Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fire Department Memorial Project

Bellevue Firefighters have been working on erecting a memorial honoring all of the past and future firefighters, along with the past and future Fire Chiefs, thanking all of them for their years of service to our community. The memorial will be located at 3100 Eaton Road, adjacent the Eaton Road trail.

Inherent in the tradition, has been a commitment by the men and women of the Fire Department to serve the citizens of the Village of Bellevue.  Achieving the high expectations for service can be challenging and at times difficult. The memorial serves to provide much due recognition.

The Fire Department has already received a generous donation to kick off this memorial.  The Bellevue Firefighter Association is accepting additional donations at 3100 Eaton Rd, Bellevue WI 54311. For questions call Scott Seidl at 884-1077.  The Bellevue Firefighter Association is 501(c)3, donations are tax deductible.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leaders in Training Program

The Leaders in Training program provides teens (Ages 13-16) the opportunity to gain leadership skills and to become a role model for younger children.

Leaders-in-training will assist Camp Counselors at DeBroux or Josten Park with the Summer Day Camp kids and Kinder Kamp programs. They help activities, chaperone field trips and much more!

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 5th- August 21st
Time: 9:00 am—12:00 pm, 1:00 pm– 4:00 pm
Location: DeBroux or Josten Park
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 10 to the Village Office

For more information contact Recreation Supervisor, Matt Hahn, at 468-5225 or visit the Leaders in Training page on the Village website.

Friday, May 22, 2015

2014 Population Estimates

U.S. Census Bureau Population estimates were released for Wisconsin cities, towns, and villages for 2014 recently. The Village of Bellevue 2014 population estimate is 15,215 an increase of 215 new residents over the 2013 estimate and up from 14,731 from the 2010 Census. The percentage increase from 2013 to 2014 was 1.4%, the seventh highest amongst Brown County communities and the 215 new residents was the 4th highest numerical change amongst Brown County communities.
 
Overall, Bellevue is now the 5th largest community in Brown County with much more room to grow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fire Station No. 1 Now Chief Ray Vanden Bergh Station No. 1

On Friday May 15, a ceremony was completed to honor the renaming of the Village Fire Station No. 1 (3100 Eaton Road) to the Chief Ray Vanden Bergh Station No. 1.  Last December, the Village Board officially passed a Resolution authorizing the renaming of the station.  At the ceremony, family, friends and members of the Fire Department were present to reveal the new station signage and to honor the occasion.


Chief Ran Vanden Bergh served as the first Fire Chief for the then Town of Bellevue Fire Department in 1971.  The Chief dedicated much of his life to the operations of the Department and exemplified volunteer service and a commitment to the Village of Bellevue and its citizens until his passing in March, 2014.

Photos include family members of Chief Ray Vanden Bergh; wife Lynn and children Ben and Stacy. Also shown is the traditional uncoupling of the hose by family members, similar to a ribbon cutting event. The Village thanks the family and all those that attended the ceremony to convey this honor.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Village Trustee Letters of Interest Due by June 4


The Village Board has extended the deadline to submit a letter of interest for the current Trustee position vacancy on the Village Board. 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, June 4. The Village Board will select an individual to fill the vacant position for the remainder of the existing term (through April 2016). 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peace Offiers Memorial Day

Peace Officers Memorial Day 

Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance but it is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Some people may take some time off work, such as an extended lunch break if a memorial service is held at noon, to attend a memorial service on this day.

The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

According to the Legal Information Institute, the president is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day; to direct government officials to display the United States flag at half staff on all government buildings; and to invite state and local governments and the people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

 

Peace Officers Memorial Day Observances


In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, officers from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Brown County will be standing “watch” at the law enforcement memorial located outside the Green Bay Police Department, 307 S. Adams St. This will commence at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 15th, and conclude at 8:00pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by and give a moment of silence in honor of all law enforcement officers. - See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/4825070/#sthash.SQ81Uq1a.dpuf

Another Great K-9 Karnival Event to Support a Bellevue Dog Park


The 2015 K-9 Karnival was a huge success thanks to all the hard work of the Dog Park Committee, sponsors, friends and of course our four legged friends. The Karnival raised almost $4,000 and there were approximately 250 dogs that came for solidarity to build a dog park in Bellevue. Provided are some of our favorite pictures from the event.

The goal of reaching $60,000 for Phase I of the facility has been achieved. Laura Mossakowski, LLC has donated over half of that amount to this project!! 

Phase I is planned to include a driveway, parking lot, and approximately 6.5 acre section that will be fenced. Detailed planning is just beginning and no opening date has been determined.

The proposed location of the dog park is just south of State Hwy 172 off Bellevue St. and borders the east side of the East River Parkway Trail. 

For additional information please go to www.bellevuedogpark.com. The Dog Park Committee welcomes new members and is still seeking further donations for this facility.  Please contact us if you can help.


Village Receives 2014-2015 Community Partner Award from UW Green Bay

The Village of Bellevue was selected to receive the UW Green Bay Public and Environmental Affairs (PEA) Community Partnership Award. This award recognizes an outstanding community partner who has shown continuous dedication to the growth and development students. The Village of Bellevue was recognized as exemplifying what it means to be a community partner and was recognized as the first recipient of the award.

The recognition noted that they truly value the Village’s long-standing support of the Public and Environmental Affairs Department and our contributions to students’ development.  The Village has supported students through service learning opportunities and serving as an internship site
for students to gain professional experiences. Our partnership has helped provide students with the valuable hands on experience they need to be successful upon graduation.  The Village President accepted a plaque for the recognition on behalf of the Village.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rockin in Josten Concert Series Kicks Off June 1 with The Presidents

The Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host "The Presidents" at the first Rockin' in Josten summer concert of the year on June 1.

The concert is free and open to the general public. Music will begin at 6:00 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. 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 Lion’s Club who will be available selling concessions.

Four score and seven years ago a monumental collection of musical powers united in Wisconsin's Fox Valley with the mission of helping people have a good time. Since that fateful day, THE PRESIDENTS have become one of the most requested party bands in the state.  Combining a high energy show with an eclectic mix of classic to contemporary party rock songs, THE PRESIDENTS have the perfect mix of repertoire, talent, and charisma to rock your socks off.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Parks and Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.  This is a smoke-free event.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cleaning your Stormwater

What you can do to help
Activities like walking your dog or driving your car can leave pollutants on the ground that can be washed off in rain water. All the hard surfaces you use every day, such as parking lots, driveways, rooftops, and sidewalks, dramatically increase the rate and amount of runoff. What each of us can do to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff might seem small, but it can all add up to reducing the problems caused by storm water. Here are some ways you can help:

Reduce the Rate and Volume of Runoff

Roof Runoff
  •  Have roof runoff to the lawn instead of driveway, sidewalk, or the street
  •  Use rain barrels at your downspout and recycle for irrigation
Lawn Runoff

  •  Aerate lawn
  •  Maintain a healthy lawn
All Sources of Runoff
  •  Consider building rain gardens to capture runoff from roofs, lawns, and driveways

Q. What is a rain garden?
A.
A shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is positioned near a runoff source like a downspout or driveway to prevent rainwater runoff from reaching the sewer system.

Reduce Pollutants in Storm Water Runoff

Pet waste
  • Don’t let pet waste accumulate in your yard
  • Bury or flush it down the toilet
Pollution from Cars
  • Keep cars tuned up and repair leaks,
  • Dispose of fluids properly
  • Reduce a few trips with your car each week by walking, biking, or riding the bus
  • Use commercial car washes. The grime on a car has high concentration of pollutants
Lawn and Yard Maintenance 
  •  Keep leaves and yard waste out of street.
  •  Compost leaves if possible or pile on terrace for city pick-up
  •  Do not blow grass clippings onto street, sidewalk or driveway
  •  Do not overuse pesticides and fertilizers
  •  Buy phosphorus free fertilizers


Stormwater Ponds - Good for Cleaning Water, Bad for Swimming

Storm water detention ponds are among the most effective storm water treatment practices, and help communities meet the “control measures” required by federal and state regulations. They remove pollutants by slowing the flow of rushing storm water and holding it long enough to allow sediment to settle; keeping pollutants from entering our natural bodies of water, such as streams, rivers and lakes.

To understand the typical design of a storm water detention pond, please refer to the general schematic below:


The recent tragedy in Hilbert, Wisconsin is a good reminder to everyone that storm water ponds should not be used for swimming.  Although storm water ponds are great for treating storm water, they are not appropriate for cooling off during a hot summer day.  Depending on conditions, water in the pond can fluctuate rapidly.  Additionally, water can become unclear and discolored from the amount of sediment present.  

Again, individuals should NOT use storm water ponds as bathing areas.  Parents and guardians are reminded to educate their children of the danger associated with open bodies of water.  Parents and guardians should also keep close attention to their children's whereabouts at all times.
 
For more information on the Village's efforts to improve storm water quality, go to the Village's website at:  http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/public-works/utilities/stormwater.html

Car Maintenance

When the weather turns from frozen to fantastic, the hoses come out and it is time to return our cars from dirty grey to their original colors.  When you decide to wash and maintain your car, please consider the following:

Washing your car:
It is always nice to go to local commercial car washes; it supports local businesses. However when the sun is shining on summer days you can find a lot of people outside washing their vehicles. With so many of us washing our cars at home we need to make sure we are making smart choices and not harming the environment. 

Good Ideas
  •  Wash cars on lawn
  • Wash cars on gravel driveway
  •  Use biodegradable soap
Oil Changes:
Problem #1: One quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water.

Problem #2: Motor oil is insoluble in water and has a negative impact on local fish and wildlife and vegetation

Solutions:
  • Motor oil should not be disposed of in sanitary sewer, storm water drains, or by dumping at an unauthorized site
  • Motor oil can be disposed of at the Public Works Facility

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Village Trustee Position Vacancy: Letters of Interest Due by May 21

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.

Prescription Drug Take Back Event: Saturday, May 16


Monday, May 4, 2015

Construction Update

The retail building just south of Walgreen's on Lime Kiln is almost finished.  Construction should be wrapping up soon.  One of the tenants is New Style Salon.


The last outlot in front of the Target and Copp's is set to begin construction on a new single tenant retail structure.  The proposed tenant will be a U.S. Cellular store.