Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Trail Business Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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



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

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Set-up:   9:00am                  

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

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

Rain Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Please register by Monday, October 9, 2017

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

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

NFPA: Clothes Dryer Safety

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

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

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



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back-To-School Rules of the Road

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Help Us Reach 1,000 Twitter Followers

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Village Offices Closed: Monday, September 4th

Culvert Replacement Project Update

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

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

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

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

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

Brown County Recycling Transfer Station to Temporarily Close

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

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

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

NFPA: Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

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


Heater Checklist:

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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Join the Bellevue Firefighters Association for a Fundraising Cookout

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Final Rockin' in Josten Scheduled for Monday, August 21

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







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










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

Resident Street Tree Order Deadline is September 30

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

 
Current View




Concept View


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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Village Welcomes New Public Works Director

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

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

NFPA: Escape Planning

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill Accountant Position

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

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

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

To see the full job posting, job description and details on applying, please refer to the Village's Job Opportunities web page. Position is open until filled. First review of applications is occurring on September 11.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Give One, Take One Library Donated to Bel-Meadow Park

Thanks to a generous donation by Bellevue resident Glenn Tointon, Bel-Meadow Park (2710 Woodland Hills Court) now has a give one, take one library for all to enjoy.  Also known by the trademarked name, "Little Free Library", this small wooden box can house 30+ books for people to enjoy.  The idea is if you find a book you enjoy, you replace it with one (or more) you have read.  Glenn approached the Village of Bellevue Park Commission with the proposal and the Park Commission approved the donation and location of the library.  Glenn built the cedar library by hand in his garage and was on site to assist park staff with the placement and digging of the hole for the foundation.  The Village would like to thank Glenn for his wonderful donation and his part in  making Bellevue a Great Place to Grow. 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Movie in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets, Friday, August 18

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the last summer Movie in the Park.   August's movie is "The Secret Life of Pets" (rated PG), sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry.  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!










Thank you to Bellevue Family Dentistry for sponsoring our event!

NFPA: Smoking & Home Fire Safety

The place where we feel safest - at home - is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens, or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
Put it Out
  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do no discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
Smoking and Medical Oxygen
Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Electronic Cigarettes
Fire have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged, or the device was being transported. Battery failures have led to small explosions. Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

Facts
  • The risk of dying in a home structure fire caused by smoking materials rises with age.
  • One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoke whose cigarette started the fire.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

NFPA: Parents' Safety Tips for Young Firesetters

Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them.

  • Children experience fire interest. They may ask questions such as, "how hot is fire," or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy, and it is time to begin educating about fire.
  • Fire starting happens when children begin to experiment with fire using matches and lighters. Many fires happen when young children are left alone, even for a shot period of time, and have access to matches and lighters. Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse.
  • Grown-ups can help keep fire out of the hands of children.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet or container.
  • Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision.
  • Teach young children and school-age children to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters. Children need to understand that fire is difficult to control, it is fast, and can hurt as soon as it touches you.
  • A child with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and result in repeated firesetting behavior.
  • It is important for grown-ups to discourage unsupervised fire starts.
  • Never use lights or matches as a source of amusement for children: They may imitate you.
  • Never assign a young child any tasks that involve the use of a lighter or matches (lighting candles, bringing a lighter to an adult to light a cigarette or the fireplace, etc.).
  • If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
  • Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof.
Important!
Children and fire are a deadly combination. Some children play with fire out of curiosity, not realizing its danger. Troubled children may set a fire as a way of acting out their anger, disappointment, or frustration.

If you suspect your child is intentionally setting fires or unusually fascinated with fire, get help. Your local fire department, school, or community counseling agency can put you in touch with trained experts who know how to teach children about fire in an appropriate way.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Culvert Replacement Projects Starting August 14th

The Village will begin work on replacing five culverts on the east side of the Village, beginning August 14th. As a part of the work, the public should expect changes in traffic patterns where the work is being performed including road closures. The following culverts are being replaced:
  • Culvert #1593 (Erie Road: between Eaton Road and Willow Road, just south of Gorzlancyk Road)
  • Culvert #1608 (Erie Road: between Eaton Road and Willow Road, just north of Evening Star Drive)
  • Culvert #1548 (Intersection of Willow Road and S Grandview Road)
  • Culvert #1533 (S Grandview Road: just south of Eaton Road)
  • Culvert #1568 (S Grandview Road: between Eaton Road and Allen Pond Road)
To see a map of the culvert locations, click here.

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Village is Seeking Crossing Guard Applicants/Substitutes

The Village of Bellevue currently manages and funds the placement of adult crossing guards at two intersection locations during the school year near Christa McAuliffe Elementary School.  Assigned crossing guards work under the direction of the Village’s Sheriff’s Office Directed Enforcement Officer (DEO).  All training and supplies are provided by the Village.  Guards must have a high school diploma, pass a background check, provide regular availability for their shifts and provide their own transportation to and from their assigned location. Work is performed regardless of weather as long as school is in session.

If you are interested in a crossing guard position or assignment as a substitute crossing guard, please complete a Village Employment Application.  Questions regarding the position(s) can be directed to DEO Trevor Bilgo via e-mail at Bilgo_tc@co.brown.wi.us.