Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year from the Village of Bellevue

Garbage/Recycling Pick-Up Schedule

The Village of Bellevue would like to remind you that with the New Year's Day holiday falling on Monday, the Garbage/Recycling pick-up for the week will take place from Tuesday (January 2nd) through Saturday (January 6th).

Please note that if your normal Garbage/Recycling pick-up day is Monday, it will be on Tuesday, and so on. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Village office at 468-5225 or call Harter's Fox Valley Disposal at (715) 253-2619. Additional information about the Village's Garbage & Recycling services can be found on the Village's website.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 Village of Bellevue Citizen's Academy, Classes Starting on March 8

Have you wanted to get more involved in your local government? Always wanted to learn about how things run and work in your community? The 2018 Bellevue Citizen's Academy is a great place to start.

The goals of the academy are to provide an educational experience for participants at the same time offering an opportunity for residents and business owners to ask questions and to present their ideas. For many participants this opportunity will lead to an increase in community involvement and volunteerism.

Participants will attend one evening per night over a period of six weeks. Sessions will last approximately an hour and a half. Village staff will facilitate the sessions and provide in-depth information on administration, local government, law enforcement, fire protection, public works, budget/finance, community development, and parks/recreation/forestry.

The academy is no cost to participants due to the generous donation received from the Guyette Family who have supported the academy since its inception.

Those who complete the program will have their achievement acknowledged by receiving their certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony held during a Village Board meeting. The Village understands this is a time commitment and if there is a reason for missing one or two sessions we are happy to still accept you as a student.

Class Dates: March 8, March 15, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 25 graduation at the Village Board Meeting.

All classes start at 6:00 p.m.  Graduation night will be held at 5:30 p.m.  Classes are held at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road and one class will be held at the Village Public Works Building at 2828 Allouez Ave.

Village residency is required and registration is completed on-line through the Village Online Recreation Registration program or in-person at the Village Office (2828 Allouez Ave.). Any questions can be directed to Village Administrator, Angela Gorall.

Village of Bellevue 2018 Spring Election

Since December 1, 2017, nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village Offices which will expire in April 2018:
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent Thomas Katers
  • Village Trustee (2 year term) - Incumbent David Daul
  • Village President (3 year term) - Incumbent Steve Soukup
Nomination papers may be obtained at the municipal clerk's office, 2828 Allouez Ave. Completed nomination papers must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 with the Bellevue Village Clerk. For further information or questions contact Karen Simons, Village Clerk, at 468-5225 or at karens@villageofbellevue.org.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Village Snow Operations FAQ's

Inquiries from our residents and property owners regarding the Village’s snow removal operations are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) we receive.  Provided below are some of those questions, particularly ones we’ve received since the Winter Storm Ashley event.  We hope that having some of these answers will allow you to be more informed for future events and better understand why it is we conduct operations as we do.  As needed, staff is planning to continue to provide answers to additional FAQ’s as we get them.


Question: Does the Village call in extra staff for large snowfalls?
The Village has seven Public Works employees and seven snow plows as well as additional smaller equipment.  For small events or special ice control operations, not all employees may be deployed for operations.  However, for the majority of events that require a full and complete clearing of roadways all seven employees are dedicated to operations.  The Village does not maintain extra staffing or extra snow plows to call in just for large events.  The Village is proud to have very dedicated and experienced snow plow operators which allow us to operate in the manner we do.

Question:  Why does it sometimes take so long for my street to get plowed?
The Village clears streets based on a priority program; Priority 1 roads, Priority 2 roads, then Priority 3 and finally parking lots and trails.  The Village performs snow and ice control on over 71 miles of street, 117 dead ends and cul-de-sacs, 3.75 miles of trails, 4 parking lots and 4.5 miles of sidewalks in each winter event.  Brown County Highway Dept. is responsible for plowing and salting the County highways in Bellevue.  At times crews are rerouted to assist emergency responders to their destinations and emergency related radio communications are also monitored to ensure timely assistance.  How long it takes to clear the streets is unique to each snowfall.  Factors such as how much snow, how wet the snow is, wind conditions, forecasted time to stop snowing, traffic and parked vehicles can all impact when operators are dispatched and time it takes.  As a general rule, all streets can be plowed in approximately 7-9 hours from when the snow stops under normal conditions.

Question: When I call the Village Office, why can’t you tell me when my road will be done?
The Village does have sophisticated GPS and mapping systems that are utilized in our operations.  While many of our operators clean their assigned zones generally in the same manner from one event to the next, this is not always the case or possible for every event.  Operator’s may be reassigned to an emergency, face slowed operations due to parking or traffic or have equipment issues.  Therefore, the Village can’t accurately provide estimates on when specific roads will be completed.  In addition, to get such information would require direct radio communication with our operators which we try to minimize for their safety and the safety of the travelling public.  Overall, the Village understands how a large event can significantly disrupt travel and we ask for your patience.  Please understand we will do our best to answer questions during or after an event, but we are unable to provide timelines or re-route our operators unless there is an emergency.  If there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Question: When there is a large snow event, why don’t they just plow one pass down a road so people can get out?
Taking a single pass down a road has been found to significantly extend the total time required to complete snow operations after an event.  When this method has been used in the past, the Village receives a significant increase in complaints usually due to driveways that have been cleared by a homeowner to then become almost impassible when the plow does complete a full clearing.  In addition, the snow coming off of the plow blade in a large event can be quite high and a single pass through an intersection can therefore essentially create a road block within an intersection.  As necessary this method may be used to clear primary roads within a subdivision strictly for emergency purposes.

We hope this information is helpful.  Please always remember to maintain a safe distance from a snow plow of at least 200’ per State Law and give care when driving near a plow.  For more information visit the Village’s Snow & Ice Control page on the Village website which includes snow plow route maps.

Santa Plans Early Stop in Bellevue this Thursday, December 14th


He’s making a list, but before he checks it twice, Santa is making a stop here in Bellevue! Here is your chance to meet and greet Santa one last time before the big day! Each boy and girl will get the opportunity to meet Santa, have their picture taken (parents, don't forget your camera) and participate in a fun, holiday craft.  Remember, the line for this event forms outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Santa's reindeer will also be on site.  Kids will also have an opportunity to mail their letters to Santa at the event. 

This event is free and takes place on Thursday, December 14, at Josten Park, from 6:00-7:30pm. The line will stop forming at 7:00pm.  For more information contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (920) 468-5225.
Thank you to Dan VanAdestine, American Family Insurance, for sponsoring this event.