Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tree Pruning and Trimming Schedule

As part of the Village’s Urban Forestry Program, the Village will be pruning & trimming street trees within the right-of-way between January & March 2014.
Per Municipal Code 8.24, 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 is planned for the following areas in 2014:
  • South & West of Main St./ East of Lime Kiln Rd.  (Streets: Allouez Ave., Klondike Rd., Verlin Rd., Bluestone Pl., Guns St.)
  • Using the Village’s Interactive Mapping System (, pruning area will be Zones 2, 3, & 4.
The work will be performed by the Village Arborist and trained 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 to the 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 3,500 trees, and more than 30 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.
If you have questions contact:  Doug Tenor, Village of Bellevue Arborist (920) 468-5225 or go online at:

New Director of Parks and Leisure Services

Debra Lom will join the Village of Bellevue as the Director of Parks and Leisure Services on January 2, 2014.  She has over 12 years of municipal parks and recreation experience. Most recently Ms. Lom served as a Center Director for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
Ms. Lom has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College, MN.  Debra previously worked for park and recreation departments in Minnesota, Nevada and California.

Adult Basketball Program

Here's something for you adults looking to get more active in 2014!
Registration for Adult Basketball is going on now. Men and Women 18+ are welcome to sign-up for this great program.
Come out and enjoy a night of basketball and exercise, meet new people, burn some calories and shoot some hoops!
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays (Jan 6-Mar 12)
*No program Mon Jan 20
Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: McAuliffe Elementary Gymnasium
 Fee: $50 R/ $63 NR
*Cost breaks down to $2.63 R/ $3.31 NR per night!
You can't beat this deal!!!!
For more information call the Village offices or visit our website!


Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from roadways, often bury fire hydrants under large amounts of snow, thus making them difficult to find and use.
Should there be a fire nearby, precious time is lost as firefighters work to locate hydrants and shovel snow away before hoses can be hooked up to them.
Don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover”!
We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. Snow should be removed about three-feet (3') away from the hydrant in all directions and a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the nearest roadway. Exercise caution when shoveling because of the potential for vehicle traffic nearby.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Volunteers Needed

Are you looking for a way to become more involved and help make a difference in the community?  Consider serving as a volunteer on a Village of Bellevue Board or Commission. These volunteer bodies play an important role in the function of your local government. 
Current openings exist on a number of committees such as:

  • Hotel Room Tax Commission
  • Plan Commission
  • Economic Development Advisory Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Senior Advisory Board
If interested, please fill out a Volunteer application from the Village website or pick one up at the Village Offices.   

Please Help Our Snowplow Drivers

In order to ensure efficient plowing of Village streets, please help out and do not do the following:
Deposit Snow in Street
It is illegal for residents to deposit snow within the streets of Bellevue. Placing snow in street after plowing occurs, places a liability risk to the Village and the property owner if an accident were to occur as a result of the snow deposit.  Snow deposits may freeze and alter the driving path of plows, vehicles and people walking in the road.  Please take the time to make sure any snow is deposited behind the curb.
Place Garbage Bins in Street on Collection Day
Placing garbage bins in the road slows the operations down and does not allow plowers to effectively remove the snow from the street.  Please make sure the bins are placed in the driveway behind the curb.  The arms of the garbage trucks can reach out up to 10 feet.


Did You Know?

Tax bills mailed in December will reflect the following rates:
  • Village Residents who reside in Green Bay Area School District: 
    • $16.63
  • Village Residents who reside in De Pere School District: 
    • $17.78
The Village’s portion is $2.78 of the total tax rate & remains the lowest of any Village or City in Brown County. 

Renew Dog Licenses

2013 Dog Licenses expire December 31st.
The Village is reminding residents that the owner of a dog more than five (5) months old is required obtain an annual dog license.
You must bring in a current rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinarian in order to be issued a license. In addition, to be eligible for the spayed/neutered rate, you must provide documentation of the procedure from your veterinarian.
Pet licenses are sold at the Village Offices.
The annual license fees are as follows:
  • Spayed or Neutered - $7.00
  • Not Spayed or Not Neutered  - $30.00
Licenses issued after March 31, 2014 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nomination Papers

Beginning December 1, 2013, nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village offices:
Office:                                                                         Incumbent:
Village Trustee (2 Year Term)                                   Steve Soukup
Village Trustee (2 Year Term)                                   Tom Katers
Nomination papers may be obtained at any municipal clerk's office.  Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.  As a reminder, there will be no Village Board meeting held on the 27th of November due to the holiday and Village Offices will be closed on the 28th and 29th. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coffee With a Cop

Coffee With a Cop

Join your neighbors and local deputies to ask questions, voice concerns, find out what is going on in your community, or just to meet the officers who patrol your neighborhood over a cup of coffee.

This event will take place on Wednesday, December 4th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Village Grille located at 801 Hoffman Road (right adjacent to the East River over the bridge in Allouez). 


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Winter Awareness Week

As the weather grows colder, and the nights longer, thoughts turn to winter weather and the weather hazards associated with it.  Governor Walker has declared the week of November 4-8, 2013 as Winter Awareness Week.  To help get a kick start on preparing for the upcoming season, we have provided that following links to assist you with your preparations.

The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), its ReadyWisconsin preparedness program and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), is to remind people to be prepared for winter conditions that could threaten their safety.

“The number one thing to do: make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your car – it could save your life,” says Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator
ReadyWisconsin will air Television and Radio Public Service Announcements in November, urging viewers and listeners to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles. Starting November 1st, Wisconsin residents can sign up for a chance to win a winter survival kit on the ReadyWisconsin website.

Winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. For example, in the last five years Wisconsin has averaged 50,000 motor vehicle crashes during winter months. An average of 45 people are killed and more than 5,000 injured on icy or snow-covered roads.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a danger. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, with more than 20,000 people visiting the emergency room and nearly 500 killed each year from overexposure to the gas.

Now is the time to winterize your car and home, gather items for an emergency kit in your car, and make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio with fresh batteries. Additional winter weather tips and how to put together a winter emergency kit are available at the ReadyWisconsin website. In addition, there are numerous winter storm maps and a history of Wisconsin's winter weather produced by the National Weather Service.

Emergency Car Kit

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Winter Readiness Bulliten

Friday, November 1, 2013

Village Restricts Rifle Use for Hunting

The Village Board passed an amendment to Municipal Code Section 9.01 on October 23rd restricting the use of rifles as a lawful firearm for hunting within the Village.

The DNR Rule allowing the use of rifles anywhere in the State of Wisconsin for hunting went into affect on November 1, 2013. Municipalities could restrict the use of rifles through an Ordinance Amendment.  This is what the Village Board unanimously decided to do.

Please see the updated Hunting Map on our website for further information on the districts within our community.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Sign of the Times

All communities in the country must replace stop, warning and regulatory signs that do not meet reflectivity, color, and symbol, standards by January 2015.  Street name signs are typically replaced with the new lettering requirements when street construction is being performed.  Those name signs that are extremely faded may be replaced sooner, if there are any unspent funds available in that budget year.

"Adequately maintained retroreflective signs improve highway safety and prevent roadway departure crashes by bouncing light from vehicle headlights back toward the vehicle and the driver's eyes, making the signs appear brighter and easier to see and read. Because the retroreflective properties of traffic control devices deteriorate over time, highway agencies need to actively manage the maintenance of signs in order to ensure that they are clearly visible at night." -- US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Department

The Village of Bellevue has over 800 traffic signs, with an equal number of street name signs used to guide, warn, or direct travelers through the Village.  An inventory and gradation has been completed, and a planned management system put in place to make sure the signs meet current federal standards.  "Each year the Village has to replace about 7-8% of the inventory due to the signs not meeting reflectivity standards." Said Bill Balke, Public Works Director.

The sign reflectivity is a function of the material the sign is made out of, the direction it points, and the color of the sign.  "Signs that have a lower grade of reflective sheeting may only retain the reflectivity for 8-years before needing replacement.  Newer sign sheeting are much more reflective and contain a UV protectant.  While the initial cost is more, it more than makes up the cost with a longer service life.

Here's to a brighter future!  Questions regarding signage may be directed to the Public Works Department.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Park Commission Seeks Applicants for Vacancy

The Village Park Commission is seeking applicants for a recent vacancy.  The Park Commission acts as an advisory body to the Village Board to develop plans and make recommendations to improve or enhance the Village park system. The Commission also promotes and recommends the planting and care of trees in the road right-of-way and other public places.  The Park Commission meets the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall/Public Safety Building (3100 Eaton Road).  If interested in applying for this volunteer position, please complete a Volunteer Application Form available on the Village website. Any questions about the position or the Commission can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Village Board to Host Public Hearing On Proposed 2014 Budget

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2014 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.
The Village Board completed a series of three budget work session in October to finalize the proposed 2014 Budget and the proposed 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan.  As will be presented at the Public Hearing, the proposed 2014 budget includes a 0% tax rate change from the previous year.
Provided below is a link to the Village website for summaries of revenues and expenditures as proposed.  The proposed budget will soon be available for inspection at the Bellevue Village Offices at 2828 Allouez Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday.  A more detailed budget report will also be posted on the Village website as soon as it is available.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Compost Site Schedule

The compost site located at 3981 Eaton Road is open as of October 1, 2013 with extended hours to the public for fall yard waste disposal.  The site will remain open until the first snowfall or December 1, whichever comes first.
Beginning in April 2014, the compost site will be open daily from dawn to dusk to dispose of yard waste and brush without charge.  Grass clippings, garden materials, leaves & brush and small stumps are allowed for disposal.
Compost is available to residents on a first come first serve basis.  The village also has a stockpile of shredded mulch available for use. 

Costco Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held

Members of Village Staff, Elected Officials, and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on Thursday, October 17th for the Grand Opening of Costco Wholesale.  Individuals were already lined up waiting to get in almost an hour before opening.

Annual Touch a Truck Event Held at McAuliffe Elementary School

Second graders at McAuliffe Elementary received a unique education on October 15th about trucks. Members of the Village of Bellevue Public Works, Fire, and Sheriffs Department stopped by to teach the students all about the various equipment and vehicles they use on a daily basis.

Halloween Hours Set for Village of Bellevue

Halloween hours have been set for the Village of Bellevue.  The hours will be on October 31st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Make sure to use extra caution while driving through the community and please watch out for children.  Let's make this a safe and fun holiday for everyone.

Bellevue Fire Department to Participate in Halloween Events

Members of the Bellevue Fire Department will be participating in some area events in the near future in celebration of Halloween. 

On Saturday, October 26th the Department will be at Festival Foods located at 2534 Steffens Court from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for Boo Fest.  Make sure your little ones wear their costumes!

Also on the 26th, the Fire Department will be at Boo Bash being held at Bellin College located at 3201 Eaton Road.  This event is free to kids 8 and under with a donation of either canned goods or hygiene products.  Activities will include face painting, story telling, pumpkin decorating, skeleton puzzles, freaky food touch, and bean bag toss.

In addition, the Fire Department will be out in the community during Trick or Treat hours passing out candy.

Monday, October 7, 2013



The Village’s Winter No Parking restrictions go into effect   

November 1st through April 1st. 

During this time no parking is allowed on any Village street between 2 am and 6am.  Vehicles parked on the street during this time will receive a parking ticket. 

The no parking time allows plow operators to remove snow safely and efficiently. 
Declared snow emergencies may restrict parking and other activities. 

The Village cannot control major snow events.  However, there are occasions when the Village must declare a snow emergency.  During snow emergencies, parking on all village streets is prohibited.     During this time, vehicles may be ticketed and towed if contact    cannot be made with the owner.  Snow emergencies are posted on the Village’s website and  local media outlets.


It is our goal to clear and salt all main roads before 6am. 

Depending on the type of storm, residential streets may take a little longer to get to, but should all be cleared in 7-10 hours. 

When there are major snowfalls, the objective switches to maintaining access on the main roads and getting at least one passable lane on each street for emergency vehicle access.  It may take several passes over several days to get all the snow cleared back.  As a result you may have to re-shovel driveways, and access to mail boxes will be delayed.  We appreciate your patience while we work to widen the driving and parking lanes. 


Fall Brush Pick-Up

Fall brush pick up will occur the week of October 14th for homes on and east of Main Street, and October 21st 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. 

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 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 to the street. All branches should be laying in the same direction.

· 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 be left or will be billed for us to come back at a later date.

Lawn waste (grass leaves, & garden materials) will not be taken.  These materials must be taken to the yard waste site. 

· Clearing of brush on lots for the intent to build or sell the lot will not be picked up.  The intent of the pickup is to provide for disposal of brush generated as a result of routine yard maintenance. 


Update on Costco Wholesale Opening

After two years of work behind the scenes, Village approvals, negotiations, and reviews – the wait is almost over.  On October 17th at 8:00 am, Costco Wholesale will open the doors on its first store in Northeastern Wisconsin and located right here in the Village of Bellevue.  Store construction, as well as the associated infrastructure to serve the store and other developable parcels only took less than 110 days to complete. 
Also significant is the fact that it is the first major development located within what is commonly known as the “triangle”.  The hope and expectation is that this will be a draw for other businesses that tend to want to locate near a heavy traffic generator.  The Village understands the importance of maintaining a healthy commercial tax base and established the community’s first Tax Incremental Finance District to assist in ensuring that goal.
This project took a significant amount of cooperation amongst a number of entities in order to come to fruition.  The Village would like to thank Brown County, GRAEF Engineering, Mulvanny G2 Architecture, TJ Designs, Intrepid Properties, Ehlers, Novak Construction, and De Groot, Inc. for their contributions and effort in the project.  This was truly a team effort in every sense of the word to make this a reality.
The Village of Bellevue and Law Enforcement Officials would like to remind residents that traffic in this area is likely to be very heavy starting the evening of October 16 and extending through the end of that weekend.  Please follow all parking restrictions and be patient while traveling through this area.  Your cooperation in advance is greatly appreciated. 


Monday, August 26, 2013

Little Free Library Donated By Edison Middle School Students

6th Graders from Edison Middle School recently raised funds to support the installation of a new Little Free Library in Bellevue.  Efforts to raise funds were coordinated with Nancie Brennan of Bellevue.

The new Little Free Library is located outside the Village's Public Safety Building at the corner of Ontario Road and Eaton Road.

Little Free Libraries are popping up all across the area.  Theses little boxes are free book exchanges, where anyone can 'take a book' and 'give a book'.  

The idea and mission of a Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges.   For more information on the Little Free Library program, go to:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Communities: Social Equity

Social Equity: Second pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.

Public parks and recreation are one of the only places that can say we welcome everyone. No matter the color of their skin, age, income level or ability- everyone has access. When people are able to come together and feel welcomed and connected, a community has the chance to grow. When a community has a chance to grow together, an economy also has a chance to grow. Businesses want to come to flourishing communities.

Social equity is the foundation that allows everyone to benefit from the improved health and restorative green space that public parks and recreation provide.

Parks and recreation truly build communities – communities for all.

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Finishes With August 26th Concert.

The Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host "Scotty Meyer Band" at next Rockin' in Josten summer concert.

Bellevue, WI, August 19, 2013:  The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series will end this summer on August 26, 2013 and will feature local area talent ‘Scotty Meyer Band’. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets. Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lions Club who will be available selling concessions.

The Scotty Meyer Band has been performing in and around the Fox Valley since 2000. Their music is a rocky edge with a new soulful blues vibe. They gain some inspiration from Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, but always create their own unique style.With their great guitar work
and great vocals you will be left wanting
more.They are passionate about their music
and are ready to show you a good time!

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

30th Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department to host the “30th Annual Bellevue Chili Cook- Off” on August 25, 2013.

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will once again be hosting the Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook- Off. This event is a great opportunity to bring families throughout the community and the surrounding communities together and enjoy a variety of delicious chili recipes.

The event will be filled with music, children’s games, food, drinks and a market place craft show/sale. Of course there will be a chili cook-off to find our areas best of the best chili. The funds rose during the 30th Annual Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off will help support the Bellevue East Town Optimists club.

Our Annual Chili Cook-Off will take place at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road) on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The event will start at 11am and go until 5pm.

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Communities:Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness: Second pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Leading the nation to improved health and wellness through parks and recreation.

We are plagued by poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy habits; with this America is seeing a growing rate of obesity. It is important to have programs that provide opportunities for healthy lifestyles. Local parks and recreation are little to no cost, available in nearly every town, city and community and are a perfect solution

Parks and recreation are enacting strategies focused on improving access to healthy food, increasing opportunities for physical activity, decreasing tobacco consumption, and so much more.

Making a difference: Montgomery, AL was named the most obese city in 2010. However with the leadership from their park and recreation agency they were able to reduce the rate of obesity from 34 to 30.9 percent, making them only 15th city on the obesity list in 2012.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Communities: Conservation

Conservation, the first pillar in the National Recreation and Park Association Three Pillars

Goal: Protecting open space, connecting children to nature, and engaging communities in conservation practices.

Some of our best memories come from splashing around in a stream, making make-believe lands in the forest, or just being in the wilderness with our parents. We treasure these memories; if we continue conserve natural resources we can give children in the future the same chance at these experiences and memoires.

We need to be the leaders in the communities about conservation. We need to make sure children are being connected to nature; we need to make sure they are informed, so future generations continue to experience the beauty of natural resources. Our passion for natural resources needs to be passed down to our children, so our land, water, trees, open space, and wildlife stay protected.

Parks and public lands serve an essential role in preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, protecting clean water and clean air, and providing open space for current and future generations.

  • Watch how Five Rivers MetroParks engaged their community to help save trees after the Emerald Ash Borer threatened their existence.

  • Top ten recommendations on how to implement conservation practices in your community
    1. Take a leadership role in the community to promote conservation
    2. Lead by example in employing best management conservation practices in parks
    3. Protect natural resources in parks and in the community
    4. Forge partnerships that foster the mission of conservation
    5. Create sustainable landscapes that demonstrate principles of conservation
    6. Engage youth in conservation – get kids and teens outdoors and enjoying their parks
    7. Involve volunteers in conservation stewardship
    8. Establish a strategic land acquisition strategy
    9. Conserve energy in all ways
    10. Utilize technology to promote conservation

    Monday, August 5, 2013

    “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series Continues on August 12th

    The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department will host “Spin” at the next Rockin’ in Josten second concert of 2013.

    The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, continues this summer on August 12, 2013 and will feature local area talent ‘Spin’.The concert is free and open to the general public.

    Music will begin at 6:00pm and continues until 8:30pm. The band will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road). Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lions Club who will be available selling concessions.

    For over ten years Spin has wowed crowds all over Wisconsin with their high energy rock n roll. Spin can give you the Rock n Roll Experience!

    Spin is a versatile band that covers a huge variety of killer songs. Firing up the dance floor with great 80’s and 90’s music. They’re the band that can cover all the songs you thought only a DJ could handle. Spin is the life of your party!

    And talk about excitement! This band feeds off the audience and gives it right back. They know how to entertain. It’s time to dance like no one is watching!!!

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