Summary of weekly meetings – La Presse
TOWN HALL OF FATHER
Council approves rezoning of parcel on Scheuring Road
Council unanimously approved a rezoning application for a parcel at 1360 Scheuring Road, just northeast of the intersection with American Boulevard, to allow for a drive-thru/fast-food restaurant project.
The project is surrounded by multi-family zoning to the north, a business park to the south, the city water reservoir and multi-family zoning to the east and businesses to the west.
In 2002, a Walmart/Menards Planned Development District (PDD) was established, on the northern two-thirds of the plot, and permitted fast-food or convenience businesses on the northern two-thirds of the site.
The proposed plan includes a 2,460 square foot Starbucks with a two-way drive-thru window.
Council also gave unanimous consent to a final 104-lot platform and four exit lots from the fifth Waterview Heights addition in the 2400 block of Lost Dauphin Road.
City will pick up tab for balls for adult softball leagues’
Those who play in De Pere’s adult softball leagues will see a little financial relief this summer.
De Pere City Council voted unanimously (Alderman Devin Perock recused himself due to a conflict of interest) on Tuesday May 3 to provide balls to all four adult leagues, saving teams more than $100 in bullet costs.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Marty Kosobucki said it would be an additional expense for the city of about $2,000, which could be paid from team proceeds this year and budgeted for subsequent years.
“The Bellevue league is a 50+ league, teams pay around $500 and balls are included,” said resident Chris Laron, who plays in three other leagues besides De Pere. “At Allouez, it’s about $480, and the balls are included. And in Ashwaubenon, it’s $300 for a team to play and the balls are provided. Here at De Pere it’s around $622, and balls are not included. This adds about $168 in team expenses.
Trespass Ordinance Passed
Prompted mainly by what village administrator Alex Kaker described as a few incidents last summer, the village council unanimously decided to give its law enforcement personnel more flexibility when it’s about trespassers on wagons within the village limits.
State railroad trespassing laws, which passed at the May 2 council meeting, give officers the ability to issue citations instead of taking violators to jail .
The move, Kaker said, gives officers more discretion.
Previously, trespassers caught in railcars were taken to the county jail or given a warning.
Newly passed laws will now give officers the option and ability to issue municipal citations for such violations, putting offenders before Judge Kevin Rathburn, who oversees the Suamico Area Joint Municipal Court, serving communities in the village. of Suamico, Town of Chase, and Town of Little Suamico, instead of the Downtown Circuit Court.
“I think there was activity last summer,” he said. “I wouldn’t say there was a spike (in rail trespassing) but they saw it happening and they (local law enforcement) wanted to make sure they had options.”
FATHER’S SCHOOL BOARD
Organizational meeting of the board of directors
The Board also appointed officers and selected committee members.
David Youngquist was named president for a second term; Doug Seeman was chosen as vice-president; Dan Van Straten was again chosen as Clerk and Jeff Mirkes was chosen as Treasurer.
The finance committee will consist of Mirkes, Jeskewitz and Clayton.
The Curriculum and Instruction Committee will include Van Straten, Cartwright and Youngquist. Van Straten, Jeskewitz and Seeman form the personnel committee.
The board elected to keep board member salaries at their current level, with the board chair receiving $3,600 per year, officers receiving $3,400 per year, and general members receiving $3,200 per year.
BELLEVUE VILLAGE COUNCIL
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Service Annual Report
Director Adam Waszak presented the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry’s 2021 annual report to the board at its April 27 meeting.
“Really what we’re doing is improving the quality of life here in Bellevue, and that’s our goal,” Waszak said. “Our parks division hasn’t changed much through 2021. The only thing I would add is you know that 326 acres of park land, we will be adding another 12 acres with the completion of the park complexes. Crystal Cove apartments. He said after a year of decline — 2020, when things were shut down, numbers were limited and facility rentals were low — the Village Parks Department rebounded in 2021.
“Our lease capacity has hit our five-year threshold, so that’s a five-year average,” Waszak said.
He said looking at the numbers – 75-82% of the time the park shelters and community center are available, they are rented out.
“So there’s this need in the community for these spaces,” Waszak said. “As we look to reinvest in our parks system and grow our parks system, it’s important to remember that these gated facilities are needed here within the community.”
He said rental and uses of sports facilities in the village also rebounded in 2021, after seeing a significant decline in 2020.
Regarding leisure activities run by the village – Waszak said 6,700 different people participated in events and programs in 2021.
“Our larger community events — those attendances kind of went down,” he said. “And the same with our senior programs.”
However, Waszak said those too are starting to rebound and are expected to rise in 2022.
Regarding the forest division, he said the tree canopy in the village is growing in size and quantity every year, and 2021 is no different.
“Our total tree inventory currently of public trees that we are responsible for maintaining is approximately 5,400,” Waszak said. “And it continues to grow. Of the 421 trees planted in 2021, approximately 160 of them were new inventory trees.
He said that nationally, Bellevue compares well with villages of similar size.
Waszak said each year the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) sets benchmarks to better measure how departments are meeting the needs of its citizens.
“For 2021 the NRPA average was 3,600 residents per playground, here in Bellevue we have 2,000,” he said. “9.9 acres of parkland per 1,000 people, here in Bellevue we’re at 20. The average partner agency has 8.2 full-time employees per 10,000 people, here in Bellevue it’s 2.5. The average agency partner spends $88 per capita and per capita, here in Bellevue it’s $41.
Waszak said those numbers are kind of what you make them.
“Every community is different,” he said. “The only thing I take from this is that our residents have access to the parks. It’s huge. And we do it in a fiscally responsible way, which is also very important.
Citizen Academy Diploma
The latest graduates of the Village Citizens Academy were recognized at the board meeting.
The multi-week program is intended to educate participants on the structure and function of local government – each night focusing on an element of local government, including law enforcement, fire protection, public works , budget/finance, community development and parks/recreation services .
“Thank you very much to everyone who is here and has taken the time to come and learn more about the Village of Bellevue,” said Village President Steve Soukup.
Press Times editor Heather Graves, editor Josh Staloch and correspondent Lee Reinsch contributed to these memoirs.