Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Oil Recycling

Recycling in Wisconsin is fairly common and understood by most individuals when it comes to paper, metals, and plastic.  However, recycling petroleum products is less understood and sometimes confusing.  Each year a significant quantity of used oil is generated by individuals working on their cars or trucks at home.

Some individuals may be unfamiliar with the harm of throwing the used oil in the garbage, down a floor drain, or down a storm sewer drain.  One gallon of oil can contaminate a million gallons of water.  Our storm drains go to streams, rivers, Green Bay, and eventually Lake Michigan where we get our drinking water from.

Most automotive shops in the area will take your used motor oil, as well as the Village of Bellevue.  The Village provides a disposal tank located at 2828 Allouez Avenue for you to pour off your used oil.  Each year over 2000 gallons of oil are recycled at the facility. 

We do not accept oil filters.  Most Wal-Mart automotive centers accept filters.  It is illegal to throw oil filters in the garbage.  Help do your part to keep your waterways clean!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

K-9 Karnival on Saturday, May 9

Join the Bellevue Dog Park Committee at the K-9 Karnival at Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Road; on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Admission is $5.00/dog with valid rabies vaccination. The Karnival is sponsored by Oak View Veterinary Hospital; proceeds benefit a community off-leash dog park in Bellevue.

The Karnival will have dog games & contests, children’s activities, dog lure course, raffles & silent auction, pet vendors, concessions, pet photos, and much more.
Event Rules & Reminders:
  • All dogs attending must be kept on a 6’ or less leash.
  • All dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccinations.
  • Female dogs in any state of heat will not be admitted.
  • Protect your dog by bringing your own water bowl.
  • When giving treats, do so in a way that does not inadvertently cause fights or altercations between dogs.
  • Be sure to bring a cleanup bag. You will be responsible for cleaning up after your dog.
  • Remember: it’s rain or shine and often does both, so dress appropriately and watch out for dehydration in you and your pooch.
  • Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Maximum of two (2) dogs per adult.
  • Aggressive dogs will not be admitted.
Visit the Bellevue Dog Park webpage to learn all about the fundraising for the facility and how you can help.  We are getting close to our initial fundraising goal and need your help to make this dog park possible.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome to Bellevue Pamphlet

Are you new to the Village of Bellevue? Are you interested in moving to Bellevue? Maybe you just want to learn more about the basics of Village operations. 

The Welcome to Bellevue pamphlet is for you.  The Welcome to Bellevue pamphlet was recently updated and continues to be specifically designed to address the most common questions about being a resident in the Village of Bellevue.  Every municipality is unique and provides services in a different way which can often make it challenging for new or prospective residents to learn about their new community. 

The Village of Bellevue website is always the best resource for more extensive information, but this pamphlet will help those looking for the basics.  The Welcome to Bellevue pamphlet is available on the front page of the Village website and hard copies are available at the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Ave.

Friday, April 17, 2015

BURN BAN IN EFFECT


Brown County Fire Departments are instituting Burn Bans effective immediately and until further notice. The area is experiencing abnormally dry conditions; the fire danger is "very high." Area fire departments have sustained a number of "wildland" type fires as of this date. The departments will not be issuing any burn permits until the conditions improve. The burn permits that have already been issued are no longer valid. Permits will be re-issued when it is safe to resume permitted burning. Charcoal and gas grills can be used if utilized correctly and on a flat surface.

Any reports of burning of any kind during this time will result in the fire being extinguished by Fire Department personnel with possible monetary charges for service and/or fines.

Effective 12:00 PM Friday April 17, 2015, Brown County will be under emergency burning restrictions. The restrictions include:

  • No Campfires except where municipalities allow by ordinance (contact your municipality)
  • No burning of combustible materials in the outdoors (fireworks, tiki torches, etc)
  • No smoking in the outdoors (smoking in non-combustible areas is allowed, example - driveway)
  • Charcoal and propane grills may be used in the immediate vicinity of a residence if placed on a non-combustible surface (driveway, patio, gravel, etc).
  • No outdoor debris burning (this includes burn barrels, prescribed burns, and debris piles)
  • No disposal of burning materials into the outdoors (matches, cigarettes, ashes, charcoal briquettes, etc)
These restrictions are in place for all of Brown County including all incorporated towns, cities, and villages. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. We will need multiple, significant rain events in order to lower the existing fire danger.

The intent of the restrictions is to raise overall awareness of the fire danger and to limit the number of ignition sources.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Storm Sewer vs. Sanitary Sewer

Did you know that 73% of most community members do not know the difference between a sanitary sewer and a storm sewer system?  Sanitary sewers take household wastewater (such as water from sinks, toilets, washers, etc.) and carries it through the homes plumbing and into an underground sewer pipe.  This water then travels to a wastewater treatment plant where the water is cleaned to regulated standards.

Storm sewers take rainwater that falls on our communities and travels via the storm drain system which may include public streets, gutters, catch basins, storm pipes, retention basins, channels, etc.  This water flows directly to your community’s waterways mostly without any treatment.  It is important to prevent and report to the Village (920-468-5225) any pollution that may be witnessed entering these drains such as leaves, grass, soil, oil, chemicals, etc. (basically anything that is not rainwater).  Help keep our waterways clean!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

President Craig Beyl's Final Meeting

On April 8, 2015, Craig Beyl concluded his Bellevue political career, by leading the last meeting as the Village President before President elect Steve Soukup takes the position. Mr. Beyl was elected as Town Supervisor in 2001 before becoming President in 2006.  During Mr. Beyl's tenure, the Village population grew by nearly 50%, and he worked hard to promote long range planning and professionalism towards the economic development of the community.

Mr. Beyl served on the Plan Commission, and was instrumental in the creation of the Village's first Tax Incremental Finance District, creation of the Central Brown County Water Authority, and establishment of new community facilities such as the Public Safety Building, playgrounds, parks and trails, and extensive infrastructure improvements to streets and utility systems.

Mr. Beyl was presented with a commendation and commemorative clock by Trustee Adam Gauthier during the meeting.

"One of the things I am most proud of is how we all work together to live up to the standards of our Village Mission Statement.  If we all keep that in mind, we have, and will make the Village a Great Place to Grow" said Mr. Beyl after accepting his commendation for 15 years of dedicated service.

We wish Mr. Beyl a wonderful and well earned retirement.


From left to right, President Elect Steve Soukup, Trustee Adam Gauthier, President Craig Beyl, Trustee David Kaster, Trustee Tom Katers

Village Trustee Position Vacancy

At the April 7, 2015 Spring Election, electors selected Steve Soukup to serve as the new Village President for a three year term. Mr. Soukup previously held a position on the Village Board as a Trustee. A vacancy has therefore been created in this Trustee position. The Village Board will select an individual to fill the vacant position for the remainder of the existing term (through April 2016).  Individuals that are interested in being considered by the Village Board for the vacant Village Trustee position should submit a letter of interest to the Village Clerk by Thursday, May 21. Letters can be e-mailed, mailed or hand delivered to the Village Office. Any questions on the position can be directed to the Village Administrator, Angela Gorall, agorall@villageofbellevue.org.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Joski Estates PDD Public Hearing on Wednesday

A preliminary concept plan for a senior style housing development will be considered during a public hearing at the Village Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 8th.  The proposed Preliminary Planned Development District is requesting to rezone an area of approximately 35 acres to allow for a mix of uses to include senior housing choices and general commercial. The preliminary approval will assist the landowners in marketing their property to possible developers by having a preliminary layout and master plan that has initial Village acceptance.  If there is more interest from a developer, a refined plan would need to be submitted and come back through the process for approval and another public hearing.  Those with questions are encouraged to contact the Community Development Department.
 


Friday, April 3, 2015

Volunteers Needed - EAB Tree Wrapping on Saturday, April 11


On April 11th and 12th of 2015, the Parks and Leisure Services department invites you to come out and join us in bringing public awareness of EAB or Emerald Ash Borer. More than 1,068 public ash trees are located in Village right-of-way and parks.

This borer has killed millions of Ash trees in Minnesota and has already been found in the City of Green Bay. We will be meeting at DeBroux Park at 10:00 am Saturday morning. At this site, teams will receive maps with detailed locations of public ash trees marked on aerial photos and be shown how to wrap the trees.

Then two or three person teams will drive or walk to a location and wrap Village trees on the maps they have. This is a great way to meet members of your community and bring awareness to EAB. Hope to see you there!

For further information please visit the Village EAB webpage.