Monday, October 31, 2016

Reminder: New Recycling Materials Accepted

The Tri-County (Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties) Single Stream Recycling Facility has now expanded its processing capabilities to add new plastic materials. Since December 1, 2014, the following new items can be recycled:
  • Cartons (milk, juice, soup, wine, etc.)
  • Dairy Containers (yogurt, sour cream, margarine, cottage cheese, etc.)
  • Produce, bakery and deli containers (berry, donut, potatoes salad, etc.)
  • Lids from above containers
These items can be placed in the provided Harter’s recycling carts. Bags should not be used because they can severely damage the sorting equipment. Please remember to rinse containers. Please don’t forget the original recyclable items:
  • Newspapers, inserts, magazines, junk mail and catalogs
  • Cardboard and paperboard packaging
  • Office, writing, school paper and envelopes
  • Phonebooks, other soft and hard cover books
  • Paper bags, towel/toilet paper cores, paper egg cartons
  • Shredded paper in a paper bag, stapled shut
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Aluminum, steel, tin, bi-metal bottles and cans (empty aerosol cans)
  • Plastic beverage and household bottles and jugs
Recycle More, Landfill Less, Happy Recycling!!  For further information on recycling, visit the Brown County recycling website.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Think Before You Flush


Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG):
FOG are associated with preparing meals and are a primary cause for blockage in sanitary sewer systems.  

These blockages are incredibly expensive and inconvenient to fix, leaving people without water and sanitary services for an extended amount of time.   
Please help to limit the number of blockages experienced in your neighborhood by:

*Never pouring grease or food waste down the sink or flushing it down the toilet.

*Pouring leftover grease or cooking oil into a can and putting it into the trash.

Disposable baby diapers:
Diapers are also a nuisance to the sanitary sewer system.  Please dispose of them in appropriate waste receptacles and trash them instead of flushing them.  If you are away from home, try this

Click here to view a brochure about flushing do’s and dont's...


Also, refer to the Village of Bellevue’s Public Works Sections on Sanitary Sewer Utilities and Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste on the Village Website.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Hydrant Flushing To Begin

The Village of Bellevue will begin flushing fire hydrants began the week of October 24, 2016.

Residents may notice their water is discolored while the flushing occurs. The water is safe to drink, however the discoloration may stain clothing.

If you notice work being done in your neighborhood, temporarily avoid using the water if you can. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets until the color is removed.

Questions regarding this process may be directed to the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225 or by going to the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/water-utility.html.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Check Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries



Each year 3000 people die in residential fires across the country.  In nearly 90% of the cases the residences either did not have a smoke detector installed or the smoke detector was not working properly.

Why should I have a working smoke alarm?
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.  A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Are smoke alarms expensive?
Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save.  Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20.  Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.

Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.  Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.  Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms and co detectors at the proper level will provide you the earliest warning possible.  Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November 8th Election Information Resources

Still have questions about voting in the upcoming November 8th General Election?  The MyVote Wisconsin site has resources to answer your questions including:
  • Information on your personal voting records
  • Help with finding your polling place
  • Viewing what's on the ballot before you vote
  • Information on voter registration and voting absentee
Need information specific to the voter photo ID law? Visit the Bring It To The Ballot site for more information.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8th at Village polling locations from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on Proposed 2017 Budget

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2017 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.

As will be presented at the Public Hearing, the proposed 2017 Budget includes a 0% tax rate change from the previous year.  The proposed tax rate for the Village will therefore remain at $2.78 (per $1,000 of assessed value) if approved as currently proposed.

The proposed 2017 Budget as well as the proposed 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the Budget & CIP page of the Village website.  A copy is also available for public review at the Bellevue Village Office at 2828 Allouez Avenue during regular business hours.

Any questions regarding the Village Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator at agorall@villageofbellevue.org.

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Trick or Treat Trail a Success!

The 2016 Trick or Treat Trail was a huge success again this year.  We had 494 participants haunt their way through our trail.  With 26 businesses, service organizations and volunteer booths participating, the little spirits had a goulish good time.  Much thanks to the organizations that help put on the trail each year, Junior Jets 4H, Bellevue-East Town Optimists, Bellevue Lions Club and the Bellevue Fire Department.  Additionally, thank you to our many businesses and organizations that participated this year, and an huge thank you to Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance, who was our title sponsor.  Below are just a sampling of the many pictures taken at the event.  For more pictures, please check out the Village's Facebook page here









Saturday, October 22, 2016

Secure Your Mailbox Before Winter

Snow season will be here soon, now is the time to ensure your mailbox is properly secured.  Please make sure your mailbox complies with the USPS standards.  A drawing is available on the Village Website.  Make sure to check that all fasteners are secure, and the post is soundly fixed to the base and is not rotting.


Fall is in the Air

While the leaves fall of the trees, the we remind residents that curbside leaf pick up is not a service the Village provides.  "Over the years, we have noticed a trend in public services to reduce or eliminate this program in other communities." said Bill Balke, Public Works Director.  The Village has never provided leaf pick up.  "Leaf pick up is a very labor intense process that occurs at a time when we are winterizing the water system, completing sanitary cleaning, and preparing for the winter plowing season.  There is just not enough time, people, or equipment to complete the operation", said Balke.

It is illegal to place debris in the street including leaves and grass.  While it may be tempting to sweep them in the street before the final street sweeping of the year, residents must refrain from the temptation.  Balke said, "Our staff will be performing one more street sweeping for the year.  If there are excessive leaves at the curb or in the street, the sweeper will go around the property and the resident will receive a notice to remove the leaves from the curb or street."  Most of the residents know this as common practice in the Village, but some residents move from communities that offer the service.

If you must dispose of your leaves, we advise residents to take their leaves out to the compost site located at 3891 Eaton Road before the snow flies.  The compost site is open from April to first snowfall (usually December).  The operation of the compost site and disposal is paid for by all residents in part by your recycling fee each month.  In 2015 over 7,800 cubic yards of leaves and yard waste were ground up to start compost for reuse.  Some of this material was sold to offset the cost of the grinding service.

If you would rather not take the trip to the compost site there are other alternatives.  Other methods of disposal typically include mulching them with your lawnmower, rototilling them into a garden, and creating your own compost pile.  Burning of leaves is allowed by the Village by permit only.  Please contact the fire department for requirements before using this method.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October is Fire Prevention Month - 10 Home Fire Safety Tips

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more.  U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.

A home is often referred to as a safe haven.  This month, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire.  Here are 10 simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:
1)      Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
2)      Prevent Electrical Fires – Don’t overload circuits or extension cords.  Cords and wires should never be placed  under rugs or in high traffic areas.  Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet.  If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away.  A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.
3)      Keep Plugs Safe – Unplug all appliances when not in use.  Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use your senses to spot any potential disasters.  If a plug is overheating, smells strange, shorts out or sparks – the appliance should be shut off immediately, then replaced or repaired.
4)      Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit.  Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.  Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.
5)      Fire Safety Sprinklers – When combined with working smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire.  Sprinklers are affordable and they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.
6)      Create An Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house.  Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.  It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.
7)      Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains.  If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.  Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage which can lead to a fire.
8)      Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas.  Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete.  Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil.  Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.
9)      Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.  Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.
10)   Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.  Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.


Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.  Pass this list on to your friends and family and make this fire prevention month count!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bellevue Trick or Treating Hours

Trick or Treating hours for the Village of Bellevue will be from  
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31.

2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book

https://issuu.com/greatergbchamber/docs/factbook16The 2016 Greater Green Bay Fact Book is now available through the Greater Green Bay Chamber.  The 2016 Fact Book is a comprehensive guide to the area with great information for those looking to relocate to the area, expand or move a business, and to learn about what makes the Greater Green Bay area and Bellevue a great place to grow.

Monday, October 17, 2016

National Teen Driver Safety Week

It's sad to say, the leading cause of death of teens between that age of 15 to 19 in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.  National Teen Driver Safety Week encourages parents to talk with their children about the dangers of driving and how to be safe while on the road.  The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests parents discuss the "5 to Drive" rules o the road with their teens.  These rules include:

  1. No cell phone use or texting while driving
  2. No extra passengers
  3. No speeding
  4. No alcohol
  5. No driving or riding without a seatbelt.
Parent's behaviors are influential on their teen driver's safety.  Talking with teens early about safe driving and setting a good example can help reduce risky driving behaviors and the risk of motor vehicle crashes.  For more information on teen driver safety, visit the NHTSA website at http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving-Safety/Teen-Drivers

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bring it to the Ballot

http://www.bringitwisconsin.com/Are you ready for the November 8th election? Remember you will need to Bring it to the Ballot, your photo ID that is.

All voters must also be registered in the municipality in which they are voting.  To verify if your a registered voter visit the My Vote WI website.

In-Person absentee voting at the Village of Bellevue Office, 2828 Allouez Ave., is currently available during regular business hours.

Bellevue Sheriff's Deputies Reminder: Making Sure Your Home is Secure

We are encouraging residents make sure to secure their homes when not at home. Our Bellevue Sheriff's Deputies have recently received multiple calls of homes being burglarized in the middle of the day because doors were unlocked or valuables were in clear sight. Please remember when you leave your home to lock your doors and windows, close garage doors, remove your valuables from plain sight, and report any suspicious activity you may see in your neighborhood. Listed below are tips to help protect you from a burglary.

BURGLARY PREVENTION CHECKLIST...DO YOU:
  • Lock your doors and windows?
  • Hide spare keys in an inconspicuous location?
  • Verify the identity and place of employment of anyone who comes to your home?
  • Ensure anything of value is not in plain sight through your windows?
  • Report any suspicious behavior occurring in your neighborhood?
  • Suspend newspaper delivery if gone for an extended period of time or have friend or family member collect such items for you?
Always be sure to verify the identity of anyone who claims to be at your house on behalf of a company or government organization. Almost all employers (including the Village of Bellevue) require their employees to wear photo ID badges when visiting an off-site location. If someone is unable or unwilling to provide you with proof of identification and employment, do not allow them in your home and notify the Brown County Sheriff's Office as soon as possible. The Brown County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number is 920-448-4200.

Following the above procedures is the simplest and most effective way of preventing burglaries from occurring in your neighborhood and your home. Securing your home, verifying the identity of visitors, and remaining vigilant of your neighborhood's activities can ensure that you and your possessions remain safe.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Prescription Drop-Off Day

If you have expired drugs in your house bring them to 3100 Eaton Road at the Village Public Safety Building.

The Brown County Sheriffs Office will be available on  
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am - 2pm
to reclaim those drugs and dispose of them properly.

Proper recycling at the drop off will include putting all pills in a plastic bag for proper disposal and recycling the plastic containers.
Recycling drugs responsibly can reduce accidental deaths and potential drug abuse.

Village of Bellevue Welcomes New Fire Chief

The Village of Bellevue has completed its hiring of a new Fire Chief.  Jack Mlnarik comes to the Village from the Oregon (WI) Area Fire/EMS District with over 20 years of firefighting/EMT experience and looks to ensure that the Bellevue Fire Department provides the highest quality service to the residents of Bellevue. Mlnarik grew up in Oconto - where he worked as a Firefighter/EMT and Fire Chief for nearly 20 years - and has family ties to the Bellevue community, citing his northeast Wisconsin ties as a major factor for coming to Bellevue. Mlnarik graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree in Fire and Emergency Response Management. He also has an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. We are happy to welcome Chief Mlnarik to the Village of Bellevue.

East River Trail Boardwalk Construction Update

Work began on Monday, September 26 on the replacement of the East River Trail boardwalk sections.  There are 5 sections of boardwalk in the Village of Bellevue from Westminster Drive south to Manderly Way.  All 5 sections are being replaced thanks to 3 different grants funding 50% of the project and the Village of Bellevue funding 50% of the project, in total $294,000 for the complete project.  Progress pictures are below.  The trail remains closed in Bellevue until the completion of the project.  Portions of the trail will open as construction continues.  If you use the trail, please be aware of the trail closure signs and barricades and comply with the closures.  We will continue to post updates on the trail on our blog and our Facebook page.  Please "Like" the Village's Facebook page for up-to-date information on the happenings in the Village. 
Frames waiting for install.

Frames waiting for install.



New boardwalk on the longest section of boardwalk.
New boardwalk on the longest section of boardwalk.

Village Brush Collection

Brush collection will begin East of Main St. October 10, 2016 thru October 14, 2016.

Collection West of Main St. starts October 17, 2016 thru October 21, 2016. 

The following mapping link will assist you with which zone you are in.  Scroll down to the Public Works section and click on curb side brush pick up zone. 

Staff asks you to have your brush to the curb the week before scheduled pick up for efficient pick up.  Village staff will make every attempt to start pick up for the first day of the week but may be delayed depending on weather and other maintenance needs.  For tips and placement instructions please use the following link.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MyVote Wisconsin

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/
Don't delay in visiting the MyVote Wisconsin website for everything you need to know about the upcoming General Election. Voters can view information specific to their personal voting information through the site.  Check it out today!  In-Person absentee voting at the Village of Bellevue Office, 2828 Allouez Ave., is currently available during regular business hours.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Part-Time Recreation Job Openings for Fall

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is hiring for the 2015-2016 school year.  We are looking for After School Program Staff, an Event Assistant and Youth Sport Instructors.  These are great positions for individuals who are looking for an hourly part time position with a work commitment of 3-10 hours per week.  All positions require an individual who is outgoing and enjoys working with people.  Specific requirements of each position can be found on the Village Job Opportunity webpage.  If you know someone who would be great for the job, please encourage them to apply.