Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Ready To Kick-Off

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, returning this summer is scheduled to open on June 10, 2013 and will feature local area talent from a variety of musical genres. The 2013 Series includes six concert dates (on the second and fourth Mondays of June, July & August).  Concerts will be free and open to the general public.

Musical acts will begin performing at 6:00pm and will continue until 8:30pm. Performers 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 and Friends of Bellevue Parks who will be available selling concessions.
The 2013 music line-up is as follows:
  • Monday, June 10th—The Cougars (genre: Pop/Rock)
  • Monday, June 24th—Running with Scissors (genre: Variety)
  • Monday, July 8th—Talk of the Town (genre: Dixieland Jazz)
  • Monday, July 22th—Adam’s Way(genre: Rock/80’s to current)
  • Monday, August 12th—Spin (genre: Pop/Rock/Mix)
  • Monday, August 26th—Scotty Meyer Band (genre: Blues/Rock)
The first act of the season, The Cougars, are 3 lead female Rock and Roll vocalists. However with their wide variety of talent and high-energy you’ll enjoy music from Fleetwood Mac to Lady GaGa.  
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 7

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer "Movie in the Park" again on June 7, 2013. The feature movie is "Tangled."

The event takes place at Josten Park. Movies are shown beginning at dusk or around 8:45pm. 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.

Village Board Halts Relocation of Village Administrative Offices

The Village Board of Trustees voted to stop the design of expanding the Village Hall / Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road.  The expansion was expected to accommodate relocation of the Village's administrative offices.  The Village Board voted 3-2 at their May 22, 2013 meeting to end planning of the expansion. 

The planning phase of the project began in 2011 when the Village Board approved the re-creation of the Building Space Needs Committee. The committee was charged with conducting an independent review of the Village's main facilities.

The most recent investigation included the identification of any deficiencies (i.e. space, safety, accessibility).  Additionally, if deficiencies existed, the committee needed to identify and prioritize possible solutions to resolve the deficiencies.  The Committee's effort in 2012 followed those by previous committees in 2004 and 1998. 

By unanimous vote, the Building Space Needs Committee established the following three priorities:  Short-term repairs to the current administrative offices, expansion of the Village Hall / Public Safety Building to include the relocation of administrative offices and expansion of cold storage/shop space for the Public Works department.

As a result of the recommendation from the Building Spaced Needs Committee, the Village solicited proposals from several architecture firms for design services.  Additionally, the Architectural Design Steering Committee was formed to review and recommend proposals and design concepts.  The Architectural Design Steering Committee recommended the selection of SEH, Inc. to conduct the planning and design phases for the administrative office relocation.

After completing conceptual designs of the office expansion, SEH, Inc. presented plans to the Village Board at their May 22, 2013.  The conceptual plans can be found at the following url:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/office-of-the-administrator/village-hall-expansion.html

The Architectural Design Steering Committee recommended to continue with the design phase of the planning process.  Members of the committee cited favorable interest rates, depressed construction costs and the need for significant repairs and upgrades to the current facility at 2828 Allouez Avenue as justification to begin the relocation process.

Village Board members in favor of halting the project were concerned with the cost to construct the expansion; citing concerns with current debt load and the creation of the Village's first tax incremental finance district.

Village Board members in favor of continuing the project were also concerned with an increase in costs associated with a rise in interest rates, commodity/construction prices and the need to make upgrades to a deficient building that may only be used in the short-term.

It is unknown at this time if and when this topic will arise again.  The Village will however begin the process of planning and budgeting for necessary repairs and upgrades to its existing offices at 2828 Allouez Avenue.  The current facility has significant repair needs and must meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements by 2015.

What is Storm water Runoff

Fun Fact: Contaminated storm water is the largest contributor of pollutants to Wisconsin’s urban water today.

Q. What is storm water runoff?
Storm water runoff is rain and melting snow that flows off building rooftops, driveways, lawns, streets, parking lots, construction sites, and industrial storage yards. Developed areas are covered by buildings and pavement which do not allow water to soak into the ground.


Q. Where does the water go?
  • Storm sewers, laid underground below streets
  • Usually storm water runoff flows overland or is discharged by storm sewers into nearby waterways or treatment devices
  • Waterways: stream beds, rivers, or lakes

Q. What is in Storm Water Runoff?
Pollutants on the streets and parking lots get washed away with the storm water runoff into waterways. Pollutant in storm water runoff includes:
  • Garbage
  • Oil and grease
  • Gasoline
  • Sediment from construction sites and urban runoff
  • Metal flakes from rusting vehicles and brakes
  • Road salt
  • Lawn pesticides
  • Agricultural herbicides
  • Heavy metals from roof shingles
  • Pet waste
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Bacteria
  • Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen
  • Other chemicals
  • Illicit discharges such as paints, cleaning solution products and used motor oil.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Village Board Meeting for May 22, 2013

The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

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

PRESENTATIONS
A.  The Brown County Sheriff's Department will introduce Bellevue's newest patrol shift deputy.

OLD BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action: Burying overhead utilities located along Allouez Avenue from Manitowoc Road to Main Street.  This item is being considered by the Board from a request by resident's along Allouez Avenue. The request is related to the planned installation of sidewalk along this stretch of roadway.

NEW BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action: Presentation of conceptual design layouts & elevations for expansion of the Village Hall / Public Safety Building to accommodate the relocation of the Village’s administrative offices.  This item will introduce to the Board and public conceptual floor plans and elevations of an expanded Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road).  This project is being planned as a result of three prior citizen-led committee recommendations to relocate the administrative offices.  Background information on this item can be found at:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/office-of-the-administrator/village-hall-expansion.html

CLOSED SESSION
A.     Discussion/Possible Action: Bay Area Recreation Campus- 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. '

B.     Discussion/Possible Action: Union Negotiations - 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.

Angela Gorall Named Bellevue's Next Administrator

Angela Gorall was formally appointed Village Administrator for Bellevue at a special Village Board meeting on Friday, May 3, 2013. 

 Ms. Gorall has over 14 years of professional experience.  Most recently she has served as the Town Administrator for the Town of Buchanan, Wisconsin.  Prior to her position in Buchanan, she worked as a project planner and public administration consultant for Foth.  She also has experience as a planner/data analyst for the Bay Lake Regional Plan Commission.  

Ms. Gorall will officially begin her tenure as Bellevue Administrator on June 10, 2013.  

The Village Administrator is the Village's Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for the implementation of the Village Board's policies and priorities.  This is accomplished by coordinating the official business of the Village Board and by providing leadership and direction to the entire organization.

Ms. Gorall will be available for contact after June 10th at (920) 468-5225 or Email: agorall@villageofbellevue.org


2nd Annual K9 Karnival Raises Funds for Dog Park in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department in partnership with Oak View Veterinary Hospital of Bellevue held the second annual K9 Karnival at Josten Park this past Saturday, May 18th.  The event was a fundraiser to build an off-leash dog park in the Village raising nearly $3,000.

The K9 Karnival event featured a variety of games and contests for dogs, children’s activities, raffles, dog costume contests, and pet photos were offered.

Photos from the event can be found at the Bellevue Dog Park Facebook Page.

Sponsors of the event included Oak View Veterinary Hospital, Laura Mossakowski, LLC, Happy Tails Veterinary Clinic and Forever Friends Pet Cremation services.

Although efforts to raise funds for a dog park began in early 2012, An ad-hoc committee has been formed and is gaining significant momentum in fundraising efforts.  For more information on the Bellevue Dog Park efforts, go to the Village's website at:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/parks-a-facilities/dog-park.html

Monday, May 13, 2013

Get Ready for Construction! CTH GV, TIF District #1 & Costco Wholesale

The area around County Highway GV (Monroe Road) from State Highway 172 to Allouez Avenue is going to be busy with construction very soon.  The activity is related to the reconstruction of Monroe Road, infrastructure improvements to TIF District #1 and the construction of the new Costco Wholesale store.

County Highway GV improvements include concrete roadway reconstruction , a roundabout at the new Landmark Boulevard entrance, traffic signal, lighting and landscaping improvements. Improvements in the form of a side-path or trail will also be made to add pedestrian and bicycle accommodations along Monroe Road.  Brown County is also planning for improvements to Lime Kiln Road (CTH V) to accommodate the new intersection of Lime Kiln Road and Landmark Boulevard.

As part of the TIF District, the Village will be constructing two new roadways, Landmark Boulevard and Costco Way.  Improvements will include the installation of water, sewer and stormwater utilities.  A stormwater detention pond will also be built.

Costco Wholesale has begun site preparations for the construction of their new store.  The plans include the construction of an approximately 150,000 square foot store and a fueling station. The new store will feature a tire center, indoor food court and bakery. Costco is a membership warehouse providing brand name products at wholesale prices. This will be the fifth Costco Store in Wisconsin and the first location in northeast Wisconsin. It is anticipated that the new store will add approximately 200 full and part-time jobs.  

Work on all projects is expected to be completed in mid October.  Costco is planning for a mid to late October opening.

To stay up-to-date on all three of these projects, go to the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org.

Dog Park Fundraiser This Saturday!

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.

Traffic Control Alterations at Manitowoc Road & Manitowoc Court Intersection

The Village Board passed a resolution on May, 8, 2013 to institute a 90-day traffic control alteration at the intersection of Manitowoc Road and Manitowoc Court.

During the 90-day trial period, motorists traveling northwest on Manitowoc Road will no longer be required to stop at the intersection.  Motorists traveling southeast on Manitowoc Road, or making a right turn will also not be required to stop.  However, motorists traveling onto or from Manitowoc Court will now be required to stop at the intersection.  The picture above shows the trial configuration.

After the 90-day trial, the Village will review the safety and effectiveness of the changes.  If the alterations improve traffic flow and do not pose a safety risk, it is likely to become a permanent change.

Changes are expected to be made in the next three to four weeks, once the signage and pavement markings have been made.

Questions and concerns with these changes can be directed to Bill Balke, Public Works Director at (920) 468-5225 or billb@villageofbellevue.org.

Village Board Decides to Continue Plan for Sidewalks on Allouez Avenue

At their May 8, 2013 Village Board meeting, the Village's Board of Trustees voted to continue the plan of installing sidewalk on Allouez Avenue, from Manitowoc Road to Main Street. 

The work was previously planned and approved by the Village Board in April.  However, approximately 20 property owners along Allouez Avenue signed a petition requesting sidewalk not be installed.   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 originally proposed

Less than a dozen individuals showed up for the Village Board meeting on May 8th.  A few individuals spoke of their concerns with sidewalk.  One concern raised was the connectivity of the proposed stretch.  Jack Young, a resident along Allouez Avenue spoke in opposition to the sidewalk, however, indicated he would be in favor of sidewalk if the Village were to bury the overhead electric transmission lines between Manitowoc Road and Main Street. 

The Board did move to eliminate sidewalk on the north-side of Allouez Avenue along three lots, terminating the sidewalk (north-side) at the Gemini Road intersection.

When installed, the sidewalk will connect pedestrians to sidewalk on Manitowoc Road.  Connecting with the sidewalk on Manitowoc Road is a side-path on Eaton Road.  This pedestrian network will connect users to Bellin Health, Bellin College, the Bellevue YMCA and McAuliffe Elementary.  Additionally, the connection also brings pedestrians to sidewalk on Verlin Road.  This pedestrian network will connect to Guns Street and Willow Creek Park, as well as, Lime Kiln Road, connecting to the Ray & Joan Kroc Center. 

Work on Allouez Avenue is scheduled to begin on June 3rd.  For more information on this project and other road projects throughout the community, please go to the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org, and click on Construction Updates.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Village Board Meeting for May 8, 2013

The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

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

PRESENTATIONS
A.  Laura Mossakowski, Chairperson of the Bellevue Dog Park Ad -Hoc Committee will be presenting information on the efforts to raise funds for an off leash dog park in the Village of Bellevue.

NEW BUSINESS
A. Discussion/Possible Action: Reconsideration of sidewalk installation on Allouez Avenue from Manitowoc Road to Main Street for Contract D-13.

B. Discussion/Possible Action: Resolution No. V-22-2013 approving a 90-day trial to install temporary traffic control changes to the intersection of Manitowoc Road and Manitowoc Court.  If approved this will authorize the Village to alter traffic control measures at the intersection described above for ninety days.  After the ninety period, the Village will reconsider making the alterations permanent.

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. '

C     Discussion/Possible Action: Bay Area Recreation Campus- 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.

County Highway GV (Monroe Road) Reconstruction to Begin

The Brown County Public Works Department will begin work to reconstruct County Highway GV or Monroe Road in the Village of Bellevue starting the week of May 20th.  However, motorists will begin to see crews stage the construction area and install traffic control measures over the next week. 

As part of the planned work, Brown County plans to close the CTH V / Lime Kiln Road at CTH GV intersection beginning on May 20th as well.  A traffic detour route will follow CTH V to Central Drive to Allouez Avenue back to CTH GV.  The intersection is planned to re-open to traffic on Friday, August 2, 2013.  As will all road projects, the timing of completion is weather-dependent and may change due to the weather conditions.

The public can stay informed on the progress of this project by going to http://www.villageofbellevue.org and clicking the icon for construction updates. 

Additionally, the Brown County Public Works Department will be holding weekly construction meetings at the Brown County Sheriff's Office located at 2684 Development Drive.  The meetings will occur weekly on Tuesdays at 10am starting on May, 7, 2013.  Weekly email updates can also be delivered by subscribing to bc_highway@co.brown.wi.us.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Steve Dantoin at (920) 609-4702 or Dean Friedman at (920) 615-4167. 

K-9 Karnival Supports Efforts to Raise Funds for a 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 12:30am at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).  A variety of games and contests for dogs, children’s’ activities, raffles & silent auctions, dog costume contests, 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.

To make the event safe and enjoyable for all, event organizers have developed several rules for the day.
  1. All dogs attending must be kept on a 6’ or less leash.
  2. All dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccinations.
  3. Female dogs in any state of heat will not be admitted.
  4. Protect your dog by bringing your own water bowl.
  5. When giving treats do so in a way that does not inadvertently cause fights or altercations between dogs.”
  6. Be sure to bring a clean up bag, you will be responsible for cleaning up after your dog.
  7. Remember, it’s rain or shine, and often does both.  Dress appropriately and watch out for dehydration in you and your pooch.
  8. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. Maximum of two (2) dogs per adult human.
  10. Aggressive dogs will not be admitted.
For more information visit the Village's website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Spring Hydrant Flushing to Begin

The Village of Bellevue will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning the week of May 6, 2013.

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.