Monday, April 29, 2013

Sidewalk on Allouez Avenue? Some Residents Along Road Oppose Idea

For the past three years the Village of Bellevue has been implementing its Pedestrian, Bicycle and Safe Routes to school plan.  The plan which provides an outline for achieving pedestrian and bicycle  goals of the Village was adopted in 2009. 

Since 2009, several improvements have been made throughout the Village.  These projects include pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities on Verlin, Manitowoc, and S. Huron Roads, as well as, portions of Allouez Avenue.

To achieve the goals of the plan the Village adopted several policies as it relates to planning for pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.   One policy states:  "Roadways that function as arterial or collectors, which urban street cross-sections are being completed, shall have sidewalk installed on both sides where none exists and sidewalk repaired or replaced where the existing sidewalk is unsafe, defective, or insufficient, and/or where sidewalk grades no longer match new street grades...Each year, as part of the succeeding year’s budget preparation, the Village Board shall establish a target area (identified as walking routes), within which sidewalk shall be installed on both sides where none exists along urban street sections and sidewalk repaired or replaced where the existing sidewalk is unsafe, defective, or insufficient.  Target areas shall be designated according to need."

Understanding that the Village would not be able to financially construct all of the identified improvements immediately, installation of sidewalks and bicycle accommodations would be completed in phases, based on when roads were scheduled for resurfacing or reconstruction.   
 In 2013, the Village is planning to extend sidewalk on Allouez Avenue between Manitowoc Road and Main Street.  The installation of sidewalk is in conjunction with the road resurfacing project also scheduled for this year.  The following link includes a map detailing the sidewalk as proposed

Several residents along Allouez Avenue are opposed to the sidewalk and have submitted a petition to the Village Board for reconsideration.  According to the petition, the signers are opposed to the sidewalk as it does not provide a direct connection to any park, school or other recreational facility owned by the "City of Bellevue."   They are also opposed to the idea of being required to maintain the sidewalk in the winter months. 

The Village is planning to provide temporary, alternative accommodations in the form of visually narrowed lanes on Allouez Avenue from Main Street to Hazen Road however.   A visually narrowed lane is a paved portion of a street along the curb or shoulder that is marked with a stripe and simultaneously used for traffic calming (speed reduction), on-street parking, and space for non-motorized transportation (walking, bicycling, wheelchairs, etc.).   This alternative accommodation will connect the new sidewalk on the east end of Allouez Avenue to sidewalk constructed in 2012 from Hazen to Lime Kiln Road.

The Village Board will reconsider installing the proposed sidewalk along Allouez Avenue from Manitowoc Road to Main Street at its next scheduled meeting on May 8, 2013. 

For more information on the Village's adopted Pedestrian, Bicycle and Safe Routes plan, go to the following url:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/community-development/planning/pedestrian-bicycle-a-safe-routes-to-school-plan.html







Sunday, April 28, 2013

Free Yoga in the Park Offered!

The Leisure Services Department, in partnership with Bellevue based Evolve Yoga and Wellness is offering FREE yoga classes at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road) this summer.

The classes will take place on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10:00am on May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4th.

The classes are free and do not require per-registration.  Donations are welcome, proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of Bellevue Parks. 

For more information on Evolve Yoga & Wellness, go to their website:  http://evolveyogaandwellness.com/

Monday, April 22, 2013

K-9 Karnival Planned to Raise FUNds for a Community Dog Park

The K-9 Karnival – A Dog Day in the Park Event to raise awareness and funds for the development of an off-leash dog park in Bellevue. 


The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department in partnership with Oak View Veterinary Hospital of Bellevue is leading a fundraising drive to have a public dog park in the village of Bellevue.  The group has planned the K-9 Karnival, a fundraising event to raise awareness and funds to develop a site.

The event is planned for Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).  A variety of games and contests for dogs, children’s’ activities, raffles & silent auctions, dog costume contests, concessions, a bake sale and pet photos will be offered.

Admission into the event costs $5 per dog.  Participation in some of the activities will range from $1 to $10.  Organizers hope to raise approximately $2,000 from the event.

For more information, please go to:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/recreation-programs/community-events/k-9-karnival-dog-park-fundraiser.html

Village Board Meeting for April 24, 2013

The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

The Board will review and possibly make action on the following items:

PRESENTATIONS
A.    Presentation of Tree City USA Award.  The Village will be presented with the Tree City USA Award.  The Village has been award Tree City USA status consecutively since 2003.

NEW BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action: Approval Developer’s Agreement between Village of Bellevue and Meacham & Company, LLC for Bedford Heights 1st Addition. 

B. Discussion/Possible Action: Request from Fire Chief Muller for wage increases toward newly appointed Fire Department officers. 

CLOSED SESSION
 A.    Discussion/Possible Action: Closed Session – Costco - Per Wisconsin State Statutes 19.85(1)(e), the Board may move to Closed Session when deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.

B.     Discussion/Possible Action: Administrator Employment Agreement- Per Wisconsin State Statutes 19.85(1)(c), the Board may move to Closed Session when considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. '


The Village of Bellevue is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees consisting of a Village President and four (4) Village Trustees. The Village President is elected every three (3) years.

All positions are elected at large. Two Trustees are elected in the even numbered years with the other two Trustees being elected in the odd numbered years. The Village Board is responsible for overseeing all activities and functions of the Village.

Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road).

For more information please visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Meet Kevin Kabacinski - Maintenance Services Worker

Please welcome Kevin Kabacinski as our new part-time Building Maintenance Services Worker.  Kevin began his employment on April 10, 2013.

After a long career in manufacturing and maintenance, Kevin retired from Green Bay Packaging and was looking for a part-time position to keep him busy.

The Maintenance Services Worker is responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of Village buildings and grounds areas. 

Kevin can be reached at (920) 468-5225.

Meet Pam Olson - Human Resources Specialist / Deputy Clerk

Please welcome Pam Olson as our new Human Resources Specialist / Deputy Clerk.  Pam began her employment with the Village on April 8, 2013.

Pam has lived in the area most of her life. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, with a major in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. Pam brings many years of human resources experience. Former Green Bay employers include American Medical Security, Fabio Perini North America and Eillien’s Candies. Most recently, Pam was with Network Health in Menasha as their Product Development Manager, developing health insurance plans and Health Care Reform planning and development.

As the Human Resources Specialist/Deputy Clerk, Pam will be responsible for human resources management, construction account management, general administrative support, and assisting the Clerk with various duties as required by local ordinance and Wisconsin Statutes.

You can contact Pam at (920) 468-5225 or by email at:  polson@villageofbellevue.org.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Village Board Meeting for April 10, 2013

The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

The Board will review and possibly make action on the following items:

PUBLIC HEARINGS
A.    (6:32)  Consider the levy of special assessments under municipal police power pursuant to Sec. 66.0703 Wisconsin Statutes. Proposed assessments to be levied against all property fronting along both sides of Juneberry Drive (Eaton Road to Mayflower Road); Blue Spruce Drive (Juneberry Drive to London Road); Mayflower Road (Froelich Lane to Carnation Drive); Allouez Avenue (Manitowoc Road to Main Street) for the purpose of street resurfacing and other street repairs (curbs, manhole adjustments, etc.).

B.    (6:35) Consider the levy of special assessments under municipal police power pursuant to Sec. 66.0703 Wisconsin Statutes. Proposed assessments to be levied against all property fronting along both sides of Tordeur Lane (Lime Kiln Road to approximately 2300 feet south) for the purpose of street reconstruction and drainage improvements (asphalt, culvert and ditches).

C.    (6:37) Consider the levy of special assessments under municipal police power pursuant to Sec. 66.0703 Wisconsin Statutes. Proposed assessments to be levied against all property fronting along both sides of Monroe Road, Lime Kiln Road (from approximately STH 172 to Allouez Avenue) for the purpose of street reconstruction and drainage improvements (curbs, concrete pavement, ditches, manhole adjustments, etc.). 

OLD BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action:  Ordinance Repealing and Recreating Section 5.33 AND 5.34 Fire Protection and Emergency Services (Ord. No. O-2013-07). 

NEW BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action: Award bid for Public Works Construction Projects to MCC, Inc. of Appleton in the amount of $761,445.07.

CLOSED SESSION
 A.    Discussion/Possible Action: Closed Session – Costco - Per Wisconsin State Statutes 19.85(1)(e), the Board may move to Closed Session when deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.


The Village of Bellevue is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees consisting of a Village President and four (4) Village Trustees. The Village President is elected every three (3) years.

All positions are elected at large. Two Trustees are elected in the even numbered years with the other two Trustees being elected in the odd numbered years. The Village Board is responsible for overseeing all activities and functions of the Village.

Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road).

For more information please visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org.

Attention Green Thumbs! - Community Garden Plots Now Available at Josten Park

The Village's Leisure Services Department is now taking reservations for plots at a new community garden at Josten Park.  The new community garden will provide gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of our Village residents.

There are 20 community gardens plots available for rental at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).  Although program is administered through the Leisure Services, the garden itself is developed and operated by volunteers renting space to grow fresh produce and flowers.

What are Community Gardens?
Community gardens are places where people can rent, for a small seasonal fee, their own garden plot to raise produce.

These gardens also contribute to a more livable environment, promote a more positive community image, and create opportunities for neighbors to work together. Community gardeners know that gardening and plants are good for people and their neighborhoods.

How are garden plots assigned?
Garden plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. New plots will be awarded by mid-May. If no plots are available in the garden , you will be put on a wait list and notified when one becomes available.

Renter’s Responsibilities:
Garden renters are responsible for keeping assigned plots neat and clean.
  • They supply their own seed, fertilizer, and equipment for proper preparation, growing, cultivating and harvesting crops. 
  • Renters water their own crops using buckets and without overuse of the water supply. 
  • Renters cultivate and/or mulch to control weeds (herbicides and/or pesticides are prohibited). 
  • Lastly, renters must take all debris with them, and remove all garden refuse and stakes by October 31 of each year.
How do I sign up?To rent a garden plot, complete the form on the backside of the Community Garden Brochure and submit with payment to the Village of Bellevue, 2828 Allouez Avenue.  A confirmation letter will be mailed to that address provided with instructions, rules and policies affecting the community garden.

Dates for Spring Brush Pick-Up

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of April 29th for homes on and east of Main Street, and May 6th for the homes west of Main Street.

Residents are reminded to place your brush at the curb parallel for pickup one week BEFORE the scheduled pickup week. 

Please observe the following guidelines when placing materials out for collection:
  • Brush up to 3" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 12 feet.
  • Brush up to 6" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 8 feet. 
  • Brush greater than 6" in diameter cannot be accepted at the curb. Larger brush including stumps up to 12" in diameter at ground level can be taken to the yard waste site. 
  • Avoid cutting brush shorter than needed as fewer pieces is less handling for crews. 
  • Lay brush in piles at the curb with the branches laying parallel in same direction to the street. 
  • Please do not put brush at the curb any sooner than one week prior to the collection day. 
  • Brush must be at the curb prior to the Monday that brush is scheduled to be picked up. Brush not at the curb by the time crews come past will be left or will be billed for us to come back at a later date. 
  • Lawn waste (grass, leaves, & garden materials) will not be taken.  These materials must be taken to the yard waste site. 
The intent of the pickup is to provide for disposal of brush generated as a result of routine yard maintenance.  Excessive amounts of brush are the homeowner’s responsibility.



Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 Spring General Election

The following candidate's names will appear on the Spring general election ballot for Village of Bellevue Trustee:

Kevin Brennan (i)
Adam Gauthier
Dave Kaster (i)

The Spring general election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.  For more information on elections, please contact the Village Clerk at (920) 468-5225 or go to:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/voter-registration-a-election-information.html.