Sunday, December 30, 2018

Winter Weather Safety Tips

When winter weather strikes, do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to travel in winter weather:
  1. Make sure you have survival gear such as blankets, a shovel, flashlight, and extra batteries, warm clothing, battery booster cables, quick energy foods and brightly-colored cloth to use as a distress flag.
  2. Keep a full tank of gas to prevent gasoline freeze up.
  3. If you have a cell phone for use, keep the battery charged. If you should become stranded you will be able to call for help advising rescuers of you location.
  4. Make sure someone knows your travel plans.
  5. Drive safely:
    • Drive more slowly.
    • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
    • Keep greater distance between you and the car ahead. Check traction by periodically tapping brakes.
    • If car starts to slide, stop braking immediately, then reapply brakes more slowly.
    • Steer into skids (look and steer where you want to go).
    • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces.
    • Do not follow closer than 200-feet from the plow truck.
    • Do not pass plow trucks unless instructed by the operator.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Wheel taxes


You have likely heard about the municipal vehicle registration fee, aka wheel tax.  Green Bay has implemented a wheel tax that will be in effect beginning January 1.  Vehicles registered in the City of Green Bay with new or renewed registrations after January 1 will be subject to a wheel tax.  In Green Bay, the revenue generated is planned to be used to reduce or eliminate special assessments for road reconstruction and repair.

The Village of Bellevue does not yet have a wheel tax, although the board is contemplating implementing one to generate revenue to help pay for road reconstruction and repair.  Unlike Green Bay, if a wheel tax is imposed in Bellevue, it will not generate enough revenue to eliminate special assessments but it could reduce assessments.

Current village ordinance requires that the total assessable cost be charged to the property owner.  The Village pays for any extra costs due to wider roads, sidewalks, abutting village property, etc.  If the Village implemented the wheel tax, the village could use the revenue to pick up a portion of the costs otherwise assessed to the property owner.  This would require establishing a revenue source (wheel tax) AND changing our ordinance to allow for a subsidy. 

Currently, there are approximately 7,000 vehicles registered in the Village of Bellevue.  However, given our population we believe that many are incorrectly registered in the City of Green Bay.  This is because DMV often defaults the registration to the largest city in the zipcode.  Since Bellevue shares a zipcode with Green Bay, many Bellevue vehicles are registered in Green Bay.  These vehicles registered incorrectly will be subject to the Green Bay wheel tax beginning January 1.  If Bellevue enacts a wheel tax, the money collected for those incorrectly registered vehicles will be sent to Green Bay rather than Bellevue.  To check your vehicle registration status, visit here

Stay tuned as the Village continues this discussion in the coming months.

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East River Trail Arboretum Gets New Signage

New arboretum signage along East River Trail
Be on the lookout for new signage identifying the Village's arboretum the next time you are using the East River Trail.  The Village's arboretum is located along 1.2 miles of the East River Trail from the Rite Place Trailhead to the Westminster Drive Trailhead.  When the arboretum is completed, there will be over 170 trees planted of different species and varieties.  Thanks to grant funds provided by ATC and the DNR, as well as allocated funds from the Village, 30 trees were planted in the arboretum this year.  An additional 30 are scheduled to be planted next year.  All trees are, or will be, labeled with identifying tags with both scientific and common names and year planted. 
New arboretum signage along East River Trail at Westminster Drive






Christmas Tree Pick-Up


Christmas tree pick up is a service provided by the Village of Bellevue for its residents. Pickup is conducted once a week throughout the month of January. Typically this is done on Monday's (weather permitting). To have your tree picked up by the Public Works Department, please place your trees at the curb, not in the street, by Sunday evening or early Monday morning (before 7 a.m.). Trees are taken to the Village Yard Waste site and ground up for reuse as landscaping materials. Trees that are frozen into the snow banks will be left until the spring brush pickup in April/May. If you miss the pickup window, you can drop off trees that meet the criteria below at the Village Yard Waste Site.

As a reminder, only natural (real) Christmas trees and wreaths, that are free of wire and metal frames, will be picked up. Artificial trees/wreaths/garland will not be accepted.
Other prohibited items include:
• Flocked trees/ boughs
• Lights
• Ornaments/decorations
• Stands
• Wire, plastic, or metal of any kind
For more information regarding Christmas tree pickup, please contact the Public Works Department at (920) 593-5518 or email us at gpotts@villageofbellevue.org.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Congratulations, Roger!

One of the Village Building Inspectors, Roger Strege, was honored today by the Northeast Chapter of the Wisconsin Building Inspectors Association (NEWBIA) for his commitment and years of dedicated service to the field. Congratulations Roger! Very well deserved and earned!

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Garbage/Recycling Pick-Up Schedule

The Village of Bellevue would like to remind you that with the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday falling on Tuesday, the Garbage/Recycling pick-up for the week will take place from Wednesday (December 26th) through Saturday (December 29th) for the week of Christmas and Wednesday (January 2nd) through Saturday (January 5th) for the week of New Year's Day. 

Regularly scheduled pick-ups will still occur on Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24th) and New Year's Eve (Monday, December 31st). However, if your normal Garbage/Recycling pick-up day is Tuesday, it will be on Wednesday, 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.

Set it and forget it! Avoid the hassle and go paperless and/or direct payment of your Bellevue utility bills.

Pay your Village of Bellevue water bill automatically from a checking or savings account. Just complete the authorization form (available here: authorization form) and mail or drop it off along with a voided check to the Village office.  
You may also make direct payments online, however there is a $2.99 fee for this service. This service is offered through Payment Service Network

Go paperless! You may also opt out of receiving paper bills and sign up for electronic bills at the Payment Services Network Inc. site linked above. There is no fee for this service.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sand, Snow and Everywhere In Between

from the National Recreation and Park Association

Each season gives the public a new opportunity to enjoy their parks and recreation amenities. In many areas of the country this time of year, individuals and families look forward to annual stops at the pumpkin patch or farmers market for pumpkins and cider. Others look to escape the cold and head to the beach while still many others grab their skis and sleds to head for the snowy hills.  Wherever and whatever your favorite winter destination and activity may include, local park and recreation agencies will be continuing to bring you and your family lasting memories this holiday season.

Key Findings

  • Eighty-three percent of Americans would want to head outside for a winter/holiday destination
  • Local farms provide the top holiday destination with activities such as: pumpkin, tree, and/or other holiday decoration picking
  • One in three people want to visit the beach this holiday season to relax
  • Thirty percent of Americans look to the snowy hills of their local parks in winter for playing and sledding fun.



To view an interactive chart of the NRPA Park Pulse statistics, visit the NRPA webpage here

Provided Mother Nature cooperates and provides snow, the sledding hill at Josten Park is open from 8am-10pm daily.  There is a timed light at the top of the hill on the flag pole for nightly sledding fun. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Proposed legislation relating to the "Dark Store" tax loophole


The State Legislature’s Dark Store Study Committee discussed three draft bills that make changes to the tax assessment process.  The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has deemed these draft bills as positive, but they do not close the tax loophole known as the Dark Store Loophole whereby large retailers (commonly Walmart, Walgreens, Menards, and others) greatly reduce their property tax burden by valuing the property equivalent to a closed, vacant store. Current tax assessment practices value the properties to include income-generation. 
·        One proposed bill requires that all taxing jurisdictions (public school, technical college, county, and municipality) share in the legal costs and outcomes of Dark Store litigation.  Currently, only the city, town, or village where the retailer exists must pay attorney fees for litigation and interest on back taxes refunded to the retailers.  This bill would require all jurisdictions to bear a share of the cost. 
·        Another proposed bill allows a tax assessor to request detailed documents from the property owner earlier in the assessment process.  If the owner does not provide the  requested documents by March 31 of the current assessment year, this bill would prohibit the owner from objecting to the assessed valuation. 
·        The third proposed bill allows a taxpayer to bring circuit court action for excessive assessment without first filing a claim with the taxing district. 
None of the proposed bills fix the issue, however the first of the proposed bills (requiring a sharing of the burden) provides some relief to cities, towns, and villages who are the subject of these lawsuits across the state.  The League of Wisconsin Municipalities continues to meet with legislators to strategize passing legislation that reverses the loopholes that pass large retailer’s tax burden onto other property owners. 

For more information on the Dark Store Loophole:  League of Municipalities Dark Store Loophole Campaign


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Start the New Year on the Right Foot with a First Day Hike

From the National Recreation and Park Association, 12/7/18:

Hiking at Mirror Lake State Park
January 1, 2019, will mark the 27th year anniversary of the First Day Hike initiative, which started in Massachusetts to get more people out in parks and enjoying nature at a time of the year not typically associated with outdoor recreation.

Last year, nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking more than 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. Many others hiked state park trails throughout the day.


According to the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), which began administering the program in 2012, “the distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.”

Winter Hike in Wisconsin
From California to Maine, hikers can experience a variety of outdoor recreation activities, including mountain and hill climbing, kayaking, walks along lakes and beaches, exploration of trails through great forests, wildlife expeditions, bird-watching and much more, while improving their overall mental and physical health and wellness.
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Two hikes are planned near Bellevue:  Kettle Moraine Park and Newport State Park.  Hikes are 3-4 miles in length and are family friendly.

Learn more about the First Day Hikes on the America's State Parks website



NFPA: Winter Storm Safety


Monday, December 17, 2018

Job Opportunities: Before and After School Openings

The Village of Bellevue's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is looking for dependable, creative, and fun individuals who enjoy working with children, for its Before & After School program. Morning (6:45-9:00am) and Afternoon (3:15-5:30pm) shifts are available.

If you are looking for a flexible seasonal position and enjoy working with children, then this is the job for you! To apply, please submit a completed Village employment application and your resume to awaszak@villageofbellevue.org or mail/drop off at the Village Offices located at 2828 Allouez Ave. Green Bay, WI 54311.

Having Fun at the Before & After School Program

Bellevue's 2018 Holiday Gala a Success

Dancers and The Happy Days Trio
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department along with the Village's Adult Programs Committee recently hosted Bellevue's Annual Holiday Gala at Wally's Spot on Friday, December 7th. Nearly 170 area active adults participated in the event.

Happy winner of the 40" TV Raffle







This annual favorite featured entertainment by The Happy Days Trio, dancing, great food, casual conversation, a wonderful array of raffle baskets, and a drawing for a 40" flat screen TV. The event was sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry and entertainment provided by Oak Park Place. 

Bellevue Holiday Gala Title Sponsor

Bellevue Holiday Gala Entertainment Sponsor



Raffle Basket Donors:

Heritage Hill State Park
The Pancake Place
Oak View Veterinary Hospital
Captain’s Walk
Winery
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Milwaukee Admirals
Radisson Hotel &
Conference Center
Goal Post Bar & Grill
Angelina’s Italian Restaurant
St. Brendan's Inn
Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe
Mackinaws Bar & Grill
The Café at Bellevue
Betty Maher & Holly Husting
Bellevue Family   Dentistry
Family Video
Selah Therapeutic Wellness
The Rite Place
Great Basket Raffle Items
Great Basket Raffle Items

Transportation Funding Alternatives - Village Board Considerations

The December 12 Village of Bellevue board meeting included a presentation on funding alternatives, including:
Tax levy;
Wheel tax;
Special assessment;
Transportation utility;
Deferred maintenance and repair.

Staff recommendation to the board includes (in sequential order, 2019-2020):
1. Do not defer scheduled projects;
2. Encourage residents to update vehicle registration to the correct municipality;
3. Pass an ordinance establishing a wheel tax;
4. Adopt policy dedicating wheel tax revenues to transportation infrastructure;
5. Modify special assessment ordinance:

  • Current ordinance requires 100% assessment of assessable project costs
  • Option: cost/share as a percentage of assessable project costs.
  • Past/current practice assessment district is properties abutting the road project.
  • Option: define assessment district to include a broader area.

6. Use wheel tax revenues to contribute to the subsidy created through step 5;
7. Establish a transportation utility:
      Once revenue stream is established, consider:

  • Repealing wheel tax;
  • Reducing or eliminating special assessments.

8. And/or establish capital levy with 2020 budget directed to road improvements.

The Village board will continue discussing and potentially acting upon these recommendations in the coming months.

Santa Makes an Early Stop in Bellevue

Santa came to the Village of Bellevue a little early this year, stopping at Josten Park with two of his reindeer on Thursday. December 6th.

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry department partnered with Dan Van Adestine, American Family Insurance Agent & Festival Foods to sponsor the event.  Families had the opportunity to visit with Santa and his reindeer, put together a holiday craft, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department would like to thank the event sponsors, as well as the Junior Jets 4-H Club and Bellevue Fire Department for helping make this event a success.

Santa in the Park Title Sponsor: Dan VanAdestine, Agent
American Family Insurance
Santa in the Park Partner Sponsor:  Festival Foods

Friday, December 14, 2018

NFPA: Winter Holiday Safety


2019 Park Shelter Rentals Begin January 2

The Village's park shelters continue to be popular among Bellevue's residents.  The shelters are typically used for family gatherings, ranging from birthday parties and graduations to small wedding receptions.  Our reservations continue to increase each year.  Each year as the summer months approach, weekend availability becomes limited for enclosed shelters like those found at Josten and DeBroux parks.  We encourage you to reserve the date for your gathering sooner than later before the shelters become unavailable. 

Beginning January 2, 2019, reservations are accepted on a first come-first serve basis at the Village offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, Monday through Friday 7:30am –4:30pm.

2019 FEES:
Enclosed Shelters (Josten & DeBroux parks)
$75 deposit
$90 Resident / $115/Non-Resident per day
$25 for diamond lights only

Open Shelters (Josten North or South & Willow Creek parks)
$75 deposit
$70 Resident/ $95/Non-Resident per day

Important Rental Information:
Any private citizen (resident or non-resident), non-profit group, private business or corporation, or governmental organization may request a reservation for the use of Village park shelters or the Community Center.

The Village will accept shelter reservation requests for the period of May 1st through September 30th. Village park shelters may not be reserved between October 1st and April 30th.

Enclosed shelters and concession stands are not available to renters during the summer months Monday through Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm. All other days, rental hours are 8:00am - 10:00pm.

For more information on the shelters, including pictures and rental contract forms, visit the village website HERE

Happy Holidays

From all of us here at the Village of Bellevue, we hope you have a very enjoyable and safe holiday season.

As a reminder, our Village Offices will be closed on the following dates:
  • Monday, December 24
  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Monday, December 31
  • Tuesday, January 1

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Transportation Funding Alternatives for the Village of Bellevue



There's been much talk about special assessments, wheel taxes, property taxes, and the deteriorating condition of our roads.  We have several sources of funding available for our road infrastructure.  None of them alone solve the issue, all of them cost taxpayers and users of our roads money, each of them has pros and cons, and every one of them have supporters and opposers.  

There will be a presentation on these transportation funding alternatives at the December 12 board meeting, 6:30 pm at 3100 Eaton Road.

Here's a quick summary of alternatives to address our road infrastructure issue:

Tax levy:  incorporate the cost of road improvements into the village budget, utilizing property taxes.  Common arguments against this are that it puts the burden of paying for our roads on property owners (does not include users that do not own property in the village), property owners that do not use a very local street (i.e. a cul de sac in a very residential neighborhood) are subsidizing the users of the street (property owners along the cul de sac), it increases property taxes, there is no guarantee that the increased taxes will go towards transportation and not directed to other budget areas, the increase in taxes would need to be substantial to fully pay for roads, it can easily fluctuate or be eliminated with changes to the economic and political environment through the annual budget process, and it is not entirely feasible because state-imposed levy caps limit the amount of levy the village can collect from property taxes.  Common arguments in favor of this are that property taxes are tax-deductible (compared to wheel taxes and special assessments), and roads are considered a public good meaning the public benefits so a subsidy is reasonable. 

Wheel tax:  this is an added fee imposed when vehicles kept in the village are registered.  A common misconception of the wheel tax is that it would eliminate special assessments.  While this may be true in larger cities due to the amount of vehicles registered, it is not true for the Village of Bellevue.  Currently, there are approximately 7,000 vehicles registered in Bellevue.  If a $20 wheel tax is imposed in Bellevue, this would generate $140,000 annually. The Village spends approximately $1M annually on road reconstruction and repairs.  Common arguments against this are that the fee is not tax-deductible, and a resistance to pay property taxes AND wheel taxes.  Common arguments in favor of this is that it makes most users of the roads contribute to their repair and maintenance, and it requires minimal administrative costs and staff resources (Department of Transportation retains $0.17 of each fee for administrative costs and sends a monthly check to the municipality for the remainder). 

Special assessment:  this is when the village charges owners of property that abuts village streets for the reconstruction and resurfacing of the streets that abut the property.  Common arguments against this is that special assessments are not tax deductible, the cost to assessed property owners is substantial, and there are more people who receive benefit from the street project than just those who own property along the street.  Common arguments in favor of this are that it makes those who use the street most pay for the benefit, and it alleviates the levy cap issue that could otherwise prevent repair and improvements from being completed.

Transportation utility:  this is structured the same as water or sewer utility.  All property owners would be required to pay a utility fee that would be dedicated solely to transportation projects.  Common arguments against this is that it is more taxes in the form of fees, that only property owners pay, it requires substantial resources for initial implementation, and utility rates would need to be high to support road infrastructure needs.  Common arguments in favor of this is that it is not subject to levy caps and therefore is feasible to pay all or most of the transportation costs, once established it requires moderate resources to administer, and it is long-standing (i.e. it is unlikely to be dissolved with changes in political environment) and therefore sustainable.

Deferred maintenance and repair:  this is postponing road infrastructure maintenance, reconstruction, and repair activities.  Common arguments against this is that it increases costs in the long-term, that future generations are burdened with the costs, that it increases village liability for damage and injury due to road maintenance, that it is costly to users in the form of vehicle damage and repair, and it is unsafe.  Common arguments in favor of this is that it has no immediate, up-front costs, and that future political and economic environments may provide more resources to address the issue. 

Quick statistics:
Approximate amount Bellevue spends on streets annually:                      $1,000,000
Tax rate necessary to fully pay for streets (2019 rate is $2.93):                $3.76
Resulting property tax on home valued at $200,000 (2019 is $586)         $752
(village portion only= about 15% of total property tax bill)
Amount necessary for a wheel tax to fully pay for streets:                        $143/vehicle



Monday, December 3, 2018

Welcome Directed Enforcement Officer Peterson!

The Village of Bellevue contracts with Brown County for police services.  The village is served by two Directed Enforcement Officers (DEO) whose full-time responsibilities are committed to community policing in the Village of Bellevue.  This role differs from traditional policing because they are directed towards crime prevention and community relationships as well as traditional response and patrol and responsibilities.

DEOs Bilgo and Omdahl currently serve the village in this capacity.  However, DEO Omdahl is moving on to another position with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.  We wish DEO Omdahl the best in his new endeavor and will miss him!  We are excited to welcome DEO Dustan Peterson, who will be joining the Bellevue law enforcement team beginning January 1.

Dustan has been with the Brown County Sheriff's Office for 14 years and is on the traffic team, dive team, boat patrol, and Honor Guard. DEO Peterson has participated in the National Night Out in Bellevue and brings with him extensive training, many advanced certifications, and infectious enthusiasm.

Welcome, DEO Peterson!

2019 Dog Park Passes On Sale Now!

The 2019 Annual Dog Park Passes are on sale now.  Annual passes to the Mossakowski Family Dog Park are $30 for the first dog and $60 for 2 or more dogs in the same household.  You can purchase your 2019 Dog Pass online HERE







Annual dog passes are good from January 1 - December 31 each year.  Once your pass is purchased online, your annual sticker will be mailed to you within a few weeks of purchase.  You must keep your receipt on you as you visit the park until the sticker is received and you are able to attach to your dog's name tag or rabies vaccination tag. 



 If you do not have an annual dog pass, the daily fee is $3/dog. 



Register Now for 2019 Winter and Spring Recreation Progrmas

The Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has many great programs for you this winter and spring, and registration is on now!  Registration is going on now for Village of Bellevue residents and begins online on December 15 for non-residents and in person on December 17. 

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department as some great new trips planned in March and April as well as some new adult program offerings. 
Along with our new adult program offerings, we have many of our popular offerings including dance, tae kwon do, and bingo, just to name a few.


To find more information on our programs, please view our online program guide.


If you would like to register for any of our programs you can do so online here 24 hours a day.

NFPA: Christmas Tree Safety Tips


Monday, November 26, 2018

Village Ash Trees to Be Removed This Winter

As time and winter weather allows, Village Forestry and Public Works staff will begin the process of removing selected ash trees throughout the Village as a preemptive response to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation.  The Village of Bellevue has received 2 forestry grants to help the dedicated Village funds for ash tree removal and replacement go even further to remove and replace almost 100 ash trees.  Trees removed are located on Village parks and buildings locations and along Village-owned right-of-ways.  Contractors may be hired to remove trees too large or dangerous for Village staff and equipment to safely remove.  Ash trees which are not being treated with insecticide will eventually succumb to the devastating effects of the EAB. 

DO YOU WANT YOUR TREES REMOVED FIRST?
As a resident, if you have an ash tree in the right-of-way in front of your property and would like the ash tree to be removed when village staff time and funds allow, you can be moved to the top of the list of ash trees scheduled to be removed.  The tree will be removed, the stump ground, and the tree replaced in the closest available planting cycle, at no cost to you.  Please know that all Village ash trees, unless being treated for EAB, will be removed eventually.  If you would like the street trees in front of your property added to the list, please contact Doug Tenor, Village Forester, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org to have your name and address added to the tree removal list. 

ADOPT AN ASH FOR TREATMENT
If you do not want to see the ash tree in the right of way in front of your house removed, you do have an option to "adopt" the ash tree(s) for treatment every other year.  Trees that are suitable for treatment must be healthy, not already infected by infestation, and must be treated every other year for the next 20 years (10 treatments).  Cost for treatment is based on the size of the tree and is currently running about $10/diameter inch.  Average cost for treated trees in 2018 was $100/tree.  If you are interested in adopting the ash tree(s) in the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact Doug Tenor, Village Forester, at dtenor@villageofbellevue.org.  Doug will inspect the ash trees to insure suitability for treatment.  Please check this map to confirm what type of tree is in the right of way in front of your property.  Please note, residents cannot treat Village street trees (trees in the right of way) on their own without prior approval from the Village Forester. 

The Village of Bellevue currently has almost 1,000 ash trees in it's inventory.  This does not include any privately owned ash trees that are on residential or other property.  If you would like to learn more about EAB and it's devastating effects, please head to the Village webpage for additional information. 

Additionally, check out our EAB storyboard here.

What is a Snow Emergency?

What really is a snow emergency when declared by the Village? In accordance State Statute
166.03(4) and with Village Ordinance, the Village of Bellevue can declare a snow emergency following specific procedures. During such period of a declared snow emergency, no person shall cause nor allow the parking or standing of any vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer, except emergency vehicles, upon any Village street until after the period of declaration has come to an end. The Sheriff’s Department may tow away any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer found in violation of the declaration at the owner’s expense.

When the Village declares such an emergency, notice is provided to many media outlets and agencies as well as through Village social media and website. We make every effort to get the message out on a declared emergency as soon as possible. We understand that such a declaration can cause some significant inconvenience and the Village only makes a declaration of a snow emergency when it is deemed necessary for the general public safety and welfare of the Village. Snow removal operations can be slowed considerably when parking is permitted on Village streets.

The Village would also like to remind residents that no parking is allowed on any Village street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., November 1st to April 1st. For more information on Village snow and ice control, including maps, visit the Village website.

NFPA: Fire Safety During Winter Storms


Job Announcement - Full-Time Building Inspector

The Village of Bellevue is seeking an experienced Building Inspector to join our team.  Bellevue is a progressive growing community located within the greater Green Bay Metro area.  The past two years has seen tremendous growth and numerous new developments are in the planning stages.

This position is responsible for enforcing all codes, laws, rules and regulations as related to municipal ordinances and state building codes.  Additional requirements of the position include controlling and ensuring proper and safe building construction, and inspection of all existing buildings, structures, and components thereof to ensure they are maintained in a safe manner.  Wisconsin Department of Commerce credentials in the following categories is strongly preferred: UDC-Construction, UDC-Electrical, UDC-Plumbing, UDC-HVAC.  Licensure in Commercial Building, Commercial Electrical, and Commercial Plumbing is a plus.  Background or knowledge of zoning is preferred.

Starting salary range for the position is $55,000 - $59,000 based upon qualifications and licensure.

A complete job description is available by clicking here.

Interested applicants should download and complete the Village's application (above) and submit it, along with a current resume and list of three (3) professional references to Human Resources (click here). Applications may also be received via mail or drop-off at:

Village of Bellevue, ATTN: Human Resources
2828 Allouez Avenue
Bellevue, WI 54311

The position is open until filled, with the first review of applications occurring on Monday, January 7th.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Spring Election 2019 Village of Bellevue Board of Trustees


The 2019 election dates are:
  • Spring Primary – February 19, 2019
  • Spring Election – April 2, 2019
Local candidates may begin circulating nomination papers beginning December 1, 2018.  Paperwork must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 with the Bellevue Village Clerk.  Nomination papers may be circulated for the following Village offices:

Office                                                              Incumbent
Village Trustee (2-year term)                          Dave Kaster
Village Trustee (2-year term)                          Adam Gauthier

2019 Village of Bellevue budget approved.

The village held a public hearing on the proposed Village of Bellevue 2019 Budget  on November 14.  The budget was approved 4-1.

The budget isn't just about numbers.  It is a policy statement that commits the village to providing specific services and completing identified projects, and it identifies how those services and projects will be funded.

The 2019 budget commits resources to maintain 2018 level of services including:
  • Transit: east side hub and expanded route (approved in 2017 to begin in 2018, 2019 is the first full year of implementation).
  • Law enforcement: 2 directed enforcement officers, patrol, investigations.  Contracted with Brown County.
  • Fire and rescue:  staffed crew M-F: 7am - 5 pm; S&S: 7 am - 3 pm; 24/7 battalion chief.
  • Invasive species: phragmites control program to restore and maintain the East River corridor.
Capital projects:
  • Bower Creek bank stabilization
  • Asset management system
  • Village facilities master plan
  • Bedford Heights Park development
  • Josten Park lighting - replacement 
  • Sewer utility
    • Allouez Avenue - replacement
    • Huron/Willow - relocation
    • Hazen Road - sewer line sealing
    • Huron/STH 29 - sewer reconstruction
  • Water utility
    • Water meter replacement program - continuing upgrades to Sensus meters
    • Huron Road - extension & modifications to water line
    • Verlin Road - Sterling to Bellevue water line replacement
    • Eldorado/Seville - engineering in 2019, replacement in 2020
    • Manitowoc Road - Willow to Klondike, engineering in 2019, replacement in 2020
  • Roads
    • Hazen Road reconstruction & sidewalk
    • CTH EA/Huron Road (Willow - STH 29)
    • Manitowoc Road
    • Resurfacing
      • Jubille Drive
      • Casual Court
      • Collier Court
      • Leisure Court
      • Marco Court
  • Capital purchases
    • ball field conditioner
    • building inspection vehicle replacement
    • wood chipper truck and box
    • brine truck
    • fire command vehicle replacement
The resultant tax rate needed to fund the approved level of service and capital projects is $2.93; a $.07 increase from the 2018 tax rate.  This amounts to an increase of $14.95 in annual village taxes for a property with an assessed value of  $200K.

Other budget highlights include cost savings realized from an opt out payment in lieu of health insurance for village employees, increased efficiencies in the municipal court resulting in decreased staffing levels with no decrease in services, and lower police contract due to smaller proportional share of investigations staffing.

Increased revenues in the areas of building permit fees from new development, collection of fees for fire department response to accidents, and the reinvestment of village funds at a higher interest rate contributed to the 2019 budget.

While the final budget document is not yet ready, the draft budget is available on the village website:  Draft 2019 Village of Bellevue budget.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Simple Steps for Safe Cyber-Shopping

From WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection:


MADISON – Shopping online for holiday gifts this year?  You are not alone.  The number of consumers using computers and mobile devices to compare items and prices, make purchases, and track shipments continues to increase each year.  While these e-commerce systems continue to evolve with a focus on security, the scammers are also evolving and honing their craft to find new potential scams and exploits. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises holiday shoppers to keep their devices and applications up to date and to watch out for too-good-to-be-true offers and fake shopping websites.

"Before consumers begin their online holiday shopping, we encourage you to take some basic measures in order to be better protected from scammers," said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Check your devices for security updates before you start looking online for gifts, limit your transactions on public Wi-Fi networks, and be suspicious of questionable offers on unfamiliar websites and in social media posts."

Online holiday scams often feature in-demand products like electronics and fashion items to attract your attention. Scammers use fake websites, classified ads, social media messages, and text and email blasts to try to trick you into downloading malware or providing your personal or banking information. Beware of unrealistic offers, coupons, and other enticements – especially from websites with which you are not familiar.

Keep your online shopping experience safe by following these simple tips:

  • Update your device's operating system and antivirus software before you start shopping.
  • Make sure a website is legitimate before ordering. Check for the company's name, physical location, and contact information. Remember that identity thieves can create websites that mimic a legitimate business's site, so don't trust a site based solely on its appearance. Lastly, do some quick research to see if there are any warnings about the site online and contact Wisconsin's Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7182 or datcphotline@wi.gov) to see if complaints have been filed against the business.
  • Avoid social media posts or emails that appear to offer free vouchers or gift cards – they often lead to online surveys designed to steal personal information.
  • When purchasing gift cards online, be leery of auction sites selling discounted or bulk gift cards – you may end up with cards that have been tampered with, have been used or that are expired.
  • Make sure you are on a secure site before you enter your password or any personal or banking information. Secure sites start with "https" rather than "http" (the "s" stands for "secure").
  • Pay by credit card. If you use a credit card, federal law gives you the right to dispute charges if you report them to the credit card company within 60 days of receiving the statement.
  • Keep a paper trail. Print or save records of online transactions, item descriptions, and copies of emails sent between you and the seller. Carefully review credit card statements after the holidays to look for unauthorized charges.


For additional information or to file a consumer complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wi.gov, or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

Release Date: November 13, 2018

Media Contact: Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020

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Village Offices Closed November 22 and 23

Village of Bellevue Offices will be closed on November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Village of Bellevue Draft Budget


The Village of Bellevue 2019 budget hearing will be held Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm at 3100 Eaton Road. You may view the full draft budget here: Village of Bellevue 2019 draft budget

Budget Highlights

The proposed 2019 budget sustains 2018 service levels for operations (annually recurring expenses).  The following increases to budget are required to maintain service levels
  • Increased budget for the Green Bay Metro Transit east side hub and route expansion that was implemented mid-2018.  2019 represents the first full year of implementation.
  • Vehicle operations and management fund:  used to replace, repair, and maintain village vehicles.  The proposed budget partially restores the fund to 2017 levels.
  • Invasive species (phragmites) control in the East River corridor to restore the view of the river and increase shoreline health (through plant diversity) and protect nearby property values.  This program was implemented mid-2018.
  • Increased snow removal budget to reflect increased cost of supplies (i.e. road salt).
  • Increased public works contracted services to accommodate increased concrete repair, roundabout maintenance, and right of way lawn care needs.

 2019 capital projects: Capital projects are those that purchase, plan, build, maintain, or restore village assets.  They are multi-year projects (i.e. are not annually recurring costs such as operations like snow plowing)
  • Asset management program to proactively manage village investments of equipment, buildings, and infrastructure.
  • Development of a village facilities master plan to identify needs and opportunities for village facilities including the community center/fire station 2/public works at 1811 Allouez Avenue, administration/public works at 2828 Allouez Avenue, fire station 1/municipal court at 1811 Eaton Road, and park buildings. 
  • Bedford Heights Park development
  • Josten Park lighting replacement
  • Road projects
o   Hazen Road reconstruction & sidewalk
o   CTH EA/Huron Rd (Willow-STH 29)
o   Manitowoc Road
o   Resurfacing
§  Jubille Dr
§  Casual Ct
§  Collier Ct
§  Leisure Ct
§  Marco Ct

  • Water utility projects
o   Water meter replacement program
o   Huron-Willow water main extension
o   Huron Road water main modifications
o   Verlin Road (Sterling-Bellevue) water main replacement
o   Eldorado/Seville – initial engineering for 2020 replacement
o   Manitowoc Road (Willow-Klondike) – initial engineering for 2020 replacement

  • Sanitary utility projects
o   Allouez Ave – replacement
o   Huron – Willow – relocation
o   Hazen Rd – sealing
o   Huron/STH 29 – reconstruction

  • Stormwater utility project
o   Bower Creek bank stabilization

  • Vehicle/equipment purchases
o   Ball field conditioner
o   Building inspection vehicle
o   Wood chipper truck & box
o   Brine truck
o   Fire command vehicle