Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thank You Village Committee, Commission & Board Volunteers

The Village Board recently completed annual appointments and re-appointments of Village citizens to our existing committees, commissions and boards.  The Village would like to thank each of these individuals and current members of these bodies for the great work they do to help us achieve our mission.  Your willingness to volunteer your time, experience and expertise to serve the Village is greatly appreciated.

The Village currently has a total of eight committees, commissions and boards (not including the Village Board).  Every April, the Village Board is required to appoint new members or re-appoint existing members whose terms have expired.  Each of these volunteer bodies serves a specific purpose, several of which meet State Statute requirements.  A Village staff representative is also assigned to assist each body with meeting its purpose.  Residents interested in being considered for a future appointment should complete the Volunteer Application Form available on the Village website.  Volunteers are also highly encouraged to consider attending the Village of Bellevue Citizen's Academy which is held in late summer.

We Would Love To Hear Your Feedback

The Parks and Leisure Services department is conducting a needs assessment to gather citizen input to help establish priorities for the future development of parks, facilities, programs and services within the Village of Bellevue. In addition, to providing the Village with a roadmap for the Parks and Leisure Services Department, the needs assessment data will be used to update the 2011 to 2015 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The survey should only take 15 minutes.  The survey will be available on May 1st—July 31at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_Community_Needs

Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Village Offices located at 2828 Allouez Avenue or you may call (920) 468-5225 to request to have a survey mailed to your residence.

In addition to the survey, several community meetings will be held for residents and community groups to provide input regarding Bellevue’s community needs. If you are interested in providing input during the survey process, please attend the general public Focus Group on Tuesday, July 8th at 5:00. The focus group will be held at 3100 Eaton Road, Public Safety Building.

Your feedback is important to us, please take a moment to complete the survey.

K9 Karnival May 10th from 10am to 2pm


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 or the Dog Park Committee website at http://www.bellevuedogpark.com/

Friday, April 25, 2014

Help the Village get to 1,000 Likes on Facebook

We're getting closer and closer to reaching our first big milestone of 1,000 LIKES on Facebook! Help us get there! Tell your friends about the Village of Bellevue Facebook Page and ask them to LIKE us!

Click here to go to our Facebook Page

Village of Bellevue held it's 11th annual dance recital

The Village of Bellevue held it's 11th annual dance recital on Tuesday, April 22. Over 60 dancers participated the Bellevue dance program this season and 300+ people attended the recital.

Volunteers from the Bellevue Optimist, Senior Advisory Board and Friends of Bellevue Parks assisted at the recital.  Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance agent sponsored the event.

Dance Instructor Sherry Turner and Recreation Supervisor Matt Hahn did a wonderful job coordinating the event.

Registration for our Summer / Fall dance classes will start on May 1st for Bellevue residents.
For more information visit: www.villageofbellevue.org or call 920.468.5225





Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Village Burning Regulations

The grass fire season for Wisconsin is upon us. Each year Wisconsin experiences numerous wildland fires. Many of these fires are due to unattended or unauthorized fires. Here is a quick review of regulations on burning within the Village limits. Fire pits must be in ground with stones or rim around it and can be no more than 3 feet in diameter. The pit must also be 25 feet away from the house, deck any principal structure, wood or lumber pile, wooden fence, tree or bush, wooden swing sets, or any combustible materials, and 15 feet from any property line. Open burning is allowed by permit only and are issued by the Bellevue Fire Department. For more information on burning regulations please visit our website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-safety/fire/fire-department-faqs.html.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Easter Egg Bonanza Event

The Parks and Leisure Services Department recently hosted its annual Easter Egg Bonanza at Josten Park on Saturday, April 19th. Over 225 area youth participated in the event.

The event featured an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, egg coloring, face painting and other games and contents.

Volunteers from the Bellevue Lions Club, Happy Joe's,  Bullfrogs, Junior Jets 4-H, Friends of Bellevue Parks and Bellevue Firefighters Association assisted during the event.  Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance agent sponsored the event.

Photos from the event can be viewed at the Village's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/BellevueWisconsin.





Friday, April 18, 2014

Ten Below Zero offers workshops at Bellevue's Community Center

"Ten Below zero is the ideal temperature to freeze food.
It is our goal to help families eat together at home preserving relationships and health."

Families who eat together at home three or more times a week are proven to be healthier and have stronger connections.   Eating at home will also save time and money.  We are pleased to team up with the Village of Bellevue to help make getting meals to the table much easier.  Join us for a workshop where you make 6 healthy meals and a vegetable side dish that are freezer ready and family approved.  Ten Below consultants will be on hand to help you through freezer meal stations and provide you with tips and instruction in freezer meal preparation.  Each workshop takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete.  We provide you with all the recipes at the workshop, spices, oils, packaging, labels, and professional, ServSafe Certified, freezer meal knowledge.  You bring the fresh meats/poultry, vegetables and varied groceries according to a shopping list provided in advance. 
Sign up with a friend and it is even more fun!
Cost of the Workshop:  $60 per person.
   *Payment is due in full at the time of registration.
  *Sign up for all 3 workshops and receive a $10.00 discount*

Dates for Workshops: Monday, April 28th from 6:00pm-8:30pm Busy Nights Menu
  Monday, May 19th from 6:00pm-8:30pm Comfort Foods Menu
  Monday, June 16th from 6:00pm-8:30pm Great Grilling Menu
          (A list of the recipes for each workshop can be found on our website)

Location: Bellevue Community Center 1811 Allouez Ave. Green Bay, WI 54311

Register today as these workshops are sure to full up fast!  Imagine getting food on the table for your family with almost no clean-up or fuss!  Sign up on our website www.tenbelowfreezermeals.com.  Payments can be made on the website or though PayPal at tenbelowfreezermealconsulting@yahoo.com.

*We love kids, but due to the nature of this workshop and caring about safety, this workshop is for adults.
Please feel free to email us with any questions at tenbelowfreezermealconsulting@yahoo.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Deadly bat disease detected in single Wisconsin site; State joins 23 others in confirming white-nose syndrome

News Release Published: April 10, 2014 by the Central WDNR Office


MADISON - White-nose syndrome, a bat disease that has spread to 23 states and killed up to 5 million bats since 2006, has been confirmed in Wisconsin, state natural resources officials announced today.


One of the bats from the Grant County mine that was confirmed to have white-nose syndrome.

Results from visual inspection and genetic and tissue tests completed earlier this month showed that 2 percent of bats in a single mine in southwestern Wisconsin had the disease, named for the characteristic white fuzz on their nose, wings and tails, according to Erin Crain, who leads the Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

"The discovery is not a surprise but it's a sad day for Wisconsin. We face the loss of multiple bat species and the benefits they provide to our ecosystems and our people," Crain says.

"We knew this day would come because white-nose syndrome spreads rapidly bat to bat and bat to cave. With great cooperation from mine and cave owners, we took aggressive steps to prevent human spread of the disease to Wisconsin, and we think those steps helped delay its arrival by several years, allowing more time for research and to learn from other states' experiences. But we knew there would be no dodging the bullet. We now face the sad potential of bat die offs that will be felt at home and across the country."

Wisconsin is home to several of the upper Midwest's largest bat hibernation sites and historical estimates have put the population at 350,000 to 500,000 bats. Bats play an important role by eating insects that can damage forests and transfer diseases like West Nile Virus.At this time, the discovery in the Grant County mine appears to be an isolated occurrence. DNR's visual surveys of 85 other mine and cave sites this winter did not find any other signs of white-nose syndrome, however, DNR is awaiting results from genetic tests underway from samples collected at 19 of those other sites as part of the routine sampling.

Grant County positive an isolated occurrence
White-nose syndrome is a disease of bats infected with the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It does not affect people or other animal species but causes hibernating bats to frequently wake from a hibernating state. Stirring repetitively depletes the bats' energy stores and can cause them to starve or become dehydrated before spring arrives. Up to 95 percent of bats in infected caves and mines in other states have died.
DNR bat crews had been wrapping up winter surveillance efforts for 2014 when they discovered 11 individual bats with the classic signs of white-nose syndrome in the Grant County mine. The mine is within flying distance for bats from a site in Illinois where white-nose syndrome had been confirmed in 2012.

Bat crews collected two of the bats for genetic and other laboratory testing; the results came back in early April and were positive.The same mine had been examined as recently as December 2013 as part of a study and had no visual signs of white-nose syndrome at that time, Crain says. All four species of bats that hibernate in Wisconsin cave and mines have been documented in this particular mine during surveys in recent years.

Next steps in efforts to save bats
Cave and mine owners have been notified of the positive site in Grant County.
DNR will be meeting with its external white-nose syndrome science and stakeholder teams to discuss the finding and how best to proceed based on data collected this winter. The teams are advisory and will forward management recommendations to DNR for consideration, Crain says.
Most state caves that serve as bat hibernacula have already been seasonally closed to the public for several years as part of the measures DNR has taken to give hibernating bats the best possible chance. Several have been closed to all access to delay introduction of the disease to Wisconsin and to slow its spread. Voluntary prevention plan agreements are in place with private and public owners of caves and mines open to human access, including all commercial caves and mines. Recreational cavers also have followed decontamination procedures that prevent transmission of disease between sites.

How citizens can help, including reporting sick or dead bats
Wisconsin citizens can help bats by continuing to avoid disturbing bats, especially during hibernation; by following all decontamination requirements for those who enter caves or mines, and by continuing to volunteer to monitor bat populations in Wisconsin through a variety of different opportunities. Wisconsin's four bat cave species are listed as threatened, a status which makes it illegal to kill them or take action that would result in their death. Learn more about bats and volunteering opportunities on DNR's Bat Program website, found at http://wiatri.net/inventory/bats.

People who see sick or dead bats are encouraged to report them to DNR. DNR's Bat Program website,http://wiatri.net/inventory/bats has a link to the reporting form and instructions for how to safely collect carcasses of dead bats. People should not touch or handle bats without appropriate protective clothing.

"Now more than ever we need Wisconsinites' help to keep our bats as healthy as they can heading into next year's hibernation period and the challenges they will face," Crain says.

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series 2014 Lineup

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, returning this summer is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and will feature local area talent from a variety of musical genres. The 2014 Series includes six concert dates June-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.

2014 CONCERT SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 7th—Red Light Saints (genre: Rock) * 6-9:30pm
Monday, June 16th—The Cougars (genre: Rock/80’s to Current)
Monday, July 7th—Talk of the Town (genre: Dixieland Jazz)
Monday, July 21st—Running with Scissors (genre: Variety)
Monday, August 4th—The Bomb (genre: Classic 80’s/90’s)
Monday, August 18th—Charisma (genre: Variety)

Sponsored by Walmart and the Bellevue Lions Club
 *Proceeds from the June 7th event will be used to support the Bellevue Lion’s Club.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Communication Tools Send Village Message

The Village of Bellevue is committed to developing and sharing content that will inspire residents, businesses and interested parties to join the conversation and receive vital Bellevue information. With each post and article, our goal is to inspire, engage, entertain and/or inform.  We utilize the following tools to communicate with our residents.

E-Newsletter
Stay up to date with Village information; sign up to receive the Village e-newsletter. The Village e-newsletter includes articles about upcoming events, Village projects and important tips. It is emailed most Mondays.  Listed below is a link to sign up to start receiving the e-newsletter.  https://www.facebook.com/BellevueWisconsin/app_100265896690345

L.I.F.E
. Guide
The Bellevue L.I.F.E. Guide highlights Parks and Leisure Services Programs. The Guide is mailed to Bellevue residents twice per year generally in April and November.  Additional copies are available at the Village office.

Village Print Newsletter

The Bellevue Focus newsletter is mailed to every Bellevue household quarterly. Newsletters are generally mailed out each year in January, April, July and October. Additional copies are available at the Village office.



Facebook Page
Like us on Facebook to receive quick updates about the Village! https://www.facebook.com/BellevueWisconsin

 Twitter
The Village Twitter page is another great site to receive quick updates about the Village. Start following us on Twitter.  https://twitter.com/BellevueWI


Blog
Each year the Village publishes hundreds of relevant articles on our Blog. Blog post can be  viewed at:  http://villageofbellevue.blogspot.com/


We’d love to hear your feedback about our communication strategy! If you have a comment or question please feel free to contact Debra Lom at dlom@villageofbellevue.org

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Village Compost Site Now Open For Season

The Village's compost site IS OPEN NOW for the 2014 season to receive your brush, yard waste and small branches.

The location of the Village's yard waste site is at 3891 Eaton Road. The site is located on Eaton Road (CTH JJ) east of Grandview Road. Location Map

Materials accepted include grass clippings, garden materials, leaves and brush, and small stumps. The site will remain open through the Fall depending on weather conditions with a closing date sometime in December 2014.

Local landscape contractors are allowed to use the site on behalf of residents, but are required to obtain a vehicle permit prior to use.  Please contact the Village Offices at 920-468-5225 to obtain your permit.

Misuse and illegal dumping at the gate will result in fines and the loss of future use of the facility!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WisDOT to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Wisconsin’s transportation system directly supports our daily lives – connecting us to work, school and recreation; bringing customers to businesses; moving freight and much more.
 
 
This spring Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb will travel around the state to host a series of town hall meetings to give you an opportunity to get information and share your thoughts on how transportation impacts your life – we’re calling it the Transportation Moves Wisconsin Tour. Join us at a town hall meeting near you.

May 7
 
US 41 Project Office
1940 West Mason Street
Green Bay, WI
5-6:30 p.m. (presentation at 5:30 p.m.)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Auto Maintenance

When the weather turns from frozen to fantastic, the hoses come out and it is time to return our cars from dirty grey to their original colors.  When you decide to wash and maintain your car, please consider the following:

Washing your car:
It is always nice to go to local commercial car washes; it supports local businesses. However when the sun is shining on summer days you can find a lot of people outside washing their vehicles. With so many of us washing our cars at home we need to make sure we are making smart choices and not harming the environment. 

Good Ideas
  •  Wash cars on lawn
  • Wash cars on gravel driveway
  •  Use biodegradable soap
Oil Changes:
Problem #1: One quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water.

Problem #2: Motor oil is insoluble in water and has a negative impact on local fish and wildlife and vegetation

Solutions:
  • Motor oil should not be disposed of in sanitary sewer, storm water drains, or by dumping at an unauthorized site
  • Motor oil can be disposed of at the Public Works Facility

Attention: Garden Enthusiasts and Devoted Landscapers.


Spring is right around the corner... I think.  After a brutal winter, what better way to spruce up your yard and reduce environmental stormwater impacts than to start a rain garden!

Rain gardens can improve the aesthetic characteristics of your home or place of business, and reduce the strain on our stormwater management systems.  They are capable of absorbing up to 30% more water than a conventional lawn.  Additionally, they decrease the surface area of the lawn you have to mow in your precious spare time! 

With a little elbow grease and tender loving care, these gardens can beautify your neighborhood and improve the water quality of nearby surface waters. 

And no, they DO NOT serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  If constructed properly, (read this manual), they retain standing water for only a few hours, whereas it takes mosquitoes 7-12 days to lay and hatch eggs!

If you decide to try this, please send us your photos and experiences via one of our social media links, or contact the Village of Bellevue to assist you.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get to Know Your Village Park Commission/Tree Board

Welcome to the first article in the “Get to Know Your Village” series being launched through the Bellevue Focus.  We hope these articles educate and inform about the services we provide and who provides them.
The Village Park Commission/Tree Board acts as an advisory body to the Village Board to develop plans and make recommendations to improve or enhance the Village park system.  The system includes parks, trails, conservancy areas, park shelters and other associated facilities.  The Commission is responsible for the establishment and oversight of recreational programs and also promotes and recommends the planting and care of trees in the road right-of-way and other public places.  The Park Commission shall also prepare a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) which is typically updated at least every five years.
The Commission consists of seven members that meet the second Monday of the month at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building (3100 Eaton Road).  The Commission works closely with the Village Director of Park & Leisure Services (Debra Lom), Recreation Supervisor (Matt Hahn) and the Village Forester/Park Foreperson (Doug Tenor).
Current members of the Park Commission include:
  •  Roger VandenLangenberg – Chair
  •  Jill Bielinski
  •  Jack Schlag
  •  William Miekle
  •  Chris Pahl
  •  Ann Schreiber
  •  Ross Jasmer
The Park Commission and Village employees welcome resident involvement and input on all the services we provide.  Please feel free to contact employees directly, contact a Commission member or join us at a meeting. We also encourage all our residents interested in our park facilities and program to review the Village website and join us through social media to stay updated.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Temporary Signs




Temporary signs are allowed to be displayed in the Village, but only after a temporary sign permit has been obtained. 


Banners, balloons and trailer mounted signs are allowable temporary signs.  A maximum of five (5) temporary signs are permitted on a single parcel for up to a maximum of four (4) two-week periods in a calendar year.

There shall be at least fifteen (15) days between such permits – during which time the sign(s) must be removed.  Signs may be located in the front yard setback area if they are not within the Village right-of-way or the thirty foot vision triangle (measured at the intersecting curb line and driveway line).

Permit applications can be picked up at the Village office or found on the village website:   www.villageofbellevue.org .  If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department at (920) 468-5225.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pet Amnesty Day, April 12th

Habitattitude
It’s about responsible pet ownership
Pet Amnesty Day
Exotic Pet Surrender
Date/ Time April 12th-9 A.M. to Noon
Location: 1000 Islands Nature Center 1000 Beaulieu CT. Kaukauna, WI 54130 (off of Dodge Street)

Please Note: Kingdom Animalia Exotic Animal Rescue will accept fish, turtles, aquatic plants, and other aquarium pets (snails, reptiles, small mammals, birds, etc.). Native animals, cats, and dogs will not be accepted. Questions or if you cannot make it please contact: Todd at (920) 751-4770 or Kingdom Animalia Exotic Animal Rescue at (920) 609-3529       

Annual DEA Pill Drop off



Date/Time: April 26th 2014/10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Bellevue Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Rd. Bellevue, WI
Drop off old, outdated and no longer needed prescription drugs, in containers, including liquids (not leaking, original package) SORRY, NO SHARPS or INJECTIBLES OF ANY KIND / NO INHALERS

SPONSORED BY:
DEA & BROWN COUNTY MULTI- JURISDICTIONAL DRUG TASK FORCE

Join the Village on the Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life Trip

Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life Trip

In BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, the latest exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, you’ll see the body throughout the human life cycle and across the arc of aging. More than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens’ invention, the remarkable process called Plastination—reveal the human body in all its stages, across youth, growth, maturity and advanced age, and in all its conditions, from health to distress to disease.  Our entry into the Body Worlds Exhibit will be at 9:45 a.m. (usually takes a person 1.5 hours    inside the exhibit, then after touring the exhibit you will have some free time for lunch on your own and to explore the museum before attending the Dome Theater Show, “The Human Body”, at 12:30 which will be approx. 45 minutes.

Date: Wednesday, May  21
Cost: Adults- $50     Seniors (60+)- $45
Departure: 6:45 am (K-Mart Parking Lot: 1109 Lombardi Ave.)
Return: 6:00 pm


For more information visit: www.villageofbellevue.orgor call 920.468.5225



Spring Bike Safety Tips

With warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to think of springing into safety.
As you brush the dust off the rollerblades and oil up the bike chain, take some time to review a few safety tips. Start the spring off right and be a safety “role model” for all around you.

Every year, roughly two percent of Americans are fatally injured in bicycle related crashes, with a majority of them occurring between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Here are some of the ways to reduce the risk of injury and death while biking.

1. Make sure your bike is properly fitted and in good working condition. A spring tune up is always a good idea.
2. Wear a properly fit helmet on EVERY ride. This habit is like your insurance policy protecting you from a potentially disabling or fatal traumatic brain injury. 
3. Make yourself visible. Fluorescent colors and reflectors make you more visible to motorists. If you are riding at night, ALWAYS remember a light.
4. Follow the rules of the road. Because your bike has wheels, you follow the same rules as a car does. Ride with traffic and obey the rules as if you were a car. Parents, ride with your children until you feel comfortable they can maneuver through traffic on their own. Test their skills by taking them out for a road test.
5. Stay focused and alert to your surroundings. Make certain that you see motorists and they see you. Eye contact is key to safety!
6. Enjoy the ride! Biking is an excellent form of exercise for the whole family.

 Now get out there and enjoy your spring! Make it a safe day!