Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July is National Park and Recreation Month: A Lifetime of Discovery Awaits with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month this July by attending Rockin’ in Josten, Movie in the Park, Yoga in the Park, Youth Fun Runs, and more!

Get ready to unlock a lifetime of discovery this July with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about highlighting the unique — and sometimes unknown — offerings of your local parks and recreation facilities. From STEM programming to innovative health and wellness opportunities, your Bellevue parks and recreation facilities have a wide variety of beneficial programs. NRPA and Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry are encouraging everyone to get out there and discover everything that is offered at their local parks and rec facilities!  "July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Bellevue,” said Steve Soukup, Village President.  “Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values.”
In Bellevue, you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by going to Rockin’ in Josten concerts on Monday July 9th and 23rd, free Yoga in the Park each Tuesday night at 6pm at Josten Park, Movie in the Park on Friday, July 20th, our Senior Summer Social on Monday, July 15th, and our Youth Fun Runs for ages 2-12 on Sunday night, July 15th at 7:00pm at Josten Park. 
This summer Bellevue Parks and Rec is partnering with Allouez Parks and Rec to offer Youth Enrichment League Camps for kids ages 7-12.  Upcoming camps include Varsity Builders Summer Camp (for LEGO lovers), Coding Summer Camp, and eXtreme MOBILE electroniX Summer Camp.  These camps are held over 4 days on Monday through Thursday from 9am until noon at either the Bellevue or Allouez Community Centers.  To learn more check out www.YouthEnrichmentLeague.com.  
Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services.
Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them the unique things they’ve discovered at their local parks. NRPA also encourages everyone that support parks and recreation to share something new they’ve discovered with the hashtag #DiscoverJuly. For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit www.nrpa.org/July.
Download a fun activity book from NRPA for your child HERE.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

July Movie in the Park, "Peter Rabbit" on Friday, July 20

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for our second Movie in the Park for 2018.   July's movie is "Peter Rabbit" (rated PG), sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry.   Movies are held at Josten Park.  Concessions for the movie start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk, Friday, July 20.  Don't forget a blanket and/or your lawn chairs and we will see you there!

Thank you to Bellevue Family Dentistry for sponsoring the July movie!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Brown County Sheriff's Office Distributing "Slow Down: Kids Playing Yard Signs"

The Brown County Crime Prevention Foundation and the Brown County Sheriff's Office have created lawn signs to help slow down traffic in neighborhoods with children.

While supplies last, you are welcome to stop by the Brown County Sheriff's Office 2684 Development Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311 to pick up one of these "Slow Down Kids Playing" signs free of charge.

Monday, July 9, 2018

June 2018 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 76 permits for the month of June for a total permitted value of $1,054,305.  This amount added to the yearly total brings the number of permits issued for 2018 to 234 for a total permitted value of $11,582,993.  That compares to 255 permits issued for a value of $18,795,728 for this time period in 2017. 

Some notable projects include an early start footings and foundation permit for the $3,600,000 Mathews Senior Living Facility that is beginning construction on Hoffman Road.  The full building permit will likely be issued in July so that it can begin to go vertical.

So far, 13 single-family building permits have been issued for the year.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bellevue's Annual Senior Summer Social Scheduled for Monday, July 16: Purchase Tickets Now

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is planning the Senior Summer Social for Monday, July 16th from 4:30-7:00pm at the Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Avenue.

The evening includes plenty of food, live music, door prizes, raffle drawings, and more!

All older adults ages 55+ are welcome (Bellevue residency not required). The cost is only $11.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by Monday, July 9.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page HERE.  For additional information or questions, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (920) 468-5225.

3rd Youth Fun Run on Sunday, July 15th at Josten Park

Our 3rd Youth Fun Run of the summer is coming up on Sunday, July 15th.  Sponsored by O.S.M.S. on 4 Sunday evenings throughout the summer at Josten Park, youth ages 2-12 can participate in a fun run as a way to stay active and begin to experience the joy of running in a non-competitive, friendly environment. There are 3 age-appropriate run lengths through Josten Park, led by members of Preble Cross Country Team. The event is free, however registration is required. Children ages 4 and younger must have an older sibling or adult run with them.
You only have to register once for all 4 events and can participate in one or all four!  Our last run of the summer is on Sunday, August 5th. 
Participant check in is from 6:30-6:50pm. The run starts at 7:00pm.  Stretches lead by Coach Kyle or Coach Dave start each run and typically kids are done by 7:15pm.  This is a great family event to cap off a summer weekend. 

To register for the 2-6 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 7-9 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 10-12 year age group, click HERE 

This was a highly attended event last year and a lot of fun!

This event is sponsored by O.S.M.S. and made possible with volunteers from the Preble High School Cross Country Team.

Concessions and refreshments will be sold to support the Preble XC Team. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Village of Bellevue's New Administrator Begins July 9

The Village Board approved an employment agreement with Diane Wessel to be the next Village Administrator. Ms. Wessel will start on July 9, 2018.  Currently, Diane Wessel is the Village Administrator for Hortonville, WI. Hortonville is a community of 2,734 people located in southwestern Outagamie County and is part of the Fox Valley region. 

Ms. Wessel is a knowledgeable, articulate, strategic, and innovative public administration professional with 25 years’ experience in Wisconsin local government.  She is recognized as a leader with integrity, ethics, and perseverance.  Her strengths include communication, strategic planning, economic development, human resources management, public relations, fiscal management, community planning and promotion, policy development and implementation, grant writing and administration, and facilitation.  She is versed in municipal and county government, state statutes, and intergovernmental and developer agreements.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Completes Community Tree Management Institute

Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director, Stephanie Schlag, recently completed the requirements of the Wisconsin Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI). This innovative training program helps municipal employees develop effective urban forestry program leadership and management skills.  CTMI is delivered in three separate two-day sessions. 

Lessons address fundamental and contemporary tree management topics such as: inventories, management plans, urban and community forestry operations (planting, pruning and removal), legal issues related to municipal trees, partnering with electric utilities, protecting trees during construction, tree biology, hardscape conflicts, soils, risk tree management and tree emergencies, and much more.  Instructors for included municipal forestry staff, university staff, consultants, and DNR staff.

The variety of instructors, their perspectives and interactive components are meant to appeal to all learning styles.  Students also complete an out-of-class forestry project suitable for their community. 

Students from twenty-six Wisconsin communities participated in this training program. Knowledge and skills acquired during six days of intensive CTMI training will help graduates apply resourceful solutions to improve management of municipal trees and green space. Well-maintained trees contribute to increased property values, energy conservation, improved air quality, reduced storm water run-off, improved public health and a better quality of life. 
The CTMI training was completed on Wednesday, June 20 at UW-Stevens Point.  Students spent the evening with Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council representatives, making connections and sharing with the council their issues and successes. 
The Community Tree Management Institute is sponsored and developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with assistance from UW-Stevens Point and the City of Stevens Point.

NFPA: Safety in Places of Public Assembly

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Youth Fun Run a Summer Success

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, with the help of the Preble Cross Country Team is hosting a Youth Fun Run Series sponsored by O.S.M.S. this summer.  The first run of the summer was on Sunday, June 3 and was a great success.  The next run is coming up on Sunday, June 24th.  The runs are held at Josten Park starting at 7:00pm with 1.0, 0.5 and 0.25 mile courses, all lead by members of the Preble Cross Country Team.  This is a FREE event (thank you to our sponsors!) and once you register for one, you are registered for all 4 runs.  Kids who participate in all 4 runs throughout the summer will get a ribbon for completing the series. 
The upcoming dates are:
Sunday, June 24
Sunday, July 15
Sunday, August 5
You can register at the park prior to the run (starting at 6:30pm) or you can register online HERE.

Friday, June 15, 2018

June Movie in the Park, "The Jungle Book" on Friday, June 22

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for our first Movie in the Park for 2018.   June's movie is "The Jungle Book" (rated PG), sponsored by Green Bay Family Dental.   Movies are held at Josten Park.  Concessions for the movie start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk, Friday, June 22.  Don't forget a blanket and/or your lawn chairs and we will see you there!
Thank you to Green Bay Family Dental for sponsoring the June movie.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hydrant Flushing to Begin June 18

The Village of Bellevue will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the Village beginning the week of June 18, 2018 and concluding by June 29, 2018. Hydrants east of Main Street will be flushed from June 18 through June 22, while hydrants west of Main Street will be flushed June 25 through June 29. Residents may experience discolored water while the flushing occurs.  The water is safe to drink, however discolored water may stain clothing. If you notice work being done in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to temporarily avoid water use if feasible. Residents are encouraged to run their faucets with cold water until the color is removed. Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at  920-468-5225.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rockin' in Josten Starts Monday, June 18

Bellevue's favorite summer concert series is back again this summer with a great line-up!  Rockin' in Josten is offered 4 Monday evenings at Josten Park from 6-8:30pm.  These concerts are a great time for friends and family to come to the park and enjoy some wonderful, free, live music.  Concessions are sold at the event thanks to the Bellevue Lions Club. 

The 2018 Rockin' in Josten line up is as follows:

Monday, June 18:  LedgeRock (60's, 70's & 80's)

Monday, July 9:  Fabulous Rugburns (Pop/Rock variety)

Monday, July 23:  Panic Station (Rock, Pop & Funk from the 70's through today)

Monday, August 6:  Kevin Van Ess & Talk of the Town Sponsored (Rock classics to Country)  Thank you to Proko-Wall Funeral Home for sponsoring Kevin Van Ess & Talk of the Town

All concerts start at 6:00pm under the open shelter; don't forget a lawn chair or a blanket.  All Bellevue parks are smoke and vape free.

NFPA: Parent Safety Tips: Young Firesetters

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pickleball in Bellevue

Josten Park pickleball court
Did you know that Bellevue has 2 outdoor courts lined for pickleball?  The tennis courts at DeBroux Park and at Josten Park also have one court each lined for pickleball.  Called "the fastest growing sport in America" by NBC Nightly News, pickleball continues to rise in popularity. 

DeBroux Park pickleball court

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net on a court roughly half the size of a tennis court. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Photo courtesy of USA Pickleball Association
We encourage players to take their game outside and visit our parks to play pickleball this summer!

New Amenities Added to East River Trail

The Village of Bellevue was the recipient of two donations for improvements along the East River Trail.  A bike repair station was recently installed at the Westminster Drive trail head, which is located next to KI.  These bike stations were a project of the 2017 Leadership Green Bay Class.  This bike repair station will make an excellent addition to the trail.

Secondly, a memorial bench was placed at Manderly Way trail head, which is located on the south end of the trail as it leaves Bellevue and heads into Allouez.  This bench was donated by the Bellevue Lions Club as a part of the Lions Club International 2017 Centennial project.  The bench is placed to have excellent viewing of the activities on the river. 

The Village of Bellevue is grateful for these amenities and grateful to the groups who made this possible. 

NFPA: Camping Fire Safety

Village of Bellevue Summer Hours

Starting the week of May 28 (Memorial Day), the Village of Bellevue offices will operate under summer hours Mondays through Fridays. Summer hours will be in effect from May 29 (Village offices closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day) through Friday, August 31. Below are the summer hours the Village will be implementing:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM - Noon
If you have any questions regarding the summer hours, please feel free to contact our offices at (920) 468-5225.

Village Offices Closed on Memorial Day - Monday, May 28

Thursday, May 17, 2018

APWA: May 20-26 is National Public Works Week

The week of May 21st is National Public Works Week. The theme for this year's National public Works Week is "The Power of Public Works."  From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or man-made disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life. During the week of May 20th, if you see any of the Village's Public Works employees out and about, please be sure to wave and thank them for their many years of dedicated service to our community and in powering our quality of life.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Municipal Court Closure: May 16-23

The Municipal Court Office located at 3100 Eaton Rd will be closed May 16 through  May 23.

Did you know you never have to leave your home to pay a speeding ticket?  Imagine sitting in your home in your pajamas, cozy and warm and dry. You have your pile of bills in front of you and it’s a Saturday morning. Your 2nd bill is a speeding ticket. Yes, you did not mean to speed but you were late for work. It was your first ticket. You're just going to pay it. But how?  The Village of Bellevue has a few ways so you never have to leave your home..(or get another speeding ticket). Use GOV PAY by going to their website at www.GovPayNow.com. You will need the municipalities Pay Location Code # which you can look up on the web site. Or if you want to pay by phone call 1-888-604-7888. GovPayNet accepts the following credit or debit and prepaid debit cards or brands (mastercard,Visa,American express, discover, debitcard)

A service fee is charged for each transaction. To find your Pay Location Code , go to www.GovPayNow.com.

The Village also has a drop box located outside the building at 3100 Eaton Rd for dropping off payments. Place the payment in an envelope with your name, address, phone number and citation number and place it in the box. Its that easy.

Or there is always mail: Our mailing address is Bellevue Municipal Court 3100 Eaton Rd Green Bay, WI 54311. Please place your citation number on your check and enclose a copy of your citation if possible.

Any general questions while the court is closed can be directed to Dawn Novak at 920-593-5501. After May 23rd, questions can be directed to the Court Clerk Dawn Kreuser at 920-593-1697. Thank you for your cooperation.

NFPA: Boating Safety Tips

Leaders In Training Summer Camp Program--Perfect for your Teen

Does your early teen need something to do this summer? The Leaders in Training (LIT) program provides teens (Ages 13-16) the opportunity to gain leadership skills and to become a role model for younger children at the Village Summer Camp Program.

LITs will assist Camp Counselors at DeBroux or Josten Park with the Summer Day Camp program. They help activities, chaperone field trips and much more!

Dates: Monday-Friday, June 11th- August 24th
The schedule times vary based upon LIT's availability. 
Location: DeBroux or Josten Park
Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 6 to the Village Office

Have your teen complete the application located on the Village website, have a reference form completed and submit to Adam Waszak at the Village Office

For more information contact Recreation Supervisor, Adam Waszak, at 468-5225. 

Park Lost and Found Items

Now that our park season has begun, if you discover that you left something behind at one of the Village parks, any items found and turned back in are kept at the Village Offices located at 2828 Allouez Avenue.  If you realize you may have lost something at a park, feel free to contact the Offices at 468-5225 to see if it was found and turned in.

All items not picked up are donated at the end of each park season.

Summer Discount Tickets Available for Area Attractions

The Summer Discount Tickets are back on sale in the Village office.  Save money by purchasing your attraction tickets at the Village Offices, Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm. (Summer office hours begin after Memorial Day M-Th 7am-4:30pm, F 7am-12pm). Most attraction brochures are available at the Village Office.  Purchasing your discount tickets from the Village helps financially support our Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.  Tickets are on sale from May through August. 

2018 attractions include:

Jet Boat Adventures
Milwaukee County Zoo
Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
Upper Dells Boat Tours
Wisconsin Ducks Tour
Noah's Ark Water park
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Six Flags Great America

Please note there are no refunds on ticket sales. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Screening & Storage of Garbage & Recycling Carts

The Village of Bellevue would like to provide a friendly reminder about the storage of your garbage and recycling bins on non-collection days.

The Village Housing and Residential Property Maintenance Code requires that during the time period between collection days, the carts must be stored in an enclosed structure or building or must be screened from view of the public right-of-way (basically if you can see your bins from the adjacent streets, they are not being stored in compliance with the ordinance).  This also means not storing them in front of your garage.

The containers cannot be stored in the front or corner side yards along the street; on, under or along side of a front porch, stoop, steps, landing, accessible ramp, or deck fronting on a public way; or within 15 feet of a public right-of-way.

Except collection days, please ensure that your garbage and recycling containers are screened from view. If your carts cannot be stored in the garage, dense shrubs or fencing may be used to screen them on the side of the house. One section of fence or one shrub may not adequately screen the trash containers from view of the public right-of-way. Contact the Community Development Department at 468-5225 to discuss screening options.