Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Holiday Garbage/Recycling Collection

Garbage and recycling collection will occur on its normally scheduled day over the holidays.


There will be no collection delays due to holidays by our provider Harter's.  Please plan to place garbage and recycling bins for collection on your normal collection day.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year from the Village of Bellevue

 

Safety Tips from your Building Inspectors

What is the most important thing to remember when installing a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm? Location, Location, Location!

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • Install at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of each sleeping room area and on each level of a multi-level building.
  • Test each smoke alarm regularly.
  • Keep batteries fresh by replacing them at least annually.
  • Check the manufacturer date on your smoke alarm. Consider replacement if it is over ten years old.
Smoke alarms can't help you unless they are functional and you can hear them. Building safety codes require smoke alarms. Contact our building inspectors or Fire Department for more information.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Safety
  • Consider installing a CO alarm in the hallway outside of each sleeping room area.
  • Test each CO alarm regularly in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Permanently wired or plug-in CO alarms should have a battery backup. Keep batteries fresh by replacing them at least annually.
CO alarms can't help you unless they are functional and you can hear them. Building safety codes require CO alarms in all dwelling units that contain a fuel fired appliance and dwelling units that have an attached garage. Contact our building inspectors or Fire Department for more information.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lithium Ion Battery Safety: How to Ensure Safe Use of All Your Electronic Devices

With the holiday season comes a lot of new electronic, battery-powered toys and other devices. Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices, including: smart phones, laptops, scooters, toys, and even some cars. In rare cases, these batteries can explode and or cause a fire if misused or are defective. Below are some helpful tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on how to safely handle lithium ion batteries and what to do in case of an emergency.


The Problem
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  • These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space.
  • Sometimes, batteries are not used correctly: Batteries not designed for a specific use can be dangerous.
  • Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire, or explode.

Safety Tips
  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
  • Put batteries in the device the correct way.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch. Doing so presents and unnecessary fire risk.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature.
  • Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles.
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.

Signs of a Problem
  • Stop using the battery is you notice any of the following problems:
    • Odor
    • Change in color
    • Too much heat
    • Change in shape
    • Leaking
    • Odd noises
  • If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.


Battery Disposal
  • Do not put lithium ion batteries in the trash: Recycling is always the best option.
  • Take them to a battery recycling location or contact your community for disposal instructions.
  • Do not put discarded batteries in piles.
  • Lithium ion batteries should be placed in a sealed metal container.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Register now for 2017 Winter/Spring Programs with the Village Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

The Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has many great programs for you in 2017 and registration is on now! 

Youth activities starting in January include:
Dance and Pom Pon classes (various ages) offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Bellevue Dance, Inc.
Little Hoop Stars (Ages 5 & 6)
To the Hoop (Ages 7-11)
Little Ninjas (Ages 5 & 6)
Tae Kwon Do (Ages 7+)

Adult offerings starting in January include:
10 Below Freezer meals offered through 10 Below Freezer Meal Co-op
Open Gym
Tae Kwon Do
Bingo
Open Card Thursdays
Lifelong Learning Institute Classes through UWGB held at our Community Center. Registration for LLI classes is through UWGB.  Click here for more LLI information. 

Additionally in January we are offering our annual Ski Brule Trip.

To find more information on our programs, please view our online program guide







If you would like to register for any of our programs you can do so online here 24 hours a day. 

Ski Brule--Join the Village of Bellevue on Our Annual Ski/Snowboard Trip


Join the Village of Bellevue on Saturday, January 28, 2017 our the annual Ski Brule Trip.
Pick-up/Drop-Off Location: Bellevue Community Center (1811 Allouez Ave.)
Departure Time: 6:30am
Return Time: 7:45pm
Fee: $37 Bus Only:  Adults with lift ticket and their own equipment and Children under 9 (Children 9 and under receive free lift ticket)
$46 Bus & Rental Only:  Children 9 and Under Only--Children 9 and under receive free lift ticket
$61 Bus & Lift Ticket Only
$71 Bus, Lift Ticket, & Rental  (rental is skis, snowboards or snowskates)

Seats are limited, so register early to insure your spot on this trip.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11
 For more information please visit our webpage or stop in to the Village Offices to fill out a registration form.
 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Candle Safety: Tips to Enjoy a Festive and Safe Holiday

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a risk for home fires and fatalities. Always remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Read on to learn about how you can enjoy a festive and safe holiday by practicing basic candle safety.

"Candle with Care"

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

If You Do Burn Candles, Make Sure that You...
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won't tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don't burn a candle all the way down - put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

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Other Tips and Facts about Candle Burning and Safety
  • Think about using flame-less candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children's reach, in a locked cabinet.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
  • Roughly one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom.
  • More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Holidays

From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we hope you have a very enjoyable and safe holiday season. 

As a reminder, our Village Offices will be closed on December 23, December 26, December 30, and January 2 so that our staff can enjoy the holidays.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bellevue Fire Department Thanks Walmart for Education Grant

The Bellevue Fire Department would like to thank Walmart for its generosity in awarding a $1,000 grant to the Fire Department. Walmart awarded the grant to the Bellevue Fire Department as a part of its community grant program. These funds will be used by the Fire Department to purchase fire safety and prevention education materials for children attending Bellevue's schools. The Bellevue Fire-Rescue Department would like to thank Walmart for the generous support in the Department's efforts to educate children about fire prevention and safety.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Village Website Upgrade - Releasing Soon

The Village is getting closer to going live with our newly upgraded and redesigned website before the end of 2016. We continue to progress on making our new site more focused on the user and with easily accessible information on everything you need to know about Bellevue. We know our website is critical to our current customers, visitors and businesses and that it is also very important to our prospective residents or businesses. We also ask for patience after launch as we work to continue improving and address any minor issues.

After we go live, we welcome suggestions and ideas on how to keep improving our site and making it work better for you. Please contact our staff project manager Tim Hennig, GIS/IT Manager, at 468-5225 or at timh@villageofbellevue.org. The Village has contracted with CivicLive for implementation of this project.

Help Bellevue "Fill the Cruiser" on Friday, December 23

Help the Brown County Sheriff's office "Fill the Cruiser" on Friday, December 23rd at the Bellevue Pick 'n Save on Lime Kiln Road from 8:00am-3:00pm. Officers will be present at Pick 'n Save and will transport all purchased bags of groceries to the community shelter that day. Pre-packaged bags can be purchased in advance at Pick 'n Save.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Village Snow Operations FAQ's

Inquiries from our residents and property owners regarding the Village’s snow removal operations are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) we receive.  Provided below are some of those questions, particularly ones we’ve received since the Winter Storm Ashley event.  We hope that having some of these answers will allow you to be more informed for future events and better understand why it is we conduct operations as we do.  As needed, staff is planning to continue to provide answers to additional FAQ’s as we get them.

Question: Does the Village call in extra staff for large snowfalls?
The Village has eight Public Works employees and seven snow plows as well as additional smaller equipment.  For small events or special ice control operations, not all employees may be deployed for operations.  However, for the majority of events that require a full and complete clearing of roadways all eight employees are dedicated to operations.  The Village does not maintain extra staffing or extra snow plows to call in just for large events.  The Village is proud to have very dedicated and experienced snow plow operators which allow us to operate in the manner we do.

Question:  Why does it sometimes take so long for my street to get plowed?
The Village clears streets based on a priority program; Priority 1 roads, Priority 2 roads, then Priority 3 and finally parking lots and trails.  The Village performs snow and ice control on over 71 miles of street, 117 dead ends and cul-de-sacs, 3.75 miles of trails, 4 parking lots and 4.5 miles of sidewalks in each winter event.  Brown County Highway Dept. is responsible for plowing and salting the County highways in Bellevue.  At times crews are rerouted to assist emergency responders to their destinations and emergency related radio communications are also monitored to ensure timely assistance.  How long it takes to clear the streets depends on each unique snowfall.  Factors such as how much snow, how wet the snow is, wind conditions, forecasted time to stop snowing, traffic and parked vehicles can all impact when operators are dispatched and time it takes.  As a general rule, all streets can be plowed in approximately 7-9 hours from when the snow stops under moderate and normal conditions.

Question: When I call the Village Office, why can’t you tell me when my road will be done?
The Village does have sophisticated GPS and mapping systems that are utilized in our operations.  While many of our operators clean their assigned zones generally in the same manner from one event to the next, this is not always the case or possible for every event.  Operator’s may be reassigned to an emergency, face slowed operations due to parking or traffic or have equipment issues.  Therefore, the Village can’t accurately provide estimates on when specific roads will be completed.  In addition, to get such information would require direct radio communication with our operators which we try to minimize as feasible for their safety and safety of the travelling public.  Overall, the Village understands how a large event can significantly disrupt travel and we ask for your patience.  Please understand we will do our best to answer questions during or after an event, but we are unable to provide timelines or re-route our operators unless there is an emergency.  If there is an emergency, 911 should be called.

Question: When there is a large snow event, why don’t they just plow one pass down a road so people can get out?
Taking a single pass down a road has been found to significantly extend the total time required to complete snow operations after an event.  When this method has been used the Village also receives a significant increase in complaints usually due to driveways that have been cleared by a homeowner to then become almost impassible when the plow does complete a full clearing.  In addition, the snow coming off of the plow blade in a large event can be quite high and a single pass through an intersection can therefore essentially create a road block within an intersection.  As necessary this method may be used to clear primary roads within a subdivision strictly for emergency purposes.

We hope this information is helpful.  Please always remember to maintain a safe distance from a snow plow of at least 200’ per State Law and give care when driving near a plow.  For more information visit the Village’s Snow & Ice Control page on the Village website which includes snow plow route maps.

What is a Snow Emergency?

This past week the Village of Bellevue, as well as many other municipalities, declared a snow emergency.  What really is a snow emergency? In accordance State Statute 166.03(4) and with Village Ordinance, the Village of Bellevue can declare a snow emergency following specific procedures. During such period of a declared snow emergency, no person shall cause nor allow the parking or standing of any vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer, except emergency vehicles, upon any Village street until after the period of declaration has come to an end. The Sheriff’s Department may tow away any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer found in violation of the declaration at the owner’s expense.

When the Village declares such an emergency, notice is provided to many media outlets and agencies as well as through Village social media. We make every effort to get the message out on a declared emergency as soon as possible. We understand that such a declaration can cause some significant inconvenience and the Village only makes a declaration of a snow emergency when it is deemed necessary for the general public safety and welfare of the Village. Snow removal operations can be slowed considerably when parking is permitted on Village streets.

The Village would also like to remind residents that no parking is allowed on any Village street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., November 1st to April 1st. For more information on Village snow and ice control, including maps, visit the Village website.

Thank you to all our residents for your patience and support in dealing with our first major storm of the season.

Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Tips for Getting Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It's not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Below is a checklist from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) for homeowners to ensure that they safely heat their home for the winter.
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  • Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.
  • Our chimeys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (An unclean chimney from built-up creosote  is the leading cause of chimney fires. This service needs to be done at least once a year).
  • Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.
  • We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)
  • Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.
  • Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people.
  • We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room, and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)
  • We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

Winter Seasonal Trailer Parking

As the calendar has turned to December, please note that all summer seasonal uses shall now be removed from the driveway or side parking pads of all homes until April 1st.  A summer seasonal use is defined as a trailer used to transport items typically utilized during the summer season such as boats, personal watercraft, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), travel trailers, pop-up campers and other similar uses not identified here within as determined by the Community Development Director or his/her designee.

Please note, administrative staff does not have the authority to grant extensions for any circumstances.

Winter seasonal use trailer parking regulations are now in effect. This means that you can now park winter seasonal use trailer and equipment on trailers in your driveway or side parking pads of all homes until May 1st.  A winter seasonal use is defined as a trailer used to transport items typically utilized during the winter season such as snowmobiles, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), and other uses not identified here within as determined by the Community Development Director or his/her designee. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bellevue 2017 Spring Election

Beginning December 1, 2016 nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village Offices:
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent David Kaster
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent Adam Gauthier
Nomination papers may be obtained at the municipal clerk's office. Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.