Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recycling at home

Recycling at home
We recycle because it is good for our environment, good for our economy, and because in Wisconsin, it is the law. Since 1990, Wisconsin's recycling law requires all residents to recycle items like cardboard, bottles and cans and ensures all residents have access to a local recycling program.

Curbside collection is required by in communities with populations over 5,000 and population densities of at least 70 persons per square mile. 
    •  Single-stream collection allows glass, aluminum, plastic, tin and paper into the same container.
    •  Source-separated or “dual stream” collection requires newspaper, magazines and corrugated cardboard to be separated from other recyclable materials- like plastic and metal.


    Drop of centers are available for communities under 5,000 or population densities of less than 70 persons per square mile. There are designated spots around town that allow disposal of banned and other recyclable materials.

    Doing more

    What else can we do?

    • Compost yard materials and vegetable food scraps. Making your own compost saves you money and makes your plants happy. Learn more about compost in the future blogs on July 22nd and July 29th. 
    • Eliminate open burning. Burning even brush can cause pollution and health problems for you or your family and neighbors. State law allows burning of clean wood or brush and non-recyclable paper, but local ordinances may be more stringent than statewide requirements.
    • Reuse or recycle construction and demolition materials. These materials should be kept out of landfills and is usually a mix of reusable or recyclable.
    • Recycle used automotive materials. Used oil, oil filters, lead acid automotive batteries and used antifreeze should always be recycled.

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Village Board Meeting for June 26, 2013

    The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

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

    OLD BUSINESS
    1. Consider the request by Paul Van Noie, Brown County Director of Public Works, to revise the planned project scope for improvements to Brown County Highway XX from Allouez Avenue to the East River.

    NEW BUSINESS
    1. Discussion/Possible Action:  Consider the request by Brown County Public Works to select a design scope and construction schedule for the urbanization of Brown County Highway V – Lime Kiln Road.  Brown County is requiring the Village to approve a cross section.  In addition, Brown County Public Works is requiring the Village to reconstruct Lime Kiln Road from Landmark Blvd. to Daly Drive by the end of 2015.

    2. Discussion/Possible Action: Award of bid to Scott Construction, Inc., in the amount of $65,665.00 for 2013 chip sealing program.

    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.

    De Broux Park Diamond Renovations Complete

    The Village recently completed renovations to the ball diamond at De Broux park.

    Improvements included a new diamond backstop, fencing, dugouts, patio areas for seating, ADA accessible pathways to the diamond area and lighting/electrical improvements.

    The diamond is used by youth leagues throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. Over the past three years, the diamond at De Broux park has been the most rented facility in the entire park system. Over 300 games or practices are scheduled on this diamond annually.
     
    For more information on the Village's park system, go to:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/parks-a-facilities.html

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    Portion of Allouez Avenue Closed to Thru Traffic!

    Attention Motorists! Construction work crews need space to conduct their work safely and efficiently. Roads that are closed to through traffic, mean just that. Unless you live on the street where construction is occurring, you should not travel through this route.

    We've had several near misses and an accident along Allouez Avenue. Crews are relocating utilities, installing sidewalk and
    performing asphalt resurfacing between Manitowoc Road and Main Street.   Work is expected to be completed in mid-July.

    The Brown County Sheriff's department has been alerted and will be issuing citations for motorists who enter this construction zone and do not live or work on this street.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Recycling: What We should Recycle and Why We Should Recycle

    Recycling

    Why we should recycle
    Wisconsin is continually committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling; this being shown by its comprehensive recycling laws. These laws ban disposal and incineration of certain materials. Each year almost 2 million tons of material is kept out of Wisconsin landfills and incinerators through recycling and composting. Reducing our waste through recycling and composting is good for our economy, providing hundreds of community-based jobs, and reusing valuable materials that would otherwise go to waste. When we recycle we are also helping our environment, cutting air pollution, and saving energy.

    We all have a role in continuing this success. The first step in doing so is knowing what we can and cannot recycle. 

    What should we not Recycle?
    Recyclable materials banned from disposal in Wisconsin

    A few items the Wisconsin Law bans from being tossed into local landfills and incinerators statewide and should instead be reused, recycled or composted are as listed:

    Paper, cardboard and containers
    • Aluminum containers
    • Bi-metal containers (i.e. containers made from a combinations of steel and aluminum)
    • Corrugated cardboard or other containerboard
    • Glass containers
    • Magazines and other materials printed on a similar paper
    • Newspaper and other materials printed on newsprint
    • Office paper
    • Plastic containers #1 and #2 – milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, soda and water bottles, etc.
    • Steel containers (tin cans)
    Additional Materials
    • Electronics
      • Computers, televisions, cell phones, DVD players
    • Major Appliances
      • Air conditioners, washers and dryers, dishwashers and microwaves
    • Used oil filters
    • Yard waste
      • Grass clippings and leaves


    Click here to download and review a file supplying all the items banned from landfills and incinerators statewide.

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Meet Angela Gorall - Village Administrator

    Please welcome Angela Gorall, our new Village Administrator. Angela began her tenure with the Village of Bellevue on June 10, 2013.

    Ms. Gorall has been a resident of northeast Wisconsin for approximately 15 years and has an undergraduate degree from UW-Green Bay and a Masters of Public Administration from UW-Oshkosh.

    Prior to coming to Bellevue, Angela has previously worked for the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, Foth and most recently at the Town of Buchanan as the town's Administrator/Clerk.

    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  To Contact the Administrator: Phone: (920) 468-5225 or Email: agorall@villageofbellevue.org

    Establishment of the Bellevue Historical Society

    Dan Meunier, great grandson of Michael and Prudence Scory, founding family of Bellevue, believes the best way to discover Bellevue’s history is by embracing everyone’s stories.

    He encourages everyone to attend this special “Founders” gathering to learn about our history that has yet to be discovered here in Bellevue.

    This meeting will take place on Thursday, June 20th from 7:00-8:00pm at the Bellevue Public Safety Building / Village Hall - 3100 Eaton Road.

    Guest speakers will be present to talk about developing a historical society in Bellevue.

    For more information, contact Dan Meunier at djm@itol.com or call (920) 823-2044.

    “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on June 24th

    The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host Running with Scissors at Josten park for its second concert of 2013.

    Bellevue, WI, June 17, 2013:  The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on June 24, 2013 and will feature local area talent Running with Scissors. 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, Running with Scissors was first formed in 2009. Their harmonies and complex instruments will keep everyone in the crowd hooked and on the dance floor. With their wide arrange of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums they perform everyone’s favorite songs from the last four decades. Not only will they be keeping us entertained and energetic, Running with Scissors always performs at a professional level.


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

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Storm Water Runoff Preventions

    What you can do to help
    Activities like walking your dog or driving your car can leave pollutants on the ground that can be washed off in rain water. All the hard surfaces you use every day, such as parking lots, driveways, rooftops, and sidewalks, dramatically increase the rate and amount of runoff. What each of us can do to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff might seem small, but it can all add up to reducing the problems caused by storm water. Here are some ways you can help:

    Reduce the Rate and Volume of Runoff

    Roof Runoff
    •  Have roof runoff to the lawn instead of driveway, sidewalk, or the street
    •  Use rain barrels at your downspout and recycle for irrigation
    Lawn Runoff
    •  Aerate lawn
    •  Maintain a healthy lawn
    All Sources of Runoff
    •  Consider building rain gardens to capture runoff from roofs, lawns, and driveways

    Q. What is a rain garden?
    A.
    A shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is positioned near a runoff source like a downspout or driveway to prevent rainwater runoff from reaching the sewer system.

    Reduce Pollutants in Storm Water Runoff

    Pet waste
    • Don’t let pet waste accumulate in your yard
    • Bury or flush it down the toilet
    Pollution from Cars
    • Keep cars tuned up and repair leaks,
    • Dispose of fluids properly
    • Reduce a few trips with your car each week by walking, biking, or riding the bus
    • Use commercial car washes. The grime on a car has high concentration of pollutants
    Lawn and Yard Maintenance 
    •  Keep leaves and yard waste out of street.
    •  Compost leaves if possible or pile on terrace for city pick-up
    •  Do not blow grass clippings onto street, sidewalk or driveway
    •  Do not overuse pesticides and fertilizers
    •  Buy phosphorus free fertilizers


    Monday, June 10, 2013

    1st Annual Bellevue Firefighter’s Association Golf Outing

    All are welcome!

    Saturday June 22nd
    Irish Waters Golf Club
    N4265 Murphy Rd. Freedom, WI 54130

    4 person scramble- $280/Team
    9:00 Registration, 10:00 Shotgun start

    18 Holes of Golf, cart, tee gift, drink tickets, and chicken dinner

    Skins Game, Team Event, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction, Additional Raffles and many great prizes!!

    Entries due by June 15th
    Contact Info: Chad Weihbrecht at cweihbrecht@bellevue-fire.com Or 920-309-1136

    Village Board Meeting for June 12, 2013

    The Village Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 for a regularly scheduled meeting.

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

    PUBLIC HEARINGS
    1. (6:31) RP 2013.2 – Consider/Discuss/Act on the request by Steve Bieda, Mau & Associates, Petitioner, on behalf of Moski Corp, Owner, for approval of a request to rezone approximately 0.34 acres from PDD Planned Development District to B-2 – General Business District located approximately 1,200’ north of Eaton Road (County Highway JJ) and approximately 1,200’ west of Huron Road, portion of Parcel B-33.

    2.  (6:33) OMA 2013.1 – Consider/Discuss/Act on the request by KJL Enterprises LLC, petitioner, to declare Village of Bellevue owned property located directly behind 1302 Sal Street as surplus and purchase (portion of Parcel B-245-4).

    OLD BUSINESS
    1. Discussion/Possible Action: ZOA 2013.1 – Consider/Discuss/Act on the recommendation of the Multi-Family Materials Committee in regards to Article XXV – Multi-Family Development Standards as it relates to architectural design and materials.

    NEW BUSINESS
    1. Discussion/Possible Action:  CSM 2013.1 – Consider/Discuss/Act on the request by Steve Bieda, Mau & Associates, Petitioner on behalf of Whispering Willow Development, Owner, for a 1-Lot/1-Outlot Certified Survey Map (CSM) located approximately 150’ east of Ontario Road and 1,300’ north of Eaton Road (County Highway JJ) (Parcel B-2536).

    2. Discussion/Possible Action:  Consider the request by Steve Bieda, Mau & Associates, Petitioner on behalf of Cottage Road Development, to revise and amend Municipal Code Chapter 8.01(3)(a) to include assessment credits for the installation of deep sanitary sewers in new development.

    3. Discussion/Possible Action: Consider the request by Paul Van Noie, Brown County Director of Public Works, to revise the planned project scope for improvements to Brown County Highway XX from Allouez Avenue to the East River.

    4. Discussion/Possible Action:  Consider allowing second meters for residential utility customers for the purpose of deducting sewer charges on water used for lawn irrigation.

    5. Discussion/Possible Action: Awarding contract to HydroDesigns for the purposes of providing cross connection inspections.

    CLOSED SESSION
    1. Discussion/Possible Action: Closed Session – Employee Compensation - 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.

    • Village Board action following the 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.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Problems from Storm Water Runoff

    Q. Why is Storm Water Runoff a Problem?
      
    Storm water runoff carries pollutants that can seriously harm our waters.

    Sediment
    When rain falls on bare soil it can cause erosion and create storm water runoff carrying soil particles called sediment. Freeways, industrial sites, commercial sites, institutional and residential development can all contribute significant sources of sediment in storm water; however construction sites are one of the largest sources. 30 tons of sediment per acre can be released if there is no control of erosion or settled sediment.

    Microorganisms
    Bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms make waterways unsafe for swimming, wading and other types of recreation.
    Sources of bacteria
    •  Pet wastes
    •  Droppings from pigeons, geese, and other urban wildlife
    • Sanitary sewer overflows
    • High bacteria counts can cause the closing of beaches


     
    Phosphorus and Nitrogen
    Phosphorous often carried in with the sediment, fuels the growth of algae and aquatic weeds. When algae die it sinks to the bottom, where it decomposes and removes oxygen from the water. Low levels of oxygen can cause fish and aquatic organisms to die.
    One pound of phosphorous can produce 300-500 pounds of algae.
    Urban sources of phosphorous
    •  Lawn fertilizers
    •  Pollen
    •  Leaves
    • Grass
    • Orthophosphate in vehicle exhaust

    Toxic Chemicals
    Below is a list of toxic chemicals in storm water runoff that can kill aquatic organisms or impair their health, growth or ability to reproduce
    •  Motor oil
    •  Gasoline
    •  Grease
    •  Automotive antifreeze
    •  Lead from gas and auto exhaust
    •  Zinc from roof drains
    •  Tires
    Household  Wastes
    •  Insecticides
    •  Pesticides
    •  Paint
    •  Solvents

      Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.

    Storm Water Runoff Can Cause Waterway Erosion
    Development changes the natural flow of water across the landscape. Construction of new buildings and parking lots in areas that were fields or woods typically reduces infiltration and increases storm water runoff, which leads to flashy flows in area streams during storm events and no flow during dry conditions. Higher flows in streams can create erosion, loss of aquatic habitat and sediment deposition downstream.

    Other Wastes
    When debris is washed or thrown into bodies of water they can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
    • Plastic bags
    • Six-pack rings
    •  Bottles
    • Cigarette butts