Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Tips for Getting Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It's not too early to begin preparing for the heating season. Below is a checklist from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) for homeowners to ensure that they safely heat their home for the winter.
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  • 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.)Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.
  • Our chimeys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up. (An unclean chimney from built-up creosote  is the leading cause of chimney fires. This service needs to be done at least once a year).
  • Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.
  • We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)
  • Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.
  • Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people.
  • 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 sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)
  • 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.)

Winter Seasonal Trailer Parking

As the calendar has turned to December, please note that all summer seasonal uses shall now be removed from the driveway or side parking pads of all homes until April 1st.  A summer seasonal use is defined as a trailer used to transport items typically utilized during the summer season such as boats, personal watercraft, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), travel trailers, pop-up campers and other similar uses not identified here within as determined by the Community Development Director or his/her designee.

Please note, administrative staff does not have the authority to grant extensions for any circumstances.

Winter seasonal use trailer parking regulations are now in effect. This means that you can now park winter seasonal use trailer and equipment on trailers in your driveway or side parking pads of all homes until May 1st.  A winter seasonal use is defined as a trailer used to transport items typically utilized during the winter season such as snowmobiles, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), and other uses not identified here within as determined by the Community Development Director or his/her designee. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development Department.

November 2016 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 28 permits for the month of November for a total permitted value of $1,743,960.

Year to date for 2016 is 454 total permits for $18,324,723 in permitted value compared to 430 permits issued and a total permitted value of $16,528,105 for the same time period last year (2015). 

Already, with one month to go the Village has exceeded the total permitted value for all of 2015.  In addition, with 454 permits issued so far and likely more to come in December - this year will be the highest number of building permits issued in the Village since 2007.

The largest permit issued for November 2016 was for a new single-family home in the Bedford Heights subdivision valued at $639,441.

Year to date there has been twenty-nine (29) single-family permits issued.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bellevue 2017 Spring Election

Beginning December 1, 2016 nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village Offices:
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent David Kaster
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent Adam Gauthier
Nomination papers may be obtained at the municipal clerk's office. Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.

2017 Village of Bellevue Citizen's Academy, Classes Starting on March 9

Have you wanted to get more involved in your local government? Always wanted to learn about how things run and work in your community? The 2017 Bellevue Citizen's Academy is a great place to start.

The goals of the academy are to provide an educational experience for participants at the same time offering an opportunity for residents and business owners to ask questions and to present their ideas. For many participants this opportunity will lead to an increase in community involvement and volunteerism.

Participants will attend one evening per night over a period of six weeks. Sessions will last approximately an hour and a half. Village staff will facilitate the sessions and provide in depth information on administration, local government, law enforcement, fire protection, public works, budget/finance, community development and leisure services.  There are no tests; past members have felt that they are the ones testing the presenters.

The academy is no cost to participants due to the generous donation received from the Guyette Family who have supported the academy since its inception.

Those who complete the program will have their achievement acknowledged by receiving their certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony held during a Village Board meeting. The Village understands this is a time commitment and if there is a reason for missing one or two sessions we are happy to still accept you as a student.

Class Dates: Thursday, March 9; Thursday, March 16; Thursday, March 30; Thursday, April 6; Thursday, April 13; Thursday, April 20; and Wednesday, April 26 graduation at the Village Board Meeting

All classes start at 6:00 p.m.  Graduation night will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Classes are held at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road and one class will be held at the Village Public Works Building at 2828 Allouez Ave.

Village residency is required and registration is completed on-line through the Village Online Recreation Registration program or in-person at the Village Office (2828 Allouez Ave.). Any questions can be directed to Village Administrator, Angela Gorall.