Thursday, November 16, 2017

Water Quality Top Notch in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue is very proud to announce that since the Village has joined the Central Brown County Water Authority (CBCWA) 10 years ago, there have been no water quality violations. The Village would like to credit the hard-working Village Public Works and CBCWA employees who made this achievement possible.








How can you monitor your water usage?
The Village of Bellevue is coming up on one year of implementing the AquaHawk water monitoring program.  AquaHawk is web-based system that monitors your water usage looking for abnormal usage or leaks.  If you had a water meter installed in the last 3 years you can sign up for FREE. Please call the village office (468-5225) with questions or click the AquaHawk logo below to learn more.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Consider Joining the Bellevue Business & Professional Association in 2018

The Bellevue Business & Professional Association (BBPA) was started in 1972. Initially it was an avenue for local business owners to gather, get to know one another, share concerns and keep up-to-date with new developments in the area. Today it is the goal of the organization to keep the Village of Bellevue strong by encouraging members and the local community to use the services offered by BBPA members. By doing so, the profitability of members and the community is strengthened and therefore makes Bellevue an attractive area for new business.

Monthly meetings are conducted the first Wednesday of the month at the Rite Place Supper Club. Prospective members can e-mail BellevueBeat@gmail.com and ask to be placed on the BBPA Prospective Member List for future meeting notifications.

For those interesting in joining please see the BBPA website for further details. Annual membership is $150 and provides for a directory listing on the BBPA circulated Bellevue Beat publication, Bellevue Beat article submission opportunities, directory listing on the BBPA website, one attendee meal at each regular membership meeting (excludes annual event). The Village of Bellevue proudly supports the BBPA and its efforts to support its members and community economic development.

15 Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

It's hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey-or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them.



If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Village Offices Closed November 23-24

Village of Bellevue Offices will be closed on November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Village of Bellevue 2018 Budget Adopted

At its regular meeting and following a public hearing on November 8th, the Village Board adopted the 2018 Village of Bellevue Budget.

The Budget was adopted with limited changes from the Proposed 2018 Budget as was made available for review in late October.  Please visit the Village website on the Finance and Budget page for further information.

As adopted, the Village's tax rate will increase slightly from the current rate of $2.77 per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.86 (3.0%). This is the Village's first rate increase since the 2013 Budget. For a property assessed at $200,000, this equates to a payment of approximately $571 paid to the Village for property taxes. 

Any questions on the 2018 Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, at agorall@villageofbellevue.org.

NFPA: Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze


Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 47 permits for the month of October for a total permitted value of $2,831,952.  The total for the year (2017) is $30,042,370 and 370 permits issued.  This compares to 426 permits issued for a value of $16,580,763 through the same period last year. This is just the seventh time in the history of the community that the $30 million in permitted value threshold has been crossed, the last time coming in 2008.

For October, the Village  issued 2 single-family permits for the month to bring this years total to 36 with a total value of $7,726,500 (average of $214,625 per home).  In 2016 at this time a total of 27 single-family permits had been issued with a total value of $4,412,700 (average of $163,433 per home).

The largest permit issued for October 2017 was for the Cedar Office Building being constructed at the southeast corner of Bellevue Street and Allouez Avenue valued at $1,476,765.

Hunting in Bellevue


Please be reminded that the Village does permit hunting within the municipal limits of the community.  Residents and hunters should familiarize themselves with the various districts and what types of weapons can be utilized within Bellevue.  As a reminder, rifles are not permitted to be used or discharged for hunting purposes anywhere within the Village nor is hunting on any Village owned property permitted.


A copy of the Village of Bellevue Official Hunting Map can be found on our website or can be picked up at the Village Offices during normal business hours.  In addition, hunting regulations can be found in Chapter 341-2, Weapons and Firearms Discharge section of the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017/2018 Winter Tree Pruning in the Village of Bellevue

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village will be pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between November, 2017 and March, 2018 as weather permits. 

Per Municipal Code 427-6, the Village of Bellevue is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all street trees in the municipality. The Village has adopted a ten year urban forestry management program to maintain public trees; including regular assessment of their health, safety, & condition, pruning, removal/replanting.

Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead, dying or diseased branches and/or to remove crowded or rubbing limbs. Trees may be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. Lastly, a tree’s crown may be raised to allow cars, school buses, garbage trucks and snow plows to operate without contacting low hanging branches; causing significant damage to the vehicle and/or tree.
Tree Zones 2, 3 & 4 to be pruned this winter

Scheduled tree pruning is planned for the following areas in the upcoming months:
(Tree Zones 2, 3 & 4)
West of Main Street from Big Creek Road north to Skyview Street.  East of Lime Kiln Road from the Village border on the south to Allouez Avenue on the North.  South of Allouez Avenue from Lime Kiln to Hazen Road.  East of Hazen road from Town Hall Road to Skyview Street. 
See zones 2,3,4 in the picture. 

The work will be performed by the Village's ISA Certified Arborist, following ANSI Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations Pruning (ANSI A 300 (Part I) Current Edition) as identified by the Village’s Tree Ordinance and Arboricultural Specifications Manual. Village staff will be inspecting the work to ensure that it meets specifications.

The Village’s public tree population consists of more than 4,000, and more than 30 different species that range in age, size and condition. The Village has been annually awarded Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation since 2003.

If you have questions contact:
Doug Tenor, Village Forester at
(920) 468-5225 dtenor@villageofbellevue.org
or go online at:
http://www.villageofbellevue.org

Trick or Treat Trail 2017: A Fantastic Fall Event

This year’s annual Trick or Treat Trail was held on Saturday, October 21st at Josten Park from 10:00am until noon.   Children turned out in record numbers this year to participate in the trail.  There were over 1,000 kids who enjoyed the trail and the booths and candy our local businesses and service groups provided.  The event included a walk through Josten Park, pumpkin patch, photo area, obstacle course and much more!

The event is organized annually through the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department with the assistance of the Bellevue East-Town Optimists, Bellevue Firefighters Association, Bellevue Lion's Club and the Junior Jets-4H. Over 30 volunteers assisted with the event putting in more than 125 hours to make this annual event such a success. 


Event pictures can be found on the Village's Facebook Page here.

Event organizers solicit business sponsors each year to support the event. This year, the following businesses helped make the event a resounding success:

TITLE SPONSOR:
Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance


PARTNER SPONSORS:
Bellevue Family Dentistry
Bellin College
Festival Foods
Green Bay Family Dental
Hemophilia Outreach Center
Law Firm of Calewarts, Duffy & Erdman
McDonalds
VFW Post #9677


Participating Business & Groups:
Bellin Urgent Care
Brown County Sheriff's Department
Cedar Corp.
Center Piece LLC
Children's Museum of Green Bay
Christ Community Lutheran Church
Comedy City
Courage Martial Arts
First Student Inc.
Fox Specialty
Friends of Bellevue Parks
Green Bay Gamblers
Happy Joe's Pizza
Hemophilia Outreach Center
Hilly Haven Golf Course
KinderCare
Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park
Mid Vallee Golf Course
Mr. Golf
Neville Public Museum
Oak View Veterinary Hospital
Recoveron
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Turning Point Chiropractic
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
U.S. Cellular
VFW Post #9677
Village of Bellevue Senior Advisory Board
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


Thank you to all who participated!



Daylight Saving Time Ends: Check Smoke, CO 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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gear up for Winter - Wisconsin's Winter Weather Awareness Week

Before the snow and cold cover the Badger State, now is the time to get your home and vehicles ready for winter weather. That’s why Gov. Scott Walker has declared Nov. 6-10, 2017 as Wisconsin’s Winter Awareness Week.

“One of the most important things to do is make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your vehicle,” said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and homeland security advisor. “It could save your life. During a winter storm, you could slide off into a ditch and get stranded. Having an emergency kit with items such as food, water, and blankets could help keep you and your family safe until help arrives.”

According to the National Weather Service, on average, Wisconsin experiences 3-6 winter storms during a season. Last winter, Lac Vieux Desert in Vilas County had more than 100 inches of snow. Jackson in Washington County and Sturgeon Bay in Door County both tied for the highest snow totals in 24 hours. Sturgeon Bay received 13 inches on Dec. 16-17 and Jackson received 13 inches on March 14. The coldest spot was Butternut in Ashland County with -36 degrees Fahrenheit Jan. 14.

The risk for bitter cold and heavy snow is also a good reminder to get your home ready for winter too. It’s important to make sure you have an emergency kit in your home with non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights with batteries, a NOAA weather radio, and a first aid kit. “Our utility companies do a great job getting power back on as quickly as possible,” Dunbar said. “However, during a blizzard or ice storm it could be several days or longer before power is fully restored.”

To help you and your family get ready for winter weather, visit ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov. Winter weather maps, tips on putting together emergency kits and winter driving information are located there.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Winter Seasonal Trailer Parking

As of November 1st, winter seasonal uses/trailers may now be parked in the driveway or on an approved hard surface adjacent to the garage subject to the regulations of the Village of Bellevue Zoning Code.  Winter seasonal uses include snowmobile trailers, ATV trailers, or utility trailers.  These items may continued to be parked in these areas until May 1st of 2018.

Residents have until December 1st to park any summer seasonal use in the driveway or on an approved hard surface adjacent to the garage subject  to the regulations of the Village of Bellevue Zoning Code.  Summer seasonal uses include boats, campers, RV's, personal watercraft trailers, etc.  These items may be returned to the driveway on April 1st of 2018.

If you have any questions, please refer to Chapter 500-1920 of the Village Zoning Code or contact the Community Development department.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Brown County Land Records Search

The Village often receives inquiries this time of year regarding property tax records or assessment values for property in the Village of Bellevue. Brown County offers a Land Records Search to look up key information about property by address or by parcel number.

Information for each property/parcel includes:
  • Address and taxing jurisdictions
  • Valuations
  • Tax legal description
  • Available maps
  • Tax records including tax and payment details

Winter Parking Restrictions Effective November 1st

In order to assist in our winter snow plow operations, the Village of Bellevue is reminding its residents and visitors about on-street winter parking restrictions.

Overnight parking is prohibited on all Village streets from November 1st through April 1st, between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and at all times during snow emergencies.

The Public Works Department would also request resident cooperation during winter months by not keeping vehicles on the streets when snow is expected; as plowing around parked vehicles can be dangerous and time consuming for our operators.

Bellevue Trick or Treating Hours

Trick or Treating hours for the Village of Bellevue will be from  

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.

Monday, October 23, 2017

On Monday, October 16th, the Village of Bellevue participated in the Advance Business Appreciation Week sponsored by the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Village representatives along with representatives from the Bellevue Economic Development Advisory Board, the Bellevue Business and Professional Association, and Advance Economic Development division, took time to recognize four businesses located in Bellevue with Certificates of Appreciation. The four businesses that were honored were:

  • Carnivore Meat Company
  • Wilco Cabinet Makers, Inc.
  • Viking Electric Supply
  • NCorp Services, (Big Ox Energy)




Cedar Corporation Groundbreaking

Cedar Corporation held a ground breaking ceremony for their new regional office building here in Bellevue today (SEC of Bellevue Street & Allouez Avenue). Cedar is a full service consultant offering engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, land surveying and landscape architecture services. We at the Village are glad you stayed and invested in our community. Congratulations!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on 2018 Budget




A Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 8 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 2018 Budget currently includes a 5.1% ($171,641) increase in the Village tax levy from the previous year. The proposed tax rate for the Village is $2.89 (per $1,000 of assessed value) if approved as currently proposed. If approved as proposed, this would be the Village's first tax rate increase since the 2013 Budget. Also note that the Village's current tax rate (for the 2017 Budget year) is the lowest rate in Brown County when compared to other cities, villages and urban towns.

Major changes as included in the proposed 2018 Budget are as follows:
  • Approximately $116,800 increase in the Village's debt obligations.
  • The addition of one patrol officer contracted from the Brown County Sheriff's Office to meet the Village's public safety needs. Approximately $142,000 for officer wages/benefits and supporting supplies and equipment.
  • Approximately $50,000 increase for Green Bay Metro bus services within the Village. Required as part of Metro's implementation of a new east-side hub and expansion of services in the Village.

Other key changes include, but are not limited to, increased funding for management of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), funding for increased elections in 2018, funding health insurance cost increases of 13% for our employees, internal IT and phone upgrades.

Funding of these projects and improvements with only a 5.1% levy increase is possible due to increases in other Village revenue sources as well as strategic cuts or decreases in other areas of the Village budget. The Village Board, along with staff, completed a full-day review session in early October as well as additional reviews during regular Board meetings to develop the current proposed 2018 Budget.

The proposed 2018 Budget as well as the proposed 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the Finance & Budget 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.

Bellevue GIS Internships Benefit Village, Students

Each year, the Village of Bellevue looks to hire local college interns actively pursuing degrees in public administration, economic development, geographic information systems (GIS), as well as other aspects of municipal operations. This fall, the Village has recruited two GIS interns to assist with data collection and mapping for the Community Development, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Forestry Departments. In exchange for this assistance, the interns receive valuable real-world experience and references which will help them progress in their chosen field of study or work upon graduation.

Tim Hennig, GIS/IT Manager, stated, "Having interns work for the Village of Bellevue has provided the organization the resources needed to help complete various projects and tasks that normally would be delayed. There are so many benefits to these internships, the biggest of which is that it infuses enthusiasm, but also provides a fresh perspective on existing and/or future technologies."




The Village of Bellevue would like to thank its current GIS interns for their contributions to the organization. Pictured above are GIS interns Haley Mader (left) and Amy Bartel (right). Haley is a UW-Green Bay student majoring in Public Administration and is volunteering her services for course credit. She is assisting with the development of facility GIS digitizing and collecting GPS data for Village-owned trees. Amy is an NWTC Civil Engineering Technology student (she also graduated from UW-Eau Claire). She is assisting with development, maintaining, and training internal staff on the uses of the Village's GIS systems. Amy has also previously assisted the Public Works and Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Departments with GPS data collection.

The Village of Bellevue posts internship opportunities on its website throughout the year. Please visit www.villageofbellevue.org and click on "Jobs" for more information.

NFPA: Halloween Safety Tips


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Village of Bellevue 2018 Spring Election

Beginning December 1, 2017 nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village Offices which will expire in April 2018:
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent Thomas Katers
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent David Daul
  • Village President (3 year term) - Incumbent Steve Soukup
Nomination papers may be obtained at the municipal clerk's office, 2828 Allouez Ave. Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 with the Bellevue Village Clerk. For further information or questions contact Karen Simons, Village Clerk, at 468-5225 or at karens@villageofbellevue.org.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kayak Launch to Be Removed on November 1 For Winter Season

As the colder weather approaches, the Village has already begun the process of preparing our park facilities for winter.  The canoe/kayak launch at Manderly Way Trailhead will be removed for the winter on November 1st with the portable restroom closed as well.  Weather permitting, the launch and restroom will reopen on May 1, 2018.

Brown County Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey



BROWN COUNTY, WI: The Parks department has partnered with Rettler Corporation to develop a Master Plan of the Brown County Fairgrounds property.

The final Plan will address future connections to Ashwaubomay Park and De Pere’s boat landing, riverfront recreation, current building condition and future building needs, camping and other
fair/festival needs.

This is one opportunity for you to express your thoughts in a quick and easy way. “One of the most important components of the Master Plan is assessing what the needs of our community are, and public participation will assist in aligning the fairgrounds property with future needs”, says Matt Kriese Asst Parks Director.

The survey is available now and it must be completed no later than Friday, October 27thComplete the Brown County Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey today and assist Brown County Parks in the planning for these facilities.

As part of the public process, a Community Meeting will be scheduled later this year. Information on the date of this meeting will be available on Facebook: Brown County Parks or by visiting the Brown County Parks website.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Village Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Village of Bellevue was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) on its receipt of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our 2017 Fiscal Year Budget.

The award represents a significant achievement reflecting the commitment of the Village Board and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Only approximately 1,600 entities nationwide receive this award.

In order to receive the award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:
  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device
Village financial and budget documents can be viewed on our Finance and Budget page of the Village's website.

I Recently Moved - Do I Need to Re-Register to Vote? YES

If your address has changed, you do need to re-register to vote.  This applies even if you stayed within the same municipality.  You can find out more information by visiting the My Vote WI page.

Are you going to need to register? There is no need to wait until closer to an election, registration can be completed anytime. Get started at the My Vote WI page or register in person at the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Ave.  Also remember that proof of residence will be required during voter registration.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trick Or Treat Trail, Saturday, October 21




Sponsored By: Dan VanAdestine,
American Family Insurance Agent
Saturday, October 21
Take a leisurely walk along the wooded trail, collect candy, pick out a pumpkin, and have a time you and your child will never forget!

Pre-Registration is required.
 
Course: 1231(Register HERE)
Ages: 2 - 10
Time: 10:00 - Noon
Location: Josten Park
Fee: FREE
(rain date is Saturday, October 28)

 




Village Trick or Treating  Hours:
Tuesday, October 31, 4-7pm

 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

NFPA: Car Fire Safety

Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.



What to do if your car is on fire

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • GET everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • MOVE everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

How to prevent a car fire
  • Have you car services regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
    • Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire.
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident.

Know the danger signs
  • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
  • Oil or fluid leaks
  • Oil cap not on securely
  • Rapid changes in fuel or fluid level, or engine temperature

FACT: Most crashes do NOT result in fire. In the even of any crash, call 9-1-1. If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to help any injured individuals our of the car.

Village Seeking to Fill Public Works Operations Manager Position

The Village is seeking to fill a full-time Public Works Operations Manager position to provide the Village professional management, organization, and supervisory direction for the street maintenance and fleet management divisions. 

The primary focus of the position will be to systematically develop and implement planning, operations, and maintenance activities for our streets, right-of-ways, and fleet. The position will assist the Director and provide for the management of the Village’s $4 million street maintenance and construction budget and a Village fleet valued at nearly $3 million. This person will also be instrumental in our implementation of a five-year capital improvement plan of $12 million.

To see the full job posting, job description and details on applying, please refer to the Village's Job Opportunities web page. Deadline for applications is October 27.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Winter is Coming, Secure Your Mailbox

Snow season will be here soon, now is the time to ensure your mailbox is properly secured and ready for the season.  Please make sure your mailbox complies with the USPS standards. Proper placement aids in the delivery of your mail as well as reducing the likelihood of damage during snow removal. The force of wet snow can damage improperly installed or decaying posts.
  • Post shall be constructed of 1 1/2 inch steel pipe, 3x3 inch wood, or 3 inch round post.
  • Ensure post is securely anchored to the ground and not leaning.
  • Post shall be located a minimum of 2-feet behind the face of curb.
  • Bottom of any box (mail or newspaper) shall be 41-45 inches from the driving surface.
  • The front of the mailbox shall be 6-8 inches from the face of the curb.
  • It is important to follow these guidelines for the installation of the mailbox. If a mailbox is hit or damaged by a snow plow and you have not followed these regulations, the owner is responsible for the replacement of the damaged mailbox and post.

Fall Brush Pickup

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of October 9th for homes on and east of Main Street and the week of October 16th for the homes west of Main Street.

Residents are reminded to place your brush at the curb parallel for pickup one week BEFORE the scheduled pickup week. 

Please observe the following guidelines when placing materials out for collection:
  • Brush up to 3" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 12 feet.
  • Brush up to 6" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 8 feet. 
  • Brush greater than 6" in diameter cannot be accepted at the curb. Larger brush including stumps up to 12" in diameter at ground level can be taken to the Village yard waste site.
  • Avoid cutting brush shorter than needed as fewer pieces is less handling for crews.
  • Lay brush in piles at the curb with the branches laying parallel in same direction to the street.
  • Please do not put brush at the curb any sooner than one week prior to the collection day.
  • Brush must be at the curb prior to the Monday that brush is scheduled to be picked up. Brush not at the curb by the time crews come past will may be left.
  • Lawn waste (grass, leaves, & garden materials) will not be taken. These materials must be taken to the Village yard waste site
The intent of the pickup is to provide for disposal of brush generated as a result of routine yard maintenance.  Excessive amounts of brush are the homeowner’s responsibility.


Friday, September 29, 2017

NFPA: Wood & Pellet Stove Safety

As the temperature drops outside, wood and pellet stoves may be fired up inside the home. What you may not realize is that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

  • Have a QUALIFIED professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
  • Stoves should be listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only DRY, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Have your chimney and stove INSPECTED and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep every fall just before heating season.
  • CLEAN the inside of your stove periodically using a wire brush.
  • Allow ashes to COOL before disposing of them. Place ashes in a covered metal container. Keep the container at least 10 feet away from the home and other buildings.
  • Keep a CLOSE EYE on children whenever a wood or pellet stove is being used. Remind them to stay at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Stoves need SPACE. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • INSTALL a maintain carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms. When one sounds, they all sound.

Smoke Alarm Sense
Install and maintain smoke alarms on EVERY level of your home, outside each separate area and inside each bedroom. For the best protection, interconnect the alarms. When one sounds, they all sound. TEST all smoke alarms at least monthly.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Responsibilties of Private Tree Owners

Private property trees, shrubs, hedges, or other landscaping may not interfere with public convenience or safety in the use of streets, trails, paths and sidewalks.  Property owners must maintain trees, shrubs, hedges or other landscaping in a safe and non-dangerous condition for users of public streets, trails, paths, and sidewalks. Federal guidelines for vertical clearance on a bike path/sidewalk are 8’.  Federal guidelines for vertical clearance over a public roadway are 16’.  This includes areas next to driveways where trash and recycling bins are placed for collection.
 
 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Chicago Shopping Trip with the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

Limited spots remain for our November Chicago shopping trip.  Travel via coach bus to downtown Chicago to spend the day shopping on Michigan Avenue.  From major department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Bloomingdales to specialty shops and boutiques such as American Girl Place, Niketown, and the Disney store, the city boasts a vibrant retail scene that caters to the need of every shopper.





Not into shopping?  Enjoy one of the many attractions at Navy Pier or one of the museums at the lakefront Museum Campus.





Our motorcoach bus will pick us up at Sam's Club in west Green Bay at 6:30am on Saturday, November 11th and drop us off right on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  We plan to return to Green Bay around 9:30pm the same day.

The cost of the trip is $26, which covers the travel expense to and from Chicago.  All other expenses (meals, shopping) are on your own.  All ages are welcome, however youth under the age of 18 must register with an adult. 

Register online HERE
Course number:  1236
Registration Deadline:  Friday, November 3rd
Event Date:  Saturday, November 11th
Departure and Return Location:  Sam's Club Parking Lot (2470 W. Mason St.)
Fee:  $26

Bellevue Firefighter's Association Annual Fish Boil: September 29


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill LTE Public Works Laborer/Snow Plow Operator Position

The Village is seeking to fill a Limited Term Employee (LTE), Public Works Laborer/Snow Plow Operator position responsible for supporting the key duties and services of our Public Works Department including, but not limited to, snow removal, utilities and street maintenance, heavy equipment operation, and maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

This is an hourly, full-time, limited term position from October 2017, through approximately March, 2018.  Candidate must have a valid Wisconsin Commercial Driver's License Class B minimum. Direct experience with snow removal on public roads, trails, and sidewalks highly desired.

To see the full job posting, job description and details on applying, please refer to the Village's Job Opportunities web page. Position is open until filled.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Joe Piumbroeck Recognized for Retirement/25 Years of Service to Bellevue

Joe Piumbroeck (left) & Village President, Steve Soukup
The Village of Bellevue Village Board recently recognized Public Works employee Joe Piumbroeck for his 25 years of service to the Village and our community. Joe retired from service with the Village on September 15 and we wish him the very best in his retirement.

Bellevue is grateful for our many long-serving and dedicated employees who all make Bellevue a Great Place to Grow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REMINDER NOTICE to Village Residents/Property Owners: Special Assessments

As part of the Village’s annual Capital Improvement Planning process, our 71 miles of Village streets are evaluated for needed resurfacing and repairs. Streets are typically resurfaced once every 18-25 years, depending upon condition.

Special Assessments are currently used by the Village to fund these resurfacing projects.  Assessments involve charging a fee directly to property owners for improvement projects that benefit the abutting property.  Assessments per property (lot) can range from approximately $6,000- $8,000. Corner lots are assessed at 1/2 lot per side.

Bills are typically sent out in late August/September and may be paid in full without interest within 30 days. If the bill is not paid in full within 30 days, charges are levied on the property tax bill with interest. Payments are due annually over a 10 year period on the tax bill. Assessments can be paid off early and interest is charged only on the remaining principal.

Residents are encouraged to review our Village Capital Improvement Plan and Special Assessment page to learn more about our program and when your road may be planned for improvements. Plans are reviewed annually and therefore are subject to change annually. Residents with completed resurfacing projects in 2017 and subject to assessments have already been notified and assessments have been issued.