Friday, July 28, 2017

NFPA: Scald Prevention Safety Tips

A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee, and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.

Scald Safety
  • Teach children that hot things can burn. Install anti-scald devices on tub faucets and shower heads.
  • Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.
  • Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
  • Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath yourself, test the water.
    • Test the water by moving you hand, wrist, and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.
  • Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or toward the back of a counter.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas of where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face.
  • Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Never heat a baby bottle in a microwave oven. Heat baby bottles in warm water from the faucet.
  • Allow microwaved food to cool before eating.
  • Choose prepackaged soups whose containers have a wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating.
Burn Rx
Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3-5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help if needed.

Prepackaged microwavable soups are a frequent cause of scald burn injuries (especially noodle soups) because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid (and noodles) on the person.

Japanese Beetles are Here in Abundance This Year....Now What?

The Village of Bellevue has fielded an extraordinary amount of calls regarding Japanese Beetles this year.  Yes, they are here, and they are hitting the Mid-West in full-force this year.  So now what do you do?
There are a couple of options for you if you want to take action in your garden and for your trees.  The Village does not spray or apply any insecticides on Village-owned street trees, so if your concern lies with the street trees in front of your property, you can do some things yourself if you choose, however you will need approval from the Forestry Division prior to doing so.  Should you desire to apply insecticide to the street trees in front of your property, the Village requires a tree-work permit (it is free) to be filed prior to any work being done on the Village's street trees.  The link for the permit is here. 

Vijai Pandian, the Brown County UW Extension Horticultural Agent/Educator, provided some very helpful tips in a recent article in the Green Bay Press Gazette on July 9.  For the full article click here.

Here are a few of your options to help lessen the effect of the Japanese beetles as per Vijai: 

Depending on the landscape settings, control options for adult Japanese beetles and their grubs varies.
1. Mature trees and shrubs have more tolerance to the feeding damage caused by the adult beetles and will leaf out again next year. No spray treatment is needed for mature woody ornamentals.

2. Small-size landscape plants such as roses, vegetable crops, strawberries and raspberries can be protected using floating row cover (white polyester spun bonded fabric) from afternoon until late evening hours. Drape the fabric over the plant and pin it to the ground. However, do not use the fabric on blooming vegetable crops such as pumpkins and squash, as they require bees for pollination.

3. Hand-picking and drowning the beetles in soapy water is another option to consider if populations are low in the garden.

4. Standard contact insecticides with an active ingredient containing carbaryl, imidacloprid, permethrin, bifenthrin, or Malathion are toxic to bees and should be sprayed on small-size woody ornamentals and perennials only after their blooming period. Read the product label for instructions and bee toxicity warning. An alternative product is Acelepryn, which is relatively new in the market and is known to provide good control on Japanese beetles as a foliar application and is less toxic to bees.

5. On fruits and vegetables, standard organic products such as neem oil and spinosad can be sprayed after the blooming period. Be sure to read the product label for its instructions, post-harvest interval period, and safety. For maximum control, spray during afternoon hours when the beetles are in peak activity. Repeat the application once every 5 to 10 days until mid-August.

6. Do not use Japanese beetle traps for control, as they will attract thousands of beetles towards your landscape and can result in more damage.

7. On turf, withhold your irrigation during the beetle’s active season. This will help in preventing beetles from laying eggs in your turf.

8. Schedule a preventive grub insecticide (active ingredient containing imidacloprid, halofenzide, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam) in your lawn before the end of July to prevent the eggs from hatching. It is best to use granular formulation. Before application, mow any flowering weeds such as clovers in your lawn to prevent bee toxicity. Or you can use acelepryn insecticide for a preventive application that is non-hazardous to bees. Immediately after application, schedule a light irrigation (1/8 inch) to leach the product into the thatch layer.

9. By mid-August, use a curative insecticide product (carbaryl, clothianidin, or trichlorfon) to control young grubs in your lawn. Mow any flowering weeds in your lawn before application and schedule a light irrigation after application.

For horticulture-related questions and advice, contact Brown County UW-Extension’s Horticulture Help Desk at 920-391-4615 or

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 6:00-8:00 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.

Final Youth Fun Run to be Held Sunday, August 6th

The Preble Cross Country Team running with a young participant
The final Youth Fun Run of 2017 will be held on Sunday, August 6th at 7:00pm.  Registration and participation in this event is free, and you can register online or at the event prior to the start.  Registration/check-in is from 6:30-6:50pm. 

Excellent family experience!

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.

Coach Kyle leading stretches

To register for the 2-6 year age group (1/4 mile), click HERE
To register for the 7-9 year age group (1/2 mile), click HERE
To register for the 10-12 year age group (1 mile), click HERE 

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

Family Kite Fest Flying into Bellevue August 5th

Families come out and fly a kite, up to the highest heights, with the Wisconsin Kiter’s Club. See some of the largest kites you have ever seen in the air, get a chance to create and fly your own kite and participate in the fan favorite: the Candy Drop.

The Family Kite Fest will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Willow Creek Park from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Admission is free of charge.  The first 50 kids will receive a free kite kit donated by Bellevue Family Dentistry.  Additional kite kits can be purchased for $2. 

Concessions and refreshments will be sold to support the Bellevue East Town Optimist Club.

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.

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 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!

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:

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.
  • 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
  • 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!