Friday, April 30, 2010

Village Board Approves Bay Area Recreation Campus

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010, the Village of Bellevue Board of Trustees approved PDD 2010.1 or what is commonly known Bay Area Recreation Campus.

The Bay Area Recreational Campus group is pursing the purchase of approximately 87 acres of property that borders County Highway JJ, Erie Road, and Grandview Road with the expressed intent of developing a large-scale recreational campus.

Plans for the campus consist of 13 multi-use recreation fields, a club house, storage buildings, and parking facilities. The proposal would be completed in a phases. According to the proposal, the campus will be developed with a park-like manner to keep the site as “green” as possible with trees and walking paths. Organizers of the plan envision the campus to be used by different youth organizations in the area such as soccer, lacrosse, Pop Warner football, YMCA youth programs and much more.

A time line for completion of the project has not been given.

Summer/Fall Recreation Program Registration Begins May 1st

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

Programs and schedules are highlighted in detail in the most recent copy of the L.I.F.E. Guide; which was distributed in mid April.

For more information, or to register online, go to:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Senior Spring Social - Food, Friends & Great Entertainment!

The Leisure Services Department recently hosted its annual Senior Spring Social at the Community Center on April 25th. Over 50 area older adults participated in the event.

The social event featured food from Biebel's Catering, games, casual conversation and entertainment by Preble High School Girls Show Choir.

For more information on senior programs offered through the Leisure Services Department, visit the village's website at:

Area Youth Celebrate Arbor Day

Children from the Village's After School Program celebrated Arbor Day this past week by planting trees at DeBroux Park. Participants were also given small tree saplings to plant at home.

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan.

Morton proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees. Nebraska's first Arbor Day was an amazing success. More than one million trees were planted. A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April 22nd to coincide with Morton's birthday.

Arbor Day is a great day to remember the value and benefit of trees. And, oh yes, plant a tree.

For more information on Arbor Day, go to the Arbor Day Foundation website at:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Spring Brush Pick-Up

The Village's Public Works Department will begin its biannual brush pick-up on Monday, April 26, 2010 for properties east of Main Street, and Monday, May 3rd for properties west of Main Street.

Please have your brush placed parallel to the curb prior to that Monday.

For more information, please visit the Village's website:

Spring Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Village Public Works Department will be conducting its spring fire hydrant flushing during the month of May. Be advised that the water from your tap may be discolored for a short period of time if you use water while the flushing takes place. The water is safe to drink. Please continue to run your water until it is clear once again.

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

Village publishes quarterly "Bell-View" Newsletter for May-July 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 May-July 2010 copy, please visit the following link:

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Green Bay Rotary "Walk For Those Who Can't"

Area Rotary Clubs are working in conjunction with the Village of Bellevue to host the 2010 Rotary "Walk For Those Who Can't" on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Proceeds from the walk will be used to fight worldwide eradication of polio.

Polio (also called poliomyelitis) is a contagious, historically devastating disease that was virtually eliminated from the Western hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century. Although polio has plagued humans since ancient times, its most extensive outbreak occurred in the first half of the 1900s before the vaccination, created by Jonas Salk, became widely available in 1955.

At the height of the polio epidemic in 1952, nearly 60,000 cases with more than 3,000 deaths were reported in the United States alone. However, with widespread vaccination, wild-type polio, or polio occurring through natural infection, was eliminated from the United States by 1979 and the Western hemisphere by 1991.

Unfortunately, polio still infects millions worldwide. Rotary International, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working diligently to eradicate this disease across the globe.

This 5k walk will begin at Bellin College at 9:00 am. Registration will begin at 8:00 am. Cost of registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tax deductible Donations to eradicate polio are also welcome.

Organizers of the event expect about 400 walkers.

For more information on the event, and to download a walk registration form visit the Village's website at and select the "End Polio Now" link on the right side of the home page.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Suspects Sought In Vehicle Break-ins In Bellevue

A rash of vehicle break-ins is keeping local police busy. The break-ins have occurred in Bellevue, but also the villages of Howard and Allouez as well.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, investigators are looking for suspects who broke into at least 31 vehicles between the three communities as of Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

Some of the items stolen included cash, an iPod Nano, Blackberry Curve, Nintendo game system, GPS system, and Waterbury pocket watch.

According to police reports, the suspects entered garages through a service door and ransacked vehicles inside. Entry into the garage through service doors happened regardless of whether the door was locked or unlocked. When locked the suspects pried the doors open with an unknown tool.

In one incident, a homeowner returned to his residence in Howard and saw two teen boys, wearing black clothing with white stripes down the legs, leave his garage.

Specifically in Bellevue, 11 incidents have occurred. Suspects targeted vehicles that were either parked on the street or in the driveway of a residence. Entry into the vehicles occurred whether the vehicle was locked or unlocked. When locked, the suspects smashed out windows to gain entry. Police authorities had indicated that it is possible the offenders used a pellet gun to enter the vehicles.

Most of the break-ins occurred during late night into early morning hours from March 25 to 27, with two occurring Thursday through Friday.

Anyone with information should call the Brown County Sheriff's Investigations at (920) 448-4230 or the Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867. Callers may be eligible for a cash reward and can remain anonymous.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bicycle Now! Class Offered in Bellevue

The Leisure Services Department will be hosting in cooperation with the Brown County Health Department and WI Division of Health, Physical Activity Program an adult bicycle education program.

The program will teach adults to ride for both transportation and recreational purposes. Riders will gain confidence riding on the streets and trails in Bellevue. Adults will be able to take their knowledge back home and teach their children to ride safely.

The cost of the class is $5 and includes a light lunch. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. Students should bring their own bicycle and helmet to the class. Prospective students must be 15 years or older.

The class will take place at DeBroux Park on Saturday, May 22nd from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

For more information please contact the Village Office at (920) 468-5225 or register online at

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Bellevue with Tree City USA Recognition & Growth Award

The Village of Bellevue was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry in 2009.

It is the seventh year Bellevue has earned this national recognition.

The Village also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program in the following activity areas:
  • Planning and Management
  • Tree Inventory and Analysis
  • Computerized Tree-Management System
  • 10-Year Management Plan
  • Improved Tree Ordinance
  • Arboricultural Specifications
The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Bellevue has continually met the four standards to become a Tree City USA. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation.

More information about Tree City USA can be found at