Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Donate Blood March 5th!

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Bellin College on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 6:00pm. Bellin College is located at 3201 Eaton Rd, Green Bay, WI 54311. The Blood Drive is being sponsored by the Bellin College Student Nurses Association.

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

The Village Green Committee is dedicated to reducing energy costs

The  Village has established an internal “Green Committee” that has been formed to address increasing energy costs and develop sustainable methods to reduce long term costs to the Village and taxpayers.  “The Village spends over $130,000 per year in gas and electric costs.” Says,  Bill Balke Director of Public Works.  “While the majority of the costs are attributed to street lighting leased from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the money we are spending on the energy to power and heat our buildings is becoming a larger part of our building operation budget.”   The Village is addressing the increasing costs by evaluating all of the facilities, changing operations, establishing inspection and maintenance policies, and contracting some preventative and routine maintenance.“Our goal for the committee is to reduce the energy costs by 10% from 2012 to 2013.”, said Marcia Shandor, Chairperson of the Green Committee.  “We are looking at simple practices such as turning off lights if you have a window, reprogramming thermostats to recommended temperatures, and having our heating system serviced at regular intervals.”  The committee has its work cut out for it and will be taking on bigger projects to evaluate like building insulation, replacing lighting fixtures, alternative fuel products, and using LEED principles in the long term sustainable plans for Village facilities.  

It’s a start toward saving the environment and the taxpayer’s pocketbook into the future.  Some projects already completed have been replacing the incandescent lights with florescent fixtures,  installing programmable thermostats to reduce heating and air conditioning costs, replacing a 25 year old refrigerator, not using office lights if there is adequate natural lighting, changing out pump impellors with more efficient models, changing traffic signal fixtures to LED, replacing single pane glass windows with double pane, turning off and unplugging computers at night, installing fans in high ceiling garages to force heat down, monitoring fuel consumption and vehicle mileage and scheduling maintenance.  The village even replaced two low fuel efficient fleet cars with higher efficiency models saving thousands of dollars in fuel costs every year.

One policy the committee has proposed has become self sustaining in that the savings recognized from an energy project is reinvested in new technology to save even more money.  A huge kick start to savings came in the form of a $39,000 grant from Focus on Energy.  The grant will pay for the cost of the improvement as long as it meets criteria set forth by the foundation to meet energy saving goals.  All we have to do is benchmark our energy costs after the improvements are made and show the savings within the payback timeframe.  Estimate provided by Focus on Energy indicate the Village will save over $7,000 per year in energy costs.

“The Village has made strides towards sustainability and efficiency in the parks by using natural lighting in the buildings, using recycling containers, rain gardens and barrels for watering, reducing mowable areas, increasing the number of trees planted” said Debra Lom,  Director of Parks and Leisure Services.  

“The community has become greener just  by implementing policies increasing the green space requirements for new construction.  It reduces the hard surface, decreases radiant temperatures and makes the property look a lot better with green plantings.  There is clear support for sustainable efforts within the community”, said “Andrew Vissers, Community Development Director.

As the committee becomes more successful, we hope to partner with the community to share the success to help promote energy conservation techniques that are sustainable. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Presents Village of Bellevue with $39,171.80 Check

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, along with Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPS), presented the Village of Bellevue with an incentive check for $39,171.80 following the completion of energy efficient upgrades including a furnace replacement, lighting retrofits and vending machine controls.

The Village of Bellevue has a long standing history of working with Focus on Energy as previous installations of efficient lighting were completed. Beyond completing standardized projects, the Village is taking advantage of special Focus on Energy programs like the WPS Schools and Government Program, a current offer that promotes innovative energy reduction through advanced efficiency equipment retrofits. The Village of Bellevue was a recipient of a competitive $25,000 grant that was funded by WPS for energy efficiency projects while also receiving additional funds supported by WPS’s Energy Bundle Bonus program for energy projects completed. “Focus on Energy has allowed the Village the opportunity to take advantage of several incentives to improve the energy used in the Village,” said Marcia Shandor, Receptionist for the Village of Bellevue. “This was made possible by the grant received from Focus on Energy and the help of David Nyquist. David assisted us throughout the process, from filling out the paperwork, to advising us what would work out the best for our Village. We should see significant savings in all lighting that was replaced,” said Shandor.

With these projects now complete, the Village of Bellevue will reduce more than 5 kilowatts of energy demand, whilesaving 67,533 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and 85 Therms — enough energy to power 7 homes for one year. Not only will these upgrades save the district energy and money, but they are also environmentally friendly. The annual environmental benefits are equivalent to offsetting 134 barrels of oil from being burned and taking 11 cars off the road – eliminating more than 115,267 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere. Focus on Energy can help residents across the state identify and evaluate energy-saving opportunities in their home and businesses, provide specific recommendations for reducing consumption, develop energy management plans, and arrange technical training opportunities about energy conservation. For more information, call 800.762.7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Summer Day Camp

2014 Summer Camp Handbooks and Forms are now available online at www.villageofbellevue.org/camp and at the Village Office.

Questions? Please call the Village Offices at 920.468.5225

Remember Early Bird Registration (15% off all Camp Related Fees) begins for Residents on Feb. 10 and Non-Residents Feb. 17.
*Early Bird Registration continues through the end of February.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spring Elections for Village Trustee

The following candidate's names will appear on the Spring general election ballot for Village of Bellevue Trustee:

Thomas M. Katers (i)
Steve Soukup (i)

The Spring general election will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  For more information on elections, please contact the Village Clerk at (920) 468-5225.

2014 Corporate Sponsor Programs

The Village of Bellevue Leisure Services Department is inviting local area businesses to become program sponsors for 2014. Our health, our neighborhoods, our economy and our environment all benefit from parks and leisure services.  Without the support and dedication of our business community, the Village would not be able to provide the quality parks and leisure services our citizens enjoy today.

Through sponsorship businesses can gain valuable exposure, helping achieve local marketing goals. Additionally, the Leisure Services Department will work with your company to develop a marketing package to include advertising and direct mail opportunities within publications, on our website, at events and within Village owned park facilities.

The Department currently offers the following sponsor opportunities:

Corporate Sponsor Programs:
  • Sponsorship within the Leisure Services Department Program Catalog
  • Sponsorship through the athletic facility Sponsor Banner Program
  • Sponsorship for a Community Special Event or Program
  • Sponsorship through the Adopt-A-Park Program

For more information, go to http://www.villageofbellevue.org/public-services/leisure-services/sponsorship-opportunities.html or contact Director of Parks and Leisure Services, Debra Lom at (920) 468-5225 or by email at dlom@villageofbellevue.org.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Josten Park Ice Rink Open

The Josten Park Ice Rink is now open!

Annual Ski Brule Trip

Join the Village of Bellevue on Saturday January 25, 2014 for the annual Ski Brule Trip.

Pick-up/Drop-Off Location: Bellevue Community Center (2828 Allouez Ave.)
Departure Time: 6:30 am
Return Time: 7:30 pm

Fee: $30 Bus Only (Children under 9 & Adults with lift ticket and own equipment)
$46 Bus & Rental Only (Children 9 and Under Only)
$61 Bus & Lift Ticket Only...
$71 Bus, Lift Ticket, & Rental

Seats are limited, so register early to insure your spot on this trip.

For more information please visit: www.villageofbellevue.org
Stop in to the Village Offices to fill out a registration form.