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

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.

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