Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sidwalk Construction to Begin at DeBroux Park

As part of the 2017 road and construction projects in Bellevue, new and replacement sidewalks will be added at DeBroux Park from the entrance running south along the west side of the parking lot to the end of the parking lot.  Construction on the sidewalk is beginning the week of April 24th.  When this project is finished, users of the park and parking lot will have ADA compliant access from the parking lot to the sidewalk and will have additional sidewalk along the parking lot to provide a safe walk for pedestrians when they are accessing the park from the parking lot.   

2017 Road Crack Filling Maintenance Program

The Village accepted bids on the 2017 crack filling maintenance contract. Asphalt Seal and Repair from De Pere submitted the low bid for the project. The proposed roads to receive the maintenance are posted on the Village website under Current & Future Projects.  Some roads on the list may not be completed this year due to more or less material being needed on the planned streets.  If the maintenance is not performed on the listed streets this year, it will be placed on the schedule for next year.

Crack filling is a maintenance method used to keep water from penetrating below the surface and breaking it up. The less water that penetrates the surface, the longer we can make the streets last.  This method of maintenance is not cost effective for streets that have a lot of surface cracking.  Depending on the type of cracking, the road may be resurfaced, or if severe structural damage has occurred, is subject to reconditioning.

Monday, April 24, 2017

From the Brown County Sheriff's Office: Save yourself the stress: Lock your doors

The Brown County Sheriff's Office would like to remind Bellevue residents that taking only a few moments to check your locks each day and night can save you a great deal of stress. Consider: by taking less than a minute each night to make sure that the locks on your windows, doors, and garage service doors are locked, you can save yourself the stress of having your property burglarized. It is also recommended that you do the same for the daytime hours that you will not be home.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NFPA: Marina & Boating Safety

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But, boaters, swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. Electrical hazards and carbon monoxide (CO) bring unique risks to the boating world. Learn to protect people and pets from these dangers.


Electrical Safety

  • Never allow swimming near the boat, marina, or launching ramp. Residual current could flow into the water from the boat or the marina's wiring. This can put anyone at risk of electrical shock drownings (ESD).
  • Be sure your boat is well-maintained. Have it inspected each year. Ask a qualified marine electrician to do this job.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and equipment leakage circuit interrupters (ELCIs) should be installed and tested monthly. Run tests to find out if electrical current is leaking from the boat.
  • Only use cords intended for marine use. Never use household cords near water.
  • Know where your main breakers are on both the boat and the shore power source. This will help you respond quickly in an emergency.

Know the Risks!
Electrical shock drownings can occur when marina electrical systems leak electrical current into the water. Boats can also serve as the source of an electrical leakage. Leakage can cause a shock that can injure, disable, or kill a person.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called the "invisible killer." CO is created when fuels such as gasoline, diesel, or propane do not burn fully. CO is also produced when wood or charcoal is burned.

Sources of CO on your boat may include engines, gas generators, and cooking ranges. Space and water heaters can also be sources of CO. CO can collect anywhere in or around a boat. The gas is harmful to both people and pets.


Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Poorly tuned engines produce more CO. Keep your engine properly maintained. Follow manufacturer's instructions for service.
  • Proper ventilation for engine and generator exhaust vents must be clear and pipes should be inspected for leaks.
  • Get into fresh air right away and get help if you feel symptoms of CO poisoning. These include: headache, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, nausea, or seizures. The symptoms can be similar to seasickness. Assume it is exposure until you are sure the boat is safe.
  • Do not swim near the boat's exhaust cents. CO accumulates there.
  • Install CO alarms inside your boat. Test CO alarms before each trip.
    • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
    • If the CO alarm sounds, move to a fresh air location right away.
  • FACT: CO can remain in or around your boat at unsafe levels even if the engine has been turned off.

Memorial Tree or Memorial Bench an Excellent Gift for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is only 3 weeks away; consider gifting a Memorial Tree or a Memorial Bench this year. Through the Memorial Tree and Bench Program anyone can provide a unique dedication to honor a friend, relative, or member of an organization by placing a tree or bench in one of Bellevue’s Parks. This dedication provides a lasting memory and enhances the meaning of a tree or bench to others.  The gift is also a valuable contribution to our park system to be used and enjoyed by all.

Tree Sponsors
The cost of a memorial tree is $425.  This price includes the tree, plaque on recognition board, regular maintenance including fertilizing, pruning and mulching.  The trees are 2 – 2 ½ inches in diameter, balled and burlapped.  Trees will be planted at the appropriate time of the year to ensure optimal growth (typically May & October as weather permits).  Six tree species available for this program include:
•Freeman Maple
•Sugar Maple
•Bur Oak
•Swamp White Oak
•Kentucky Coffeetree
•American Linden
Example Bench
Bench Sponsors
The cost of a memorial bench is $950.  The price includes a six foot bench with a back plaque, and installation on a concrete pad.  Benches will be installed in the early Summer or Fall.






How to Order?
Download the Tree & Bench Sponsor Program brochure here, print, complete and mail in to the Village Offices. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Town Hall Road Construction Update

Construction work on Town Hall Road scheduled to commence on May 1.

The Village Board approved a contract with Peters Concrete, Green Bay, to complete a multi phase construction project to include:
  • Replacing/reline sanitary sewer
  • Replace sanitary laterals from the main to the property line
  • Installation of sidewalk from Lime Kiln Road to Nicole Ann Circle, south side of the road only
  • Excavation and road replacement
  • Select curb and gutter replacement
Information has been distributed to the property owners via door hangers. For further project information and regular project updates see the Current & Future Projects page of the Village website.

Spring Brush Pick-Up Reminders

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of May 1st 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.

Pick-up for areas east of Main Street is in progress the week of April 24th. If you missed the scheduled pick-up week, brush should be taken directly to the Village's yard waste site.

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue has identified Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the village limits.  A tree located along Foxfire Drive in the neighborhood near Denmark State Bank was positively identified for being infested with EAB in April of 2017.  This is the first positive find within the community.  Previously, EAB had been located in the City of Green Bay (2009), City of De Pere (2016), Village of Howard (2017), Village of Ashwaubenon (2017), and most recently Village of Allouez.  The Village of Bellevue will continue to investigate suspect ash trees for signs of EAB infestation and manage accordingly.

The Emerald Ash Borer only affects true ash trees; white ash, green ash, and black ash.  Mountain ash is not a true ash and is not in jeopardy of EAB infestation.  Signs of EAB include flecking bark from woodpecker activity, split bark, serpentine “S” galleries under the bark from the borer, thinning crown, water sprouts, and “D” shaped holes in the bark.

Movement of firewood, wood products, and brush is prohibited outside of the EAB quarantine area which includes most of southern Wisconsin including Brown, Outagamie, Kewaunee, Door, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

If you suspect your private ash tree has EAB, you can contact a local tree service to evaluate your tree; we recommend you contact a certified arborist.  For a list of certified arborists, please visit the Wisconsin Arborist Association webpage at www.waa-isa.org/arborists/search.asp  Should you suspect EAB in a Village-owned tree in the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the Village Forester, Doug Tenor, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org.  For more information on EAB in the Village of Bellevue, please visit our webpage at www.villageofbellevue.org



Friday, April 14, 2017

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Summer/Fall L.I.F.E. Guide is Now Online

Find the guide HERE
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has released the 2017 Summer & Fall L.I.F.E. Guide online. The guide features community recreation programs, special events and park facilities in Bellevue.  This year's Summer/Fall guide has a new look, but all your favorite programs, events and information are still in this guide and many new ones too!

Copies of the guide will be directly mailed to Village residents around April 15th. Programs featured in the catalog run from May through December.

Registration will begin for Village residents on May 1st. Non-residents will be able to register for programs on May 15th.

For more information or to download a copy of the guide, visit the Village website here

Spring Brush Pick-Up Schedule

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of April 24th for homes on and east of Main Street and the week of May 1st 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.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

NFPA: Campfire Safety

Sitting under the stars by a crackling fire has its appeal. It's where stories are told, sing-a-longs happen, and meals are cooked over an open flame. Campfires bring family and friends together. But campfire mishaps can cause injuries. With a few safety tip, you can prevent these accidents.

Safety Around the Fire

  • Before setting up a campfire, be sure it is permitted. Check with your local fire department.
  • If campfires are permitted, they need to be at least 25 feet away from any structure and anything that can burn. Clear away dry leaves ans sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs.
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry day. it is easier for open burning to spread out of control when it is windy and dry.
  • Watch children while the fire is burning. Never let children or pets play or stand too close to the fire.
  • Attend to the campfire at all times. A campfire left alone for only a few minutes can grown into a damaging fire.
  • Keep a campfire small, which is easier to control.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids.
  • Always have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt and sand nearby to put out the fire. make sure to put it completely out before leaving the site.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Stop, drop to the ground, and roll over or back and forth until the fire is out.
  • Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover is a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help if needed.
Roast with Care
If roasting marshmallows, help young children. Never shake a roasting marshmallow. It can turn into a flying, flaming ball. A heated metal skewer can cause burns.

Prescription Drug Take Back Event: April 29

On April 29, 2017 the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and the Village of Bellevue, will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. The focus is on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state's medicine cabinets and preventing them from going into our water supply.

When:  Saturday, April 29th (9:30AM – 1:30PM)
Where:  Bellevue Village Hall (3100 Eaton Rd.)

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, inhalers, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.

*Medications will be removed from their containers and the plastic pill bottles will be placed in a recycling bin.*


Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), flares, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, chemicals, oil, or gas) or acid.

Friday, April 7, 2017

NFPA: Enjoying a Safe Grilling Season


There's nothing like outdoor grilling. It's one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Safety Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
Charcoal Grills
  • There are several ways to get charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely coo before disposing in a metal container.
Propane Grills
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the frill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Senior Safety Tips from the Bellevue DEO

Your Bellevue Directed Enforcement Officers (DEO) of the Brown County Sheriff's Office serve to educate our residents and provide community policing to our Village. Educating seniors on how to prevent a confrontation and being mindful of personal safety is part of that mission.

Think about this, if you were ever threatened in public, what would you do? The way you react could be the difference between becoming a victim and avoiding a potentially dangerous encounter. One of the best safety tips for seniors to discourage someone from following through with an assault is to prevent a potential confrontation in the first place. There is safety in numbers, and a criminal won’t want to be seen by multiple people who may be able to describe them to the police. If there are people close by, yell for help, or shout for someone to dial 911.

Just calling for assistance doesn’t always work, so it is good idea to have something that will really grab people’s attention. A good recommendation for seniors in general is a personal alarm. This is a self defense device that emits an ear splitting siren that is an unmistakable cry for help. It will be noticed by anyone in the vicinity, and alert bystanders of the need for assistance.

5 Basic Personal Safety Tips For Seniors:
  • Be aware of where you are and what is happening around you.
  • Be prepared. Take steps to protect yourself and your home.
  • Be wary of strangers and watch out for con artists. 
  • Don’t be afraid to report suspicious people, activity and crimes to the police.  Have their number by the phone and call them. 
  • Trust your instincts: if you’re uncomfortable get out and get help.