Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas Tree Pick-Up in January

Christmas tree pick-up occurs during the month of January on Mondays. Wreaths or trees with plastic bags, stands, decorations or lights will not be picked up. Trees that are frozen into snow banks or buried in snow will be left until the spring brush pick-up.  Please monitor the weather to follow these rules and allow for an efficient collection by our Public Works Department.

Fire Hydrant Snow Removal

Snowfall, combined with the snow plowed from roadways, often bury fire hydrants under a large amount of snow, thus making them difficult to find and use. Should there be a fire nearby, precious time is lost as firefighters work to locate hydrants and shovel snow away before hoses can be hooked up to them. In a fire, time is critical and every second counts. The extra minutes that a firefighter spends digging out a hydrant can make a big difference in how quickly a fire can be extinguished and damage limited.

Don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "undercover". We are asking that you help us by keeping the fire hydrant closest to your residence or business clear of snow. Snow should be removed about three-feet (3') away from the hydrant in all directions and a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the nearest roadway. Exercise caution when shoveling because of the potential for vehicle traffic nearby. Do not stand in the street and be careful not to slip and fall out into the roadway.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Last Delivery of Paper Newsletter



This winter edition of the Bellevue Focus will be the final delivery of a printed Village newsletter to our residents. Why the change? The Village will be completing a website upgrade and redesign in 2016 making it more user friendly and convenient to find all the key information our residents need. While this change won’t happen immediately in 2016, we’re confident our new website and our other communication tools, particularly our E-Newsletter, will keep you informed and better serve our residents versus the cost required in mailing a printed version. Our new website will also have greater mobile capabilities make it easier to use from a cell phone or tablet device.

We encourage all resident and business owners of the Village to sign up for the weekly E-Newsletter to stay informed on everything Bellevue. As a current E-News subscriber, you are already aware that our E-News includes notices about key services, but also updates on new development, recreation events and programs, Village Board activities and much more.

We welcome resident feedback on all our communication tools including the website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, E-Newsletter and others about how we can keep you up to date and informed about your Village and the services we provide.


Village Offices Closed December 31 & January 1


Friday, December 18, 2015

Seasonal Trailer Parking Reminder

As the calendar has changed into December, this is a reminder that all boats and recreational campers/motorhomes should not be parked in a driveway in front or on the side of the house per the Village Ordinance.  They must be either parked in an enclosed structure or placed within the rear yard at least 5' from the property line.  Village inspectors will be sending out notification letters to those properties in noncompliance with the code.
 
Trailers such as snowmobile trailers and utility trailers are now permitted to be parked in the driveway in front of the house or on the side of the house on a hard surface.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Bellevue Planning and Zoning Department.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Notice of New Rate - Customers of Sewer Utility

This is to give notice that the Bellevue Village Board has authorized a restructuring of its present volume rates for sewer customers.  New rates will go into effect on January 1, 2016.

Volume Charges:
  • Residential: $5.54 (current rate) to $5.65/1,000 gallons
  • Commercial: $5.54 (current rate) to $5.65/1,000 gallons
  • Industrial: $5.54 (current rate) to $5.65/1,000 gallons
  • Restaurant: $6.54 (current rate) to $6.65/1,000 gallons

If you have any questions about the new rates, contact the Village at 468-5225.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Job Posting - Fire Department Executive Assistant

The Village of Bellevue has a new position opening, Fire Department Executive Assistant (part-time position). The Fire Executive Assistant will be working directly with the Fire Chief on shift and paid on call scheduling,  prepare payroll for accounting submittal, support human resource functions, provide meeting coordination, and assist the Fire Chief in special projects and research to meet day to day operational needs.The position is 20 hours per week. Please see the Village website for a complete job description.

Qualified persons should submit a cover letter, resume and at least three professional references to employment@villageofbellevue.org or mail to Village of Bellevue, Attn: Human Resources 2828 Allouez Ave., Green Bay, WI 54311. Position open until filled, first review of applications will be January 18, 2016. EOE.

Property Tax Bills & Payment Information

Property Tax bills will be arriving soon to property owners from the Brown County Treasurers Office.  

For additional land record and tax information please go to the Brown County website and click on Property Search in the Quick Links section.

For in person property tax payments you can go to Brown County directly or visit one of the many tax collection locations. There are two available collection locations in Bellevue as shown below.  Payments can also be made on-line with Brown County.

Community First Credit Union                                         Denmark State Bank
3282 Eaton Rd.                                                           2646 Noel Drive
Bellevue, WI 54311                                                         Bellevue, WI 54311
Monday to Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm                             Monday to Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - Noon                                                        Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Retiring Fire Chief & Assistant Fire Chief Recognized by Village Board

At the Village Board meeting on December 9th, Village President Steve Soukup recognized the upcoming retirement of Fire Chief Brad Muller (12/31/15) and recently retired Assistant Fire Chief Dave Seidl (12/1/15) on behalf of the Village Board.  Both are retiring after more than 60 years of combined service to the Town and Village of Bellevue.

Fire Chief, Brad Muller
Assistant Fire Chief, Dave Seidl 


Bellevue Dog Park Master Plan Approved


The Bellevue Dog Park Committee has been hard at work to make the Laura and Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park in Bellevue a reality. The master plan for the park was approved by the Village Park Commission in November and was recently approved by the Village Board on December 9. The master plan provides details on the layout and facilities for the park, including many that are well beyond the area marked specifically for the dog park.

The Bellevue Dog Park still needs additional donations to make it the wonderful park they have planned. Donations are accepted at all times through the Bellevue Dog Park webpage.  Laura & Peter Mossakowski Family Dog Park, LTD is a 501(c)3 charity.


Fill the Cruiser December 23

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Village of Bellevue Awarded an Urban Forestry Grant for 2016

The Village of Bellevue is excited to be one of the 36 communities, groups and non-profits that will be receiving an Urban Forestry Grant in 2016 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Monies from the grant will be used to further EAB education, awareness, and preparedness, continue our Adopt-A-Tree program for treatment of ash trees in the Village right-of-way, and purchase
additional trees for current Village trees identified as needing removal or next to existing ash trees to start growing a next canopy to eventually replace the ash trees when they become infected with EAB.
For the full press release please follow this link:  http://dnr.wi.gov/news/weekly/article/?id=3479




Friday, November 20, 2015

Groundbreaking for New Dental Clinic

A formal groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic/Family Dental Center on Friday, November 20th.  The approximately 8,300 square foot clinic will be located at 2609 Development Drive, directly west of Forefront Dermatology.  Construction is anticipated to be complete in 10 months.  Welcome to Bellevue!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Speed Limit Changes Recently Approved

Two streets have recently been posted with lower speed limits.  The Village Board and County Board approved the reductions at recent Board meetings.  Effective immediately, Lime Kiln Road (CTH V) from Monroe Road to Bowe Creek is now 35 mph.  The previous speed limit on this road had been 45 mph.

Also Willow Road from Manitowoc Road to Huron Road has been changed from 35 mph to 30 mph.  Please note the changes and abide by the new laws.  Citations for exceeding the posted speed limit start at $98.80.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Village Receives GFOA Award

The Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Village of Bellevue by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Friday, November 6, 2015

U.S. Cellular Celebrates Grand Opening

The new U.S. Cellular store celebrated the grand opening of their stand alone location in the Village of Bellevue on Thursday, November 5th.  Members of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue Business & Professional Association, Village staff and members of the public attended the ribbon cutting. 
 
 
The Monroe Road (County Highway GV) and Hwy 172 Interchange area continues to see interest and new development.  We thank U.S. Cellular for the investment in our community.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Property Tax & Assessment Information

For the latest information regarding property tax and assessment information visit the Brown County website, Land Records Search page. Information can be searched by property address or by parcel number for the property.

Friday, October 30, 2015

10 Below Freezer Meal November Workshop Still Has (limited) Openings

The November 10 Below Freezer Workshop still has a few openings.  The menu for the 11/13 workshop is "Family Favorites."  This includes:  Italian beef sandwiches, crock pot savory pepper steak, orange teriyaki chicken, crock pot chicken cacciatore, barbeque marinated pork chops, baked French toast, and baby carrot herb medley.  The workshop is on Friday, November 13th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Village of Bellevue Community Center at 1811 Allouez Avenue.  You can register online at www.tenbelowfreezermeals.com.

Commercial Construction for 2016

Commercial construction activity in the Village of Bellevue should be buzzing in 2016.  In the past month, the Village has received four site plan submittals and we anticipate a fifth to be submitted within the next month.  The developments will be located on all of the available outlots that front along Monroe Road (County Highway GV) adjacent to Costco as well as the two vacant lots between Lakeland College and Forefront Dermatology along Development Drive and State Highway 172.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Village Welcomes New Building Inspector

The Village has hired Roger Strege to serve as our new full-time Building Inspector.  Roger’s first day was on Monday, October 19th.  Roger’s previous position was as a State of Wisconsin Building Inspector for our area for approximately 5 years, he ran his own firm for 10 years before that and he also worked for the City of Sturgeon Bay for approximately 14 years in the planning, zoning, and inspection department.  
 
Please welcome Roger to the Village.
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hands On Cooking Classes


Village Trick-or-Treating Hours

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st 4:00-7:00 pm 

  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult.
  •  Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure they have a cell phone.
  •  Let your children know not to cut through backyards and fields if they are out alone. Make them know to stay in populated areas and not go off the beaten track and stay in well lighted areas. 
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
  •  Instruct your child never to go into a home of a stranger or get into their car.
  •  Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume so they are visible to cars.
  •  Have your children stay in groups.

Happy Halloween!!!!!





Village Approves New Agreement with County Rescue

At its regular Village Board meeting on Wednesday, October 14th, the Village Board approved a new six-year service agreement with County Rescue Services.  County Rescue will continue to provide the Village with ambulance services 24 hours a day/365 days a year for 2016 through 2021.  As part of the agreement, the Village will be paying a flat rate over the term of the agreement of $70,000 per year for services.  The Village is pleased to continue our partnership with County Rescue in providing this public safety service to our residents.  One of County Rescue's stations is located in Bellevue on Allouez Ave.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Editorial Observations of Traffic Behavior


 Remember that one special day when you had to drive perfectly to impress the person sitting next to you?  Were you nervous given the person sitting next to you was responsible for evaluating your driving skills measured against a series of state and federal laws?  Remember when you first sat behind the steering wheel of two tons of steel?  Maybe your heart beat faster, maybe you were hyper-aware of everything as you slowly drove down the streets.  When did driving change from being cautious to complacent?   What happened to those days of being hyper-vigilant? How well do you remember your driving education?  Take the test and post the results.

Fast forward to today.  A stopped vehicle was bumped by the vehicle behind while at a stop sign.  As the drivers looked at the lack of damage to the vehicles, the legally stopped driver was blamed for stopping at a stop sign and told, “I thought you were going to keep rolling through the stop sign, no one ever stops here when turning”.  When did a the laws become self-regulated?  Actually, the stop sign law never changed and carries a $86.20-$98.80 minimum fine for not stopping.  Following are a few reminders from the 2015 Wisconsin Drivers Handbook.

Stop Signs

“A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters.  You must come to a full stop. You must wait until crossing vehicles and pedestrians have cleared your path. You can go only when it is safe to do so. If you cannot see traffic from your first stop, slowly move ahead and stop again before entering the intersection. Check for cross traffic and pedestrians before you go.”… also “Before you enter an intersection, look to both the left and right for approaching vehicles and/or crossing pedestrians. If stopped, look to both the left and right just before you start moving. Look across the intersection before you start to move to make sure the path is clear all the way through the intersection, and that you will not block it if you have to stop. Then look left again.”  A fully legal stop takes about 3.5 - 4 seconds to execute  if there is no other traffic present.

Crosswalks and Stop Lines

Crosswalks define the area where pedestrians may cross the roadway. Crosswalks can be at intersections or in the middle of the block. You must yield to pedestrians who are in or are about to enter a crosswalk (marked or unmarked). When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must stop before the front of your vehicle reaches the stop line. If there is no marked stop line, stop before entering the marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no marked stop line nor a marked or unmarked crosswalk, stop at a point nearest the intersecting roadway where you have a clear view of approaching traffic, but before entering the intersection.

Speed Limits

When did speed limit become a suggestion rather than the law?  Speeding carries a minimum of $98.80 fine, as well as a possible reduction in the number of driving points on your license.  Recently our law enforcement pulled over a vehicle with several young men in it traveling 92 mph in a 35 mph zone.  The reason given for traveling that fast was they were on a 15 minute break and had to get to the fast food restaurant down the road.  Fast food does not equate to fast driving, but it could result in a $439 hamburger and loss of license. 
Another speeding concern is situated in a younger neighborhood where children are present.  If the residents could drive the speed and spare 18 seconds of time in their day, it would reduce the likelihood of surviving a collision with a serious injury or death by 3-5 times.  Parts of our bodies are not designed to survive an impact over 30 mph.

 

Final Reminder


Most of all we wanted to remind everyone driving to be more attentive.  Drive like you have the DMV evaluator right next to you.   Would you have passed your driving test if you had made a rolling stop, checked a text message, snacked on a burger, put on makeup, or chatted on your cell phone?  Be aware of your surroundings when driving.  Treat every road as if a child could come running out into the road.  Don’t fixate on waving to the person in the car approaching you. 

Remember you are in control of two tons of metal and plastic that could seriously injure or kill a person on the road or in your vehicle.  A vehicle can be a dangerous weapon.  Driving is a serious matter that does not accommodate complacency.  You are responsible for your safety, and those around you.  Just because there is not an officer to give you a ticket for disobeying a law, it does not mean the law does not apply to you.  Everyone can make a difference.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chicago Shopping Trip with the Leisure Services Department

Limited spots remain for our November Chicago shopping trip.  Travel via coach bus to downtown Chicago to spend the day shopping on Michigan Avenue.  From major department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Bloomingdales to specialty shops and boutiques such as American Girl Place, Niketown, and the Disney store, the city boasts a vibrant retail scene that caters to the need of every shopper.





Not into shopping?  Enjoy one of the many attractions at Navy Pier or one of the museums at the lakefront Museum Campus.





Our motorcoach bus will pick us up at Sam's Club in west Green Bay at 6:30am on Saturday, November 14th and drop us off right on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  We plan to return to Green Bay around 9:30pm the same day.

The cost of the trip is $36, which covers the travel expense to and from Chicago.  All other expenses (meals, shopping) are on your own.  All ages are welcome, however youth under the age of 18 must register with an adult. 

Register online atwww.villageofbellevue.org
Course number:  8915.444
Registration Deadline:  Friday, November 6th
Event Date:  Saturday, November 14th
Departure and Return Location:  Sam's Club Parking Lot (2470 W. Mason St.)
Fee:  $36

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Drug Take Back Day, October 17

October 17, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Village Hall, 3100 Eaton Road

Local law enforcement agencies collect medication to assure it is disposed of properly. This prevents theft, accidental poisoning of children and pets, and protects the environment.

  • The program accepts pills, liquids, inhalers, capsules, sprays, drops, ointments, creams and pet medications
  • OTC medications are okay
  • They won’t accept biological waste, syringes, lancets or institutional or health-care waste
  • Individuals can remove or black out names but should leave the medication name and dose on the bottle
  • Empty Rx bottles can be placed in recycling 
  • No syringes or needles
  • Non non-medical inhalers
  • No mercury
  • No commercial, business, or long-term care deposits

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hunting in Bellevue


Please be reminded that the Village does permit hunting within the municipal limits of the community.  Residents and hunters should familiarize themselves with the various districts and what types of weapons can be utilized within Bellevue.  As a reminder, rifles are not permitted to be used or discharged for hunting purposes anywhere within the Village nor is hunting on any Village owned property permitted.

A copy of the Village of Bellevue Official Hunting Map can be found on our website or can be picked up at the Village Offices during normal business hours.  In addition, hunting regulations can be found in Chapter 341-2, Weapons and Firearms Discharge section of the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code.


Friday, September 25, 2015

FALL Brush Pick-Up


The Village will be performing their semiannual brush pickup for Village residents. All brush must be placed at the curb the week before Monday, October 12th for residents east of Main Street, and the week before Monday, October 19th for residents west of Main Street. Please see the Village website, Curbside Brush Pick-Up page for additional rules and placement. Residents are reminded to place the brush at the curb the week BEFORE the dates listed in order to have it picked up.

Do not rake you leaves into the street. The Village does not have a leaf pick up program. Leaves may be taken to the Village Compost Site and deposited in the designated piles. Placing leaves in the street causes water backups at the storm catch basins, promotes algae growth and is a violation of municipal law.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fire Prevention Week

October 4th-10th
The theme for this year as announced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep, Every Bedroom Needs A Working Smoke Alarm”.  Less than half (42%) of 36,000 respondents surveyed by the NFPA did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in every bedroom and floor level of a home. To highlight the importance of this theme, nearly 60% of US home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and half of those deaths occur during the hours of the day when we are most likely to be sleeping. Being alerted during the early stages of a fire is extremely important. Studies suggest that we have a very short window of time (minutes) to be able to exit a building before conditions become untenable. 


Residential smoke alarms typically have a useful life of 10 years. Alarms older than this in your home should be replaced. Some alarms are manufactured with a 10-year battery which never needs to be replaced for the life of the alarm. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like testing or changing batteries every six months, consider installing an alarm with a 10-year battery.  The extra initial cost for the alarm may be worth the cost and inconvenience of changing batteries over the life of the alarm.

If you have any questions about this year's fire prevention message, please contact the Bellevue Fire Prevention Bureau at 884-1077, ext. 312. (source: www.nfpa.org)


Direct Utility Payments



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