Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Composting at home

Since leaves, grass clippings and branches less than six inches in diameter are banned from landfills and from being burned in many communities, composting is the preferred alternative.  Home composters can enjoy the benefits of compost spread on their vegetable and flower gardens or in landscape projects.

What to compost?
  • Yard materials
  • Vegetable and fruit scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Nut shells
  • Eggshells
  • Clean, unwaxed paper, such as newspaper and cardboard
  • Animal manure (not pet waste)

What not to compost?
  • Meat or fish scraps, bones and packaging
  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, egg yolk etc.)
  • Fats and oils or food containing fats and oils
  • Pet waste
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
  • Highly invasive plants like garlic mustard, unless completely dry and without flowers or seeds

How to Compost at home?
Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap; however, bins are a better way to manage the materials. There are a number of home composting containers available commercially, and it is also fairly simple to create your own. This is a link to a DNR brochure that offers information on different types of home composting equipment.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Movie in the Park: Hotel Transylvania

The Village of Bellevue is inviting everyone to come out and watch a movie while enjoying a relaxing night in the park. Nicolet National Bank will be sponsoring the movie Hotel Transylvania.

The Golden Globe nominated film tells a story of Dracula, the owner of Hotel Transylvania, a place where the world’s monsters can take a rest from human civilization. While trying to throw a 118th birthday party for his daughter Mavis, an unexpected ordinary 21-year-old traveler named Jonathan visits the hotel. While hosting some of the most famous monsters, including Frankenstein’s monster, Mummy, a Werewolf family, and the Invisible Man, Dracula must protect Mavis from falling in love with Jonathan before it is too late.

The movie will start at Dusk on Friday August 2, 2013 at Willow Creek Park. Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Family Kite Fest

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will be hosting Kite Fest on August 3, 2013.

The village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is working with the Wisconsin Kiter’s Club in hosting the 2nd Annual “Family Kite Fest”. This event is a great opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and community neighbors in the great outdoors.

Nicolet National Bank will be giving away free kites to the first 50 children to arrive!

Kite Fest offers everyone the chance to see some of the largest kites ever seen in the air and an opportunity to create and fly your own kite. Besides larger than life kites, the event will include face painting, concessions, flying light up kites and Chinese Lanterns.

The fun filled day will take place at Willow Creek Park on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The event will start at 10:00am and go until 3:00pm.


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


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What is compost?

Q. What is compost?

Compost is a soil-like material rich in stabilized carbon produced from the breakdown of organic materials. It is considered a soil amendment, rather than a fertilizer, because it usually contains only small amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Lawn fertilizer contains significant amounts of all three.

Benefits of applying compost include:
  • Restoring or enhancing the ability of sandy soil to hold moisture and clay soils to drain
  • Repairing or preventing damage caused by erosion
  • Aid plant growth
Composting is an environmentally friendly way to create healthy soil. Compost produced from yard materials and other organics, such as food scraps, can replenish vital soil organic matter, microorganisms and nutrients. Compost keeps yard material from Wisconsin’s landfills and makes them useful.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Village Board Meeting for July 24, 2013

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

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

PRESENTATIONS:  Green Bay Metro Transit Director, Tom Wittig.  Mr. Wittig will provide an overview of services from Green Bay Metro and discuss the potential of route expansion within the Village.

OLD 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 and the intersection with Landmark Boulevard.  Brown County is requiring the Village to approve a Municipal Agreement.

NEW BUSINESS
1. Discussion/Possible Action: Ordinance O-2013-08 Creating Section 12.11, Chapter 12, Licenses and Permits – Registration of Escorts.

2. Discussion/Possible Action: Consider a recommendation from the Park Commission to establish naming right opportunities and a private donation chart for the purposes of fundraising for an off-leash community dog park.

3. Discussion/Possible Action: Consider the request by Guardian Storage, LLC for an exception to Section 8.11 of the Municipal Code for required street improvements to Delmar Lane.

4. Discussion/Possible Action: Consider awarding contracts with HD Supply Waterworks, Ltd and the Central Brown County Water Authority to purchase water meters and install associated meter reading system.

STAFF REPORTS
1. Update to Noise Complaints in Vicinity of I-43 Industrial Park

Wisconsin State Fair

Bellevue offers a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department to supply transportation to the “Wisconsin State Fair” on August 6, 2013.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will once again be taking a group of individuals on a bus trip to the “Wisconsin State Fair” during the summer of 2013. This event is a great opportunity to experience a exciting day at the State’s largest, most historic annual event.

Everyone who attends will witness a blend of Wisconsin’s agricultural traditions with a contemporary urban event. International Bazaar, amusement part thrill rides, blue ribbon livestock,30 states of top entertainment, and world-famous cream puff!

The bus will depart from K-Mart (1109 Lombardi Ave) at 8:00am and return to the same location around 7:00- 7:30pm. Prices range from seniors (60 &over) $30/person, Adults (12&over) $33/person, Children(7-11) $29/person, and children(6&under) $15/person. The fee includes coach bus transportation; Lunch and shopping expenses are on your own. The deadline for this event is July 26.
 
For more information visit the Village’s website at http://www.villageofbellvue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Stormwater Detention Ponds - Good for Clean Water. Bad for Swimming!

Storm water detention ponds are among the most effective storm water treatment practices, and help communities meet the “control measures” required by federal and state regulations. They remove pollutants by slowing the flow of rushing storm water and holding it long enough to allow sediment to settle; keeping pollutants from entering our natural bodies of water, such as streams, rivers and lakes.

To understand the typical design of a storm water detention pond, please refer to the general schematic below:


The recent tragedy in Hilbert, Wisconsin is a good reminder to everyone that storm water ponds should not be used for swimming.  Although storm water ponds are great for treating storm water, they are not appropriate for cooling off during a hot summer day.  Depending on conditions, water in the pond can fluctuate rapidly.  Additionally, water can become unclear and discolored from the amount of sediment present.  

Again, individuals should NOT use storm water ponds as bathing areas.  Parents and guardians are reminded to educate their children of the danger associated with open bodies of water.  Parents and guardians should also keep close attention to their children's whereabouts at all times.
 
For more information on the Village's efforts to improve storm water quality, go to the Village's website at:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/public-works/utilities/stormwater.html

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on July 22nd

The Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host "Adam’s Way" at next Rockin' in Josten summer concert.

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on July 22, 2013 and will feature local area talent ‘Adam’s Way’. 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 Lions Club who will be available selling concessions.

Adams Way started off as just a group of friends who played their instruments together. Today they are a rock cover band that plays a 50 song set with everything from the 70’s up to the latest rock hits on the radio. Without a doubt you will be saying, “This is my favorite song!” Their goal is to keep you on your feet, dancing, and singing along. These guys love rocking out and meeting their fans. Get ready for the biggest party with Adam’s Way!

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, July 9, 2013

Special Recycling Topics: Batteries, Plastic Bags, Electronics, Light Bulbs

Batteries
Household batteries or dry batteries such as: AAA,AA,C,D, etc. all contain mercury, lithium, silver cadmium, lead and acids, which all have the potential to be hazardous waste. These could be dangerous if released into the environment via burning or landfills.

Preferred handing option: reduce and recycle
Reduce waste at the source by buying rechargeable batteries whenever possible. When your rechargeable batteries come to the end of their lifespan, they can also be recycled. Alkaline batteries may be put in the trash.

Plastic bags
Plastic bags are convenient, lightweight, inexpensive- and everywhere. However, since they are so lightweight yet sturdy, they become potentially hazardous in the environment.

Preferred handling option: reduce, reuse or recycle
The best option is to reduce use of any disposable shopping bags by using a reusable cloth bag and reuse or recycle disposable plastic and paper bags when you do have them.

Several supermarkets and other retailers accept plastic shopping bags for recycling. They include: Roundy's (Copp's, Pick 'n Save, Rainbow Foods and Metro Market stores), Kohl's department stores, Trig's Foods stores and Walmart. Check with these stores to see what types of plastic bags they accept.

Reducing, reusing and recycling all reduce the amount of plastic bags we see stuck in trees, fences, storm drains and water bodies.

Electronics
With continuous technology advances and trying to keep up with the new and improved we continue to gain electronic waste. Electronics are one of the fastest growing parts of the waste stream, with millions of devices discarded each year in the United States. If not handled properly, electronics can pose a risk to human health and the environment from the lead and mercury or other potential hazardous materials they may contain.
Find an electronics collection site or recycler
Electronics from Wisconsin households, K-12 public schools and Milwaukee Parental Choice Program schools may be recycled through E-Cycle Wisconsin. Some of the collectors and recyclers registered under E-Cycle Wisconsin may also accept electronics from businesses, colleges and universities, and others not part of E-Cycle Wisconsin.

  • Some electronics, such as cell phones, are often recycled at retail stores, and some electronics manufacturers offer mail-back programs for old their brands of electronics. If a retailer or mail-back program is not available, use the links below to find an electronics recycler in your area.


Light bulbs

Besides being recyclable Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), have many environmental benefits. These bulbs are used extensively in homes and businesses. Compact fluorescent lamps use up to 75 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb, and can last up to 10 times longer, and save $30 or more in electricity costs over the life of the bulb.

Preferred handling option: recycleA growing number of retailers are providing the option of taking your used bulbs when you come in for new replacements. This is a quick and easy way to recycle
The DNR recommends that even “green” fluorescent bulbs be recycled, because they often do contain measurable amounts of mercury.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Village Board Meeting for July 10, 2013

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

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

OLD BUSINESS
1. 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.

2. 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 Municipal Agreement.  In addition, Brown County Public Works is requiring the Village to reconstruct Lime Kiln Road by the end of 2015.

NEW BUSINESS
1. Discussion:  Consider creation of an update to the Code of Ethics Ordinance.  Discuss creation of Section 12, Open Meeting Policy.

2. Discussion/Possible Action: Resolution V-29-2013 Approving Construction and Maintenance Agreement between the Village of Bellevue and Wisconsin Central LTD. for a sidewalk installation at  FRA-DOT No. 181 503R, MILEPOST 107.80, Denmark Spur, Fox River Subdivision.  Includes Change Order #4 to Contact D-13.

STAFF REPORTS
1. Noise Complaints in Vicinity of I-43 Industrial Park


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.

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is offering a trip to Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park on July 25, 2013.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will once again be offering a bus trip Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park. It is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon with friends and family. This event offers a perfect summer day trip.


Mt. Olympus is filled with thirty-seven steep and slippery slides, six hair-raising roller coasters,
eight curve-hugging go-kart tracks
and a titanic array of attractions, wet and dry.



The trip cost $40.00 per participant and includes bus transportation, water/theme park admission, and a Hot Dog lunch. All additional expenses are not included. The bus Departs at 7am at K-Mart (1109 Lombardi Ave) and will return at the same location around 8:00-8:15pm. The deadline to sign up for the adventure filled day is July 12.
 
For more information visit the Village’s website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Recycling Away From Home

It is important to recycle items like cans, bottles and paper no matter where you go.
Keeping our environment clean and litter free

Recycling at rest areas in Wisconsin
Rest areas visitors take notice when recycling is offered and consistently provide positive feedback about the recycling services at rest areas.

Recycling at Wisconsin’s State Parks
Most Wisconsin State parks and forests do not supply trash cans; however there are some dumpsters to use when necessary. Also bins are available for recyclable items of glass, plastic, aluminum and tin.
 
For the state parks and forest picnic areas, shelters, beaches and other day-use areas do not supply garbage or recycling bins at all the carry in and carry out policy is required; taking your
garbage and recyclables
home with you.

Special event recycling
When summer finally arrives it means the start of fairs, festivals and a variety of different events. However once the fun festivities are done we are not only left with great memories but also mounds of trash. Correct disposal of items is not only required by law, but can cut down disposal cost, and may even generate extra income.

It may seem daunting, however organizing a recycling effort at these events can be done effectively and efficiently. With a little planning ahead, event organizers can arrange for their recycling AND implement strategies to reduce the amount of waste generated.

To increase the success of your event’s recycling efforts, label recycling and garbage receptacle with clear, specific words or images. Below are quick and easy links to specific signs that can be printed and attached to collection containers.

Remember it is always acceptable, and a good idea to ask businesses or property managers about garbage and recycle bins if they are not provided. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

“Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on July 8th

The Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host "Talk of the Town" at next Rockin' in Josten summer concert.

 The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on July 8, 2013 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.The band emphasizes on the great genre of jazz, but performs all styles of music. You may even hear polka, the official state song of Wisconsin.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.