June 2018
Family-Friendly Events in the Month of June!
Open Tower Day at Wind Point Lighthouse - June 3 & 30
Online reservations are still available for lighthouse tower tours this Sunday, June 3! Tours run every half hour, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission for tours is $10.00 per adult (ages 12 and up) and $5.00 for children (ages 6-11). An Open Tower Day is also scheduled on Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome; advance reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a tour reservation online,  click here .

Wind Point Day at Kenosha Kingfish - June 24 at 4 p.m.
The last day to get tickets to Wind Point Day at Kenosha Kingfish is June 10 (unless tickets sell out sooner). Tickets are available at a reduced price of $24 at Kortendick Ace Hardware and they include a semi-private seating area, all-you-can eat ballpark food through the 5th inning, all-you-can drink soda and water and three vouchers to be used for beer, ice cream novelty treats or kids games. Join your neighbors for a fun day at the ballpark!
Wind Point Pet Parade - June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Wind Point Living Magazine will host the annual village pet parade on Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wind Point Lighthouse. The event is open to all residents as a chance to showcase your precious pet with your family and fellow neighbors! If you would like to participate in the parade, e-mail Gary Smith at  gary.smith@n2pub.com  with your name, your pet’s name and type of pet. No registration is needed to join the event as a spectator. The inclement weather alternative date is the next day, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Independence Day Bike Parade & Ice Cream Social - June 28 at 6 p.m.
All Wind Point families are invited to celebrate Independence Day at the annual Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting place will be Village Green Pavilion (215 E. Four Mile Rd.). Kids dress in red, white and blue! Decorate bikes, scooters or wagons! The parade route is east on E. 4 Mile Rd., right on Fairway Dr., left on E. Point Dr., left on James Ave., left on Hollow Creek and back around to Village Green. Ice cream treats will be served to all after the parade (compliments of the Wind Point Community Club, a non-profit group promoting social activities in the Village).
Final Draft of Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
Thank you to all who submitted feedback on the draft of the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) that was linked in last month's E-News. The Village's Parks, Recreation & Facilities Committee met on May 14 to review input and discuss revisions to the plan. Several changes were requested by the Committee, which have now been incorporated into a final draft of the plan that is available now on the project webpage .

The CORP document provides an inventory of existing outdoor amenities and identifies opportunities for future improvements. The plan provides a list of recommendations that may be considered by the Village Board at a future time, but the Village is not required to implement any of the recommendations. Each project would need separate consideration by the Village Board through the normal budgeting and bidding processes.

Many of the plan's recommendations involve enhancements to the Wind Point Lighthouse grounds and the addition of multi-use pathways in the Village. Due to concerns from property owners, the Parks, Recreation & Facilities Committee recommended removing an on-street bicycle path between Shoop Park and The Prairie School from the plan.

Jeffrey Sanders of Community Planning & Consulting will present the final draft to the Village Board at the regular meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall (lighthouse). The Board will have an opportunity to adopt the plan at that time. Residents wishing to submit feedback on the final draft may send it to Michael Hawes, Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer at m.hawes@windpoint.org .
A group of 40 residents came together for the 2nd Annual Beach Cleanup Effort at Shoop Park on Saturday, May 26, organized by Wind Point Living Magazine. Approximately 118 pounds of debris were removed from the sand! Thank you, and great work!
YMCA Lighthouse Run on June 16
On Saturday, June 16, runners participating in the annual  YMCA Lighthouse Run  will make their way through Wind Point from about 8:15 to 10 a.m., running counter-clockwise on the inside lane of Three Mile Rd., Lighthouse Dr. and Four Mile Rd. The outside lane will be open for vehicular traffic (one way). Please plan accordingly as delays are to be expected at intersections during the race, particularly the Three Mile Rd. and Four Mile Rd. intersections along Main St.

Triathlon Canceled
As announced last fall in The Journal Times , the Ironman Racine event that has come through Wind Point for many years has been discontinued. A similar event called "Real Racine Triathlon" was being organized for July 15, 2018, but that event has been canceled due to lack of registrations.
Save the Date!
Wind Point Village Picnic returns to Village Green on Sunday, August 12
Free Pickleball Lessons at Village Green
Village residents are welcomed to participate in free pickleball lessons at Village Green! The lessons are organized by Village resident Victor Moreno on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9-11 a.m. Participants should bring a pickleball paddle, something to drink and, optionally, a lawn chair. For more information about the sport of pickleball, click here .
Children's Books Wanted for Little Free Library
The Little Free Library at Village Green is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange where anyone can take a book or leave a book to share. Right now it is full of many good reads, but it is lacking children's books in particular. If you have any children's books to share, please feel free to leave them in the Little Free Library, and take a book or two to borrow while you're at it! The box was purchased from  Little Free Library , a nonprofit organization aimed at inspiring a love of reading, building community and sparking creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Demolition of the former Wind Point School building started in early April and the work is nearing completion. Newport Development is still in the process of preparing concept plans for redevelopment on the property. It is expected that a neighborhood meeting will be scheduled this summer to introduce those plans to residents and collect feedback. Look for updates in this newsletter and on the project webpage .
Village Looks to Resolve Road Access Issue Along Deepwood Dr.
The Village of Wind Point is reviewing options regarding a narrow strip of land located along Deepwood Dr. (near Main St.) that is restricting access to the public roadway. The strip of land, which averages about two feet in width, appears to be a remnant of the Wind Meadows development and it was never assigned a parcel number or added to the property tax roll. The Village has determined that Wind Meadows Corporation owns 0.10 acres of the strip of land. State law now prohibits the creation of strips that block access to the road. As a matter of good public policy, the Village is exploring options to have the strip made part of the public right-of-way which would allow access to the public road. The Village is looking to accomplish this in a way that would allow Wind Meadows to be compensated a fair market value for the land. This matter is expected to be on the agenda of the regular Village Board meeting on June 14.
Lighthouse Grounds Plan
On May 10, the Village Board reviewed three proposals submitted by landscape architects and planners to prepare a grounds plan for the Wind Point Lighthouse. The Board approved the proposal submitted by David Heller of Heller & Associates to perform the work, based on Mr. Heller's expertise and close familiarity with the lighthouse grounds. He submitted the lowest proposed fee of $3,340, compared to the proposals from Ayres Associates ($7,179) and Vierbicher Associates ($10,500). Mr. Heller has previously served on the Wind Point Village Board and Parks & Facilities Committee, before relocating to the Lake Geneva area. Heller & Associates will work with the Lighthouse Committee to prepare the plan, which will incorporate recommendations from the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) and survey results collected from residents in January. This project will be discussed by the Lighthouse Committee on Monday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).
Village Committee Openings
Have you ever thought about serving the community as a member of one of the citizen committees? Now may be your opportunity as the Village is currently looking for interested residents to fill vacancies on the Plan Commission and Board of Appeals:
 
  • Plan Commission consists of seven members, including the village president, one trustee and five village residents. The commission is responsible for reviewing certain planning and zoning related permits and providing recommendations to the village board on zoning ordinances. There is currently a vacancy for a resident position.

  • Board of Appeals is comprised of five citizens (non-village board) members. It is a quasi-judicial body that reviews variance applications, boundary disputes and administrative appeals. There are typically very few meetings in a given year, if any, but this Board plays an important role in deciding on appeals relating to zoning and property matters when they occur. There is currently a vacancy for the alternate position.
 
Interested residents should submit a letter of interest to the Village Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Michael Hawes at m.hawes@windpoint.org or in-person at the Village Office. Committee appointments are made by recommendation of the Village President and approved by the Village Board.
Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on May 10, 2018. The following actions took place at the meeting:

  • Judge Knuteson conducted the ceremonial swearing-in of the re-elected Board members: Trustees Lawrence, Quam and Van Lone.
  • Steve Dysktra appeared before the Board to discuss his group’s proposal to use the Wind Point School Bell for a monument to recognize teachers.
  • The Board heard an update on the 2018 Road Program.
  • The Board approved hiring Heller & Associates to complete a lighthouse grounds plan for the amount of $3,450.
  • The Board approved hiring CertaPro Painters to re-paint the lighthouse tower.
  • The Board approved a vendor agreement with Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts.
  • The Board approved standing committee assignments and re-appointments to Village boards and commissions.
  • The Board approved a Street Use Permit application for the YMCA Lighthouse Run on June 16, 2018.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).
Village of Wind Point, Wisconsin
215 E. Four Mile Rd.
Racine, WI 53402
262.639.3524