Monday, March 31, 2014

Discovering and Fixing Leaky Toilets/WaterSense Toilet Information

Toilet and other water leaks-

Toilets that have leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year in a home.  That’s enough water to fill most backyard swimming pools.  Detecting leaks is easy.  You can do so using 3 different methods:

*Examine your winter water usage.  A family of 4 typically has a serious leak problem if winter water usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.  This does not necessarily mean that the toilet is the source, but it’s still a good indicator that  the toilet, or other plumbing aspects may require attention.

*Check your water meter before and after a period of 2 hours that no water is used.  If the meter reads different, you may have a leak.

*For toilets, add a couple drops of food coloring to the reservoir tank, if in 15 minutes the coloring shows up in the tank or anywhere else on the exterior of the toilet without flushing, you have a leak.  Be sure to flush right after the experiment, or wash off any coloring to avoid staining.

Often, fixing a leak will simply require changing the flapper at the bottom of the tank.  Do not fear, these parts are cheap and easy to replace.  This is no daunting task.  

For more information on fixing a leaky toilet, watch this video from the Home Depot.

 

WaterSense Toilets-


The WaterSense Program, run through the Environmental Protection Agency, partners with household plumbing manufacturers to develop specifications for appliances with high water use efficiency. 

WaterSense toilets can save up to 11 gallons per day.  Over the course of a year, this saves a family about $90 dollars, and around $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet.

After comparing the lowest retail prices of toilets that meet standard EPA requirements with WaterSense toilets, the WaterSense toilets cost about $60 dollars extra.  The webpage used to compare prices can be found here.

Essentially, the retail price increase can be recovered in less than a year through savings on your water bill.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spanish Travels Class






Spots are still available to sign up for the Village of Bellevue Spanish Travels class.
Mondays & Wednesdays April 8-March 14
Take out your passport and get ready to travel around the world. We will be traveling to different Spanish-speaking countries to learn about the language and customs. Throughout the program participants will be taught basic Spanish words and phrases, as well as Spanish foods, sports, and animals.
Ages: 8-11
Fee: $35 R/ $35 NR
Time: 5:30-6:30
Location: DeBroux Park

Currently there are four ways to register for our programs.

Register Online!
Download our Online Registration Guide to learn more about how this process works.
Mail-In:Mail your completed registration form with payment to: Registration,
Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department,
2828 Allouez Ave., Green Bay, WI 54311
Walk-In:
Registrations will be accepted in person
Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to
4:30 pm at the Village Offices.
After Hours Drop-Off:

After normal office hours, registration form with payment may be placed in a drop box located next to the front door of the Village Offices at 2828 Allouez Avenue for your convenience.

Garage and Yard Sales

It's getting to be that time of year again...


However...

Did you know that the Village of Bellevue restricts the number of garage/yard sales that property owners can have within a given year?  If not, please be aware that the Village of Bellevue Zoning Ordinance states that garage, yard or other similar sales shall not be allowed more than twice each year, and each sale shall not last more than seventy two (72) consecutive hours.  This applies to an individual household.  So in the case of a duplex, each unit would be permitted to have an individual sale per the above regulations.  That does not mean that a duplex could have four sales per year where both units are involved.  If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Bellevue Zoning Department at 920-468-5225. 

Happy Bargain Hunting!

Join the Village on a trip to Ikea and Woodfield Mall

Ikea and Woodfield Mall Trip

Our first stop will be at IKEA where this well-known retailer offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at very low prices. After shopping at IKEA you will be shuttled over to Woodfield Mall, which is the largest shopping center in the state of Illinois and one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. Featuring more than 300 department and specialty stores, this world-class shopping center has something for everyone. Anchored by Nordstrom, Marshall Field's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penney and Sears, the mall houses several upscale shops and more than 40 big name restaurants.

Date: Saturday April 12
Cost: $30
Departure: 6:30 am (K-Mart Parking Lot: 1109 Lombardi Ave.)
Return: 10:30 pm


For more information visit: www.villageofbellevue.org or call 920.468.5225



Don’t Forget Your 2014 Dog License



Dog licenses are available at the Village Office (2828 Allouez Ave.). All dogs over the age of five (5) months are required to be licensed annually.

License fees are $7.00 for a spayed/neutered dog; un-spayed/un-neutered dogs are $30.00.


Dog licenses must be obtained or renewed no later than March 31st each calendar year (per State Statute). A late charge of $5.00 will be charged for any license issued after March 31st. The late fee does not apply to puppies which were under five (5) months of age on March 31st. 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.

If your dog was licensed in the previous year in Bellevue, it will not be necessary to show proof of rabies if the vaccinations are not expired. Also, it will not be necessary to show proof that the dog is spayed or neutered if you are renewing a license.  All licensing fees or proof required can also be mailed to the Village Office for processing.

SPRING GENERAL ELECTION

The Spring General Election will be held on April 1, 2014.
The following candidate’s names will appear on the ballot for the Village of Bellevue:

VILLAGE TRUSTEE (Vote for not more than TWO)
Thomas M. Katers (i)
Steve Soukup (i)

Voting will take place at the Community Center, 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road with voting hours from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots will be available at the Village Office.  The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the Clerk’s Office is Monday, March 17. 2014.  For more information on elections, please contact the Village Clerk at 468-5225.






 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3rd Annual K9 Karnival - Fundraiser for the Bellevue Dog Park



The Village of Bellevue Parks and Leisure Services Department in partnership with Oak View Veterinary Hospital of Bellevue will hold it's third annual K9 Karnival at Josten Park on Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Admission: $5.00 per dog. Proof of current vaccinations required at entrance. Proceeds will benefit the Bellevue off-leash dog park!

For more information on the Laura & Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park efforts, go to the Village's website at:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/parks-a-facilities/dog-park.html

Friday, March 21, 2014

Heavy Truck Ordinance

The Village Board recently approved an update to ordinance pertaining to heavy truck restrictions within the Village.  "The ordinance change was necessary in order to define heavy trucks and where they could or could not drive."  said Bill Balke, Public Works Director.  "We worked together with law enforcement and our attorney to create this ordinance section after discovering our local law was too vague to consistently enforce."

The intent of the ordinance is to keep heavy trucks from using local
roads to travel through the Village.  Heavy trucks are defined as any truck over 5 tons.  Municipal and service vehicles (garbage trucks, and smaller local delivery trucks like UPS or FedEx) are exempt from the ordinance.  On local roads known for frequent heavy truck travel, additional sign placards have been installed to clarify the no truck definition.  "A heavy truck may still use the road if they are delivering or servicing a property on that road, that is a requirement of State Law." said Balke.

Maps and the ordinance are available on the Village website.  Certain roads within the Village have been designated as truck routes because they have been constructed to handle the heavy loads.

The Village strives to maximize the efficiency of our law enforcement resources by allowing a zero tolerance for heavy trucks.  Our officers however cannot be everywhere at once.  If you observe a heavy truck consistently driving down a road, please contact our Sheriff's Department non emergency number for follow up.  Please have the truck description (name if you can get it) and the time of day it consistently travels the roadway.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Have You Had Your Blood Pressure Checked Recently?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, puts you at risk for developing heart and kidney disease. According to the CDC 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure (cdc.gov). The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that a persons’ blood pressure remain below 120/80 mm Hg. Identifying high blood pressure early can prevent long term health problems.

From 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month the Bellevue Fire Department hosts a blood pressure clinic at the YMCA located on Huron Rd. This clinic is free of charge and is a great tool for keeping track of your blood pressure. Since the start of the program in December of 2012 members of the Fire Department have taken over 800 blood pressures! If you are at the YMCA during these time periods please stop by and have your blood pressure taken. If you would like to have your blood pressure taken, but are not available during the clinic hours, please feel free to stop by Fire Station #1 (3100 Eaton Road) from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM and a staff member will gladly take your blood pressure.

Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 Construction Projects

It's almost that time of year again, where the roads transition from being lined with white snow banks to orange barrels.  Bellevue is no exception to this. 

Sometime in April, a project on Town Hall Road will replace the deteriorating watermain under the road.  It should take about 3-4 months to complete.  A Village project to repair and resurface about of mile of roadway will take place starting in May in the neighboring area south of Allouez Avenue from Meadow Park Drive to the west.  Dorsett Drive will also see some construction this summer with an emergency culvert replacement.  And finally, the trail will be completed on Allouez Avenue near Target.

The Village of Bellevue strives to communicate across many different media types regarding projects updates including :



  • The Village website under "Construction Updates". 
    • This page includes a list of near and long term projects listed in the Capital Improvement Plan.  As new information is obtained, it is posted on the website.
  • Facebook posts
    • Are sent out to check in on the new information.
  • Door hangers
  • Personal letters
  • News Letters
  • Post Cards
  • Planned Community Events
  • ... and many more.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these areas to get information and provide input.  We welcome your opinion on how to improve our communication processes.

Lakeland College coming to Bellevue

Lakeland College is intending to construct a facility on Development Drive in the Village of Bellevue. College trustees approved the move yesterday and to begin the formal approval process with the Village of Bellevue immediately. With the addition of Lakeland College, the Village will be home to three higher learning institutions including Bellin College and Globe University.
 
The facility will be located between Development Drive and State Highway 172, adjacent to Advanced Pain Management.  The $2.8 million facility is expected to begin construction in June and open for classes in January of 2015.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bellevue Fire- working to keep the Village Safe!



Frigid temperatures have been affecting the entire area this winter, including the Fire Department. Bellevue Fire Rescue has responded to 120 calls for service and hosted 10 full Department training sessions so far in 2014 keeping the Village safe!