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.