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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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, 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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant Position

The Village is seeking to fill a Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant position responsible for serving as the first point of contact for our customers at the Village Office and on  the phone; providing utility billing issuance and processing; maintaining records of the Village's utilities; and providing administrative assistance to department directors.

This is an hourly full-time position eligible for the full Village benefits package. Candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent along with a minimum of two years experience performing administrative, receptionist, or clerical duties in a setting requiring the implementation of a variety of duties or assignments. An associate degree in accounting, finance, administrative or related field with experience as a utility billing clerk, accountant, or similar type position with finance, accounts billable or accounting experience is highly desired.  Experience with a local municipal government is also preferred.

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. First review of applications is occurring on October 13.

Friday, September 8, 2017

NFPA: Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It's not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze.

   o   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.)

   o   Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

   o   Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

   o   We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)

   o   Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

   o   Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

   o   Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

   o   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 separate sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)

   o   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.)

Open House - Village of Bellevue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan Update

The Village is currently in the process of updating the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan.  Originally adopted in 2009, the plan establishes the overall goals and objectives for the Village’s pedestrian and bicycle transportation system.  This plan is a guiding document which gives decision makers and staff a clear set of prioritized recommendations to accomplish the plan’s goals.  The recommendations of facility type and timing of the facilities is needed in order to establish an overall vision for the community and achieve a complete and connected system.

This update is designed to revise out of date information, update completed projects and associated maps and recommend new projects that will further the goals of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan. 

The Village of Bellevue will host an open house to address walking and bicycling in the community.  The open house will be held at the Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road) on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:30-6:30.  

During this time, Village staff will introduce the update of the Village’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan to the community and obtain public input.  Attendees can review the work completed to date and provide feedback to Village staff.  If residents are unable to attend the open house comments, questions and suggestions can also be emailed to Michelle Du Chateau (mduchateau@villageofbellevue.org

A formal Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for the Village Board on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  The purpose of the hearing is to obtain public input on the proposed update of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan.

Exhibits and drafts can be found on the Village of Bellevue’s website on the Adopted Plans page.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bellevue Park Shelter Rentals End September 30

Summer has unofficially come to an end, and with that comes the end of park shelter rentals in Bellevue.  Park shelters are available to rent from May 1 through September 30 each year. There are only a few more weekends and available shelters for your fall parties, reunions, and get-togethers.  To check on available dates and facilities, please call the Village Offices at 468-5225.
Reservations for the park shelters for the 2018 season will start on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August 2017 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 36 permits for the month of August for a total permitted value of $1,689,363.  The total for the year (2017) is $26,171,068 and 333 permits issued.  This compares to 354 permits issued for a value of $14,961,384 through the same period last year.  Also interesting to note, the total permitted value of all of 2016 was $18,996,163.  That means the Village has exceeded last years total permitted value in approximately only a little over half the year.  The year to date total puts this year as the 12th largest permitted value in Bellevue's history.  With a few months to go, this year will land safely in the top 10

The largest permit issued for August 2017 was for an expansion of Viking Electric on Donbea Street.

For August, the Village  issued 3 single-family permits for the month to bring this years total to 27 with a total value of $6,572,500 (average of $243,425 per home).  In 2016 at this time a total of 24 single-family permits had been issued with a total value of $3,770,700 (average of $157,112 per home).  2016 finished up with 30 single-family permits issued for a total value of $5,578,041 which means that the value permitted for all of the single-family in 2017 exceeds the entire total for 2016 with 3 fewer homes built.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Trail Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Local businesses, we have a great opportunity for you!  The Village of Bellevue's annual Trick or Treat Trail is coming up on Saturday, October 21 and we are looking for businesses who are interested in participating.  This is a great way for you to get your business some recognition, meet families in the Bellevue community, and have fun while doing so.  The commitment from you is small but invaluable to making the event a success.  Participating business are asked to be at the trail from 9am until noon.  Each business is given a spot along the trail through Josten Park and asked to dress in costume and hand out candy to the participants.  Along with all the great visibility you will be getting, you will have your name listed in our trail guide which is handed out to each event participant.  We had close to 500 participants (and their parents) walk through our trail last year!

If this is something your business would like to be a part of, please contact the Recreation Supervisor, Adam Waszak, at 593-5516 or download and complete the Business Participation Letter and mail in to the Village Offices prior to Monday, October 9. 



Trick or Treat Trail Date:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Set-up:   9:00am                  

Location: Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Rd., Bellevue

Event Activities: Trail walk with candy, pumpkin patch, door prizes, and more!

Rain Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Organization Involvement: Participating businesses/organizations are asked to dress in costume and hand out candy to event participants at the very minimum. Organizations are encouraged to festively decorate their area, however, it is not required. In past years, decorations have ranged from a small sign to a colorfully decorated canopy.

Candy:  Please provide enough candy or other child friendly give-away for up to 500 children. Please provide candy or other give-away appropriate for children ages 2-8 years old.

Other Handouts: Coupons and other small promotional items may be handed out with candy or give-away. 

Sponsorship Opportunities: 
Booth sponsor, $100 partner sponsorship, and door prizes.

Deadline: Please register by Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Register: To participate or donate toward the event, please visit the Village webpage HERE to download the registration form.

For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 468-5225.

NFPA: Clothes Dryer Safety

Doing laundry is most likely part of your ever day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove the lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer's operating instructions and don't overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

And Don't Forget...
  • Dryers should be properly grounded.
  • Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.
  • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
  • FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back-To-School Rules of the Road

Brush up on the rules of sharing the road with buses and pedestrians with these helpful tips:
  • Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop to pick up or drop off children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off.
  • Drivers must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
  • Drivers must stop 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights. This applies to vehicles approaching from any direction.
  • Slow to the designated speed and be particularly watchful when driving in school zones.
  • Be alert! Children can be unpredictable and tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
  • When in a school zone watch for school patrol officers or crossing guards and be sure to stop when they are in the intersection.
  • DO NOT block the crosswalk when stopped. This may force pedestrians to go around the vehicle putting them in the path of moving traffic.
  • Pay extra attention for pedestrians in school zones, near playgrounds and parks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Help Us Reach 1,000 Twitter Followers

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Village Offices Closed: Monday, September 4th

Culvert Replacement Project Update

The Village will begin work on replacing five culverts on the east side of the Village, beginning September 11th. As a part of the work, the public should expect changes in traffic patterns where the work is being performed including road closures. The following culverts are being replaced:
  • Culvert #1593 (Erie Road: between Eaton Road and Willow Road, just south of Gorzlancyk Road)
  • Culvert #1608 (Erie Road: between Eaton Road and Willow Road, just north of Evening Star Drive)
  • Culvert #1548 (Intersection of Willow Road and S Grandview Road)
  • Culvert #1533 (S Grandview Road: just south of Eaton Road)
  • Culvert #1568 (S Grandview Road: between Eaton Road and Allen Pond Road)
The project will begin replacing the culverts on Grandview Road first, and work towards the Erie Road culverts.

To see a map of the culvert locations, click here.

Each culvert is expected to take one day to replace (for a total of five days to replace all of them). Accordingly, traffic interruptions will occur for at least one day at each culvert location for removal and installation.

The Village will then be asphalt patching each of the culvert locations. There may be additional minor traffic interruptions during the paving process. After the paving, landscaping work will then be performed to restore the areas affected. The total project is expected to take 2-3 weeks, weather permitting.

If you have any questions about the culvert replacements or traffic interruptions, please call our Public Works Department at 920-468-5225.

Brown County Recycling Transfer Station to Temporarily Close

The Brown County Recycling Transfer Station, located at 2561 South Broadway Street in Green Bay, will be closed starting on September 11 so that its concrete floor can be replaced. The transfer station will re-open on September 18.

What does that mean for you?
This temporary closure will NOT impact Harter's bi-weekly pick-up of residents' co-mingled recyclables. The closure will only affect those taking recyclable material directly to the Brown County Transfer Station. If you have recyclables that you would normally take directly to the transfer station, you have the following three options:

  1. Hold the recyclables for the week.
  2. Directly deliver the recyclables toe the Tri-County Recycling Facility (1410 Holland Road, Appleton).
  3. Use Advanced Disposal Services (ADS), located at 1799 South Broadway Street in De Pere).
If you plan to use ADS, please note:
  • ADS transfer station will be open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Credit will be received for delivered recyclables on the customer's account from Brown County.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is REQUIRED. This includes: safety vests, safety glasses, and a hard hat.
  • ADS loader & pedestrians have the right of way.
  • Customers must make visual contact and communicate with front end loader operator prior to backing into building.
  • Travel at LOW speed on site.
  • DO NOT park on HWY 57 waiting to enter ADS property. Instead, pull around the block and wait for an opening.
  • There is 2-way traffic on the ADS scale. Outgoing semis have the right of way.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

NFPA: Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

When the weather turn cold, it can bring a chill into our homes. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or heat one room. If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:


Heater Checklist:

  • Purchase a heater that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Types of electric space heaters:
  • Oil or water-filled radiator: Heated oil or water travels through the heater.
  • Fan-forced heater: A fan blows warm air over metal coils.
  • Ceramic heater: Air is warmed over a ceramic heating element.
  • Infrared heaters: Heat is created by infrared bulbs.
Fact: Nearly half of all space heater fires involve electric space heaters.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Join the Bellevue Firefighters Association for a Fundraising Cookout

The Bellevue Firefighters Association, along with BMO Harris and Buffalo Wild Wings, will be having a fundraising cookout on August 26th, 2017 at the Bellevue BMO Harris branch located at 2042 Lime Kiln Rd from 10:00-2:00. Please stop by and grab a bite to eat and help the Association raise money for equipment purchases!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Final Rockin' in Josten Scheduled for Monday, August 21

The last Rockin' in Josten of the 2017 summer will be held on Monday, August 21 at 6:00pm at Josten Park.  Come on out, meet your neighbors, friends and family, and enjoy some great live music provided by The Moonlighters (standards, classic, & swing). 







The Moonlighters will be playing from 6-8:30pm.  Concessions will be provided by the Bellevue Lions Club. 










Don't forget your lawn chair or blanket and we will see you at Josten Park!

Resident Street Tree Order Deadline is September 30

The Village of Bellevue provides a neighborhood tree planting program for residents who wish to have trees planted in the right-of-way area adjacent to their property. The planting program is offered every fall and runs concurrent with other fall plantings. The resident pays for the wholesale cost of the tree, which includes planting. Typical costs is $325 per tree (may vary based on species).
Planting along the street terrace can also provide many aesthetic benefits to your local neighborhood or street. An example of what a street can look like with moderately aged trees along the terrace is shown below.
                                                                                    

 
Current View




Concept View


  
The Village will be soliciting orders for the 2017 planting season. Homeowners who are interested may choose from the tree varieties listed below:
  • Honey Locust Skyline
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Linden:  Littleleaf Greenspire, American Redmond
  • London Planetree
  • Small Tree Varieties: Spring Snow Crab, Japanese Tree Lilac, Ginkgo, Cleveland Select Pear, Korean Sun Ornamental Pear
Trees purchased through the Resident Street Tree program come with a 2 year guarantee, are 2-2.5" in diameter, and are planted for you!  Additional benefits of street trees include:
  • Reduced stormwater runoff
  • Lower summer air temperatures
  • Reduced atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants
  • Reduced heating and cooling costs
  • Enhanced property values
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Improved health and well-being
  • Improved learning and concentration
  • Aesthetic benefits
If you are interested in purchasing street trees, please fill out the order form here and mail in to the Village offices by September 30 for the 2017 planting season.  If you have further questions, please call the Village at (920) 468-5225 or email at sschlag@villageofbellevue.org
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Village Welcomes New Public Works Director

The Village welcomes David Betts as its new Director of Public Works. David brings to the Village several years of experience in municipal engineering. David comes to the Village from Cook County, Minnesota having served there as the County's Highway Engineer for 7 years. Before that, David worked with an engineering consulting firm in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for 12 years and a consulting firm in Beloit for 5 years.

Said David of his decision to join the Village of Bellevue, "Professionally, Bellevue offered me an opportunity to join a growing community's public works department and to work in municipal public works again. Personally, it offered my wife and I a chance to move back to our home state of Wisconsin in an area that we enjoy. We are looking forward to learning about the area and all the many things that make the community a great place to live and work."

NFPA: Escape Planning

Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Safety Tips
  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • KNOW at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • PRACTICE using different ways out.
  • TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.

If the alarm sounds...
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people and pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.
  • CALL the fire department from outside your home.

Facts
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
    • While 71% of Americans have an escape plan, only 47% of those have practiced it.
  • One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Village of Bellevue App, Download it Today

Have you downloaded the Village of Bellevue FREE app yet? Our app provides our residents, business owners, and visitors quick access to some of our website's most prominent features in a convenient, easy-to-use app installed on your smartphone or tablet.

Some of these features include: viewing and registering for the Village's recreation programs, viewing the Village's News or Blog feeds, submitting Citizen Requests, viewing any active emergency alerts, and more!

To download the Village of Bellevue app, simply search "Village of Bellevue" in your device's app store, find the Village's app, and download.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill Accountant Position

The Village is seeking to fill an Accountant position responsible for performing several critical accounting tasks for the Village including monthly reconciliations, accounts receivable, and payroll processing.  Position also provides financial data analysis to assist Village Department Directors and assists in the development of the annual Village budget.

This is an hourly position requiring a minimum of 30 hours/week with up to 40 hours/week required at certain times of the year.  A flexible schedule is available.  Position is eligible for the full Village benefits package.

The preferred candidate will possess an Associate’s Degree in Accounting (Bachelor’s preferred) or related field, and a minimum of two year’s work experience performing similar duties and responsibilities.  Experience with payroll responsibilities is highly desired and experience with a local municipal government is also preferred.

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. First review of applications is occurring on September 11.