Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gear up for Winter - Wisconsin's Winter Weather Awareness Week

Before the snow and cold cover the Badger State, now is the time to get your home and vehicles ready for winter weather. That’s why Gov. Scott Walker has declared Nov. 6-10, 2017 as Wisconsin’s Winter Awareness Week.

“One of the most important things to do is make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your vehicle,” said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and homeland security advisor. “It could save your life. During a winter storm, you could slide off into a ditch and get stranded. Having an emergency kit with items such as food, water, and blankets could help keep you and your family safe until help arrives.”

According to the National Weather Service, on average, Wisconsin experiences 3-6 winter storms during a season. Last winter, Lac Vieux Desert in Vilas County had more than 100 inches of snow. Jackson in Washington County and Sturgeon Bay in Door County both tied for the highest snow totals in 24 hours. Sturgeon Bay received 13 inches on Dec. 16-17 and Jackson received 13 inches on March 14. The coldest spot was Butternut in Ashland County with -36 degrees Fahrenheit Jan. 14.

The risk for bitter cold and heavy snow is also a good reminder to get your home ready for winter too. It’s important to make sure you have an emergency kit in your home with non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights with batteries, a NOAA weather radio, and a first aid kit. “Our utility companies do a great job getting power back on as quickly as possible,” Dunbar said. “However, during a blizzard or ice storm it could be several days or longer before power is fully restored.”

To help you and your family get ready for winter weather, visit ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov. Winter weather maps, tips on putting together emergency kits and winter driving information are located there.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Brown County Land Records Search

The Village often receives inquiries this time of year regarding property tax records or assessment values for property in the Village of Bellevue. Brown County offers a Land Records Search to look up key information about property by address or by parcel number.

Information for each property/parcel includes:
  • Address and taxing jurisdictions
  • Valuations
  • Tax legal description
  • Available maps
  • Tax records including tax and payment details

Winter Parking Restrictions Effective November 1st

In order to assist in our winter snow plow operations, the Village of Bellevue is reminding its residents and visitors about on-street winter parking restrictions.

Overnight parking is prohibited on all Village streets from November 1st through April 1st, between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and at all times during snow emergencies.

The Public Works Department would also request resident cooperation during winter months by not keeping vehicles on the streets when snow is expected; as plowing around parked vehicles can be dangerous and time consuming for our operators.

Bellevue Trick or Treating Hours

Trick or Treating hours for the Village of Bellevue will be from  

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.

Monday, October 23, 2017

On Monday, October 16th, the Village of Bellevue participated in the Advance Business Appreciation Week sponsored by the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. Village representatives along with representatives from the Bellevue Economic Development Advisory Board, the Bellevue Business and Professional Association, and Advance Economic Development division, took time to recognize four businesses located in Bellevue with Certificates of Appreciation. The four businesses that were honored were:

  • Carnivore Meat Company
  • Wilco Cabinet Makers, Inc.
  • Viking Electric Supply
  • NCorp Services, (Big Ox Energy)

Cedar Corporation Groundbreaking

Cedar Corporation held a ground breaking ceremony for their new regional office building here in Bellevue today (SEC of Bellevue Street & Allouez Avenue). Cedar is a full service consultant offering engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, land surveying and landscape architecture services. We at the Village are glad you stayed and invested in our community. Congratulations!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Village Board to Host Public Hearing on 2018 Budget

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 Budget for the Village of Bellevue will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building, 3100 Eaton Road.

As will be presented at the Public Hearing, the proposed 2018 Budget currently includes a 5.1% ($171,641) increase in the Village tax levy from the previous year. The proposed tax rate for the Village is $2.89 (per $1,000 of assessed value) if approved as currently proposed. If approved as proposed, this would be the Village's first tax rate increase since the 2013 Budget. Also note that the Village's current tax rate (for the 2017 Budget year) is the lowest rate in Brown County when compared to other cities, villages and urban towns.

Major changes as included in the proposed 2018 Budget are as follows:
  • Approximately $116,800 increase in the Village's debt obligations.
  • The addition of one patrol officer contracted from the Brown County Sheriff's Office to meet the Village's public safety needs. Approximately $142,000 for officer wages/benefits and supporting supplies and equipment.
  • Approximately $50,000 increase for Green Bay Metro bus services within the Village. Required as part of Metro's implementation of a new east-side hub and expansion of services in the Village.

Other key changes include, but are not limited to, increased funding for management of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), funding for increased elections in 2018, funding health insurance cost increases of 13% for our employees, internal IT and phone upgrades.

Funding of these projects and improvements with only a 5.1% levy increase is possible due to increases in other Village revenue sources as well as strategic cuts or decreases in other areas of the Village budget. The Village Board, along with staff, completed a full-day review session in early October as well as additional reviews during regular Board meetings to develop the current proposed 2018 Budget.

The proposed 2018 Budget as well as the proposed 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan is available on the Finance & Budget page of the Village website. A copy is also available for public review at the Bellevue Village Office at 2828 Allouez Avenue during regular business hours.

Any questions regarding the Village Budget can be directed to Angela Gorall, Village Administrator at agorall@villageofbellevue.org.

Bellevue GIS Internships Benefit Village, Students

Each year, the Village of Bellevue looks to hire local college interns actively pursuing degrees in public administration, economic development, geographic information systems (GIS), as well as other aspects of municipal operations. This fall, the Village has recruited two GIS interns to assist with data collection and mapping for the Community Development, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Forestry Departments. In exchange for this assistance, the interns receive valuable real-world experience and references which will help them progress in their chosen field of study or work upon graduation.

Tim Hennig, GIS/IT Manager, stated, "Having interns work for the Village of Bellevue has provided the organization the resources needed to help complete various projects and tasks that normally would be delayed. There are so many benefits to these internships, the biggest of which is that it infuses enthusiasm, but also provides a fresh perspective on existing and/or future technologies."

The Village of Bellevue would like to thank its current GIS interns for their contributions to the organization. Pictured above are GIS interns Haley Mader (left) and Amy Bartel (right). Haley is a UW-Green Bay student majoring in Public Administration and is volunteering her services for course credit. She is assisting with the development of facility GIS digitizing and collecting GPS data for Village-owned trees. Amy is an NWTC Civil Engineering Technology student (she also graduated from UW-Eau Claire). She is assisting with development, maintaining, and training internal staff on the uses of the Village's GIS systems. Amy has also previously assisted the Public Works and Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Departments with GPS data collection.

The Village of Bellevue posts internship opportunities on its website throughout the year. Please visit www.villageofbellevue.org and click on "Jobs" for more information.

NFPA: Halloween Safety Tips

Friday, October 13, 2017

Brown County Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey

BROWN COUNTY, WI: The Parks department has partnered with Rettler Corporation to develop a Master Plan of the Brown County Fairgrounds property.

The final Plan will address future connections to Ashwaubomay Park and De Pere’s boat landing, riverfront recreation, current building condition and future building needs, camping and other
fair/festival needs.

This is one opportunity for you to express your thoughts in a quick and easy way. “One of the most important components of the Master Plan is assessing what the needs of our community are, and public participation will assist in aligning the fairgrounds property with future needs”, says Matt Kriese Asst Parks Director.

The survey is available now and it must be completed no later than Friday, October 27thComplete the Brown County Fairgrounds Master Plan Survey today and assist Brown County Parks in the planning for these facilities.

As part of the public process, a Community Meeting will be scheduled later this year. Information on the date of this meeting will be available on Facebook: Brown County Parks or by visiting the Brown County Parks website.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Village Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Village of Bellevue was recently notified by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) on its receipt of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our 2017 Fiscal Year Budget.

The award represents a significant achievement reflecting the commitment of the Village Board and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Only approximately 1,600 entities nationwide receive this award.

In order to receive the award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. Guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:
  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device
Village financial and budget documents can be viewed on our Finance and Budget page of the Village's website.

I Recently Moved - Do I Need to Re-Register to Vote? YES

If your address has changed, you do need to re-register to vote.  This applies even if you stayed within the same municipality.  You can find out more information by visiting the My Vote WI page.

Are you going to need to register? There is no need to wait until closer to an election, registration can be completed anytime. Get started at the My Vote WI page or register in person at the Village Office, 2828 Allouez Ave.  Also remember that proof of residence will be required during voter registration.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Trick Or Treat Trail, Saturday, October 21

Sponsored By: Dan VanAdestine,
American Family Insurance Agent
Saturday, October 21
Take a leisurely walk along the wooded trail, collect candy, pick out a pumpkin, and have a time you and your child will never forget!

Pre-Registration is required.
Course: 1231(Register HERE)
Ages: 2 - 10
Time: 10:00 - Noon
Location: Josten Park
(rain date is Saturday, October 28)


Village Trick or Treating  Hours:
Tuesday, October 31, 4-7pm


Thursday, October 5, 2017

NFPA: Car Fire Safety

Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

What to do if your car is on fire

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • GET everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • MOVE everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

How to prevent a car fire
  • Have you car services regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
    • Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire.
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident.

Know the danger signs
  • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
  • Oil or fluid leaks
  • Oil cap not on securely
  • Rapid changes in fuel or fluid level, or engine temperature

FACT: Most crashes do NOT result in fire. In the even of any crash, call 9-1-1. If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to help any injured individuals our of the car.

Village Seeking to Fill Public Works Operations Manager Position

The Village is seeking to fill a full-time Public Works Operations Manager position to provide the Village professional management, organization, and supervisory direction for the street maintenance and fleet management divisions. 

The primary focus of the position will be to systematically develop and implement planning, operations, and maintenance activities for our streets, right-of-ways, and fleet. The position will assist the Director and provide for the management of the Village’s $4 million street maintenance and construction budget and a Village fleet valued at nearly $3 million. This person will also be instrumental in our implementation of a five-year capital improvement plan of $12 million.

To see the full job posting, job description and details on applying, please refer to the Village's Job Opportunities web page. Deadline for applications is October 27.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Winter is Coming, Secure Your Mailbox

Snow season will be here soon, now is the time to ensure your mailbox is properly secured and ready for the season.  Please make sure your mailbox complies with the USPS standards. Proper placement aids in the delivery of your mail as well as reducing the likelihood of damage during snow removal. The force of wet snow can damage improperly installed or decaying posts.
  • Post shall be constructed of 1 1/2 inch steel pipe, 3x3 inch wood, or 3 inch round post.
  • Ensure post is securely anchored to the ground and not leaning.
  • Post shall be located a minimum of 2-feet behind the face of curb.
  • Bottom of any box (mail or newspaper) shall be 41-45 inches from the driving surface.
  • The front of the mailbox shall be 6-8 inches from the face of the curb.
  • It is important to follow these guidelines for the installation of the mailbox. If a mailbox is hit or damaged by a snow plow and you have not followed these regulations, the owner is responsible for the replacement of the damaged mailbox and post.

Fall Brush Pickup

Seasonal brush pick up will occur the week of October 9th for homes on and east of Main Street and the week of October 16th for the homes west of Main Street.

Residents are reminded to place your brush at the curb parallel for pickup one week BEFORE the scheduled pickup week. 

Please observe the following guidelines when placing materials out for collection:
  • Brush up to 3" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 12 feet.
  • Brush up to 6" in diameter is acceptable in lengths no greater than 8 feet. 
  • Brush greater than 6" in diameter cannot be accepted at the curb. Larger brush including stumps up to 12" in diameter at ground level can be taken to the Village yard waste site.
  • Avoid cutting brush shorter than needed as fewer pieces is less handling for crews.
  • Lay brush in piles at the curb with the branches laying parallel in same direction to the street.
  • Please do not put brush at the curb any sooner than one week prior to the collection day.
  • Brush must be at the curb prior to the Monday that brush is scheduled to be picked up. Brush not at the curb by the time crews come past will may be left.
  • Lawn waste (grass, leaves, & garden materials) will not be taken. These materials must be taken to the Village yard waste site
The intent of the pickup is to provide for disposal of brush generated as a result of routine yard maintenance.  Excessive amounts of brush are the homeowner’s responsibility.