Friday, July 29, 2016

Family Kite Fest Flying into Bellevue August 6th


Families, come out and fly a kite up to the highest heights with the Wisconsin Kiter's Club.  See some of the largest kites you have ever seen in the air and get a chance to create and fly your own kite.  

The first 50 kids will receive a free kite kit donated by KI.  Kite kits will be available for purchase for $2 and concessions will be sold.

Where: Willow Creek Park
When: August 6
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Village Adopts Updated Urban Forestry Plans

At the July 27th Village Board meeting, the Board unanimously approved the adoption of both an 2017–2021 Urban Forestry Strategic and 2017–2021 Urban Forestry Management Plan.

The Urban Forestry Strategic Plan guides administrative actions and establishes forestry goals for the coming years. The Urban Forestry Management Plan reviews the current tree inventory and identifies areas of need in order to strengthen the urban forest canopy. Both plans are effective for five years.
Previous versions of these plans were adopted in 2009. 

The Village was awarded a 2016 Urban Forestry grant by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Revisions and updates to plans were made as part of this grant. Those wishing to view these plans may find them online at the Village’s website under Urban Forestry.

Village is Seeking Crossing Guard Applicants/Substitutes

The Village of Bellevue currently manages and funds the placement of adult crossing guards at two intersection locations during the school year near Christa McAuliffe Elementary School.  Assigned crossing guards work under the direction of the Village’s Sheriff’s Office Directed Enforcement Officer (DEO).  All training and supplies are provided by the Village.  Guards must have a high school diploma, pass a background check, provide regular availability for their shifts and provide their own transportation to and from their assigned location.  Work is performed regardless of weather as long as school is in session.

If you are interested in a crossing guard position or assignment as a substitute crossing guard, please complete a Village Employment Application.  Questions regarding the position(s) can be directed to DEO Trevor Bilgo via e-mail at Bilgo_tc@co.brown.wi.us.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bower Creek Bridge Construction Update

Out with the Old, In with the NEW


Construction on the bridge started promptly on July 18 with the road closure.  By noon, the bridge deck was removed and nearly all of the beams.  The contractor followed installing a turbidity barrier and driving the piles.  They then started forming the north bridge abutment, concluding the first week of work.  The north abutment should be poured with concrete later this week and work will begin on the south abutment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 2 at Willow Creek Park

Don't forget about Bellevue's National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 2 at Willow Creek Park from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Come and join us for this great community event!

Backpack Giveaway on July 30th; Noon-3:00

Our local Verizon in Bellevue will be holding a backpack giveaway event on Saturday, July 30th from noon to 3:00 p.m. No purchases are necessary.  The event is intended for kids that cannot afford school supplies to go back to school. One FREE backpack with school supplies per child. Giveaway courtesy of A Wireless, while supplies last. Child MUST be present to receive backpack. The Village of Bellevue Fire Department is also scheduled to attend the event with a fire truck.

Verizon Location:
1976 Lime Kiln Road Suite 110
Bellevue, WI 54311

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 2

The Village of Bellevue National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at Willow Creek Park from 6:00-8:30 p.m.   

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Join the Village of Bellevue, the Brown County Sheriff's Office and many other community-minded organizations for a night of fun and festivities.  Activities include face-painting, bounce house, K9 unit and more! Last year was Bellevue's first time participating in this national event and it was a great success. We've added more fun activities and equipment/safety vehicles to tour for this years event. Come and join us for a great evening in support of building strong communities together.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

As we are in the heat of the severe weather season, it is a good time to review what the outdoor warning sirens are for and what to do if you hear the outdoor warning sirens sounding. One common misunderstanding about these sirens is that you should be able to hear the sirens inside the home. This is incorrect. These outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert the public of an imminent threat, be it severe weather or some other general emergency. If you hear these warning sirens head to the indoors and tune to a local news station to get the information on the emergency that is happening.

As a reminder, the outdoor warning sirens in Brown County are tested weekly on Wednesdays at noon. It is also a good idea to have a weather radio in your home to warn you of severe weather in the area. Please visit the Brown County Emergency Management webpage for more information on the outdoor warning sirens.

Ready.gov also offers extensive information and preparedness materials focused for children.  Please take the time to visit the webpage and prepare yourself.  Thank you and make it a safe day!

Grass Clippings in Roads

It's only a little grass in the street, what harm could that cause?  As it starts out, not much, but add tens and hundreds of areas and it quickly becomes a major issue.  Grass in the curb will block the stormwater from getting to the catch basin.  The drainage at the blocked area will push the water out into the travel lanes of the street and potentially cause accumulation and cause a motorist to lose control of the vehicle.

Once the grass gets wet, it tends to stick together and start to decompose.  It is almost like creating compost in the street.  This problem perpetuates the previous, as more and more grass gets caught up in the blockage with each mowing.


Storm sewer systems are engineered to reduce flooding in the street and private property.  When the catch basins become blocked with grass, the capacity is taken away from accepting water.  Accumulation occurs around the catch basin, which can lead to localized flooding and possibly property damage.

The stormwater travels through a series of progressively larger pipes until it outlets into a ditch, stream, river, or pond.  It does not take much for a twig or small tree branch to enter the catch basin and attempt to travel down stream.  Sometimes stones or other material get caught in the pipes which act as a dam and additional debris catcher for grass.  The grass begins to compost, and release pollutants like phosphorus or nitrogen into the stormwater every time it rains. The fertilizer and composition of grass will impact the ecosystem where the stormwater releases into a waterway.

When hazardous weather approaches, it there is not enough time for our staff to make sure every catch basin is cleared off and all debris (grass/leaves) are cleared out of the curb to prevent potential flooding.  That is why we need your help to make sure the systems operate efficiently by not mowing grass into the curb.  Please take the time to sweep or blow the street grass back onto the lawn.  If you have catch basins in your neighborhood, take the time to make sure it is cleared off before rainfalls come.

The Village has ordinances prohibiting discharging grass into the street.  Please help to protect the environment and your community from the damage that grass clippings can inflict!

Bower Creek Bridge Construction to Begin July 18

Construction will begin on replacing the Bower Creek Bridge starting July 18, 2016.  The bridge will be widened to accommodate pedestrian traffic and future traffic volume.  The road will be closed to all traffic though mid-September.  The contract was awarded to Pheifer Brothers Construction Company of Neenah for approximately $488,000.

The official Detour will be CTH V to CTH G to CTH GV, but traffic will find their way through neighborhoods to meet their destination needs.  Be mindful while traveling through residential neighborhoods of pedestrians and children near the roads.  Thank you for your patience during this construction improvement.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Vacancy on Plan Commission

Currently, there is an opening on the Village of Bellevue Plan Commission.  The Plan Commission is appointed by the Village Board to help plan for growth and development within the Village of Bellevue.  Members of the Plan Commission provide an invaluable service to our community.  They advise the Village Board and staff on a variety of subjects by making recommendations on important policy matters affecting the livability of Bellevue.  Without their assistance, many complex and significant matters might not be brought to the Village Board's attention and risk receiving only a limited review.

The Plan Commission meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

If you are interested in submitting an application of interest to be eligible to sit on the Plan Commission or any other Village committee, please fill out an application and submit it to the Village Administrator.  An application can be found on the Village website by clicking on the link below.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Bring It To The Ballot

For information regarding Wisconsin's voter photo ID requirements visit the Bring It to the Ballot website. The site provides information on types of photo ID accepted, law exceptions and how to get a free state ID card.
http://bringit.wi.gov/

Rockin' In Josten 2016 - Upcoming Summer Concerts

The Rockin' In Josten Summer Concert Series is off to a great start and there are four concerts remaining. Join us in the park this summer to enjoy some FREE music.

All concerts begin at 6:00 pm and will perform until 8:30 pm near the North Open Shelter. Bring lawn chairs and or blankets.  Concessions and refreshments will be sold. 
  • Monday, July 11 - Kevin VanEss & The Talk of the Town (Swing/Dixieland Jazz)
  • Monday, July 25 - Crossing Paths (Classic Rock & Roll)
  • Monday, August 8 - The Cougars (Pop/Eighties & Cross-over Country)
  • Monday, August 22 - R2 (Unplugged Classic Rock)