Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rockin' in Josten

Don't miss out on the remaining Rockin' in Josten concerts of 2017. Events are from 6:00-8:30 pm at Josten Park. As a reminder, Town Hall Road is under construction this summer, so your best access to the park is from Hazen Road. Don't forget lawn chairs or a blanket. Concessions are provided by Friends of Bellevue Parks and Bellevue Lions Club. 

The 2017 remaining Rockin' in Josten schedule is as follows: 
  • Monday, July 10:  Bazooka Joe (unplugged Johnny Wad band)
  • Monday, July 24:  Cat 5 (rock classics to country)
  • Monday, August 7:  Big Mouth and The Power Tool Horns (R&B/funk)
  • Monday, August 21:  The Moonlighters (standards, classic & swing)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Outdoor Warning Sirens

As we are in the heat of the severe weather season, it is a good time to review what the outdoor warning sirens are for and what to do if you hear the outdoor warning sirens sounding. One common misunderstanding about these sirens is that you should be able to hear the sirens inside the home. This is incorrect. These outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert the public of an imminent threat, be it severe weather or some other general emergency. If you hear these warning sirens head to the indoors and tune to a local news station to get the information on the emergency that is happening.

As a reminder, the outdoor warning sirens in Brown County are tested weekly on Wednesdays at noon. It is also a good idea to have a weather radio in your home to warn you of severe weather in the area. Please visit the Brown County Emergency Management webpage for more information on the outdoor warning sirens. also offers extensive information and preparedness materials focused for children.  Please take the time to visit the webpage and prepare yourself.  Thank you and make it a safe day!

Child Product Recalls

Safe Kids Worldwide has recently published the list of the most up to date child product recalls. Topping the list for the month of June is the Madison Mill 23 and 25 Foldaway Gate. According to the recall, the danger for this product is that a young child’s neck can fit into the “V” shaped opening along the top edge of the gate, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to young children. Also, young children can pass under the gate allowing access to restricted areas, such as stairs. This recall affects approximately 25,180 units (In addition about 68,400 were sold in Canada). Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled gates and contact Madison Mill for instructions on receiving a full refund.  Please follow the link to get the full details on this recall as well as a complete list of current recalls. Bellevue Fire Department thanks you and reminds you to make it a safe day!

Bellevue's Movies in the Park to Start This Friday, June 23

The Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has 3 great movies planned for you this summer.  The first one is tomorrow, Friday, June 23 at Josten Park.  Concessions start at 7:30pm and all movies start at dusk.  Don't forget a blanket and lawn chairs!

Friday, June 23:  Sing (Rated PG)
June's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by KI

Friday, July 21:  The Jungle Book (Rated PG) 
July's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by Green Bay Family Dental

Friday, August 18:  The Secret Life of Pets (Rated PG)
August's Movie in the Park is Sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry

Friday, June 16, 2017

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 of water.

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 issue, 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.  The Village might be able to sweep it up, but that could be months away.  It takes the Village street sweeper approximately 2-3 weeks to go through the Village one time.  There are over 130 curb miles to sweep in the Village.

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 downstream.  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 1,200 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.  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.

The Village does have ordinances prohibiting discharging grass into the street. Please help to protect the environment and your community from the damage that grass clippings can inflict!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NFPA: Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hand of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eyes injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely if the follow a few simple safety tips:

Be Careful!

  • Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.
Firework Safety Facts
  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per years.
  • Sparklers account for more than one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
Did You Know?
Sparklers can burn as hot as 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit! As a comparison, consider that wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Passport to the Parks--A GREAT Way to Get Your Kids Out and Exploring This Summer

Not sure what to do with your kids this summer (already)?  Why not enroll them in our new Passport to the Parks program?  This is a FREE program for Village of Bellevue residents in grades K-8.  Parks provide a sense of place for our residents.  Our goal this summer is to get your kids out in the parks exploring, spending quality family and friend time, and having fun.  Kids have 3 months (now through August 31) to complete the tasks as listed in the Parks Passport Book.  Once the passport book is completed, turn in the completed passport to the Village Offices by Thursday, August 31st to get a FREE T-SHIRT.  You can register for this program online now through Friday, June 16.

Register online HERE

If you have further questions about the program, please call the Recreation Department at 468-5225. 
Thank you to Pro-One Janitorial for sponsoring this great program. 

NFPA: Lightning Safety

Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when storms strike. Below are some safety tips for when you are either outside or inside during a lightning storm.

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minuted after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.

Indoor Safety
  • Turn off computers. Staff off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.
  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or wash dishes.

Did You Know?
  • Lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rain!

Friday, June 2, 2017

NFPA: Safety in Places of Public Assembly

Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events. But every so often, the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives and routines can be. Each disaster can have lasting effects - people may be seriously injured or killed, and devastating and costly property damage can occur. People entering any public assembly building need to be prepared in case of an emergency.

Before You Enter

  • Take a good look. Does the building appear to be in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
  • Have a communications plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends.
  • Plan a meeting place. Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
When You Enter
  • Take a good look. Locate exits immediately. When you enter a building, you should look for all available exits. Some exits may be in front and some in back of you. Be prepared to use your closest exit. You may not be able to use the main exit.
  • Check for clear exit paths. Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure you exit door is not blocked or chained. If there are not at least two exits or exit paths are blocked, report the violation to management and leave the building if it is not immediately addressed. Call the local fire marshal to register a complaint.
  • Do you feel safe? Does the building appear to be overcrowded? Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, sprinklers, and smoke alarms? Ask the management for clarification on your concerns. If you do not feel safe in the building, leave immediately.
During an Emergency
  • React immediately. If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or some other unusual disturbance, immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion.
  • Get out, stay out. Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bellevue Fire Department Welcomes New Battalion Chief

The Bellevue Fire Department is excited to welcome a new Battalion Chief onto its team. Stefan Schaefer comes to us after serving as a Volunteer Firefighter and a Lieutenant with the Village of Howard for 15 years. Stefan graduated from Gillett High School and served in the United States Air Force for 3 years. He credits his experiences from the Air Force and time in Howard in preparing him for the demands of the Battalion Chief position. Stefan has also instructed several students enrolled in the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Fire Training Program. Stefan is looking forward to beginning the next chapter in his career with the Village of Bellevue.