Monday, March 30, 2015

Get to Know Your Village - Green Bay Metro Services

Welcome to the 10th article in the “Get to Know Your Village” series through the Bellevue Focus.  We hope these articles educate and inform about the services we provide and who provides them.

Green Bay Metro operates 13 full-service bus routes, a number of limited-service bus routes and Paratransit services throughout the Green Bay area.  The Gold Line (Route #18) serves the Village of Bellevue and includes key Bellevue stops at Target and Costco.  Route #14 provides a service stop at Walmart.  From the Transit Center (901 University Avenue), riders can switch to any line in the system.

Bus hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 5:15 am to 9:45 pm, Saturdays 7:15 am to 6:45 pm, except for six holidays a year.  All of Green Bay Metro’s buses are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and can accommodate mobility devices such as standard wheelchairs and scooters.  In addition, bike racks are also available on all buses.

Similar to other municipalities in the Green Bay area, the Village of Bellevue contributes to the costs of operating a bus route in the Village.  We also routinely review current routes and evaluate the need for new or expanded routes in coordination with Green Bay Metro.  We welcome citizen input on these services.

For the latest information on services, fares, real time data on bus locations and trip planner tools, visit the Green Bay Metro website.  On green Saturday’s everyone rides for free, give it a try this weekend.
 

 

Rummage Sales

There will be two large scale neighborhood rummage sales in the Village of Bellevue coming up in April.

The first will be the Josten Park area neighborhood rummage sale taking place on April 18th followed by the Denmark State Bank area neighborhood rummage sale the following weekend on the 24th and 25th of April.

Please use caution when driving or walking in this area and happy hunting!

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Lime Kiln Road (CTH V) Construction Update




Beginning in June of 2015, utility companies will begin relocating facilities ahead of the planned road construction starting July 24, 2015.  The Brown County Highway Department will be closing Lime Kiln Road (CTH V) from STH 172 to Monroe Road through mid-November.  Local access will be provided via Landmark Boulevard, and detours will be set up.

The road reconstruction will involve constructing new pavement, curb and gutter, drainage, a trail, street lighting, intersection turning improvements, and improved sight distance for driving.

Construction updates are provided in the Village website under "Construction Updates".  There you will find updated maps and construction timelines as provided by Brown County and the Village.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

IKEA & Woodfield Mall Trip - Schaumburg, IL

Our first stop will be at IKEA where this well-known retailer offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at very low prices. After shopping at IKEA you will be shuttled over to Woodfield Mall, which is the largest shopping center in the state of Illinois and one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, featuring more than 300 department and specialty stores.

Children 17 and under must register with a participating adult.

Course: #8903.202
Time: 6:30 am – 10:30 pm
Date: May 16, 2015
Fee: $35 Coach Bus Transportation

Departure & Return Location: Sam’s Club Parking Lot, 2470 West Mason Street                               

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

STORAGE OF TRASH CONTAINERS

The Village is reminding residents that per the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code Chapter 258 Housing and Residential Property Maintenance. Domestic solid waste, recycling, yard waste, or refuse containers shall be stored during the time period between collection days in an enclosed structure or building or which are screened from view of the public right-of-way. Domestic solid waste, recycling, yard waste, or refuse shall not be stored in the following locations:

The front and corner side yards along a street right-of-way.  On, under, or alongside of a front porch, stoop, steps, landing, accessible ramp, or deck fronting on a public way.  Within 15 feet of a public right-of-way, except during collection time periods.
 
Public right-of-way typically means that if you can see it from the street, it is not in compliance with the code. 

Zoning inspectors will be sending out reminder notices to properties identified to be in violation.  Repeat violators may be subject to citations if they fail to bring the condition under compliance after sufficient time is given by village staff to work on a solution.
 
Thank you in advance for you compliance or cooperation.  Let’s keep Bellevue looking great!

Reminder on Rcreational Vehicle/Trailer and Utility Trailer Regulations

As warmer weather approaches and the seasons change towards summer recreation opportunities, the Village would like to remind residents of the new regulations that have been in effect regarding the placement and storage of recreational vehicles/trailers and utility trailers
The proposed changes mainly dealt with the regulations of parking any kind of trailer (boat, jet ski, camping, utility etc.) or recreational vehicle (RV) on a property located within a residential neighborhood.
Please see the regulations below:
 
500-1920. Seasonal vehicle/trailer parking requirements.
 
A. The parking of seasonal use trailers/vehicles shall be restricted as follows:
 
1. Summer seasonal uses shall be permitted to be parked:
 
a. Within the front yard on a driveway or in the side yard not closer than five (5) feet to the side yard lot line if located on a hard surface only for the time period of April 1st - December 1st.
 
b. Within an enclosed garage or permitted accessory structure for the entire year.
 
c. In the rear yard not closer than five (5) feet to the rear yard lot line for the entire year.
 
B. Winter seasonal uses shall be permitted to be parked:
 
1. Within the front yard on a driveway or in the side yard not closer than five (5) feet to the side yard lot line if located on a hard surface only for the time period of November 1st – May 1st.
 
2. Within an enclosed garage or permitted accessory structure for the entire year.
 
3. In the rear yard not closer than five (5) feet to the rear yard lot line for the entire year.
 
A. A maximum of two (2) seasonal use recreational vehicles or trailers shall be permitted to be parked outside in an approved location on a residentially zoned property at any given time with the exception that an additional seasonal recreational vehicle or trailer may be parked for loading/unloading purposes for a maximum of 48 consecutive hours.
 
B. No seasonal use vehicle or trailer shall be permitted to encroach into the Village Right-of-Way (ROW) while parked on a driveway.
 
C. All seasonal use vehicles/trailers shall be in proper working condition.
 
D. Parking conditions: All seasonal use trailers, utility trailers, enclosed trailers, and camping equipment shall be kept clean and free of debris, litter, rubbish and any waste materials as defined in Chapter 326 of the Village Ordinances. This includes all areas in and around where the seasonal use trailer, utility trailer and/or camping equipment is parked or stored, to include, without limitation, the cutting and trimming of grass around the storage site, removal of weeds, and the preventing of gouging or rutting of the grass and lands of the property in moving the seasonal use trailer, utility trailer and/or camping equipment to the intended parking or storage location.
 
E. All seasonal use encompassed by this ordinance shall be owned, commercially leased, or commercially rented by an individual who is a permanent resident of the dwelling where it is parked and such permanent resident must, upon demand by any law enforcement officer or authorized agent of the Village, produce satisfactory documentation proving such.
 
Please be reminded, before expanding the surface area of your driveway with additional concrete, asphalt or pavers - speak to a Village Building Inspector as a permit may be required. Also, even if there is a sidewalk or not, no part of the vehicle/trailer shall extend into Village of Bellevue Right-of-Way.  Also at no time shall any trailer or vehicle (of any kind) be permitted to park on grass or a non approved hard surface in the front yard or side yard.
 
Please contact staff with any questions you may have.
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bicycle Licensing

It’s finally spring and we will see many kids and adults out bicycling on the roads and trails. The Village of Bellevue provides bicycle licenses for any bicycle with inflated wheels greater than 16 inches in diameter. To license the bicycle we need to know the serial number, make, model, speed, wheel size and color. There is a $5.00 non-expiring fee for the license as long as you own the bike. Should your bicycle be lost or stolen, licensing will increase the ability of the Sheriff’s Department to get it back to the owner.  Please consider getting your bicycle licensed today by stopping by the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Ave. Upon completion, a sticker will be provided to be placed on the bicycle.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Save-the-Date: 2015 K-9 Karnival


Advanced Science Day

What is science? Let’s explore a few different fields of science together. Do you like microscopes? Microbiologists do, so I hope you will too! Cells, Bacteria, DNA, oh my! Does chemistry sound like fun? Come learn about chemical reactions. Let’s have some fun with science! (Ages 7-10)

Fee:  $15 R/ $20 NR
Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:  DeBroux Park Enclosed Shelter

Course:  2620.151                    
Date:  Saturday, April 11
Deadline: Monday, April 6

Friday, March 13, 2015

Village Proceeding with Adoption of Updated Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Bellevue's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) is the primary tool used to guide the growth and development of the Village's park system.  The plan guides the Park Commission and staff when making recommendations to the Village Board on the acquisition, development and management of parks and open space Village-wide.  It is also instrumental in developing the Park & Leisure Services Department Capital Improvement Plan budget.  Originally drafted in 1991, the CORP has been updated every five years to maintain the Village's eligibility requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The updated draft CORP for 2015-2020 is available for review on the Village website.  The Park Commission adopted the updated CORP on March 9.  The Plan Commission will be providing their review on March 17 and then the document will go to the Village Board for final approval and adoption.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easter Egg Bonanza!

The Bellevue Easter Egg Bonanza is a free event for children ages 2-8 who live in Bellevue. Children will get the opportunity to hunt for eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, color eggs, make an Easter craft and win prizes!  Pre-registration is required.  Reminder: This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather!

When:  Saturday, April 4
Location:  Josten Park
Fee:  FREE!


Course:        #8950.001  (9:00AM)
                   #8950.002 (10:15AM)
                   #8950.003 (11:30AM)

 Sponsored By: Dan Van Adestine, American Family Insurance Agent

Barlow Planetarium & Weis Earth Museum Trip

Join the Village of Bellevue on your day off of school for a trip to the UW-Fox Valley Barlow Planetarium and Weis Earth Science Center. While at the planetarium we will learn about the stars and solar system. Then we will take a hand-on guided tour through the museum where we learn about Wisconsin’s rich mineral and mining heritage. Qualified Village of Bellevue Staff will chaperone the trip. Please pack a  lunch as we will eat while on the trip. (Ages 6-12)

Fee: $28 R/ $35 NR            
Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Pick-up & Drop-Off Location: DeBroux Park
Course Number: 8903.151
Deadline: Wednesday, March 18

Monday, March 9, 2015

Placement of Political/Campaign Signs

As election day approaches, the Village would like to remind residents about the regulations regarding the placement of political/campaign signs.  The following regulations are found in the Village of Bellevue Zoning Code - Chapter 500-1800.
  • Signs must be for candidates for public office or measures that are on the election ballot.
  • Said signs may be erected not earlier than the first day of circulation of nomination papers and shall be removed within five (5) days following said election.
  • Each sign, except billboards which require permits, shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in non-residential zoning districts and twelve (12) square feet in residential zoning districts.
  • No sign shall be located within a vision triangle, nor over the right-of-way.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Village of Bellevue Launches Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Program


More than 1,068 public ash trees located on village boulevards and park properties are destined for infestation by Emerald Ash Borer.

The Village of Bellevue is launching a campaign to help village residents understand the changes that Emerald Ash Borer will soon bring to our village’s urban forest.

Boulevard and park ash trees around Bellevue will be wrapped with informational green ribbons in the month of April. Trees will be wrapped by volunteers from Friends of Bellevue Parks. The ribbons alert residents that, “Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Kills Ash Trees”! The ash trees that will be wrapped with green ribbon have not been identified as being infested with EAB. However, as EAB is quickly spreading across the state of Wisconsin, it is inevitable that all ash trees will become infested with EAB and eventually die. This approaching loss of ash trees will cause a drastic change to Bellevue's tree population and has led the Village to develop a proactive canopy "buddy tree" plan that will assist with the impact of canopy loss.

The Village’s "buddy tree" plan reduces the impact of canopy loss while growing a diverse and strong forest for future generations. The Village intends to lessen the impact of losses by planting trees near public ash trees that may need to be cut down in the future. The Village will first focus on planning "buddy trees" in neighborhoods with a high concentration of ash trees.  Rather than planting the same type of replacement tree across the Village, Bellevue will plant a variety of trees on any given street block.  A community planting day has been scheduled in May.


If you would like to learn more about EAB. Sign up for the following workshop:

EAB and Treatment Options Workshop - FREE
Learn to identify emerald ash borer, the killer bug that destroyed millions of ash trees in Midwest and was discovered in the city of Green Bay in 2009. Vijai Pandian, UW Horticulture Extension agent will present on various home owners treatment options on how to prevent and control this exotic bug affecting your ash trees.  Preregister by May 1, 2015
Date:         Monday, May 11, 2015
Time:        6:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost:         FREE
Location:  Bellevue Village Hall / Public Safety Building 3100 Eaton Road 


Register Online - www.VillageOfBellevue.org

EAB project funded in part by an Urban Forestry Grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program as authorized under S.23.097, Wisconsin Statutes. EAB workshop is made possible by a partnership with UW Extension.  Classes are open to residents and non-residents.


"Movies In The Park" Scheduled for Summer 2015

The Parks and Leisure Services Department is set to offer two "Movies in the Park" for 2015.


June 12: Featured film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
Rated PG
Sponsored by Festival Foods









August 21: Featured film "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Rated PG-13
Sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry










Both movies will be shown at Josten Park and will begin at dusk or around 8:45pm. The event is free. Concessions will be available and sold.

"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!

 For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Parks Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.