Friday, November 25, 2016

Winter Garbage & Recycling Bin Placement

 The Village is reminding residents to place their garbage and recycling carts in the driveway apron, or shovel an area behind the curb to place the carts.

Public Works plow operators have noticed a number of carts that were placed in the roadway while snow plowing. Having the carts in the road is a hazard to the plow operator and the motoring public by requiring the plow to weave in and out of traffic to avoid the carts. Carts in the road after a snow fall also require additional time and money for cleanup.

If you are out walking and see the bins in the roadway before or during a snowfall, please consider helping our snow plow operators by moving them to the driveway. By keeping the carts out of the street, you will do your part to help increase safety and reduce snow removal costs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Although uncommon, Christmas tree fires much more likely than other in-home fires to become serious. See what steps you can take to ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Picking the Tree

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  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the Tree
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat cents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the Tree

DID YOU KNOW: Nearly one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems?
  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Garbage and Recycling Pick Up Changes

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, garbage and recycling pick up with be delayed on day (Thursday will be picked up on Friday, and Friday's routes on Saturday).  Thank you for your cooperation.

East River Trail Boardwalk Construction Completed

Last week, work on the East River Trail boardwalk replacement project completed.  While there still is a small area of asphalt work that will be completed in the spring, the trail is open and the boardwalk is ready for you to use.  The DNR has also been completing phragmite removal work along the East River Trail and the views are phenomenal.  Below are some pictures of the completed work.  Please check out our Facebook page for additional pictures, or better yet, we encourage you to take some time to walk the trail to see the improvements for yourself.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winter Holiday Safety

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light stands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Holiday Entertaining
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Before Heading Out or to Bed
  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday.  As a reminder, there will be no Village Board meeting held on the 23rd of November due to the holiday and Village Offices will be closed on the 24th and 25th.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fire Department Awarded DNR Grant for Wildland Firefighting

On September 30th the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources awarded the Bellevue Fire Department a 50% grant in the amount of $4,600 ($9,201 total project cost). This grant will allow for the department to purchase 54 sets of wildland firefighting coveralls, 50 pairs of wildland firefighting gloves, and a hand held drip torch. This will provide each member of the fire department with their own set of wildland fire coveralls and wildland fire gloves.

Fighting wildland fires (grass and forest fires) in traditional structural firefighting gear reduces mobility, increases exhaustion rates, and increases the risk of injury and cardiac events in those fighting the fires. The coveralls and gloves will not only improve the effectiveness of the responding firefighters but it will also increase safety on the fire scene by reducing the risk of injury and cardiac events (the leading cause of line of duty deaths for firefighters).

Handheld drip torches use a gasoline/diesel fuel mix and can be used to fight fire by quite literally fighting fire with fire. This technique is called “backfiring”. Firefighters pick a spot where they can safely get ahead of where the fire is going and ignite the materials ahead of the fire. The fire that the firefighters ignited will burn back towards the main fire and the two will eventually meet up. Once the two fires meet up the fire is essentially put out as there is nothing left for the fire to burn. The hand held drip torch can also be used to purposely start fires for prescribed burning. Burning of prairies and natural grassy areas promotes the health of the prairie and enhances the wildlife in the area.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for awarding us this grant and allowing us to outfit our firefighters with the proper equipment for the job.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ribbon Cutting

Fastest Labs located at 2625 Development Drive Suite 20, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 10th with members of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue Business and Professional Association, Village representatives, and the general public.  The business is located in the Kettle Creek Crossing development.

Fastest Labs based in San Antonio, TX  provides certified drug, alcohol, and DNA testing for both private and legal purposes.  Additional testing services  include steroid testing, background screening, employee testing, DOT drug and alcohol testing.  

This is the first location in Wisconsin.  Welcome to the community Nate Mann and Somer DeCleene!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Village 2017 Budget Adopted

At its regular meeting and following a public hearing on November 9th, the Village Board adopted the 2017 Village of Bellevue Budget.

The Budget was adopted with no substantive changes from the Proposed 2017 Budget as was made available for review in late October.  Please visit the Village website on the Budget & CIP page for further information.

As adopted, the Village's tax rate will decrease slightly from the current rate of $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed value to $2.77. For a property assessed at $200,000, this equates to a payment of approximately $555 paid to the Village for property taxes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fire Department Awarded WPS Foundation Grant

On September 1st the Village of Bellevue Fire Department was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000 from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. The money from this grant was used to purchase a new RAE® 5-gas meter (pictured).

This meter gives firefighters the ability to quickly, easily and accurately detect the presence of hazardous gases including, but not limited to; carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen concentrations, and explosive gases. In addition to these gases, the new 5-gas meter also has the ability to detect volatile organic vapors whereas the 4-gas meter did not. Some common sources of volatile organic compounds are paints, paint strippers and other solvents, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, moth repellents and air fresheners, stored fuels and automotive products, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, pesticides.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation and their commitment to supporting local public safety agencies. Please visit their website to learn more about their foundation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cooking Safety: How to Prevent and Respond to Kitchen Fires

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few simple safety tips, you can ensure that your family and you home remain protecting against a kitchen fire.

Cook with Caution

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time.
  • Check foods regularly that you are simmering, baking, roasting or broiling. Do not leave your home while cooking and set a timer to remind yourself if you are cooking anything.
  • Keep flammable kitchen items (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, etc.) away from your stove top.
  • Maintain a "kid free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and any other areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.
Extinguishing Kitchen Fires

For Grease Fires:

  • DO NOT attempt to use water on a grease fire. Doing so is very dangerous and may lead to the fire spreading.
  • If the fire is on the stove top, smother the flames with a lid, turn off the burner, and remove the pan from the burner.
    • Leave the pan until it is completely cooled.
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For Other Small Fires:

  • If you have an extinguisher in your kitchen, make sure to use it by aiming at the source of the flames, not the flames themselves.
  • If you are ever in doubt about your ability to extinguish a fire, get out of the room and house and close the door behind you to help contain the fire and dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Overnight Parking Reminder from Bellevue Sheriff's Deputies

Beginning this past November 1, please remember that there is no overnight parking on any Bellevue street from (2AM to 6AM) until April 1st, even if there is no snowfall.  Please pass the reminder on to family members and tenants.

In the event snowfall would occur overnight, this will allow Public Works staff to safely remove the snow and will prevent vehicles from getting plowed in, ticketed, or towed.  Thank you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

General Election: Tuesday, November 8

Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8th at Village polling locations from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

If you need to look-up your polling location, please visit the MyVoteWisconsin website. Through the MyVoteWisconsin website you can search for your polling place by address, view hours, get directions, and see what will be on the ballot.