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Annual Bike Parade & Ice Cream Social is Tomorrow!
All Wind Point families are invited to celebrate Independence Day at the annual children's bike parade and ice cream social tomorrow Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Village Green Park on E. Four Mile Rd. Kids can dress in red, white and blue and have their bike, scooter or wagon decorated for the occasion! Read more...
Village Board Considering Revaluation in 2016

The State of Wisconsin recommends that municipalities do a full revaluation every 10 years to help ensure accurate property assessments. A full revaluation involves the village assessor doing both exterior and interior inspections of all properties in the Village to establish new assessment values.

 

The last time a full revaluation was done in Wind Point was 1981. The Village has had periodic exterior-only revaluations, which saved on inspection costs and avoided inconvenient inspections. However, changes in the housing market and in the Village's housing stock over the years has caused our assessment data to become outdated. The village assessor recommends completing a revaluation in the near future.

 

The Village Board has discussed this topic in length at meetings on June 2 and June 11. The Board will discuss it again at the meeting on July 9 and will consider whether to have a revaluation done in 2016. 

 

If you have any input for the Board on this matter, or any questions, please contact the village administrator Mike Hawes at administrator@windpointwi.us or 262-639-3524, or attend the meeting on July 9 at the Village Hall (lighthouse) at 5:30 p.m.

 

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Slag Sealing on Lake Meadow Dr. to Start Soon

Lake Meadow Dr. and Applewood Ct. are scheduled to be slag sealed under a contract with Fahrner Asphalt Sealers. Initial crack-filling and patching work was completed on June 29. Slag sealing is expected to take place the week of July 6, but the exact date will depend on weather. Fahrner will set out "No Parking" signs with a date range written on the signs indicating the expected days of slag sealing.

 

There may be minor traffic delays while work is in progress. Slag is temporarily stored at the Wind Point School parking lot. Driveways and side streets will be accessible during the project, except for short periods when equipment is blocking access. Roads will be open immediately after slag sealing. For more information on the project, click here.

Wind Point Lighthouse Tower Climb - July 5th

By Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse

 

Please join us on the July 5 climb to the top of the Wind Point Lighthouse and visit the Fog Horn Building Museum, the Gift Shop and the Memorial Garden on the shore of Lake Michigan.  It's a wonderful experience for you, your family and friends.  The 144 steps in the spiral staircase to the top require sturdy shoes (no flip-flops or high heels) and a certain level of fitness.  Due to safety and liability concerns, children under six are not allowed to climb.  Go to the lighthouse web site to sign up for the climbs on the hour; on the half-hour, you can register on-site.  However, you may have to wait depending on the number of climbers ahead of you.  Cost is $5 for those 6 - 12 and $10 for ages 13 and older. 

 

We have new items in the Gift Shop (embroidered fleeces, t-shirts, caps, mugs and Jim Charnon's Collection of photos, cards and puzzles plus books and other souvenirs of your visit).  We also have a new exhibit of the anchor from the Alice and a new diorama of the Wind Point Lighthouse around 1910 developed by Jim Charnon and Jim Erven, members of Friends. We hope to see you on the 5th.

Water Line Insurance
Once again we have heard from residents who received materials in the mail offering insurance for your water service line. Wind Point Water Utility is NOT  affiliated with these companies and their product is NOT  required by the Village. A similar mailing was the topic of a Journal Times article last year .
Bike and Pedestrian Safety 
Bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded of the following tips to keep yourself and others safe on the roadways:
  • Wear reflective and bright colored clothing so that motorists are able to see you.
  • Bicyclists must adhere to the same traffic rules and regulations as a motor vehicle. That means stopping at stop signs and yielding at yield signs just as if you were driving a car.
  • Bicyclists should maintain a safe speed and remain in control at all times. Keep both hands ready to brake. If you are passing another bicyclist or pedestrian, maintain a safe distance if possible and announce "passing on left" when passing someone in front of you.
  • Riding in packs crowds streets and creates a safety hazard for both bicyclists and motorists.
  • Wear a helmet while biking and never ride with headphones.
     
  • Watch children carefully.
  • Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety.

Motorists Safety Reminders

  • Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking on Village streets.
  • Yield to bicyclists as you would to any other vehicle as they must also adhere to the same traffic laws as you do.
  • Be aware that the speed limit within the Village is 25 mph unless posted differently.
Outdoor Movie Night at Shoop Park this Friday

The Wizard of Oz is coming to Wind Point on an outdoor screen! Wind Point Living Magazine is hosting an outdoor movie night this Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. at Shoop Park Golf Course. Everyone is invited! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Courtesy popcorn and bottled water provided by Piggly Wiggly. Restrooms and concessions will be available in the Shoop clubhouse throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the movie!

Save the Date: Wind Point Village Picnic on August 23
Mark your calendar for the annual Wind Point Village Picnic! This year's picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, 4 p.m. till dusk at Village Green Park on 4 Mile Road. More information will be in next month's E-News!
Daytime Bridge Marathon

Would you like to play in the Wind Point Bridge Marathon this coming year? Pairs play once a month from August through May. One partner must live in the Village; no partner -- we will help find you one. It is a great marathon, and a nice way to meet some of your neighbors. Please call Evelyn Gerum at  639-9351 for details now.

Ordinance Reminders

Fireworks - fireworks that propel into the air are prohibited in Wind Point.

 

Skates and skateboards - Sec. 15.19 of the Village Code prohibits rollerskating, rollerblading and skateboarding on Three Mile Rd., Four Mile Rd., N. Main St. and Lighthouse Dr.


Driveway resurfacing  - a Right-of-Way Permit is required before repaving a driveway. The permit fee is $50.00. Special approval and a deposit is needed for resurfacing the apron portion of the driveway. A permit is not required for sealing the driveway.

 

Roofs - a Building Permit is required for a roof replacement (tear-off/replace only). The permit fee is $50.00.

Ironman Comes to Wind Point on Sunday, July 19
The annual Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 19. The bike portion of the triathlon will pass through the Village on N. Main St. and will cause delays for vehicles entering and leaving the Village. The heaviest bike traffic is expected to occur between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Emergency response vehicles will be given priority to enter and leave the Village during the race.

 

The run portion of the event will come through Wind Point on Three Mile Rd., will head north on Lighthouse Dr., turn around at Shoop Park and head back the same way toward Racine. The northbound lane will be used by the runners and the southbound lane will remain open to traffic. Please be extra cautious on the roads at these times!
Village Staff Updates
  • We're pleased to welcome Daniel Renguette to the office team for the summer. Daniel is a Wind Point resident and student at UW-Parkside. He is serving as administrative intern to assist with scanning, filing and other office projects.
  • Brandon Bledsoe completed his internship with us on June 25 and accepted a position with the Village of Pardeeville as Village Clerk/Treasurer.
Village Board Highlights

At the regular Village Board meeting on June 11, the Board...

  • Presented a proclamation to Police Chief David Rossman in recognition his 40 years of service to the Village.
  • Approved Pay Request #1 for the 2015 Road Project to Payne & Dolan in the amount of $55,154.80.
  • Approved a Conditional Use Permit to raze an existing house and build a new house at 5221 Wind Point Rd. (Jones).
  • Adopted Ordinance 15-02 which changes the number of members of the Architectural Review Board to six, establishes that half of the members are required for a quorum, removes the building inspector as an ex-officio member and establishes that the village clerk is the secretary.
  • Adopted Ordinance 15-04 which clarifies that outdoor burning by Village employees may take place in the public works yard and is not restricted by the noon to 7 p.m. timeframe.
  • Discussed proposals for revaluation services and continued the item to the July 9 meeting for further consideration.
  • Denied a request by Ragnar Relay Race to use Three Mile Rd. and Lighthouse Dr. for the overnight race on June 13.
  • Approved the renewal of alcohol licenses and operator licenses and the issuance of three new operator licenses.
  • Referred a request to the Parks & Facilities Committee to consider allowing pickleball play on the Village Green tennis courts.
  • Referred a request to the Maintenance Manager and Village Engineer to review a drainage issue along Bayfield Ct.
  • Referred a request for staff to enforce the littering law with regard to delivery of yellow phone books.
  • Referred a request to issue a disclaimer to residents about recent water lateral insurance mailings.

The Village Board will meet for a regular meeting on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (Lighthouse).