village residents sometime around June 15th.

To download the Summer 2012 copy, please visit the following link: http://villageofbellevue.org/our-village/village-newsletter.html

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Local Retailer Offers Discount on Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are beneficial to communities because they reduce storm runoff that pollutes local waterways, and also because they help families save money on water bills.  Additionally, they can reduce the wear and tear on your sump pump.  
Rain barrels also present a unique opportunity for an individual to get outside and enjoy some light exercise and sunshine while they water their gardens, not to mention they can be a fun character building chore that could be delegated to your favorite child! 
Renew Our Waters is currently promoting a discount on rain barrels from specific retailers in the area.  The offer expires August 31st, 2012.  To view the coupon and additional important information about rain barrels go to the Department of Public Works Storm Water Utility web page.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Kicks Off On June 11th

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series kicks off the summer on June 11, 2012 and will feature local area talent Subtle Chaos. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets. Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the local civic clubs who will be available selling concessions.

The band, Subtle Chaos is made up of local Green Bay area musicians. The band will feature rock and pop hits from the 70’s to today.

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

"Movie In The Park" Scheduled for Friday, June 8

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer "Movie in the Park" again on June 8, 2012. The feature movie is "The Smurfs."

The event 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.

"Movie in the Park" is 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.