Friday, May 19, 2017

APWA: May 21-27 is National Public Works Week

The week of May 21st is National Public Works Week. The theme for this year's National public Works Week is "Public Works Connects Us," examining and celebrating the vital role public works plays in connecting all of us together. As the cornerstone of civilization, public works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for our communities. Its streets, roads, bridges, and public transportation keep us linked together from coast to coast, and its clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper. During the week of May 21st, if you see any of the Village's Public Works employees out and about, please be sure to wave and thank them for their many years of dedicated service to our community and in keeping us all connected.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NFPA: Electrical Safety around Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas

For many of us, water activities equal fun. But it's important to be aware of the electrical hazards while enjoying the water. Know how to be safe around swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.

  • If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa, be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experience in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least 6 feet away from the water. When possible, use battery-operated appliances and equipment, such as televisions, radios, and stereos.
  • Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a dicing board. If unsure, contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and - where necessary - replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe.
  • Have a qualified electrician show ou how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.
Know the Risks!
  • Be aware when skin is wet or when surrounding surfaces, such as the grass or pool deck, are wet. Wet skin or wet surfaces can greatly increase the chance of electrocution when electricity is present.
  • There are several signs of electrical shock. Swimmers may fell feel a tingling sensation. They may experience muscle cramps. They may not be able to move. The may feel as if something is holding them in place.
  • If you think someone in the water is being shocked, turn off all power, but do not attempt to go in the water. Use a fiberglass or other kind of rescue hook that doesn't conduct electricity to help the swimmer. Have someone call 9-1-1.
  • If you think you are being shocked while in the water, move away from the source of the shock. Get out of the water.

Village Road/Utility Construction Updates

Its a busy construction summer for the Village in 2017. While we do our best to keep our residents and the general public updated on our projects and potential traffic impacts, it is often challenging due to the pace of projects and changing weather conditions.

The latest updates on Village projects will be posted on our Current & Future Projects page of our website. We will also use our Facebook and Twitter accounts as necessary to keep you updated. Remember that our new free Village App also provides easy access to all our social media accounts.

Please use care and caution around any construction zone areas and avoid the area if at all possible. Do your part to avoid distracted driving and keep our workers safe in construction zones.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Youth Fun Run Series to be Held at Josten Park

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 will be 3 age-appropriate run lengths through Josten Park, led by members of Preble 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.
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 XC Team.