Friday, June 26, 2015

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Bellevue Parks and Leisure Services Wants You to Get Outside and Embrace the Power of Park and Recreation this July!

July is national Park and Recreation Month. Planned activities for Park and Recreation Month include two Rockin’ in Josten concerts, an Outdoor Tree ID workshop, and a 10 Below Freezer Meal workshop. 
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year marks 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and in celebration, NRPA and the Village of Bellevue are encouraging everyone to get out to experience the power of parks and recreation for yourself.
Specific events in July in Bellevue include:
July 6th, Monday, Rockin’ in Josten:  6-8:30pm, Josten Park—Talk of the Town
July 14th, Tuesday, Outdoor Tree I.D. Workshop:  5-6:00pm, UW Extension Office, 1150 Bellevue Street
           ***Event is free, but you MUST pre-register by July 6th online at, spots are filling up quickly!
July 20th, Monday, Rockin’ in Josten:  6-8:30pm—The Stage Hoggs
July 24th, Friday, 10 Below Freezer Meals Workshop--American/International Delights:  6:30-9:00pm, Bellevue Community Center, 1818 Allouez Avenue.  Register online at 
“July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Bellevue,” said Matt Hahn, Recreation Supervisor for the Village of Bellevue. “Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem, and increased property values.”   The Village Parks and Leisure Services Department offers opportunities for people to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation, as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services. 

Public Safety Reminder: Fireworks in the Village

A public safety reminder from our Direct Enforcement Officer:  4th of July fireworks permits are required through the Village Fire Department.  Anything that lifts off the ground is illegal without a permit.  If you are using fireworks, please use common sense.  Be respectful of your neighbors.  Clean up the fireworks debris from the street, or any that may land outside of your property.  Questions can be directed to the Bellevue Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division (920) 884-1077 ext. 312, Sunday through Saturday, 6:00am-6:00pm. 

What’s New in Urban Forestry in the Village of Bellevue:

Buddy Trees on the East River Trail were planted in mid-May, accompanying ash trees along the water front. Volunteers of all ages planted 35 the bare root trees along the trail starting at the Westminster trail head, finishing the job with a heavy watering and mulching around the new plantings. Buddy Trees are planted alongside ash trees in the Village in order to better prepare for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive green beetle that kills ash trees. When the ash tree is removed due to the EAB, it leaves behind a Buddy Tree that has had time to establish and grow. Residents interested in having Buddy Trees planted beside their ash street trees are encouraged to visit the EAB webpage at the Village of Bellevue:

The week of June 15th, ash trees in the Village right of way were treated with insecticide to help prevent the EAB.  Insecticide injections were sponsored by residents who completed an Adopt-A-Tree application in May.  Treated trees are protected for 2 years and require re-application at that time to remain borer free. Residents interested in having their street trees treated against the EAB are encouraged to visit the Emerald Ash Borer webpage at the Village of Bellevue. Dates for the second treatment period are yet to be determined.

Arial inspection of Village ash trees was conducted throughout the weeks of June 15th-26th, with an estimated inspection of one-third of the ash trees in the Village right-of-ways.  The Village Forestry Foreman and EAB Intern were specifically looking at tress that were suspect and showing decline.  Arial inspection consists of visual inspection and limb sampling (pruning a small limb to peel bark off and inspect for EAB).  Currently no EAB has been found in the Village. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Bellevue Director of Parks & Leisure Services

Stephanie Schlag has started as the new Bellevue Director of Parks & Leisure Services. Stephanie has worked in recreation sports for over 10 years. Until recently, she worked as the Parks & Recreation Supervisor for the City of De Pere. She also worked at the Greater Green Bay YMCA-East Side Center (in Bellevue), first as the Aquatics and Preschool Director and then as the Health and Fitness Director.  Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from the University Wisconsin - La Crosse. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association and the Bellevue Lions Club. She also enjoys playing sports, staying active and being outside, cooking and recently has been dabbling in gardening.  She enjoys a Harley ride anytime.  She and her husband enjoy spending time and hunting with their 2 bird dogs, Angus and Axel.

Stephanie will be overseeing parks, forestry (including the Emerald Ash Borer project), leisure services, including the youth, adult and senior programs and special park events. She will be maintaining the Village’s social media pages, Park Commission, along with the Village’s buildings and grounds. Stephanie is also responsible for acquiring grants, donations, fundraising and sponsorship.

Stephanie can be contacted at 468-5225 or at

Friday, June 19, 2015

Connecting Communities

Construction along CTH GV (Monroe Road) has resumed with the continuation of the side path from previous construction projects.  "This is the last link in a decade's long plan to connect Bellevue with surrounding communities through multi-modal facilities", said Bill Balke, Bellevue Director of Public Works.  As construction projects are completed, sections of sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes are installed as well if they are part of the overall plan.

The last link (from Landmark Blvd to Hoffman Road) in the system that connects Bellevue with Ledgeview, De Pere, Allouez, and Green Bay is now being completed by Brown County Public Works and should be open to travel by the end of July, 2015.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bellevue Recognized as a 2015 Playful City USA Community

241 communities exhibiting Playability to be recognized as part of 2015 Playful City USA Program


The Village of Bellevue is being honored with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the third time. In partnership with the Humana Foundation, KaBOOM! is honoring cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.


“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”


To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 241 communities named 2015 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability on Twitter and Facebook. 


Monday, June 15, 2015

Building Inspection Department News

The Village is currently down a full-time building inspector.  We ask that you please understand that permit review time and inspections may be slightly delayed until we can make the necessary accommodations to return to providing quality customer service to our residents and customers. 
Thank you for your patience during this time.

Restaurant Week is Returning

Restaurant Week is returning to the area July 9th through the 16th.
The menus listed for each restaurant showcase some of the region's most talented chefs who have personalized each menu to reflect their culinary style.
A prix fixe menu is simply a collection of items presented as a multi course meal at a set price. Restaurants will offer you a choice of three items like an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert.
Menu options include a $10 Lunch, $20 Dinner and $30 Dinner. Each amount is per person. Every menu at every restaurant is different. When you are seated, ask your server for the Restaurant Week Menu. It's that simple!
Bellevue restaurants participating in this event are:
  • a'Bravo
  • Grapevine Café
  • Plae Bistro
For more information, please visit

Friday, June 12, 2015

No Big Deal, It's Only a Little Grass...

It's only a little grass in the street, what harm could that cause?  As it starts out, not much, but add tens and hundreds of areas and it quickly becomes a major issue.  Grass in the curb will block the stormwater from getting to the catch basin.  The drainage at the blocked area will push the water out into the travel lanes of the street and potentially cause ponding.  Unexpected ponding in the street may cause a motorist to lose control of the vehicle.

Once the grass gets wet, it tends to stick together and start to decompose.  It is almost like creating compost in the street.  This problem perpetuates the previous, as more and more grass gets caught up in the blockage with each mowing.

Sometimes the grass makes it all the way down to the catch basin.  Catch basins are designed to accept a certain amount of drainage.  Storm sewer systems are engineered to reduce flooding in the street and private property.  When the catch basins become blocked with grass, the capacity is taken away from accepting water.  Ponding occurs around the catch basin, which can lead to localized flooding and possibly property damage.

So what starts out as not such a big deal for one person can leads to a big deal impacting thousands of people traveling along the roadway each day.  It might blow away, but it might not.  The Village might be able to sweep it up, but that could be a month away.  It takes the sweeper 2.5 weeks to go through the Village one time.  There are over 130 curb miles to sweep and our stormwater permit madates we sweep the streets at least once a month.  It would be nice to get flash flood warnings scheduled a month out so we can take care of any debris in the street, but that does not happen.

The previous paragraphs address what happens to the surface, but what happens after the stormwater gets into the catch basin?  The stormwater travels through a series of progressively larger pipes until it outlets into a ditch, stream, river, or pond.  It does not take much for a twig or small tree branch to enter the catch basin and attempt to travel down stream.  Sometimes stones or other material get caught in the pipes which act as a dam and additional debris catcher for grass.  The grass begins to compost, and release pollutants like phosphorus or nitrogen into the stormwater every time it rains.  The capacity of the pipe to convey water is reduced as well, until water backs up onto the street or yard drains.

The Village has over 90 miles of pipes and over 1200 catch basins installed throughout the community.  We manage to clean and maintain only a small fraction of those every year.  When hazardous weather approaches, it there is not enough time for our staff to make sure every catch basin is cleared off and all debris (grass/leaves) are cleared out of the curb to prevent potential flooding.  That is why we need your help to make sure the systems operate efficiently by not mowing grass into the curb.  Please take the time to sweep or blow the street grass back onto the lawn.  If you have catch basins in your neighborhood, take the time to make sure it is cleared off before rainfalls come.

Every little bit helps.  Spread the word to your neighbors and make an impact one person at a time.  The Village has ordinances prohibiting discharging grass into the street.  No one wants to endure the embarrassment of having a Village official issue a warning or citation for "just a little grass".  Please help to protect the environment and your community from the damage that grass clippings can inflict!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lime Kiln Road Construction Update

Brown County has acquired the right of way and utilities are in the process of relocating prior to construction starting on July 15, 2015.

An informational meeting will be held at the Brown County Sheriff's Office from 8 am - 9 am on June 18th.  The public is welcome to attend.  The primary focus will be related to local business access and impacts during construction.  Additional information regarding the construction can be found on the Village website under the Construction Update button.

Public Safety Announcement

In the past two weeks, Brown County Sheriff's Deputies have responded to 11 reports of vehicles being entered and items taken from them.  Most of these have occurred in the areas of Eldorado, Seville, Verlin, Westminster and Windsor Apts. All of the vehicles entered were not locked.

Please remember to lock your doors on your residence and your vehicles. These offenders will often walk several blocks, checking for unlocked doors and easy opportunities.  Do no leave any valuables in your vehicle that can easily be seen from the outside. Prevention is the key to not being a victim.