Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bellevue Park Shelter Rentals End September 30

Summer has unofficially come to an end, and with that comes the end of park shelter rentals in the Village of Bellevue.  Park shelters are available to rent from May 1 through September 30 each year.  Park restrooms also close for the winter on September 30. 

There are only a few more weekends and available shelters for your fall parties, reunions, and get-togethers.  To check on available dates and facilities, please call the Village Offices at 468-5225.

Reservations for the park shelters for the 2019 season will start on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Contacting the Village 24/7

We understand that there are often times when our residents and customers would like to contact us about an issue, concern or maybe even a compliment and the Village Office may be closed. In addition, often times our residents don’t know where to start or who to contact by phone or simply prefer to use e-mail only to provide us correspondence. If you have ever found yourself in this situation here are some options for you to consider for the future if you want to contact the Village or need to do so after hours.

CONTACT US Section of the Village Website
At the bottom of the Village website there is a section called “CONTACT US”.  Links are provided for the Village Board of Trustees as well as Village staff.  E-mails and phone numbers are also provided.  If you’re not sure who to contact you can start with the Receptionist or a Department Director and they will direct your e-mail to the appropriate staff.

Village Action Request System
Also available through the Village website is the CITIZEN REQUEST FORM.  On the top of the website, under "Residents" there is a link for the Citizen Request Form.  Messages and requests can be provided directly through the website and are automatically directed to the appropriate Village staff.  Again, if you’re not sure what department to select, Administrative Services can be selected and your message will be forwarded as necessary.  This 24/7 system currently receives limited use, but is a great way to provide any communication to the Village.

Village Social Networking
The Village uses a variety of social networking tools including Facebook, Twitter, Blog and E-News.  Village staff works to provide key updates, special notices, etc. using these tools to keep our residents informed.  Please consider signing up to use one of these tools, as they may help to answer your questions or concerns prior to even needing to contact the Village. Any direct requests or questions on Village services are best requested by phone or e-mail, not through Village social media tools.

Emergency Contacts
The Village does also have systems and staff in place to provide emergency or after hours services from our departments as necessary.  Any urgent issues are best communicated by phone by calling the Village Office at 468-5225; follow the prompts as necessary to leave a message if after hours.  For all emergencies dial 911.

Please note that references to the specific sections of the Village website may be different when viewing on a phone or mobile device.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

August 2018 Building Permit Numbers

The Village issued 73 permits for the month of August for a total permitted value of $4,994,008.  This amount added to the yearly total brings the number of permits issued for 2018 to 369 for a total permitted value of $21,005,990.  That compares to 333 permits issued for a value of $26,171,068 for this time period in 2017.

In crossing over the $20,000,000 in permitted value mark, this is the first time since 2008/2009 that the Village has experienced back to back $20,000,000+ permitted value years.

The Village issued 17 new single-family permits bringing the number of single-family permits issued to 32.  These were all located in the new Somerset Fields subdivision, north of Eaton Road and just east of Ontario Road.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Water Tower #2 (Allouez Avenue) Inspection: September 11

The Village of Bellevue will be conducting mandatory inspection of Water Tower #2, located at 2828 Allouez, beginning September 11, 2018. The inspection is anticipated to last about one week. As a result of the inspection, affected users could experience a noticeable drop in their water pressure. Homes and businesses affected are those between Ontario Road and I 43.
Any questions may be directed to the Village’s Public Works Department at (920) 468-5225.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Trick or Treat Trail Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Local businesses, we have a great opportunity for you!  The Village of Bellevue's annual Trick or Treat Trail is coming up on Saturday, October 20 and we are looking for businesses who are interested in participating.  This is a great way for you to get your business some recognition, meet families in the Bellevue community, and have fun while doing so.  The commitment from you is small but invaluable to making the event a success.  Participating business are asked to be at the trail from 9am until noon.  Each business is given a spot along the trail through Josten Park and asked to dress in costume and hand out candy to the participants.  Along with all the great visibility you will be getting, you will have your name listed in our trail guide which is handed out to each event participant.  We had over 500 participants (and their parents) walk through our trail last year!

If this is something your business would like to be a part of, please contact the Recreation Supervisor, Adam Waszak, at 593-5516 or download and complete the Business Participation Letter and mail in to the Village Offices prior to Monday, October 8. 



Trick or Treat Trail Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Set-up:   9:00am                  

Location: Josten Park, 2280 Town Hall Rd., Bellevue

Event Activities: Trail walk with candy, pumpkin patch, door prizes, and more!

Rain Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Organization Involvement: Participating businesses/organizations are asked to dress in costume and hand out candy to event participants at the very minimum. Organizations are encouraged to festively decorate their area, however, it is not required. In past years, decorations have ranged from a small sign to a colorfully decorated canopy.

Candy:  Please provide enough candy or other child friendly give-away for over 500 children. Please provide candy or other give-away appropriate for children ages 2-8 years old.

Other Handouts: Coupons and other small promotional items may be handed out with candy or give-away. 

Sponsorship Opportunities: 
Booth sponsor, $100 partner sponsorship, and door prizes.

Deadline: Please register by Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Register: To participate or donate toward the event, please visit the Village webpage HERE to download the registration form.

For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 468-5225.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Village Employees Donate School Supplies

As part of the Village of Bellevue's Wellness program, employees recently held a school supply drive to support the Back To School Store.  Through the months of June and July employees were encouraged to purchase and donate school supplies to be donated to the Back To School Store on August 3rd.
All departments and some of the general public participated which totaled:
19 folders
11 boxes of crayons
2 scissors
12 erasers
2 boxes of markers
25 packages of dry erase markers
30 packages of pencils
20 bottles of glue
4 notebooks
46 glue sticks
8 rulers
28 packs of sticky notes
2 packs of pens

This is the first time the employees conducted a school supply drive and plan to do so again in the future.

Resident Street Tree Order Deadline is September 28

The Village of Bellevue provides a neighborhood tree planting program for residents who wish to have trees planted in the right-of-way area adjacent to their property. The planting program is offered every fall and runs concurrent with other fall plantings. The resident pays for the wholesale cost of the tree, which includes planting. Typical costs is $325 per tree (may vary based on species).
Planting along the street terrace can also provide many aesthetic benefits to your local neighborhood or street. An example of what a street can look like with moderately aged trees along the right-of-way is shown below.
                                                                                    


Current View




Concept View


  
The Village will be soliciting orders for the 2018 planting season. Homeowners who are interested may choose from the tree varieties listed below:
  • Honey Locust Skyline
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Linden:  Littleleaf Greenspire, American Redmond
  • London Planetree
  • Small Tree Varieties: Spring Snow Crab, Japanese Tree Lilac, Ginkgo, Cleveland Select Pear, Korean Sun Ornamental Pear
Trees purchased through the Resident Street Tree program come with a 2 year guarantee, are 2-2.5" in diameter, and are planted for you!  Additional benefits of street trees include:
  • Reduced stormwater runoff
  • Lower summer air temperatures
  • Reduced atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants
  • Reduced heating and cooling costs
  • Enhanced property values
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Improved health and well-being
  • Improved learning and concentration
  • Aesthetic benefits
If you are interested in purchasing street trees, please fill out the order form here and mail in to the Village offices by September 28 for the 2018 planting season.  If you have further questions, please call the Village at (920) 468-5225 or email at sschlag@villageofbellevue.org

NFPA: Grilling Safety Tips


Bellevue East Town Optimist Chili Cook-Off Cancelled

We are sad to announce that this year's Chili Cook-Off has been cancelled.  As per a recent post on the Bellevue East Town Optimist Facebook Page:
"Attention Friends, Supporters, and Chili Enthusiasts....Due to recent and significant health concerns of the two event organizers, the chili cook off is cancelled. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. It was not an easy decision to stop a 35 year tradition, but we appreciate all of the support we've received over the last week. May your hot, mild, or wild side still shine despite this setback. Yours in Optimism- the Bellevue East Town Optimists."

We are wishing the best in health for the event planners and hope this long-standing tradition is able to continue next year.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

August Movie in the Park: Cars 3, Friday, August 17

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the last summer Movie in the Park of 2018.   August's movie is "Cars 3" (rated G), sponsored by KI.  Movies are held at Josten Park.  Concessions for the movie start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk, Friday, August 17.  Don't forget a blanket and/or your lawn chairs and we will see you there!










Thank you to KI for sponsoring our August movie!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Having Your Water Meter Changed? Sign up for AquaHawk

Have you recently had your water meter changed or will have it changed in the near future? If so, you may wish to register your water utility account with AquaHawk.


What is AquaHawk and what does it do?
AquaHawk is a FREE service for Village of Bellevue water customers that allows you to efficiently manage your utility usage and lower your monthly bills. To register, click on the AquaHawk logo above. Once you register for AquaHawk, you'll be able to take advantage of the following tools and features:

Receive timely leak alerts:
You specify how you want to be contacted: e-mail, text, or telephone. When your consumption indicates abnormally high usage or a leak, we'll contact you. AquaHawk helps prevent costly property damage and gives you peace of mind when you're away from home.

Monitor your water usage:
See how much water you're using and estimate your bill anytime during the billing cycle. AquaHawk empowers customers to take charge and make decisions.

Set your threshold alerts:
Threshold alerts allow you to specify an amount of water (gallons) or a maximum amount ($) that you don't want your bill to exceed. If your usage or your bill is trending too high, AquaHawk will notify you.

Learn ways to save:
Easily see the dates/times when you're using the water. See how your consumption compares to temperature and rainfall data. Learn effective ways to reduce water and energy.

Customer Benefits
  • Know about water leaks before they cause costly damage.
  • See exactly how much water your family is using each hour, day, and month.
  • Set billing and usage thresholds and never be surprised by a high bill again.
  • Monitor for unauthorized utility usage when you're traveling.
  • Opt-in services let you choose how you want to receive alerts: e-mail, text, or phone call.
Who can use AquaHawk?
Unfortunately, not everyone can currently sign up for AquaHawk. Due to the fact that the AquaHawk program is relatively new, access to the program is only available to residents and businesses who have had their meter replaced in the roughly the last three years. These new meters (shown below) are manufactured by Sensus and are compatible with the AquaHawk program. If you have a Sensus water meter or are due to have your meter replaced in the near future, you are able or will be able to use AquaHawk.

Sensus Meter

Have questions about AquaHawk? See the Village website page on AquaHawk and download a printable brochure.

NFPA: Smoking and Home Fire Safety


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Rockin' in Josten: Monday, August 6 at 6:00pm

Bellevue's favorite summer concert series is here for the last concert of 2018 on Monday 8/6 with Kevin Van Ess & The Talk of the Town playing from 6:00-8:30pm at Josten Park.  Kevin Van Ess & the Talk of the Town plays rock classics to country and jazz and a little of everything in between.  Our Rockin' in Josten 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.  So come hungry and thirsty and support a great cause!  Thank you to Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory for bringing Kevin Van Ess & The Talk of the Town to Rockin' in Josten this year. 

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.









National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7 at Willow Creek Park

The Village of Bellevue National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at Willow Creek Park from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.


Join the Village of Bellevue, the Brown County Sheriff's Office, the Bellevue Fire Department, and many other community-minded organizations for a night of fun and festivities.  Activities include face-painting, bounce house, K9 unit and more!  We are continuing
to add more fun activities and equipment/safety vehicles to tour for this years event. Come and join us for a great evening in support of building strong communities together.




Friday, July 27, 2018

Last Youth Fun Run of 2018 on Sunday, August 5 at Josten Park



Our final Youth Fun Run of the summer is coming up on Sunday, August 5.  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! If this is your first one, that is ok--come and try it out!

Participant check in is from 6:30-6:50pm at the park.  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. 



Part Time Job Openings with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Do you like working with kids? Are you looking for a fun and exciting part-time job with flexible hours, along with summers and weekends off?  If yes, the Village of Bellevue has the job for you!
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is currently looking for individuals with experience working with children to fill open positions at the Before and After School Program located at McAuliffe Elementary School in Bellevue.


Applicants must be 16 years old or older and enjoy working with kids.  Shifts are available Monday through Friday for Before School (6:45-9:00am) and/or After School (3:15-5:30pm). 

To learn more and to download the Village Employment Application please visit http://www.villageofbellevue.org/government/job_opportunities



Please contact the Village’s Recreation Supervisor, Adam Waszak  at 920-593-5516 or email awaszak@villageofbellevue.org with any questions regarding the job opening.

2018 Senior Summer Social was a Smashing Success!

The Village of Bellevue and the Senior Advisory Board would like to recognize all of the great local organizations that donated towards this year’s Summer Social. This event would not have been a huge success without the generosity of these organizations:



Title Sponsor: Proko- Wall Funeral Home & Crematory






Partner Sponsors: Bellevue Family Dentistry, Oak Park Place and Scotts Industrial Coatings







Raffle/Door Prize Sponsors:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bellevue Fire Captain Retires


On June 29th, 2018 EMS Director and Captain Glen Unsinn hung up his gear for the final time, retiring after 23 years of service to the Village of Bellevue. Captain Unsinn served in a variety of roles in the department throughout his career, most recently serving as the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Director and Captain.


Capt. Unsinn’s career with the Bellevue Fire Department began in October of 1991 as a Volunteer Firefighter. In 2006 Glens strong work ethic and dedication to the department landed him a role as one of the first full-time firefighters in the Village of Bellevue. In 2007, After 15 ½ years of service to the Fire Department, Glen decided to pursue his true passion and became a full time Paramedic for County Rescue, where he remains today. While Captain Unsinn’s passion is in the EMS field, the desire to serve his community with the Fire Department remained. Captain Unsinn once again rejoined the Fire Department as a part-time paid on call firefighter in 2011 and in January of 2013 Glen was promoted to Captain and began serving as the EMS Director.

Throughout his 23-year career Capt. Unsinn participated in almost 1,300 activities (emergency calls and community events) and almost 300 trainings. Captain Unsinn was also instrumental in coordinating multiple community service trainings, most notably CPR, active intruder, mass casualty, and disaster drills with Bellin College. This paved the way for grants to purchase bullet proof vests and mass casualty kits for front line responding units.

When asked what he will miss most Captain Unsinn stated “I will miss the comradery and the members of the department most”. Given his work ethic we were not surprised by his answer when asked what he will do with his free time “Get another part time job. I have an offer already”. Capt. Unsinn plans to continue helping with the departments annual Fish Boil (yet another department event he has been integral in growing and maintaining).


The Fire Department will greatly miss his hard work, dedication and experience, but mostly we will miss the Famous Dave’s pickles and ice cream treats!  You have laid a strong foundation for the EMS program and left a void that will be difficult to fill. We wish you the best in your retirement from the Fire Department and future endeavors.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Japanese Beetles are Here in Abundance This Year....Now What?

The Village of Bellevue has fielded an extraordinary amount of calls regarding Japanese Beetles this year.  Yes, they are here, and they are hitting the Mid-West in full-force this year.  So now what do you do?
There are a couple of options for you if you want to take action in your garden and for your trees.  The Village does not spray or apply any insecticides on Village-owned street trees, so if your concern lies with the street trees in front of your property, you can do some things yourself if you choose, however you will need approval from the Forestry Division prior to doing so.  Should you desire to apply insecticide to the street trees in front of your property, the Village requires a tree-work permit (it is free) to be filed prior to any work being done on the Village's street trees.  The link for the permit is here

Vijai Pandian, the Brown County UW Extension Horticultural Agent/Educator, provided some very helpful tips in a recent article in the Green Bay Press Gazette on July 13.  For the full article click here.

Here are a few of your options to help lessen the effect of the Japanese beetles as per Vijai and the article in the Green Bay Press Gazette: 

  • No foliar spray is needed for mature woody ornamentals. Mature trees and shrubs have more tolerance to the feeding damage caused by the adult beetles and will leaf out again next year.
  • Small-sized landscape plants such as roses, vegetable crops, strawberries and raspberries can be protected using nylon insect screens or floating row cover (white polyester spun bonded fabric) from afternoon until late evening hours. Drape the fabric over the plant and pin it to the ground. However, do not use the fabric/insect screens on blooming vegetable crops like pumpkins and squash, as they require bees for pollination. The fabric should not be used if the day temperature reaches above 85 F.
  • A new bacterial insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Bt galleriae) is moderately effective on adult Japanese beetles and can be applied on the foliage of small-sized landscape plants and vegetable crops. This bacterial insecticide doesn’t affect pollinators. Shop online to find the Bt galleriae ingredient product.
  • Hand-picking and drowning the beetle in soapy water is another option to consider if you find few beetles in the garden.
  • Acelepryn is a relatively new insecticide product on the market and is known to provide good control on Japanese beetles as a foliar application. Additionally, it is nonhazardous to bees. You can obtain acelepryn through wholesale landscape vendors.  It is registered for ornamental plant use only.
  • On fruits and vegetables, standard organic products like neem oil and spinosad can be sprayed during late evening hours when there is reduced bee or other pollinator activity. Be sure to read the product label for its instructions, postharvest interval period and safety.
  • Do not use Japanese beetle traps for control, as they will attract thousands of beetles towards your landscape and can result in more damage. 
  • On turf, withhold your irrigation from July to mid-August when the beetles are in their peak active season. This will help in preventing the beetles from laying their eggs in your turf.
  • Before scheduling any preventive grub applications in your turf, mow any flowering weeds like clovers in your lawn to prevent bee toxicity. Or use acelepryn insecticide for preventive application since it is known to be nonhazardous to bees. Immediately after application, schedule a light irrigation (⅛ inch) to leach the product into the thatch layer.


Vijai Pandian is horticultural agent/educator for Brown County University of Wisconsin-Extension. For questions and advice, contact the Extension's Horticulture Help Desk at 920-391-4615 or bc_uw_extension_horticulture@co.brown.wi.us.





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.