Friday, October 31, 2014

Allouez Avenue Trail Link Completion

The Village of Bellevue completed construction on the Allouez Avenue Trail in front of Target. We marked this milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at 10 am.  Target generously donated the land in order to complete the trail.  Village staff contacted Target and suggested the land donation.  Target puts great value in being involved with promoting community health, safety, and sustainability.  The land donation was a great example of using public and private partnership to provide projects to meet common goals and needs.

This 350 foot section was a gap along the trail will provide a link between the East River Trail and Costco to the south.  Later next year, Brown County will be extending the trail between Landmark Boulevard and Hoffman Road.  Upon that completion, destinations within the Village of Allouez, Bellevue and Ledgeview will all be connected together by sidewalks and trails.

These projects are part of an ongoing vision and planning that started years ago to provide non-motorists the ability to access points of destinations within and between communities.  As construction projects come into the design phase, the designs are compared to the plans and implemented.

"Over the past 6 years, the Village of Bellevue has installed over 2 miles of trails and 10 miles of sidewalks to allow non-motorists the ability to safely travel", said Bill Balke, Bellevue Public Works Director.  "Sidewalks and Trails is definitely an infrastructure that if you build it, they will use it.  We have seen an increase in non-motorized travel along roadways once the facilities are installed, especially families with younger children."

Sidewalks provide more freedom to people who cannot drive and do not feel comfortable walking in the road with high speed traffic.  Walks and trails provide more than a recreational and health value, they provide increased ability and independence for many different groups of people - young, old, disabled and many others.

"One of my most satisfying moments in my career came from a young person in a wheel chair, who personally thanked me for giving him the ability to safely travel to McDonalds on his own for an ice cream cone.  He mentioned his mom would not let him travel in the roadway (next to 40 mph+ traffic), Balke said.

Listed below are media coverage links of the October 30th trail ribbon cutting:

Channel 2- http://www.wbay.com/clip/10793831/bellevue-expands-east-river-trail
Channel 11- http://fox11online.com/2014/10/30/new-bike-trail-opens-in-bellevue/
Channel 26- http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/New-Allouez-Trail-Opening-281008222.htmlPress-Gazette- http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/silent-sports/2014/10/30/new-allouez-avenue-trail-links-allouez-east-river-trail-ledgeview/18188351/



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Facility Rental Rates Start November 1st

Reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis at the Village offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, Monday through Friday 7:30 am –4:30 pm.

The Village will accept Community Center reservation requests for the following year beginning November 1st. The Village will accept shelter reservation requests for the period of May 1st through September 30th. Village park shelters may not be  reserved between October 1st and April 30th.


UPDATED FEES
Josten & DeBroux Park Enclosed Shelters
$75 deposit
$90 R/ $115 NR per day (1-250 people)
$25 for diamond lights only

Josten Park & Willow Creek Open Shelters
    $75 deposit
    $70 R / $95 NR per day
    (Josten North 1-150 people;
    Josten South & Willow Creek 1-75 people)

Community Center (1811 Allouez Avenue)
    $125 deposit
    $125 R / $160 NR—Full Day
    $93 R / $150  NR—Tax Exempt Rates
    (Rental between 8:00am and 10:00pm only)
    (1-75 people)

Important Rental Information
Any private citizen (resident or non-resident), non-profit group, private business or corporation, or governmental organization may request a reservation for the use of Village park shelters or the Community Center.

Enclosed shelters and concession stands are not available to renters during the summer months Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. All other days, rental hours are 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.  The Community Center is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

Renew Dog Licenses

2014 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, 2015 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.

Get to Know Your Village Snow/Ice Control Operations

Welcome to the seventh 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 of Bellevue’s Public Works Department begins preparing for the winter season in October. The Village Snow and Ice Control Policy guides our operations throughout the winter season to ensure a proper and timely response to winter weather conditions.  Effective and efficient operations are paramount to the safety of the traveling public, the economic viability of the Village and neighborhood livability. The objectives each year include:
  • Reducing hazards of snow and ice accumulation for motorists and pedestrians.
  • Improving the road quality so residents and visitors can go about their daily business.
  • Restoring traveling conditions for the convenience of the public as soon as possible after each winter storm event.
  • To provide cost effective, fiscal and environmentally responsible snow and ice control.
The Village performs snow and ice control on over 71 miles of street, 117 dead ends and cul-de-sacs, 3.75 miles of trails, 4 parking lots and 4.5 miles of sidewalks in each winter event.  There are seven zones comprised of three priority routes for each zone.  Performance goals are in place for each priority route.  Village staffing includes eight operators, the Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Public Works Inspector and other support staff during snow events.  The department operates seven plow trucks and various smaller equipment for trails, parking lots and sidewalks.  Three plow trucks include brine salters with speed controlled spreaders that have decreased our salt usage.  Brown County Highway Dept. is responsible for plowing and salting the County highways in Bellevue.

After our Public Works Department has cleared all the roads then further snow cleanup is completed. This involves pushing back snow in terraces, opening up vision corners, plowing closer to the curb and removing snow in front of mailboxes.  It may take several days after a storm before trails and sidewalks are completed by Village staff.

As the season approaches, we ask all our residents to take care when driving near our plows and provide them the room they need to complete operations.  Every storm is unique and the Village does its best to provide a consistent and efficient process meeting the expectations of our residents.  It is important to note that during extreme snow events, the focus will shift to keeping emergency routes open and providing one clear lane on residential streets.  It may take longer to complete full plow operations and may take multiple passes to fully clear roadways.  During these events, we ask for your patience as we work with resources available.  The Village and our operators welcome feedback on how we can improve and also to hear about operations that went well.

Please Note: Residents whom have sidewalks in front of their homes are responsible for snow and ice removal within 48 hours of snow or ice accumulation. This includes snow drifting from the wind.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Winter Snow Season Reminders


WINTER SNOW SEASON


WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS

The Village’s Winter No Parking restrictions go into effect   

November 1st through April 1st. 

During this time no parking is allowed on any Village street between 2 am and 6am.  Vehicles parked on the street during this time will receive a parking ticket. 

The no parking time allows plow operators to remove snow safely and efficiently. 
 
SNOW EMERGENCIES
 
Declared snow emergencies may restrict parking and other activities. 

The Village cannot control major snow events.  However, there are occasions when the Village must declare a snow emergency.  During snow emergencies, parking on all village streets is prohibited.     During this time, vehicles may be ticketed and towed if contact    cannot be made with the owner.  Snow emergencies are posted on the Village’s website and  local media outlets.

SNOW PLOWING PRIORITIES

It is our goal to clear and salt all main roads before 6am. 

Depending on the type of storm, residential streets may take a little longer to get to, but should all be cleared in 7-10 hours. 

When there are major snowfalls, the objective switches to maintaining access on the main roads and getting at least one passable lane on each street for emergency vehicle access.  It may take several passes over several days to get all the snow cleared back.  As a result you may have to re-shovel driveways, and access to mail boxes will be delayed.  We appreciate your patience while we work to widen the driving and parking lanes. 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trick or Treat Trail A Fun-Filled Fall Day!


This year’s annual Trick or Treat Trail was held on Saturday, October 18th at Josten Park from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. Photos from the event can be downloaded at the Village's Facebook site.

Over 350 youth enjoyed the day's activities, which included a trick or treat trail walk, pumpkin patch, balloon makers, craft projects, obstacle courses and much more!

The event is organized annually through the Bellevue Parks and Leisure Services Department, East-Town Optimists, Firefighters Association, Lion's Club and Junior Jets-4H. Over 30 volunteers assisted with the event putting in more than 125 hours.

Event organizers solicit business sponsors each year to support the event. This year, the following businesses helped make the event a resounding success:

MAIN SPONSOR:
Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance

PARTNER SPONSORS:
Courage Martial Arts
Bellevue Family Dentistry
Wal-Mart East
Green Bay Packers
Horizon Credit Union
Fox Specialty
Union State Bank

Participating Business & Groups:
Happy Joe's Pizza
Courage Martial Arts
Home Depot
Cedar Corp
Friends of Bellevue Parks
Townline Pub & Grill
Oak View Veterinary Hospital
Bellevue Dog Park Commitee
Izaak Walton League
Bellevue VFW
Green Bay Bullfrogs
Wal-Mart East
Greater Green Bay YMCA
BMO Harris Bank
31-Independent Consultant
Bay Area Humane Society/White Paws German Shepard Rescue
Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance Agent
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Target
Globe University
Neville Public Museum
Bellevue Day Camp
Casteel Chiropractic/Barb’s Healing Massage
Horizon Credit Union
Invisible Fence by Golrusk



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eagle Scout Receives Proclamation From Village Board

Nathan Cadieux of the Bellevue Area Boy Scout Troop 1173, completed horseshoe pits at Josten Park this past spring. The project was used to complete the requirements to achieve his Eagle Scout Rank.

The horseshoe pit project was no small task. Mr. Cadieux secured in-kind, as well as, cash donations from area businesses for supplies in the amount of $1,250. In addition, Nathan was responsible for recruiting and leading volunteers to complete the work. A total of 38 volunteers helped with the project, volunteering 285 hours.

The Village of Bellevue would like to thank Nathan, Troop 1173, all the volunteers and local business that supported this project.

Pictured is Nathan at the October 22nd board meeting where he was presented a Proclamation from Village President, Craig Beyl. 

In-Person Absentee Voting Started Monday, October 20th


The General Election will be held on November 4, 2014.

If you are unable to vote at the polls, in-person absentee voting will be available until October 31st at the Village Office (2828 Allouez Ave).

Election day voting will take place at the Bellevue Community Center/Fire Station #2 at 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road. Polls will be open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

For more information on elections, or to download a copy of the ballot visit the Village’s website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org/vote.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

No Voter Photo ID Required at November Election

Green Bay, WI – Brown County Clerk, Sandy Juno, advised voters that they do not need to show a photo ID to vote at the November 4, 2014 Election.  On October 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an earlier 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision which had reinstated the photo ID law.

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Supreme Court’s order is not the final word on the legality of Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law, but it does set the rules for the General Election. The Supreme Court halted enforcement of the law for the time being to avoid voter confusion and because some voters had already been mailed absentee ballots without instructions on how to comply with the voter photo ID law. The Supreme Court may decide to hear the case on its merits sometime after the November election.

Even though voters will not have to show an ID to receive a ballot at this election, voters who are registering between now and Election Day should be aware that they may use  their driver license or state ID card to establish their residence if it contains a current address.

“You may use a valid driver license or state ID card for proof of residence when you register to vote, either before or on Election Day” said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief elections officer. “But you are not required to show a photo ID to get your ballot.”

All voters must show proof of residence to register to vote, and a driver license or state ID card with a current address are just two of many documents can use to prove they are residents. A full list is available here: http://gab.wi.gov/publications/voter-guides/proof-of-residence.

Also, voters who have a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card are required to provide the card number on the voter registration form. Voters who do not have a driver license or state ID card can use the last four digits of their Social Security number instead.

Absentee Voting

Clerk Juno advised absentee voters who may have received a letter in recent weeks telling them to provide a photocopy of their ID card that they may disregard the letter. Some voters who requested or received absentee ballots before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on September 12 would have needed to provide a copy of their ID, but the Supreme Court’s order on October 9 made that unnecessary.

Be Prepared

Because the Supreme Court may someday reinstate voter photo ID in Wisconsin, the G.A.B. is advising anyone who does not have a state ID card to take advantage of the opportunity to get one for free. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles has a process to allow people to obtain a free State ID card for voting purposes, even if the person does not have a birth certificate.

Kennedy said that process can take time, especially for people born outside of Wisconsin, so it makes sense to get started early. More information is available at the Wisconsin DMV website:
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/apply/petition-process.htm. If the voter photo ID law is not reinstated, voters can still use the state ID card for proof of residence when registering, he said.

For specific questions about voting, please contact my office at 920.448.4016 or go to the Brown County website www.co.brown.wi.us, select Quick Links “Election Information.”

Voters are also encouraged to visit the Wisconsin Government Accountability’s voter services website, www.myvote.wisconsin.gov, for information about voting.
The law had been enjoined by the courts since March, 2012.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Santa in the Park

He’s making a list, but before he checks it twice, Santa is making a stop here in Bellevue! Here is your chance to meet and greet Santa one last time before the big day! Each boy and girl will get the opportunity to meet Santa, have their picture taken and participate in a fun, holiday craft. Real live reindeer will even make an appearance! Remember, this is an outdoor event so dress warm.

This event is free and takes place on Thursday, December 11, from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information or to register, visit the village website at http://villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920)468-5225.

Annual Touch a Truck Event Held at McAuliffe Elementary School

Second graders at McAuliffe Elementary received a unique education on October 14th about trucks. Members of the Village of Bellevue Public Works Department stopped by to teach the students all about the various equipment and vehicles they use on a daily basis.





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Citizen Academy Graduation

This Fall the Village of Bellevue offered it's 3rd annual Citizen’s Academy.  The Academy provided Village residents and representatives from area businesses the opportunity to learn about their local government and its various operations.

Citizen Academy students who completed a six week program had their achievement acknowledged by receiving a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony
held at the Village Board meeting on October 8, 2014.

Participants attended one evening per night over a period of six weeks. Sessions lasted approximately an hour and a half. Village staff facilitated the sessions and provided in depth information on administration, law enforcement, fire protection, public works, budget/finance, community development and leisure services.  The academy was offered at no cost to participants due to the generous donation received from the Guyette Family who have supported the academy since its inception three years ago.

Staff is currently working on organizing another Citizen Academy in March/April 2015. 










Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Updated Park Shelter and Community Center Rental Fees

Park Shelter and Community Center Rentals

Reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis at the Village offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, Monday through Friday 7:30 am –4:30 pm. 

The Village will accept Community Center reservation requests for the following year beginning November 1st. The Village will accept shelter reservation requests for the period of May 1st through September 30th. Village park shelters may not be  reserved between October 1st and April 30th. 


UPDATED FEES
Josten & DeBroux Park Enclosed Shelters
$75 deposit
$90 R/ $115 NR per day (1-250 people)
$25 for diamond lights only

Josten Park & Willow Creek Open Shelters
    $75 deposit
    $70 R / $95 NR per day
    (Josten North 1-150 people;
    Josten South & Willow Creek 1-75 people)

Community Center (1811 Allouez Avenue)
    $125 deposit
    $125 R / $160 NR—Full Day
    $93 R / $150  NR—Tax Exempt Rates
    (Rental between 8:00am and 10:00pm only)
    (1-75 people)

Important Rental Information
Any private citizen (resident or non-resident), non-profit group, private business or corporation, or governmental organization may request a reservation for the use of Village park shelters or the Community Center.

Enclosed shelters and concession stands are not available to renters during the summer months Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. All other days, rental hours are 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.  The Community Center is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. 


Bellevue Parks: Getting Ready for Winter

Bellevue Park restrooms are closed for the season and will reopen in Spring of 2015.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Motor Vehicle Battery Recycling

Please dispose Motor Vehicle batteries properly. 97% of these batteries are recyclable. Motor Vehicle batteries include any batteries from cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, anything with an internal combustion engine. These batteries can be taken to any retailers that sell the batteries for recycling. Retailers should have posted a flyer like the below picture. If purchasing a new one the retailer may not charge, if not purchasing a new one the retailer may charge a fee. 

If motor vehicle batteries are not recycled properly they can leak lead and/or acid which can leak into the ground water and/or soil; which can harm the environment. The lead or acid can result in severe injuries if it comes in contact with eyes or skin. The leak can short and result in a fire. It is illegal to incinerate or put these batteries in the landfill.


If you have additional questions on battery recycling, or recycling questions please contact the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Center website http://www.browncountyrecycling.org/, by phone at 920-492-4950.

Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in regular solid waste receptacles. They no longer pose a health or environmental risk.

Button batteries and rechargeable batteries should be disposed of through the local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. They still contain certain metals that are hazardous to the environment. Go to http://www.call2recycle.org or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE(7329253)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Trick or Treat Trail Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Trick or Treat Trail

Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon     

Set-up:   9:00 am                  

Location: Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Rd., Bellevue

Event Activities: Trail walk with candy, pumpkin patch and painting, petting zoo, door prizes, and more!

Rain Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Organization Involvement: Participating organizations are asked to dress in costume and hand out candy to event participants at the very minimum. Organizations are encouraged to festively decorate their area, however, it is not required. In past years, decorations have ranged from a small sign to a colorfully decorated canopy.

Candy:  Please provide enough candy or other child friendly give-away for up to 400 children. Please provide candy or other give-away appropriate for children ages 2-8 years old.

Other Handouts: Coupons and other small promotional items may be handed out with candy or give-away.  Please gain approval from a committee member prior to the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities: 
Booth sponsor, $100 partner sponsorship, and door prizes.
Deadline: Please register by Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Register: To participate or donate toward the event, complete the attached business registration form.

For more information visit the Village of Bellevue’s website at http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/recreation-programs/community-events/trick-or-treat-trail.html.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Garbage & Recycling Hauler Transition - Final Update


All Harter’s new garbage and recycling carts have been delivered in the Village and our new provider has been collecting garbage and recycling since September 1. Harter’s has ordered new garbage and recycling trucks for Bellevue collection that are expected to be on our roads by December 2014.

For those residents who have requested with the Village Office that they wanted the smaller 65 gallon carts instead of the larger 95 gallon carts as delivered in August, the switch will occur the week of October 13th on each resident’s normal garbage and recycling day. Garbage and recycling pick up will occur as scheduled for the 95 gallon carts. A second truck will come through to switch out the 95 gallon carts for the 65 gallon carts. The Village Office will continue to take requests to switch carts to the smaller size until noon on Friday, October 10. To request a switch please call our Village Office at 468-5225 and ask for Victoria. Residents can also email their requests, concerns, comments, and questions to Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.orgOnly those residents on the list will receive smaller carts.

If any residents still have Advanced Disposal (Veolia) carts, the Village Office is maintaining a list for collection. Please contact us at 468-5225 or email Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.org with your address so these old carts can be properly turned in. We would like to make sure that all the carts are collected before winter.

Additional questions can be emailed to Garbage.Recycling@villageofbellevue.org or call 468-5225 and ask for Victoria. We thank all our residents for their patience and cooperation as we continue to work through this transition.