Thursday, July 20, 2017

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get your play on. This July, discover the power of play with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including Movie in the Park, Rockin' in Josten, Family Kite Fest and Youth Fun Runs!   

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Parks and recreation services improve our physical and psychological health, strengthens our neighborhoods, and makes our community a more attractive place to live and work. Not to mention, being outdoors connects us to nature and helps us put balance in our lives.  The goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks, recreation and conservation have on communities across the U.S.


GET YOUR PLAY ON!
This July, Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the National Recreation and Park Association are celebrating the power of play. Play is a vital part of our mental well-being, physical health and personal interactions, and local parks and recreation facilities are places where all people can play and have fun. For more information, go to www.nrpa.org/july or search Twitter and Instagram using #PlayOnJuly.  NRPA also encourages all people that support parks and recreation to share why they think play is so important with the hashtag #PlayOnJuly


Help us celebrate this July the importance of Bellevue's parks and recreational facilities!




National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1 at Willow Creek Park

The Village of Bellevue National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at Willow Creek Park from 6:00-8:30 p.m.   

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


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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Residential Knox Box

Have you ever wondered how the Fire Department would reach you without causing damage to your property if you could not come to the door due to a medical or physical aliment?  The Residential Knox Box allows the Fire Department access to your home in an emergency while minimizing property damage and clean-up cost from forced entry.

The Residential Knox Box is a high security metallic key safe that is not permanently mounted to your residence. The box is simply installed by sliding the unit over the top of a residential front entry door.  When installed, entry keys for the front door are inserted into the Residential Knox Box and then locked with a secure key that only Bellevue Fire & Rescue personnel have access to.  If an emergency arises, the responding crews are able to access the stored keys in the Knox Box.  This allows the personnel to quickly enter the home and avoid potential delay and damage to your property. 

The Residential Knox Box is ideal for individuals who:

  • Live alone
  • Use an electronic calling or medical alert service
  • Have a history of medical problems

If you are interested in purchasing and installing a Residential Knox Box, please contact Battalion Chief Michael Navin at 920-884-1077 ext. 302 or by email: mnavin@bellevue-fire.com


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Manitowoc Road Future Construction

Engineering and design has kicked off for the planning of a major project on Manitowoc Road (from Allouez Ave. to Kewaunee Rd.). Residents may notice project engineers and surveyors in this area as we prepare for this future project.

The project is planned to include curb and gutter repairs, mill and overlay of new pavement, road base rehabilitation, and some water/sewer utility improvements. The project is also planned to include sidewalks and a traffic control improvement (TBD) at the intersection of Manitowoc Road and Ontario Road.  The Village is currently scheduled to receive grant funding support for a major portion of this project.

Planning and design will continue to be on-going in 2017 through 2018. Construction is currently scheduled for 2021. More information on this project and its impact to residents will be provided as our planning continues to progress.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Village Road/Utility Construction Updates

It's been a busy construction summer for the Village in 2017. The latest updates on Village projects as well as any known State or County projects are posted on our Current & Future Projects page of our website. We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts as necessary to also keep you updated. Remember that our FREE Village App also provides easy access to all our social media accounts and updates.

The most notable project site still under construction by the Village is on Town Hall road (pictures shown).  Most of the new sidewalks are poured, but road paving is yet to be completed. Please continue to avoid this active construction area as much as possible. The Huron Road trail (from Eaton Road north the Village limits) is also still closed at this time until paving can be completed. The Village also has a number of culvert replacement projects (map available on the Village website) still to be completed that will require temporary road closures to complete.

NFPA: Home Fire Sprinklers

Over 80% of fire deaths occur in the home. Home fire sprinklers can save lives and property from fire. They respond quickly and effectively to fire, often extinguishing the fire before the fire department arrives. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water on the fire.

Safety Tips

  • Home fire sprinklers save lives and property. In many situations, a family who has survived a fire will also have their "home" to live in and enough the items and space in their home to continue living their lives as they did before.
  • The cost of a home sprinkler system in a new home averages $1.35 per sprinkled square foot, totaling an amount similar to what is spent for carpet upgrades, paving stone driveway or a whirlpool bath. (source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2013.)
  • A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner's insurance premium.
  • Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire. (source: Fire Protection Research Foundation Study 2010.)
  • Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71%, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91%. (source: FM Global and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Study 2010.)
  • Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the sprinkler.
  • A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out such as paint and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.
  • Home fire sprinklers are effective in cold and warm climates. Guidelines have been created for the proper installation of systems to avoid pipes freezing. A home fire sprinklers system should be winterized the same as you winterize a domestic water supply.
Don't Forget...
  • If moving into an apartment or condominium building, make sure common areas and individual apartments have sprinklers.
  • If building a new home or remodeling an existing home, consider installing a home fire sprinkler system.
Facts
  • More than 2,500 people die in homes fires each year.
  • If a home fire occurs, the risk of dying decreases by about 80% when the home is equipped with a fire sprinkler system.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

UPDATE - Allouez Avenue Bridge over I-43 Closed for Maintenance

The Allouez Avenue bridge crossing I-43 has been closed since June 16th. As a part of other similar projects in their I-43 improvements, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has closed the bridge in order to install a new concrete deck overlay.

The latest update from the DOT is that the road is scheduled to be back open by Friday, July 21.  However, this is weather dependent and is not a confirmed opening date.

For the latest construction project updates from the Village of Bellevue please visit our Current & Future Projects page on the Village website.

Love Your Pipes

July Movie in the Park, "The Jungle Book" on Friday, July 21

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the 2nd summer Movie in the Park.   July's movie is "The Jungle Book" (rated PG), sponsored by Green Bay Family Dental.   Movies are held at Josten Park.  Concessions for the movie start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk.  Don't forget a blanket and/or your lawn chairs and we will see you there!




Friday, July 7, 2017

Screening & Storage of Garbage & Recycling Carts

The Village of Bellevue would like to provide a friendly reminder about the storage of your garbage and recycling bins on non-collection days.

The Village Housing and Residential Property Maintenance Code requires that during the time period between collection days, the carts must be stored in an enclosed structure or building or must be screened from view of the public right-of-way (basically if you can see your bins from the adjacent streets, they are not being stored in compliance with the ordinance).  This also means not storing them in front of your garage.

The containers cannot be stored in the front or corner side yards along the street; on, under or along side of a front porch, stoop, steps, landing, accessible ramp, or deck fronting on a public way; or within 15 feet of a public right-of-way.

Except collection days, please ensure that your garbage and recycling containers are screened from view. If your carts cannot be stored in the garage, dense shrubs or fencing may be used to screen them on the side of the house. One section of fence or one shrub may not adequately screen the trash containers from view of the public right-of-way. Contact the Community Development Department at 468-5225 to discuss screening options.

July's Rockin' in Josten Schedule: July 10 and July 24

Don't miss out on the remaining Rockin' in Josten concerts of 2017. Events are from 6:00-8:30 pm at Josten Park. Don't forget lawn chairs or a blanket. Concessions (hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, chips and beverages) are provided by Friends of Bellevue Parks and Bellevue Lions Club. 

The 2017 Rockin' in Josten schedule for July is:   
  • Monday, July 10:  Bazooka Joe (unplugged Johnny Wad band)
  • Monday, July 24:  Cat 5 (rock classics to country)

As a reminder, Town Hall Road is under construction this summer, so your best access to the park is from Hazen Road.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

3rd Youth Fun Run to be Held on Sunday, July 16

New for 2017, the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is offering a Youth Fun Run Series. Held on 4 Sunday evenings throughout the summer at Josten Park, youth ages 2-12 can participate in a fun run as a way to stay active and begin to experience the joy of running in a non-competitive, friendly environment. There are 3 age-appropriate run lengths through Josten Park, led by members of Preble High School Cross Country Team. The event is free, however registration is required. Children ages 4 and younger must have an older sibling or adult run with them.
You only have to register once for all 4 events.

The remaining 2 runs are on Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, August 6. 

Participant check in is from 6:30-6:50pm.   The run starts at 7:00pm.

To register for the 2-6 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 7-9 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 10-12 year age group, click HERE 


This event is sponsored by O.S.M.S. and made possible with volunteers from the Preble High School Cross Country Team.



Concessions and refreshments will be sold to support the Preble High School Cross Country Team. 

Bellevue's Annual Senior Picnic & Social Set for Monday, July 17

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is planning the Senior Summer Social for Monday, July 17th from 4:30-7:00pm at the Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Avenue.  Fox Communities Credit Union is the title sponsor for the event.

The evening includes plenty of food, live music, door prizes, raffle drawings, and more!

All older adults ages 55+ are welcome (Bellevue residency not required). The cost is only $9.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by Monday, July 10.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page HERE.  For additional information or questions, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (920) 468-5225.
2017 Senior Social Title Sponsor

Monday, July 3, 2017

Ready WIsconsin: 4th of July Holiday Safety

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Before the festivities begin, it’s important to remember safety tips to keep your family safe.
 
“Many Americans enjoy fireworks and cookouts to celebrate the 4th of July,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “However, make sure you’re thinking about safety first when you’re enjoying the holiday.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year more than 11,000 people across the nation were treated for fireworks-related injuries at emergency rooms. Officials say 39 percent of those injured were younger than 20 years of age. Fire and safety officials recommend the following safety tips when lighting fireworks:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Adults igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Only buy legal fireworks from reliable sellers.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Always have water ready in case of a fire (a garden hose or a bucket).
  • Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
  • Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose and get injured. Many animals have very sensitive ears and can be stressed or frightened by fireworks.
Are you planning to fire up the grill? Remember these tips:
  • Make sure your grill is away from home and deck railings.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting
  • Make a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking.
  
Also remember to play it safe over the holiday:


  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach over 100 degrees in minutes.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include a first-aid kit, bottled water and some energy bars. A car adaptor for your cell phone is also a good idea in case you need to call for help.
  • Know before you go! Learn about the latest traffic and road conditions by contacting 511 Wisconsin.  This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or at www.511wi.gov.
  • When attending various parades, fireworks displays and other gatherings, if you see something suspicious, remember to contact law enforcement. If you “See Something, Say Something”.

Reminder - Village Offices Closed on Tuesday, July 4th

As a reminder, the Village of Bellevue offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  All of us here at the Village wish everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July.


ATI Physical Therapy Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

ATI Physical Therapy held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 29th and also a very special presentation of two custom bicycles to children with special needs. The facility is located at 2394 Costco Way, Suite 120 in the same building as Buffalo Wild Wings and Sprint.  Welcome to Bellevue!


June 2017 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 63 permits for the month of June for a total permitted value of $2,795,487.  The total for the year (2017) is $18,795,728 and 253 permits issued.  This compares to 252 permits issued for a value of $12.009,419 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 is 98.9% of last years total permitted value in only half the year.  With some larger projects in the works likely to permitted shortly, the Village should easily eclipse $20,000,000 in permitted value for the year for the first time since 2013.

The largest permit issued for June 2017 was for a single-family home in the Bedford Heights subdivision at $406,000.

For June, the Village  issued 8 single-family permits for the month to bring this years total to 23 with a total value of $5,596,500 (average of $243,326 per home).  In 2016 at this time a total of 18 single-family permits had been issued with a total value of $2,911,700 (average of $161,761 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 7 less permits issued.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rockin' in Josten

Don't miss out on the remaining Rockin' in Josten concerts of 2017. Events are from 6:00-8:30 pm at Josten Park. As a reminder, Town Hall Road is under construction this summer, so your best access to the park is from Hazen Road. Don't forget lawn chairs or a blanket. Concessions are provided by Friends of Bellevue Parks and Bellevue Lions Club. 

The 2017 remaining Rockin' in Josten schedule is as follows: 
  • Monday, July 10:  Bazooka Joe (unplugged Johnny Wad band)
  • Monday, July 24:  Cat 5 (rock classics to country)
  • Monday, August 7:  Big Mouth and The Power Tool Horns (R&B/funk)
  • Monday, August 21:  The Moonlighters (standards, classic & swing)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Outdoor Warning Sirens

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

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

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

Child Product Recalls

Safe Kids Worldwide has recently published the list of the most up to date child product recalls. Topping the list for the month of June is the Madison Mill 23 and 25 Foldaway Gate. According to the recall, the danger for this product is that a young child’s neck can fit into the “V” shaped opening along the top edge of the gate, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to young children. Also, young children can pass under the gate allowing access to restricted areas, such as stairs. This recall affects approximately 25,180 units (In addition about 68,400 were sold in Canada). Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled gates and contact Madison Mill for instructions on receiving a full refund.  Please follow the link to get the full details on this recall as well as a complete list of current recalls. Bellevue Fire Department thanks you and reminds you to make it a safe day!

Bellevue's Movies in the Park to Start This Friday, June 23

The Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has 3 great movies planned for you this summer.  The first one is tomorrow, Friday, June 23 at Josten Park.  Concessions start at 7:30pm and all movies start at dusk.  Don't forget a blanket and lawn chairs!

Friday, June 23:  Sing (Rated PG)
June's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by KI

Friday, July 21:  The Jungle Book (Rated PG) 
July's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by Green Bay Family Dental
 





Friday, August 18:  The Secret Life of Pets (Rated PG)
August's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry


Friday, June 16, 2017

It's Only a Little Grass...

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

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

Sometimes the grass makes it all the way down to the catch basin.  Catch basins are designed to accept a certain amount of drainage.  Storm sewer systems are engineered to reduce flooding in the street and private property.  When the catch basins become blocked with grass, the capacity is taken away from accepting water.  Ponding occurs around the catch basin, which can lead to localized flooding and possibly property damage.  The Village might be able to sweep it up, but that could be months away.  It takes the Village street sweeper approximately 2-3 weeks to go through the Village one time.  There are over 130 curb miles to sweep in the Village.

What happens after the stormwater gets into the catch basin?  The stormwater travels through a series of progressively larger pipes until it outlets into a ditch, stream, river, or pond.  It does not take much for a twig or small tree branch to enter the catch basin and attempt to travel downstream.  Sometimes stones or other material get caught in the pipes which act as a dam and additional debris catcher for grass.  The grass begins to compost, and release pollutants like phosphorus or nitrogen into the stormwater every time it rains.  The capacity of the pipe to convey water is reduced as well, until water backs up onto the street or yard drains.

The Village has over 90 miles of pipes and over 1,200 catch basins installed throughout the community.  We manage to clean and maintain only a small fraction of those every year.  When hazardous weather approaches, it there is not enough time for our staff to make sure every catch basin is cleared off and all debris (grass/leaves) are cleared out of the curb to prevent potential flooding.  We need your help to make sure the systems operate efficiently by not mowing grass into the curb.  Please take the time to sweep or blow the street grass back onto the lawn.  If you have catch basins in your neighborhood, take the time to make sure it is cleared off before rainfalls come.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NFPA: Fireworks Safety


Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hand of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eyes injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if the follow a few simple safety tips:

Be Careful!

  • Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
Firework Safety Facts
  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per years.
  • Sparklers account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Did You Know?
Sparklers can burn as hot as 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit! As a comparison, consider that wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Passport to the Parks--A GREAT Way to Get Your Kids Out and Exploring This Summer

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer (already)?  Why not enroll them in our new Passport to the Parks program?  This is a FREE program for Village of Bellevue residents in grades K-8.  Parks provide a sense of place for our residents.  Our goal this summer is to get your kids out in the parks exploring, spending quality family and friend time, and having fun.  Kids have 3 months (now through August 31) to complete the tasks as listed in the Parks Passport Book.  Once the passport book is completed, turn in the completed passport to the Village Offices by Thursday, August 31st to get a FREE T-SHIRT.  You can register for this program online now through Friday, June 16.

Register online HERE

If you have further questions about the program, please call the Recreation Department at 468-5225. 
Thank you to Pro-One Janitorial for sponsoring this great program. 

NFPA: Lightning Safety

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike. Below are some safety tips for when you are either outside or inside during a lightning storm.

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minuted after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.

Indoor Safety
  • Turn off computers. Staff off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.
  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or wash dishes.

Did You Know?
  • Lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rain!

Friday, June 2, 2017

NFPA: Safety in Places of Public Assembly


Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events. But every so often, the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives and routines can be. Each disaster can have lasting effects - people may be seriously injured or killed, and devastating and costly property damage can occur. People entering any public assembly building need to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Before You Enter

  • Take a good look. Does the building appear to be in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
  • Have a communications plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends.
  • Plan a meeting place. Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
When You Enter
  • Take a good look. Locate exits immediately. When you enter a building, you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You may not be able to use the main exit.
  • Check for clear exit paths. Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure you exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to register a complaint.
  • Do you feel safe? Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building, leave immediately.
During an Emergency
  • React immediately. If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or some other unusual disturbance, immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion.
  • Get out, stay out. Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bellevue Fire Department Welcomes New Battalion Chief

The Bellevue Fire Department is excited to welcome a new Battalion Chief onto its team. Stefan Schaefer comes to us after serving as a Volunteer Firefighter and a Lieutenant with the Village of Howard for 15 years. Stefan graduated from Gillett High School and served in the United States Air Force for 3 years. He credits his experiences from the Air Force and time in Howard in preparing him for the demands of the Battalion Chief position. Stefan has also instructed several students enrolled in the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Fire Training Program. Stefan is looking forward to beginning the next chapter in his career with the Village of Bellevue.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Water Tower #1 Inspection June 16

The Village of Bellevue will be conducting mandatory inspection on our Water Tower #1, located at the corner of Willow Road and Erie Road, beginning June 16, 2017. The inspection process is anticipated to last about one week. As a result of the inspection, affected users will experience a noticeable drop in their water pressure as we prepare for the inspection, during the inspection, and then until the tower is back in full operation. Homes and businesses affected are those on or east of Ontario Road only. Any questions may be directed to the Village’s Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225.

Friday, May 19, 2017

APWA: May 21-27 is National Public Works Week

The week of May 21st is National Public Works Week. The theme for this year's National public Works Week is "Public Works Connects Us," examining and celebrating the vital role public works plays in connecting all of us together. As the cornerstone of civilization, public works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for our communities. Its streets, roads, bridges, and public transportation keep us linked together from coast to coast, and its clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper. During the week of May 21st, if you see any of the Village's Public Works employees out and about, please be sure to wave and thank them for their many years of dedicated service to our community and in keeping us all connected.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

NFPA: Electrical Safety around Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas

For many of us, water activities equal fun. But it's important to be aware of the electrical hazards while enjoying the water. Know how to be safe around swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.

  • If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa, be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experience in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least 6 feet away from the water. When possible, use battery-operated appliances and equipment, such as televisions, radios, and stereos.
  • Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a dicing board. If unsure, contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and - where necessary - replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe.
  • Have a qualified electrician show ou how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.
Know the Risks!
  • Be aware when skin is wet or when surrounding surfaces, such as the grass or pool deck, are wet. Wet skin or wet surfaces can greatly increase the chance of electrocution when electricity is present.
  • There are several signs of electrical shock. Swimmers may fell feel a tingling sensation. They may experience muscle cramps. They may not be able to move. The may feel as if something is holding them in place.
  • If you think someone in the water is being shocked, turn off all power, but do not attempt to go in the water. Use a fiberglass or other kind of rescue hook that doesn't conduct electricity to help the swimmer. Have someone call 9-1-1.
  • If you think you are being shocked while in the water, move away from the source of the shock. Get out of the water.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Youth Fun Run Series to be Held at Josten Park

New for 2017, the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is offering a Youth Fun Run Series. Held on 4 Sunday evenings throughout the summer at Josten Park, youth ages 2-12 can participate in a fun run as a way to stay active and begin to experience the joy of running in a non-competitive, friendly environment. There will be 3 age-appropriate run lengths through Josten Park, led by members of Preble Cross Country Team. The event is free, however registration is required. Children ages 4 and younger must have an older sibling or adult run with them.
You only have to register once for all 4 events.
Participant check in is from 6:30-6:50pm.   The run starts at 7:00pm.

To register for the 2-6 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 7-9 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 10-12 year age group, click HERE 


This event is sponsored by O.S.M.S. and made possible with volunteers from the Preble High School Cross Country Team.

Concessions and refreshments will be sold to support the Preble XC Team.