Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Park Shelter Reservations Being Taken January 3rd

Start planning for the summer! Shelter reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis beginning January 3, 2011.

Any person or group wishing to request to reserve a Village facility must submit a completed Rental Contract Form with appropriate fee and deposit to the Village Office (2828 Allouez Avenue, 54311) specifying the facilities to be used and the date(s). Requests for reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for shelter reservations will be made available online in January as well. The Village may also deny requests from persons or groups who have previously used Village facilities and have either damaged Village property or engaged in disruptive behavior.

For a complete set of rental rules please visit our website at www.villageofbellevue.org or contact the Village Office at (920) 468-5225.

Bellevue Community Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Bellevue Community Center on December 30, 2010 from 1:30 to 6:30pm. The Community Center is located at 1811 Allouez Avenue. The Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Bellevue Lions Club and the Village of Bellevue.

Appointments for blood donors are appreciated, however, walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, contact 1-800-RED CROSS or visit their website at http://www.redcrossblood.org.

As a special thank you, all presenting blood donors will be eligible to win a $100 gift card to be raffled off each day.

Village Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday

The Village Offices will be closed on December 30th & 31st for the New Year's holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa Makes Stop In Bellevue

Santa came to the Village of Bellevue a little early this year, stopping at Josten Park with two of his reindeer, Comet & Dancer on December 18th.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department sponsored the event which had over 100 children, parents and grandparents attend. Children were able to sit in Santa’s sleigh, see his reindeer, participate in a craft project and sip hot chocolate.

This was the second year the Leisure Services Department offered Santa in the Park. It plans to review evaluations submitted from participants and offer the program again next year.

To view pictures from the event go to the Village's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BellevueWisconsin#!/album.php?aid=267831&id=100899366161

Village Offices Closed For Holidays

The Village Offices will be closed on December 23, 24, 30 & 31st for the Holidays. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Former Town Chairman Wencil Froelich Honored on December 8, 2010.

The Village Board of Trustees honored former Town Chairman, Wencil Froelich by announcing December 8, 2010 as "Wencil Froelich Day" in the Village and dedicating the Village Hall chambers as the "Wencil Froelich Council Chambers".

Wencil Froelich served as the Town of Bellevue Chairman from 1965 until 1981. Mr. Froelich was instrumental in forming the Bellevue Sanitary District, Bellevue Fire Department and Bellevue Park Commission. Mr. Froelich also played a lead role working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to ensure that the I-43/Manitowoc Road Interchange was built.

"When you want to build something you first start with the foundation. The better the foundation, the better the structure. Wencil is the solid foundation that Bellevue is standing on today." stated Craig Beyl, Village President.


Bellevue Community Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Bellevue Community Center on December 30, 2010 from 1:30 to 6:30pm. The Community Center is located at 1811 Allouez Avenue. The Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Bellevue Lions Club and the Village of Bellevue.

Appointments for blood donors are appreciated, however, walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, contact 1-800-RED CROSS or visit their website at http://www.redcrossblood.org.

As a special thank you, all presenting blood donors will be eligible to win a $100 gift card to be raffled off each day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Village Seeking Entries For Holiday Decorating Contest

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is inviting all residents and businesses of Bellevue to participate in the Holiday Decorating Contest . Whether you’re a traditional “Martha Stewart” where every bulb and decoration is just so, or a “Clark Griswold” where more lights and decorations the merrier; this is a chance to shine and be involved in some friendly, fun-filled holiday competition!

Judging will be held on December 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The top homes and businesses will be notified and awarded prizes!

To register: Please submit your name, home address, and phone number by 12/13 to the Village of Bellevue, c/o Home Decorating Contest, 2828 Allouez Ave., GB 54311 or by emailing Matt Hahn.

Please direct any questions to Matt Hahn at (920) 468-5225.

2011 Village Garbage & Recycling Schedule Now Online

The Village contracts with Veolia Environmental Services for weekly residential garbage and bi-weekly recycling collection.

The 2011 pick-up schedule is now available at the Village's website: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/garbage-recycling-a-yardwaste/garbage-a-recycling.html

For general questions, concerns or requests for special pickup, please contact Veolia directly at (920) 983-3341.

Red Cross Blood Drive Scheduled For December 30th

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Bellevue Community Center on December 30, 2010 from 1:00 to 6:00pm. The Community Center is located at 1811 Allouez Avenue.

For more information on blood donation benefits and requirements, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/

Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa Plans Stop In Bellevue

He’s making a list, but before he checks it twice Santa is making a stop here in Bellevue!!! Here’s your chance to meet & greet Santa and his reindeer one last time before the big day!

The Leisure Services Department is taking registrations for Santa in the Park. The program will take place on Saturday, December 18th from 4-6pm at Josten Park. Boys and girls (ages 2-8) will get the opportunity to meet Santa, have their picture taken, and participate in a holiday craft. Real live reindeer will be on display!

For more information or to register, visit the village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/, and click the Recreation Programs button on the home page.

Winter/Spring Recreation Program Registration Begins December 1st

The Leisure Services Department would like to remind residents that registration for the upcoming Winter/Spring program session begins December 1st. Non-residents will be able to register beginning December 15th.

Programs and schedules are highlighted in detail in the most recent copy of the L.I.F.E. Guide; which will be distributed this week or can be found online at the village's website at the following url: Winter/Spring 2011 L.I.F.E. Guide.

For more information, or to register online, go to: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/.

Village publishes quarterly "Bell-View" Newsletter for January - March 2011

The Village's newsletter, "The Bell-View" which is sent quarterly by postal mail to village residents, is now available on the Village's website for download.

The current edition will be mailed directly to village residents sometime during the first week of December and will be inserted in the Leisure Services L.I.F.E. guide.

To download the January-March 2011 copy, please visit the following link: http://villageofbellevue.com/our-village/village-newsletter.html

Village Receives 2011 DNR Stormwater Management Grant

The Village of Bellevue has been awarded a matching grant for constructing stormwater management ponds in the Village. The estimated costs are over $360,000.

The Village has a 4- year plan to meet environmental requirements for cleaner stormwater. The grant will be used for property acquisition, design, and construction of the stormwater quality ponds. The ponds are being designed to reduce the amount of sediment and pollution into our streams and rivers by over 80%. The goal is to provide the community a high quality environment to sustain human and wildlife habitat, recreation, and clean water for generations to come.

For more information please see the stormwater section on the village's website.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bellevue To Be Featured In "America's Backyard" Calendar

Imagine a backyard big enough to entertain an entire country. A place to run play, climb, grill, socialize, or just close your eyes and dream. A place where neighbors become friends, and communities grow more united.

When you think about it, our local parks and recreation areas are like one big backyard. Whether large or small, untamed or urban, remote or just down the block, parks connect us. Parks are the fabric of our neighborhoods. The un-official headquarters for play dates, pick-up games, and impromptu gatherings of all kinds.

The Village of Bellevue was recently selected as a Backyard Community by the National Parks & Recreation Association and will be featured in a national calendar celebrating parks and recreation. The Village submitted a dozen photos from various programs and sites throughout the Village. The photo shown will be the featured photo from Bellevue. The photo was taken at our Challenger Sports Soccer Camp this past summer at Willow Creek Park.

Congratulations Bellevue! Our Parks help keep us a healthy, vibrant community; a "Backyard Community."

Register for the 2010 Senior Holiday Gala

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with an evening of enjoyment! Bring your friends or meet some new ones at the event! Festivities include dancing to the music of the Orv Konop and the OK Dance Band, a tasty family style chicken dinner, a variety of raffles, door prizes, and even a silent auction! Register early to hold your space to this popular event!

Registration for the event is only $13. Download the registration form at the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/.

Location: Riverside Ballroom, Green Bay, WI
Contact: Leisure Services Department (920) 468-5225
Pre-Registration Required. Contact the Village of Bellevue to register at (920) 468-5225.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Klondike & Ontario Roads Now Open To Traffic

Klondike Road was opened to the public on Friday November 12, 2010. Construction signs will still be up as crews work alongside the new asphalt doing the final restoration. Public Works officials are reminding motorists to be cautious the crews while they are still working in the area.
The stream bank stabilization project began in September, just east of the I-43 underpass. It was hoped that the road could be kept open to traffic during construction. However after construction started, a significant rain event occurred causing a shift in the soils in the embankment near the roadway. As a result, the road was shut the down for the safety of workers and motorists.

Ontario Road was opened to traffic last week. Crews continue to work in the area performing roadside restoration.

The most northernly section of Ontario Road within the Village, approximately 1350 feet north of Eaton Road to Village Limits, has been closed since Monday, August 16, 2010 for reconstruction. The road section has been urbanized, which includes curb, gutter and water/sewer utilities. Crews will be back next year to place the final layer of asphalt.

For more information visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/, or contact the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bellevue Bowl Ends NFL FLAG Football's Inaugural Season

The Leisure Services Department recently concluded it's inaugural NFL FLAG Football league on Monday, November 1st with the first-ever 'Bellevue Bowl.' The bowl games featured a championship atmosphere while being played under field lights at DeBroux Park.

NFL FLAG Football is a premier national youth football league for boys and girls. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork and football fundamentals. Participating athletes receive a reversible NFL licensed jersey for participating in the league.

Over 50 children participated in the Leisure Services Department's flag football programs this past fall.

For more information on this and other programs offered by the Leisure Services Department, visit the village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services.html

Public Works Reminds Residents to Secure Mailboxes Before Snow Season

The Department of Public Works is reminding residents to inspect their mailboxes and posts to so that it is installed properly before the winter snow season.

The department has illustrative instructions on how to properly install a mailbox. The following url has more information: http://villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/street-a-right-of-way-maintenance/snow-plowing.html

Properly installed mailboxes and posts will only be repaired/replaced if they are hit and damaged by a village snowplow. The Village does not replace mailboxes or posts installed incorrectly, which are damaged by plowed snow. Correctly installed mailboxes will be repaired or replaced with a standard mailbox and post (Damaged decorative boxes and posts will only be replaced with a standard mailbox and post).

Winter Parking Restrictions Take Effect November 1st to April 1st

The Village does not allow parking on any Village Streets from 2 am to 6 am, November 1st - April 1st. This allows snow plow operators the ability to push snow back to the curb safely and quickly.

The Village also has the authority to declare a 'Snow Emergency.' During a snow emergency parking is prohibited on all streets during a specified time. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed and towed away during the declared snow emergency. Notice will be posted on the village's website and other media outlets for the public.

For more information on the Village's snow and ice removal policy, visit the village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/street-a-right-of-way-maintenance/snow-plowing.html

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brown County Approves CTH GV Reconstruction

The Brown County Board formally approved the Highway GV project on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Construction of a roundabout in the Town of Ledgeview at the intersection of County GV and G will begin in April 2011 with bridge and culvert construction starting in August. Roadway construction will be done in 2012.

The four-lane highway will include a 150-foot right-of-way, 20-foot medians, bike lanes and an 8' wide side-path. The project will also include swales that will help in storm water runoff.

The county highway department is finishing engineering plans, acquiring right-of-way land and permiting.

Information on the County project can be found at the Village's website, along with a brief video presentation graphically showing the proposed improvements along the stretch.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Elections Set For November 2, 2010

The General Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to the Assembly, District Attorney, and County Partisan Offices will be held on November 2, 2010.

In addition to the general elections, Village residents will be asked for their vote on a Road Funding Referendum to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements. Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. For more information or to view the referendum ballot language, go to the Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/agendas-a-minutes/2010-road-referendum-steering-committee.html

Voting will take place at the Bellevue Community Center/Fire Station #2 at 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road. Polls are open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots are available at the Village Office.

For more information on elections, or to download a copy of the ballot visit the Village’s website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Prescription Drug Collection Event Scheduled for November 2, 2010

The Village is coordinating with Brown County Sheriffs Department to host a prescription drug collection for village residents on November 2, 2010.

Collection will take place at the Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road, from 10am to 2pm. Accepted materials include pills, liquids, salves, powders, inhalers and pet meds. No sharps or biological material. Collections are for Brown County Residents only and offered at no cost to participants.

For more information contact the Donna Deer, Assistant Administrator at (920) 468-5225.

Waste pharmaceuticals are a far reaching issue. These unused drugs present opportunities for environmental contamination, drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Proper disposal through collection events is necessary to insure the drugs are completely destroyed by incineration. Taking the easy way out and simply throwing your unused medications in the trash or flushing down the drain can lead to significant environmental problems.

Curbside Brush Pick-up & Yard Waste Site Extended Due to Wind Storm

The Village of Bellevue is extending their fall brush pick dates until Tuesday November 2nd, to accommodate residents with brush and limbs from the recent wind storm.

The Village compost site will also be open until November 15 for brush drop off. If you have questions regarding this process, please call the Public Works Department at 468-5225.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Road Referendum Public Information Meeting

The second of two (2) public informational meetings is scheduled for October 26th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road, Bellevue, WI. The meeting will highlight key findings from the Road Referendum Steering Committee, as well as, answer questions from concerned residents.

On November 2, 2010, Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. If approved the referendum would allow 35 percent of future maintenance work be funded by a tax levy, with the remaining 65 percent charged as special assessments to the adjacent property owner. New development and urbanization of rural roads would be excluded.

For more information, please contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468.5225.

Public Works Construction Season Wrapping Up

Several significant public works projects will be completed in the coming weeks.

Main Street - Verlin Road Roundabout & Manitowoc Road Improvements
Finishing touches to the I-43/Manitowoc Road bridge repairs will be completed by the end of November. All lanes are open to traffic. However, a random temporary closing may still occur and crews demobilize.

Verlin Road Sidewalk & Bicycle Lanes
Sidewalk & Bicycle Lanes has been installed and completed from Main Street to Verlin Road. This project was paid through federal stimulus dollars and will now provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe east-to-west route across the village.

Ontario Road
Crews continue to finish the reconstruction of Ontario Rd from 1350' North of Eaton Road to Village Limits. Crews extended water, sewer and storm water utilities in addition to a complete urbanization of the section of roadway. Work is planned to be finished by November 1st.

Klondike Road Stream Bank Stabilization
A stream bank stabilization project began a few weeks ago just east of the I-43 underpass. It was hoped that the road could be kept open to traffic during construction. However after construction started, a significant rain event occurred causing a shift in the soils in the embankment near the roadway. As a result, the road was shut the down for the safety of workers and motorists. Completion of the project should occur in the beginning of November.

Fall Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Village Public Works Department will be conducting its fall fire hydrant flushing during the month of November.

Residents may notice their water is discolored while the flushing occurs. The water is safe to drink, however the discoloration may stain clothing.

If you notice work being done in your neighborhood, temporarily avoid using the water if you can. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets until the color is removed.

Residents are asked to contact the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225 if they have questions or concerns.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trick or Treat Trail Set For October 16th

This year’s Trick or Treat Trail will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Josten Park from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. The Trick or Treat Trail is a special community event for children ages 2-8 who live in Bellevue.

Special attractions at the event will include a trail walk, pumpkin patch, clowns, Brown County Fire Safety House, face painting, and much more! There will be a lot of silly fun and gentle freights for everyone!

Pre-registration is required! Visit the Village website at: www.villageofbellevue.org or the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Avenue to register. The event is FREE!

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact the Leisure Services Department at 468-5225.

Village Board Meeting October 13, 2010

The Village Board of Trustees meeting on October 13, 2010 features the following agenda items:
  1. Presentation - Central Brown County Water Authority – 2011 Annual Budget. Staff from the Central Brown County Water Authority will present their 2011 operating budget.
  2. Presentation - Community Development Staff Report – Millennium Park Signage.
  3. New Business - Amendment to Chapter 8 of the Village Code of Ordinances. This amendment would change the funding formula for the construction of new sidewalks in developed areas and the repair of the existing sidewalks. The amendment would also outline the Village's criteria for the maintenance of sidewalks.
The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road. For more information or to download a copy of the meeting notice or agenda visit the Village's website at www.villageofbellevue.org.

Road Referendum Public Information Meeting October 14, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy.

Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements. If approved the referendum would allow 35 percent of future maintenance work be funded by a tax levy, with the remaining 65 percent charged as special assessments to the adjacent property owner. New development and urbanization of rural roads would be excluded.

Two (2) public informational meetings have been scheduled to allow residents to learn more about the referendum question and the process leading up to and following the referendum. The two meetings have been scheduled for October 14th and 26th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road, Bellevue, WI.

For more information, please contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468.5225.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Fire Prevention Week Starts October 3rd!

October 3-9, 2010 is the Official Fire Prevention Week here in the USA. The Village's Fire Department would like to remind residents and businesses to take a moment to review your work location and home to see if you're fire safe. "Fire Safe" includes proper use of electrical cords, not allowing rubbish to accumulate, and emergency escape plans. Lastly remember to change your smoke detector batteries at the same time you change your clocks for the daylight savings fall back time.

The time you invest can save lives should a fire occur at your place of business or home.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit: www.firepreventionweek.org

Road Construction Projects Continue...

Manitowoc Road
Crews continue to work on bridge deck and ramp repairs to the Manitowoc Road/I-43 overpass. According to representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the bridge is being planned to reopen to traffic on October 5th (weather depending). Work will continue for up to 10 more working days (2 weeks) to finish up miscellaneous work. Ramp night closures may be completed by Oct 5th as well, but they are allowed two weeks after-wards. Drivers are encouraged to watch for the changeable message signs announcing future ramp closures.

Ontario Road
Storm sewer work is now complete. Road reconstruction is set to start this week. The road is scheduled to re-open the 1st of November (weather dependent).

Klondike Road
A stream bank stabilization project began two weeks ago just east of the I-43 underpass. It was hoped that the road could be kept open to traffic during construction. However after construction started, a significant rain event occurred causing a shift in the soils in the embankment near the roadway. As a result, the road was shut the down for the safety of workers and motorists. It is anticipated the road will re-open to traffic around October 22nd.

For more information visit the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org, or contact the Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225.

Village Offers Resident Tree Program

The Village of Bellevue provides a neighborhood tree planting program for residents who wish to have trees planted in the terrace area adjacent to their property. The planting program is offered every fall and runs concurrent with other fall plantings. The resident pays for the wholesale cost of the tree including planting.

Trees can add value to your home, help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife. Properly cared for trees are valuable growing assets worth three times the investment. Visit the
International Society of Arboriculture website to learn more about the value of trees.

Planting along the street terrace can also provide many aesthetic benefits to your local neighborhood or street. An example of what a street can look like with moderately aged trees along the terrace is shown below.

Current View

Joy Lane Current

Concept View

Joy Lane Street Tree Concept

The Village is currently soliciting orders for the 2010 planting season. Homeowners who are interested may choose from the tree varieties listed below:
  • Maple: Autumn Blaze, Emerald Lustre, Sugar Maple
  • Honeylocust: Skyline
  • Linden: Littleleaf Greenspire, American Redmond
  • Ironwood: American Hophornbeam
  • Other (Small Tree): Spring Snow Crab, Amur Maple, Japanese Tree Lilac
If you are interested in purchasing any of these trees, please complete the attached order form and return to the Leisure Services Department no later than October 8, 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ontario Road Project Continues

Crews continue to work on urbanizing a section of Ontario Road north of CTH JJ. The overall project began in August and is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2010.

Currently water, sewer and storm-water utilities are being installed. Once completed, crews will move on to constructing the road base, pouring concrete curbing and lastly asphalt. In order for crews to complete their work on time, the road has been closed completely to traffic. Detours are marked.

For more information on this and other road projects in the Village, visit our website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/public-works/projects-construction.html

Annual Fire Department Fish Boil Draws a Crowd

The Bellevue Firefighters Association held their annual Fish Boil and Open House this past Friday, September 24th. The event is used as a fundraiser to support Bellevue fire prevention programs, education and training materials. Photos from the event can be found at the Village's facebook site, or by clicking here.

The feature of the night is the food of course. Boiled fish, potatoes, carrots, onions and other traditional sides are served. In addition, yummy deserts are baked by friends and relatives of the fire department to be sold. Dozens of firefighters, spouses, friends and others volunteered to help make the event a success.

Firefighters were also busy that same evening when a call came through from emergency dispatch. Crews left the station to respond to an automobile accident.

The Fire Department provides fire education and safety materials to local elementary school children each year during Fire Prevention Week. This year, Fire Prevention Week will be held at McAuliffe Elementary during October 4-8th. For more information on the Bellevue Fire Department, go to the Village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/fire.html

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fire Department Annual Fish Boil & Open House This Friday, September 24th

FISH BOIL AND OPEN HOUSE
Friday, September 24th
4:30-8pm

Bellevue Community Center / Fire Station #2
1811 Allouez Avenue

$7.00 / Adult Fish
$5.00 / Child Fish
$2.00 / Hot dog & Chips

Fish dinner includes:
Alaskan Pollack, potatoes, carrots and onions.

Location : Bellevue Community Center / Fire Station #2 (1811 Allouez Avenue)
All proceeds are used to benefit the Bellevue Fire Prevention programs, education and training materials.

Road Referendum Public Information Meetings Set

Since January 2010, a group of village residents have been working toward developing referendum ballot language to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements. On November 2, 2010, Village residents will be asked to decide whether street construction projects should be funded in-part by special assessment and the general tax levy. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of road and right-of-way improvements.

You can view and download the steering committee meeting Agendas & Minutes, as well as, the committee's Final Report on the Village's website.

Proposed Binding Referendum Ballot Language:

Under State Law, the increase in the levy of the Village of Bellevue for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year (2011) is limited to 3% which results in a levy of $2,469,878. Shall the Village of Bellevue be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year (2011) and on an ongoing basis, by a total of 14.2%, which results in a levy of $2,819,878, for the purpose of generating sufficient revenue to fund 35% of the costs associated with the reconstruction or resurfacing of existing roads which will reduce (by an equal percentage) the special assessments currently charged to property owners for planned road work. This
will not include new development or the urbanization of rural roads.

A "YES" VOTE WILL ALLOW THE VILLAGE OF BELLEVUE TO EXCEED THE LEVY LIMIT AND INCREASE THE LEVY FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, 2011, BY A TOTAL OF 14.2% WHICH RESULTS IN A LEVY OF $2,819,878.

A "NO" VOTE WILL NOT ALLOW THE VILLAGE OF BELLEVUE TO EXCEED THE LEVY LIMIT.

(YES) (NO)

Two (2) public informational meetings have been scheduled to allow residents to learn more about the referendum question and the process leading up to and following the referendum. The two meetings have been scheduled for October 14th and 26th at 6:30pm at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall.

For more information, please contact Aaron Oppenheimer, Village Administrator at (920) 468.5225.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't Forget To Vote On September 14th For The Partisan Primary Election

The Partisan Primary Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to the Assembly, District Attorney, and County Partisan Offices will be held on September 14, 2010.

Voting will take place at the Bellevue Community Center/Fire Station at 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road. Polls are open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots are available at the Village Office.

For more information on elections, or to download a copy of the ballot visit the Village’s website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Phase 2 of Manitowoc Road Project Begins Monday, September 13th

With the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Verlin/Manitowoc roads complete, Phase 2 of the overall WisDOT project is scheduled to start on Monday, September 13th.

Phase 2 includes bridge deck repairs/overlays and ramp improvements for the Manitowoc Road/I-43 overpass bridge. The work will require the bridge to be closed to traffic for an estimated 15-20 working days. Periodic ramp closures will occur at night during this period as well.

For more information on the project, stages, closure schedules and detour maps, visit Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org

Monday, August 30, 2010

Eagle Scout Candidate Completes Landscape Project at Public Safety Building

Spencer Nelsen of the Bellevue area Boy Scout Troop 1173, recently completed a landscaping project on Saturday, August 28th. The project will be used to complete the requirements to achieve his Eagle Scout.

The landscaping project was no small task. Mr. Nelsen secured in-kind, as well as, cash donations from area businesses for supplies. In addition, Spencer was responsible for recruiting and leading volunteers to complete the work.

The Village of Bellevue would like to thank Spencer, Troop 1173, all the volunteers and local business that supported this project. It looks great!

Partisan Primary Election - September 14, 2010

The Partisan Primary Election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, United States Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to the Assembly, District Attorney, and County Partisan Offices will be held on September 14, 2010.

Voting will take place at the Bellevue Community Center/Fire Station at 1811 Allouez Avenue and the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Egan Lane. Polls are open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

If you are unable to vote at the polls, absentee ballots are available at the Village Office.

For more information on elections, or to download a copy of the ballot visit the Village’s website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Online Utility Bill Payment Option Starts September 1st

Starting September 1, 2010, the Village of Bellevue will be offering a convenient online utility bill and payment service option. Interested residents can register starting on August 30th by simply logging onto the village's website and clicking on the Online Utility Payments icon on the right of the home page.

Village residents can continue to choose from several utility billing and payment options. However, using electronic options helps reduce utility costs and is strongly encouraged.

Utility Billing can be performed two ways:

  1. Mail - Traditionally by default, utility customers will receive a standard bill via the united states postal service.
  2. e-Mail - In lieu of a traditional mailed bill, customers are encourages to register for e-billing services. Customers who sign up for e-billing receive a utility bill notification via email and are forwarded a link to view their bill online.

Utility Bill Payments can be made four ways:

  1. Mail-In/Drop-Off - Mail or drop-off your completed payment to Village of Bellevue, 2828 Allouez Avenue Bellevue, WI 54311
  2. Direct Payment - Complete the Direct Payment Authorization Form to take advantage of the direct payment plan and have your payment made automatically from you checking or savings account. {Free}
  3. Online Payment - Pay online on the village's website anytime (24/7) by credit card, check or savings account withdrawal. {$2.99 convenience fee}
  4. Pay by Phone - Pay by phone to the Payment Service Network at 1-877-885-7968 between 7am - 4pm (Monday-Friday). {$2.99 convenience fee}
For more information, please contact the Clerk/Treasurer's office at (920) 468-5225.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bellevue East-Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off set for August 29th

The Bellevue East-Town Optimists' annual chili cook-off & community picnic will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 29 at Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Road.

The celebration includes a music, children's games, food and drinks. The event also features a chili cook-off with the areas best chili!

The funds raised during this picnic help support the Bellevue East Town Optimists club.

For more information, visit the Village's website or contact the Village office at (920) 468-5225.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Village Board Meeting August 25, 2010

The Village Board of Trustees meeting on August 25, 2010 features the following agenda items:
  1. Public Hearing - 2011-2015 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The proposed CORP update will guide the acquisition, preservation, and development of land for parks, recreation trails, and other open spaces in the Village. The plan addresses both short-term and long-term recommendations.
  2. New Business - Review of Projects to be included in the 2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Village Board will review and discuss proposed capital projects and purchases over the next five years.
  3. New Business - Creation of an Economic Development Advisory Board. The Board will review the concept for the creation of an advisory committee to provide recommendations on economic development issues.
The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Building / Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road. For more information or to download a copy of the meeting notice or agenda visit the Village's website at www.villageofbellevue.org.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

North Section Of Ontario Road Closed For Reconstruction

The most northernly section of Ontario Road within the Village, approximately 1350 feet north of Eaton Road to Village Limits, will be closed starting Monday, August 16, 2010 for reconstruction. The road section is scheduled to be urbanized, which includes curb and gutter.

The Road will be closed to through traffic. Project completion is slated for fall 2010.

For more information on this project, please visit the Village's website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Senior Summer Picnic- Food, Friends & Great Entertainment!

The Leisure Services Department recently hosted its 7th annual Senior Summer Picnic at Josten Park on August 8th. Over 100 area older adults participated in the event.

The social event featured food from Biebel's Catering, games, casual conversation and entertainment by Jim Scovell & The Heart Attack Band. The Event was sponsored by Bellevue Independent & Assisted Living.

For more information on senior programs offered through the Leisure Services Department, visit the village's website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services/recreation-programs/senior-corner.html

Village publishes quarterly "Bell-View" Newsletter for August - November 2010

The Village's newsletter, "The Bell-View" which is sent quarterly by postal mail to village residents, is now available on the Village's website for download.

To get the August-November 2010 copy, please visit the following link: http://villageofbellevue.com/our-village/village-newsletter.html

Main Street/Verlin Road Roundabout Construction Making Progress

Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Verlin Road continues to make significant progress despite poor, wet weather.

It is anticipated that the roundabout will be completed in September as planned. For more information on the project, visit the Village's website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Plan Commission To Review Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan on August 17th

The Village's Plan Commission will review and possibly recommend an update to the Village's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan or CORP at their August 17, 2010 meeting.

The recommendations presented in the Plan will help guide the acquisition, preservation, and development of land for parks, recreation trails, and other open spaces in the Village of Bellevue to meet the needs of a growing and changing population. Such recommendations will also serve to protect and enhance the community’s natural resource base into the future. Although, this Plan addresses the long-range park and open space needs of the community (through the year 2030), it focuses more specifically on recommendations for development over the next five-years.

The Plan is also intended to incorporate, refine, and update the previous findings and recommendations presented in the Village’s 2006-2010 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. This Plan was prepared in accordance with guidelines that will make it certifiable by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The Plan must be updated every five years to ensure that it reflects the current needs of the community and retains its DNR certification. This Plan was also prepared as a detailed component of the Village’s “Smart Growth” Comprehensive Plan under Wisconsin Statutes

The Village's Park Commission recommended at their August 2010 meeting to approve the proposed draft update.

The Village Board will review the proposed update at their August 25, 2010 meeting. A formal public hearing will be held prior to Village Board action.

For more information on the CORP update or to download a copy of the draft plan, visit the Village's website at: www.VillageOfBellevue.org.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Street Trees Provide Quantifiable Benefits For Village Residents

Do Try This at Home - How much is that street tree worth?

Research conducted by the US Forest Service has led to the ability to justifiably determine the value of street and landscape trees. The National Arbor Day Foundation has also made it easy for anyone to determine the dollar value of the economic and environmental benefits provided by any tree in your yard.

To use the Tree Value Calculator, go to www.arborday.org/calculator.

At this new site, simply enter your zip code. This makes sure that the subsequent calculations are geared to climate factors in our area. Next, you find your tree on a drop down list of 70 species or genera. If your tree is not on the list, there are 'other' categories based on tree characteristics from which to select. You then add the diameter of your tree and kind of property (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) and the calculator will do the rest.

The results show the overall annual contribution of your tree - in dollars! There is also a pie chart breaking this amount into various services provided - storm water retention, energy savings, air quality improvement, CO2 sequestration and property value enhancement. Tabs take you to any of these values for further explanation.

Village staff recently tested the calculator with a 5 inch Norway Maple located at the Village Offices at 2828 Allouez Avenue. According to the calculator, the tree provides an annual benefit of $30. And while some functional benefits of trees are well documented, others are difficult to quantify (e.g., human social and communal health). The pictured graph shows a breakdown of the value the sample tree provides (click on picture to enlarge).

Some other key measures from the example include:
  • This 5 inch Norway maple will intercept 210 gallons of storm water runoff this year.
  • This 5 inch Norway maple will raise the property value by $10 this year.
  • This 5 inch Norway maple will conserve 46 Kilowatt / hours of electricity for cooling and reduce consumption of oil or natural gas by 7 therm(s).
  • This 5 inch Norway maple tree will reduce atmospheric carbon by186 pounds this year.
It should be noted however, that benefits of trees do not account for the costs associated with trees' long-term care and maintenance. However, the good news - tree benefits outweigh maintenance costs at least 3 to 1. It should also be noted that well-cared trees appreciate in value overtime. If our sample tree is cared for and grows to 10 inches, it will provide $77 in annual benefits.

The Leisure Services Department Urban Forestry Division is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all trees within the street right-of-way, in village parks, and all other village owned properties.

Trees located in the Village's right-of-way are property of the Village and permission is required before residents, prune, remove or otherwise perform any maintenance.

If you would like to request Village forestry services for a public tree in your area or have questions regarding our urban forestry program please contact the Village at (920) 468-5225 or visit: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/departments/leisure-services/urban-forestry.html.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Final Rockin' In Josten Concert Scheduled For August 9th

The Leisure Services Department is hosting its fourth and final 2010 installment of the "Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series on August 9th from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Josten Park. The series features local area talent and is free and open to the general public. The featured act for July 26th is Red Clover - a country rock band.

Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.

Concessions, including hamburgers, brats and beverages, will be available & sold throughout the concert by the Bellevue Lions Club. Money raised from concession sales goes toward funding local community projects.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Village ISO Rating Improves In 2010

Early in 2010, the Village was audited by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). During the audit the Village was required to provide information on water supply/delivery; data regarding calls for service and 911 emergency responses; and training and inspection records for review. ISO uses this information to establish a fire protection rating. Scoring is based on a ten point system with a one being the best and ten being the worst. These ratings are used by a number of insurance companies to assign risk to homes and businesses when calculating insurance premiums for Fire Loss. A lower ISO rating usually equates to premium savings for residents and businesses.

Over the past several years the Village Fire and Water Departments have made enhancements to our infrastructure and public safety services. As a result, the Village’s fire protection rating has improved. Prior to the 2009, the Village had an ISO Rating of 5 in hydranted areas and 9 in non-hydranted areas. The most recent audit shows a marked improvement. The Village received a new classification of 2 in hydranted areas. Nationally only .7% of municipalities have a rating of 2 with even fewer having a 1 (.1%).

The Village advises residents and businesses to provide this information when discussing insurance rates. If you have any questions regarding our ISO rating please contact the Village offices at 468-5225.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rockin' in Josten Continues on July 26, 2010

The Leisure Services Department is hosting the third installment of the "Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series on July 26, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Josten Park. The series features local area talent and is free and open to the general public. The featured act for July 26th is Reverend Raven.

Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.

Concessions, including hamburgers, brats and beverages, will be available & sold throughout the concert by the Bellevue Lions Club. Money raised from concession sales goes toward funding local community projects.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

7th Annual Senior Picnic Set For August 8, 2010

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is planning the 7th Annual Senior Picnic for Sunday, August 8, 2010, 4:30-7:00 pm at Josten Park. Bellevue Independent & Assisted Living is the title sponsor for the event.

The evening includes plenty of food, live music, door prizes, raffle drawings, and more!

All seniors 55+ are welcome (Bellevue residency not required). The cost is only $7.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by July 30, 2010.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit the Village's website at www.VillageOfBellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Village Board Approves Road Referendum Ballot Language

The Village Board of Trustees recently approved at their July 14th meeting, draft ballot language for an upcoming November referendum. The language will be forwarded to the State for review and approval. If approved by the State Election Board, the language will be placed on the November ballot. If the language is not approved by the State, changes will most likely be made to accommodate the State's requirements.

In January, the Village Board created a steering committee with the purpose of drafting ballot language to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements. The steering committee, made-up of entirely village residents has been meeting regularly since January to develop the language. The committee completed their draft ballot language and submitted a final report to the Village Board back in June. You can read the committee's final report on the Village's website.

The approved draft ballot language is as follows:

Proposed Binding Referendum Ballot Language:


Under State Law, the increase in the levy of the Village of Bellevue for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year (2011) is limited to 3% which results in a levy of $2,469,878. Shall the Village of Bellevue be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next fiscal year (2011) and on an ongoing basis, by a total of 14.2%, which results in a levy of $2,819,878, for the purpose of generating sufficient revenue to fund 35% of the costs associated with the reconstruction or resurfacing of existing roads which will reduce (by an equal percentage) the special assessments currently charged to property owners for planned road work. This will not include new development or the urbanization of rural roads.

A "YES" VOTE WILL ALLOW THE VILLAGE OF BELLEVUE TO EXCEED THE LEVY LIMIT AND INCREASE THE LEVY FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, 2011, BY A TOTAL OF 14.2% WHICH RESULTS IN A LEVY OF $2,819,878.

A "NO" VOTE WILL NOT ALLOW THE VILLAGE OF BELLEVUE TO EXCEED THE LEVY LIMIT.

(YES) (NO)

For more information on the referendum or the action of the steering committee, go to the village's website at the following url: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/agendas-a-minutes/2010-road-referendum-steering-committee.html

Rockin' In Josten Summer Concert Series Continues on July 26th

The Leisure Services Department will be hosting it's third installment of the "Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series on July 26, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Josten Park. The series features local area talent and is free and open to the general public.

Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.

The final two dates in:
  • Monday, July 26th - Reverend Raven
  • Monday, August 9th - Bazooka Joe

Concessions, including hamburgers, brats and beverages, will be available & sold throughout the concert by the Bellevue Lions Club. Money raised from concession sales goes toward funding local community projects.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

"Movie In The Park" Scheduled for Friday, July 23rd

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer the "Movie in the Park" program again on July 23, 2010. The feature movie is the 1980's classic "E.T."

The event takes place at Josten Park. Movies are shown beginning at dusk or around 8:30pm. The event is free. Concessions will be available and sold through the Junior Jets 4-H Club.

"Movie in the Park" is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an exciting family-friendly movie on a BIG SCREEN in the great outdoors!

Movie In The Park is made possible in large part to a $2,000 sponsorship from Wal-Mart. For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series Continues Today

The Leisure Services Department will be hosting it's second installment of the "Rockin' in Josten" Summer Concert Series tonight from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Josten Park. The series features local area talent and is free and open to the general public.

Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.

The remainder 2010 music line-up is as follows:
  • Monday, July 12th - The Presidents
  • Monday, July 26th - Reverend Raven
  • Monday, August 9th - Bazooka Joe

Concessions will be available throughout the concert provided by the Bellevue Lions Club.

For more information visit the Village's website or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Is Parks & Recreation Month!

Take advantage of all the great parks and leisure service resources we have in our very own community!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Parks and leisure services improves our physical and psychological health, strengthens our neighborhoods, and makes our community a more attractive place to live and work. Not to mention, being outdoors connects us to nature and helps us put balance in our lives.
Help us celebrate this July the importance of Bellevue's parks and recreational facilities!

Go to our website: www.VillageOfBellevue.org, print out the sign shown above and take pictures of yourself, family members, and friends in any Bellevue park! Post the pictures on our Facebook page with "July is Park and Recreation Month" in the header.

Help spread the message throughout that parks and leisure services are an important and integral part of our lives here in Bellevue!

Bellevue Firefighters Raise Over $1,500 For MDA

The Bellevue Fire Department raised over $1,500 to help battle neuromuscular disease during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Fill-the-Boot event June 26.

The firefighters removed their boots at Festival Foods, 2534 Steffens Court in Bellevue and accepted donations from area customers, motorists, and pedestrians. In just four hours, the department raised $1,536.

MDA would like to thank the Bellevue firefighters for their hard work and dedication. All of the money raised will help benefit local MDA clients and services like sending children and young adults to MDA Summer Camp, clinic visits, and wheelchair purchases and repairs.

MDA’s Fill-the-Boot program is supported by fire departments across North America. Last year, Wisconsin fire fighters raised $600,000 for MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571.

Roundabout Work Continues at Main Street & Verlin Road

The State Department of Transportation (WisDOT) began construction of a roundabout at Main Street and Verlin Road on June 14th. Favorable weather this past week has given construction crews the ability to make good progress.

The overall project completed in two phases and is scheduled for completion in November. The roundabout construction is one of several aspects to the overall work.

When completed, the project will include:
  • The removal of the traffic signals at Main Street and Verlin Road and replacing it with a double lane roundabout;
  • The installation of sidewalk along the south side of Verlin Road/Manitowoc Road from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Diamond grinding the concrete surface from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Bridge deck repairs/overlay and ramp improvements for the bridge over I-43, and
  • Some signal and lane improvements to the intersection of Steffens Way and Manitowoc Road.
Lane and road closures will occur at various times throughout the project. Stay up to date on stages, closure schedules and detour maps by visiting Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org

Monday, June 28, 2010

Road Referendum To Be Placed On November Ballot

Since January 2010, an ad hoc committee made up of Bellevue residents has been drafting ballot language for a November 2, 2010 referendum. The purpose of the referendum is to determine the Village's future special assessment policy in relation to road and right-of-way improvements.

The committee recently presented its report and preferred ballot language recently to the Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. The Village Board unanimously approved the language with one alteration. Per the request of the Village Board the language is to include only "Residential Streets." That would mean commercial enterprises and businesses would still be required to fund their own road improvements through special assessments. The ballot language still needs to be reviewed by the Village attorney to determine whether the referendum can be presented that way.

If approved by the voters in November, the referendum will allow the Village to exceed the levy limit and increase the tax levy for the next fiscal year, 2011, by a total of 14.2%. Or essentially, move 35 percent of all major road repair costs to taxpayers, which would increase the village's yearly property tax collections from about $2.4 million to $2.8 million. Currently, the Village assesses 100% of the costs of major road repairs.

For more information on the steering committee and the road referendum, please go to the following url: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/agendas-a-minutes/2010-road-referendum-steering-committee.html.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bellevue Firefighters To Remove Boots For MDA

The Bellevue firefighters will take off their boots and join in the fight against neuromuscular disease Saturday, June 26, 2010.

Members of the Bellevue Fire Department will set their boots out at Festival Foods, 2534 Steffens Court in Green Bay, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and collect money from customers, motorists, and pedestrians as a part of MDA’s annual Fill-the-Boot program. All donations will benefit local MDA clients and services like sending children and young adults to MDA Summer Camp, clinic visits, and wheelchair purchases and repairs.

MDA’s Fill-the-Boot program is supported by fire departments across North America. Last year, Wisconsin fire fighters raised $600,000 for MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Road Work To Start June 14th on Main Street/Verlin Road Roundabout

The State Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is set to start the construction of a roundabout at Main Street and Verlin Road on June 14th. In addition to the roundabout, the DOT will also be doing reconstructive work along Manitowoc Road from Main Street to Eaton Road.

The scope of the project will include the following:
  • The removal of the traffic signals at Main Street and Verlin Road and replacing it with a double lane roundabout;
  • The installation of sidewalk along the south side of Verlin Road/Manitowoc Road from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Diamond grinding the concrete surface from Main Street to Eaton Road;
  • Bridge deck repairs/overlay and ramp improvements for the bridge over I-43, and
  • Some signal and lane improvements to the intersection of Steffens Way and Manitowoc Road.
Lane and road closures will occur at various times throughout the project. For more information on the project, stages, closure schedules and detour maps, visit Village's website at: http://villageofbellevue.org

Monday, June 7, 2010

Troop 1173 Plants Rain Garden At Willow Creek Park

Local Boy Scout Troop #1173 assisted the Leisure Services Department recently by providing the necessary labor to plant a rain garden at Willow Creek Park (1800 Guns Street) on Monday, June 7, 2010. The project was used by the troop as one of their regular conservation projects.

The rain garden will be used to help clean water run-off from the adjacent parking lot located at the park site. Typically with parking lots, storm water moves quickly off the paved area and into storm drains; with it, carrying a smorgasbord of leaves, grass, oils, soil, debris, fertilizer - all of which ends up in our lakes and streams. This type of runoff causes major problems for our water resources. The rain garden will help protect and restore natural hydrology, allowing rainwater to soak in instead of running off. It will also help trap pollutants that might be in the runoff.

So what exactly is a rain garden? Typically it is a sunken garden with a flat bottom. The area must be appropriately sized based on the area where runoff occurs. Typically 1/3 the size of the impervious surface. Many times a rain garden is planted with native plant material since the roots of native wildflowers and prairie grasses go twice as deep into the ground as they are tall. Therefore native plants absorb much more water and use less if any fertilization.

For more information on rain gardens visit: http://www.dnr.wi.gov/runoff/rg