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.