Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Find Those Leaks in 2015

Every consumer wants to save money and the environment.  Each year millions of gallons of water go unused through leaks and inattention.  Take these simple steps to make sure you are not paying for water you are not using.

1.  Monitor your water meter. 
Make a routine to regularly checked your water meter (when you take the garbage out, when you change your furnace filter... make it a routine).  Make sure all the water faucets are turned off and machines are not using water.  Then record what the meter says.  If it continues to move, you are using water.  If it does not move, check it in a couple hours and see if it changed.  Any change in volume means water is flowing somewhere in the house and warrants more checks.

2.  Monitor your usage.  If a family of 4 is using more than 12,000 gallons a month during the winter time, there may be a leak in the house.  Time to do more checking.

3.  Monitor your bill.  Look over the past year of your bills.  If you notice a sharp increase in volume, but cannot account for any activities associated with it, you may have developed a leak.  Go through your appliances to make sure they are not leaking water.

4.  Grab some food coloring.  

Toilets can account for 30% of the use of water in a home.  Place some drops of food coloring in the tank and wait for 10 minutes.  If it shows up in the bowl, the seal from the tank is leaking and should be replaced.  A leaking toilet can account for over 30,000 gallons of water leaking per month.  Another way of determining if your toilets leak is to turn off the water to the toilet and mark the level in the tank with a marker.  Come back in an hour or more and mark the level again.  Any change in water level in the tank is one leaking water.  Replace the parts to seal the leak.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 STREET TREE PRUNING

 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 2015.
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 2015:
West of County V and North of Allouez Avenue to Main St.
Using the Village’s Interactive Mapping System (www.villageofbellevue.org), pruning area will be Zones 1, 2, 8, 9, & 10.

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 3,600 trees, and more than 32 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      dougt@villageofbellevue.org
or go online at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/trees

Friday, December 26, 2014

FREE PROGRAM FOR WILD CATS

Village of Bellevue in partnership with Cats Anonymous and the Bay Area Humane Society supports TNR (trap/neuter/return) as an option when dealing with stray cats or barn cats.  The basic method of TNR involves cats in a colony being trapped, spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated and ear-tipped for identification.  They are then returned to their territory where they are monitored and provided care by volunteer citizens called caretakers. 
Anyone in Bellevue feeding or caring for stray outdoor cats is encouraged to call Animal Control at 920-819-6709 to join the program. 

Happy New Year


From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  As a reminder, Village Offices will be closed on December 31st and January 1st.

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Development to Start Soon

Just south of Walgreens on Lime Kiln Road, construction will start shortly on an approximately 5,042 square foot two tenant retail building.  Foundation work is likely to begin on Monday, December 22nd (weather permitting) with hopes of finishing construction and welcoming tenants early in 2015.  There continues to be strong interest in the Lime Kiln Road and Monroe Road corridor and the hopes are to continue to announce new development projects throughout 2015.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Community Parks and Leisure Needs Assessment Results Released

Good leaders know there is always room for improvement and after the Village of Bellevue received the results from the 2014 Parks and Leisure Services Community Needs Assessment local officials have a better idea of where to start.

The Parks and Leisure Services Department conducted a needs assessment to gather citizen input to help establish priorities for the future development of parks, facilities, programs, and services within the Village of Bellevue. In addition, to providing the Village with a roadmap for the Parks and Leisure Services Department, the needs assessment data will be used to update the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. An approved Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is required to apply for grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources, which has been a substantial funding source for past Bellevue park projects.

The following steps were taken to gather citizen input:

Nine staff moderated focus group meetings were held with identified key stakeholders groups between April – July, 2014, 65 people participated in the focus group meetings. Listed below are the groups that participated.

o    Park Commission
o    Globe University / Bellin College
o    Faith-Based Community
o    Senior Advisory
o    Green Bay Public Schools
o    Planning Commission
o    Bellevue Service Groups
o    Athletic Associations
o    Open to the General Public / Past & Current Participants

An online survey was available for residents from May 1-July 31st, 2014, 194 responses were received. Paper copies were available upon request.  

Highlights of the survey include:

•    77.5% of respondents are very satisfied or satisfied with the Parks and Leisure Department. 17.2% Neutral. 5% dissatisfied.  
•    95.4% respondents rated facilities in good to excellent condition.
•    The top four ways respondents receive program information are the Newsletter, LI.F.E. Guide, Website & E-newsletter.
•    88.1% find importance in quality of public trees.
•    Most frequently used recreational amenities: Playground Equipment, Paved Trails and Park Open Space.
•    Actions respondents felt the Village of Bellevue could take to improve the park system:  Repair existing Park Shelter Buildings, Develop Passive Facilities & Develop additional paved trails. 
•    Respondents indicated we are not meeting their needs in the following areas: Outdoor Swimming/Aquatics Center 53.4%, Splash Pad 48.4%, Off Leash Dog Park 32.2% Paved Walking / Biking Trails 25%.
•    Top used Bellevue Parks: 1) Josten 91% of respondents use Josten Park though out the year, 2) DeBroux 62%, 3) Willow Creek 43.2%, 4) East River Park. 42%.
•    40% of respondents believe there is a need to build a new community center in Bellevue.
•    Top three areas respondents feel the Village of Bellevue should allocate funding to: construction of outdoor swimming/aquatic Center, improvement/maintenance of existing parks and recreation facilities and construction of new passive recreation facilities.
•    Program areas most important to respondents: Family Special Events, Youth Sports Programs and Adult Fitness & Wellness

Input from the focus groups:

•    Village should focus on maintenance of existing facilities
•    Develop new trails & and improve connectivity
•    Build a new Community Center. However, there is insufficient support to raise taxes to build a Community Center.
•    Participants felt they are well informed.
•    Upgrades to Josten Park Shelter, add gym and shelter reconfiguration.
•    Outdoor recreation development: Splash Pad, Community Pool, Soccer Tournament Facility, and additional playgrounds.

“This is the third parks and leisure services community needs assessment that we have participated in, and we are thankful for the community’s feedback,” said Debra Lom, Director of Parks and Leisure Services.

Fire response: How not to ruin the holidays

Emergency response during the holidays can be the most challenging of the year. Increased focus, heightened emotions and historical stressors can create a difficult situation for any firefighter on scene of a holiday incident. Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween or a simple birthday party — any holiday in any culture for any reason can be a major cause for increased trauma, physical or otherwise.

Statistically, heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holiday season and fatal heart attacks peak on Christmas and the day after. Holiday candles are a direct cause for the majority of the over 15,000 open-flame related home fires each year.

Holidays reflect a change in environment. Traditions, symbolic decorations, expensive gifts, extensive costuming and all types of libations contribute to a different atmosphere. Add to this increased civilian travel and expenditures, intense dealings with family and friends and the eventual culmination of the event itself, and you have the formula for increasing stress.

By Jim Spell

Happy Holidays

From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we hope you have a very enjoyable and safe holiday season.  As a reminder, our Village Offices will be closed on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st, and January 1st so that our staff can spend time with their families. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Recreational Programs Starting Soon

Don’t miss out on your chance to register for some great recreational programs starting after the holidays!

Youth Dance Classes
Kinder Poms & Hip-Hop (Ages: 4-5)- Learn fun hip-hop & poms routines that will be performed at the Village Dance Rehearsal and Recital (April 12 &14)
Thursday Classes: 1/15-4/9
Fee: $47 R /$59 NR
       $45 Costume Fee

Intermediate Dance Classes (Ages: 6-8)- Learn fun Tap, Ballet, hip-hop & poms routines that will be performed at the Village Dance Rehearsal and Recital (April 12 &14)
Monday Classes: 1/12-4/6
Thursday Classes: 1/15-4/9
Fee: $47 R /$59 NR
       $45 Costume Fee

Dance Team (Ages: 9 & up)- Learn fun Tap, Ballet, & hip-hop routines that will be performed at the Village Dance Rehearsal and Recital (April 12 &14)
Thursday Classes: 1/15-4/9
Fee: $49 R /$62 NR
       $45 Costume Fee

Youth Basketball Programs
Little Hoops Stars (Ages: 5-6)- Instructional program designed to teach your little hoopers how to pass, dribble, & shoot.
Monday Classes: 1/12-2/23
Wednesday Classes: 1/14-2/18
Fee: $32 R /$40 NR

To the Hoop (Ages: 7-11)- Instructional program designed to help participants improve their basketball skills.
Monday Classes: 1/12-2/23
Wednesday Classes: 1/14-2/18
Fee: $35 R /$44 NR

Adult Sports Programs
Adult Basketball (18 & up)- Come out and enjoy a night of basketball and exercise that does not include trash talk and run and gun! Meet new people, burn some calories, and shoot some hoops!
Dates: Mon. & Wed. 1/12-3/18
Fee: $50 R /$63 NR

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bellevue Fire Department participates in the “Keep the Wreath Green” Campaign

Each year, the Bellevue Fire Department participates in the “Keep the Wreath Green” Campaign. The campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to fire safety around the holiday season. Did you know one third of residential fires occur from December through February. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the United States. Thanksgiving through January 1st historically is a busy time of year for fire departments around the country. The good news is, many of these fires are preventable.

A wreath full of “green bulbs” is a good thing, and we are pleased to say, that’s exactly what we had last year. “Red bulbs” on the wreath represent preventable residential fires including cooking, heating, candles and smoking. Look for the wreaths outside of each fire station and let’s make it a “green bulb” Christmas season.

Safety Tips for making this holiday season a safe one. 
-    While cooking, don’t leave food on the stove or in the oven unattended
-    Make sure the oven and cook top are clean and free of combustibles
-    Keep natural trees watered
-    Keep trees away from fireplaces
-    If you are burning candles, make sure you put them out prior to leaving or going to bed
-    Make sure your fireplace is clean and inspected.
-    Make sure all smoke and CO alarms are in working order
-    Don’t over load power strips and outlets with holiday decorations
-    Turn lights off prior to leaving or going to bed
-    Make sure space heaters have the proper distance around them (follow manufactures recommendation) and are UL tested 
-    Make sure you have a fire escape and a safe meeting place
-    Do not burn wrapping paper in fireplaces

Make it a safe day.

DECLARING RESIDENCY

Declaring the “Village of Bellevue” as your official residence helps the Village secure state aids that ultimately lower your local tax rate!

When completing your State Income Tax forms and renewing your driver’s license, you are asked for your place of residence.  Please state “Village of Bellevue” on these questions. This information is used to determine our estimated population, which in turn is used to calculate different State Aids that the Village of Bellevue receives from the State of Wisconsin.  In the end, it affects the property tax rate for the Village.

You are also asked for your school district numbers on your income forms.  They are as follows:
Green Bay School District - 2289
De Pere School District - 1414

Family Ice Skate Night

Families come out and enjoy the winter season with a night on the ice. Activities include ice skating, bon fire, s’mores, music, warming room with hot chocolate, and more. This is an outdoor event, so dress warm. No ice skates will be available for rent. Event is weather dependent!

Date:               Thursday,  February 12
Time:              6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location:        Josten Park
Fee:                 FREE!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fire Department receives Grant from Georgia Pacific



On Monday, December 1, 2014, the Bellevue Fire Department accepted a check for $10,000 from the Georgia Pacific Bucket Brigade. The department wrote the grant to the Bucket Brigade to secure funding for the purchase of new sets of turnout gear. The grant makes it possible for the department to outfit five firefighters with turnout gear which includes: pants, jacket, helmet, hood, boots and gloves. A set of turnout gear is good for 10 years, granted there is no significant damage, and is a firefighter’s first line of defense against harm.

The Bellevue Fire Department would like to thank the Georgia Pacific Bucket Brigade for investing in the safety of firefighters, and making it possible for them to offer the highest standard of service to the residents of the Village of Bellevue. 


Get to Know Your Village - Animal Control Program

Welcome to the eighth article in the “Get to Know Your Village” series being launched through the Bellevue Focus.  We hope these articles educate and inform about the services we provide and who provides them.

Since 2009, when the Bay Area Humane Society (BAHS) stopped providing pick-up services, the Village of Bellevue has employed a part-time Animal Control/Humane Officer (ACHO).  This is a part-time position that is on call 24/7.  Members of the Citizen Animal Response Team (CART) and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department are available when the ACHO is not.

Personnel
  • Monica Hoff-Wisconsin State Certified Humane Officer, 20 plus years animal control experience
Animal Control Mission Statement
  • “To Promote and Enable the Safe and Happy Co-existence of People and Animals in the Community”
Duties
The ACHO is available to respond to and provide information for any concerns regarding animals both wild and domestic in the Village of Bellevue.  This includes but is not limited to humanely capturing and transporting stray domestic animals and injured wildlife to shelters or veterinarian care as needed.  The ACHO is also responsible for the enforcement of all animal related ordinances and the investigation of animal welfare issues within the Village.

Programs
Bay Area Humane Society Contract
The Village of Bellevue contracts with the Bay Area Humane Society (BAHS) to take in all of its stray animals and hold them for the seven day state required stray period.  BAHS also provides a number of other services to the community, including adoption programs for animals that are not claimed by their owners, a foster program for kittens and a variety of other educational and animal welfare programs. 

Trap, Neuter, Return Program
In conjunction with BAHS and Cats Anonymous, the Village operates a trap, neuter and return program as the method of choice when dealing with feral/semi-feral cats.  The Village saves approximately $100 per cat with this non-lethal method of dealing with feral cats.

CART program (Citizen Animal Response Team)
The CART program was developed to provide better coverage with qualified personnel to deal with animal related calls. These individuals are paid on call volunteers that assist the Animal Control/Humane Officer, as directed.  These individuals are available to pick-up stray and injured animals as directed by the ACHO or Brown County Sheriff Communication Center.

Contacts
Please call Monica Hoff at (920) 819-6709 for questions, concerns or animal collection. Information is also available on the Village website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SPRING ELECTIONS

Beginning December 1, 2014 nomination papers were allowed to be circulated for the following offices:

Office:    Incumbent:
Village President (3-year term) Craig Beyl
Village Trustee (2-year term)  Adam Gauthier
Village Trustee (2-year term)  Dave Kaster

Nomination papers may be obtained at any municipal clerk’s  office.  Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.
VOTER REGISTRATION

How do I register to vote? 

>>  In Person  <<  You can register in person at the municipal clerk’s office up to 5 pm or the close of business whichever is later on the Friday before the election.

>> On Election Day  <<  If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you reside at your present location. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:
 1. A current and complete name, including both given        and family name; and
 2. A current residential address, including a numbered       street address, if any, and the name of a
      municipality.

>>  By Mail  <<  You can register by mail by downloading and  completing GAB-131, from http://gab.wi.gov/forms.  Send the completed form to the Village Clerk at least 20 days before the election. 

2nd annual Fill the Cruiser Event on December 23rd

Brown County and Green Bay Police along with Copps Foods will host the 2nd annual Fill the Cruiser Event on December 23rd from 12-4 p.m. They will be collecting bags of food, purchased by customers to give to a local shelter. This event will be held at all three Brown County Copps locations. The Bellevue Copps store is located at 2064Lime Kiln Rd, Bellevue, WI.

Youth Sports Assistant Position Opening

The Youth Sports Assistant is responsible for assisting the instructor in planning, coordinating and running drills and activities for program participants. The instructor is also responsible for providing a safe, fun and comfortable atmosphere for all.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist with planning, leading, organizing and supervising drills and activities.
• Serves only registered participants.
• Checks facilities and play areas on a daily basis for unsafe situations.
• Reports all significant events, problems, issues, or occurrences to immediate supervisor as needed.
• Observe and follow safety rules at all times.
• Wear your staff shirt at all times, unless otherwise stated by your immediate supervisor.
• Develop a positive relationship with program participants, their families, and general public.
• Reports to work on time, and does not leave their job until closing or unless directed by their immediate supervisor.
• Assure all participants are safely departed before breaking or leaving for the day.  
• Assures the safe keeping of all equipment.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Knowledge of specific sport.
• Ability to work well with children – personable, enthusiastic, patient
• Ability to lead – good leadership qualities
• Ability to physically work with children throughout the coaching process – good physical condition
• Ability to interact with parents/guardians when necessary

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
• Experience in working with children
• Experience playing and/or coaching specific sport
• Current CPR, First Aid & AED certification or must be able to obtain certifications.
Additional Requirements
• 18 years of age or older preferred
• Must have transportation means to and from work site.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Position includes physical activity as needed for instruction 

SPORT SPECIFIC DETAILS
• Flag Football
o Season runs from mid-September through mid-late October
o Time commitment:  1-2 hours two (2) days per week (total of 2-4 hours per week)
• T-Ball
o Season runs from mid-June through late July
o Time commitment:  1-2 hours two (2) days per week (total of 2-4 hours per week)
• Basketball
o Season runs from January through February
o Time commitment:  1-2 hours two (2) days per week (total of 2-4 hours per week)

For more information or to apply visit the Village Website at: http://villageofbellevue.com/government/administration-finance/human-resources/job-opportunities.html

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Managing Trees & Vegetation Around Electric Transmission Lines


The American Transmission Company (ATC) informed the Village that they will be clearing trees in the right-of-way around Bellevue’s FIRY11 electric transmission line (map is listed below) to maintain system safety and reliability.  This project will take place sometime in early 2015.

ATC has several overhead electric transmission lines in the Village of Bellevue.  Easements between American Transmission Company (ATC) and private land owners grant ATC the right to build, operate and maintain a power transmission line and clear vegetation.  An easement is a permanent, legal land right to use the land or property of another owner for a special purpose.  Utilities like ATC typically acquire easements with landowners rather than purchase the property outright.  As the property is transferred and sold to new owners the easement remains in place.

According to ATC, managing the growth of trees and other vegetation around the transmission lines is critical in helping ensure safe and reliable electric transmission.  For safety and reliability reasons, trees and other vegetation that can interfere with electric transmission lines are controlled and managed around electric transmission lines and facilities. Trees can compromise safety by arcing or sparking which can lead to fire or electrocution. Trees also can cause interruptions in electric service if adequate clearances are not maintained and/or they grow into or fall on the lines. ATC identifies and addresses vegetation concerns to provide the highest level of reliability and to keep your family safe.
 
The right-of-way is maintained for safety and reliability
ATC conducts right-of-way vegetation management approximately every five years with the goal of removing all woody vegetation from the easement. Interim work to trim or remove vegetation is sometimes needed as a result of periodic inspections. A transmission line right-of-way typically includes land directly beneath the wires (wire zone) and land between the wire zone and the edge of the right-of-way (border zone). In all cases, woody vegetation within the wire zone will be cleared regardless of height. Tall-growing trees and vegetation, woody brush and invasive species will also be cleared from the border zone, but some small, low-growing shrubs and plants may be permitted. While many property owners will use the easement area for gardens, prairie plantings, wild flowers, along with other non-vegetation uses, anything planted in the easement is at risk for removal should conditions or circumstances relating to the operation or maintenance of our facilities warrant it. 

Forestry crews are contracted
ATC contracts with professional tree trimming and removal companies that have extensive experience in proper pruning and removal techniques. These crews participate in required training sessions on a variety of work-related topics and field issues. They carry identification showing their affiliation with ATC.

Please note:  The Village of Bellevue does not have authority to regulate transmission line clearance policies and procedures nor is the Village responsible for line clearance activities. 
Other Important Information (Link to ATC's website)

Contact Information

American Transmission Company  
 
David D. Hovde
Senior Local Relations Representative
American Transmission Company
P.O. Box 6113
De Pere, WI  54115-6113
phone:  920-338-6550
toll free:  866-899-3204 (x6550)
fax:  920-338-6508
e-mail:  dhovde@atcllc.com
web:  www.atcllc.com
   
Contracted Forestry Services
Boyd Rasmussen - ISA Certified Arborist
General Foreman
Wright Tree Service
N/E Wisconsin
P.O. Box 155
Rosendale, WI 54974
phone:  920-723-3167
e-mail:  brasmussen@wrighttree.com



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Don't forget about Santa In the Park on Thursday, December 11

He’s making a list, but before he checks it twice, Santa is making a stop here in Bellevue! Here is your chance to meet and greet Santa one last time before the big day! Each boy and girl will get the opportunity to meet Santa, have their picture taken and participate in a fun, holiday craft. Real live reindeer will even make an appearance! Remember, this is an outdoor event so dress warm.

This event is free and takes place on Thursday, December 11, at Josten Park, from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information or to register, visit the village website at http://villageofbellevue.org or contact the Leisure Services Department at (920)468-5225.


Fire Department News

Fire Chief Brad Muller is very pleased to announce the hiring of former Chief Dave Panure back to Bellevue Fire Rescue. The fire commission approved his hiring. Dave has always had a special place in his heart for Bellevue Fire. He will be returning as a Division Chief of Training Department and will oversee and manage training. Dave brings many years of experience with him. 

Bellevue Fire Rescue Department is very proud to announce the promotion of Jake Schueller to the position of station-2 Lieutenant, some of his duties will be to assist the station Captain in making sure all staff is equipment and oversee the vehicles and station-2. Jake will also assist in the training division. Congratulations on your new promotion and continued success in the future.

Bellevue Fire is proud to announce four fighters that have completed their recruit school and are now private firefighters. They are now allowed to fight structural fires. Congratulations to Amie Vanboomen, Brock Ploederl, Mark Anderson, and Chris Salentine.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park

What is the Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park ?

The dog park is a completely donation funded park project adopted by a group of interested individuals looking for a place where our best friends can run, roll around in mud, meet new four-legged friends and even catch a ball or Frisbee.

How can I help?
Donate, Educate, or Join the Cause!!
Those interested in donating and/or volunteering for the cause or just interested in learning more about the Mossakowski Family Dog Park, please visit:
http://www.bellevuedogpark.com/

Goals for the Park…….
$60,000 needed to begin Phase 1
 - Phase 1: Fenced in area and gravel driveway to park.
 - Over $37,000 has been raised to date for phase 1.
 - $25,000 donation made by Laura and Peter Mossakowski

$250,000 needed to complete park
 - Completed park will have:
  ~Playground
  ~Paved driveway and parking lot
  ~Landscaping inside park
  ~ Open shelter
  ~ Much More

THANK YOU 2014 PARK, PROGRAM & EVENT SPONSORS

The Bellevue Parks & Leisure Services Department would like to thank all the businesses and individuals that make the quality programming in Bellevue possible:
- Bellevue Lion’s Club  
 -Bellevue East-Town Optimists  
-Junior Jets 4H 
- Bellevue Firefighters Association  
- Bellevue Family Dentistry   
- Courage Martial Arts
- Wal-mart East    
 -Friends of Bellevue Parks 
 -Festival Foods
- Advanced Pain Management  
- Ken Calewart’s, Attorney at Law 
- Bellevue Retirement
- Green Bay Animal Emergency Care Center
- Laura Mossakowski, LLC.   
-Bank of Luxemburg
- Oak View Veterinary Hospital   
- Proko-Wall Funeral & Crematory, Inc.  
-Green Bay Packers
- Pfotenhauer Funeral Homes    
- Bellevue Laundry Mat    
- Forever Friends
- Bellevue Laundry Mat    
- Golrusk Pet Care Center   
- Broadway Automotive       
- Jack Schroeder and Associates   
- American Advantage Insurance Group  
- Globe University
- American Family Agent, Dan VanAdestine
- Horizon Credit Union    
- Cedar Corporation
-  Many other area partner sponsors!!!

Smoking in Village Parks

Have you had any issues with smoking in Bellevue Parks when attending events or visiting parks? We would love to hear your feedback. Please send comments to Debra Lom at dlom@villageofbellevue.org

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2015 summer summer camp counselors positions

Village is looking for a summer camp counselors for the 2015 summer. Please apply with the Village of Bellevue by: March 27, 2015.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Camp Counselor is responsible for planning and coordinating daily recreational activities for program participants. The Counselor is responsible for providing a safe, fun and comfortable atmosphere for all, while instilling the six pillars of character and incorporating the benefits based program model.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Plans, organizes, leads and supervises activities performed d each day.
• Checks facilities and play areas on a daily basis for unsafe situations.
• Reports all significant events, problems, issues or occurrences to immediate supervisor.
• Observes and follows safety rules at all times.
• Develops positive relationships with program participants, their families and the general public.
• Reports to work on time each day and remains at the site until closing, unless otherwise directed by supervisor.
• Assures the safe keeping of all equipment.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Ability to work with school age children.
• Ability to participate in a variety of activities
• Ability to lead – good leadership qualities
• Ability to assist children when needed – good physical condition
• Ability to interact with parents/guardians when necessary

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Prior experience in programming activities for children preferred.
• Current CPR, First Aid and AED certification or must be able to obtain certifications.
Other Requirements
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• A commitment to working with school age children in a recreational setting, as well as the ability to work with diverse populations is required.
• Must have transportation to and from work site.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Position is performed outdoors. Must be able to work outdoors up to eight (8) hours a day.
• Position includes physical activity as needed to assist children and/or respond to incidents.

CAMP SEASON
• Camp runs from mid-June through late August
• Time commitment:  Up to 40 hours each week

For additional information or to apply visit the Village website at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/human-resources/job-opportunities.html

Summer Camp Registration Starts for Residents on February 9th

Our AWARD winning  Summer Day Camp will be back for its 5th year!

Register beginning Feb 9th and SAVE $$$ with our early bird discount!

Summer Camp will again be held at two convenient locations:

Josten Park: 2280 Town Hall Road
DeBroux Park: 2900 Brighton Place

WHY CHOOSE SUMMER CAMP?

Our Summer Camps share one primary goal, getting kids active, outdoors!  Our Summer Camp program is a LICENSED DAY CAMP through the State of Wisconsin. All of our camp counselors are at least 18 years of age, undergo a criminal background check, are certified in First Aid and CPR and receive extensive pre-camp training.

Your 6 to 12 year old can comfortably spend the whole day away from home.  Your child should enjoy being around many other children in an outdoor environment.

Summer Camp operates nine weekly action packed camps throughout the summer for children ages 6 to 12 years of age.  Physical activity, self-esteem, social interaction and skill building are all part of the youth Summer Camp experience. 

Camp Counselors will also incorporate the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness,  Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring & Citizenship) as part of the experience.

Please visit the Village’s website to download the parent handbook for more details at:

www.villageofbellevue.org/camp 

Parent handbooks can also be picked up at the Village Offices or online after January 26th.

CAMP REGISTRATION
All camp REGISTRATION forms are required and must be submitted at the time of registration. Forms are online at www.VillageofBellevue.org/Camp or at the Village Offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue. 
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!
Register for camp between Feb 9-28
Receive 10% off on all camp related fees!
Residents Starting Feb 9
Non-Residents Starting Feb 16

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Newly Approved Items for Recycling

The Tri-County (Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties) Single Stream Recycling Facility has now expanded its processing capabilities to add new plastic materials. This expansion was made possible by the regional growth of the facility; from accepting approximately 52,000 tons of recyclables in in 2011 to over 82,000 tons in 2013. Bellevue residents provided 1,223 tons in 2011 and 1,185 tons in 2013 of recyclables to the Tri-County totals. With that growth in Tri-County totals, more efficient use of the original capital investment and greater economies of scale, investment in additional equipment for added materials was possible. The new equipment was installed just in time for the holiday recycling season.

New Items to be recycled:
  • Cartons (Milk, Juice, Soup, Wine, etc.)
  • Dairy Containers (yogurt, sour cream, margarine, cottage cheese, etc.)
  • Produce, bakery and deli containers (berry, donut, potatoes salad, etc.)
  • Lids from above containers
Please don’t forget the original recyclable items:
  • Newspapers, inserts, magazines, junk mail and catalogs
  • Cardboard and paperboard packaging
  • Office, writing, school paper and envelopes
  • Phonebooks, other soft and hard cover books
  • Paper bags, towel/toilet paper cores, paper egg cartons
  • Shredded paper in a paper bag, stapled shut
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Aluminum, steel, tin, bi-metal bottles and cans (empty aerosol cans)
  • Plastic beverage and household bottles and jugs
These items can be placed in the provided Harter’s recycling carts loosely; bags can severely damage the sorting equipment and should not be used. Don’t forget to empty and rinse your containers.

The Tri-County Recycling Facility welcomes tours of the Facility and encourages groups ranging from children to senior citizens to come and learn more about the recycling program. Please visit the What Can I Recycle? page for more recycling information.

Recycle More, Landfill Less, Happy Recycling!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

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 26th of November due to the holiday and Village Offices will be closed on the 27th and 28th.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Public Safety Crossing Guard Opening

The Village of Bellevue has a public safety crossing guard position open. Click on the following link for additional details: http://villageofbellevue.org/government/administration-finance/human-resources/job-opportunities.html

Taking Registrations for the upcoming Ski/Snowboard Trip

SKI BRULE, Iron River, MI

Enjoy the winter season with the  entire family and join us for a day of  skiing at Ski Brule.

Fee includes coach bus transportation, lift ticket, and rentals. Bring additional spending money if you wish to buy lunch or to browse the gift shops or buy dinner on the way home.

Children 17 and under must register with a participating adult.

Course:           #8901.115
Time:              6:30 am – 7:45 pm
Date:               January 24, 2015
Fee:                 $32 Bus Only Children 9 & Under
                        (Children 9 & Under receive free lift ticket)
                        $51 Bus & Rental Children 9 & Under
                        $63 Bus & Lift Ticket
                        $73 Bus, Lift Ticket & Rental
                        (skis, snowboards, or snow skates)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recycling Holiday Lights

Do you remember when one burned-out light bulb rendered an entire string of lights virtually useless? Thankfully, that frustration has been remedied by light manufacturers, and burned-out bulbs are now easily identified and replaced.  Yet Americans still waste several million pounds of lights each year.

The value of worn-out strings of lights and extension cords is gaining recognition. There is growing interest in the possibility of recycling them, rather than throwing them in the landfill.  In a landfill, lights can pose a threat to wildlife and can take 100 to 1,000 years to decompose. More and more people want to know where they can donate or recycle their lights and cords.

If you would like to donate your lights, the Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore collects old lights. Call them at (920) 338-1650 or visit www.restoregb.org.

Many local scrap metal businesses collect strings of lights and cords year-round.  Some hardware stores and local home improvement stores also offer recycling drop-off or trade in programs over the holidays. Check with your local store for details.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Genuine Thank You

Village staff would like to take the opportunity to say a HUGE Thank You to the Bellevue Business and Professional Association (BBPA) for their generous donation of $1,000 to the Village of Bellevue.  The donation will be used to hire an intern to assist the Economic Development Division in expanding our Business Retention and Expansion program, scheduling retention visits, compiling data, and updating the BBPA website with current information.
 
"A Healthy Economy and Development" is one of the 5 strategic areas within the Village of Bellevue 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, with an emphasis on the Business Retention and Expansion visits being a priority in 2015.  This donation will be a significant help in achieving this goal in the upcoming year.
 
Thank you again.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Village President Beyl Announces Final Term

At the November 12, 2014 Village Board meeting, Village President Craig Beyl announced that this would be his final term serving the Village of Bellevue.  President Beyl stated, “After 15 years in office, I will not be seeking reelection. I feel it is time for a new leader to become the new visionary for Bellevue.  They can lead the Village in the direction that will keep Bellevue a Great Place to Grow”.

The 2015 Spring Election for the Village of Bellevue Village Board will include the position of Village President as well as two Village Trustee positions.  Any candidates interested in seeking a Village office may contact the Village Clerk, Karen Simons for further information or visit the State Government Accountability Board (GAB) website.  Paperwork necessary for a candidate to be placed on the ballot must be received by the Clerk’s Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  A Spring Primary would be held on February 17, 2015, if necessary, with the Spring Election to be held on April 7, 2015.

Village Board Adopts 2015 Budget & Accepts GFOA Award Recognition

The Village Board completed a public hearing and adopted the 2015 Budget for the Village of Bellevue on November 12.

The adopted 2015 Budget includes a 0% tax rate change from the 2014 Budget.  The tax rate for the Village will therefore remain at $2.78 (per $1,000 of assessed value).  The Village’s total assessed value, not including new value added within TIF #1, increased by $13,448,476 from the previous year.  This 1.1% increase in value allowed the Village to increase its total levy by $51,041 while maintaining a tax rate with no change.

The presentation from the public hearing has been posted to the Budget & CIP page of the Village website in addition to already posted budget documents.  Any questions regarding the Village Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator.

The Village was also recently recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  This recognition was received for the Village’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  This is the second year in a row the Village has received this recognition.  Any questions regarding the CAFR can be directed to Karen Simons, Finance Director/Clerk-Treasurer.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2015 STREET TREE PRUNING

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 2015.

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 2015:

• West of County V and North of Allouez Avenue to Main St.

• Using the Village’s Interactive Mapping System (www.villageofbellevue.org), pruning areas will be:  Zones 1, 2, 8, 9, & 10.

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 3,600 trees, and more than 32 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      dougt@villageofbellevue.org
or go online at: http://www.villageofbellevue.org/trees

2015 Recycling Calendar


Monday, November 3, 2014

Winter & Spring L.I.F.E. Guide Available Online November 3rd


The Parks and Leisure Services Department will release the 2015 Winter & Spring L.I.F.E. Guide online on November 3rd. The guide features community recreation programs, special events and park facilities in Bellevue.

Copies of the guide will be directly mailed to Village residents sometime around November 15th. Programs featured in the catalog run from December 2014 until May 2015.

Registration will begin for Village residents on December 1st. Non-residents will be able to register for programs on December 15th.

For more information or to download a copy of the guide, go to: www.VillageOfBellevue.org

Hunting in the Village

If you plan on hunting in the Village, please review our Approved Hunting Map and the regulations outlined in our Municipal Card in regards discharging of weapons in the Village.

The Hunting map can be found on our website here:  Hunting Map

The regulations regarding the discharge of weapons are found in the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code, Chapter 341 Peace and Good Order Section 2 here:  Bellevue Municipal Code

Rifles are not permitted to be discharged in the Village.

Stay Safe Everyone!


Update on Recreation Vehicle/Trailer Regulations

On October 22nd, 2014, the Village Board approved changes to Zoning Ordinance Article XXVIII – Off-Street Parking Regulations. The proposed changes mainly dealt with the regulations of parking any kind of trailer (boat, jet ski, camping, utility etc.) or recreational vehicle (RV) on a property located within a residential neighborhood.

The most significant changes are as follows:
  • A cap on the number of trailers or vehicles stored outside in approved locations is two (2).
  • Extended the seasons for Summer seasonal uses and Winter seasonal use vehicles and trailers.
  • Allow winter seasonal trailers to park outside in approved locations in the driveway and side yard paved area.
  • Allowed stone/brick pavers as an acceptable side yard paved area as long as it meets setback requirements.
  • You must be the primary owner or leasor of all trailers stored on the property you reside in.

  • Please be reminded, before expanding the surface area of your driveway with additional concrete, asphalt or pavers - speak to a Village Building Inspector as a permit may be required.  Also, even if there is a sidewalk or not, no part of the vehicle/trailer shall extend into Village of Bellevue Right-of-Way.
     
    These changes went into effect NOVEMBER 1st. You can find a copy of the regulations on the front page of the Village of Bellevue website:  Ordinance

    If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Bellevue Community Development Department.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Allouez Avenue Trail Link Completion

    The Village of Bellevue completed construction on the Allouez Avenue Trail in front of Target. We marked this milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 30 at 10 am.  Target generously donated the land in order to complete the trail.  Village staff contacted Target and suggested the land donation.  Target puts great value in being involved with promoting community health, safety, and sustainability.  The land donation was a great example of using public and private partnership to provide projects to meet common goals and needs.

    This 350 foot section was a gap along the trail will provide a link between the East River Trail and Costco to the south.  Later next year, Brown County will be extending the trail between Landmark Boulevard and Hoffman Road.  Upon that completion, destinations within the Village of Allouez, Bellevue and Ledgeview will all be connected together by sidewalks and trails.

    These projects are part of an ongoing vision and planning that started years ago to provide non-motorists the ability to access points of destinations within and between communities.  As construction projects come into the design phase, the designs are compared to the plans and implemented.

    "Over the past 6 years, the Village of Bellevue has installed over 2 miles of trails and 10 miles of sidewalks to allow non-motorists the ability to safely travel", said Bill Balke, Bellevue Public Works Director.  "Sidewalks and Trails is definitely an infrastructure that if you build it, they will use it.  We have seen an increase in non-motorized travel along roadways once the facilities are installed, especially families with younger children."

    Sidewalks provide more freedom to people who cannot drive and do not feel comfortable walking in the road with high speed traffic.  Walks and trails provide more than a recreational and health value, they provide increased ability and independence for many different groups of people - young, old, disabled and many others.

    "One of my most satisfying moments in my career came from a young person in a wheel chair, who personally thanked me for giving him the ability to safely travel to McDonalds on his own for an ice cream cone.  He mentioned his mom would not let him travel in the roadway (next to 40 mph+ traffic), Balke said.

    Listed below are media coverage links of the October 30th trail ribbon cutting:

    Channel 2- http://www.wbay.com/clip/10793831/bellevue-expands-east-river-trail
    Channel 11- http://fox11online.com/2014/10/30/new-bike-trail-opens-in-bellevue/
    Channel 26- http://www.jrn.com/nbc26/news/New-Allouez-Trail-Opening-281008222.htmlPress-Gazette- http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/silent-sports/2014/10/30/new-allouez-avenue-trail-links-allouez-east-river-trail-ledgeview/18188351/



    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    New Facility Rental Rates Start November 1st

    Reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis at the Village offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, Monday through Friday 7:30 am –4:30 pm.

    The Village will accept Community Center reservation requests for the following year beginning November 1st. The Village will accept shelter reservation requests for the period of May 1st through September 30th. Village park shelters may not be  reserved between October 1st and April 30th.


    UPDATED FEES
    Josten & DeBroux Park Enclosed Shelters
    $75 deposit
    $90 R/ $115 NR per day (1-250 people)
    $25 for diamond lights only

    Josten Park & Willow Creek Open Shelters
        $75 deposit
        $70 R / $95 NR per day
        (Josten North 1-150 people;
        Josten South & Willow Creek 1-75 people)

    Community Center (1811 Allouez Avenue)
        $125 deposit
        $125 R / $160 NR—Full Day
        $93 R / $150  NR—Tax Exempt Rates
        (Rental between 8:00am and 10:00pm only)
        (1-75 people)

    Important Rental Information
    Any private citizen (resident or non-resident), non-profit group, private business or corporation, or governmental organization may request a reservation for the use of Village park shelters or the Community Center.

    Enclosed shelters and concession stands are not available to renters during the summer months Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. All other days, rental hours are 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.  The Community Center is available Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

    Renew Dog Licenses

    2014 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, 2015 will pay an additional $5.00 late penalty per Wisconsin State Statutes.

    Get to Know Your Village Snow/Ice Control Operations

    Welcome to the seventh article in the “Get to Know Your Village” series being launched through the Bellevue Focus.  We hope these articles educate and inform about the services we provide and who provides them.

    The Village of Bellevue’s Public Works Department begins preparing for the winter season in October. The Village Snow and Ice Control Policy guides our operations throughout the winter season to ensure a proper and timely response to winter weather conditions.  Effective and efficient operations are paramount to the safety of the traveling public, the economic viability of the Village and neighborhood livability. The objectives each year include:
    • Reducing hazards of snow and ice accumulation for motorists and pedestrians.
    • Improving the road quality so residents and visitors can go about their daily business.
    • Restoring traveling conditions for the convenience of the public as soon as possible after each winter storm event.
    • To provide cost effective, fiscal and environmentally responsible snow and ice control.
    The Village performs snow and ice control on over 71 miles of street, 117 dead ends and cul-de-sacs, 3.75 miles of trails, 4 parking lots and 4.5 miles of sidewalks in each winter event.  There are seven zones comprised of three priority routes for each zone.  Performance goals are in place for each priority route.  Village staffing includes eight operators, the Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Public Works Inspector and other support staff during snow events.  The department operates seven plow trucks and various smaller equipment for trails, parking lots and sidewalks.  Three plow trucks include brine salters with speed controlled spreaders that have decreased our salt usage.  Brown County Highway Dept. is responsible for plowing and salting the County highways in Bellevue.

    After our Public Works Department has cleared all the roads then further snow cleanup is completed. This involves pushing back snow in terraces, opening up vision corners, plowing closer to the curb and removing snow in front of mailboxes.  It may take several days after a storm before trails and sidewalks are completed by Village staff.

    As the season approaches, we ask all our residents to take care when driving near our plows and provide them the room they need to complete operations.  Every storm is unique and the Village does its best to provide a consistent and efficient process meeting the expectations of our residents.  It is important to note that during extreme snow events, the focus will shift to keeping emergency routes open and providing one clear lane on residential streets.  It may take longer to complete full plow operations and may take multiple passes to fully clear roadways.  During these events, we ask for your patience as we work with resources available.  The Village and our operators welcome feedback on how we can improve and also to hear about operations that went well.

    Please Note: Residents whom have sidewalks in front of their homes are responsible for snow and ice removal within 48 hours of snow or ice accumulation. This includes snow drifting from the wind.

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Winter Snow Season Reminders


    WINTER SNOW SEASON


    WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS

    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. 
     
    SNOW EMERGENCIES
     
    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.

    SNOW PLOWING PRIORITIES

    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.