Friday, May 30, 2014

Bellevue Beautification

Staff and volunteers spent the afternoon beautifying Bellevue by planting flowers throughout the Village. Pictured below is Roger and Nancy VandenLangenBerg. Annually, they plant flowers and care for the flower bed at VandenLangenBerg Plaza.

Thanks Nancy and Roger for your help!


Playgrounds Get Ready For Fun In Summer Sun

Numerous volunteer groups have volunteered their time to get Village of Bellevue playgrounds ready for summer FUN!  

On May 17th, Bryn Bruss from Raized Church organized a group of 30+ volunteers to spread mulch at Josten Park. Thank you for your support of Bellevue Parks! 

Grilling Out Is Staple In Summertime Fun

There’s nothing like grilling out. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food and one of the most dangerous. With the heaving grilling season of May through August now upon us, it’s time to make sure we’re all prepared for a safe and enjoyable grilling season.

The majority of residential grill fires occur between 5pm and 8pm, and most of the fires occur during the month of July. A grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Following the simple tips below will make for not only safe grilling, but enjoyable summertime meals.

• Grills, whether propane and charcoal fired, should only be used outdoors
• Place your grill well away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves and low hanging tree branches
• Children and pets need to be kept a safe distance from the grilling area
• Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and from trays below the grill
• Never leave your grill unattended

 Obeying these five simple rules will make it a summer full of family fun! Bon Appetit!

Bower Creek Bridge Replacement - 2015

Bower Creek Bridge Replacement

The bridge structure on Bower Creek Road over Bower Creek is a narrow bridge in need of replacement.  Constructed in 1957, the wood pier, concrete decked structure is starting to show its age.  The Village, Brown County and the State of Wisconsin have been working on plans over the past 3 years to replace the bridge with one that will serve the community for the next 50+ years.

The proposed structure will have two wide lanes for travel with accommodations for bike lanes and sidewalks.  While the area does not have a lot of residential development presently, the area is prime for new development.  It is estimated that the area could grow residentially by over 700 new homes in the next 20 years.  As part of the long range plan, some roads (such as Bower Creek Road) are planned with future sidewalks and bike facilities to connect people with their destinations.  The bridge may look a little out of place when constructed, but in time the road will match up to the structure as development occurs.

Plans are at 30% completion, with construction expected to start in the summer of 2015.  The preliminary estimate puts the total construction at $477,000 plus property purchase.  The bridge is funded 80% through State/Federal funds, with a 20% required local fund match.  Questions regarding this project may be directed to the Public Works Department.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer & Help Our Officers Meet Their Goal

As summer heats up, the Village of Bellevue Sheriff’s Officers and our Village Animal Control/Humane Officer begin to receive an increasing number of calls for pets and animals left in parked vehicles.  Even on cooler days, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures and pets can succumb to heatstroke or even death if left unattended.

While our Officers are here to help with these situations, they are all preventable.  Pets are part of the family and we encourage anyone traveling with their pet to please plan ahead and consider their safety.  If you do observe this situation, Officers ask that you obtain a vehicle description, plate number and provide a detailed description on the location of the vehicle.  Contacting a store manager to have the vehicle owner paged also helps save our Officers valuable time.

Officers will take action as necessary to address these calls, up to and including, written warnings, citations and gaining vehicle access as appropriate.  Our goal is to have zero calls in the summer of 2014 and we need your help to achieve it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bellevue Class featured on Good Day Wisconsin

Preserving families and food at 10 below zero

By Pauleen Le
Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:49 am
Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:16 am
BELLEVUE – For people always on the go, it’s hard to find time to prepare a delicious and healthy meal. That’s especially true for parents, but one group of moms is helping to ease that challenge.

The moms from 10 Below Freezer Meals have teamed up with the Village of Bellevue to hold monthly workshops to help get meals to the table a little easier. The workshops provide people an opportunity to learn healthy and delicious recipes that can be made and stored for those times when you’re in a pinch.

FOX 11′s Pauleen Le spent the morning with the moms to learn more.

For more information on 10 Below Freezer Meals, click here.

Recipe from the morning:

Turkey and Red Roasted Pepper Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs or oatmeal
1 egg, beaten
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red peppers
¾ teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

Check out the full article on Good Day Wisconsin's Webpage, click here.

Upcoming Bellevue Workshops

Cost: $52.00 per Bellevue Resident       $60.00 for Non-Bellevue Residents
Location:Bellevue Community Center 1811 Allouez Ave. Bellevue, WI 54311
Time: 6:00p-8:30p

July 22, 2014
Healthy and Delicious

 August 19th, 2014
Crock Pot Hits the Spot
(Gluten Free option)

September 19th, 2014
Family Favorites

DEO Trevor Bilgo Looking To Help Community Stay Safe

Brown County Sheriff Deputy Trevor Bilgo was recently appointed our community police officer for the Village of Bellevue. His official title is Directed Enforcement Officer (DEO) for the Village of Bellevue.

Bilgo is an 14 year veteran of the Brown County Sheriff's Department and has served as the day shift Bellevue patrol officer for the past 3 years.

Officer Bilgo is looking forward to working with the Village of Bellevue citizens and staff. Please feel free to contact Officer Bilgo at: (920)884-1082 ext. 2 or

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bark for Your Park Contest

Please take a few minutes to help our Bellevue Dog Park fundraising initiative. Pet Safe is awarding a lucky city $100,000 to build a dog park! AND 4 runners-up will receive $25,000! Go to the link below and vote for BELLEVUE, WI

 Remember to share with your friends and vote daily! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Village of Bellevue is Honored as a Playful City USA

The Village of Bellevue was honored for the 2nd year in a row as a Playful City USA by Kaboob! and the Humana Foundation.

What is a Playful City USA? 
Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming. The program strives to recognize communities that demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive.

For a full list of municipalities that were honored click here.

Child Car Seat Safety

Is your child seat installed correctly? According to the Center for Childhood Safety, in Brown County alone, over 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Improper installation of a car seat can lead to serious injury or death if the vehicle is involved in an accident. Car seats should be inspected for proper installation by certified technicians Your Bellevue Fire Department is working on sending Firefighters through the car seat technician class this fall. Once these Firefighters are certified, the Fire Department hopes to hold car seat installations and inspections by appointment. For further information on free community car seat checks and car seat safety tips visit

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Rockin' in Josten" Set to Kick Off June 7

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, returning this summer is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and will feature local area talent from a variety of musical genres. The 2014 Series includes six concert dates June-August.  Concerts will be free and open to the general public. Musical acts will begin performing at 6:00pm and will continue until 8:30pm. Performers 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 Lion’s Club and Friends of Bellevue Parks who will be available selling concessions.

Saturday, June 7th—Red Light Saints (genre: Rock) * 6-9:30pm
Monday, June 16th—The Cougars (genre: Rock/80’s to Current)
Monday, July 7th—Talk of the Town (genre: Dixieland Jazz)
Monday, July 21st—Running with Scissors (genre: Variety)
Monday, August 4th—The Bomb (genre: Classic 80’s/90’s)
Monday, August 18th—Charisma (genre: Variety)

Sponsored by Walmart and the Bellevue Lions Club
 *Proceeds from the June 7th event will be used to support the Bellevue Lion’s Club.

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

"Movie In The Park" Scheduled for Friday, June 13

The Leisure Services Department is set to offer "Movie in the Park" on June 13, 2014. The feature movie is "Despicable Me 2."

 The event takes place at Josten Park. Movies are shown beginning at dusk or around 8:45pm. The event is free. Concessions will be available and sold.

 "Movie in the Park" is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an exciting family-friendly movie on a BIG SCREEN in the great outdoors!

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

Our Water - Your Water

This blog will publish a series of articles throughout the year regarding various aspects of preserving and improving our water bodies.  Hopefully we can inspire a few readers to go out and make a difference yourself.  If you are interested in having a part in this journey, please contact or office, post a comment, or email our staff at the Village.

Long History

From Pilgrims arriving on this continent and into the future, Americans have continually been striving for improvement.  If it did not occur naturally, we took it upon our selves to alter the course of nature to fit the needs of the desired outcome.  Sometimes it worked out without great impacts, other times not so great.

Some impacts took years and decades of change to realize that the outcomes made had serious impacts to life, health and wellbeing.  This blog takes you down an interesting path, or should say stream, explaining the impacts that individuals, groups and communities have had on our water bodies.

From its formation, our country's drive at times eclipsed the long term impacts of stormwater and discharges from industry and development.  "Get the stormwater off my site and into the pipes", seemed to be the consensus of the time. 
This was especially true during the formation of cities post industrial revolution.  As more and more development occurred, the pipes installed decades earlier were not sized to take the additional development causing widespread flooding and reconstruction of the drainage systems.  Stormwater quality was not usually even a thought before the 1970's, and what ever was on the surface at the time was washed into the streams and lakes.  Industries were allowed to discharge their waste right into the rivers and streams.

It was not until a river actually caught fire 1952 due to the pollution,  that the Federal government stepped in and established the Environmental Protection Agency. The first legislation produced under the agency was the Clean Water Act (1972), which mandated that all rivers throughout the United States be hygienic enough to safely allow mass amounts of swimmers and fish within the water by 1983.   The program required additional permitting and clean water initiatives and the water bodies start to reverse their degradation.  Over time the program started addressing the worst industrial polluters and treatment plants permitting, then added municipal storm water permitting, then with the most recent program, entire stormwater drainage basins with Total Maximum Daily Load Permits for specific streams and rivers still not meeting the minimum criteria for water quality.

Bellevue has been impacted by the evolution of all these clean drinking water programs in one way or another.  Come back next week to find how the community and regional leadership has come together to clean our waterbodies.  Visit the following websites for more information, NEWSC, Village of Bellevue, Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Globe University Dog Walk - Friday, May 30th

Globe University will be hosting a Dog Walk event on Friday, May 30th from 4:30-7p.m. The event will start at Globe University located at 2620 Development Drive, Bellevue, WI 54311. A $5 donation is requested for each pet in attendance, proof of rabies vaccination is required. All proceeds will be donated to the Laura & Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Protecting Your Water Supply

Over a million gallons of water per day is used within the Village of Bellevue.  By the time the water reaches your faucet, it will have traveled through hundreds of miles of pipe.  The source of your water actually comes from Lake Michigan though a series of pipes all the way from Manitowoc, Wisconsin managed by the Central Brown County Water Authority and the Village of Bellevue.

Water is continuously monitored at the plant in Manitowoc, and tested again in Bellevue on a weekly basis.  Another method of protecting our water system is called a cross connection inspection.  Bellevue is required by the Wisconsin DNR to inspect each home for cross connections over a 10 year period.  Businesses and High Risk sites are on a more frequent basis.

The inspection consists of visually looking for ways water can back track into the distribution system.  Typical violations include water softener discharge pipes without air gaps, boiler discharge pipes, hose bibs without anti-siphon breakers, toilets without anti-siphon, and laundry tubs without vacuum breakers.  Some older model toilets do not have adequate separation between the fill tube and the tank overflow.

The Village of Bellevue has contracted with a company, Hydro Designs, Inc., to provide the inspection and note any corrections that are necessary.  If you get a notice, a knock on the door, or  phone call from the company, please assist them with allowing the inspection.  Some owners were unaware they were back siphoning water into the distribution system, which could have caused harm to other water consumers.

The inspection only takes a few minutes and you know the results instantly.  If there are fixes to the system, you are asked to correct them within 30 days.

For more information regarding the Village Cross Connection Program, please refer to our website link.  Cross Connection Link

Thank You Bellevue Family Dentistry

Thank you Bellevue Family Dentistry for adopting East River Trail! Their staff spent Friday afternoon cleaning up the trail! 

The Village still has a few more parks that need to be adopted, check out the information listed below if your family or business is interested in adopting a park.

Adopt-A-Park Sponsor
The Adopt a Park program allows area businesses, neighborhood groups and concerned residents to make a difference in the parks.  This program combines both in-kind service as well as a financial contribution that helps off-set the costs of maintaining and improving the adopted park.

How to participate:
•    Choose a park to adopt (Josten, DeBroux, Willow Creek, Bel-Meadow, Moonrise, Bower Creek,
      Bethel, and East River Trail).
•    Adopter agrees to adopt the park for a minimum of 3 years.
•    Adopter agrees to do one service project/clean-up per year.
•    Group must designate a member as a coordinator.
•    Complete the Adopt-A-Park Contract
•    Schedule the annual date/time of service project/clean-up with the Department Director.

Adopter receives:
•    Group/Business name on a sign installed at the park.
•    Opportunity for free use of the park for a group/business activity.
•    Recognition on the Village of Bellevue website.
•    Recognition in the semi-annual program catalog.
•    The pride of helping beautify the Bellevue Park System.

Cost to participate:
$250/year – Bel-Meadow (adopted), Bower Creek (adopted), Moonrise, Bethel
$500/year – Josten (adopted), DeBroux, East River Parkway (adopted) and Willow Creek

Sign Example:

For more information about adopting a Bellevue Park contact Debra Lom, Director of Parks and Leisure Services at (920) 468-5225 or

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Get to Know Your Village Sheriff's Officers & Law Enforcement Services

Welcome to the second 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 has contracted its law enforcement services from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office since 2002.  The Village is responsible for providing squad vehicles for our officers and some other basic equipment, but the majority of equipment, supervision and training is provided through our contract.  This allows for top quality law enforcement services, flexibility to adjust to community needs and an efficient rate for our citizens.  Similar contractual relationships are also completed in the Villages of Allouez, Howard and Suamico.

Bellevue currently has one full 24 hour shift patrolled by five Brown County Sheriff's Deputies in rotating shifts.  These officers' responsibilities include responding to calls for service both criminal and civil in nature, assisting other agencies, enforcing local ordinances and state statute as well as being public servants to the everyday needs of the Village residents and businesses.

The Village of Bellevue also has a "Directed Enforcement Officer" (DEO) whose responsibilities include finding long term solutions to reoccurring problems within the community through the use of community policing principals.  The Village also has one additional officer dedicated to traffic enforcement and manpower needs.

These seven officers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of police protection to the residents and businesses of Bellevue and ensuring this community is a safe place to live, work and raise a family.  The Village's main patrol station is located at the Public Safety Building/Village Hall on Eaton Road.  However, this is not a walk-in police station, and those who require non-emergency assistance should contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at (920) 448-4200.  The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is located in the Village of Bellevue on Development Drive.

Bellevue Community Picnic

Sponsored by the Bellevue Lions Club! Sunday, June 8, 2014  10:00 am -5:00 pm

Live Entertainment- “ROCKER”  1-5pm
Food & Booyah, Silent Auction, Children's Activities.

Join us Saturday 6/7/2014 from 6-9:30pm for Music in the Park- “RED LIGHT SAINTS”

June 7 concert presented by: Bellevue Parks and Leisure Department & Bellevue Lions Club
Food will be provided by Bellevue Lions Club!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Eagle Scout Candidate Completes Horseshoe Pits at Josten Park

Nathan Cadieux of the Bellevue Area Boy Scout Troop 1173, recently completed horseshoe pits at Josten Park on Saturday, April 26th. The project will be used to complete the requirements to achieve his Eagle Scout.

The horseshoe pit project was no small task. Mr. Cadieux secured in-kind, as well as, cash donations from area businesses for supplies. In addition, Nathan was responsible for recruiting and leading volunteers to complete the work.

The Village of Bellevue would like to thank Nathan, Troop 1173, all the volunteers and local business that supported this project. It looks great!

It's Not Easy Being Green....

So you put off your lawn mowing duties to relax at the lake.  But when you reach the lake the sights (and smells) are not what you expected.  Instead of clear and pristine water, your senses are hit with the sight and smell of algae blooms on the lake.  However, you may not know that your lawn mowing habits could be contributing to the algae.

Phosphorus in the water is a big deal, so much so that the East River and contributing streams have been listed as impaired by the Wisconsin DNR and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Grass clippings contain phosphorus, the nutrient that turns our lakes green with algae.  Clippings from actively growing lawns have 4 to 5 times more phosphorus content than fallen autumn leaves.    One bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain enough phosphorus to produce 30 – 50 pounds of algae growth.

It is illegal to discharge grass clippings into the street
Discharging grass clippings into the street is a violation of Village Code and is a citable offense.  As our street sweeper is making its rounds through the Village, the operator is making notes of where this is occurring.  Residents participating in depositing grass clippings in the street will receive an educational awareness packet.  Continued violations will also receive additional disincentives.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect the rivers and lakes we all enjoy:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn
  • Direct grass clippings away from streets, driveways, sidewalks and other paved areas
  • Sweep up grass clippings and return them to the lawn
  • Set the lawn mower at a higher setting (over 2.5 inches) letting shorter blades fall back onto the lawn as natural fertilizer
  • Sharpen mower blades every 1-3 years
  • Mow when your lawn needs it, not on a fixed schedule
  • Mix grass clippings with leaves and soil to make a backyard compost pile
These actions not only protect area waters, they benefit your lawn.  Grass clippings are composed of 85% water; leaving them on the lawn can save you time and money usually spent toward watering the lawn.  In addition, letting grass clippings remain in place leaves the equivalent of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 ft² - the same amount you would get from 1 fertilizer application.  Setting your lawn mower over 2.5 inches also contributes to a healthier lawn.  Lawns mowed higher withstand heat stress better, are more competitive against weeds, need less watering, and are more resilient, reducing bare spots and soil erosion.

The Northeast Wisconsin Stormwater Consortium is a partnership of area communities working together to educate you on how we can make great strides in protecting and enjoying our environment.

For more information visit

Restaurant Week

Get your appetites ready!  Restaurant Week returns and is scheduled for July 10th through 17th
Restaurant Week gives food lovers an opportunity to custom menus from the BEST restaurants throughout the region. Restaurant Week was created with the intention of spotlighting the chefs and the cuisine that make Greater Green Bay a dining destination. We have amazing restaurants and eateries, and this is the week to unite food lovers with DELICIOUS dining at AMAZING prices.
Some of Bellevue's restaurants are participating in this event again this year.  They are:
  • A'Bravo
  • Grapevine Café
  • Mustard Seed Café
  • Plae Bistro
  • Tucson's Southwest Grill & Bar
For more information visit the following website:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Every Drop Counts

You open your mail box, and the dreaded utility bill has shown up again.  Utility rates continue to increase every year for water and sanitary sewer.  As a home owner/resident YOU have more control over those costs than you may think.

For the Village sanitary utility, the rate is composed of fixed meter charge, and a volume charge per 1000 gallons of sewage.  The Village of Bellevue sewage is conveyed to and treated by NEW Water based on the metered concentration and amount of flow.  On average, 680 million gallons of sewage water is treated by NEW Water from the Village of Bellevue.  The problem with that number is over 250 million gallons of flow comes from other than homes and businesses in the form of stormwater and groundwater.

Basement Damaged by Sewage Backup
The cost of treating the additional flow directly impacts your pocket book on a monthly basis.  But the extra flow may also put your property at risk of damage.  The additional flow from stormwater or ground water can over charge the main lines causing sewage to back up into basements.  That is something that no one wants to experience, and insurance companies limit the damage that is eligible for coverage.

"This year nearly every time it rains, the Village sees a doubling of the peak flow that continues for days afterwards", said Bill Balke, Public Works Director.  It is an alarming extra volume that the customers are paying for within their rates and not even realize it.  The problem can come from many different places.  In our homes and businesses, rain water can be directed into the sanitary sewer by an improperly connected sump pump, an improper foundation drain or roof gutter connections directly into the sanitary sewer line.  Sources also include groundwater, snow melt, and surface drainage entering damaged manholes or pipes.

"This past winter was brutally cold, causing water and stormwater pipes to freeze", said Balke.  Even though winter is typically the lowest sanitary flow time of year, we noticed an increase in the electrical useage in our pump stations.  This can be attributed to homes and businesses discharging their sump pump water into the sanitary sewer drains or sinks.  While it might be an easy fix for the homeowner, it has a negative affect on our sanitary sewer bills.  If NEW Water treatment facility is overtaxed by the amount of flow, severe penalties could be leveled against the municipality until the inflow/infiltration levels are reduced.  Currently rate payers are paying for the additional flow, but it could be the flow plus a surcharge.

It is against the law for a property to discharge clear water into the sanitary sewer.  If found with an illegal connection, owners would face a citation, a fine up to $1,000, plus the cost of correcting the connection.  If you have a connection like this, or know of someone who does, remove it immediately.  Every gallon counts.  About 30-50% of the inflow may be attributed to the connections home owners and business have to the sewer.

Illegal Sump Pump Connection

Illegal Sump Pump Connection
The Village closely monitors increases in flows and sends staff to investigate the pipes and manholes for leaks and damage during and soon after rainfall events.  Finding and correcting leaks is a never ending cycle.  As the infrastructure ages, new leaks develop and must be corrected.  The Village has a goal of cleaning and televising about 20% of the system each year and inspecting around 40% of the manholes to find leaks and damage.  Over the course of 4 years, the Village was able to reduce the average annual flows by 20%, but gave it back when several manhole covers were discovered to be damaged and offset.

The flows will be minotored throughout the year to narrow down neighborhoods with the higher flows.  Additional testing and investigation will be instituted in order to ensure the system is not receiving unwanted clear water.  Please be aware that you may receive a notice on your door informing you of additional investigation in your neighborhood.  More material regarding specific actions and information will be distributed at that time.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District has put together some informational videos regarding common issues related to the sewer system and how homeowners can help control flows and cost.

Please contact the Village offices for more information regarding this serious matter.