Published by the Village of Union Grove - January 2020

We hope you and your family have had a wonderful holiday season, and that you will have a prosperous 2020! Please note that the municipal offices are closed today, January 1, and will re-open tomorrow, January 2 at 8 a.m.

Christmas Tree Disposals
Public works crews will pick up Christmas trees left at the edge of the road during the month of January. Lights, ornaments and other decorations must be removed for trees to be collected. Please note that only Christmas trees will be collected and no other yard waste or branches can be collected at this time.
Land Use Planning Workshop on January 29
All Union Grove residents, property owners, businesses and other community members are invited to a public workshop on Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 p.m. at the Union Grove Municipal Center (first floor Community Room). The purpose of the workshop is to gather input as the Village looks to update its land use map. Last updated in 2009, the land use map depicts a long-term vision of how the Village will grow and change to accommodate expected population and job growth. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to review data and help provide a vision for growth in Union Grove. The workshop will be an open house format; attendees can arrive and participate at any time during the two hour period. Look for a postcard invitation in the mail!
Property Tax Payments Due January 31
The first installment of property taxes are due by January 31. Payments may be made by mail, dropbox or in-person at the Union Grove Municipal Center. Payments made by mail must be postmarked by January 31 in order to be accepted as timely. Payments may also be made online (2.65% processing fee applies). After January 31, tax payments must be made to the Racine County Treasurer’s Office. If you need a copy of your bill, you can find it online using Racine County's   MyTaxBill web app   or contact the Village office at 262-878-1818.
Pet License Reminder
Attention dog and cat owners: don't forget to obtain annual licenses! A completed pet license application is now required for each license. The fee for the license is $10.00 per neutered/spayed animals and $15.00 for un-neutered/un-spayed animals. Submit the application and fee along with a copy of an unexpired rabies certificate obtained from your veterinarian to the Village Office. If you have licensed your pet in the past, and the rabies vaccination is still good, you do not need to submit proof - we have it on file. If submitting by mail, be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the receipt and tag to be returned to you.  
Chamber Introduces New Administrator
The Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has introduced Lynda Studey as its new chamber administrator. Lynda brings 20 years of experience in corporate and social events, executive administration and sales. She started on December 2, and can be reached at the chamber office (first floor of Union Grove Municipal Center) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, by phone at 262-878-4606 and at . Welcome, Lynda!
Entertainment Stage Updates
A total of six bids were received for construction of the Entertainment Stage at School Yard Park. The Village Board approved the lowest bid, which was submitted by Bower Design & Construction in the amount of $139,600. The bid included all stage construction and sound equipment, as well as an ADA paved patio section and a small storage building (to replace the existing shed in the parking lot). Construction is expected to be completed by this May. The topics of fundraising, event planning and stage regulations will be discussed at upcoming meetings of the Fundraising & Events Subcommittee on January 14 and the Rules & Governance Subcommittee on January 22.
10th Ave. Storm Sewer Repairs
Crews were working on 10th Ave. near High St. this past month to replace a storm sewer pipe located underneath 10th Ave. and the nearby railroad bed. The project represents the first phase in drainage improvements targeted for the area between 12th Ave. and 10th Ave. Phases two and three of the project are scheduled to take place in 2020. Crews will also be in the Village this week to replace seven manholes.
Utility Construction on 69th Drive
Utility construction is underway on 69th Dr. as part of the Residences at Dunham Grove development. For safety purposes, 69th Dr. will be closed to thru-traffic during daytime hours for approximately three weeks in January. Residents along 69th Dr. will continue to be able to access their homes during the work.

Crews are installing water and sewer main pipes along 69th Dr. Sewer service is being extended from a lift station near the intersection of Hwy. 11 and 67th Dr., while water service is being extended from Lincolnwood Rd. Street and utility repairs will also take place near the intersection of Lincolnwood Rd. and Oakhurst Ave. as part of the project. The work is being performed by Globe Contractors, which submitted the lowest of five bids for the project The low bid of $987,087 came in $612,913 lower than the project estimate. The utility work is being funded by new property taxes generated in TID #6.
Deadline for Village Board Nomination Papers is January 7
The deadline to submit nomination forms to run for Village Board Trustee is Tuesday, January 7 at 5 p.m.  The incumbents for the Village Trustee positions that are up for election are Gordon Svendsen (#2), Timothy Mallach (#4) and Ryan Johnson (#6). The spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and the primary election will be held February 18, 2020, if necessary. Nomination forms must be filed with the Union Grove Village Office. Copies of these nomination forms can be obtained at the Village Office or  online .
Village Board Updates
The Village Board held a regular meeting on December 16. Following is a recap of Village Board actions that took place at this meeting:

December 16 Regular Meeting:
  • Approved operator license applications submitted by Jessica Timm and Benjamin Wassam.
  • Approved a final pay request submitted by Willkomm Excavation & Grading, Inc. for 10th Avenue and State Street Infrastructure Improvements in the amount of $102,935.69.
  • Approved Resolutions 2019-26 and 2019-28, Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,615,000 for Community Development Projects in Tax Incremental District No. 5 and providing for the sale of bonds.
  • Approved Resolutions 2019-27 and 2019-29, an Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $1,345,000 for Community Development Project in Tax Incremental District No.6 and providing for the sale of bonds.
  • Approved  Resolution 2019-30 authorizing the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities as part of the reconstruction of Milldrum Street from 17th Avenue to 16th Avenue.
  • Approved Resolution 2019-31, a resolution for the appointment of poll workers for the 2020-2021 term.
  • Approved a permanent water main easement and temporary construction easement agreement between Miller Real Estate. LL and the Village of Union Grove.
  • Approved the consent of Collateral Assignment of Development Agreement Bond Payments by Premier Union Grove, LLC and Calvin M. Akin in favor of The Greenwood's State Bank.
  • Approved an engagement agreement with von Briesen & Roper, S.C. regarding pending acquisition of a small portion of 1009 Main Street.
Upcoming Meetings Schedule
Meetings will be held at Union Grove Municipal Center, 925 15th Ave., unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

  • January 6 - Plan Commission (6 p.m.)
  • January 8 - Library Board (5 p.m. at the library)
  • January 8 - Fire Commission (6 p.m. at the fire station)
  • January 9 - Recreation & Parks Committee (6 p.m.)
  • January 13 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • January 14 - Entertainment Stage Fundraising/Events (5:30 p.m.)
  • January 15 - Joint Meeting of Sex Offender Residency Appeals Board and Building Board (6 p.m.)
  • January 20 - Water, Wastewater, Storm Water & Streets (6 p.m.)
  • January 21 - Community Development Authority (6 p.m.)
  • January 21 - Sex Offender Residency Appeals Board (6 p.m.)
  • January 22 - Entertainment Stage Rules/Governance (6 p.m.)
  • January 27 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • January 28 - Police Commission (5:30 p.m.)
  • January 29 - Land Use Planning Workshop (6 p.m.)

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