Thursday, October 27, 2016

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Check Smoke, Carbon Monoxide 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.

Winter Street Tree Pruning in the Village

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village will be pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between November 2016 and March 2017 as weather permits.
Per Municipal Code 4.27, 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.
Scheduled tree pruning for winter 2016-2017 is planned for Tree Zone 6 in the Village as displayed in the map below.  You can use the Village’s interactive mapping system to view Tree Zone 6 more closely:

The work will be performed by the Village Forester and Department of Public Works staff following ISA Standard Practices for Tree Care Operations-Pruning 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. 
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 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.
The Village’s public tree population consists of more than 4,100 trees and more than 40 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 and received the Tree City USA growth award for 2015. If you have questions contact:
Douglas Tenor, Parks Foreman/Village Forester
(920) 468-5225,
or go online at:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November 8th Election Information Resources

Still have questions about voting in the upcoming November 8th General Election?  The MyVote Wisconsin site has resources to answer your questions including:
  • Information on your personal voting records
  • Help with finding your polling place
  • Viewing what's on the ballot before you vote
  • Information on voter registration and voting absentee
Need information specific to the voter photo ID law? Visit the Bring It To The Ballot site for more information.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8th at Village polling locations from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on Proposed 2017 Budget

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2017 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 9 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 2017 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 currently proposed.

The proposed 2017 Budget as well as the proposed 2017-2021 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

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Trick or Treat Trail a Success!

The 2016 Trick or Treat Trail was a huge success again this year.  We had 494 participants haunt their way through our trail.  With 26 businesses, service organizations and volunteer booths participating, the little spirits had a goulish good time.  Much thanks to the organizations that help put on the trail each year, Junior Jets 4H, Bellevue-East Town Optimists, Bellevue Lions Club and the Bellevue Fire Department.  Additionally, thank you to our many businesses and organizations that participated this year, and an huge thank you to Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance, who was our title sponsor.  Below are just a sampling of the many pictures taken at the event.  For more pictures, please check out the Village's Facebook page here