Thursday, July 31, 2014

Garbage and Recycling Hauler Transition - Update #3

With the garbage and recycling hauler change beginning September 1, 2014, we understand that the cart transition to the new hauler will be the biggest change.  As noted in previous updates, Advanced Disposal carts will be picked up beginning the week of August 25, 2014.  Every household will have already been delivered their new carts from Harter’s (our new hauler) which will then begin their first pick-up in their carts beginning September 2, 2014.  This change will result in a price reduction in garbage and recycling services which will be passed on to residents over the life of the contract (seven years).  The savings received includes any costs associated with the Village transitioning to our new hauler’s carts.  Please also note that when new carts are delivered an informational flyer on the transition will be provided.

As stated in our existing contract with Advanced Disposal initiated five years ago, the carts are their property.  The contract stated, “All containers furnished by Contractor for use by Household Units, shall while in the possession and control of the Household Unit, remain the property of Contractor and neither the Household Unit nor the Village shall have any ownership rights to such containers”.  The cost of carts, since the initiation of the contract, has been included as part of the charge on the utility bill for each residence.  There was no contract or agreement with Advanced Disposal that after the five years the carts would belong to homeowners or that contract pricing would be reduced.  The Village understands that this may have not been clearly communicated when the Village made the transition to cart collection or during the term of this current contract period and we apologize for any lack of clarity in our communication.

The Village and Harter’s are again asking for your continued patience as we work to make this transition as smooth as possible.  Also, please understand that the actual time of your weekly pick-up might change due to Harter’s adjusting the daily route.  If your garbage and recycling does not get picked up on your assigned day, please contact Harter’s at (715) 253-2619 or (888) 804-8556 or email arfoxvalley@harters.net.

If you have additional questions please e-mail Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.org or call the Village Office at 468-5225 and ask for Victoria.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

11th Annual Senior Picnic

The Bellevue Parks and Leisure Services Department hosted it's 11th annual Senior Picnic on Monday, July 28. Approximately 120 people attended the event! Thank you to the Senior Advisory Council for coordinating the event, our title sponsors Advanced Pain Management and Bellevue Retirement and to the many organizations that donated raffle prizes! It was a great evening filled with fun, food and fellowship!







Monday, July 28, 2014

"The Bomb" Is Ready To Play At Rockin' in Josten - August 4

The Leisure Services Department will host "The Bomb" at next Rockin' in Josten summer concert.
The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on August 4, 2014 and will feature local area talent 'The Bomb'. 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.

This hot new band from Appleton is exploding on the club and festival scene with only one thing in mind…getting the party started!! From the Foo Fighters to Michael Jackson to Johnny Cash, The Bomb drops a variety of rock hits from the 80’s, 90’s and beyond!

The Bomb (formerly known as Tate Rooper) has been formed with members from RPM, The Syndicate, and A-Town Unplugged. With this much talent on stage, you can expect nothing but the best in musicianship, sound and lighting production as well as an interactively entertaining stage performance!!

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 22, 2014

Family Kite Fest / Saturday, August 2

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.

Movie In the Park August 1st to Benefit the Bellevue Dog Park

The Parks and Leisure Services Department is set to offer "Movie in the Park" on August 1, 2014. The feature film will be "Beethoven".

The event takes place at Willow Creek Park (1800 Guns Street). Movie will be shown beginning at dusk (around 8:45pm.) There is a $5 suggested donation for this event. The proceeds will benefit the off-leash dog park in Bellevue. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Dogs are welcome to attend. Proof of current vaccinations required at entrance.

 "Movie in the Park" is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an exciting family-friendly movie on a BIG SCREEN in the great outdoors! Don’t forget to bring chairs or a blanket!

The movie “Beethoven” is sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry. For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.


Campers Having a Blast This Summer!

The Bellevue Summer Camp is off to another great start! Campers ages 6-12 are getting active outdoors and are participating in a variety of activities. Each day, 36 campers at Josten Park and 48 campers at DeBroux Park participate in physical activities including soccer, kickball and the park favorite; dodgeball! Not only do the campers play active games, but they also create take-home artwork and crafts. Over the summer, campers have created tie dye shirts, jumping cups, hovercrafts, lava bottles and endless paintings to hang on the refrigerators at home.

When the campers aren’t participating in these awesome events at the park, you can find them having fun on field trips. On Wednesdays the Parks and Leisure Services Summer Camp staff and campers at both parks head out to enjoy the day at a fun destination. So far campers have been to the Tundra Lodge Waterpark, the N.E.W. Zoo, the Mulberry Farm and even to a Timber Rattlers Baseball game. There is no doubt; it has been an exciting and memorable summer so far!




Monday, July 21, 2014

Garbage and Recycling Hauler Transition - Update #2

The Village will be changing its garbage and recycling hauler September 1, 2014 to Harter’s Fox Valley Disposal.  Our first update on this topic was on June 27 and focused on the transition required for switching to our new providers carts.  We will provide further updates on the cart transition in future posts.  The Village’s Garbage & Recycling page of the website is also updated with any information or past information from these updates.

One of the primary questions we’ve heard from residents since this announcement is simply, “why are we changing haulers”.  The Village’s existing contract with Advanced Disposal was set to expire on August 31, 2014 upon completion of a five year contract term.  Similar to other Village contracts, staff began the process to review options for renewal of the contract or use of other vendors.  Working closely with the Village Board, pricing was received from our existing hauler and two other haulers.  In making the decision the Board focused on maintaining a similar level of service as currently provided to residents, securing cost savings and providing a fair evaluation process amongst haulers.  The Board made the decision to contract with a new hauler at its May 28th regular meeting.

The costs for garbage and recycling services are directly paid by each resident through monthly utility billing.  There will be an annual estimated savings of approximately $120,000 when compared to our current contract.  That savings will be passed on directly to our residents.  It is difficult to quantify what that savings will mean monthly due to costs that fluctuate from month to month including fuel and charges for the tonnage of waste disposed at the landfill.

We will continue to provide additional information through our website and other social media tools throughout this transition.  In addition, when new carts are delivered a flyer providing necessary information on the transition will be provided by Harter’s.  If you have additional questions please e-mail Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.org or call the Village Office at 468-5225.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

31st Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off

Josten Park will once again host the 31st Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off! This event is a great opportunity to bring families throughout the community and the surrounding communities together and enjoy a variety of delicious chili recipes. This event will not only offer the area’s best chili, but will also have music and entertainment, children’s games, and a market place craft show/sale.

The Chili Cook-Off will take place on Sunday, August 24 from 11am-5pm at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).  For more information visit the village website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920)468-5225.

Now Hiring: Before & After School Staff

The Village of Bellevue is looking for dependable, creative, and fun individuals that enjoy working with children, for its Before & After School program. Morning (6:45-9:00 am) and Afternoon (3:15-5:30) shifts are available. To apply please visit www.villageofbellevue.org or stop by the Village Offices (2828 Allouez Ave.).



NFL Flag Program Starting soon!

Don’t miss your chance to register for the 2014 NFL Flag program. Participants will take part in a combine, get drafted on to a NFL team, play a season schedule against other teams, and end the season playing in the Bellevue Bowl. Season runs Saturdays, Sept. 6-October 25. For more information please stop in to the Village Offices (2828 Allouez Ave.) or call (920-468-5225).




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coffee With A Cop

 Coffee With a Cop


Join your neighbors and local deputies to ask questions, voice concerns, find out what is going on in your community, or just to meet the officers who patrol your neighborhood over a cup of coffee.

This event will take place on August 21st from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Mustard Seed Cafe located at 1541 Bellevue Street, Bellevue, WI


Monday, July 14, 2014

Building Construction Update

Here is a quick update of construction progress on some commercial projects occurring in the Village of Bellevue.
 
Community First Credit Union at the corner of Huron Road and Eaton Road is entering the final stretch.  Some utility and landscaping work is still needed to be completed prior to opening.  This will be their first branch on the east side of the Fox River.
 
 
Lakeland College has begun construction on their new Bellevue Campus location on Development Drive (south of Hwy. 172).  The building should be ready for occupancy in January of 2015.
 

 
The Dental Care of Bellevue strip center has received Occupancy from the Village.  The facility is located on Lime Kiln Road in front of the Target.  Interior work on the additional space has begun for a future tenant.
 
 
Jack Schroder and Associates expansion has started construction on Allouez Avenue.  The building will be expanded to the east.


 

“Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on July 21st

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on July 21, 2014 and will feature local area talent Running with Scissors. 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.

The band, Running with Scissors was first formed in 2009. Their harmonies and complex instruments will keep everyone in the crowd hooked and on the dance floor. With their wide arrange of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums they perform everyone’s favorite songs from the last four decades. Not only will they be keeping us entertained and energetic, Running with Scissors always performs at a professional level.

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, July 10, 2014

Bellevue Receives Prestigious Financial Reporting Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Plaque was presented at the July 9, 2014 board meeting.  The Village of Bellevue is one of 28 Wisconsin municipalities (2012 fiscal year) to receive this prestigious award.

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.




Pictured from left to right: Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, Craig Beyl, Village President and Karen Simons, Director of Finance.

8th Annual Bank of Luxemburg Summer Cookout Proceeds Benefit the Bellevue Dog Park

The Bank of Luxemburg located at 1311 Bellevue Street will be hosting it's 8th annual Summer Cookout on Thursday, July 17th, 11am-2pm. All proceeds will benefit the Peter and Laura Mossakowski Bellevue Dog Park. $4.50 includes a brat or hamburger, soda or water and chips. Phone orders appreciated call: 920-468-8400.

Get to Know Your Village Economic Development Advisory Board

Welcome to the fourth 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 Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) acts as an advisory body to the Village Board to assist with economic development and business retention in the Village.  The EDAB was established in 2012 to meet an increasingly important aspect of the Village’s long-term goals and provide specialized review, analysis and professional experience on economic matters.

EDAB consists of seven members that meet the third Thursday of the month at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building (3100 Eaton Road).  The EDAB works closely with the Village Director of Community Development, Andrew Vissers.

Current members of the Economic Development Advisory Board include:
  • Tom Guyette, Chairperson
  • Julie Hamby
  • Joe Cherry
  • Paul Carron
  • Jackie Krull
  • Ken Miller
  • Ryan Johanek
Current priorities for the EDAB include promoting further development within the Village’s TIF District #1 and the CTH GV and STH 172 area, ensuring retention of existing Village businesses and industries, evaluating and promoting development within the CTH EA corridor and defining other opportunities for strengthening the Village’s tax base.

The EDAB welcomes resident and business involvement on all the services we provide.  Please feel free to contact Village staff directly, contact an EDAB member or join us at a meeting.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July is Parks & Recreation Month!

Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association has designated July as National Parks and Recreation Month. Everyone in Bellevue, whether they know it or not, celebrates the benefits of parks and recreation each and every day, by visiting their neighborhood park, walking or biking on trails and paths, playing ball and attending events like Movie in the Park and the Senior Picnic.

Parks and recreation facilities, programs and services provide healthy outlets for fitness, relaxation, learning and social interaction. These experiences offer opportunities for people to come together and experience a sense of community.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is committed to promoting recreational, cultural and social programming for residents of all ages. In 2013, services were provided for more than 7,000 participants in recreational programs, and tens of thousands of residents and visitors enjoyed the park system through ball games, shelter rentals and other community events.

This month, get out and take advantage of what the Village of Bellevue has to offer. Pack a picnic, play on a playground, take part in your favorite sport and enjoy the sunshine. Spending the day at a park is not only great for your wallet, it's great for your health, too.

For more information on parks located in the Village of Bellevue go to www.villageofbellevue.org or call (920) 468-5225.

Thank You Larry's Bellevue Gardens

Thank you Larry's Bellevue Gardens for donating flowers to the Parks. Campers at Josten and Debroux Parks had a great time planting them this week!


Wisconsin Harvest Fair

Kick off the beautiful fall season with family-friendly fun at Harvest Fair on Saturday, September 27. There will be many events to take part in all day long at Harvest Fair. Grab some snacks as you walk around, including state fair favorites, and many pumpkin-themed cinnamon spice treats! A featured area for children 3 and under can enjoy pumpkin decorating, color, textile exploration and more! Help color the giant, one-of-a-kind mural by working together with people from all over. The Harvest Fair Garden Chalk is fun for all ages as you can add your own chalk creation on the pathway.

There will be ticketed activities which will include pumpkin bowling, scarecrow making and cookie decorating. There will be a farmers market, live music, antique tractors and so much more! Come join in on this bounty of fun for everyone!

We will depart from K-Mart (1109 Lombardi Ave) at 8:00am on Saturday, September 27. The return time will be between 6:00-6:30pm. The fee for the event is as follows:
                     Children (17 and under) -$16/person
                      Seniors (60 and over)- $18/person
                      Adults (18 and over) - $20/person

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

Bellevue Senior Picnic- July 28

Come on out and take part in this great event on Monday, July 28! The Annual Senior Summer Picnic is sure to be the best one yet. Join us to enjoy a summer afternoon at Josten Park with friends, food and BINGO! As always, there will be a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses including golf passes, various restaurant gift certificates and much more! Every participant will receive one FREE Bingo card. Cards will not be sold. Prizes will be given out to the lucky winners. We hope to see you at this great event sponsored by Bellevue Independent and Assisted Living & Advance Pain Management.

This event will take place at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road) on Monday, July 28 from 4:30-7:00pm. The fee for the event is $9.00 a person. For more information visit the village website at  http://www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920)468-5225.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Movie in the Park - Friday, August 1

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer "Movie in the Park" on August 1, 2014. The feature film will be "Beethoven".

The event takes place at Willow Creek Park (1800 Guns Street). Movies are shown beginning at dusk or around 8:45pm. There is a $5 suggested donation for this event. The proceeds will benefit the off-leash dog park in Bellevue. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Dogs are welcome to attend. Proof of current vaccinations required at entrance.

 "Movie in the Park" is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an exciting family-friendly movie on a BIG SCREEN in the great outdoors! Don’t forget to bring chairs or a blanket!

The movie “Beethoven” is sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry. For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Village Fiber Optic Construction Project Update

The Village Board approved the construction of Bellevue’s first point-to-point fiber optic network as part of the 2014 budget. The fiber optic network will allow the centralization and reduction of redundant information technology (IT) hardware, communications, software, data, and services at the Administration and Public Safety Buildings.  The connection will also allow Bellevue’s information systems to be placed within an existing secure data/communications center located at 3100 Eaton Road.

Other savings and advantages include:
  • Allows for focus on replacing much needed out-of-date equipment.
  • All IT services and data availability will be located within the Public Safety Building where it would be needed for emergency operations.
  • Opportunity to centralize future hardware and services such as phone, surveillance/security, and other needed services. 
Professional services in the design and project management of the Village fiber optic wide area network construction was awarded to Multi-Media Communications and Engineering (MC&E), located in Green Bay.  MC&E is known to work with other municipal, county, and state governments including the City of Green Bay and Brown County. Precision Drilling and Installation of Wisconsin (located at Kewaunee, WI) was awarded the labor bid and construction of the fiber network. Construction of the network within the road right-of-way is currently in progress.
 
The current overall fiber optic network project is estimated at $140,000 and is currently under budget by approximately $40,000.  Based on the current fiber optic network estimate, the return on investment is projected to be within 7-10 years.  The fiber optic connection has an estimated life expectancy of 25-30 years.