Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Discount Ticket Program

The Summer Discount Tickets are back in the office. Stop in anytime to purchase your tickets for the activities you are looking forward to this summer.
2016 Attractions include:
Big-Foot Zipline Tours
Chula Vista
Dells Army Ducks
Jet Boat Adventures
Milwaukee County Zoo
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
Noah's Ark
Pirate's Cove
Six Flags Great America

Save money by purchasing your attraction tickets at the Village Offices, Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm. Most attraction brochures are available at the Village Office.  Purchasing your discount tickets from the Village helps and benefits our Leisure Services Department.  Tickets are on sale from May through August. 

NO REFUNDS ON TICKET SALES.


For additional information please call the Village offices at 468-5225, or check out our Summer/Fall L.I.F.E. Guide on page 33 for additional information. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bellevue Receives Generous Donation of Trees from the Green Bay Packers

Last week, the Green Bay Packers donated 490 trees to 19 communities through its First Downs for Trees program and Bellevue was fortunate enough to receive 40 of the 490 trees.  The number of trees donated to the communities is based on the number of first downs gained by the Green Bay Packers throughout the regular season.  The trees Bellevue received have been planted throughout the Village for all residents to enjoy. 
The Green Bay Packers started the First Down for Trees program in 2011 with the goal of reducing
their carbon footprint.  Since instituting the program in 2011, the Packers have donated more than 3,600 trees to neighboring communities as one facet of a sustainability plan that also includes recycling and landfill diversion programs. The sum of these donations is estimated to provide a lifetime total of more than $15 million in benefits via stormwater runoff reduction, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, air quality improvement, energy savings, and increased property values.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. help administer the program.


Attention Green Thumbs: Community Garden Plots Available at Josten Park


The Village's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is now taking reservations for plots the community garden at Josten Park.  The community garden provides gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of our Village residents.
There are 20 community gardens plots available for rental at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).  Although program is administered through the Leisure Services, the garden itself is developed and operated by volunteers renting space to grow fresh produce and flowers.

What are Community Gardens?
Community gardens are places where people can rent, for a small seasonal fee, their own garden plot to raise produce.

These gardens also contribute to a more livable environment, promote a more positive community image, and create opportunities for neighbors to work together. Community gardeners know that gardening and plants are good for people and their neighborhoods.

How are garden plots assigned?
Garden plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. New plots will be awarded by mid-May. If no plots are available in the garden , you will be put on a wait list and notified when one becomes available.

Renter’s Responsibilities:
Garden renters are responsible for keeping assigned plots neat and clean.

  • They supply their own seed, fertilizer, and equipment for proper preparation, growing, cultivating and harvesting crops. 
  • Renters water their own crops using buckets and without overuse of the water supply. 
  • Renters cultivate and/or mulch to control weeds (herbicides and/or pesticides are prohibited). 
  • Lastly, renters must take all debris with them, and remove all garden refuse and stakes by October 31 of each year.

How do I sign up? To rent a garden plot, complete the form on the backside of the Community Garden Brochure and submit with payment to the Village of Bellevue, 2828 Allouez Avenue.  A confirmation letter will be mailed to that address provided with instructions, rules and policies affecting the community garden.  The cost of the 20'x20' plot is $40. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What happens to recycling after it leaves my house?

There are 10 steps for recycled material to go through before it is sold to become a new material.




Now you know!!

No Child Left in a Car

Warmer and hot weather are well on their way. Please remember to remove all children from a parked vehicle. Note that even mild temperatures can become unsafe very quickly in a parked vehicle. When outside temperatures are 60 degrees, the interior of a closed vehicle can reach 100 degrees.

Visit the site kidsandcars.org to learn more about safety measures that can be taken.  On average, there are approximately 40 children per year that die from being left in a vehicle, which means there are more who are probably left unattended or "forgotten" in a car.

Safe Kids Worldwide offers that the number of deaths from heatstroke can be reduced by remembering to “ACT.”
  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own. This same advice is also applicable to pets.
  • C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Village Welcomes New Trustee

Effective April 19th, the Village Board welcomed new Village Trustee David Daul.  Further information about Trustee Daul is available on the Village website including contact information. The Village would also like to thank former Trustee Julie Hamby for her service to the Village on the Village Board.  Thank you Julie and welcome David!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Village Board Decision on Spending Bellevue Stadium District Funding

As reported in previous E-News articles, the Village received $768,910 under WI Act 114 in excess sales tax revenue in December 2015.  Per the Act, the Village is required to use such funding for providing property tax relief, tax levy supported debt relief or economic development. The Village conducted an open comment period which closed on February 26, 2016 to solicit ideas on how the Village should spend this funding.

After review of all public comments, existing Village debt and other options, the Village Board approved using the majority of funds for tax levy supported debt relief at its meeting on April 13. The Village was able to pay off two existing notes and reduce interest expenses for 2016 and significantly reduce overall debt obligations for the next several years. The Village still has approximately $41,200 of its sales tax revenue available.

If there are any questions on the Village's decision or its impacts please contact Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, at agorall@villageofbellevue.org or call the Village Office at 468-5225.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lawn Care

It is time for green grass and fun in the sun. But don't forget that the Village Housing and Residential Property Maintenance states that all weeks, grass and lawns should be maintained at a height of less than 8". The Community Development Department will be periodically driving through the Village in order to inspect for compliance. If you have concern that a neighbor is not in compliance, please contact the Village Office. If we have a wet period please be patient as neighbors wait until the yard dries out before mowing.

Noxious weeks are prohibited in the Village. While dandelions are not desirable, they are not considered noxious. Wisconsin State Statutes list the noxious weeds as Canada Thistle, leafy spurge and field bindweed (creeping Jenny). If necessary, contact the Community development Department at 468-5225 to discuss your concerns.

Village of Bellevue Recieves Award

At the Wednesday, April 13th Village Board Meeting, the Village of Bellevue was presented with the WLIA Government Achievement Award.  Accepting on behalf of the Village was Tim Hennig, GIS/IT Manager. 


Wisconsin Land information Association (WLIA) is a grassroots organization representing a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems. They are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.

The Government Achievement Award recognizes individuals or organizations who have contributed significantly to land records modernization.   

Smoke Alarms Save Lives



In the United States, on average, seven people are killed each day in home fires. An important way to help prevent injuries and deaths in home fires is to have working smoke detectors inside the home. A smoke detector should be installed in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
On April 23 the American Red Cross is conducting a Smoke Alarm Rally to promote working smoke detectors in the home. Volunteers will be going door to door to speak about the importance of work smoke detectors, install free smoke detectors, and teach people how to maintain and test the smoke detectors.
If you would like to request a free smoke detector from this program please visit  www.getasmokealarm.org

The Village of Bellevue Fire Department has a limited supply of smoke detectors that we can install free of charge to Village residents. If there is a home in the Village of Bellevue that is in need of working smoke detectors please contact us to set-up an install appointment. Please contact Chad at 920-371-8918 or cweihbrecht@bellevue-fire.org 

Remember smoke detectors save lives!