Friday, December 21, 2012

Village Offices Closed for Holidays

The Village Offices will be closed on December 24, 25, 31 & January 1st for the Holidays. Regular office hours will resume on January 2, 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bellevue's TNR Program Proving to be a Success!


The Village of Bellevue is in the middle of a 2-year grant TNR program.  The Village of Bellevue created the feral cat trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program in conjunction with Cats Anonymous. The TNR program is a    humane way to control the feral cat population.  In this program, cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, given a rabies shot and returned to their original location under the care of an individual called a caretaker.   Feral cats that have been spayed or neutered have a cropped ear.

The TNR program is funded through a grant awarded from PetSmart Charities totaling $11,350.  Cat's Anonymous coordinates most of those surgeries through Oakview Veterinary Hospital located on Manitowoc Road. 

If you are caring for a feral/semi-feral, outdoor or barn cat and would like to participate in the TNR program, please contact the Animal Control/Humane Officer, Monica Hoff at (920) 819-6709 The veterinarians at Cats Anonymous are volunteer veterinarians.
 

Cats Anonymous Approaches Milestone


Cats Anonymous is hoping to reach a couple milestones this month: the 7,000th feral cat spayed or neutered, and registering the 1,000th person who cares for the outdoor colonies the cats belong to. Odds are good that the milestones will be reached at their monthly high-volume spay/neuter clinic hosted every month by OakView Veterinary Hospital.

“Since we started seven years ago, the demand for our services has steadily increased and is at an all-time high right now.  People are coming to realize that not all cats can live indoors. If they were born and raised outside, they are accustomed to that life and are actually an important part of the community in many areas. There have been barn cats and other ‘working cats’ keeping rodents under control around humans for a very long time.” Says Lisa Kay Peters, Program Coordinator for Cats Anonymous.

Peters notes, “We are so very grateful to Dr. Lisa Lorenz and the Oak View Veterinary Hospital staff for being pioneers in helping cats in our community. In addition to their partnership, we’ve had the good fortune to have the assistance of 25 veterinarians, over 30 veterinary technicians and countless other volunteers who have made it possible to attain this milestone. We could not have come this far without them.”

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they have not been raised as pets. Trap‐Neuter‐Return programs humanely trap and bring them to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped—while under anesthesia, a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. 



Cats Anonymous, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to better the lives and reduce the number of semi-feral and feral cats in Northeastern Wisconsin. They promote, educate and advocate the non-lethal reduction of the feral cat population utilizing the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method in a safe and humane manner. For more information, visit www.CatsAnonymous.org
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brad Muller Appointed as Bellevue Fire Chief

The Village of Bellevue has formally appointed Brad Muller as the Village’s new Fire Chief.  Muller began his new position on November 19, 2012.


Brad Muller has been officially appointed as Bellevue’s new permanent Fire Chief. The Village’s Fire Commission voted unanimously to appoint Muller as chief on November 19, 2012.   Muller’s appointment was later confirmed by the Village Board of Trustees.  Muller replaces former Chief Chris Hohol who resigned from the position in February 2012.

Muller has over 26 years of experience in the Bellevue fire service, starting in April 1986 with the Town of Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department.  He began his career as a volunteer firefighter, later becoming a paid fire inspector, officer and assistant chief within the Department. 

Muller will be commanding a full-time and paid-on-call force of 44 firefighters and medical first responders.  His office is located at the Village Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.   He can be reached at (920) 884-1077.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Purchase Your Dog License For 2013

The Village is reminding residents that the owner of a dog more than five (5) months old is required obtain an annual dog license.

You must bring in a current rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian in order to be issued a license. In addition, to be eligible for the spayed/neutered rate, you must provide documentation of the procedure from your veterinarian.

Pet licenses are sold at the Village Offices.  The annual license fees are as follows:
  • Spayed or Neutered - $5.00
  • Not Spayed or Not Neutered - $20.00
Licenses issued after March 31, 2013 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.

Nomination Papers for Village Trustee

As of December 1, 2012 nomination papers may be circulated for the following local Village offices:

Office:
Village Trustee (2-year term)  - Kevin Brennan (Incumbent)
Village Trustee (2-year term) -  Dave Kaster (Incumbent)

Nomination papers may be obtained at any municipal clerk’s office. Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2013 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Santa's Early Stop Draws Interest from Bellevue Youth

Santa came to the Village of Bellevue a little early this year, stopping at Josten Park with two of his reindeer on December 6th.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services department partnered with Dan Van Adestine, American Family Insurance Agent & the Friends of Bellevue Parks to sponsor the event which had well over 250 children, parents and grandparents attend. Children were able to sit in Santa’s sleigh, see his reindeer, participate in a craft project and sip hot chocolate.

“It was great to collaborate with local business like Dan Van Adestine's agency and our Friends of Bellevue Parks.  Partnerships like these continue to build a sense of community,” said Joel Gregozeski, Director of Public Services.

This was the fourth year the Leisure Services Department offered Santa in the Park.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Keep the Wreath Green

This holiday season the Bellevue Fire Department is asking you to “Keep the Wreath Green”. A wreath will be hung outside each fire station and will be decorated with green bulbs. A green bulb will be replaced with a red bulb for every residential fire during the holiday season.

The holiday season usually has an increase in residential fires. People are using their fire places more often, have candles burning, cooking more frequently, and have trees decorated.  

The Bellevue Fire Department has a few safety tips to keep your family and home safe this holiday season. Have your chimney checked and cleaned by a professional. Never leave candles or cooking equipment unattended. If you have a real tree in your home make sure you keep it well watered and heat sources away.

The “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign will run until the end of December. The wreaths will be removed in January.

10th Annual Holiday Senior Gala Held This Past Saturday


The Leisure Services Department along with the Village's Senior Advisory Board recently hosted the 10th Annual Senior Holiday Gala at the Riverside Ballroom on December 1st. Nearly 175 area older adults participated in the event. 
 
This annual favorite featured entertainment by Orv Konop & the OK Dance Band, dancing, great food, casual conversation and a wonderful array of basket raffles. The event was sponsored by Proko-Wall. 
 
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