Monday, June 30, 2014

Accountant Position Opening

The Village recently posted an employment opening for an Accountant position.  The Accountant is responsible for performing several critical accounting tasks for the Village including monthly reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll processing.  Position also provides financial data analysis to assist Village Department Directors and assists in the development of the annual Village budget.  Position requires a minimum of 30 hours/week, with up to 40 hours for certain projects.  A flexible schedule and Village benefits package is being offered.  For the complete posting, position requirements and a job description please visit the Job Opportunities page of the Village website.  Application deadline is July 25, 2014.

“Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on July 7th


The Bellevue Parks and 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 7, 2014 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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Garbage & Recycling Hauler Transition Update

As the Bellevue Focus had recently announced, the Village will be changing its garbage and recycling hauler effective September 1, 2014 to Harter’s Fox Valley Disposal.  Harter’s will be dropping off your new carts at the earliest by August 20.  Advanced Disposal (our current contractor) will be picking up their carts beginning August 25 through the first weeks of September.  Harter’s will be collecting garbage and recycling beginning September 2 in their newly provided carts only.  Please do not put garbage or recycling in Advanced Disposal carts for garbage and recycling pick up after September 2.  Advanced Disposal carts need to be left near the road within your driveway so they can be collected by Advanced Disposal after their final collection.

The garbage and recycling carts, under both contracts, are the property of Advanced Disposal or Harter’s; the Village has only been renting them for the length of the contracts.  Per both contracts, at no time are carts owned by Bellevue residents or the Village of Bellevue.  We will continue to provide additional information through our website and e-newsletter throughout this transition.  Further information will also be provided on the decision to make this transition.  If you have additional questions please e-mail Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.org or call the Village Office at (920) 468-5225 and ask for Victoria.

Emerald Ash Borer Resources

About EAB: What it is, how it got here and why we care
Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive, wood boring beetle. It kills ash trees (Fraxinus spp) by eating the tissues under the bark.This metallic green beetle is native to East Asia. It was brought to the United States accidentally, in the wood of shipping crates from China.

EAB is not a threat to human health but it kills our native ash trees of any size, any age, healthy or unhealthy, (according to research by Michigan State University and the US Forest Service).

The larva (the immature stage of EAB) spends its life inside ash trees, feeding on the inner bark where we cannot see it. This feeding disrupts the trees' ability to move water and nutrients back and forth from the roots to the rest of the tree. The tree starves and eventually dies.

A tree that has been attacked by EAB can die within 2-4 years. It is estimated that more than 50 million ash trees are dead or dying in the Midwest because of this insect.

Wisconsin forests contain more than 770 million ash trees, nearly 7 percent of the tree population. In urban areas, we estimate that, on average, 20 percent of trees are ash.

EAB moves far by hitching rides
On its own, the beetle will only fly a few miles. However, it is easily and quickly moved to new areas when people accidentally move emerald ash borer larvae inside of infested firewood, ash nursery stock, and other ash items.

EAB Regulations
Brown County is under a EAB quarantine. It is illegal to move or transport ash material, the emerald ash borer, and hardwood firewood from EAB quarantined areas to a non-quarantined area without a compliance agreement issued by WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Regulated items include cut hardwood (non-coniferous) firewood, ash logs, ash mulch or bark fragments larger than on inch in diameter, or ash nursery stock (DATCP statute 21).

DNR restricts firewood movement onto DNR managed properties in Wisconsin to prevent the spread of EAB to Wisconsin forests and recreational areas.

Exception: firewood can be transported out of a quarantined area if it is from a firewood vendor certified by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Listed below are EAB resources for homeowners:  

Easy Guide for Emerald Ash Borer Regulations (in PDF format).
Regulations Guide

Homeowner options for processing ash wood (in PDF format).
Ash wood Processing

Options for homeowners to treat for prevention and control of EAB (in PDF fomat)
Information Sheet 

A simple guide for homeowners, including ash tree identification and pesticide considerations (in PDF format).
Homeowners Guide

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Family Kite Fest


The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will be hosting a Kite Fest on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

The village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is working with the Wisconsin Kiter’s Club in hosting the 3nd Annual “Family Kite Fest.” This event is a great opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and community neighbors in the great outdoors.

Bellevue Family Dentistry will be giving away free kites to the first 100 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, and Kit Kites available for $2.
 

This fun filled day will take place at Willow Creek Park on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The event will start at 10:00am and go until 2:00pm.


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

Cottage Road School Bell

Betty (Vanden Avond) Scherer remembers seeing the old school bell around the family farm located on Grandview Road.  She recalls hearing stories about the old Cottage Road school from her parents, Alvin and Florence Vanden Avond, and uncles.  Betty also remembers seeing the school almost 70 years ago while taking walks in that area.  There is not any information on when the school was constructed, but  a Village map shows that the school was in existence as far back as 1889.  At some point, the bell was moved to Vernon and Betty Scherer’s property on Allouez Avenue.  Over the years, Betty and Vernon’s children and grandchildren have found enjoyment in ringing the old school bell, but the Scherers feel that the artifact should be shared with the community.  The bell has been donated to the Village of Bellevue.  The bell will be kept in storage at the Village until plans are made to best display it. If you have any photos of or information about the Cottage Road school that you could share with the Village, please contact Barb Kopperud at the Village offices at 468-5225.

Friday, June 20, 2014

July 8 Community Focus Group Meeting

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 is available through July 31 at : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_Community_Needs.
Paper copies of the survey are 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.


Kinder Kamp Registration is Currently Underway

KINDER KAMP
(Ages 4 - 5)
Much like our licensed day camps, Kinder Kamp has one primary goal: getting young kids active and outdoors!  Our program is an introductory camp experience for children ages 4 and 5.

This program is designed to entertain, educate and get kids moving through activities in sports, arts, crafts, music, story, skits and group games.  A snack is provided each day. 
Fees:      $21.00 R/ $27.00 NR

Location:      Days:             Times:
Josten Park      Mondays & Wednesdays       9:00-11:00 am   
DeBroux Park     Tuesdays & Thursdays           9:00-11:00 am

Week #2 - Silly Science July 7 to July 11
Spend the week learning about all the different ways science is around us every day. Participate in fascinating science experiments, create crazy concoctions, and cause scientific mayhem!

Week #3 - Water Week July 14 to July 18
Kampers will have the time of their lives taking part in a variety of games, activities and crafts that will get them soaked to the bone.

Week #4 - Holidaze July 21 to July 25
It’s a Holiday all week long!  Your little kamper will celebrate their favorite holidays through games, crafts, and much more!

Week #5 - Ooey Gooey Sticky & Wet July 28 to August 1
Let’s get messy! From finger painting and making gak, to playing water games, this week is geared toward creating art and having fun the messy way.

Week #5 - Ooey Gooey Sticky & Wet July 28 to August 1
Let’s get messy! From finger painting and making gak, to playing water games, this week is geared toward creating art and having fun the messy way.

Green Bay Packer Family Night Event!

The Village of Bellevue is now selling tickets to the Green Bay Packer Family Night event on Saturday, August 2! Enjoy the fire works, jersey giveaway, and a chance to get a glimpse of your favorite packer players live in action.

Cost of tickets are $8
Location: Lambeau Field
Activities start at 5:30 pm
Deadline to purchase tickets: Thursday July 3

Tickets can be purchased at the Village Offices and wil
l be mailed out in July.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bank First National Improvements

Bank First National, located on Manitowoc Road, is undertaking a significant investment in their property.  As you can see from the picture, a number of areas of the existing parking lot are being removed and being replaced with landscaping.  This investment will help enhance the visual appearance of the property, improve the look of the corridor, and is environmentally friendly.  The Village thanks Bank First National for their improvements to the property.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fireworks Safety Message



It’s difficult to think of celebrating a 4th of July holiday without fireworks.  While federal law limits the sale of the most dangerous types of fireworks, consumer fireworks still present a significant safety risk, especially to children.  Roughly 9,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year due to injuries related with the use of consumer fireworks.  The vast majority of those people are treated for burns to the extremities and head injuries.  Eyes are especially vulnerable.

The following facts are courtesy of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the US Fire Administration:

·     Far more fires are reported on Independence Day in a typical  year than any other day of the year.  40% of those fires are attributed to fireworks.
·     In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight       reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
·     Children under the age of 15 suffered 45% of all injuries from fireworks.
·     Most injuries (72%) are to males of all ages.
·     Firecrackers were responsible for the greatest number of injuries (1,600) in 2013, followed by bottle rockets (1,000) and sparklers (700).
·     Sparklers, one of the most commonly used consumer fireworks can burn at 2000 degrees F – more than twice the melting point of glass.

Many experts, including the NFPA, believe that consumer fireworks are simply too dangerous and that they are are best left to professionals.  Despite these warnings, if you still choose to use consumer fireworks, you may limit the risk for injuries and fires by obeying a few simple safety tips:

·     Never allow young children to play with fireworks
·     Always have adult supervision 
·     Keep a close eye on children at all fireworks display events
·     Never try to re-light or pick up a firework that has not fully ignited
·     Never point or throw a firework at another person
·     Once ignited, move a safe distance away – never allow sparks to land on any body parts and never stand over a firework
·     Always have a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire or mishap

Get to Know Your Village Internship Opportunities

Welcome to the third 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.

For many years, the Village of Bellevue has worked with interns to successfully accomplish our goals and projects.  Almost all departments of the Village including, but not limited to, Fire & Rescue, Parks & Leisure Services, Public Works, Community Development and Administration have utilized college level interns.  Internships have been paid, grant supported and unpaid throughout the years, but the results are the same.  The Village receives quality assistance with critical needs at a low cost and the student gains valuable work experience and skills.

The Village proudly supports internship programming and currently has three interns serving various needs.  For example, our current longest serving intern has been working as a public administration intern since January and has worked on several projects including updating the Village fee schedule, assisting the Fire Department with policy updates, assisting in the sale of Village assets through an on-line auction, developing a “Welcome to Bellevue” packet and analyzing Village impacts fees including a presentation to the Village Board.

The Village will advertise for any available intern positions on our Village website and routinely works with universities on any available positions.  We offer a broad range of intern experiences in local government and our staff is committed to giving students we accept a diverse experience.  For any questions on our internship opportunities please contact Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, at (920) 468-5225.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on June 16th

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on June 16, 2014 and will feature local area talent "The Cougars". 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.

3 female vocalists performing everything from Fleetwood Mac to Lady Gaga with spine tingling harmonies!  The Cougars bring the heat with a fantastic mix of pop/eighties, cross-over country and a whole lot of eye candy, and above all, a lot of fun!



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

Grass Violations Sweeps Have Started

The Village started conducting grass violation sweeps last week and will be conducting follow up investigations today (Thursday, June 5th) on properties that were sent violation notices. Village Code states that grass lawns shall be maintained at a height of less than 8". If discovered that the property owner has not corrected the violation during the follow up investigation, staff will issue a work order for the property and it will be cut by our contractor as schedule allows. The property owner will then be issued a bill for the cutting service and administrative time. Corrections do not occur overnight, so please be patient while either the property owner or the Village works to get the violation corrected. You can submit properties you feel are in violation on our Citizen Request System found on the Village website. Sweeps will occur monthly from Mid-May to Mid-October or as needed during the growing season. Please help keep neighborhoods looking great and maintain your lawns. The Village thanks you for your cooperation.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Recycling - Did you know....

Did you know....


That you can recycle plastic bags and film?  Yes, its true.  All the plastic bags you received getting groceries over the years are being recycled and put to good reuse.  On April 17, 2014, the Wisconsin DNR released information that they had created a public/private initiative to reduce plastic waste and increase film recycling within Wisconsin (WRAP).

It is important to note that other household wraps are recyclable.  Items like plastic newspaper bags, produce bags, stretch film around furniture or electronics, plastic packaging on paper products, dry cleaning bags and more - can be used again.  While only about 12 percent of plastic bags and other film are currently recycled in the United States, the demand for clean scrap film is quickly growing. Plastics are long-lived and, even after initial use, can serve as feedstock in a swiftly expanding manufacturing industry.

There are over a dozen businesses around Green Bay that are sponsors of the program and  serve as collection points for bags and plastic wrap.  Plastic film recycling recovers clean, dry plastic wrap, bags and film and reuses them as raw material for manufacturing products like new plastic bags, composite lumber, park benches and playground equipment.

Once again, YOU  have the power to make a difference on how much you pay for garbage disposal.  The more that can be recycled properly, the less the you pay in garbage disposal fees.  Plastic bags and film recycling helps promote reuse and employ dozens of people locally creating compost lumber and playground equipment.

Please visit plasticfilmrecycling.org to find what can be recycled and a location nearby to take your plastic bags.  If you are interested in becoming a business sponsor of the program please go to the website and visit the plasticfilmrecycling.org  website for more information.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Village of Bellevue Now Hiring: Summer Seasonal Laborer


 The Village of Bellevue Public Works Department is looking for a reliable part-time summer seasonal laborer. Applications can be downloaded online at the Village Website or picked up at the Village Offices (2828 Allouez Avenue).

Click on the following link for additional details: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/human-resources/job-opportunities.html


Green Bay Packer Family Night Tickets On Sale

The Village of Bellevue is now selling tickets to the Green Bay Packer Family Night event on Saturday, August 2! Enjoy the fireworks, jersey giveaway, and a chance to get a glimpse of your favorite packer players live in action.

Cost of tickets are $8
Location: Lambeau Field
Activities start at 5:30 pm
Deadline to purchase tickets: Thursday July 3

Tickets can be purchased at the Village Offices and will be mailed out in July.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING


The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Village of Bellevue by the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2012.  The CAFR is available online on the Village’s website.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the Finance Department of the Village of Bellevue for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 7, 8 is Free Fun Weekend

For two days in June, Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of the country's best outdoor recreation for free.

On June 7-8, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin, hike or bike state trails for free, ride public ATV trails for free, and, new this year, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests on both days as well.

"Free Fun weekend is a great way for friends and families to enjoy the great outdoor throughout Wisconsin," says Preston Cole, Natural Resources Board chairman. "And, if you already have your fishing license or parks sticker, take someone new along to enjoy the free fun."
Cole also encourages people to help spread the word by printing off and posting or sharing a flyer on the Free Fun Weekend. Posters are available in English, Spanish and Hmong and are available in letter size as well as 11-by-17 inch size.
Go to dnr.wi.gov and search "free fun" for links to the downloadable posters and more information about Free Fun Weekend.

Free state parks admission
For the first time, vehicle admission fees to Wisconsin State Park System properties are waived for both June 7 and 8. Previously, the state park system's longstanding free open house was only the first Sunday in June; this year, vehicle admission fees have been waived for both the first Saturday and Sunday in June.
People who camp at state parks will still pay for their campsites and other events or programs on those two days may require a fee as well.

Free fishing
Free fishing on June 7 and 8 applies to all Wisconsin waters. No fishing license is needed to fish any waters -- this includes inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing, which normally would require a trout stamp in addition to a license. Fishing rules such as limits on the length and species of fish that can be kept do apply, however.
So far, more than two dozen free fishing clinics are scheduled across the state to help encourage people to try fishing. Check back as the free weekend gets closer as more are expected to be scheduled.
Free loaner equipment is available at more than 50 locations, including many state parks, DNR offices, and partner organizations, according to Theresa Stabo, DNR aquatic education director. People interested in borrowing gear should check for a loaner location near them or near where they will be fishing and arrange to get the equipment.

Free state trails
On June 7 and 8, all state trail pass fees on all DNR-owned state trails are waived. Cooperatively-run state trails also may waive fees. Normally, a state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or off-highway motorcycling on certain trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking.
Free ATV riding on public trails open to such use
For the second year, Wisconsin residents and nonresidents can ride their ATVs or UTVs on public trails for free on those two days. A law advanced by the Wisconsin ATV Association and passed in 2012 created the free weekend.
Normally, Wisconsin residents have to register their ATVs or UTVs with DNR for public use to operate on public trails, or other areas open to the public like frozen water bodies. Nonresident riders normally have to buy a nonresident trail pass to ride on these areas in Wisconsin. On June 7 and 8, the registration and trail pass fees are waived. All other ATV and UTV regulations apply during the weekend.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: on Free Fishing Weekend contact Theresa Stabo, angler education, 608-266-2272; on ATVs, Joanne Haas, law enforcement public affairs manager, 608-267-0798; on state parks and trails, Paul Holtan, state parks, forests, trails and recreation public affairs manager, 608-267-7517

Jack Schroeder and Associates, Inc. Expansion

Jack Schroeder and Associates, Inc. has submitted plans for an expansion of their current facilities located on Allouez Avenue. Schuh Construction, Inc. is the applicant. The addition will be approximately 3,786 square feet in size and match the overall appearance and elements of the existing structure. The Public Hearing to consider the zoning on this item will be considered at the June 11, 2014 Village Board Meeting.