Friday, January 30, 2015

Recognition of Bob Vanden Heuvel

The Village would like to personally thank Bob Vanden Heuvel, who recently resigned from the Village of Bellevue Plan Commission after almost 18 years of volunteer service.  Bob began serving on the Town of Bellevue Plan Commission back in May of 1997 and has continued his service rarely missing a scheduled meeting during his tenure.  Bob also volunteered on many other committees and groups related to special plans.  Bob was also elected to serve as the Vice Chairman/Secretary of the Plan Commission in 2011 and held that position until his resignation.
 
Paul Hamachek, who recently served on the Site Plan Review Commission for nine years and held the position of Chairperson, was appointed to take Bob's place by the Village Board at their January 28th meeting. 
 
Thanks for all your service Bob!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Village Crews Are Out Pruning and Trimming Street Trees

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village is pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between January & March 2015.

Listed below are some recent photos of staff at work.


 
Scheduled tree pruning is planned for the following areas in 2015:
West of County V and North of Allouez Avenue to Main St.
Using the Village’s Interactive Mapping System (www.villageofbellevue.org), pruning area will be Zones 1, 2, 8, 9, & 10.

The work is performed by the Village Arborist and trained Public Works staff following ISA Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations-Pruning as identified by the Village’s Tree Ordinance and Arboricultural Specifications Manual.  Village staff will be inspecting the work to ensure that it meets specifications.

Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead, dying or diseased branches and/or to remove crowded or rubbing limbs. Trees may be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below.  Lastly, a tree’s crown may be raised to allow cars, school buses, garbage trucks and snow plows to operate without contacting low hanging branches; causing significant damage to the vehicle and/or tree.


If you have questions contact:
Doug Tenor, Village of Bellevue Arborist
(920) 468-5225      dtenor@villageofbellevue.org
or go online at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/trees

Employees Celebrate 35 Years of Service with the Village

Mark Gajeski and Chuck Karnopp are celebrating 35 years of dedicated service with the Village of Bellevue. Chuck started with the Village on July 30, 1979 and Mark started on September 4, 1980. Both work as Laborers/Foreman with the Public Works Department. Mark and Chuck were presented with Mini VanLangenberg Clock Tower replicas in recognition of their many years of service at a recent staff meeting. Congratulations Chuck and Mark! Thank you for your service!


2015 Horticulture Classes

Brown County UW-Extension and NEW Master Gardener have a wide variety of 2015 horticulture classes available.  The UW-Extension office is located at 1150 Bellevue Street and most classes are offered for a small fee of $5-$15. Visit the Horticulture and Natural Resources Program webpage for a full list of 2015 classes.  Classes include, but are not limited to: Seed Starting 101, Do-it-Yourself Compost Tumbler Class, Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, Pruning Trees & Shrubs, and Sustainable Lawn Care Practices. Pre-registration for classes is required.  For more information contact the Brown County UW-Extension Horticulture Department at 920-391-4653.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Village Owned Agricultural Land Lease Bid

The Village Board recently adopted a new process for utilizing Village owned property for private agricultural purposes. In order to have the opportunity to farm Village owned property, you must now bid on one or all of the properties you are interested in. Only individuals that are awarded the bids and have a signed and executed lease will be able to utilize the properties identified in the BID Package. Individuals found farming Village properties without a signed and executed lease with the Village will be considered to be trespassing. Please note, an executed lease with an adjacent property owner does not constitute the ability to use Village owned property without a Village lease.
 
The Village of Bellevue is seeking bids for land that is owned in the Village limits that is available for crop production. They are DUE back to the Village by FEBRUARY 25, 2015. More information can be found on the BIDS & RFP's page.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Village of Bellevue Receives 2015 Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant

The Village of Bellevue received an $11,880 grant from the Wisconsin DNR for their 2015 EAB Plan, Tree Planting and Educating the Community about EAB project.

MADISON -- Thirty-two communities, nonprofit groups and counties will share $483,747 in 2015 state grant dollars to promote and sustain urban forest resources in Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant program funds projects that align with state and national goals for increasing urban forest canopy and its benefits. "The 2015 grants will fund tree inventories and assessments, management plans, urban forest restoration projects, staff training, public education, urban wood utilization and other urban forestry efforts," said Suzann DaWalt, DNR urban forestry financing specialist.

DNR forestry officials encouraged communities to apply for grants to bolster their planning efforts to manage emerald ash borer and its impact on ash trees in their community. Wisconsin has approximately 5.2 million ash trees in cities, villages and urban towns. All are at heightened risk since the insect was confirmed in Wisconsin in 2008; a total of 37 counties are now quarantined. Grant awards help communities conduct tree inventories and develop emerald ash borer preparedness plans, as well as increase species diversity to reduce impact of future tree diseases or insect infestations.

The grants range from $1,000 to $25,000, and grant recipients must match each grant dollar for dollar. A startup grant of up to $5,000 is available for communities that want to start, or restart, a community forestry program. Of the 32 communities selected for 2015 Urban Forestry grants, eight are for startup grants.

To view the list of selected grant recipients, or for more information about the DNR Urban Forestry Grant program, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "UF Grant", or contact Suzann DaWalt, Urban Forestry Financing Specialist, at 715-453-2188 ext. 1267 or Suzann.DaWalt@wi.gov.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzann DaWalt, Urban Forestry Financing Specialist, at 715-453-2188 ext. 1267




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Bellevue Summer Camp registration

Despite the freezing weather 2015 Bellevue Summer Camp registration is right around the corner.

Resident registration begins Monday Feb. 9
Non-Resident registration begins Monday February 16

*Remember to sign-up during the month of February and receive 10% off all camp fees.
Looking for more information about camp the 2015 Bellevue Summer Camp Handbook has been uploaded and can be found at: www.villageofbellevue.org/camp

*Download the handbook to learn about 2015 field trips, themes, and so much more!!!
Don't miss out on your chance to give your children a summer they will never forget.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO)

With the winter chill in the air, it’s a good time to remind people about the importance of knowing the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO). 

The Fire Department generally sees a rise in carbon monoxide calls during Wisconsin’s winter months. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is slightly denser than air. It’s often called the “invisible killer” and can come from a variety of sources. Malfunctioning or improperly ventilated furnaces or heating appliances are the most common. Some others include portable generators, water heaters, clothing dryers and vehicles left running in garages. Symptoms to be mindful of are headache, nausea and drowsiness. Exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal.

Did you know Wisconsin state law requires at least one CO alarm on each floor in a one or two family home? When selecting a CO alarm make certain it is UL listed and tested. And also be certain to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation.

Know the difference between the smoke alarm sound and the CO alarm sound.  Make sure if you are letting your car warm up in the cold weather to remove the car from the garage.  Never use the stove top or oven to heat your home. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds evacuate the residence and stay outside. Notify the fire department using 9-1-1 and stay outside. 

Your Bellevue Fire Department recommends monthly CO alarm checks, if not equipped with a 10 year battery, and the changing of alarm batteries in fall and spring when you change your clocks. Stay warm and safe this new year!

Make it a safe day! 

2014 Aerial Available Now on GIS Maps

In 2014, a number of communities partnered with SURDEX Corporation to update the aerial maps for each organizations GIS mapping functions.  We are pleased to announce that all the flights have been completed and data checked for quality control which means that the new aerials have been uploaded to our web mapping service available on the Village website.  The flights were conducted in April of 2014 and replace the previous aerials that were last flown in April of 2010.  Having a more recent aerial photograph is a great tool to use having a visual to better explain things or have relevant discussions with residents and businesses. 


You can access the new aerials here: 

http://webmaps.villageofbellevue.org:8080/geomoose2/geomoose.html

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bellevue Dog Park Close to Reaching Phase 1 Fundraising Goal

Fundraising efforts to build the Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park just got a BIG $10,000 boost! Laura Mossakowski LLC made another generous donation to the project. We are now just $12,300 away from having enough funds to build phase 1 of the Bellevue Dog Park.

Are you interested in helping us achieve our goal? Go to Bellevue Dog Park to donate.



SPRING GENERAL ELECTION

The Spring General Election will be held on April 7, 2015.  The following candidate’s names will appear on the ballot for the Village of Bellevue:

BELLEVUE VILLAGE PRESIDENT
(Vote for One)
Kevin Brennan
Steve Soukup

BELLEVUE VILLAGE TRUSTEE
(Vote for Not More Than Two)
Adam Gauthier
David Kaster

If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots will be available at the Village Office on Monday, March 23, 2015.  For more information on elections, please contact the Village Clerk at 468-5225.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Village Seeks Applicants to Fill Job Vacancies

The Village of Bellevue is looking to fill several vacancies and intern opportunities on its staff team.  Village employees and interns serve an important role in the everyday functions of the community. The links below provide further information about the current employment opportunities.

Internships:

Summer Forestry Intern - Application Deadline: February 1, 2015. Supporting Documents: (Job Announcement)

Summer Recreation Intern - Application Deadline: Until Filled (First Review of Applications March 1, 2015). Supporting Documents: (Job Announcement)

Seasonal/Temporary Positions:

Youth Sports Assistant (hiring for Basketball, T-Ball, & Football)- Application Deadline: Until Filled. Supporting Documents: (Job Announcement)

Summer Camp Counselor - Application Deadline: Until Filled.
Supporting Documents: (Job Description)

To submit an application, or to receive more information, contact the Village Offices at (920) 468-5225.   Go to the following link to download a Job Application.

Village Awarded $3,500 Community Planting Grant from the American Transmission Company

American Transmission Co. awards $55,000 to communities for vegetation plantings
Program continues to support beautification efforts, electric reliability

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has awarded $55,000 to 33 communities in its service area to plant trees and other vegetation. The Community Planting Program, now in its second year, supports the reliability of the electric transmission system and helps to beautify communities by promoting plantings located outside of transmission line rights-of-way.

“It’s ATC’s responsibility to keep trees and brush out of the transmission line rights-of-way for public safety and electric system reliability,” said ATC Environmental and Local Relations Manager Greg Levesque. “Collaborating with communities in our service territory to educate them about vegetation growth in the rights-of-way helps ATC maintain the safety and electric reliability of the grid.”

Municipalities and counties received funding ranging from $500 to $4,000 for planting projects on public property where ATC facilities exist. To qualify, community recipients committed to complying with ATC’s maintenance standards for all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines.

The Community Planting Program is part of ATC’s Grow Smart initiative – a program that promotes planting native, low-growing vegetation near transmission line rights-of-way. Trees and other vegetation purchased by communities through the Community Planting Program reinforces this initiative by encouraging the planting of tall-growing trees and other vegetation outside the transmission line rights-of-way.

The 2014 Community Planting Program funding recipients include:
Algoma, Wis.                                                      
Amherst, Wis.                                                                 
Bayside, Wis.                                                   
Bellevue, Wis.                                                    
Bristol, Wis.                                                          
Brooklyn, Wis.                                                 
Cambridge, Wis.                                                 
Gilman, Wis.                                          
Fond du Lac, Wis.                                            
Fort Atkinson, Wis.                                     
Kenosha County, Wis.
Lisbon, Wis.
Manitowoc, Wis.
Menasha, Wis.
Mequon, Wis.
Merrill, Wis.
Oakdale, Wis.
Oconto, Wis.
Ozaukee County, Wis.
Pittsville, Wis.
Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Princeton, Wis.
Rib Mountain, Wis.
Rhinelander, Wis.
Spencer, Wis.
Stevens Point, Wis.
Waterford, Wis.
Waukesha, Wis.
Waupaca, Wis.
Wescott, Wis.
Wilson, Wis.
Winnebago County, Wis.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.                                   
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American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $3.2 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now is a $3.6 billion company with more than 9,530 miles of transmission lines and 530 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at www.atcllc.com.

Village's Winter Newsletter Now Online

The Village's newsletter, "The Bellevue Focus" which is sent three times yearly by postal mail to village residents, is now available on the Village's website for download.

To download the Winter 2014 copy, please visit the following link: http://villageofbellevue.com/our-village/village-newsletter.html

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas Tree Pick-up

Christmas tree pick up by the Village is conducted during the month of January.  Typically this is done on Monday's (weather permitting). Please place your trees at the curb and not in the street.  Wreaths or Trees with plastic bags, stands, wires or lights will not be picked up. Trees that are frozen into the snow banks will be left until the spring brush pickup.

The picture depicts how trees should be placed at the curb.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225.

Renew Dog Licenses

2014 Dog Licenses expired 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.


Annual Ski Brule Trip

 Join the Village of Bellevue on Saturday, January 24, 2015 for the annual Ski Brule Trip.

Pick-up/Drop-Off Location: Bellevue Community Center (2828 Allouez Ave.)
Departure Time: 6:30 am
Return Time: 7:30-7:45 pm

Fee: $32 Bus Only (Children under 9 & Adults with lift ticket and own equipment)
$51 Bus & Rental Only (Children 9 and Under Only)
$63 Bus & Lift Ticket Only...
$73 Bus, Lift Ticket, & Rental

Seats are limited, so register early to insure your spot on this trip.

For more information please visit: www.villageofbellevue.org

or

Stop in to the Village Offices to fill out a registration form.



2015 Corporate Sponsor Programs

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is inviting local area businesses to become program sponsors for 2015. Our health, our neighborhoods, our economy and our environment all benefit from parks and leisure services.  Without the support and dedication of our business community, the Village would not be able to provide the quality parks and leisure services our citizens enjoy today.

Through sponsorship businesses can gain valuable exposure, helping achieve local marketing goals. Additionally, the Leisure Services Department will work with your company to develop a marketing package to include advertising and direct mail opportunities within publications, on our website, at events and within Village owned park facilities.

The Department currently offers the following sponsor opportunities:

Corporate Sponsor Programs:

  •  Sponsorship within the Leisure Services Department Program Catalog
  •  Sponsorship through the athletic facility Sponsor Banner Program
  •  Sponsorship for a Community Special Event or Program
  •  Sponsorship through the Adopt-A-Park Program


For more information, go to http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/sponsorship-opportunities.html or contact Director of Parks and Leisure Services, Debra Lom at (920) 468-5225 or by email at dlom@villageofbellevue.org.