Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tree Pruning and Trimming Schedule

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village will be pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between January & March 2014.
Per Municipal Code 8.24, the Village of Bellevue is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all street trees in the municipality.  The Village has adopted a ten year urban forestry management program to maintain public trees; including regular assessment of their health, safety, & condition, pruning, removal/replanting.
Scheduled tree pruning is planned for the following areas in 2014:
  • South & West of Main St./ East of Lime Kiln Rd.  (Streets: Allouez Ave., Klondike Rd., Verlin Rd., Bluestone Pl., Guns St.)
  • Using the Village’s Interactive Mapping System (www.villageofbellevue.org), pruning area will be Zones 2, 3, & 4.
The work will be performed by the Village Arborist and trained Public Works staff following ISA Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations-Pruning as identified by the Village’s Tree Ordinance and Arboricultural Specifications Manual.  Village staff will be inspecting the work to ensure that it meets specifications.
Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead, dying or diseased branches and/or to remove crowded or rubbing limbs.  Trees may be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below.  Lastly, a tree’s crown may be raised to allow cars, school buses, garbage trucks and snow plows to operate without contacting low hanging branches; causing significant damage to the vehicle and/or tree.
The Village’s public tree population consists of more than 3,500 trees, and more than 30 different species that range in age, size and condition.  The Village has been annually awarded Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation since 2003.
If you have questions contact:  Doug Tenor, Village of Bellevue Arborist (920) 468-5225 dougt@villageofbellevue.org or go online at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/trees

New Director of Parks and Leisure Services

Debra Lom will join the Village of Bellevue as the Director of Parks and Leisure Services on January 2, 2014.  She has over 12 years of municipal parks and recreation experience. Most recently Ms. Lom served as a Center Director for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
 
Ms. Lom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College, MN.  Debra previously worked for park and recreation departments in Minnesota, Nevada and California.

Adult Basketball Program

Here's something for you adults looking to get more active in 2014!
Registration for Adult Basketball is going on now. Men and Women 18+ are welcome to sign-up for this great program.
Come out and enjoy a night of basketball and exercise, meet new people, burn some calories and shoot some hoops!
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays (Jan 6-Mar 12)
*No program Mon Jan 20
Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: McAuliffe Elementary Gymnasium
 Fee: $50 R/ $63 NR
*Cost breaks down to $2.63 R/ $3.31 NR per night!
You can't beat this deal!!!!
For more information call the Village offices or visit our website!
 

FIRE HYDRANTS & SNOW

Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from roadways, often bury fire hydrants under large amounts of snow, thus making them difficult to find and use.
Should there be a fire nearby, precious time is lost as firefighters work to locate hydrants and shovel snow away before hoses can be hooked up to them.
Don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover”!
We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. Snow should be removed about three-feet (3') away from the hydrant in all directions and a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the nearest roadway. Exercise caution when shoveling because of the potential for vehicle traffic nearby.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Volunteers Needed


Are you looking for a way to become more involved and help make a difference in the community?  Consider serving as a volunteer on a Village of Bellevue Board or Commission. These volunteer bodies play an important role in the function of your local government. 
 
Current openings exist on a number of committees such as:

  • Hotel Room Tax Commission
  • Plan Commission
  • Economic Development Advisory Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Senior Advisory Board
 
If interested, please fill out a Volunteer application from the Village website or pick one up at the Village Offices.   



Please Help Our Snowplow Drivers

In order to ensure efficient plowing of Village streets, please help out and do not do the following:
 
Deposit Snow in Street
It is illegal for residents to deposit snow within the streets of Bellevue. Placing snow in street after plowing occurs, places a liability risk to the Village and the property owner if an accident were to occur as a result of the snow deposit.  Snow deposits may freeze and alter the driving path of plows, vehicles and people walking in the road.  Please take the time to make sure any snow is deposited behind the curb.
 
Place Garbage Bins in Street on Collection Day
Placing garbage bins in the road slows the operations down and does not allow plowers to effectively remove the snow from the street.  Please make sure the bins are placed in the driveway behind the curb.  The arms of the garbage trucks can reach out up to 10 feet.
 
 
 
 


 

Did You Know?


Tax bills mailed in December will reflect the following rates:
  • Village Residents who reside in Green Bay Area School District: 
    • $16.63
  • Village Residents who reside in De Pere School District: 
    • $17.78
The Village’s portion is $2.78 of the total tax rate & remains the lowest of any Village or City in Brown County. 

Renew Dog Licenses

2013 Dog Licenses expire December 31st.
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 - $7.00
  • Not Spayed or Not Neutered  - $30.00
Licenses issued after March 31, 2014 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.