August 2019
Wind Point Village Picnic - Sunday, August 11!
All Wind Point residents are invited to the Annual Village Picnic, at Village Green park and pavilion on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The event will be held from 3-7 p.m. and will include a picnic-style buffet catered by Danny's Meats, bounce house, face-painting, local craft beer from Public Brewing Co, and games for kids.

Tickets are now available online through August 4, 2019. Pre-registration cost is $7 per adult (age 10 and up), $3.50 per child (age 4-9) and children under 4 are free. Day of admission price is $10 per adult and $6 per child, and children under 4 are free. Admission includes non- alcoholic refreshments and dinner, which will be served between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. For assistance with purchasing tickets online, please call the Village Office at 639-3524.

Restrooms are on site. In addition to the pavilion area, some picnic tables will be provided but it is suggested that you bring lawn chairs. Note the picnic is limited to Wind Point residents.
Thank you to Johnson Bank for providing the tent and to the Wind Point Community Club and Wind Point Living Magazine for helping with the organization of the event.
August Lighthouse Tower Climbs
Reservations are still available for lighthouse tours Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. The tours are a great opportunity to take in the history of the lighthouse and the breathtaking views from the top of the tower!

Tours are generally held rain or shine but may be cancelled due to lighting or high winds. If a tour is cancelled because of weather, all reservations will be refunded. When going on a tour make sure to wear sturdy walking or tennis shoes. Flip flops are not recommended, high heels are not allowed and you must be physically fit and able to climb 11 stories (144 steps).

Online reservations are recommended as many tours sell out. For more information call the Wind Point Lighthouse Keepers at 262-639-3777.
Wind Point Pet Parade - Thursday, August 29th
The annual Wind Point Pet Parade will be held on Thursday, August 29th at the Wind Point Lighthouse grounds. Showcase your pet with your family and fellow neighbors in a fun and interactive manner. The parade route will stay within the confines of the north lawn of the Lighthouse grounds and the route will be outlined with orange cones. In addition to the parade, there will be awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Pet Trick and Best Groomed Pet.

There is a limited number of pets that will be allowed to participate in the parade and no-same day registrations will be available. If you would like your pet to participate in the parade you can register by clicking on this link . Pets must be leashed and/or contained at all times. Please make sure dogs are licensed with the Village.
Understanding Your Water Meter
The Village of Wind Point Water Utility reads water meters on a quarterly basis to calculate bills. Homeowners can also use the meter inside their home to monitor water use and watch for signs of water leaks. The first step is to locate the water meter on your property; it is usually located in the basement or crawl space. Most meters look like the one pictured to the right.

Get to know the components on your water meter:

  • Dial: the dial will rotate when water passes through the meter. One full rotation of the dial equals 1 cubic foot of water or 7.48 gallons.
  • Low Flow Indicator: the low flow indicator will rotate with very little water movement. Any water moving through the meter is detected so even small leaks will register.
  • Odometer: the odometer records total water use in a similar way as the odometer in your car records miles driven. The water meter odometer records water use in cubic feet and displays as follows. The digits from right to left represent 1 cubic foot, 10 cubic feet, 100 cubic feet and so on. Like a car odometer, the water meter odometer cannot be altered.

An easy way to check whether you have leaks in your house is to read your water meter. First, turn off all the water in your house. (Remember to wait for the hot water heater, toilets, and ice cube makers to refill, and for any regeneration of water softeners.) Next, go to your water meter and jot down all the numbers you see. Also look at the flow indicator gauge, which is a small red or black dial. If it is moving, then there is a leak inside the house. If it is not moving, then you do not have serious leak, but you may have a slow leak such as a toilet periodically refilling itself. Diagnosing and addressing a leak may require the assistance of a licensed plumbing professional.

For more information on water billing and current rates, visit the Wind Point Water Utility webpage.
Bulk Item Collection
Beginning last January the Village's contract with Johns Disposal changed the way bulk item pick up is handled. Instead of Village-wide bulk collections on the first Monday of each month, residents can call John's Disposal at any time to make an appointment for bulk item pickup. Each property in the Village gets one free call-in bulk item pick up per month and 12 per year. The change allows residents to have bulk items picked up on a date that is convenient for them. It also presents a more efficient way to collect bulk items, as it does not require a truck to drive through the whole Village looking for bulk items.

Acceptable bulk items that John's Disposal will pick up include:
  • Furniture
  • Carpeting (no wider than 4 ft. rolled)
  • Extra garbage bags or garbage in personal cans
  • Large metal items
  • Cardboard (flattened & empty)
  • Appliances
  • Tires (2 per home per month- 8 per year)
  • Drained oil & antifreeze (sealed in 1-5 gallon containers)
  • Paper & other recyclables should be in clear plastic bags
  • Humidifiers/De-humidifiers and Water Softeners
  • Air Conditioners

Unacceptable items include
  • Electronics (can be picked up by Johns Disposal for a separate fee)
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Liquid paint
  • Loose construction material
  • Yard waste (can be picked up with garbage if it is in a paper or compostable bag and has a yard waste sticker purchased from the Village on it).

Hazardous waste and paint can be taken to the City of Racine every third Saturday of the Month, April through October. More information can be found a the City's Household Hazardous Waste website.

If you would like to schedule a bulk item pick up please call Johns Disposal as 262-473-4700. Items should not be placed out near the road until a pick up is scheduled. A pickup date will be scheduled, usually within the same week.
Tree Trimming and Removal
Please remember to maintain trees on private property to avoid a hazard to neighboring properties, public right-of-ways or your own property. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that tree limbs and leaves project into the road right of way in such a manner that it obstructs the view of motorists or pedestrians. Tree limbs cannot be less than 14 feet above a public street.

Prior approval may be needed from your homeowner's association (if applicable) before planting or removing trees on private property. No person may plant or remove a tree located within the public right-of-way without approval from the Village of Wind Point.
 
According to the Village's Tree Removal Policy, if a dangerous, obstructive or infected tree is identified on a private property, a notice will be issued to the property owner providing a period of time within which action must be taken to address the hazard. If the tree is not removed, treated or trimmed within the specified time, the Village may have the tree addressed and the cost will be charged to the property tax bill. If the identified tree is located on Village property or right-of-ways, it shall be removed, trimmed or treated by the Village. For any questions, please contact the Village Office at 262-639-3524 or info@windpoint.org .
Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on July 11. The following actions took place at the meeting:

  • Approved the June 2019 Financial Reports.
  • Received an update on the status of 4403 Main Street property.
  • Approved private well permits for 5333 Wind Point Road, 106 Holiday Drive, 138 Old Pine Circle and 139 Tera Lee Ct.
  • Approved a temporary alcohol license for the Village Picnic.
  • Discussed bank fraud protection measures.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 8 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