Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What is a Snow Emergency?

What really is a snow emergency when declared by the Village? In accordance State Statute 166.03(4) and with Village Ordinance, the Village of Bellevue can declare a snow emergency following specific procedures. During such period of a declared snow emergency, no person shall cause nor allow the parking or standing of any vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer, except emergency vehicles, upon any Village street until after the period of declaration has come to an end. The Sheriff’s Department may tow away any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer found in violation of the declaration at the owner’s expense.

When the Village declares such an emergency, notice is provided to many media outlets and agencies as well as through Village social media and website. We make every effort to get the message out on a declared emergency as soon as possible. We understand that such a declaration can cause some significant inconvenience and the Village only makes a declaration of a snow emergency when it is deemed necessary for the general public safety and welfare of the Village. Snow removal operations can be slowed considerably when parking is permitted on Village streets.

The Village would also like to remind residents that no parking is allowed on any Village street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., November 1st to April 1st. For more information on Village snow and ice control, including maps, visit the Village website.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rockin' in Josten 2018 is Looking for Business Sponsors

We are looking for event sponsors for our 2018 Rockin' in Josten concert series. Rockin' in Josten is Bellevue's premier summer concert series. Due to budget reductions for 2018, we currently will only be offering four concert dates for 2018, when we typically offer six. We are looking for community-minded businesses that are looking for a great sponsorship opportunity to promote one of our 2018 dates. 



For a financial commitment of $750 to sponsor one concert, you will have an excellent way to get your company name in front of over 200+ community members. Our largest concert in 2017 had over 500 attendees. As an event sponsor you can choose the date/band you would like to sponsor, your company name will be listed in our Summer/Fall LIFE Guide which is directly mailed to over 6,000 Bellevue households, and we will gladly hang your company banner at the Rockin' in Josten event that you have sponsored.  Additionally, your company name will be mentioned on our social media promotions for your particular date, and should you choose, you may have a tent/booth at your event to promote your business.

A financial commitment of $4,000 or more will secure your business as our 2018 Rockin' in Josten Title Sponsor for six concert events this summer.  Envision "2018 Rockin' in Josten Concert Series Sponsored by >Your Business Here<" for all our promotions for 2018 Rockin' in Josten, including our online and print guides, social media, concert posters and mentions by each band.  Recent acts have included local favorites Big Mouth, PowerTool Horns, The Cougars, Bazooka Joe, and many others. 

Rockin' in Josten is a great place to host a company party or picnic, and by sponsoring one of our summer dates you are showing the Bellevue community that you and your business supports community events, supports local and live music, and recognizes the uniqueness and impact this long-standing summer event has on the community.  In the quick eight years this community event has been in existence, Rockin' in Josten has set itself apart from all the other music in the park offerings as a premier, FREE, "rockin'" concert event.  It is the site for birthday parties, family get-to-gethers, and the perfect way for everyone to unwind on a
summer Monday night. 

If you are interested in sponsoring a 2018 Rockin' in Josten concert, becoming the 2018 Title Sponsor, or would like to learn more about this and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie Schlag, Parks, Recreation and Director at 920-593-5515 or sschlag@villageofbellevue.org

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Village of Bellevue App, Download it Today

Have you downloaded the Village of Bellevue FREE app yet? Our app provides our residents, business owners, and visitors quick access to some of our website's most prominent features in a convenient, easy-to-use app installed on your smartphone or tablet.

Some of these features include: viewing and registering for the Village's recreation programs, viewing the Village's News or Blog feeds, submitting Citizen Requests, viewing any active emergency alerts, and more!

To download the Village of Bellevue app, simply search "Village of Bellevue" in your device's app store, find the Village's app, and download.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Village Ash Trees to Be Removed Starting in 2018

Beginning in the winter of 2018, Village Forestry and Public Works staff will begin the process of removing selected ash trees throughout the Village.  Trees are being removed preemptively in response to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.  50 trees are scheduled to be removed in 2018.  Trees removed will be in the poorest of health located on Village parks and buildings locations and along Village owned right-of-ways.  Contractors may be hired to remove trees too large or dangerous for Village staff and equipment to safely remove.  Ash trees which are not being treated with insecticide will eventually succumb to the devastating effects of the EAB. 

DO YOU WANT YOUR TREES REMOVED FIRST?
As a resident, if you have an ash tree in the right of way in front of your property and would like the ash tree to be removed when village staff time and funds allow, you can be moved to the top of the list of ash trees scheduled to be removed.  The tree will be removed, the stump ground, and the tree replaced in the closest available planting cycle, at no cost to you.  Please know that all Village ash trees, unless being treated for EAB, will be removed eventually.  If you would like the street trees in front of your property added to the list, please contact Doug Tenor, Village Forester, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org to have your name and address added to the tree removal list. 

ADOPT A TREE FOR TREATMENT
If you do not want to see the ash tree in the right of way in front of your house removed, you do have an option to "adopt" the ash tree(s) for treatment every other year.  Trees that are suitable for treatment must be healthy, not already infected by infestation, and must be treated every other year for the next 20 years (10 treatments).  Cost for treatment is based on the size of the tree and is currently running about $10/diameter inch.  Average cost for treated trees in 2017 was $100/tree.  If you are interested in "adopting" the ash tree(s) in the right of way in front of your property, please contact Doug Tenor, Village Forester, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org.  Doug will inspect the ash trees to insure suitability for treatment.  Please check this map to confirm what type of tree is in the right of way in front of your property.  Please note, residents cannot treat Village street trees (trees in the right of way) on their own without prior approval from the Village Forester. 

The Village of Bellevue currently has almost 1,000 ash trees in it's inventory.  This does not include any privately owned ash trees that are on residential or other property.  If you would like to learn more about EAB and it's devastating effects, please head to the Village webpage for additional information. 

Additionally, check out our EAB storyboard here.

2018 Winter/Spring LIFE Guide is Available Online

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has released the 2018 Winter & Spring L.I.F.E. Guide online. The guide features community recreation programs, special events and park facilities in
Bellevue.  This year's Winter/Spring guide has a new look from previous Winter/Spring guides, however all your favorite programs, events, and information are still in this guide and many new ones too!

Copies of the guide have been directly mailed to Village residents mid-November.  Programs featured in the catalog run from December through May.

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

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

Mossakowski Family Dog Park Receives Award for Park Design

The Village of Bellevue, along with the Mossakowski Dog Park Committee, Robert E. Lee & Associates, and design studio etc., was recently awarded the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association's 2017 Park Facility Award of Excellence for the Mossakowski Family Dog Park Phase 1 in the under $250,000 category. 

The award selection criteria are as follows:
1. Innovation:  provides a new approach to problem solving, exhibits new technology
2. Functionalism:  responds to users’ needs, accessibility for all populations
3. Aesthetics:  proper scale is achieved for site, relationship to surroundings, considers the overall site development
4. Community Benefits:  responds to identified needs of public, public input on project, improves image of community
5. Environmental Stewardship:  use of recycled materials, mechanics which are environmentally compatible (solar, low volume flush, high pressure sodium bulbs), use of native plant materials
6. Maintenance:  considers ease of maintaining, durability of materials, minimize need for special equipment or special tasks, safety of maintaining site
The award was presented at the 2017 Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference in November.  This is the first Park Facility Award of Excellence awarded to the Village of Bellevue from the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association.





Monday, November 20, 2017

Village Updates Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan

On November 8th, the Village Board adopted the updated Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan.  Originally adopted in 2009, this plan establishes the overall goals and objectives for the Village’s pedestrian and bicycle transportation system.  The update revised out of date information, updated current projects and recommended new projects.   The Village held an open house where citizen could comment on the updates to the plan and provide feedback as well as took the item through the Village Park and Plan Commission for additional comments.

The Village has made significant progress in providing alternate means of mobility and transportation options throughout the community and the adopted plan is used as a guide in identifying future projects to help connect the  various parts of the Village. 

To view the plan, please visit the Village website on the Adopted Plans page.  


Having Your Water Meter Changed? Sign up for AquaHawk

Have you recently had your water meter changed or will have it changed in the near future? If so, you may wish to register your water utility account with AquaHawk.


What is AquaHawk and what does it do?
AquaHawk is a FREE service for Village of Bellevue water customers that allows you to efficiently manage your utility usage and lower your monthly bills. To register, click on the AquaHawk logo above. Once you register for AquaHawk, you'll be able to take advantage of the following tools and features:

Receive timely leak alerts:
You specify how you want to be contacted: e-mail, text, or telephone. When your consumption indicates abnormally high usage or a leak, we'll contact you. AquaHawk helps prevent costly property damage and gives you peace of mind when you're away from home.

Monitor your water usage:
See how much water you're using and estimate your bill anytime during the billing cycle. AquaHawk empowers customers to take charge and make decisions.

Set your threshold alerts:
Threshold alerts allow you to specify an amount of water (gallons) or a maximum amount ($) that you don't want your bill to exceed. If your usage or your bill is trending too high, AquaHawk will notify you.

Learn ways to save:
Easily see the dates/times when you're using the water. See how your consumption compares to temperature and rainfall data. Learn effective ways to reduce water and energy.

Customer Benefits
  • Know about water leaks before they cause costly damage.
  • See exactly how much water your family is using each hour, day, and month.
  • Set billing and usage thresholds and never be surprised by a high bill again.
  • Monitor for unauthorized utility usage when you're traveling.
  • Opt-in services let you choose how you want to receive alerts: e-mail, text, or phone call.
Who can use AquaHawk?
Unfortunately, not everyone can currently sign up for AquaHawk. Due to the fact that the AquaHawk program is relatively new, access to the program is only available to residents and businesses who have had their meter replaced in the roughly the last three years. These new meters (shown below) are manufactured by Sensus and are compatible with the AquaHawk program. If you have a Sensus water meter or are due to have your meter replaced in the near future, you are able or will be able to use AquaHawk.

Sensus Meter

Have questions about AquaHawk? See the Village website page on AquaHawk and download a printable brochure.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Water Quality Top Notch in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue is very proud to announce that since the Village has joined the Central Brown County Water Authority (CBCWA) 10 years ago, there have been no water quality violations. The Village would like to credit the hard-working Village Public Works and CBCWA employees who made this achievement possible.








How can you monitor your water usage?
The Village of Bellevue is coming up on one year of implementing the AquaHawk water monitoring program.  AquaHawk is web-based system that monitors your water usage looking for abnormal usage or leaks.  If you had a water meter installed in the last 3 years you can sign up for FREE. Please call the village office (468-5225) with questions or click the AquaHawk logo below to learn more.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Consider Joining the Bellevue Business & Professional Association in 2018

The Bellevue Business & Professional Association (BBPA) was started in 1972. Initially it was an avenue for local business owners to gather, get to know one another, share concerns and keep up-to-date with new developments in the area. Today it is the goal of the organization to keep the Village of Bellevue strong by encouraging members and the local community to use the services offered by BBPA members. By doing so, the profitability of members and the community is strengthened and therefore makes Bellevue an attractive area for new business.

Monthly meetings are conducted the first Wednesday of the month at the Rite Place Supper Club. Prospective members can e-mail BellevueBeat@gmail.com and ask to be placed on the BBPA Prospective Member List for future meeting notifications.

For those interesting in joining please see the BBPA website for further details. Annual membership is $150 and provides for a directory listing on the BBPA circulated Bellevue Beat publication, Bellevue Beat article submission opportunities, directory listing on the BBPA website, one attendee meal at each regular membership meeting (excludes annual event). The Village of Bellevue proudly supports the BBPA and its efforts to support its members and community economic development.

15 Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

It's hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey-or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them.



If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Village Offices Closed November 23-24

Village of Bellevue Offices will be closed on November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Village of Bellevue 2018 Budget Adopted

At its regular meeting and following a public hearing on November 8th, the Village Board adopted the 2018 Village of Bellevue Budget.

The Budget was adopted with limited changes from the Proposed 2018 Budget as was made available for review in late October.  Please visit the Village website on the Finance and Budget page for further information.

As adopted, the Village's tax rate will increase slightly from the current rate of $2.77 per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.86 (3.0%). This is the Village's first rate increase since the 2013 Budget. For a property assessed at $200,000, this equates to a payment of approximately $571 paid to the Village for property taxes. 

Any questions on the 2018 Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, at agorall@villageofbellevue.org.

NFPA: Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze


Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 47 permits for the month of October for a total permitted value of $2,831,952.  The total for the year (2017) is $30,042,370 and 370 permits issued.  This compares to 426 permits issued for a value of $16,580,763 through the same period last year. This is just the seventh time in the history of the community that the $30 million in permitted value threshold has been crossed, the last time coming in 2008.

For October, the Village  issued 2 single-family permits for the month to bring this years total to 36 with a total value of $7,726,500 (average of $214,625 per home).  In 2016 at this time a total of 27 single-family permits had been issued with a total value of $4,412,700 (average of $163,433 per home).

The largest permit issued for October 2017 was for the Cedar Office Building being constructed at the southeast corner of Bellevue Street and Allouez Avenue valued at $1,476,765.

Hunting in Bellevue


Please be reminded that the Village does permit hunting within the municipal limits of the community.  Residents and hunters should familiarize themselves with the various districts and what types of weapons can be utilized within Bellevue.  As a reminder, rifles are not permitted to be used or discharged for hunting purposes anywhere within the Village nor is hunting on any Village owned property permitted.


A copy of the Village of Bellevue Official Hunting Map can be found on our website or can be picked up at the Village Offices during normal business hours.  In addition, hunting regulations can be found in Chapter 341-2, Weapons and Firearms Discharge section of the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017/2018 Winter Tree Pruning in the Village of Bellevue

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village will be pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between November, 2017 and March, 2018 as weather permits.

Per Municipal Code 427-6, the Village of Bellevue is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all street trees in the municipality. The Village has adopted a ten year urban forestry management program to maintain public trees; including regular assessment of their health, safety, & condition, pruning, removal/replanting.

Common reasons for pruning are to remove dead, dying or diseased branches and/or to remove crowded or rubbing limbs. Trees may be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. Lastly, a tree’s crown may be raised to allow cars, school buses, garbage trucks and snow plows to operate without contacting low hanging branches; causing significant damage to the vehicle and/or tree.
Tree Zones 2, 3 & 4 to be pruned this winter

Scheduled tree pruning is planned for the following areas in the upcoming months:
(Tree Zones 2, 3 & 4)
West of Main Street from Big Creek Road north to Skyview Street.  East of Lime Kiln Road from the Village border on the south to Allouez Avenue on the North.  South of Allouez Avenue from Lime Kiln to Hazen Road.  East of Hazen road from Town Hall Road to Skyview Street. 
See zones 2,3,4 in the picture. 

If you live in one of the indicated zones, please do not hang holiday lights or decorations in the street trees this year.

The work will be performed by the Village's ISA Certified Arborist, following ANSI Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations Pruning (ANSI A 300 (Part I) Current Edition) as identified by the Village’s Tree Ordinance and Arboricultural Specifications Manual. Village staff will be inspecting the work to ensure that it meets specifications.

The Village’s public tree population consists of more than 4,000, and more than 30 different species that range in age, size and condition. The Village has been annually awarded Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation since 2003.

If you have questions contact:
Doug Tenor, Village Forester at
(920) 468-5225 dtenor@villageofbellevue.org
or go online at:
http://www.villageofbellevue.org

Trick or Treat Trail 2017: A Fantastic Fall Event

This year’s annual Trick or Treat Trail was held on Saturday, October 21st at Josten Park from 10:00am until noon.   Children turned out in record numbers this year to participate in the trail.  There were over 1,000 kids who enjoyed the trail and the booths and candy our local businesses and service groups provided.  The event included a walk through Josten Park, pumpkin patch, photo area, obstacle course and much more!

The event is organized annually through the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department with the assistance of the Bellevue East-Town Optimists, Bellevue Firefighters Association, Bellevue Lion's Club and the Junior Jets-4H. Over 30 volunteers assisted with the event putting in more than 125 hours to make this annual event such a success. 


Event pictures can be found on the Village's Facebook Page here.

Event organizers solicit business sponsors each year to support the event. This year, the following businesses helped make the event a resounding success:

TITLE SPONSOR:
Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance


PARTNER SPONSORS:
Bellevue Family Dentistry
Bellin College
Festival Foods
Green Bay Family Dental
Hemophilia Outreach Center
Law Firm of Calewarts, Duffy & Erdman
McDonalds
VFW Post #9677


Participating Business & Groups:
Bellin Urgent Care
Brown County Sheriff's Department
Cedar Corp.
Center Piece LLC
Children's Museum of Green Bay
Christ Community Lutheran Church
Comedy City
Courage Martial Arts
First Student Inc.
Fox Specialty
Friends of Bellevue Parks
Green Bay Gamblers
Happy Joe's Pizza
Hemophilia Outreach Center
Hilly Haven Golf Course
KinderCare
Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park
Mid Vallee Golf Course
Mr. Golf
Neville Public Museum
Oak View Veterinary Hospital
Recoveron
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Turning Point Chiropractic
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
U.S. Cellular
VFW Post #9677
Village of Bellevue Senior Advisory Board
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


Thank you to all who participated!



Daylight Saving Time Ends: Check Smoke, CO Alarm Batteries

Each year 3000 people die in residential fires across the country.  In nearly 90% of the cases the residences either did not have a smoke detector installed or the smoke detector was not working properly.



Why should I have a working smoke alarm?
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.  A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Are smoke alarms expensive?
Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save.  Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20.  Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.

Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.  Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.  Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms and co detectors at the proper level will provide you the earliest warning possible.  Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.