Friday, April 17, 2015


Brown County Fire Departments are instituting Burn Bans effective immediately and until further notice. The area is experiencing abnormally dry conditions; the fire danger is "very high." Area fire departments have sustained a number of "wildland" type fires as of this date. The departments will not be issuing any burn permits until the conditions improve. The burn permits that have already been issued are no longer valid. Permits will be re-issued when it is safe to resume permitted burning. Charcoal and gas grills can be used if utilized correctly and on a flat surface.

Any reports of burning of any kind during this time will result in the fire being extinguished by Fire Department personnel with possible monetary charges for service and/or fines.

Effective 12:00 PM Friday April 17, 2015, Brown County will be under emergency burning restrictions. The restrictions include:

  • No Campfires except where municipalities allow by ordinance (contact your municipality)
  • No burning of combustible materials in the outdoors (fireworks, tiki torches, etc)
  • No smoking in the outdoors (smoking in non-combustible areas is allowed, example - driveway)
  • Charcoal and propane grills may be used in the immediate vicinity of a residence if placed on a non-combustible surface (driveway, patio, gravel, etc).
  • No outdoor debris burning (this includes burn barrels, prescribed burns, and debris piles)
  • No disposal of burning materials into the outdoors (matches, cigarettes, ashes, charcoal briquettes, etc)
These restrictions are in place for all of Brown County including all incorporated towns, cities, and villages. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. We will need multiple, significant rain events in order to lower the existing fire danger.

The intent of the restrictions is to raise overall awareness of the fire danger and to limit the number of ignition sources.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Storm Sewer vs. Sanitary Sewer

Did you know that 73% of most community members do not know the difference between a sanitary sewer and a storm sewer system?  Sanitary sewers take household wastewater (such as water from sinks, toilets, washers, etc.) and carries it through the homes plumbing and into an underground sewer pipe.  This water then travels to a wastewater treatment plant where the water is cleaned to regulated standards.

Storm sewers take rainwater that falls on our communities and travels via the storm drain system which may include public streets, gutters, catch basins, storm pipes, retention basins, channels, etc.  This water flows directly to your community’s waterways mostly without any treatment.  It is important to prevent and report to the Village (920-468-5225) any pollution that may be witnessed entering these drains such as leaves, grass, soil, oil, chemicals, etc. (basically anything that is not rainwater).  Help keep our waterways clean!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

President Craig Beyl's Final Meeting

On April 8, 2015, Craig Beyl concluded his Bellevue political career, by leading the last meeting as the Village President before President elect Steve Soukup takes the position. Mr. Beyl was elected as Town Supervisor in 2001 before becoming President in 2006.  During Mr. Beyl's tenure, the Village population grew by nearly 50%, and he worked hard to promote long range planning and professionalism towards the economic development of the community.

Mr. Beyl served on the Plan Commission, and was instrumental in the creation of the Village's first Tax Incremental Finance District, creation of the Central Brown County Water Authority, and establishment of new community facilities such as the Public Safety Building, playgrounds, parks and trails, and extensive infrastructure improvements to streets and utility systems.

Mr. Beyl was presented with a commendation and commemorative clock by Trustee Adam Gauthier during the meeting.

"One of the things I am most proud of is how we all work together to live up to the standards of our Village Mission Statement.  If we all keep that in mind, we have, and will make the Village a Great Place to Grow" said Mr. Beyl after accepting his commendation for 15 years of dedicated service.

We wish Mr. Beyl a wonderful and well earned retirement.

From left to right, President Elect Steve Soukup, Trustee Adam Gauthier, President Craig Beyl, Trustee David Kaster, Trustee Tom Katers

Village Trustee Position Vacancy

At the April 7, 2015 Spring Election, electors selected Steve Soukup to serve as the new Village President for a three year term. Mr. Soukup previously held a position on the Village Board as a Trustee. A vacancy has therefore been created in this Trustee position. The Village Board will select an individual to fill the vacant position for the remainder of the existing term (through April 2016).  Individuals that are interested in being considered by the Village Board for the vacant Village Trustee position should submit a letter of interest to the Village Clerk by Thursday, May 21. Letters can be e-mailed, mailed or hand delivered to the Village Office. Any questions on the position can be directed to the Village Administrator, Angela Gorall,