Friday, September 29, 2017

NFPA: Wood & Pellet Stove Safety

As the temperature drops outside, wood and pellet stoves may be fired up inside the home. What you may not realize is that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

  • Have a QUALIFIED professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
  • Stoves should be listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only DRY, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Have your chimney and stove INSPECTED and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep every fall just before heating season.
  • CLEAN the inside of your stove periodically using a wire brush.
  • Allow ashes to COOL before disposing of them. Place ashes in a covered metal container. Keep the container at least 10 feet away from the home and other buildings.
  • Keep a CLOSE EYE on children whenever a wood or pellet stove is being used. Remind them to stay at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Stoves need SPACE. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • INSTALL a maintain carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms. When one sounds, they all sound.

Smoke Alarm Sense
Install and maintain smoke alarms on EVERY level of your home, outside each separate area and inside each bedroom. For the best protection, interconnect the alarms. When one sounds, they all sound. TEST all smoke alarms at least monthly.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Responsibilties of Private Tree Owners

Private property trees, shrubs, hedges, or other landscaping may not interfere with public convenience or safety in the use of streets, trails, paths and sidewalks.  Property owners must maintain trees, shrubs, hedges or other landscaping in a safe and non-dangerous condition for users of public streets, trails, paths, and sidewalks. Federal guidelines for vertical clearance on a bike path/sidewalk are 8’.  Federal guidelines for vertical clearance over a public roadway are 16’.  This includes areas next to driveways where trash and recycling bins are placed for collection.
 
 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Chicago Shopping Trip with the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

Limited spots remain for our November Chicago shopping trip.  Travel via coach bus to downtown Chicago to spend the day shopping on Michigan Avenue.  From major department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Bloomingdales to specialty shops and boutiques such as American Girl Place, Niketown, and the Disney store, the city boasts a vibrant retail scene that caters to the need of every shopper.





Not into shopping?  Enjoy one of the many attractions at Navy Pier or one of the museums at the lakefront Museum Campus.





Our motorcoach bus will pick us up at Sam's Club in west Green Bay at 6:30am on Saturday, November 11th and drop us off right on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  We plan to return to Green Bay around 9:30pm the same day.

The cost of the trip is $26, which covers the travel expense to and from Chicago.  All other expenses (meals, shopping) are on your own.  All ages are welcome, however youth under the age of 18 must register with an adult. 

Register online HERE
Course number:  1236
Registration Deadline:  Friday, November 3rd
Event Date:  Saturday, November 11th
Departure and Return Location:  Sam's Club Parking Lot (2470 W. Mason St.)
Fee:  $26

Bellevue Firefighter's Association Annual Fish Boil: September 29


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill LTE Public Works Laborer/Snow Plow Operator Position

The Village is seeking to fill a Limited Term Employee (LTE), Public Works Laborer/Snow Plow Operator position responsible for supporting the key duties and services of our Public Works Department including, but not limited to, snow removal, utilities and street maintenance, heavy equipment operation, and maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

This is an hourly, full-time, limited term position from October 2017, through approximately March, 2018.  Candidate must have a valid Wisconsin Commercial Driver's License Class B minimum. Direct experience with snow removal on public roads, trails, and sidewalks highly desired.

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Joe Piumbroeck Recognized for Retirement/25 Years of Service to Bellevue

Joe Piumbroeck (left) & Village President, Steve Soukup
The Village of Bellevue Village Board recently recognized Public Works employee Joe Piumbroeck for his 25 years of service to the Village and our community. Joe retired from service with the Village on September 15 and we wish him the very best in his retirement.

Bellevue is grateful for our many long-serving and dedicated employees who all make Bellevue a Great Place to Grow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REMINDER NOTICE to Village Residents/Property Owners: Special Assessments

As part of the Village’s annual Capital Improvement Planning process, our 71 miles of Village streets are evaluated for needed resurfacing and repairs. Streets are typically resurfaced once every 18-25 years, depending upon condition.

Special Assessments are currently used by the Village to fund these resurfacing projects.  Assessments involve charging a fee directly to property owners for improvement projects that benefit the abutting property.  Assessments per property (lot) can range from approximately $6,000- $8,000. Corner lots are assessed at 1/2 lot per side.

Bills are typically sent out in late August/September and may be paid in full without interest within 30 days. If the bill is not paid in full within 30 days, charges are levied on the property tax bill with interest. Payments are due annually over a 10 year period on the tax bill. Assessments can be paid off early and interest is charged only on the remaining principal.

Residents are encouraged to review our Village Capital Improvement Plan and Special Assessment page to learn more about our program and when your road may be planned for improvements. Plans are reviewed annually and therefore are subject to change annually. Residents with completed resurfacing projects in 2017 and subject to assessments have already been notified and assessments have been issued.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Village Seeking to Fill Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant Position

The Village is seeking to fill a Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant position responsible for serving as the first point of contact for our customers at the Village Office and on  the phone; providing utility billing issuance and processing; maintaining records of the Village's utilities; and providing administrative assistance to department directors.

This is an hourly full-time position eligible for the full Village benefits package. Candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent along with a minimum of two years experience performing administrative, receptionist, or clerical duties in a setting requiring the implementation of a variety of duties or assignments. An associate degree in accounting, finance, administrative or related field with experience as a utility billing clerk, accountant, or similar type position with finance, accounts billable or accounting experience is highly desired.  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 October 13.

Friday, September 8, 2017

NFPA: Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It's not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Check these 10 tips off your list and get ahead of the winter freeze.

   o   Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)

   o   Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

   o   Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

   o   We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose of cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)

   o   Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

   o   Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

   o   Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

   o   We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)

   o   We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.)

Open House - Village of Bellevue Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan Update

The Village is currently in the process of updating the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan.  Originally adopted in 2009, the plan establishes the overall goals and objectives for the Village’s pedestrian and bicycle transportation system.  This plan is a guiding document which gives decision makers and staff a clear set of prioritized recommendations to accomplish the plan’s goals.  The recommendations of facility type and timing of the facilities is needed in order to establish an overall vision for the community and achieve a complete and connected system.

This update is designed to revise out of date information, update completed projects and associated maps and recommend new projects that will further the goals of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan. 

The Village of Bellevue will host an open house to address walking and bicycling in the community.  The open house will be held at the Village Hall (3100 Eaton Road) on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:30-6:30.  

During this time, Village staff will introduce the update of the Village’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan to the community and obtain public input.  Attendees can review the work completed to date and provide feedback to Village staff.  If residents are unable to attend the open house comments, questions and suggestions can also be emailed to Michelle Du Chateau (mduchateau@villageofbellevue.org

A formal Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for the Village Board on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  The purpose of the hearing is to obtain public input on the proposed update of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan.

Exhibits and drafts can be found on the Village of Bellevue’s website on the Adopted Plans page.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bellevue Park Shelter Rentals End September 30

Summer has unofficially come to an end, and with that comes the end of park shelter rentals in Bellevue.  Park shelters are available to rent from May 1 through September 30 each year. There are only a few more weekends and available shelters for your fall parties, reunions, and get-togethers.  To check on available dates and facilities, please call the Village Offices at 468-5225.
Reservations for the park shelters for the 2018 season will start on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.