Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Simple Steps for Safe Cyber-Shopping

From WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection:

MADISON – Shopping online for holiday gifts this year?  You are not alone.  The number of consumers using computers and mobile devices to compare items and prices, make purchases, and track shipments continues to increase each year.  While these e-commerce systems continue to evolve with a focus on security, the scammers are also evolving and honing their craft to find new potential scams and exploits. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises holiday shoppers to keep their devices and applications up to date and to watch out for too-good-to-be-true offers and fake shopping websites.

"Before consumers begin their online holiday shopping, we encourage you to take some basic measures in order to be better protected from scammers," said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Check your devices for security updates before you start looking online for gifts, limit your transactions on public Wi-Fi networks, and be suspicious of questionable offers on unfamiliar websites and in social media posts."

Online holiday scams often feature in-demand products like electronics and fashion items to attract your attention. Scammers use fake websites, classified ads, social media messages, and text and email blasts to try to trick you into downloading malware or providing your personal or banking information. Beware of unrealistic offers, coupons, and other enticements – especially from websites with which you are not familiar.

Keep your online shopping experience safe by following these simple tips:

  • Update your device's operating system and antivirus software before you start shopping.
  • Make sure a website is legitimate before ordering. Check for the company's name, physical location, and contact information. Remember that identity thieves can create websites that mimic a legitimate business's site, so don't trust a site based solely on its appearance. Lastly, do some quick research to see if there are any warnings about the site online and contact Wisconsin's Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7182 or datcphotline@wi.gov) to see if complaints have been filed against the business.
  • Avoid social media posts or emails that appear to offer free vouchers or gift cards – they often lead to online surveys designed to steal personal information.
  • When purchasing gift cards online, be leery of auction sites selling discounted or bulk gift cards – you may end up with cards that have been tampered with, have been used or that are expired.
  • Make sure you are on a secure site before you enter your password or any personal or banking information. Secure sites start with "https" rather than "http" (the "s" stands for "secure").
  • Pay by credit card. If you use a credit card, federal law gives you the right to dispute charges if you report them to the credit card company within 60 days of receiving the statement.
  • Keep a paper trail. Print or save records of online transactions, item descriptions, and copies of emails sent between you and the seller. Carefully review credit card statements after the holidays to look for unauthorized charges.

For additional information or to file a consumer complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wi.gov, or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

Release Date: November 13, 2018

Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020

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Village Offices Closed November 22 and 23

Village of Bellevue Offices will be closed on November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Village of Bellevue Draft Budget

The Village of Bellevue 2019 budget hearing will be held Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm at 3100 Eaton Road. You may view the full draft budget here: Village of Bellevue 2019 draft budget

Budget Highlights

The proposed 2019 budget sustains 2018 service levels for operations (annually recurring expenses).  The following increases to budget are required to maintain service levels
  • Increased budget for the Green Bay Metro Transit east side hub and route expansion that was implemented mid-2018.  2019 represents the first full year of implementation.
  • Vehicle operations and management fund:  used to replace, repair, and maintain village vehicles.  The proposed budget partially restores the fund to 2017 levels.
  • Invasive species (phragmites) control in the East River corridor to restore the view of the river and increase shoreline health (through plant diversity) and protect nearby property values.  This program was implemented mid-2018.
  • Increased snow removal budget to reflect increased cost of supplies (i.e. road salt).
  • Increased public works contracted services to accommodate increased concrete repair, roundabout maintenance, and right of way lawn care needs.

 2019 capital projects: Capital projects are those that purchase, plan, build, maintain, or restore village assets.  They are multi-year projects (i.e. are not annually recurring costs such as operations like snow plowing)
  • Asset management program to proactively manage village investments of equipment, buildings, and infrastructure.
  • Development of a village facilities master plan to identify needs and opportunities for village facilities including the community center/fire station 2/public works at 1811 Allouez Avenue, administration/public works at 2828 Allouez Avenue, fire station 1/municipal court at 1811 Eaton Road, and park buildings. 
  • Bedford Heights Park development
  • Josten Park lighting replacement
  • Road projects
o   Hazen Road reconstruction & sidewalk
o   CTH EA/Huron Rd (Willow-STH 29)
o   Manitowoc Road
o   Resurfacing
§  Jubille Dr
§  Casual Ct
§  Collier Ct
§  Leisure Ct
§  Marco Ct

  • Water utility projects
o   Water meter replacement program
o   Huron-Willow water main extension
o   Huron Road water main modifications
o   Verlin Road (Sterling-Bellevue) water main replacement
o   Eldorado/Seville – initial engineering for 2020 replacement
o   Manitowoc Road (Willow-Klondike) – initial engineering for 2020 replacement

  • Sanitary utility projects
o   Allouez Ave – replacement
o   Huron – Willow – relocation
o   Hazen Rd – sealing
o   Huron/STH 29 – reconstruction

  • Stormwater utility project
o   Bower Creek bank stabilization

  • Vehicle/equipment purchases
o   Ball field conditioner
o   Building inspection vehicle
o   Wood chipper truck & box
o   Brine truck
o   Fire command vehicle

2019 Winter/Spring LIFE Guide is Available Online

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has released the 2019 Winter & Spring L.I.F.E. Guide online. Get your sneak peek of all the new programs and events before the guide hits residents' mailboxes this week. 
The guide features community recreation programs, special events and park facilities in Bellevue.  Check out some of the NEW Adult and Older Adult programs and clinics offered on pages 17 through 20!  All your favorite programs, events, and information are in this guide and many new ones too!

Copies of the guide have been directly mailed to Village residents this week.  Programs featured in the catalog run from December through May 2019. 
Registration will begin online for Village residents on December 1st. Non-residents will be able to register online for programs on December 15th.

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

Screening & Storage of Garbage & Recycling Carts

The Village of Bellevue would like to provide a friendly reminder about the storage of your garbage and recycling bins on non-collection days.

The Village Housing and Residential Property Maintenance Code requires that during the time period between collection days, the carts must be stored in an enclosed structure or building or must be screened from view of the public right-of-way (basically if you can see your bins from the adjacent streets, they are not being stored in compliance with the ordinance).  This also means not storing them in front of your garage.

The containers cannot be stored in the front or corner side yards along the street; on, under or along side of a front porch, stoop, steps, landing, accessible ramp, or deck fronting on a public way; or within 15 feet of a public right-of-way.

Except collection days, please ensure that your garbage and recycling containers are screened from view. If your carts cannot be stored in the garage, dense shrubs or fencing may be used to screen them on the side of the house. One section of fence or one shrub may not adequately screen the trash containers from view of the public right-of-way. Contact the Community Development Department at 468-5225 to discuss screening options.