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New Office Hours
Effective today, May 1, the Village Administrative Office will be open Monday-Friday 8:30-5, and will now be open during the noon hour.
Branch Collection Starts Tuesday, May 13 
Wind Point Public Works collects branches from residents for disposal on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning May 13 through November 11. Branches should be put by the road in small, reasonably uniform piles no earlier than 4 days before the pickup date. Piles should not exceed 4 feet in height and 4 feet in wide. Branches that exceed 8 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter will not be collected.  

Please note that residents who have landscapers or other parties cut down trees on their property are responsible for their own branch disposal; tree disposal is not a Village service.

Click on the graphic below for a listing of disposal services with dates:
 
Storing Boats and Recreational Vehicles

If you are considering keeping a boat or other recreational vehicle on your property this summer, please be mindful of Village ordinances on this topic. Per Sec. 3.05 of the zoning code, one boat (and trailer), camper, camper trailer or recreation vehicle may be stored on the property between April 1 and October 31. The vehicle must be kept behind or to the side of the home and not less than 15 feet from the lot line. 

 

A Outdoor Storage Permit is required for any exceptions to the above or for storage of other vehicles. For more information, click here to view the ordinances or contact the zoning administrator Jon Schattner at 262.902.2782.

"Wind Point Living" Magazine to Begin Circulation

Wind Point residents will soon receive Wind Point Living magazine in the mail. The monthly magazine is being produced by Gary Smith of N2 Publishing, who says, "The objective of Wind Point Living will be to make Wind Point an even stronger social community. The publication will feature stories about our neighbors, homes, yards, kids, pets, and local events in an interesting, informative, and entertaining format."  

 

Wind Point Living is not affiliated with the Village of Wind Point nor supported by tax dollars. For more information, contact gary.smith@n2pub.com or 262-994-5390.

Dog Walking Reminders

With the warmer weather, more dog owners are outside walking their dogs and enjoying the fresh air. The Village asks dog owners to be respectful of their neighbors and mindful of the following ordinances:

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times (no longer than 10 feet).
  • Dog owners must immediately remove all fecal matters and properly dispose at their home.
  • Per State law, all dogs must be licensed annually and identification tag must be attached to the collar.
Click here for more information.
Village Assessor Preparing 2014 Assessment Roll
Keith Munson, Village Assessor

Village Assessor Keith Munson is in the process of preparing the 2014 real estate assessment roll. As part of this process, Keith is inspecting properties where improvements have been made in the last year. Once the assessment roll is complete, Keith will mail notices to all owners of any property with changed values for 2013.

 

State law sets a procedure for reviewing property assessments annually. Property owners have an opportunity to meet with the village assessor to discuss their property value at Open Book. The 2014 Open Book will be May 28 from 4-6 pm at the Administrative Office. Call (800) 242-2130 to schedule an appointment.

 

If after speaking with the assessor a property owner is not satisfied with the property value, they may file an objection to the Board of Review. The 2014 Board of Review will meet June 5 from 5:30-7:30 at the Village Hall. 

 

For more information on assessment procedures, click here.

Overnight On-Street Parking Prohibited

Please be reminded that overnight on-street parking in Wind Point is prohibited between the hours of 2-6 a.m. If residents have overnight guests whose vehicles do not fit on their driveway or parking area, please call the Wind Point Police at 262.639.3022 to request overnight parking permission. Thank you for your cooperation.

Village Welcomes New Trustee, Accounting Clerk
Robert Quam, Jr., Village Trustee

Robert Quam, Jr. was elected Village Trustee on April 1 and will be sworn in at the meeting on May 8. Robert and his wife have resided on Starlight Dr. for two years. A native of northside Racine, Robert says, "I knew right away that Wind Point was where I wanted to call home when it came time to buy a house.  As a resident that intends on being here for a long-time, the opportunity to serve on the Village Board allows me the chance to help do my part to ensure that Wind Point remains the great community that we all know it to be." 

 

Robert is employed as a commercial real estate appraiser, specializing in industrial properties throughout the state of Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He earned his BBA in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics and Finance, Investments, and Banking from UW-Madison School of Business.

 

Jan Osborn, Accounting Clerk
We are also pleased to welcome a new accounting clerk, Jan Osborn, to the Village team. A resident of Racine, Jan brings over 17 years of related bookkeeping experience. She will serve as the contact person for water utility billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and will be in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She replaces Vicki Cottone-Schulz, who accepted a full-time position with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services in March after nearly three years with the Village. Welcome, Jan!
Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met for a regular meeting on April 10. The Board...

  • Awarded a contract to Payne & Dolan in the amount of $92,153 for the 2014 roads program to resurface Beacon Ln., Raven Turn East and portions of Wind Point Rd.
  • Approved a quote from Fahrner Asphalt in the amount of $54,926 for 2014 slag seal program, which includes crack-filling and slag sealing on Eldorado, Holiday, Old Pine, White Sand, Citation, Viken, Starlight, Darby, Park and southeast portion of Wind Point Rd.
  • Approved a motion allowing Caledonia Utility District to construct a water main interconnection on 4 � Mile Rd. that both Villages would have access to, with construction costs paid by Caledonia and that there be a signed agreement between the Villages outlining how the pipe would be used and how consumption fees would be charged.
  • Instructed staff to proceed with replacing the interior Village Hall toilet and getting quotes for repairs to the southwest shed and the kitchen in the keepers quarters of the lighthouse.
  • Accepted a request by the administrator to change the office hours to Monday-Friday 8:30-5, with the office open during the noon hour. The change would go into effect May 1.
  • Instructed staff to issue a request for proposals for 2015 and 2016 Village assessment services, with the bids to be reviewed by a subcommittee consisting of the administrator, Trustee Quam and the village president.
  • Approved an operator license application filed by Dawn Knutson.

The Village Board will meet for an organizational meeting and regular meeting on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.  

Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse Education Night on May 13

On Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse will host Education Night at the Village Hall.  Barb and Ken Wardius, Friends members and authors of several lighthouse books, including one entitled "Wind Point Lighthouse," will be the speakers. The Wardius' will present a slide lecture of their latest book, a completely revised updated edition of "Wisconsin Lighthouses." Highlights include entirely new color photography, updated history and many rare archival black and white images. Following questions and answers, books will be offered for sale with a book signing.

 

If you have not heard Barb and Ken speak, or even if you have, this will be a wonderful evening of discussion about lighthouses in general and our Wind Point Lighthouse specifically.  Bring along questions you may have about the Wind Point Lighthouse and the Friends organization.


Refreshments will be served, and this is an opportunity to meet others who love lighthouses.  Seating is limited at this event.  Please call 262-880-8266 for reservations before May 12 to be assured of a place.  The event is free, but donations to the Friends will be gladly accepted.

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