Friday, April 21, 2017

NFPA: Marina & Boating Safety

Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But, boaters, swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. Electrical hazards and carbon monoxide (CO) bring unique risks to the boating world. Learn to protect people and pets from these dangers.

Electrical Safety

  • Never allow swimming near the boat, marina, or launching ramp. Residual current could flow into the water from the boat or the marina's wiring. This can put anyone at risk of electrical shock drownings (ESD).
  • Be sure your boat is well-maintained. Have it inspected each year. Ask a qualified marine electrician to do this job.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and equipment leakage circuit interrupters (ELCIs) should be installed and tested monthly. Run tests to find out if electrical current is leaking from the boat.
  • Only use cords intended for marine use. Never use household cords near water.
  • Know where your main breakers are on both the boat and the shore power source. This will help you respond quickly in an emergency.

Know the Risks!
Electrical shock drownings can occur when marina electrical systems leak electrical current into the water. Boats can also serve as the source of an electrical leakage. Leakage can cause a shock that can injure, disable, or kill a person.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called the "invisible killer." CO is created when fuels such as gasoline, diesel, or propane do not burn fully. CO is also produced when wood or charcoal is burned.

Sources of CO on your boat may include engines, gas generators, and cooking ranges. Space and water heaters can also be sources of CO. CO can collect anywhere in or around a boat. The gas is harmful to both people and pets.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Poorly tuned engines produce more CO. Keep your engine properly maintained. Follow manufacturer's instructions for service.
  • Proper ventilation for engine and generator exhaust vents must be clear and pipes should be inspected for leaks.
  • Get into fresh air right away and get help if you feel symptoms of CO poisoning. These include: headache, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, nausea, or seizures. The symptoms can be similar to seasickness. Assume it is exposure until you are sure the boat is safe.
  • Do not swim near the boat's exhaust cents. CO accumulates there.
  • Install CO alarms inside your boat. Test CO alarms before each trip.
    • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
    • If the CO alarm sounds, move to a fresh air location right away.
  • FACT: CO can remain in or around your boat at unsafe levels even if the engine has been turned off.

Memorial Tree or Memorial Bench an Excellent Gift for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is only 3 weeks away; consider gifting a Memorial Tree or a Memorial Bench this year. Through the Memorial Tree and Bench Program anyone can provide a unique dedication to honor a friend, relative, or member of an organization by placing a tree or bench in one of Bellevue’s Parks. This dedication provides a lasting memory and enhances the meaning of a tree or bench to others.  The gift is also a valuable contribution to our park system to be used and enjoyed by all.

Tree Sponsors
The cost of a memorial tree is $425.  This price includes the tree, plaque on recognition board, regular maintenance including fertilizing, pruning and mulching.  The trees are 2 – 2 ½ inches in diameter, balled and burlapped.  Trees will be planted at the appropriate time of the year to ensure optimal growth (typically May & October as weather permits).  Six tree species available for this program include:
•Freeman Maple
•Sugar Maple
•Bur Oak
•Swamp White Oak
•Kentucky Coffeetree
•American Linden
Example Bench
Bench Sponsors
The cost of a memorial bench is $950.  The price includes a six foot bench with a back plaque, and installation on a concrete pad.  Benches will be installed in the early Summer or Fall.

How to Order?
Download the Tree & Bench Sponsor Program brochure here, print, complete and mail in to the Village Offices. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Town Hall Road Construction Update

Construction work on Town Hall Road scheduled to commence on May 1.

The Village Board approved a contract with Peters Concrete, Green Bay, to complete a multi phase construction project to include:
  • Replacing/reline sanitary sewer
  • Replace sanitary laterals from the main to the property line
  • Installation of sidewalk from Lime Kiln Road to Nicole Ann Circle, south side of the road only
  • Excavation and road replacement
  • Select curb and gutter replacement
Information has been distributed to the property owners via door hangers. For further project information and regular project updates see the Current & Future Projects page of the Village website.

Spring Brush Pick-Up Reminders

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of May 1st for the homes west of Main Street. Residents are reminded to place your brush at the curb parallel for pickup one week BEFORE the scheduled pickup week.

Pick-up for areas east of Main Street is in progress the week of April 24th. If you missed the scheduled pick-up week, brush should be taken directly to the Village's yard waste site.

Please observe the following guidelines when placing materials out for collection:
  • Brush up to 3" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 12 feet.
  • Brush up to 6" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 8 feet. 
  • Brush greater than 6" in diameter cannot be accepted at the curb. Larger brush including stumps up to 12" in diameter at ground level can be taken to the Village yard waste site.
  • Avoid cutting brush shorter than needed as fewer pieces is less handling for crews.
  • Lay brush in piles at the curb with the branches laying parallel in same direction to the street.
  • Please do not put brush at the curb any sooner than one week prior to the collection day.
  • Brush must be at the curb prior to the Monday that brush is scheduled to be picked up. Brush not at the curb by the time crews come past will may be left.
  • Lawn waste (grass, leaves, & garden materials) will not be taken. These materials must be taken to the Village yard waste site
The intent of the pickup is to provide for disposal of brush generated as a result of routine yard maintenance.  Excessive amounts of brush are the homeowner’s responsibility.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue has identified Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the village limits.  A tree located along Foxfire Drive in the neighborhood near Denmark State Bank was positively identified for being infested with EAB in April of 2017.  This is the first positive find within the community.  Previously, EAB had been located in the City of Green Bay (2009), City of De Pere (2016), Village of Howard (2017), Village of Ashwaubenon (2017), and most recently Village of Allouez.  The Village of Bellevue will continue to investigate suspect ash trees for signs of EAB infestation and manage accordingly.

The Emerald Ash Borer only affects true ash trees; white ash, green ash, and black ash.  Mountain ash is not a true ash and is not in jeopardy of EAB infestation.  Signs of EAB include flecking bark from woodpecker activity, split bark, serpentine “S” galleries under the bark from the borer, thinning crown, water sprouts, and “D” shaped holes in the bark.

Movement of firewood, wood products, and brush is prohibited outside of the EAB quarantine area which includes most of southern Wisconsin including Brown, Outagamie, Kewaunee, Door, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

If you suspect your private ash tree has EAB, you can contact a local tree service to evaluate your tree; we recommend you contact a certified arborist.  For a list of certified arborists, please visit the Wisconsin Arborist Association webpage at  Should you suspect EAB in a Village-owned tree in the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the Village Forester, Doug Tenor, at  For more information on EAB in the Village of Bellevue, please visit our webpage at