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Bellevue board updated on Guns Street project

By John McCracken

BELLEVUE – As a part of the village’s capital improvement plan, Guns Street is headed for major reconstruction later this year.

The Bellevue village board learned, Wednesday, Feb. 10, the project received a $450,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Local Road Improvement Program to assist with the road reconstruction, sidewalk construction and culvert replacement.

The estimated cost is $1.1 million.

Village staff also anticipate $30,500 in county bridge aids to replace the 60-inch culvert, while the village will cover the remaining 50 percent of the cost.

The road will be completely reconstructed, and sidewalks north of County Highway JJ on Guns Street will be added.

The village board unanimously passed a resolution declaring the intent to levy special assessments, and let property owners know costs associated with the project.

Moonrise Court, just off of Guns Street, is being reconditioned this year.

The village is completing this project in conjunction with the Guns Street reconstruction.

The cost for Moonrise Court is estimated at $72,000.

Public informational meetings for Moonrise Court and Guns Street are scheduled for March 3.

The village board will also decide on assessment costs associated with upcoming construction on Manitowoc Road.

Speeding update

Officer Dustan Petersen reported on the village’s ongoing speeding problems.

Petersen said there are three problem areas in the village in regards to speeding: Allouez Avenue, Lime Kiln Road and Hazen Road.

In 2020, 914 traffic-related citations were issued in the village, 611 citations were warnings and 269 of those were speed related.

“Speeding is our No. 1 complaint in the village, in the county, in the state and across the nation,” Petersen said.

Patient Pines Assisted Living

The village board unanimously approved an expanded 20-bed community-based residential facility.

Patient Pines Assisted Living, 1715 Westminster Dr., was originally constructed as two eight-bed facilities on separate lots, which have since been combined.

Owner Toni Carter of Carzam, LLC, requested rezoning the lots from Multi-Family Residential (MFR) to Industrial, which the board approved.

As part of the process, the board also approved a conditional use permit, to allow Carter to operate the single, 20-bed facility.

Compost woes

Village Administrator Diane Wessel said staff have proposed ideas to combat misuse at the compost site on Eaton Road.

An automated gate, increased signage to deter non-permitted users and sticker permits are under consideration.

“The goal is not to increase the revenue, but decrease the cost,” Wessel said.

The village board voted 3-2 to limit contract permits to Bellevue businesses and control non-authorized use of the site.

Trustees Dave Kaster and John Sinkle voted in favor alongside Village President Steve Soukup, while Trustees Tom Katers and Adam Gauthier voted against.

Citizen’s Academy

Benjamin Andrews, assistant to the village administrator, said the village’s Citizen Academy is starting in March.

The six-week, once-a-week class teaches residents and business owners about the mechanisms of local government.

Interested participants age 16 and older may register on the village’s website.

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