Friday, October 31, 2014

Allouez Avenue Trail Link Completion

The Village of Bellevue completed construction on the Allouez Avenue Trail in front of Target. We marked this milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at 10 am.  Target generously donated the land in order to complete the trail.  Village staff contacted Target and suggested the land donation.  Target puts great value in being involved with promoting community health, safety, and sustainability.  The land donation was a great example of using public and private partnership to provide projects to meet common goals and needs.

This 350 foot section was a gap along the trail will provide a link between the East River Trail and Costco to the south.  Later next year, Brown County will be extending the trail between Landmark Boulevard and Hoffman Road.  Upon that completion, destinations within the Village of Allouez, Bellevue and Ledgeview will all be connected together by sidewalks and trails.

These projects are part of an ongoing vision and planning that started years ago to provide non-motorists the ability to access points of destinations within and between communities.  As construction projects come into the design phase, the designs are compared to the plans and implemented.

"Over the past 6 years, the Village of Bellevue has installed over 2 miles of trails and 10 miles of sidewalks to allow non-motorists the ability to safely travel", said Bill Balke, Bellevue Public Works Director.  "Sidewalks and Trails is definitely an infrastructure that if you build it, they will use it.  We have seen an increase in non-motorized travel along roadways once the facilities are installed, especially families with younger children."

Sidewalks provide more freedom to people who cannot drive and do not feel comfortable walking in the road with high speed traffic.  Walks and trails provide more than a recreational and health value, they provide increased ability and independence for many different groups of people - young, old, disabled and many others.

"One of my most satisfying moments in my career came from a young person in a wheel chair, who personally thanked me for giving him the ability to safely travel to McDonalds on his own for an ice cream cone.  He mentioned his mom would not let him travel in the roadway (next to 40 mph+ traffic), Balke said.

Listed below are media coverage links of the October 30th trail ribbon cutting:

Channel 2- http://www.wbay.com/clip/10793831/bellevue-expands-east-river-trail
Channel 11- http://fox11online.com/2014/10/30/new-bike-trail-opens-in-bellevue/
Channel 26- http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/New-Allouez-Trail-Opening-281008222.htmlPress-Gazette- http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/silent-sports/2014/10/30/new-allouez-avenue-trail-links-allouez-east-river-trail-ledgeview/18188351/



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on Proposed 2015 Budget

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2015 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.

As will be presented at the Public Hearing, the proposed 2015 Budget includes a 0% tax rate change from the previous year.  The proposed tax rate for the Village will therefore remain at $2.78 (per $1,000 of assessed value) if approved as proposed.

The proposed 2015 Budget as well as the proposed 2015-2019 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the Budget & CIP page of the Village website.  A copy is also available for public review at the Bellevue Village Office at 2828 Allouez Avenue during regular business hours.

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Facility Rental Rates Start November 1st

Reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis at the Village offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, Monday through Friday 7:30 am –4:30 pm.

The Village will accept Community Center reservation requests for the following year beginning November 1st. The Village will accept shelter reservation requests for the period of May 1st through September 30th. Village park shelters may not be  reserved between October 1st and April 30th.


UPDATED FEES
Josten & DeBroux Park Enclosed Shelters
$75 deposit
$90 R/ $115 NR per day (1-250 people)
$25 for diamond lights only

Josten Park & Willow Creek Open Shelters
    $75 deposit
    $70 R / $95 NR per day
    (Josten North 1-150 people;
    Josten South & Willow Creek 1-75 people)

Community Center (1811 Allouez Avenue)
    $125 deposit
    $125 R / $160 NR—Full Day
    $93 R / $150  NR—Tax Exempt Rates
    (Rental between 8:00am and 10:00pm only)
    (1-75 people)

Important Rental Information
Any private citizen (resident or non-resident), non-profit group, private business or corporation, or governmental organization may request a reservation for the use of Village park shelters or the Community Center.

Enclosed shelters and concession stands are not available to renters during the summer months Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. All other days, rental hours are 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.  The Community Center is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

Renew Dog Licenses

2014 Dog Licenses expire December 31st.
The Village is reminding residents that the owner of a dog more than five (5) months old is required obtain an annual dog license.

You must bring in a current rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian in order to be issued a license. In addition, to be eligible for the spayed/neutered rate, you must provide documentation of the procedure from your veterinarian.

Pet licenses are sold at the Village Offices.
The annual license fees are as follows:

    Spayed or Neutered - $7.00
    Not Spayed or Not Neutered  - $30.00

Licenses issued after March 31, 2015 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.