Published by the Village of Union Grove - February 2021
Spring Primary Election on Feb. 16
A Spring Primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 16, at the Union Grove Municipal Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The only race on the ballot for Union Grove residents will be a statewide primary for state superintendent of public instruction. To view a sample ballot, click here.

Absentee Voting
Absentee ballots for this election were mailed out beginning January 26 to electors on the permanent absentee ballot list and others who submitted requests for this election. Other electors wishing to receive an absentee ballot by mail may do so by submitting a request online at or by filling out an application at the Village Offices. Absentee ballots must be received by election day, February 16, in order to be counted for this election. In-person absentee voting will be available at the counter in the Union Grove Municipal Center from February 2 through February 12 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; in-person voting will be available until 5 p.m. on February 12. A valid photo ID is required to obtain a ballot. For any questions, contact Village Clerk Rebecca Wallendal, at or (262) 878-1818.
Village Resident Guidebook
A Village Resident Guidebook is now available as a resource for both long-standing residents and people new to Union Grove. The booklet contains information about Village amenities, services and regulations. Hard copies can be picked up in the brochure rack of the Village Offices. Electronic copies are available on the Village website by clicking here. New residents can ask for a "New Resident Packet" at the Village Offices which includes the guidebook and other resources. A Village Business Guidebook is also being developed to serve new and existing businesses in the community.
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
As of January 25, those 65 years of age and older may be vaccinated by healthcare providers, local health departments and private pharmacies. If you are age 65+ and have a local healthcare provider, your local healthcare provider should be reaching out to you, based on vaccine availability. You can also visit your provider's website for more instructions. Here are a few of the most common providers in the area: Ascension, Advocate Aurora Health, Froedtert and ProHealth Care.
If you are age 65+ and want vaccine updates, including known vaccination clinics, complete THIS FORM. Once your information is received, you will be added to an email distribution list for vaccine updates and information. Completing this form does not guarantee you will be vaccinated by the health department due to vaccine availability.

Please note that there are 28,822 people in Racine County and 700,000 people in Wisconsin who fall into the 65+ age group but Wisconsin is only receiving about 70,000 first doses per week. Not everyone in this age group will be able to be vaccinated immediately.

For other COVID-19 related updates from the Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD), visit
DOT Highway 11 Resurfacing
Wisconsin Department of Transportation is preparing for road construction on Highway 11, from 67th Dr. to 900 feet west of the 1-94/41 West Frontage Road. Construction is expected to begin this spring and will continue through fall. The area will be closed approximately 20 weeks during construction. Traffic will be detoured to County KR at the I-94/41 West Frontage Road and US 45. Access for local traffic along Highway 11 will be maintained during construction. For questions, contact Heather Sackman, DOT Project Manager, at (414) 750-3233.

Sinkhole at Hwy. 11 and New St.
The Village is currently coordinating with DOT on the repair of a sink hole on state highway near the intersection of 15th Ave. (Hwy. 11) and New St. The hole has been temporarily covered with barricades placed around it, but please carefully drive around it until it is repaired.
Village Accepting Applications for a Utility Operator Apprentice
The Village of Union Grove is seeking a hard-working, public-service oriented individual with an interest in a career in operating water and wastewater systems to serve as a full-time Utility Operator Apprentice. It is a three-year position designed to give someone with basic skills and qualifications the training and experience necessary to be a professional utility operator. Pay will be dependent on qualifications, $18-$22 per hour, with an excellent benefits package. For more information and how to apply, click here.
Canopy Hill Updates
On January 4, the Village Board approved re-zoning and land division applications submitted by Bear Development for the proposed Canopy Hill subdivision. The re-zoning is subject to conditions outlined in the Village Planner’s memo dated December 1, 2020. The re-zoning is also contingent on approval of a development agreement and of final plats for at least phases 1 and 2a by July 1, 2021. To the view the Village Planner's memo and the developer's applications, visit the Current Development Projects webpage.
Consider Joining the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department
Membership with the Union Grove–Yorkville Fire Department is a proud opportunity to volunteer and participate in our community providing professional EMS and firefighting services to our residents, businesses and visitors within the Villages of Union Grove and Yorkville. The department is in need of new members who have a desire to serve the community. Two membership opportunities are available: regular membership and associate membership. Learn more about these opportunities and application requirements at
Snow and Ice Removal Reminders
  • Sidewalks - Snow and ice is required to be removed from the full width of the sidewalk within 24 hours of the end of snowfall by the owner, occupant or person in charge of the property located along the sidewalk. This includes the crosswalk ramps adjacent to corner lots. If snow or ice is not cleared, the Village may have it cleared and the owner will be sent a statement for the actual labor cost of removal by the Village.

  • Disposal of Snow into the Street - Blowing or disposing snow into the street is prohibited.

  • Fire Hydrants - Residents are responsible for clearing snow around fire hydrants that are adjacent to their property.

  • Snow Emergencies - A snow emergency may be declared by the Village in the event of hazardous weather conditions (typically when there is at least 3 inches of accumulation of a 24 hour period). During a snow emergency, vehicles cannot be parked on any public street in the Village. Emergencies are announced on the Village website and local media outlets (WTMJ-TV, WDJT-TV, WISN-TV and WITI-TV).

Amy Sasse Appointed to Village Board
On January 18, the Village Board interviewed five candidates interested in the vacant Village Trustee position. After the interviews, the Board approved the appointment of Amy Sasse to fill the remainder of the vacant term, which expires in April 2022. Amy has served as a poll worker, Junior Achievement volunteer, PTO president at John Paul II Academy and President of Junior League of Racine. She works in the field of hospitality management and holds a bachelor of arts in Communications from UW-Parkside. Amy resides in Union Grove with her husband and four children. Welcome to the Board, Amy! Thank you to all of the individuals who applied for the vacancy!
Village Staff Anniversaries
Congratulations to the following Village and Library staff members with a recent or upcoming service anniversary:

  • 29 years - Brian Dexter, DPW Laborer, January 6
  • 23 years - Brad Maier, Wastewater Operator, March 16
  • 9 years - Kathleen Heineck, Librarian, March 13
  • 2 years - Mike Hawes, Village Administrator, February 6
  • 2 years - Robin Ehlert-Ginder, Library Circulation Clerk, February 21
Village Board Updates
The Village Board held regular meetings on January 4 and January 18. Following is a recap of Village Board actions that took place:

January 4 Regular Meeting:
  • Held a public hearing on a request for a planned unit development relating to Canopy Hill.
  • Approved Ordinance 2021-01, conditionally approving the rezoning and planned unit development requested for Canopy Hill.
  • Approved a certified survey map, certified survey map redivide, preliminary plat and condominium plat relating to Canopy Hill.
  • Approved the replacement of carpet in the municipal center offices and community room.
  • Approved Resolution 2021-01, supporting the state purchase of 120.45 acres of land for the White River State Trail.

January 18 Regular Meeting:
  • Interviewed five candidates for the vacant Trustee #6 position and subsequently appointed Amy Sasse to fill out the remainder of the term expiring in April 2022. Amy will assume the same Committee assignments that were held by Trustee Johnson.
  • Approved a proposal from Wisconsin Policy Forum to conduct a needs assessment study for the fire department, to be funded by Union Grove impact fees and partially reimbursed by Yorkville at a later date.
  • Approved an original operator license application submitted by Joey Hmielewski.
Upcoming Meetings Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are currently being held in-person at the Union Grove Municipal Center in the first floor community room with a call-in option available. Teleconference call-in numbers and access codes will be posted on meeting agendas. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

  • February 1 - Plan Commission (5 p.m.) - Canceled
  • February 1 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • February 10 - Library Board (5 p.m.)
  • February 10 - Fire Commission (6 p.m.)
  • February 15 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • February 16 - Community Development Authority (6 p.m.)
  • February 17 - Recreation & Parks (6 p.m.)
  • February 22 - Water, Wastewater, Storm Water & Streets (6 p.m.)

Visit the Village Meetings webpage for meeting agendas, which are posted at least 24 hours before the meeting time.