Highlights of collaborative board actions centered on the Operating Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, Municipal Code Ordinances, and Comprehensive Plan during my Village Trustee term (04/19/2022 - 04/15/2024).
Public meetings are streamed on the Village's Facebook page for live or archive viewing.
Mandated by the Wisconsin Administrative Code, every municipal water supplier must develop and implement a comprehensive cross connection control program. At the February 14, 2024 Village Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a two-year commercial and residential Cross Connection Services Agreement with HydroCorp.
In a significant move towards the enhancement of community infrastructure, the Bellevue Village Board, with a 4-1 vote, recently approved an amendment to the agreement with SEH for the architectural and structural blueprint development of the Village Hall expansion project (CIP Project BG03)
With a 4-1 vote, the Village Board adopted the presented budget resolution, projecting an annual impact of $1,099 on a $350K home. The mill rate comparison showed an 11-cent increase, equivalent to a 3.62% rise. Each 1-cent on the tax rate was highlighted to bring in approximately $15,734.10 in revenue.
In a move to shape the future of the Village of Bellevue, the Village Board has recently approved a series of Zoning Ordinance Amendments, marking a significant step towards enhancing the local landscape and ensuring the harmonious development of businesses and properties in the area.
The Village Board unanimously voted to approve the Commercial Curbside Brush Pickup Policy and Resolution V-38-2023, thereby adding a new dimension to Bellevue's already comprehensive yard waste management services. (Municipal Code Chapter 391 Solid Waste and Recycling)
At the Village Board meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, Joe Pingel, P.E., a Stormwater Engineer with Cedar Corporation, took the stage to provide a comprehensive update on the stormwater quality section of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. (Municipal Code Chapter 400 Stormwater Management).
In an affirmation of progress, the Village Hall expansion project secured a 4-1 approval during the Bellevue Village Board meeting on August 9, 2023. The green light marked a pivotal step toward the continuation of CIP Project BG03 while staying within the outlined financial and timeline parameters presented for construction in early 2024 and occupancy in mid-2025.
In a recent Village Board meeting held on July 26, 2023, an executive audit summary of the draft Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the year ended 2022 was presented by KerberRose, a Certified Public Accounting Firm.
The Village of Bellevue took a step towards regulatory clarity and potential development opportunities on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, as the Village Board unanimously approved amendments to the Municipal Code Chapter 165 Alcohol Beverages §165-5 License Restrictions. T
One of the pressing issues facing the 51-year-old Community Center facility is the presence of roof leaks. To address this problem, the village allocated $17,000 in the 2023 Fiscal Year Operating Budget under Buildings & Grounds Capital Equipment specifically for roof repairs.
The 4-1 vote at the June 28, 2023, regular meeting authorized the municipal vehicle registration fee extension through 2025. This action is an Ordinance Update to Chapter 49 Finance and Taxation, Article III Section 18 Municipal Vehicle Registration Fee of the Village of Bellevue Municipal Code.
The Village Board unanimously rejected the sole bid it received to build new pickleball and tennis courts at DeBroux Park (CIP Project PRF35) due to higher-than-expected project bid costs at the Wednesday, May 24, 2024, Bellevue Village Board meeting.
The next pillar project for the Village is the relocation of the village administrative offices to an expansion site connected to the Village Hall at 3100 Eaton Road. (CIP Project BG03)
As I complete my first year as Village Trustee (Elected Term 04/19/2022 - 04/18/2024), I paused & reflected on the impact of your Village Board over the past 12 months.
The village-wide video security camera project for $44,800.88 was awarded to Martin Systems, Inc. at the Wednesday, March 22, 2023, regular Village Board meeting. (CIP Project IT40)
Approval allowed President Soukup to sign the State Municipal Agreement (SMA) for each project, resulting in the State supporting up to 80% of project construction funds for CIP project PW23-04 and CIP project PW23-05.
The Village Board approved the Final Resolutions for Special Assessments with a 3-2 vote after pivoting to a proclaimed equitable revision to the Corner Lot Credit calculation for these specific residentially zoned road projects.
A special meeting was held Monday, February 13, 2023, to ensure village board members and staff are comfortable and aligned with the steps and procedures for distribution of 2023 Road Paving Project (CIP PW20-03) expenses.
Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) received 4-1 approval by the Bellevue Village Board, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, to provide the design and engineering services to advance the buildout of an office expansion at 3100 Eaton Road (CIP Project BG03).
Unanimous approval of the proposed Comprehensive Plan 2023-2043, at the Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Bellevue Village Board meeting (2022 Operating Budget - Community Development - Planning & Zoning - Contracted Services).
DeBroux Tennis Court Replacement (CIP Project PRF35) is part of the Village Board approved CIP for 2023.
After the public hearing, and a brief board discussion, the Village Board approved the 2023 Budget and 2023-2027 CIP, as presented, with a 4-1 vote.
The Josten Playground Accessibility Path (CIP Project LS23) that encircles the playground area is complete!
Contractors have begun the Josten Park Tennis Court Renovation project (CIP Project PRF31).
Activity (CIP Project TID #1-001) will notably include the extension of Costco Way south past Landmark Boulevard and the extension of Town Hall Road west from Lime Kiln Road (CTH V) to Monroe Road (CTH GV).
The Village Board unanimously approved spending $3,800 to develop a fully engineered plan for a bracing system for the existing salt shed in the DPW yard (CIP Project PW10), located at 1811 Allouez Avenue, at the Wednesday, May 11, 2022, regular board meeting.
I was excited to see the new sign installed this morning at Josten Park! A 2021 storm tipped over and damaged the prior sign.
Serving on the Village Board is an excellent opportunity to contribute to your community's governance and make a positive impact on the development of Bellevue.
The Village Board of Bellevue consists of five members: a Village President and four Village Trustees. Together, they are responsible for managing and overseeing Village property, finances, streets, utilities, and public services. The Village President is elected every three years, while the Village Trustees are elected in alternating years.
As a member of the Village Board, you will serve as part of the legislative branch of the Village government. It's important to note that the Board does not have executive powers, as those responsibilities are carried out by the Village Administrator, who serves under the Board's direction. In simple terms, you will be guiding the village, not running the village.
If you're interested in running for a position on the Village Board, elections are held during the April Spring election. The Village President receives an annual compensation of $9,785, while the Village Trustees receive a fixed annual compensation of $6,500.
To be considered as a candidate and have your name placed on the April ballot, you need to complete a few necessary steps. These include filing a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1), a Declaration of Candidacy (EL-162), and Nomination Papers (EL-169). It's crucial to submit all forms by 5 pm on the first Tuesday of the New Year. If you choose to fax or email the forms, the original documents must be postmarked no later than the first Tuesday of the New Year.
Your time commitment is valued by the residents and taxpayers you represent, although mostly unseen.
Time as a Policy Board: There are 22 regular Village Board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. There is only 1 regular meeting in November and December. The board meetings vary in length and the agenda packet is made available 5 days prior for review. There are 2 fixed workshop meeting dates: the CIP (3rd Monday of August) and the Budget (1st Monday in October), and the duration of the workshops hover around 5 hours each. There may be additional special meeting dates needed.
Time as a Resident Connection: You may be contacted by residents, who may share their opinions, or request assistance. When individual Board members receive citizen complaints, these should be referred to the administration staff for investigation and resolution immediately. A vast majority of complaints concern enforcement issues, which must ultimately be addressed by the staff. The Administrative staff enforces zoning, ordinances, basic services, personnel matters, etc., and through the separation of duties, the Village Board establishes the rules and policies by which the staff function.
VILLAGE PRESIDENT (WIS. STAT. § 61.24) - Statutory Authority/Duties
VILLAGE BOARD (WIS. STAT. § 61.34) - Statutory Authority/Duties
TRUSTEES (INDIVIDUALLY) - Statutory Authority/Duties
Bellevue, as a Village, is governed by Chapter 61 of the Wisconsin State Legislature.
This form must be filed with the Bellevue Clerk’s Office as soon as you decide to become a candidate for office and before any funds are collected or spent.
This form must be filed with the Bellevue Clerk no later than the deadline for filing nomination papers or the candidate's name will not appear on the ballot. This form must be sworn to and signed in the presence of notary or person authorized to administer oaths.
Nomination papers may be circulated any time after December 1 of the current year. You will be required to obtain a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 100 signatures for each office pursued.
Candidate forms may be obtained from the Bellevue Village Clerk, at the Bellevue Village Offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue, or found at https://elections.wi.gov/forms.
Attribution statements, commonly referred to as disclaimers, are statements required to be placed on any communication containing express advocacy in order to identify the person(s) who paid for and/or authorized the communication. WIS. STAT. § 11.1303(2).
Express advocacy is a communication which clearly identifies a candidate and clearly relates to the election or defeat of the candidate. Common terms include 'Vote for', 'Elect', 'Support', 'Cast your ballot for', 'Smith for... (an elective office)', 'Vote Against', 'Defeat', 'Reject', and 'Cast your ballot against'. (§ 11.0101(11))
Every printed advertisement, billboard, handbill, lawn sign, sample ballot, television or radio advertisement, or other communication requires an attribution.
Attribution statements do not apply to communications containing express advocacy printed on small items, which would normally require a disclaimer, but cannot be conveniently printed, including text messages, social media communications, and certain small advertisements on mobile phones. WIS. STAT. § 11.1303(2)(f).
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